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How Do We Choose Our Mates?

How Do We Choose Our Mates?

By Gad Saad, Ph.D.

People use a wide range of decision rules when choosing a mate. The same suitor might either be chosen or rejected as a function of how one makes the choice. Decision makers beware!

 
Women, Intimate Relationships, and Addiction Relapse

Women, Intimate Relationships, and Addiction Relapse

By Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

For both men and women, addiction is not about partying and having a great time, it’s about control. There are, however, some differences between male and female addicts, including the fact that alcoholic and drug addicted women are more likely than men to link substance abuse with their sexual and romantic life.

 
The Death of the Open Internet?

PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID LIENEMANN/AP

A proposed F.C.C. rule could violate Obama’s promise on net neutrality, making the Web unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity.

In 2007, at a public forum at Coe College, in Iowa, Presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about net neutrality. Specifically, “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land? And would you pledge to only appoint F.C.C. commissioners that support open Internet principles like net neutrality?”

“The answer is yes,” Obama replied. “I am a strong supporter of net neutrality.” Explaining, he said, “What you’ve been seeing is some lobbying that says that the servers and the various portals through which you’re getting information over the Internet should be able to be gatekeepers and to charge different rates to different Web sites…. And that I think destroys one of the best things about the Internet—which is that there is this incredible equality there.”

 
Alito Says Law Schools Give LSAT Too Much Weight

Alito Says Law Schools Give LSAT Too Much Weight

  • Jacob Gershman

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has taken sides in the polarizing debate over the Law School Admissions Test. Student scores on the entrance exam shouldn't matter as much as they do, he says.

“Law schools put too much emphasis on this one multiple choice test. What in life is a multiple choice test?” Justice Alito tells the American Spectator, which just published a lengthy profile of him.

 
The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills

The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills

In recent weeks, Williamson has received an inordinate amount of press attention in national outlets. She is an exotic political animal and perfect media catnip. She also has raised more than $1 million (including $100,000 of her own), has high name recognition and enjoys an undeniable following that might just put her over the top in a low-turnout, off-year congressional election. Waxman first learned about Williamson when his colleague, Lois Capps, Democrat of Santa Barbara, was pushing her to be the House chaplain many years ago. “I even supported her,” Waxman said.

News of Waxman’s departure unleashed a kind of political anarchy on the Botox Belt. “When you represent a district for 40 years, it does tend to produce pent-up demand,” Waxman told me. Initially, fantasies were spun about celebrity candidates jumping into the race and vying “Survivor”-style for the privilege of serving in the People’s Chamber. Roll Call, the Capitol Hill publication, put out a call via Twitter for the likes of Courteney Cox, Danny DeVito and Betty White, as well as a roster of other A-through-C-listers. Ricki Lake and Richard Simmons replied — to say no. Lorenzo Lamas came back with a maybe.

Even so, the existing field reflects the vibrant collection of humanity that resides in California 33. Some are serious candidates, some not — three Republicans, three Independents, one Green, one Libertarian, the rest Democrats. You’ve most likely not heard of any of them except Marianne Williamson, the self-help guru, who dislikes being called a “self-help guru.” (Her spokesman has suggested the term “thought leader.”) Williamson has spoken of turning our political dialogue into “a conversation of the heart.” Katy Perry shows up at her events, as do multiple Kardashians. Kim officially endorsed her in a blog post just before press time. Williamson also received the support of Alanis Morissette, Nicole Richie and, for added sex appeal, Dennis Kucinich.

The more conventional candidates include Matt Miller, a Clinton White House alumnus and author who co-hosts a popular talk show on the public-radio station KCRW (and had a cameo appearance as a D.C. pundit in the Denzel Washington movie “The Siege”); and Barbara Mulvaney, a former State Department official who was the senior prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The Republican Elan Carr is a prosecutor and an Iraq War veteran and the president — or “Supreme Master” — of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. (If you want a congressman who led a Hanukkah service in Saddam Hussein’s former palace, he is your man.) Then there are the favorites: the former Los Angeles controller Wendy Greuel, who was the runner-up in last year’s L.A. mayor’s race and is backed by Emily’s List, the political-action committee, as well as by Ed Begley Jr. and Rob Reiner; and Ted Lieu, a California state senator and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, who emigrated from Taiwan as a child, lived in a basement apartment in Cleveland and helped his parents hawk jewelry as a child.

