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Blu-Ray Protection Cracked

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Blu-Ray Protection Cracked
The leaked HDCP master key protecting millions of Blu-ray discs and devices that was posted to the web this week has been confirmed as legitimate, Intel representatives said late Thursday. The disclosure means Blu-ray discs can now be unlocked and copied.



Late Late Night FDL: Minuet In A Major

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Minuet In A Major
Dr. Teeth and the Electric MayhemMinuet In A Major. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Dr. Teeth and the Electric MayhemMinuet In A Major.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Tony Blair’s Journey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Tony Blair’s Journey
When a high-profile politician is in office, self-disclosure comes at too high a price, however carefully orchestrated it might be. But now that Blair has left 10 Downing Street, the former British prime minister is telling his story—and trying to protect his legacy—in a new memoir.

When a high-profile politician is in office, self-disclosure comes at too high a price, however carefully orchestrated it might be. But now that Blair has left 10 Downing Street, the former British prime minister is telling his story—and trying to protect his legacy—in a new memoir.

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One of Seven Americans Lives in Poverty
One out of every seven Americans lived through 2009 in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Working Americans haven’t been this poor in 50 years. The poverty line—$21,954 or less annual income for a family of four—is quite low and the number of Americans struggling to get by is much higher still. BBC: One in seven Americans was living in poverty in 2009 with the level of working-age poor the highest since the 1960s, the US Census Bureau says. The number of people in poverty increased by nearly 4m – to 43.6m – between 2008 and 2009, officials said. Read more

One out of every seven Americans lived through 2009 in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Working Americans haven’t been this poor in 50 years. The poverty line—$21,954 or less annual income for a family of four—is quite low and the number of Americans struggling to get by is much higher still.

BBC:

One in seven Americans was living in poverty in 2009 with the level of working-age poor the highest since the 1960s, the US Census Bureau says.

The number of people in poverty increased by nearly 4m – to 43.6m – between 2008 and 2009, officials said.

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Values Voters See Common Cause, If Not Agenda, With Tea Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Values Voters See Common Cause, If Not Agenda, With Tea Party
By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) With its emphasis on lower taxes and smaller government, the “tea party” movement hasn’t spent a…

Linda R. Monk, J.D.: The Constitution Is Not a Bumper Sticker
On September 17 our nation celebrates Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of its signing in Philadelphia by 39 of the 55 men who helped…

Sarah Palin Calls On Fox News To Help Republicans Campaign For November
In a speech at the Iowa Republican Party’s Reagan Dinner fundraiser on Friday, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called on the GOP to come together…

Jeff Danziger: Boehner Mispeaks


Right-wing media falsely claim LA spent “a couple million” in stimulus “per job” created

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Right-wing media falsely claim LA spent “a couple million” in stimulus “per job” created

Right-wing media have seized on a recent Los Angeles audit of some stimulus funds the city has received to falsely claim that each stimulus-funded job in LA cost the taxpayer an average of $2 million per job. In fact, the controller’s office noted that not all of the funds have been spent yet, additional jobs are expected, and moreover, such cost-per-job estimates are “highly misleading,” as they do not capture the full impact of the stimulus.

Right-wing media claim Los Angeles spent “$2 million per job,” cry waste

Ace of Spades suggests L.A. is creating jobs at a rate of $2.02 million per job. In a September 16 post, Ace of Spades blogger Gabriel Malor quoted from the audit and stated that Los Angeles created “54 and a half jobs. That’s it. Out of $111 million.” He then added that “for damn sure they were misspent” and suggested that each job cost roughly $2.02 million, stating “great news, sportsfans. Los Angeles has another $483 million in spendulus funds coming its way. At the present rate that’s a whole 239.3 jobs!”

Hoft: “Los Angeles has used $111 million in stimulus cash to create a whopping 55 jobs.” In a September 17 post, Jim Hoft suggested Los Angeles has used the entire $111 million, writing: “Another Democratic Success Story…Los Angeles has used $111 million in stimulus cash to create a whopping 55 jobs.”

Fox & Friends: LA gets “a failing grade” for spending “$2 million per” job. On the September 17 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy announced that the city of Los Angeles has “created 54.46 jobs for $111 million. That is $2 million apiece,” which co-host Brian Kilmeade said “really defines government waste.” Co-host Gretchen Carlson added that L.A. should get “a failing grade” for that job creation record. Doocy then echoed the Ace of Spades post, stating: “The good news is, according to the calculations, Los Angeles is going to get 483 million more dollars, which means, at this rate, they could create another 239 jobs. Not 239,000 jobs, 239.”

