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            Climate of Hate - NYTimes.com

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            Hal Marcus on Jan 10, 2011

            See the highlighted paragraphs - I really appreciate Paul Krugman making this point. It's an important distinction.

            Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.
            And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.

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            F.B.I. Says Oregon Suspect Planned Attack of ‘Grand Scale’ - NYTimes.com

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            Hal Marcus on Nov 27, 2010

            here is my note

            But in contrast to that plan, which the authorities learned about only at the last minute, the F.B.I. had been tracking Mr. Mohamud since 2009 and his planning unfolded under the scrutiny and even assistance of undercover agents, officials said.
            The authorities arrested Mr. Mohamud 20 minutes before the tree-lighting ceremony started. As he was taken into custody, he kicked and screamed at the agents and yelled, “Allahu akbar!” an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great,” the authorities said.

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            Ten Favorite iPhone Apps - NYTimes.com

            Gadgets
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            Hal Marcus on Nov 27, 2010

            * Google Mobile (free). Speak to search Google’s maps. Now with Google Goggles built in: Point the phone’s camera at a book, DVD, wine bottle, logo, painting, landmark or bit of text, and the hyper-intelligent app recognizes it and displays information about it from the Web.
            Bonus suggestion: Google Voice. Hot off the presses! This app finally surfaced on the app store after a year and a half in limbo, as Apple mysteriously refused to approve it. But it’s here, it’s sweet, it offers free text messages, cheap international calls, free transcripts of your voicemails, and a raft of other useful features. I reviewed it just this week after its release.
            * LED Light (free). The LED “flash” on the iPhone 4 is incredibly powerful; you could practically light up a runway with it. It’s fantastic for reading menus and show programs in dim light, for inspecting plumbing and car parts in narrow spaces, and for removing splinters. Unfortunately, turning it on involves opening the Camera app, switching to video and turning on the video light. Right? Not anymore. Just open this app to activate the LED instantly — bright and easy.
            * FlightTrack Pro ($10). Incredible. Shows every detail of every flight: gate, time delayed, airline phone number, where the flight is on the map, and more. Knows more — and knows it sooner — than the actual airlines do. Better yet: the Pro version auto-syncs with Tripit.com. You book a flight online; you forward the receipt to plans@tripit.com; and Tripit puts the flight details into FlightTrack Pro wirelessly and automatically. You never do any data entry at all. I reviewed it last year.

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            Dear Tea Party: You will now get yours | Full Page

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            Hal Marcus on Nov 13, 2010

            Wow - no holds barred! Over the top but lots of good points...

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            Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Write ins take early lead in Alaska Senate race as votes are tallied

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            Hal Marcus on Nov 3, 2010

            FAIRBANKS - Interior Alaska voters filled the polls on Tuesday to decide an unusually complex U.S. Senate race as well as the state’s sole seat in the U.S. House, the governor’s office and seats in the Legislature. Tea party-backed Joe Miller’s unexpected win in the GOP primary over incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sparked a write-in effort by Murkowski that turned the race into a tight three-way contest, with Democratic candidate Scott McAdams in the third spot. With 40 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, write-ins led the race with 40 percent of the vote; Miller was second with 35 percent and McAdams third with 25 percent. Libertarian Fredrick Haase and Tim Carter and Ted Gianoutsos, who had no official party affiliation, each had garnered less than a percent.Murkowski is one of 160 write-in candidates eligible for the race. The write-in count only speaks to total ballots cast for write-ins - not to names written on them.A strong return of write-in ballots could mean that it could be weeks before a winner is named.

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            Jon Stewart’s closing speech (full text)

            Stewart Rally for Sanity
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            Hal Marcus on Oct 31, 2010

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            The Rally To Restore Sanity Causes a Mainstream Media Meltdown

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            Hal Marcus on Oct 30, 2010

            Well put!

            What the media could not figure out was that Jon Stewart had a message that was bigger than politics. His message was that America is fine. It is our media and hyper partisanship that is broken, and Stewart advocated for everyone to work together to solve our problems. The media won’t like it, but this rally was about how great America can be, and how much of a problem they have become.

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            Font for thought: ’Futura’ is an intelligent argument of fear - Los Angeles theater reviews | Examiner.com

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            Hal Marcus on Oct 12, 2010

            In Harrison's script, a professor (Bonita Friedericy) begins a lecture about typography--from pen to pixel, considering the history of fonts such as Baskerville, Mrs. Eaves, New Times Roman and, of course, futura. The lecture comes four years after her husband has disappeared because of his resistance to the company. The professor and her husband were one of those who appreciated the "sound of scratching pencils."
            And at some point, she goes too far. The lights go out and she is kidnapped, awakening blindfolded in a dirty little apartment with a militant woman named Grace (Zarah Mahler) and her more mellow companion Gash (Edward Tournier) and their boss Edward (Bob McCracken).  They want her to reveal the location of the zero drive and yet just who are these people?
            Harrison's play questions the crowd cloud consciousness and considers what would happen if anyone could write notes or edit the classics to best suit them. The notes in the program call this  the Wikipedia-ation of the digital files. Think of the worst of the Internet--the comment boards and consider just why comments are edited--either by the writer or organization who makes the post or the community at large. Think of a world that has gone totally paper-free. There are no books. No paper. No writing.

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            Failbook - Funny Facebook Status Messages ( Failbooking )

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            Hal Marcus on Sep 10, 2010

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            How Are Email, Facebook and Twitter Audiences Different? - eMarketer

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            Hal Marcus on Sep 3, 2010

            Understanding consumers’ communication preferences

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            Immigrants Don't Take Jobs From Americans, Fed Study Says - Bloomberg

            Political
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            Hal Marcus on Sep 2, 2010

            Interesting!

            Immigration has no “significant”
            effect on the number of jobs available to U.S.-born workers and
            helps boost incomes and productivity over time, according to a
            paper by an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San
            Francisco.

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            Cougar killed near Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

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            Hal Marcus on Sep 1, 2010

            BERKELEY --
            Berkeley police shot and killed a mountain lion early Tuesday as it roamed a neighborhood around the city's famous Gourmet Ghetto for at least an hour, leaping over fences from one backyard to another.

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            Google's Pac-Man Logo Costs Society $120,483,800 in Productivity

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            Hal Marcus on May 26, 2010

            I don't doubt the headline, but loved the logo anyway! Too funny, Google.

            Google’s Pac-Man Logo Costs Society $120,483,800 in Productivity

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            Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black

            Political
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            Hal Marcus on Apr 26, 2010

            Very cogent indictment of the mainstream media's chosen narrative for the Tea Party movement.

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            My Oscar Thank You Speech (for Sound Mixing) - TIME

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            Hal Marcus on Mar 11, 2010

            Good point! I've always wondered why actors, who memorize lines for a living, can't get through an acceptance speech without pulling out their eyeglasses and a cocktail napkin. Kudos to this clever sound mixer for thinking like a true movie professional!

            Luckily, Anna's delivery was excited and earnest, so I had a lot to work with. Plus, she wanted her speech to be fun: "I'm not going to be like the guys. They're so serious. I actually care. I'm not going to walk up there with a piece of paper like those idiots.