 
Highway to the danger drone! ‘Top Gun’ for carrier-based drones wins Navy’s OK

The X-47B at its unveiling ceremony in December 2008. (U.S. Navy)

Highway to the danger drone! ‘Top Gun’ for carrier-based drones wins Navy’s OK

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

The unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system is just what it sounds like: “Top Gun” for drones.

“We’re talking Tomcat size [drones],” the Navy’s director of air warfare, Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, told the U.S. Naval Institute News of the new vision, Ars Technica reported. “We have heavy-end ISR and strike capability with some growth in the ability to carry weapons and some growth in the sensor package. … They’re big, heavy, capable airplanes that will fly for 14 hours, that can give away gas” (refuel other planes), Ars Technica reported.

 
The 4 Biggest Myths About Baseball

 

The 4 Biggest Myths About Baseball

 Allen Barra

The sport isn't in decline. Football isn't more competitive. So why do people say otherwise?

Myth No. 4: Baseball Is Declining in Popularity

Last fall, in a New York Times article titled “Is The Game Over?” Jonathan Mahler wrote that baseball “has never been healthier. So why does it feel so irrelevant? Maybe the best evidence of this admittedly unscientific observation is the national TV ratings …”

Well, that certainly is unscientific. If the game has never been healthier, why would it matter if national TV ratings were down? Nationally broadcast NFL games routinely outdraw nationally broadcast baseball games by about four to one. But what difference does that make when nearly all baseball fans watch their teams play on local networks?

 
Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job

Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job

No more talk of Texas seceding or ‘oops’ moments—the governor is relaunching his image and luring businesses to the Lone Star State.

“I don’t argue the fact that New York has as vibrant a cultural arts scene as there is in the country,” he said. “I will give you that. California has beautiful weather, and Napa Valley is hard to compete with when it comes to wine. But the fact is, you can’t sustain your life just on Broadway. There are other things that are really more important, like being able to keep more of your money.”

 
LATimes Editorial Board: The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy

The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war

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The Nevada cattle rancher is not a man of principle but a bad loser. He should be made to pay grazing fees.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed.

Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees. After 20 years of disagreements and court battles, the U.S. government began rounding up his cattle this month. The rancher and a group of armed supporters confronted the federal authorities, leading to a standoff; the authorities withdrew.

Bundy justifies his stingy and illegal behavior with a variety of claims. One is that this is a states' rights issue and that he doesn't "recognize" the federal government. Another is that his family grazed the land long before it came under the jurisdiction of the BLM.

Actually, more than 70% of the land in Nevada is federally owned, including the land in question; the state Constitution recognized that ownership years before Bundy's ancestors arrived, despite his assertion otherwise. (Various reports also have cast serious doubt on whether his family was grazing cattle on the land as long ago as he claims.) For that matter, if prior use of land were all that was needed to avoid paying a landlord, the land would revert back not to Bundy but to the control of Native Americans, who were on the Nevada land long before any white settlement of the area.

 
George F. Will: Barack Obama, the adolescent president

The adolescent president

The adolescent president

George F. Will

Obama defends the health-care law using rhetorical tactics of teenagers.

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

 
‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. makes a cutting gesture across his neck, referencing House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who caused an uproar last week when he made the same gesture to order microphones cut as the top Democrat on his panel was trying to speak about the Internal Revenue Service scandal over targeting of conservative political groups,  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reid said that he thought the accusations of IRS misdeeds deserved answers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

“We’re going to continue engaging voters who want nothing more than to stop Obama’s big government overreach and fire Harry Reid from his post as Senate majority leader after Senate Democrats paved the way for ObamaCare and stalled dozens of jobs bills sent over from the Republican House,” Mr. Priebus said.

 
Going to Space Messes With Astronaut Brains

Going to Space Messes With Astronaut Brains

 Adrienne LaFrance

A new study finds that deep-space travel could warp cognitive function and reaction times.

New research from Johns Hopkins finds that long-term deep space missions can alter brain proteins and cause cognitive deficits like lapses in attention and slower reaction times. Researchers came to this conclusion by exposing rats to high-energy particles that simulate the conditions that astronauts would experience in deep space, then running them through a series of test that mimic the fitness assessments that astronauts, pilots, and soldiers are required to take. 

But the strange thing scientists found is that deep-space conditions don't affect everyone the same way. About half of the rats tested emerged from the test entirely unaffected. The others began showing symptoms about seven weeks after exposure to space-like conditions. And once impairments appeared, they never went away. (Some rats showed improvement over time, however, raising the question of whether recovery is possible.)