MacCallum: “I’d rather take the $2 million, probably, than the salary for the job.” On the September 17 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer noted that the Los Angeles controller stated that 55 jobs have been created with the $111 million in stimulus it has received so far and claimed, “That’s 2 million per job.” Co-host Martha MacCallum described the report as “shocking” and added: “I’d rather take the $2 million, probably, than the salary for the job.” During the subsequent segment with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, Hemmer claimed that the L.A. Department of “Public Works spent $70 million in stimulus funds; they created seven private sector jobs. Taxpayer cost per job: $1.5 million. Also in L.A., the Department of Transportation spent $40 million for nine other jobs. … Taxpayer cost per job: $4.4 million.” Varney responded: “Yes.” Fox aired the following onscreen graphic during the segment:

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In fact, Los Angeles did not “spend” $2 million per job

L.A. controller: Two L.A. departments have thus far “created or retained 54.46 jobs” from “$111 million in federal stimulus funds” but expects to create 264.14 jobs total. According to the L.A. controller’s press release, both the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) expect to create 264.14 jobs from the $111 million they have received once all the money has been spent:

DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works). LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall. Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.

LADOT spent has only spent $1.8 million of its $40.8 million; expects to create 26 jobs total. According to the auditor’s report on the Department of Transportation, the department has spent $1.8 million thus far and expects to create 26 jobs with the $40.8 million awarded:

DOTmoneyspent

L.A.’s DPW has only spent $5.24 million of its $70.65 million; expects to create 238.14 jobs total. According to the auditor’s report on the Department of Public Works, the department has spent $5.24 million thus far and expects to create 238.14 jobs with the $70.65 million reported.

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LA comptroller: Stimulus funds were not “misspent,” but “the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs.” From the L.A. comptroller’s press release:

“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million in ARRA funds. With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” said City Controller [Wendy] Greuel. “While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs. We’re going to continue to audit how these funds are spent, to ensure that they are expended quickly and correctly. I’m pleased that since our auditors completed their field work, the Departments have begun to implement the changes we identified to help get this money out the door faster.”

Such “highly misleading” calculations fail to capture full impact of stimulus funds

LADOT did not include jobs that were created on “contracted out” projects. In the audit report of the LADOT, the auditors noted: The estimated number of jobs to be created/retained represents the estimated jobs that will be created/retained throughout the grant period. These estimates do not include job estimates for contracted-out projects.”

Cost-per-job calculations of stimulus effects are “highly misleading,”‘ ignore “indirect employment.” In a November 2, 2009, “fact check” article, The Associated Press wrote that a similar cost-per-job estimate “likely left out some important details” because of the “indirect effects on the economy.”


Fox News Sues Over Carnahan Commercial, Says It Implies Network Endorsed Democrat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Fox News Sues Over Carnahan Commercial, Says It Implies Network Endorsed Democrat
Fox News wants to make this much perfectly clear to their viewers: their network didn’t endorse a Democrat. The network and anchor Christopher Wallace have sued Robin Carnahan, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Missouri, in federal court, alleging the politician used footage of Wallace’s interview of Rep. Roy Blunt (R) in a campaign ad which made it look as though the network was endorsing her.


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Weiner And Waxman Holding Goldline Hearings Next Week
Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) have announced a hearing next Thursday on Goldline International, a company that encourages consumers to convert their assets into gold to prepare for the supposedly inevitable market collapse. Goldline has been accused, by Weiner and others, of using “aggressive sales tactics and conservative spokespeople such as Fox News’ Glenn Beck to sell overpriced gold coins.”



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Both the GOP and Dems Taking a Dive in 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Both the GOP and Dems Taking a Dive in 2010


Jesus Squad: Does Christine O’Donnell’s Win Mean the Christian Right Is Ascendant in the Tea Party?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Jesus Squad: Does Christine O’Donnell’s Win Mean the Christian Right Is Ascendant in the Tea Party?
The Christian right, which O’Donnell’s campaign has quietly begun to court, could end up riding the tea party wave back into the halls of power.

The Christian right, which O'Donnell's campaign has quietly begun to court, could end up riding the tea party wave back into the halls of power.

