Week in review: the good, bad and ambiguous
January 22, 2010 § 2 Comments
— Cindy McCain is not a H8er: Cindy McCain poses for the NOH8 campaign for gay marriage, sending the message that marriage equality is not a partisan issue. Imagine- if only she went public on this while her husband, a Prop 8 supporter, was on the campaign trail. Still, props Cindy. [NoH8 Campaign]
— Speaking Chinese increases in coolness: More schools around America are offering Chinese as a foreign language. Approximately 1,600 American public and private schools are teaching Chinese, up from ~300 a decade ago, and the numbers are growing exponentially. [NYT]
— Scott Brown in the nude: The man who replaces Ted Kennedy as senator of MA not only voted against providing federal assistance to Massachusetts 9-11 workers, but also posed nude for Play Girl.Tell me, what would the chances be for a woman who posed nude for Play Girl to win a Senate seat? View Brown in the nude at your own discretion. [San Francisco Chronicle]
— Free $peech,$upreme Court $tyle: Yesterday in a 5-4 decision, the Court knocked down long-established laws that were put in place to control corporate influence over electoral politics. Wringing the first amendment dry of all meaning, the majority cited the right to free speech to justify corporations’ right to buy as many votes as their profit permits.
— Bye-bye Air America: On Wednesday, Air America ceased its operation and filed for bankruptcy.
— Michigan’s unemployment rate- it could be worse- Michigan’s unemployment rate declined slightly in December for the third straight month, moving from 14.7 in November to 14.6 in December. But economists don’t expect to the state to have a net increase in jobs until late 2011. [ABC]
— Somalian pirates not all bad: In recent years, the presence of pirates near the coast of Somalia have the unintended effect of warding off illegal commercial trawlers that come to loot the oceans. That’s leaving local fishermen in Somalia and northern Kenya with outsize catches, and therefore, a higher income. Red snapper, barracuda and oranda have all reportedly returned in larger numbers. [TIME]
— Google and China: Mixed feelings here. On the one hand, Google seems to be taking a hit for the sake of human rights. On the other hand, what tangible good does pulling out of China really do? Would any lives be saved by this (potential) maneuver? And for reasons entirely selfish, I am going to China this February, and I don’t know how to live even a day of my life without Google.
— Facebook group says London’s olympic logo looks like Lisa Simpson giving head: When I first saw it, I thought it was just plain ugly. Now, I just don’t know what to think… [MySexProfessor]