MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry recorded a commercial for the network
in which she stated that children do not belong to their parents, but are instead the responsibility of the members of their
“We have never invested as much in public education as we should
have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We
haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children,” she says in a spot for the network’s “Lean
Forward” campaign. “So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their
parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” Read more...
(Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S.
spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the
country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.Full Story...
By 2014 all new cars might come with a little black box (Event Data Recorder - EDR). Some expect increased
safety and savings on insurance premiums, while opponents fear privacy issues; CarInsuranceCalculator.info wraps up and issues
a survey to ask consumers if consumers would trade their privacy for lower rates.
As Americans brace for across-the-board tax
hikes, President Obama is giving members of Congress -- and his No. 2 -- a pay raise.
Obama signed an executive order last week that will lift a ban on pay freezes for
So who benefits? Vice President
Biden, for starters. According to disclosure forms, Biden made $225,521 last year. After his raise which goes into effect
March 27, 2013, he’ll be taking home $231,900.
members of Congress, meanwhile, will see a $900 bump -- up from $174,000. Congressional leaders will receive a slightly higher
raise, with the House speaker receiving a $1,100 salary increase to $224,600. The top two Senate leaders will see pay rise
$1,000, to $194,400.
They aren’t the only ones
who will see a bump in their paycheck. Obama also OK’d raises for circuit and district court judges.
Some have questioned why the president would give Congress a pat on
the back at a time when neither Republicans nor Democrats have been able to come to a compromise on how to head off $600 billion
in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in Jan. 1, which could possibly drag the U.S. economy into another
NOV 26, 2012 • By Daniel
Halper (WeeklyStandard.com) Next week the United
Nations' International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives
from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports.
week the ITU holds a negotiating conference in Dubai, and past months have brought many leaks of proposals for a new treaty.
U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian
governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its
smooth and open operations," reports the Wall Street Journal.
"Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius
to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently
delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users
for the new ITU treaty run to more than 200 pages. One idea is to apply the ITU's long-distance telephone rules to the Internet
by creating a 'sender-party-pays' rule. International phone calls include a fee from the originating country to the local
phone company at the receiving end. Under a sender-pays approach, U.S.-based websites would pay a local network for each visitor
from overseas, effectively taxing firms such as Google and Facebook. The idea is technically impractical because
unlike phone networks, the Internet doesn't recognize national borders. But authoritarians are pushing the tax, hoping their
citizens will be cut off from U.S. websites that decide foreign visitors are too expensive to serve."
And even Google has already come out against the ITU.
"The ITU is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the Internet,"says Google. "Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments
that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote."
"The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference
and proposals are confidential," adds Google.
By George Russell (September 27, 2012)
The U.N. clearly hopes it
can find a way to move ahead. “ Politically, tapping revenue from global resources and raising taxes internationally
to address global problems are much more difficult than taxing for purely domestic purposes,” admits an ECOSOC document
produced last April. But, it summarizes, “the time has come to confront the challenge.”
[excerpt] "One of the issues that
I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner — especially from the elites
in every country," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative Monday.