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Google Wants to Listen to Your TV to Place Ads

OK, now this is getting just downright creepy: Google has apparently tested a system that allows your computer to “listen” to your TV, recognize what program you’re watching, and then serve up ads related to that show.
Freaked out? Check out Truthdig contributor (and Google book author) Mark Malseed on Google and privacy.

Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Couple Signs Advertisers to Sponsor Wedding Day

A marketing-savvy couple has lined up corporate sponsors to help pay for a wedding to be held in a Brooklyn minor league ball park. (Via Salon.)

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Sanity: House Doesn’t Up Funds for Abstinence-Only Programs

Maybe it was towering piles of evidence attesting to the fact that virginity pledges don’t work, but whatever it was, Congress declined to add more funds to abstinence-until-marriage programs. (Via Salon.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


DeLay and Abramoff’s ‘Made in the USA’: Shame, Shame, Shame

Listen to an excellent NPR Weekend Edition story revisiting the Jack Abramoff-Tom DeLay connection to the slave trade, forced abortions, forced prostitution happening in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. DeLay called industry on the islands a “shining light of the Republican Party” during one of many “fact-finding missions” to the region.

Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


Greenwald Nails Specter on Amnesty Law Lie

Sen. Arlen Specter went on TV to vehemently deny a Washington Post report that he had proposed legislation which included blanket amnesty for everyone involved with Bush’s warrantless spying. But lawyer Glenn Greenwald has apparently proved that the Post was right in its report—and the Specter had lied about it.

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The Clean Money Campaign Needs Your Help

A law working its way through the California Legislature would provide for full public funding of credible candidates in statewide races. This is the real-deal way to eliminate the ruinous influence of huge campaign contributions in elections. It’s already working in a few states, and a victory in California could start a nationwide revolution. Check it out. Sign a petition. Join the cause.

Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


Nicholas Berg’s Father on CNN: Violence Begets Violence

Michael Berg, father of the young contractor whose brutal death at the hands of Al Qaeda was videotaped and broadcast to the world, speaks out against the war in Iraq and violence as retribution, and condemns George W. Bush in an interview with a stunned Soledad O’Brien. Berg said that Zarqawi’s death brings him no joy and will only perpetuate the cycle of revenge. Watch the interview.

Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton speech
From nandotimes.com

Clinton Made Almost $7.5 Million in Speaking Fees in 2005

The former president earned a staggering $650,000 for just two appearances before major gatherings in Canada by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, according to financial document filed by Hillary Clinton.
It’s good to be the former president

Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


Shiite Militias Control Prisons, Official Says

Shiite militiamen have overrun Iraq’s prison system. “We cannot control the prisons. It’s as simple as that,” says the country’s deputy justice minister. The prisons won’t be turned over to Iraqi control until relative order is restored.
Hard to know which side to take on this one: There’s apparently a fair chance of Iraqi prisoners getting tortured no matter which country runs the jails.

Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


GOP Engineers Sham Vote on Iraq

The fierce debate on the Iraq war that began in Congress on Thursday will culminate on Friday with a nonbinding resolution that includes: labeling the Iraq war as part of the war on terror, and opposition to setting an “arbitrary” withdrawal date. Democrats decried the vote as an election-year sham.

  • Video: Dems rip GOP lawmakers during Thursday’s debate.

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