[VIDEO] Hillary’s Call for Regulating Internet: ‘It’s a Foot in the Door’

“For the FCC to do what they want to do, to try to create net neutrality as the norm, they have to have a hook to hang it on,” Clinton said. She said it’s the only hook the FCC’s got. But that’d she’d vote for regulating the Internet.

“It’s a foot in the door, it’s a value statement, I think the president is right to be upfront and out front on that.”

And despite her husband’s administration not taking such action, Clinton suggested the Internet had devoloped in such a way that something needed to be changed…..(read more)

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Facebook Messenger adds iOS 8 extension, WordPress gains WYSIWYG editor & image features

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Pundit Planet Headquarters: Housekeeping

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UPDATE: Over the holiday, our main computer went down, interrupting our regular broadcast schedule. We’re building a new system, and expect to be back online shortly.

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In the meantime, programming will be reruns, test patterns, and occasional small updates.

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Please stand by. Thanks for your patience.


Jonathan Gruber + MIT + Individual Mandate + Congressional Budget Office + National Review = Adolf Hitler?

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If you’re a WordPress blogger and post something critical of the Obama Administration and Health Care legislation, do you ever find unrelated content suggestions promoting creepy or offensive content leaking into the Content Recommendations panel?  Either this is innocently absurd (benefit of the doubt) or legitimate Op-Ed criticism is being suspiciously herded into a category that triggers “kooky conspiracy theory” suggestions.

Read this post and see if there’s anything that could possibly fit with “Adolf Hitler”, or “Barack Obama Citizenship conspiracy theories”.  Didn’t find anything related to Obama’s citizenship? Didn’t find anything related to Adolf Hitler? Exactly. Me neither.

The above screen cap records the list of suggestions offered in the content recommendations tags list when I prepared this post. A short post with only 88 words. If any one of the 88 words in that post is related in any way to these obnoxious suggestions (Hitler? Really?) I fail to see a connection.

One episode does not make a pattern, so there are no conclusions to draw here. But if any other WordPress bloggers find similar nonsense appearing in content suggestions, please, make a screen cap, and post it.

 


Nutty Search Terms Revealed

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World News Special Edition: Welcome New Subscribers!

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Obamacare’s Pajama Boy: ‘I am a liberal f***’

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Patrick Howley writes:  Ethan Krupp, the little man who played “Pajama Boy” in a widely mocked Obamacare ad, once characterized himself as a “liberal f**k.”

Krupp, an Organizing for Action (OFA) content writer who became the face of progressive America while wearing a onesie pajama suit, also remarked that gays “are all liberal fucks” and criticized a “conservative gay prick” on his now-deleted WordPress blog, entitled “Not Being Creative.”

“I am a Liberal F**k,” Krupp wrote in one post. “A Liberal F**k is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.”

Krupp then detailed the only political argument he claimed her ever lost, a drunken encounter he had with a “conservative gay prick.”

“I sat in a pizza joint, chomping on meat-heavy pizza and slamming whisky sours with gay guys on Pride Parade day in Columbus, Ohio; My gay roommate and friends loved to ironically ‘bro-out.’ I love gays because they are all liberal fucks too,” Krupp wrote.

“Someone mentions politics and everyone perks up, distracted from the whisky. Equal rights get first dibs, followed by education and then sassy comments about closeted Republicans. Feeding off the energy, I introduce abortion: ‘Old men controlling women’s bodies.’ The guy who’s stayed silent, Chip, joins the conversation,” Krupp wrote.

Krupp claimed that he at first told Chip, a conservative on the abortion issue, that his “ignorant views come from his biological disregard toward pregnancy,” prompting Chip to explain a procedure by which fetuses can be removed from the womb, grown elsewhere, then given up for adoption.

“The whisky yelled at Chip for being a terrible gay man. Chip smirked, knowing full well he won the argument,” Krupp wrote. “To this day, I haven’t fact checked Chip’s scientific report. Beyond the women’s rights implications, I’m afraid it would be the ultimate surrender if I knew the truth. No matter, the liberal fuck lost to the conservative gay prick that day; one rode off into the sunset, the other ordered another whisky.”

Krupp’s parents, an accountant and an attorney, are “Chicago Machine Democrats,” according to a source.

As The Daily Caller reported, Krupp was accused of racism and anti-Semitism during his college-aged stint as the editor of the Madison, Wisconsin comedy newspaper the “Madison Misnomer.”

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How Successful Networks Nourish Good Ideas

Illustration: Simon C. Page

Illustration: Simon C. Page

Clive Thompson writes: In 2003, Kenyan-born Ory Okolloh was a young law student studying in the US but still obsessed with Kenyan politics. There was plenty to obsess over. Kenya was a cesspool of government corruption: Transparency International ranked it as one of the most corrupt public sectors in the world. Okolloh spent hours talking to her classmates and law professors about politics, until eventually one suggested the obvious: Why don’t you start a blog? Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrating one year

YEAR ONE: punditfromanotherplanet celebrates its birthday today

We’ve been scouring news, blogs, and street corners for insights; gossip, debunked rumors, discredited intelligence reports, retracted tweets, broken-sealed court records, thinly-sourced biographical sketches, and discarded matchbook covers for exactly one year. Picking the best, reassembling it, decorating it, and pushing it right back out there. And we’re still here. The first year went by fast!

When we launched on September 16th 2012, we were mostly a political site. We’ve grown to include many other interests, too. Particularly, more news from China, Japan, the Middle East, and global news in general.

For those of you who’ve joined recently, come on in, have a look around. Thanks for the eyeballs! We’ve had a surge in activity in recent months, encouraging us to enlarge the menu and develop more content.

We hope you’re finding all the news you can get everywhere else but not with the hand-selected freshness you get here. Don’t be alarmed if you see the format change hourly, we’re undergoing some redesign, in hopes of making it easier to tolerate navigate.

Welcome new readers! Our first year has been a blast, we look forward to more.

–the Butcher