The difference comes down to an individual's resilience after exposure to radiation. In space, astronauts who leave their space vehicles for space walks or other work are exposed to radiation from the sun's subatomic particles, solar flares, cosmic rays, etc. Even landing on the moon is a risk, since it doesn't have the kind of planet-wide magnetic field that protects us on Earth.
 
Tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal,charged with 45 felony counts, gets community service.

Self-made: Indian-born Chahal, pictured with president Obama, had made $340million by the time he was 25 after selling his two internet advertising start-ups

Multi-millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal, 31, charged with 45 felony counts

Millionaire Tech CEO filmed hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times in brutal 30-minute attack sentenced to 25 hours community service

However, as the court case proceeded, a judge ruled the video inadmissible as the San Francisco Police Department had obtained it without a warrant. Chahal’s girlfriend also withdrew her testimony and refused to cooperate.

In the end, on April 16, Chahal pleaded guilty to one charge of domestic violence battery and one charge of battery and was sentenced to just 25 hours of community service, three years’ probation and a 52-week domestic violence training course.

Despite the incident in August, the recent court case and guilty plea, Chahal remains in charge of RadiumOne, working as a motivational speaker and lecturer and continues to publish 'inspirational posts' on his social media channels.

 
The Perils of Perfectionism

The Perils of Perfectionism

By Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM

When I set out to write an article on the perils of perfectionism, I didn’t realize that my own tendencies in that direction would prove to be one of my greatest obstacles. Having discovered this, it occurred to me that relating a personal narrative, rather than taking a more characteristic pedagogic approach, might be somewhat more revealing.

My personal struggle is born out of a Judeo-Christian ethic that taught me, not only was I born wrong, but if I stray from the path of righteousness, I’m going to Hell and I’m gonna be first. That same ethic taught me I could avoid persecution for my transgressions, real or imagined, by committing minor sins of omission, allowing me to skirt responsibility and remain on the right side of things, even though, technically, I was lying. This particular filter may work well in theory, but in reality it can create all manner of chaos.

 
How to Tell When Someone Is Lying

How to Tell When Someone Is Lying

Over time, the psychologist Paul Ekman has found that one particular characteristic can prove useful in detecting liars.

People lie all the time. According to the psychologist Robert Feldman, who has spent more than four decades studying the phenomenon, we lie, on average, three times during a routine ten-minute conversation with a stranger or casual acquaintance. Hardly anyone refrains from lying altogether, and some people report lying up to twelve times within that time span. I might open a conversation, for instance, by saying how nice it is to meet someone—when I’m really not at all happy about it. 

 
A Defiant Rancher Savors His Supporters

 

Cliven Bundy, flanked by supporters, has become a celebrity, drawing hundreds of sympathizers.

A Defiant Rancher Savors His Supporters

For now, Cliven Bundy appears to have won his standoff with the federal government over cattle grazing in Nevada. But if the authorities have moved on, Mr. Bundy has not.

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

Most of all, Mr. Bundy, 67, who was wearing a broad-brimmed white cowboy hat against the hot afternoon sun, recounted the success of “we the people” — gesturing to the 50 supporters, some armed with handguns and rifles, standing in a semicircle before him — at chasing away Bureau of Land Management rangers who, acting on a court order, tried to confiscate 500 cattle owned by Mr. Bundy, who has been illegally grazing his herd on public land since 1993.

“They don’t have the guts enough to try to start that again for a few years”
 
Recognizing danger, GOP engages with Democrats in battle for women voters

Recognizing danger, GOP engages with Democrats in battle for women voters

By David M. Drucker

As the Democratic Party implements its "War on Women" campaign against the Republicans in the hopes of mobilizing female voters and heading off a midterm elections defeat, the GOP is fighting back.

The television ad launched this week by the presumptive Republican Senate nominee in Michigan, Terri Lynn Land, is the most blatant example of the GOP's admission of its vulnerable position with female voters, a key voting bloc that pulls the lever in greater percentages than men, who still generally favor conservatives. Land's ad suggests that it's the height of ridiculousness for her male opponent, Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to paint her as waging a “war on women.”

 
What do SparklyMorons have to do to get ahead in Hollywood?

What do SparklyMorons have to do to get ahead in Hollywood?

SparklyMorons

 
Plan B: When Your Dream Job Disappoints

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Plan B: When Your Dream Job Disappoints

After years of planning and preparing, you finally land your dream job—and discover you don't like it. What now?

