Monthly Archives: March 2011

Google a monopoly?

“Having prosecuted the Microsoft case, its seems to me that Google, as a monopoly, is engaging in the same tactics to keep its dominant position as Microsoft was engaging in,” Miller says. “Those are the same tactics that got Microsoft in trouble.” via DOJs Microsoft prosecutor: Google is a monopoly – Mar. 31, 2011. The

Scott Walker the hypocrite wants federal money back!

What a joke. Seriously. So, apparently Walker supports the concept of high-speed rail and doesn’t mind federal funds, as long as it doesn’t help get people—especially those pesky protesters—quicker to Madison. This pathetic excuse for a governor told the federal government that he did not want their $810 million dollars in what was most likely

Japanese workers are the unsung heroes

I wondered how all these workers near the nuclear plant were faring. Many of them — especially the small number charged with approaching damaged reactors and exposing themselves to unusually high doses of radiation — are viewed as heroes, preventing the world’s second worst nuclear calamity from becoming even more dire.

And you thought Four Loko was bad..

This is just terrible honestly. It’s like if Big Tobacco were to move into the liquor business. The Metropoulous family, which owns Pabst, is placing young women of color in the center of their marketing bullseye hoping to get youth hooked on super fruity, high-potency, 12% alcoholic beverages in massive 23.5 oz. single serving cans.

The fallacy of the Disney princess

Behold fairytales don’t really come true but nightmares oh, my child they are all too real. Your little girls are being exploited. Disney princess narratives have long been a staple of modern girlhood. But Cinderella Ate My Daughter emphasizes that princess culture is a 21st-century phenomenon, the result of marketing executives seeking some consumer magic

Did Cuomo do the right thing?

I just got an email from the Alliance for Quality Education of New York talking about the budget deal the Governor reached with legislators in Albany. In this budget there are cuts to education to the amount of 1.3 billion dollars. Now I know that Cuomo like other governors are saying that the state doesn’t

Product Placement Beware

It is only going to get worse. That situation has placed huge pressure on advertisers to get their products in front of viewers’ eyeballs in more subtle ways. American Idol judges now sit with Coke in front of them. Car chases have the hero driving certain makes of vehicle. Actors wear clothes from particular fashion

Woe is the Barnes Collection

A few months ago I happened to come across the documentary The Art of Steal. The film talks about the Barnes Collection and how later caretakers strayed terribly far from Barnes’ vision. There was always this pressure to turn the collection into a money generating cash cow when it was never meant to be. The

When corporations attack each other

I must admit I do find this hilarious. For example, if a manufacturer uses pirated software in the "manufacture, distribution, marketing, or sales" of products sold in Washington, Microsoft could sue the vendor of those products and get an injunction to stop the goods from being sold. So Washington widget retailers would be liable for

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