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Someone Tell Google to Calm Down

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Someone Tell Google to Calm Down
Unsatisfied with running just your searches, browser, e-mail, calendar, documents, videos, cell phone, turn-by-turn navigation, operating system, electricity monitoring, much of the advertising on the Internet and more, Google has announced that it plans to experiment with providing Internet service that is about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to. There’s a logic to Mountain View’s overachieving. Google wants more people to use more Internet for more reasons, because it will ultimately lead to more eyeballs on Google ads.  If you want to be one of the lucky 50,000 to 500,000 subscribers, you can apply on behalf of your community here.  —PZS Google: Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible. We’ve urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and today we’re announcing an experiment of our own. We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. Read more

Unsatisfied with running just your searches, browser, e-mail, calendar, documents, videos, cell phone, turn-by-turn navigation, operating system, electricity monitoring, much of the advertising on the Internet and more, Google has announced that it plans to experiment with providing Internet service that is about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to.

There’s a logic to Mountain View’s overachieving. Google wants more people to use more Internet for more reasons, because it will ultimately lead to more eyeballs on Google ads.?

If you want to be one of the lucky 50,000 to 500,000 subscribers, you can apply on behalf of your community here.? —PZS


Google:

Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible. We’ve urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and today we’re announcing an experiment of our own.

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

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Malou Innocent: Sarah Palin’s Jihad

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

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Garrett ignores GOP influence in current health care legislation to say Obama will “start” incorporating GOP ideas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Garrett ignores GOP influence in current health care legislation to say Obama will “start” incorporating GOP ideas

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Major Garrett said President Obama indicated during a press conference he “will start talking to Republicans and incorporating their ideas in the health care debate.” In fact, as Obama recently indicated during his January 29 question and answer session with House Republicans, several GOP ideas have been incorporated into the current health care bill.

From the February 10 edition of America’s Newsroom:

GARRETT: The question I asked was about health care reform and whether or not the House and Senate bills that the president was once so proud of in fact could pass. He conceded the Republicans’ point that they couldn’t, and though he said he wouldn’t start from scratch, he will start talking to Republicans and incorporating their ideas in the health care debate.

Obama at House GOP Q & A: “I have” accepted GOP ideas in bill

Obama: “[W]hen you say I ought to be willing to accept Republican ideas on health care, let’s be clear: I have.” During Obama’s question-and-answer period of his House GOP retreat visit on 7/09]. And according to the Senate Finance Committee’s document detailing the amendments to the Chairman’s Mark considered, at least 13 amendments sponsored by one or more Republican senators were included in the bill.


Obama Admin On Al Qaeda: Don’t Panic!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

Obama Admin On Al Qaeda: Don’t Panic!
Ramping up the push-back against GOP criticism of the handling of the attempted Christmas bombing suspect, a top Obama aide argues in a new op-ed that America’s “system of justice” is fully capable of dealing with terrorists.


WSJ: Menendez Intervened For Bank Run By Big Contributors
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter last year asking the Fed to make a ruling that would have saved a New Jersey bank whose chairman gave $30,000 to the senator in the past decade, the Wall Street Journal reports.


Top Republicans Don’t Dispute They Were Told Xmas Bomber Was Held By FBI
There’s a key point in danger of being lost in all the he-said-he-said froth over what Congressional Republicans were told in the hours after the failed Christmas attack: none of the GOP leaders disputes that an Obama aide informed them that suspect Umar Abdulmutallab was being held in FBI custody.


The case of the vanishing WMD’s

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

The case of the vanishing WMD’s
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Boehner Now Wary of Televising Summit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Boehner Now Wary of Televising Summit
Despite criticizing the Obama administration for failing to televise negotiations over the health care bill on C-SPAN, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is now questioning plans to televise the upcoming bipartisan health care summit, reports TPM.

In response to a question by Greta Van Susteren about what he thinks about televising the summit, Boehner said, “I think that’s fine, but you know, is this a political event or is this going to be a real conversation?”


The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have America’s Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have America’s Money
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Rachel Maddow Exposes GOP Welfare Queens Who Attacked Obama’s Stimulus, Yet Enjoyed Billions in Benefits
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Oh the hypocrisy: Republicans have been attending ribbon cuttings for stimulus-funded projects that they voted against.

