Category Archive: Political

Politics-oriented articles and analysis.

Mar 21 2010

Google: The American National Champion

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Google has been making headlines in almost every arena over the last couple years.  From technology to philanthropy to infrastructure to research to international politics, the Mountain View, CA, company is managing to impact nearly every American in some way and is taking on the role of national champion to spread its influence far and …

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Mar 19 2010

Are You A Citizen Of This New Nation?

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FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, has been in the news a lot recently speaking about the future of broadband internet access in America and what we can do to develop it.  One phrase being stressed is digital citizenship – are you an effective citizen of this new, digital nation?  Citizenship@MaRS by mars_discovery_district To find the answer, …

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Feb 26 2010

Every Home Connected: National Internet Plan

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A recent survey conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that a whopping nearly one-third of the U.S. population (93 million people) do not subscribe to broadband at home.  The main causes have been identified, and the government plans to address them at the national level.  Le musée de la Communication de Berlin, courtesy …

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Feb 20 2010

Update: Why Reconciliation? [Where HealthCare Stands]

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Leading up to the mid-January special election for the late Senator Kennedy’s seat, I wrote a brief post on the Democrats’ backup plan if Brown won.  Well, Brown won, and reconciliation has been called for.  Here’s a deeper look at the process and how it’s being used.  Budget reconciliation is a provision of the Congressional …

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Feb 10 2010

All Actors Under One Union

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It’s sheer idiocy that so many of my fellow actors cannot qualify for health insurance and benefits these days.  Many factors contribute to this dilemma, including rising out-of-state production and a lack of production investment funds due to the Great Recession, but the most ridiculous of these is the work division between SAG and AFTRA.  …

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Feb 08 2010

Stage 2, Deploy! NASA in the New Millennium

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When a CNN article broke today over NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s concerns about job losses under Obama’s proposed budget (check it out: Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011), my first reaction was of frustration and disgust.  “Always, they are stripping the space exploration budgets!” I cried.  A quick dig into the Whitehouse.gov …

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Feb 03 2010

Politics of Social Change, or Molasses in Winter

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If ever I thought the entertainment industry was full of “hurry up and wait,” I have only to look at Capitol Hill.  Last week (Wednesday, January 28, to be exact) marked the end of the first stage of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial over Proposition 8 and its ban on same-sex marriage.  According to …

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