Record Execs Prepare to Bite the Hand That Feeds Them

Almost no one would deny that Steve Jobs pretty much single-handedly saved the record industry from piracy (and from themselves). But the time is approaching when Apple will need to renew the license from which the whole iTunes price structure has been based. So wouldn't you know we get this news on the wire:

from "Reuters":

Record executives, however, are seeking some flexibility in prices, including the ability to charge more for some songs and less for others, the way they do in the traditional retail world.

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Bush's Plan - Return to the 60's

I was reading an article in the SF Chronicle about the Bush Administration's approval of the new plans for NASA and the eventual replacement of the aged shuttle. And it struck me that like most things the administration has done, it is a return to the past. The Bush republican conservatism is not conservative at all. It is just nostalgia. Our energy policy, our environmental policy, our space exploration, our foreign policy are all just retro.

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Barbara gives Hastert a run for his money while Dubyah poses

Just when I though the most stupid, insensitive thing had been said, along comes the president's wife and proves me wrong. Read this if you don't believe it.

And meanwhile the president himself is proving that his face on the news is more important than people. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued a statement which I quote partially:

From their elbows

I've heard the news media calling parishes in Louisiana counties. It seems to me that if you are going to claim that your profession is "journalist" then you should at least do your homework. But then again, expecting due diligence from journalists is really asking a lot, isn't it? No, let me rephrase that. Can we expect journalists to make any sense at all?

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In Living Color

I guess I wasn't even thinking straight. I have grown so accustomed to being racially blind that I didn't see the obvious until a racist republican jack-ass that I have the unfortunate bad luck to know made a comment. Then it struck me. I was looking at the televised images of the despair and the suffering in New Orleans and seeing human beings in need. But my racist acquaintance looks at those same images and sees niggers.

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American Atlantis*

George "Nero" Bush plays guitar while New Orleans sinks.

We are supposed to be at war with terror. We should be prepared for anything. But a hurricane that is coming for hours and days catches us totally off guard? Doesn't this prove the lie that is the Bush administration? George Bush mentions the oil pipeline eighteen times as he talks about his plans to send aid to New Orleans. Can't America see the truth behind his outlandish lies yet? We could have prepared better for this, but it didn't matter to Dubyah enough to even pay attention.

Dennis Hastert Once Again Proves Republicans Are Assholes

In the Suburban Chicago Daily Herald, Dennis Hastert, republican majority leader continued his habit of speaking without having his brain actually connected. He had this to say about efforts to rebuild New Orleans:

“It doesn’t make sense to me, And it’s a question that certainly we should ask.”

“First of all your heart goes out to the people, the loss of their homes,” said Hastert . “But there are some real tough questions to ask about how you go about rebuilding this city.”

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Yes I was born in Nawlins

Funny that I have a daughter named Katrina.

Everybody has been calling me asking me about what I think about what has happened. I guess my answer is that I don't think about it at all if I can help it. But when I do think about it I get angry. Not angry at the hurricane because that would be pointless and futile. I'm just angry at people, especially politicians.

This is from a posting at NOLA.com, some poor person from New Orleans wondering what has happened:

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