I'm linking to "Nightline" because it's simply not right for one media conglomorate to start deciding whether another media conglamorate's programming is legitimate news -- that should be up to the cable companies and the government!
If you were concerned about Google's GMail privacy invasion, you better read this line: "IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT ON AMAZON.COM AND AN AMAZON.COM COOKIE, INFORMATION GATHERED BY A9.COM, AS DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY NOTICE, MAY BE CORRELATED WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT AMAZON.COM HAS AND USED BY A9.COM AND AMAZON.COM TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES WE OFFER." On the other hand -- WOW, I'm impressed by the features they offer...
If I had to guess what happened, I'd predict that the automatic filter here saw "man pleads guilty" and "2nd charge" and used that for one ad with the headline "Accused of Rape" and the other ad for "Microsoft License Experts." While it's bad that a piracy case gets an ad for rape, I think it's twice as bad that rape and Microsoft licensing are somehow associated.
It's true that most of what she wrote here is summarized from newspapers, news Web sites and books as opposed to in-the-field interviews and reporting -- but it's broadly constructed, well summarized, cogent and interspursed with Socratic questions (not bully pulpit opinions). And the fact that these posts are intermingled with posts about breast feeding and salad dressing recipes just reinforces why I think blogs are so damn fascinating: here's a woman who is actually helping to develop a civil (meaning citizen, not polite) debate over the use of private military personnel by security firms in Iraq, simply because she decided to put her mind to this issue. Amazing.
“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
You can scroll right easily by holding down the SHIFT key and using your scroll wheel. (Firefox users trying this will end up jumping to old Web pages until a) Firefox releases a fix, b) they change their settings like so.)