The Indian government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said had spread scare-mongering material that threatened national security.
The backlash came as New Delhi turned up the heat on Twitter, threatening “appropriate and suitable action” if it failed to remove the accounts as soon as possible. Several Indian newspapers said this could mean a total ban on access to Twitter in India but government officials would not confirm to Reuters that such a drastic step was being considered.
There was no immediate response from Twitter, which does not have an office in India. There are about 16 million Twitter users in the South Asian country.
India blocked access to more than 300 Web pages after threatening mobile phone text messages and doctored website images fuelled rumors that Muslims, a large minority in the predominantly Hindu country, were planning revenge attacks for violence in the northeastern state of Assam, where 80 people have been killed and 300,000 have been displaced since July.
I hear that works almost as well as abstinence - just ask Bristol Palin.
Nnnnn, okay, so some of the accounts that Bristol has given indicates that she wasn’t consenting to sex so I’m uncomfortable with this jab at her.
I wasn’t aware of Bristol Palin ever referring to her experience as rape, but to be safe, we can instead ask the Bush administration and various state governments.
TED Talks, a group that promotes some of the world’s greatest thinkers in a traveling presentation series, recently refused to publish a “controversial” examination of income inequality in societies, even though the group featured a relatively similar speech several months before the “Occupy Wall Street” protests flared up in 2011.
TED Talks curator Chris Anderson said a talk given in March by multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer was “one of the most politically controversial talks we’ve ever run,”according to emails obtained by National Journal reporter Jim Tankersley.
In the speech — which included a series of slides — Hanauer explained where the true wealth of market societies lies, saying that he’s confident rich people do not create jobs, and neither do businesses.
“Rather they are a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit,” he said, according to a transcript of the speech published by National Journal. “That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.”
Hanauer went on to explain that this feedback loop between capitalists like him and middle class consumers is what’s truly creating jobs, and that growth happens only when tax policies are designed to aid the consumer by taking more from the ultra-rich — and that it all, ultimately, benefits both classes.
“That’s why our current policies are so upside down,” he said. “When you have a tax system in which most of the exemptions and the lowest rates benefit the richest, all in the name of job creation, all that happens is that the rich get richer,” he said.
“Since 1980 the share of income for the richest Americans has more than tripled while effective tax rates have declined by close to 50 percent.
“If it were true that lower tax rates and more wealth for the wealthy would lead to more job creation, then today we would be drowning in jobs. And yet unemployment and under-employment is at record highs.”
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute - JFK
I am so happy for it because I’ve been able to get a few extra years on my dad’s health insurance since I still haven’t found a job since being expelled from school in 2009.
First caption on the left:
“I vote republican to keep foreigners, minorities, women, socialists, gays, and liberals from ruining my life.”
Second caption above the man with the money:
“I vote republican to keep this moron from realizing I’m the only one ruining his life.”
Oh. That’s how it works. ‘Merica.
Remember that report about how the U.S. Census doesn’t consider dads to be a “designated parent?” Well, the outrage hasn’t died and somebody much more motivated than me started a petition at change.org to wave in front of the big mucky-mucks at the U.S. Census Bureau. Go eSign it and show your support for dads.
And on behalf of dads everywhere, thanks.
The link didn’t work for me!!!
Sexism hurts men too.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert
On the Republican Primaries:
Apparently santorum is pulling ahead in the Southern states. He’s won Mississippi and Alabama. I saw women at these rallies. Do they not care about their rights and realize that under santorum, they will be worse than second-class citizens, they’ll basically be baby-making slave machines, forced to marry and stay married and keep this country together in misery and injustice for all?
santorum doesn’t stand a chance in the blue states but when it comes to the final election…
Shortest horror story ever told: president santorum.
I would leave this country.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a request on Friday for public comment on whether government agencies should be allowed to block access to cellphone networks.
The request stems from an incident last summer, when a San Francisco transit agency shut off the transmitters that allow for cellphone reception in four underground subway stations to disrupt a planned protest over a police shooting.
» via The Hill
This should be getting way more attention.
via Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page: “These are the witnesses testifying on the birth control benefit right now on Capitol Hill. What is wrong with this picture?”
YAY. LOOK AT THESE MEN TELL WOMEN WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR BODIES. YEP. WE’RE STILL IN THE DARK AGES. I’M WAITING FOR THE PLAGUE.
“Penetration of a woman’s vagina without her consent is sexual assault. In other words, it is rape — which is punishable by imprisonment.”
So why then are states in the U.S. considering laws that would force a woman to undergo rape — according to legal definition — before they can have an abortion?
This is especially disgusting because most abortion procedures are themselves less physically invasive than a trans-vaginal ultrasound.
State-sanctioned bigotry and misogyny run amok.
Virginia is poised to send two of the most abhorrent anti-choice bills to Governor Bob McDonnell to sign. The governor, eyes trained on a vice presidential bid, has indicated he will sign at least one if not both of the bills.
The first is a bill requiring the use of trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a woman obtaining an abortion, the other is an egg-as-person bill. Like other failed “personhood” bills, the Virginia provision would outlaw not only abortion but also forms of hormonal birth control.
Although the Governor has said he will consider the personhood bill he has been clear he would sign the forced ultrasound bill. But let’s start calling this what it really is: state sanctioned rape.
All eyes are on the White House this morning after the New York Times published an interview with Obama re-election campaign manager David Axelrod. Over the past several weeks, Obama Administration officials have publicly defended the decision; however, it looks likes the President may be having a change of heart.
“We certainly don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedoms, so we’re going to look for a way to move forward that both provides women with the preventative care that they need and respects the prerogatives of religious institutions,” Mr. Axelrod said.
Religious groups across the country, including several friendly to the White House, have been up in arms since the President’s declaration last month. Many Catholic organizations have vowed to fight the mandate in court, and lawmakers around the country have begun prepping their own legislation to counter-act the new mandate. Senator Marc Rubio was the first lawmaker to do so, when he introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the U.S. Senate last week
(image courtesy of the Huffington Post/Getty)
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint.
With elections coming up, Obama is starting his campaign strategies, which include (finally) answering all those whitehouse.gov petitions (though I’m uncertain whether those pat, politic, uncommitted and nebulous replies deserve to be called “answers”), some good news announcements for things like the XL Pipeline (am I supposed to say thanks for not ruining our environment just yet?), and gearing up for his State of the Union address.
And, with all of this, his campaign is trying to reconnect him with a deeply distanced base and the American people in general. Anyways, one of the strategies used in all of these efforts is his “talking” to the American people, the idea that he’s listening and responding. And I’ve been getting some emails from the White House (I’m on a few mailing lists), asking what I’d like to ask the President. In short, they’re looking for more material, more gripes for the President to take care of - or make it seem like he’s taking care of.
So here’s what I’m going to do, and what I think we all should be doing. Let’s focus on one essential question, a question that Occupy and others have been talking about, a question which cuts to the core of so much corruption in politics:
Mr. President, what are you
going to doDOING to get money out of politics?
Let’s make this our question, and the question for all the candidates. Let’s spread the word to make this the defining question of the election - and just maybe we’ll start to see some real, lasting change.
P.s. 5 days left to submit this question to Obama’s youtube ‘interview’. Come on Tumblr, let’s make a dent!