Does Fair Trade Coffee Lift Growers Out of Poverty or Simply Ease Our Guilty Conscience?
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Progressive Taxes Win Big In Oregon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

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Inevitable: New Republic Calls Former Editor Andrew Sullivan An Anti-Semite
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Republicans Demand Brennan Resign For Calling Out GOP Politicization Of Terrorism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

Republicans Demand Brennan Resign For Calling Out GOP Politicization Of Terrorism
Almost immediately after Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab failed to detonate a bomb on an airplane on Christmas Day, conservatives rushed to politicize the attempted terrorist attack. “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said before […]

Almost immediately after Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab failed to detonate a bomb on an airplane on Christmas Day, conservatives rushed to politicize the attempted terrorist attack. “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said before he’d even been briefed on the incident. Karl Rove and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) criticized President Obama for issuing a statement on the failed bombing 72 hours after the event, even though President Bush waited longer to comment on “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid’s failed attempt to bring down an airliner in Dec. 2001.

The drumbeat of political criticism from conservatives since then has been unrelenting, especially focusing on the fact that Abdumuttalab was read his Miranda rights after he awoke from surgery. Recently, the Obama administration has begun pushing back at the GOP’s political onslaught. On Meet The Press this past Sunday, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, pointed out that he had kept key Congressional Republicans informed of Abdulmuttalab detainment by the FBI:

On Christmas night, I called a number of senior members of Congress. I spoke to Senators McConnell and Bond, I spoke to Representative Boehner and Hoekstra. I explained to them that he was in FBI custody, that Mr. Abdulmutallab was, in fact, talking, that he was cooperating at that point. They knew that “in FBI custody” means that there’s a process then you follow as far as Mirandizing and presenting him in front of a magistrate. None of those individuals raised any concerns with me at that point.

Brennan followed up his critique with a USA Today op-ed arguing that “too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points.” Brennan’s op-ed included the highly-charged assertion that “politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”

Republicans have responded to Brennan’s pushback with incredulity. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, citing former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen’s misunderstanding of the facts, called Brennan “troubling” on Fox News yesterday. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called Brennan an “egomaniac.” Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) declared Brennan “needs to go,” and is no longer “credible.” On Fox News today, Hoekstra, who repeatedly referred to Brennan as a “White House staffer” as opposed to an intelligence “professional,” said Obama should “fire” him. Watch it:

On MSNBC today, Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie grilled Bond about whether the “Republican Party deserve[s] some blame” for terrorism becoming “too politicized.” Bond responded in denial, saying, “give me a break.” “They’re the ones who went out and called politics and they played politics,” said Bond of the White House. In an ironic twist, however, he then claimed that criticisms of the Bush administration’s terrorism policy during the past eight years had been “political attacks.” The White House said today that Bond’s call for Brennan to resign was “pathetic.”

Unintentionally, Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade summed up the situation perfectly this morning when he said that Bond and Hoekstra had told him on the radio yesterday that “they’re just astounded and befuddled that” Brennan “continues to dig like this and act so political in condemning everybody else for acting political.”

GOP Senate candidate compares embryonic stem cell research to ?what the Nazis did to the Jews.?
In March 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that removed President Bush’s limitations on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, ending the tragic politicization of the issue that existed under the former president. GOP Senate candidate Curtis Coleman (R-AR), who is running against Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), blasted Obama’s decision in an interview […]

ColemanIn March 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that removed President Bush’s limitations on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, ending the tragic politicization of the issue that existed under the former president. GOP Senate candidate Curtis Coleman (R-AR), who is running against Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), blasted Obama’s decision in an interview yesterday, comparing embryonic stem cell research to “what the Nazis did to the Jews“:

On March 9, 2009, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, removing barriers to responsible research involving human stem cells.

Coleman, however, has different view on things.

“Embryonic stem cell research is taking the concept of taking a life and using it to conduct experiments so we can temporarily extend somebody else’s life. Let me tell you what I just described. I just described what the Nazis did to the Jews in the death camps of WWII,” says Coleman.


The Politics of Fear

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 11th, 2010 5:32 am by HL

The Politics of Fear

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