Tuesday, 30 July 2013

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Astroturfing at Amazon

Grain of salt  Dept
TechDirt:
Karl Bode recently noted the large number of one star reviews on Crawford's book that exhibit a pretty clear pattern: a ‘‘folksy’’ tone from someone in an ‘‘ordinary’’ job, living in a ‘‘rural’’ location (they all mention a rural location) absolutely trashing Crawford's book, all using talking points that the big telco lobbyists have been handing out.
So Mike Masnick did a little analysis...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

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Who was that masked man?


Ann Althouse:

...A great origin story for a superhero.  This is why he needs a costume... with a mask... if he wants to roam around finding people who need help and rushing to the rescue.

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It’s the Tuesday Sing-A-Long over at Tam’s


You’ll get a bang out of it!

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The Hatch Effect

Political Hacks  Dept
Erick Erickson at Red State:
This year, some long-time Republican Senators are going to get primary challengers.  There will be large megaphones declaring just how conservative those Senators are.  There will be people trotted out to remind you that for decades these have been the men we relied on to save us from big government.

They will ignore... their public votes: ...  They will ignore No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the General Motors bailout, the now $17 trillion in national debt that the Republicans and Democrats together helped grow.  They will ignore [the] spending measures and continuing resolutions and back room deals and failed promises.

There are no indispensable men in Washington, but over the next year many of the very men responsible for the mess the GOP finds itself in are going to trot out op-ed columnists, talk radio hosts, and TV pundits to tell you that they are, in fact, indispensable...
Valuable advice for the next election. And Senators aren’t the only ‘‘indispensable’’ ones who need to be ‘‘dispensed with.’’

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