How Medical Supply Companies Are Getting Away with Rip-off Prices
How medical behemoths are making America’s health care system more dangerous and expensive.

How medical behemoths are making America’s health care system more dangerous and expensive.

Israeli Beauty Products Company Ahava Complicit in the Sins of Occupation
Ahava is owned by entities deeply involved in Israel’s settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Activists are fighting to show it can’t hide its dirty side.

Ahava is owned by entities deeply involved in Israel's settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Activists are fighting to show it can't hide its dirty side.


Election Day May Be A Bummer But, At Least, Evan Bayh Will Be Gone

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Election Day May Be A Bummer But, At Least, Evan Bayh Will Be Gone
Check this out from THINK PROGRESS. One thing I admire about the right (it’s the only thing I admire about the right) is that they will not tolerate Republicans who totally sleep with the enemy. No Evan Bayh, Joe Lieberman,…



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Why Getting Tough With China Won’t Solve Our Jobs Problem
With unemployment in the stratosphere and the midterm elections weeks away, politicians naturally want to show voters they’re committed to getting jobs back. So now they’re getting tough on China. But it’s a dangerous ploy based on wishful thinking. Treasury…



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Queens Tornado– Nah, There is No Climate Change
Photo Credit: Nicholas Rosenberg…


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Citizens United Decision Allows Corporations To Make 2010 A Record-Breaking Year In Campaign Spending

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 18th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Citizens United Decision Allows Corporations To Make 2010 A Record-Breaking Year In Campaign Spending

campaignmoneyThe 2008 presidential election ushered in an unprecedented amount of campaign spending, with the presidential candidates taking in over $1.7 billion in donations. But, according to new research, corporations and their allies will trounce 2008’s “political spend-a-thon” in the 2010 midterm election season. “Liberated” by the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United decision, corporations and “well-established political players” will pump in 10 to 15 percent more cash in 2010 to “disrupt” races with more negative ads:

After the astronomical sums of cash thrown into the 2008 campaign, everyone’s pumping in even more — about 10 to 15 percent more— according to Kip Cassino, vice president of research at the media analysis firm Borrell Associates.

“Unlike a lot of industries in the United States right now, which are seeing some downturns, political spending is absolutely a growth industry,” Cassino says.

Fueling it, he says, is corporate money — dollars liberated by the Supreme Court when it ruled that corporations and unions can be unrestrained in their campaign spending.

Cassino says corporate funds probably account for a 10 percent jump in advertising.

And of course, those advertisements are almost always negative.

“The unwritten charter of these groups is to really be disruptive and try to go in there and turn a race on its head — or put a candidate on the defense,” says Evan Tracey, president of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising. “And by that nature, most of those ads that they’re gonna run this fall are gonna be negative ads.

The political players looking to up the ante include “big budget groups” like GOP operative Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is “the biggest collection point for corporate contributions.” American Crossroads “committed to raising tens of millions of dollars” while the Chamber will spend $40 million more than 2008 this year and “may go higher.” Along with a 2007 decision backing the Federal Election Commission’s drastic undercutting of disclosure rules, “business and its allies” can continue to support right-wing candidates and “wildly misleading” ads without anyone knowing who is pulling the purse strings.

IHOP Sued By Obscure Pancake Restaurant

IHOPThe International House of Prayer, an “end times” ministry based in Kansas City, Missouri, is being sued by a pancake restaurant which claims that it has already staked a claim to the “IHOP” acronym:

The International House of Pancakes has a filed a lawsuit against a Kansas City, Mo.-based religious group that calls itself the International House of Prayer over the acronym “IHOP.”

The flapjack purveyor is flapping mad, so it’s going after the church group — which also calls itself “IHOP-KC” — for trademark dilution and infringement in a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, The Kansas City Star reports.

The International House of Pancakes has been using the “IHOP” acronym since 1973, and has challenged a Kansas City, Mo.-based church group called the International House of Prayer over its use of the IHOP name.

The breakfast chain says it has used the “IHOP” acronym since 1973, and contends that the religious group has caused “great and irreparable injury and confuses the public” by adopting its four-character nickname.

Amusingly, because trademark infringement cases often come down to whether the defendant’s use of the plaintiff’s mark is likely to cause confusion” between the two parties, this case could turn upon whether anyone is likely to confuse a church with a pancake joint.