How long should you stay in a dream job gone bad? Quick departures are more common in some industries, such as high-tech work, than in others. It can be fine for skilled employees who find a new job quickly to leave within a few weeks, says Kathryn Minshew, founder and chief executive of TheMuse.com, a career-planning website. But don't flee unexpected challenges too fast. It is usually better to stay 12 to 18 months to show stability. Also, some people need time to recover emotionally after a career dream goes up in smoke, says Adele Scheele, Los Angeles, author of "Skills for Success." She adds, "If Job A isn't satisfying to you and that's your dream job, you can't just flee to Job B. You may carry your depression with you."

 
Texas AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, the Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle is released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev.  The federal Bureau of Land Management says six cattle died in the roundup of animals it says rancher Cliven Bundy allowed to graze illegally on public land outside his southern Nevada property. The BLM said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that two of four animals that were euthanized bore Bundy brands. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

Texas is next! AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land post-Bundy ranch standoff

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

The attorney general of Texas has a stark warning for state residents, on the heels of the federal government’s armed standoff at the Cliven Bundy cattle ranch: The BLM may be headed to our neck of the woods next, with intent to take over 90,000 acres of prime Red River property.

“I am deeply concerned about reports that the Bureau of Land Management is considering taking property in the state of Texas and that it now claims belongs to the federal government,” Fox News reported. “As attorney general of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government.”

 
Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

By Jonathan Chait

 The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics. The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds. The proportion of nonwhite voters has risen by about two percentage points every four years, a rate that seems likely to persist indefinitely as the population grows steadily more diverse. The youngest voting cohort has decidedly more liberal views, and more Democratic voting habits, than its elders, and partisan loyalty tends to stick throughout a voter’s lifetime. And yet the phenomenon continues to be met with an unduly wide, deep array of skepticism.

The most popular new grounds for skepticism hold that the browning of America will provoke a backlash among whites — as the proportion of Latinos and Asians rises, threatened whites will grow increasingly conservative. Versions of this hypothesis have reverberated not only among conservatives like Trende and Barone, but also among liberals like Jamelle Bouie. And this theory does have at least some suggestive evidence that it may be true.

A recent psychological study found that, when researchers read a news story reporting the rising share of minorities in the United States to a group of white subjects, the subjects grew more Republican. The study has attracted widespread attention, confirming the liberal fear, and the conservative hope, that the growth of Asian and Latino voters will produce an offsetting shift to the right among whites. “The changing American polity may come to look more like Texas than like the multicultural Democratic stronghold of California,” concludes political scientist Larry Bartels. “In an increasingly diverse America, identity politics will continue to cut both ways.”

 
Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Garrett Epps

Based on their opinion in yesterday's affirmative action case, three Supreme Court justices seem to think that minority rights should be left in the hands of voters.
 
How to be a modern gentleman: no fuschia trousers, cats, or tweeting

How to be a modern gentleman: no fuschia trousers, cats, or tweeting

New rules, now published in Country Life magazine, outline the ideal attributes of men, including guidance on hair styling, social media and a non-negotiable ban on pre-tied bow ties

A modern gentleman must never wear a pre-tied bow tie, should not use Twitter and will always make love on his elbows, according to Country Life magazine

“A gentleman is someone who drives you home after he’s been to bed with you,” Jilly Cooper, the romantic novelist said, while actor Richard E. Grant added: “Courtesy costs nothing – rudeness is exorbitant and never forgotten.”

 
Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of US farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except  Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total US acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Americans don't eat much of these lime-green legumes directly, but that doesn't mean we're not exposed to them. After harvest, the great bulk of soybeans are crushed and divided into two parts: meal, which mainly goes into feed for animals that become our meat; and fat, most of which ends up being used as cooking oil or in food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for 61 percent of American's vegetable oil consumption.

Given soy's centrality to our food and agriculture systems, the findings of a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry are worth pondering. The authors found that Monsanto's ubiquitous Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.

 
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation over Obama.

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Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation

By NORM CLARKE

Hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn and actor George Clooney offered vastly different accounts Tuesday of a dinner that ended in verbal fireworks.

Wynn said Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb.

The two-time Oscar winner issued the following statement in an email sent through his publicist: “There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants.

“He called the president an asshole ... that is a fact ... I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ ... At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.

“And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”

The incident occurred two weeks ago at Botero restaurant, inside Wynn’s Encore hotel.

“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.

 
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

Malik Obama, a half brother of President Obama, outside the funeral home where a wake was held for Zeituni Onyango.

Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

By JASON HOROWITZ

The death of President Obama’s aunt has highlighted his complicated ties to his father’s side of the family. “He leads his life, and I lead my life,” said Malik Obama, a half brother.

