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Americans will love their Al Jazeera America

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The long-awaited TV news channel Al Jazeera America launches nationwide today. This is a good thing. Remember the Dark Ages? George W. Bush, with the help of the conservative media, had a bull’s-eye on Al Jazeera. The Bush administration said that Al Jazeera was the same as the terrorists. Al Jazeera showed clips from the statements of suicide bombers, and according to Bush’s dim line of reasoning, that made the news channel equivalent to terrorists themselves. This […]

Joe Boydston: WordPress is saving journalism

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Over at WordPress.tv, Joe Boydston has a fascinating presentation from WordCamp Raleigh called WordPress is Saving Journalism. The presentation starts a little slow, but once it gets going it’s amazing. Boydston works for a small chain of local newspapers in northern California. And instead of using expensive, proprietary software systems, they’ve built the most integrated WordPress workflow I’ve ever seen. Reporters at their papers enter their stories directly into WordPress. The stories may go directly […]

Wisconsin’s largest private residence goes on the auction block

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The Wisconsin State Journal had an A1 story on Sunday about how Wisconsin’s largest single-family home is going on the auction block. Sur la Baie is a 35,000-square-foot mansion on 12 acres in Ellison Bay in scenic Door County. Along with the main residence comes a guest house, a studio house, and a beach house. Construction on Sur la Baie completed in 1996, and the original owner sold it in 2005 to a couple from California who never […]

James Murdoch is “the first Mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise,” says MP

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Rupert Murdoch’s scion 38-year-old James Murdoch came up to a parliamentary committee for questioning again today after his first appearance this past summer. The shine is definitely off News Corp. Reporters are digging up the dirt on News Corp.‘s operations in both the UK and the US. There was October’s scandal about goosed circulation numbers at the Wall Street Journal for which a senior European executive was fired. And then last week’s scandal of a […]

What, me marry? Kate Bolick weighs in on changing marital mores

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The cover story of the November issue of The Atlantic centers around the decline of marriage, the rise of independent women, and the decline of the modern American male. In the article called All the Single Ladies, Kate Bolick starts in a very personal way, relating the story of her own experiences with love and the desire to maintain independence. And throughout the article bounces back between Bolick’s personal take on marriage and the words […]

Cutting the cord: Ownership of TV sets falls in U.S.

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Brian Stelter writes in the New York Times that, according to Nielsen, ownership of TVs in the U.S. has fallen for the first time in 20 years. It went from a boggling 98.9% of households down to 96.7%. That is, 3.3% of households don’t have a television. According to this U.S. Census PDF, there were an estimated 114,825,000 households in the U.S. in 2010. So, 3.3% of that number is roughly 3,789,225 households without a […]

Over the airwaves: Getting back into FM radio

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As the past decade progressed, I listened to the radio less and less to the point where over the past several years I pretty much stopped listening altogether. And I missed it. I’m back in an area with some good radio programming, and I decided today to do something about it. I have a Denon A/V receiver with radio capability. One of the reasons I had stopped listening to the radio was that I had […]

The Progressive and In These Times need your help

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Two days ago, Matthew Rothschild, editor and publisher of The Progressive, sent an impassioned email to me and other subscribers detailing the financial woes at the 100-year-old magazine. Let me put it to you straight: We must raise $90,000 in the next two weeks to keep going. We’ve got no money in the bank, and we have payroll to meet on August 31, and our printer to pay, and other creditors hounding us. We’ve got […]

Linux Journal offers contest for free digital subscriptions

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Linux Journal, the original and still the best Linux magazine, is sponsoring a contest this week – March 9 – 13 – for free digital subscriptions. Each day this week, they are releasing a new tech tip video on their site. In each video are a series of letters. Come Friday when the cycle is complete, put the letters together and register for a digital subscription to the magazine. The digital subscription basically is a […]

Manufactured Environments goes ad-free

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If you’ve visited Manufactured Environments in the past 24 hours, you might have noticed a change that we’ve made across the entire site: we’re now completely ad-free. There is no advertising on the site, and that policy will stay in place for the foreseeable future. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I hope you like the less distracting design. I’m focused on providing the best blog experience for you, and hopefully […]