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Posted on Nov 12, 2011

A federal judge ordered Twitter to reveal user data for a WikiLeaks case; and two questions arise in the media: Were J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lovers, and how will the Occupy movement respond to the 2012 presidential elections? These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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Twitter Ordered to Yield Data in WikiLeaks Case
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Twitter, the popular microblogging platform, must reveal information about three of its account holders who are under investigation for their possible links to the WikiLeaks whistle-blower site.

Were J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lovers?
In one of the climactic moments of the new film “J. Edgar,” a thirtysomething J. Edgar Hoover reveals his plans to take a wife.

Girl, 10, Attacked Teacher Over Candy Seizure
A 10-year-old Florida girl is facing a felony charge for allegedly attacking her elementary school teacher and threatening the educator’s life.

Online dating and the commodification of sentiment
At the end of a working day writing technical manuals, Kelly Hitchcock returns to her home in Austin, Texas, logs on to her computer and fires off a bunch of flirtatious emails to men and women looking for love on dating websites—Match.com, Guardian Soulmates, eHarmony, she does them all.

How to solve the corporate tax problem
Our globalized economy creates too many loopholes for multinational firms. It’s time to push for a universal system.

Occupy Wall Street looks ahead to 2012
The all-consuming presidential election season looms. How will Occupy respond? Does it have to?

Local Television: A Cheap Route Into the 1 Percent
This NYT report on “a torrent of deals” for the purchase of local TV stations by larger companies may not seem as though it deserves urgent attention from supporters of the Occupy movement, but please keep reading.

How American Teens Navigate the New World of ‘Digital Citizenship’
As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens, a new study finds that 69 percent of the teenagers who use social networking sites say their peers are mostly kind to one another on such sites.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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By Outraged, November 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Re: “Local Television: A Cheap Route Into the 1
Percent”

“The licenses are issued by the owner of the
airwaves, namely, the people of the United States of
America, acting through the Federal Communications
Commission, a branch of their government. Without the
licenses, the stations would be piles of equipment
and real estate.

And the cost of the licenses to the stations is: 
Zero.”

We have to license our cars, our fishing, our
hunting, our bicycles, our dogs….etc. Yet again,
the richest get a free ride.  That’s bullshit.

Tax them and tax them big time, they’re making millions
they can afford it. If they don’t pay up revoke their licenses.

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