After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.

Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing.

 

As president, Mr. Obama has kept his distance from, and even failed to acknowledge, members of this eclectic clan. In the time-honored tradition of eccentric presidential relatives, the assorted Obamas have faced deportation and drunken-driving charges, started Obama-branded foundations and written memoirs.

 
What Makes Something Erotic?

What Makes Something Erotic?

By Mark Banschick, M.D.

What makes someone or something erotically exciting? For those who would like a little more charge in their lives.

 
If Aereo wins at the supreme court and broadcasters pull TV off the air, so be it

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If Aereo wins at the supreme court and broadcasters pull TV off the air, so be it

Dan Gillmor

Sure, the streaming service and companies like Airbnb and Uber skirt the law, but that's better than the old-school cartel hoarding a public service

In the endless war of incumbents versus insurgents, Tuesday's oral arguments at the US supreme court – America's broadcast TV networks against a video-streaming startup called Aereo – will ultimately be one small battle. But they remained a useful, if complex, illustration of the way a supposedly free-market economy has become so beholden to the needs, and whims, of entrenched interests.

And American Broadcasting Companies v Aereo reminds us how innovators in all sorts of arenas so often skirt the edges of legality – indeed, how they regularly skip right over laws and regulations that are designed to protect the business of incumbency as much as, if not more than, to serve the public interest.

For Aereo, the stakes in this case are simple: the business lives or dies. It "probably will go out of business," the broadcasters' attorney proclaimed outside the court this afternoon, "and nobody should cry here."

That's not true for the broadcasters, however much they bleat to the contrary. They are still part of an interlocking cartel that exists entirely because Congress has given a public resource – the airwaves – to a small collection of commercial interests. Yes, TV's broadcast spectrum licenses, worth uncountable billions of dollars, were handed over to these robber barons at no charge. Their claim that Aereo is "stealing" is laughable given the heist they pulled off years ago.

So in the event that Aereo wins and Congress unaccountably does the right thing, and then the networks threaten to take their programming off the air, we should welcome that result. Because then we'd be closer to a genuinely free market for programming – assuming, of course, that the cable industry doesn't simply take control itself.

 
Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom" has one more season, but before it leaves the air, the show's creator wanted to clear the air with his fans. And he took a moment during an event at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Monday to do just that.

"I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I'd like to start over," told his fans, according to Buzzfeed. At the time, Sorkin was on stage being interviewed by Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama (not the "Iron Man" director).

Sorkin talk fest is no fun

The series, set at the fictional cable news outlet ACN, follows a hard-charging anchor, played by Jeff Daniels, and his squad of producers who seek to uncover the hard news underneath the media noise that the series suggests many news organizations fall victim to.

"I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding," he told the audience. "I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. I set the show in the recent past because I didn't want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in, so I didn’t want to make up fake news, and also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do .... So, I wasn't trying to and I'm not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn't my intent, and it's never my intent to teach you a lesson or to try to persuade you of anything."

 
The Shrinking of David Gregory

The Shrinking of David Gregory

A report that NBC employed a ‘psychological consultant’ to interrogate the Meet the Press moderator’s wife and friends about how he connected with viewers has been met with incredulity and amusement.  

Gregory’s wife, Washington attorney Beth Wilkinson, a partner in the blue-chip law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, declined to comment on her encounter with the consultant, saying, “No thanks…I’ll leave it to the pros.” 

A source at NBC News said New York-based Elastic Strategy, a boutique firm run by former advertising executive Audrey Francis, is the “brand consultant” which conducted the interviews with Gregory’s wife and friends a year ago—several months before the August 2013 arrival from Great Britain’s ITV News of NBC’s latest news division president, Deborah Turness.

“Our purpose is to strengthen your brand and propel it to lasting success,” the consulting firm’s web site says. “We do this by working with you to design a specific strategy to guide the development of your brand. This strategy will define how your brand will stand out, lead, and thrive in the evolving marketplace. It will impact every interaction anyone has with your brand.”

 
Jimmy Fallon mocks Hillary Clinton for dressing like a man

Jamie Weinstein

Jimmy Fallon

“I want to say congrats to Chelsea Clinton. Last week she announced that she is expecting her first child,” Fallon said, setting up the joke. “That’s great. That’s great for her. If it is a girl, it will get some of Chelsea’s old hands-me-downs.”

“And if it is a boy,” he continued, “it will get some of Hillary’s.”

 
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