Ethiopia's federal court has sentenced Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega and 23 other opposition activists to long prison terms for “participating in a terrorist organization”. Eskinder is the winner of Pen America's PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award for his endeavor for freedom of expression in an extremely inhospitable media landscape.
Moving on to the USA - whatever happened to the "freedom" to watch the boob tube? You gotta PAY! The same old tired played-out scenario - this is why your cable bill is over $100 a month. And if it is, PLEASE get a life! There is no way you should be paying that kind of money for the simple pleasure of watching television!
via Dragon Blogger ::: DirecTv and Viacom Channel Blackout: Spongebob Walks the Plank - Since Tuesday, DirecTv and Viacom have engaged in a battle royale over drafting a new contract to replace the now expired 7 year contract... blah, blah, blah!
Rapper T-Pain tweeted a link to a North Korean film that claims to “expose Western propaganda.” The film uses images of celebrity excess, plastic surgery, the slave trade and homelessness to paint Americans as dangerous, parasitic freaks. Celebrity culture is portrayed as a tool of evil American propagandists and celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Tyra Banks are “collaborators” helping to control the population. more »
Among the greatest of freedoms Americans enjoy, is the freedom to run for public office. Although it can be a daunting task if you are aiming for, say, the Governor's seat, because (like all else) your success depends upon MONEY - specifially, if you are not from a wealthy family, you need to raise some of your own!
Here in New York candidates often make friends and raise cash by attending small gatherings and cookouts (like this one.) I did a "drive-by" on Saturday and there were a number of people there. I would have stopped and had a hot dog but I had a bucket list for the day that you would not believe, and there was nowhere to park anyway. I did see a YNN truck there, and sure enough they did a report... (click on the image and have a look).
A Small Campaign ::: a little farther east, blogger Aldon Hynes chronicles his campaign for public office on his popular Orient Lodge blog.
And catch the latest installment of "Faces of the Flood" - up now on The Watershed Post.