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The Greatest Twitter Response Ever

SAT MAY 05, 2012 AT 05:15 PM PDT
The Greatest Twitter Response Ever
by The Troubadour
for Writing by David Harris Gershon

Rupert Murdoch released a 140-character manifesto on Twitter today that was so laden with irony – that was so unintentionally self-critical – legendary UK journalist Jon Snow couldn't help himself.

Here's the moment, captured by Rob Hicks:


Iran Elections 2012: Ahmadinejad Routed By Rivals

Source: Huffington Post

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's support in Iran's parliament crumbled as final results released Saturday showed conservative rivals consolidating their hold on the legislative body in a runoff vote.

Iran has touted a robust turnout for Friday's vote as a show of support for the country's religious leadership in its confrontation with the West over the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program.

The result is also a new humiliation for Ahmadinejad, whose political decline started last year with his bold but failed challenge of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the choice of intelligence chief.

While usually in agreement with the conservatives on foreign policy and many other issues, he had tried to change the rules of the political game in Iran, where the president and legislature are subordinate to religious figures like Khamenei.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/05/iran-elections-2012-ahmadinejad_n_1483744.html

“Corporations aren’t people,” Obama said, slamming Romney’s previous comments. “People are people.”

The gloves come off as Obama launches reelection campaign
By Amie Parnes and Carlo Munoz - 05/05/12 02:12 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The gloves are off.


Hitting the stump with first lady Michelle Obama — who introduced him — the president mentioned his almost certain opponent Mitt Romney by name, a practice he had largely avoided until Saturday.

In his speech, he complimented Romney for being a successful businessman. But he also knocked him for being an out-of-touch billionaire who “has drawn the wrong lessons from those experiences” in the business world.

“Corporations aren’t people,” Obama said, slamming Romney’s previous comments. “People are people.”


car-top kennels for everyone!



Governor Romney's Job Growth Record -- Worse than Obama and Carter's

Mitt Romney's sole claim to the presidency is that his business experience will enable him to accelerate job growth in America.

The GOP debates revealed that Romney was a failure as governor, with Massachusetts 47th in the nation in job growth, and only one of the four states that did not recover to pre-2001 recession job levels before the Bush/Cheney economic collapse hit.

But, let us talk less about rankings, and more about actual jobs.

What is that story? Again, for Romney it is dismal.

During Romney's four years as Governor of Massachusetts, he added 61,000 new jobs. At the time, Massachusetts had 2.5 percent of the nation's population. Thus, extrapolated to the nation as a whole, Romney would have added 2.4 million jobs.

In four years.


They Made Us a Nation of Bedwetters

They Made Us a Nation of Bedwetters
by BooMan
Sat May 5th, 2012 at 12:18:49 AM EST

I don't know anyone who is avidly anticipating or who plans to avidly follow the sham-trial of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Comparing it to the O.J. Simpson trial is a sad joke. The sad truth is that the man most responsible for the carnage of 9/11 would probably walk free if given a fair trial because Dick Cheney and George W. Bush decided to torture him and tainted the evidence against him. Since we are understandably unwilling to just let him go, he will be given a fake trial instead and then he will be condemned to death. Very few people will mourn his passing, but his life is not what we should be mourning. We should be mourning the legitimacy of our system of justice.


Enraged Ted Nugent threatens to ‘f*ck’ female CBS producer

“Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life!” an enraged Nugent screamed. “Call me when you meet someone who does that more than I do because that’s really moderate! In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme! I’m an extremely loving, passionate man! And people who investigate me honestly — without the baggage of political correctness — ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy! And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll suck your fucking dick!”

“Or fuck you!” he said, turning to Glor’s female producer. “How’s that sound?”


“whats happening in Britain is eating News Corp up-an extraordinary corporate death is taking place"

FRI MAY 04, 2012 AT 02:00 PM PDT
Murdochgate: "Extraordinary Corporate Death is Taking Place." + Cameron in a Panic

The Financial Times has just published a review of four different Murdochgate books. An excerpt:

The world in which he moved so freely is closing in on Rupert Murdoch. A committee of British MPs has judged him “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”. He faces regulatory and legal challenges in the three Anglophone countries in which he has been most powerful – Australia, the UK and the US. The British tabloids that once fuelled his expansion are faltering, the aggression and distortions of their journalism held up to ridicule and contempt.

Tom Watson, the Labour MP who levered himself up from lonely railer against a scornful empire into one of its most doughty enemies, writes at the end of Dial M for Murdoch, co-authored with Martin Hickman of the Independent, that Murdoch’s company, News Corporation, “may not be strong enough to withstand” all that is still to be thrown against it. He quotes Michael Wolff, Murdoch’s most obsessive (and most bet-hedging) chronicler, as writing that “what’s happening in Britain is eating News Corp up ... an extraordinary corporate death is taking place”.

(bolding by diarist)


Welcome to the 1% Recovery-"the top 1% captured 93% of the income gains in first year of recovery"

Welcome to the 1% Recovery
MAR 5, 2012
Mike Konczal

As the 1% reap 93 percent of the income gains from the recovery, we're rapidly returning to pre-New Deal levels of inequality.

There was a brief debate focused on the following question: would the gains of the economy continue to accrue to the top 1% once the recovery started, or would they have a weak post-recession showing in terms of raw income growth as well as income share of the economy? The top 1% had a rough Great Recession. They absorbed 50 percent of the income losses, and their share of income dropped from 23.5 percent to 18.1 percent. Was this a new state of affairs, or would the 1% bounce back in 2010?

We finally have the estimated data for 2010 by income percentile, and it turns out that the top 1% had a fantastic year. The data is in the World Top Income Database, as well as Emmanuel Saez’s updated "Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States" (as well as the excel spreadsheet on his webpage). Timothy Noah has a first set of responses here. The takeaway quote from Saez is, "the top 1% captured 93% of the income gains in the first year of recovery.”

First off, let’s get some absolute numbers here. Here is income by important percentiles, as well as the change from 2009-2010. I include the change with and without capital gains to make it clear that this is a phenomenon both in and independent of a strong stock market:


WOW, lots more:

Chen will be coming to the US. Who’s ashamed now?

Campaigning in Virginia, Romney was quoted as saying that if news reports that Chen was pressured to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing are true, it would represent a "dark day for freedom" and a "day of shame for the Obama administration."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/03/147664/mitt-romney-calls-chen-guangcheng.html#storylink=cpy


Now it turns out that Chen is angry at Chinese officials—not Americans—because the Chinese reneged on the deal they made with him:

In a telephone interview early Friday, Chen said he does not blame American officials for his plight after leaving the U.S. Embassy under a deal they helped strike. But he accused Chinese officials of reneging on their promises to fully restore his freedom.



US expects China to allow dissident Chen Guangcheng to travel abroad
Officials say Beijing has indicated it will push through activist's application to leave China after offer of study from US university

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