In 1849, Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, was founded in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn…
Over 160 years later, the plant was finally closed for good.
I was recently given a tour by the new owners, and was blown away by what remains in the 8-story, block-wide factory: labs, a cafeteria, a gym, a doctor’s office, and tons more - and it’s all available for filming/photo shoots.
1. Andrew Breitbart, who has a clear history of misrepresenting facts to smear progressives, is propagating it.
2. Representative Anthony Weiner, one the few strong progressive voices in Washington, is the target.
What we don’t know is whether it’s true.
If Rep. Weiner actually did send a lewd picture to a young woman over Twitter, well then, that was stupid and he should apologize. If it’s not true, then Andrew Breitbart has once again tricked the D.C. media establishment into paying attention to a ridiculous non-issue instead of the real problems American families are facing.
Oh, how I wish the DC Media covered the corporate ratfucking of America with the same tenacious attention and determination as they do stupid tabloid shit like this.
Here’s a few more:
We know there’s a spoofing vulnerability in yfrog (simply email via blackberry an image to your yfrog account email address and it appears in your twitter stream. Anyone, once they know your yfrog account *address*, can do this).
We know this image was sent via yfrog.
I’m willing to bet that the EXIF data on the original image does not match any camera Weiner owns.
I’m willing to bet that the EXIF data on the original image matches some rightwing nutjob with an unhealthy obsession with Weiner.
But just as more and more American consumers are joining the streaming-video party, and using more bandwidth because of that, their internet service providers – many of which, by no coincidence, also run large cable TV operations — are getting set to cap the fun.
With companies like Netflix and Hulu threatening their subscription-cable business, companies including AT&T, Comcast and Charter no longer want to aid the competition by offering consumers all-you-can-eat broaband.
The message: Think twice before you cut that cord, America.
This month, AT&T joined competing ISPs Comcast and Charter in putting a limit on the amount of data its customers can use each month. After its customers pipe 150 gigabytes of data through their modems — 250 gigabytes for subscribers to its UVerse cable service — AT&T will start charging them for each extra byte.
Comcast is a little more harsh. Instead of charging a fee for exceeding limits, the company — which now owns NBC Universal, in addition to its own cable system — kicks off from its network customers who go over the 250 gigabyte limit more than twice in six months.
The real point of the caps, analysts say, is to prevent people from ditching expensive cable service the way many have gotten rid of their wired telephone lines.
“Given the way in which internet service providers across the country have tried to structure their data caps, they’ve done so in a way that threatens not just Netflix, but all types of independent online video distribution,” Joel Kelsey, a political adviser to Free Press, a national nonprofit that works exclusively with media and technology policy, told TheWrap.
Of course they are. We saw this anti-competition when NBC convinced the FCC to block FM radio in the 30s. Same with television in the 30s. Same with NBC vs. community cable operators in the 60s and 70s. Same with AT&T versus Hush-a-phone and other non-AT&T attachments to the Bell system.
And now, since the old communication monopolies couldn’t prevent the Internet (and streaming media) from happening, they’re going to limit it as much as they can.
Because it ruins their old monolithic models of growth. It interrupts, it disrupts. We see this attempted every single time an emerging technology has the potential to vastly disrupt entrenched businesses. And it usually succeeds if the entrenched business is monopolistic (regional or otherwise) or holds the favor of Congress or the FCC, or is all three.
Sarah Palin may want to ride that bus to a dark and quiet place: The state of Alaska will soon release 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails from when she was governor, according to the Anchorage Daily News. They’ll be sent to people and news agencies, including the Associated Press, MSNBC, and The New York Times, who requested them. Some of the emails will be at least partially blacked out at state lawyers’ recommendations; also, 2,415 pages were deemed privileged, personal, or otherwise exempt. Each media organization will receive five boxes of emails, weighing 55 pounds apiece. They’ll have to pay for hundreds of dollars in shipping, in addition to $725.97 in copying fees.
So, they shut down the L train all weekend. I finally got fed up with it and got a bike on saturday. So glad I did. But I’m not in good enough shape yet to commute to work (that bridge is an asshole).
So, like every time I try to get to work early (an hour early or so), I hop on the train at 8:30.
Only to have it take 30 minutes to go from Jefferson to Montrose. That’s two stops. It took another hour to get to Union Square. No alerts from MTA about it, only that it supposedly resumed with ‘residual delays’ at 9:30. Bullshit.
I have a theory that their weekend shutdowns to ‘repair’ and ‘improve service’ are actually destroying the signals so they degrade service. To decrease ridership on this line and increase it on the J/M. Because it’s already damn overcrowded.
The Republican-led House has passed a defense spending bill Thursday with a number of controversial provisions. If signed into law, the bill would prohibit any non-U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism from receiving a federal trial regardless of where they were arrested. In addition, the bill expands the president’s ability to wage an endless worldwide war against terrorism suspects and against nations suspected of supporting them even when there is no connection to the Sept. 11 attacks. Laura Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union criticized the bill, saying, “A new authorization of worldwide war will mean unrestricted powers to use the military at home and abroad.”
Fuck everything about this. And people ask me why I’m nervous around cops.
It’s not because I’m holding - I’m not.
It’s because I don’t know if they’re corrupt power-hungry shitstains that shoot veterans or rape drunk women, or one of the good guys that actually makes a fucking difference. I hope they’re the latter, but fear that they’re the former.