While the nation’s unemployment rate is hovering around 8.3 percent and slowly dropping, a certain Indianapolis Colts quarterback recently joined the ranks of the unemployed, reversing the trend. The Colts decided they didn’t want to hold on to Peyton Manning, instead focusing on rebuilding with either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III at quarterback. According to the Colts owner, the blue-collar Jim Irsay who flies around in his private Jet, (hmmmm Jets?) the $28 million bonus Manning was due... [Read more]
Alas Megaupload, we hardly knew ye. Formed in 2005 in the laissez-faire, tax shelter of Hong Kong, Megaupload’s one-click hosting quickly became a favorite of the file-sharing community. Anonymous users worldwide could find all of their favorite software, e-books, music, movies and television shows simply by typing their names into a search engine followed by a single word, Megaupload, and voilà, they would appear as if by magic for download. Users could watch the whole series of Sopranos, Mad... [Read more]
What is a SOPA? Isn’t that Spanish for soup? And isn’t PIPA Kate Middleton’s hotter-looking younger sister? Well, not exactly Beavis. SOPA actually stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA for the PROTECT IP Act, or the longer form “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act.” That mouthful of a title alone should give you the gist of the legislation that's being foisted upon the country by our dear leaders in Congress.
SOPA is sponso... [Read more]
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
Following a recent incident in which evil empire McDonald's prevented a blind woman from entering one of their establishments with her guide dog, rival burgermeister Wimpy launched a brilliant "Braille Burger" campaign that's reached over 800,000 sight-disabled people. The burger buns were baked with the words "100% pure beef burger, made for you" spelled in braille sesame seeds on their tops, bringing delight to the faces of those who touched them, and those who they touched, if you will. The c... [Read more]
Occupy Wall Street had its first major victory on Friday after Zuccotti Park’s Brookfield Office Properties backed down from its threat to evict protesters “temporarily” so the park could be power-washed. The thinly-veiled attempt to expel the demonstration was met with an increase in the number of protesters at the park and a march to the Cipriani restaurant to deliver a petition signed by 310,000 people to New York’s Mayor Bloomberg who was attending a gala event there.... [Read more]
In a further blurring of truth and fiction, The Onion gave members of Congress heart palpitations on Thursday when they tweeted: “Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside the Capitol building.” Despite the origin of the information, the Capitol Police and Congressional staffers were not amused. In the story posted on The Onion's website, armed members of Congress “brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols” had taken a group of school children hostage an... [Read more]
The movement to occupy Wall Street reached a fever pitch this week when some media outlets actually decided to cover the protest after nearly two weeks of nonchalantly looking the other way and hoping it would blow over. In the first significant demonstration in response to the bank bailouts, mortgage crisis, joblessness and daily, run-of-the-mill corruption, thousands of activists descended upon Wall St. on September 17th in a Day of Rage to begin the occupation. Police barricades were waitin... [Read more]
This week Vice Magazine celebrated the official launch of Vice.com, The Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information. Previously Vice’s online presence resided under viceland.com and VBS.tv because a domain squatter bought vice.com “when most people thought the World Wide Web was a Nintendo game,” according to the Vice article Finally, All Our Crap Is in One Place. In the video below Spike Jonze goes on the road with dagger-wearing Vice co-founder Shane Smith to discuss the o... [Read more]
Oh WikiLeaks. Like a drunken co-worker spilling the beans about his colleagues at the company Christmas party, WikiLeaks took all of the respect and goodwill it had accumulated over the course of its short swaggery career and flushed it all down the toilet. In the embarrassing comedy of errors that is pursuing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the organization that specializes in leaking information neglected to inform the Guardian that there was only one password for the treasure trove of ove... [Read more]