Podcast: Second Season | Tower of Technobabble

Podcast: Second Season

Tower of Technobabble - SOPAbox

And we’re back! We kick off season two by following the money in Congress for an Internet-crippling law, look at North Korean brotherly love, find an unfortunately named town in China, learn about trading sex for nuggets, and see what a brother has to do to get a tax break in Kentucky.

SHOW NOTES:
• SOPAbox:
– Former Internet Rights supporter Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) gets most money in Senate from Pro-SOPA lobby:
http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/112-s-968/954311/total-contributions.table?party[D]=D&party[R]=R&party[I]=I&state&custom_from=07%2F01%2F2005&custom_to=06%2F30%2F2011&all_pols=1&uid=3073&interests-support=C2200-C2100-C2000-C2400-C2600-C2300&interests-oppose=C5140&from=07-01-2005&to=06-30-2011&source=pacs-nonpacs&campaign=congressional
– Former senator — now MPAA head — Chris Dodd is angry the politicians he bought and paid for didn’t follow through:
http://boingboing.net/2012/01/21/chris-dodd-to-obama-hollywood.html
– Dodd is the target of a petition aiming to investigate him for bribery (which is just good, ol’ fashion lobbying, which, of course, is a form of bribery):
http://boingboing.net/2012/01/23/petition-investigate-chris-do.html

• Town in China gets renamed:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4074605/Dog-S-Village-residents-finally-bag-new-name-news-Nickname-was-adopted-by-cops-and-officials-and-even-placed-on-maps.html

• Kim Jong Un poo poo’d by brother:
http://www.smh.com.au/world/kim-jongun-doomed-says-his-brother-20120118-1q57r.html

• Woman Offers Sex for McNuggets:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/sex-for-mcnuggets_n_1212891.html?ref=dumb-criminals

• Kentucky education vs religion:
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/20/407580/kentucky-gov-cuts-education-funding-while-preserving-tax-breaks-for-biblically-themed-amusement-park/?mobile=nc

TED Talk – “What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.”
http://www.ted.com/talks/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html

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