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I haven't seen an episode of this "Game of Thrones"

Although I thought this vid was the pinnacle of western civilization...


Should I start watching this GoT, or just stick to watching vids like these??

Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition. Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, federal and state prosecutors, top congressional staffers.

What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. At the time, the company was under FTC investigation over concerns about the dominance of its famed search engine, a case that threatened Google’s core business.

In the weeks leading up to the GMU event, Google executives suggested potential speakers and guests, sending the center’s staff a detailed spreadsheet listing members of Congress, FTC commissioners, and senior officials with the Justice Department and state attorney general’s offices.

“If you haven’t sent out the invites yet, please use the attached spreadsheet, which contains updated info,” Google legal assistant Yang Zhang wrote to Henry Butler, executive director of the law center, according to internal e-mails obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request. “If you’ve sent out the invites, would it be possible to add a few more?”

Butler replied, “We’re on it!”

On the day of the conference, leading technology and legal experts forcefully rejected the need for the government to take action against Google, making their arguments before some of the very regulators who would help determine its fate.


Excellent breakdown of how many pies Google is sticking their fingers in, their unholy alliances, unsavory bedfellows, how they get useful idiots to unwittingly campaign for their bills, etc...They're like a slightly less misanthropic Koch brothers...

Anyone who has read my posts on the NSA threads knows that one of my many issues with the way the story is reported is how corporations like Google who do massive data collections to their own ends have been able to skate while the NSA has gotten all the global scorn...Actually, Google did more than skate -- While everyone was focusing their attention on the NSA, Google did a quick disguise change and made themselves into an *innocent victim* instead of waiting to be outed as a willing partner; and everyone fell for the ruse (quick note to the NSA PAO: THAT is how you skilfully conduct damage control in a public relations crisis -- Google is even scrubbing all online links they have to certain DoD projects as well)...And now Google is lobbying for MORE data collection powers? With nary a bit of public anger or even attention even after the Google+ expose?

I realize that probably a quarter of DU regulars have me on ignore by now (I don't blame them; I've put them on ignore as well)...But I'm very, very interested in hearing peoples' thoughts about this...For the record, Greenwald and Snowden have repeatedly said in interviews and public comments that corporate data collection is a non-issue...If they are being willfully duplicitous on this issue, god help them...

FDNY v. NYPD: Bench-Clearing Brawl Breaks Out During Charity Hockey Game

There’s been much debate about abolishing the fistfight from hockey. If fighting becomes a thing of the past, will charity games follow suit?

The annual charity hockey game between the FDNY and NYPD saw some ugliness surface when New York’s Bravest and New York’s Finest engaged in a bench-clearing brawl for the ages. The NYPD won the game 8-5, but all anyone will remember from the 41st edition of the game will be this massive donnybrook that saw cops and firefighters beating the hell out of each other.

Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2014/fdny-v-nypd-fight-hockey/#6EoD2lWoWK3yFHAc.99

Too Black to Fail

The first African-American and female president of the Harvard Lampoon talks comedy, race, and hugging it out with Henry Louis Gates. —Alexis Wilkinson

Is it possible to smile and wince at the same time? It must be, because that’s what my face is doing against Henry Louis Gates’s blazer. He’s on a stage, and I’m standing on the floor below, but it’s not much of a stretch—short stage, short man, tall me—and my face is smushed into his jacket. “I’m so proud of you,” he tells me, squeezing. “Another Negro first!”

On the one hand, it feels great to be recognized by one of the nation’s preeminent African-American scholars. On the other hand, let’s be real: All I’ve done is become president of a college humor magazine.

But people keep telling me that this is a big deal—because the magazine in question is the Harvard Lampoon, the 138-year-old institution that has launched luminaries like Conan O’Brien, Andy Borowitz, and B. J. Novak. And I am its first president to be both female and black.

My election may have seemed like an even bigger deal because it happened just as the blogosphere was going nuts about comedy, gender, and race. Back in January, Saturday Night Live hired its first black female cast member in more than six years. Meanwhile, Jerry Seinfeld told a reporter he didn’t think diversity in comedy was important. Oh, and then Black History Month happened. It was a black-girl-comedy perfect storm, and I was in peak position to be swept up in it.

In all the dialogue, it seems there are three distinct roles people expect me to play as the first woman of color to lead this historically very white, very male organization. Some folks envision me as a glorious radical, Afro two miles wide, burning down every relic of white male patriarchal comedy. Other people are afraid I’ll come in as the PC police, turning the Lampoon into a humorless, Soviet-style-gulag. On the flip side, I could be a race traitor: Auntie Tom, a cog in the comedy machine, shucking and jiving my way to the top with no intention of shaking up massah’s status quo. The idea of taking up any of these roles is utterly unappealing.


