Cause I’m a Supersoaker red, white,
And blew em all away
With the kisses unclean
as the words that you say
- "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it."
- "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
- "We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that…
People keep sending this story to me because, after all, I’m Jewish and they feel warmly toward me. And it is heartwarming to learn that Americans think Jews are pretty ok.
But pretty ok needs some discussion.
Americans feel slightly more positive about Jews than they do about other religious minorities. But Jews scored a 63/100 in this survey. That doesn’t mean that Americans think really highly of Jews. a 50/100 means someone doesn’t feel either positively or negatively about the religious group. So, people feel slightly better than neutral about Jews.
I mean, that’s not nothing. I probably would have been happy with neutral, given the way Americans report feeling about Muslims.
But here’s the conclusion from a piece in the Atlantic that I think captures the results rightly:
looking too closely at this whole experiment is an invitation to feel uneasy about pluralism in America. It’s unsettling that “63” out of 100 was the mean rating for the most popular group in the survey (and I’ll say it again, just because it brings me pleasure: that would be the Jews). Americans from all groups, it seems, feel pretty lukewarm about anyone who isn’t like them.
Jon Stewart tries to get Hillary Clinton to say she’s running for president.
Rachel Maddow, 9/30/13 (via alexaaact)
This is how you interview someone who isn’t telling the truth on fracking.
Congressional Democrats aren’t letting up on pressuring the FCC to preserve real net neutrality. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont Democrats, held a standing-room-only field hearing on the issue last week, in which everyone who spoke opposed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s two-tiered internet approach. That includes Leahy and Welch. And on Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) spoke at a Free Press event and made sure the audience understands what’s at stake in his fight.“It is absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time,” Franken said at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by the advocacy group Free Press.(I suspect that’s the reaction Franken has to his Republican colleagues, on every issue.) The FCC has now received more than 625,000 emails and comments about net neutrality. Public comment on the current proposal by Wheeler for a two-tiered, pay-for-play internet ends next week, but the commission will accept responses on comments already made through mid-September, and won’t decide on the issue before the end of the year.
“Do we want deep-pocketed corporations controlling what information you get at what speed?” he added. […]
“This has been the architecture of the Internet from the beginning, and everyone should understand that,” he said.
“Some of my colleagues in the Congress don’t understand that. … You just want to go ‘Oh, come on,’ ” Franken said. “’Really, don’t get up and talk unless you know something.’”
If you haven’t already, send your comments supporting net neutrality. You can use the FCC comments page; the inbox they set up specifically for this issue, firstname.lastname@example.org; and with Daily Kos’s petition.