sunfoundation:

Via the Wall Street Journal: How mergers made Comcast and Time Warner Cable have become two of the biggest corporations in the United States.
The two corporate giants traveled to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to discuss the telecom merger to end all telecom mergers.
Sunlight also has context on the political influence efforts from both companies.

No wonder my internet sucks.

sunfoundation:

Via the Wall Street Journal: How mergers made Comcast and Time Warner Cable have become two of the biggest corporations in the United States.

The two corporate giants traveled to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to discuss the telecom merger to end all telecom mergers.

Sunlight also has context on the political influence efforts from both companies.

No wonder my internet sucks.

newsweek:

NPR drove the US Mexican border, telling an epic story. It’s worth a wander through. 

Great reporting from NPR.

Bob and Brooke’s Midnight Outtakes

onthemedia:

Every Thursday night, Bob and Brooke record the script for the show. It’s almost the last step in the production process, so it usually happens late, after midnight. 

One of the fun parts of being a producer here is that you get to hear their late night back and forths. They’re funny, but a lot of it gets cut out of the show. Partly because they’re, uh, filled with unbroadcastable swear words.

Here’s an outtake from midnight last night that we liked a lot. 

On the Media is one of my favorite shows, and I had no idea production was so last minute. Great outtake, you even get to hear Bob Garfield say fuck.

Something about this radio tower is unsettling. I can see it all down the block. Watching. Waiting.

Something about this radio tower is unsettling. I can see it all down the block. Watching. Waiting.

This is the only COSMOS gif I can find. I want a close up of the black hole.

Sleepy Ellie.

Sleepy Ellie.

nprbooks:

Remember Kevin Trudeau? On Monday, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating a 2004 court order that barred him from making deceptive infomercials about his book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.
At the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman called Trudeau “deceitful to the very core,” and said that “since his 20s, he has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own gain.” Over the years, Trudeau has hawked “free money,” weight loss solutions and cures for cancer and other diseases. At the hearing, Trudeau claimed that he had undergone a “personal transformation” and said that if he does another infomercial, there will be “no embellishments, no puffery, no lies.” Reuters reports that the courtroom was packed with Trudeau supporters. One of them was 80-year-old Ed Foreman, a motivational speaker and former congressman for Texas and New Mexico, the news service says. It notes that Foreman “tried twice to make a statement in Trudeau’s support during the hearing. When Foreman failed to respond to the judge’s order to be quiet, he was lifted up by his arms and legs and carried out of the courtroom by federal marshals.”
More book news here.


Crazy. I remember his infomercials as a kid.

nprbooks:

Remember Kevin Trudeau? On Monday, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating a 2004 court order that barred him from making deceptive infomercials about his book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.

At the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman called Trudeau “deceitful to the very core,” and said that “since his 20s, he has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own gain.” Over the years, Trudeau has hawked “free money,” weight loss solutions and cures for cancer and other diseases. At the hearing, Trudeau claimed that he had undergone a “personal transformation” and said that if he does another infomercial, there will be “no embellishments, no puffery, no lies.” Reuters reports that the courtroom was packed with Trudeau supporters. One of them was 80-year-old Ed Foreman, a motivational speaker and former congressman for Texas and New Mexico, the news service says. It notes that Foreman “tried twice to make a statement in Trudeau’s support during the hearing. When Foreman failed to respond to the judge’s order to be quiet, he was lifted up by his arms and legs and carried out of the courtroom by federal marshals.”

More book news here.

Crazy. I remember his infomercials as a kid.

The Bush-era propaganda insisting that everyone at Gitmo is “the worst of the worst” continues to do its work on the perceptions of Americans and their elected representatives. For many, the notion that the prison may include innocents suffering through a hell of indefinite duration is never so much as grappled with and dismissed. Americans like to think that they believe in innocence until guilt is proven, and that it’s better to let ten guilty men free than to lock up one innocent. Gitmo is a powerful illustration that we don’t believe those things at all.
camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.

camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.