Reception Honoring the 100th anniversary of Booker T Washington’s Riverside Visit

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – The 100th anniversary of educator Dr. Booker T. Washington’s memorable visit to Riverside was Sunday March 23rd. During that visit he gave three unforgettable presentations: one at the newly built 1st Congregational Church, another at the Second Baptist Church, and the final one in the Cloister Music Room of the Mission Inn. Washington also found time to accompany Mission Inn owner Frank Miller to Mt. Rubidoux where the two men were photographed together. This iconic image is a lasting reminder of the impact Washington’s visit had on our community. When Washington passed away a year later, Miller arranged for a memorial service at the hotel. Washington’s 1914 visit remains an important part of Riverside’s history with the most visible reminder being a bust of Washington commissioned by the Black Voice Foundation and placed near the entrance of the Mission Inn.

The community was invited to a program Saturday, April 5 at the Mission Inn Museum located at 3696 Main Street in downtown Riverside, Calif.

The short program includes remarks by Kenneth Morris, Jr. Ken is the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, and Founder & President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives with a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude, and advance freedom through knowledge and strategic action.

The exhibit features items on loan to the museum by Dr. Norman Towels from his collection of African-American books and historic artifacts. For more information email paulette@bpcmediaworks.com.


Oprah Winfrey Network Making Mini-Series on Tulsa Race Riot

The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot is the subject of a new mini-series on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The network announced the mini-series on Thursday as a part of its upcoming line up.

The working title of the series is “Tulsa” and will star Octavia Spencer, known for her role in “The Help.”

“The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism. Mattie's journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies,” according to the network’s website.


Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Gary Williams headline HOF class

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unites the legends from the sport at all levels, making it one of the prestigious honors in sports. On Monday, the inductees for the 2014 class were announced.

Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond headline the group of players selected in this year's class, each following their successful college careers with multiple NBA All-Star selections and a world title for Zo in 2006.

Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and former Maryland coach Gary Williams give the college game two well-respected names into the hall, along with the 1972-74 Immaculata University women's teams; winners of the first three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships.

Bob "Slick" Leonard (American Basketball Association), Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton (Early African Pioneers), Sanunas Marciulionis (International), Guy Rodgers (Veterans) and former NBA commissioner David Stern (Contributor) were the direct election inductees from each committee.


Billy Jones reflects on breaking ACC's color barrier in basketball

On occasion, Billy Jones' granddaughter reminds him of what he'd as soon forget.

"Pop-Pop, you are old," Cleo Pounds will say. That's Jones' cue to dig out his scrapbooks, curl up on the sofa and regale the 8-year-old with sporting tales of yore — from the time he led Towson High to a state basketball championship in 1963 to his college days at Maryland to his run as men's basketball coach at UMBC.

"Because I'm a senior, my grandchildren struggle imagining me to be very active," said Jones, 67, who lives in Orlando, Fla. "They love hearing stories, and I love sharing them. It's important that they know their history."

Grandpa wasn't just any player. When he signed with the Terps 50 years ago Monday, Jones became the first African-American to earn a basketball scholarship in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A year later, on Dec. 1, 1965, he broke the league's color barrier by playing in a game at Penn State. Three days after that, the 6-foot-1 Jones scored his first basket on a running layup in a victory over Wake Forest as 11,300 fans in Cole Field House — then the largest crowd ever for a Maryland home opener — saw history made.

Off the court, he faced blatant racism on trips down Tobacco Road. More than once, the Terps walked out of hotels and restaurants that refused Jones service.

"One night we were to take a late train home from Durham, , after a game at Duke," teammate Gary Williams remembered. "At the station, we all piled into the snack bar to eat before boarding. But when they wouldn't serve Billy, we all left."


African American Music Museum on track to be built in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville could start as early as next year.

Project leaders told The Tennessean the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Convention Center in downtown.

The wheels were put in motion to build a museum to honor African American culture in 2000 when the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce created a task force to study the issue.

Initially, the project had a fundraising goal of more than $43 million, but that was reduced after the city offered up the convention center. In 2006, the city committed $10 million toward the project, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said the city's commitment still stands.

"I believe there is strong interest and demand for this type of museum, and the planned location is in a vibrant section of our downtown," he said.

Known best for country music, some say, Nashville's original "Music Row" was Jefferson Street, which until the 1970s was a vibrant corridor of live music venues where iconic musicians like Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix built their careers and where local legends like Frank Howard, Jimmy Church and Marion James earned a living.


"How DU still doesn't get it", episode number 36,328


Even after the post near the bottom explaining how this is standard procedure, and even after I called everyone out on their latent racial assumptions, the derpitude in that thread is boiling over...

Who knew we were such a violent people with such little regard for the rule of law?
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