To help pay down the debt, Republicans have decided to take $25 away from every child on child support. RFID = cancer. Least caloric alcohol. Cops raid house, burn it down, force pet dog into the fire, laugh at how the dog died, and refuse to let its corpse be cleaned up, causing neighbors to gag in their own yards for 5 days. Apology? No chance. This is America! (more…)
January 25, 2005
See article below and sign the petition at:
I myself have personally been effected by high-priced textbooks. Spending $100 on a book that is a “new edition” (via the change of 10 or so pages of content) while never realizing the “old edition” would be good enough to learn the concepts at hand. As a student, I spent many Ramen-noodle meals on overpriced textbooks!
Va. public-school students would have more options under legislator’s plan
BY GARY ROBERTSON TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Del. G. Glenn Oder, R-Newport News, says one of his daughters, a junior political-science major at the College of William and Mary, recently spent $600 on books.
And a woman who was taking an evening education course told him she had spent $94 for a textbook. At the end of the class, she had to tear pages out of the book to take a test — which meant the book couldn’t be resold, Oder said.
Those are some of the reasons that Oder is sponsoring what is being called the Textbook Market Fairness Act.
“This is a step toward halting the rapid rise of textbook prices,”
Oder said, noting that students will be able to “level the playing
field” by being able to buy books without going through the college bookstore. He said a free and fair market for textbooks does not exist. [So true! -Clint]
His proposal, now in the House Education Committee, seeks to prohibit publishers from giving inducements to public-college professors or other employees for requiring students to purchase specific textbooks. It also would require colleges to post assigned textbooks on their Web sites as soon as professors decide on them, so students could search elsewhere for books. “I would expect that students could save as much as 20 to 40 percent,” Oder said.
He said a companion study would seek to investigate the entire system of college textbooks sales. Oder credited Virginia21, a group that seeks to mobilize those in the 18-24 age group on nonpartisan issues, for pressing for reform in textbook sales. Sumeet Bagai, Virginia Tech’s student-body president, said, “As any student or parent with a child in college knows, the price of textbooks has gotten out of control.”
He said more than 3,000 students at public colleges throughout the state have already signed the Petition for Textbook Fairness. Oder said he expects the number of online signatures for the petition in support of his bill to multiply as students become aware of the petition.
A ranking spokesman for the Association of American Publishers was at yesterday’s news conference announcing the textbook initiative, to offer his industry’s perspective.
“Publishers do not overcharge for textbooks,” said J. Bruce
Hildebrand, executive director for higher education for the publishers association. “The significant, upfront investment for a textbook must be spread over a small, niche market,” he said. [Typical excrement from a corporate fatcat. -CL.]
Contact Gary Robertson at (804) 649-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 9, 2004
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Plus, you get to vote for all the other categories too!
Fahrenheit 911 has been nominated for a People’s Choice award, but Bill O’Reilly [who I don’t actually mind when he agrees with me -Clint] and others have already got their big guns out trying to say anything to spin their “war of ideas” their way.
Here’s our chance to show our support as Americans — not liberals, not blue or red staters, not “morally corrupt” Saddam apologists, but as Americans — for this great film. See Michael Moore’s letter below for how to vote for the People’s Choice.
December 8, 2004
May I take a break from our post-election despair to share with you a little
piece of happy/silly/cool news?
“Fahrenheit 9/11” has been nominated by the People’s Choice Awards as the American public’s “Favorite Film of the Year.” The five nominees were chosen from a poll of thousands of Americans in mid-to-late November. The other nominees for best film are “Spiderman 2,” “The Incredibles,” “Eternal Sunshine
of the Spotless Mind” (with Jim Carrey), and “Shrek 2.” It is the first time ever a documentary has been nominated for best film by the People’s Choice
The People’s Choice Awards are considered, among all the awards shows, to be the one which most accurately reflects the “mainstream” public opinion in the United States.
OK, now, here’s the best part: YOU get to vote! Online. Now. Just go to http://www.pcavote.com/voting/film/f01.shtml, click on the little circle next to “Fahrenheit 9/11” in the “Favorite Movie” category and press the “vote” button.
Voting is going on now and continues only through this coming Monday, December 13, at 3:00pm ET, so send an e-mail to your friends and let them know they can vote, too. Winners will accept their awards live on CBS on January 9.
Now, normally I wouldn’t make a very big deal out of something like this. It’s nice and I’m honored, but it’s not exactly the number one priority on any of our minds these days. In fact, when we found out we were nominated over a week ago, I didn’t even think to tell you about it or put it up on our website.
But then a group of top Republicans took out a full page ad in USA Today (and
placed a similar one in the Hollywood trade magazine, Variety) proclaiming that “An election is over, but a war of ideas continues.” The point of the ad was to say that while they, as right wing conservatives, were proud of getting rid of Kerry, there was still one more nuisance running around loose they had to deal
with — me! They also issued a not-so-subtle threat to the Academy Awards voters that, in essence, said don’t even THINK about nominating “Fahrenheit 9/11” for Best Picture. And Bill O’Reilly recently bellowed that if the Oscars recognize my work this year, Middle America will boycott Hollywood.
Oops. I guess he spoke too soon. Because now along comes Middle America’s favorite awards show, the People’s Choice, and the People’s Choice this year, along with a Spiderman superhero and a lovable green ogre, is a film that apparently continues to resonate throughout the country. The truth about Iraq, Bush, terror and fear. The election has not altered or made irrelevant,
unfortunately, a single one of these issues. That they (and the film that dealt with these issues) are still at the forefront of the majority of the public’s minds should give serious pause to Mr. Bush as he brags about a nonexistent “mandate” and begins to spend his “political capital.”
He may have been (barely) the people’s choice on November 2 (Ohio recount
excluded), but now the people get to vote again, this time for a movie. It’s about the best we can do right now, and, trust me, it won’t be long before we start the real work we need to do to get our country back. Again, go to http://www.pcavote.com/voting/film/f01.shtml if you want to vote for our film. I promise, if we win, to give a nice and polite speech.
P.S. Please feel free to post or forward this to your friends…
P.P.S. Yes, it’s true, I’m on the Barbara Walters people of the year special
tonight. Did I cry? You’ll have to watch to find out! :-)
December 2, 2004
The controversies surrounding the 2000 and 2004 election have revealed that our electoral system is broken. Far too many people are still voting on outdated machines. Far too many voters cast their ballots on touch-screen machines that have no paper trail.
In the recent presidential election, too many voters–mostly the poor and people of color–stood in lines that were hours long. And too many citizens remain cynical about the basic mechanics of our democracy, the result of partisan administration of the elections.
Sign the Voters Bill of Rights petition and tell America you are ready for