- Your lamestream media at work: Korean international sensation "Gangham Style" outpaces American news media mentions of the Ugandan "Kill the gays" bill. Meanwhile, American Christian evangelical leader Scott Lively's trial on human rights violations in Uganda begins in Federal court in Massachusetts.
- It's past time for the Obama administration to get serious about the languishing vacancies in the Federal court system, says The Nation's Herman Scwartz:
To avoid further damage to his legacy, President Obama should immediately form a task force to put together a pool of qualified liberal candidates from which he can choose twenty to thirty circuit and district court judges; Democratic senators involved in the process must also move quickly. The circuit court nominees should be sent to the Senate by this spring, and in groups to prevent the Republicans from concentrating their fire on just one or two. The president and the Democratic senators must then fight for the nominees in the Senate and before the general public.It's tough yes, but the right wing has always exceled in stacking the courts and they got Citizen's United to show for their efforts.
- New food safety law goes into effect:
The act “shifts the food safety focus from reactive to preventive,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “We are establishing a science- based, flexible system to better prevent foodborne illness.”
- Microsoft slams the Federal Trade Commission settlement with Google as "weak."
- Venezuela´s National Assembly considers if Hugo Chavez is fit to be inaugurated as president, over health concerns.
- Hey, you can kill someone with a credit card, says New Hampshire State Rep. Dan Dumaine so guns in the state house are A-ok with him.
- Labor groups not impressed with Walmart's plans to create oversight on their working conditions at their American stores.
“Walmart’s global labor rights monitoring program is a public relations scam put in place to address public relations problems arising from their use of sweatshop labor,” Workers Rights Consortium Executive Director Scott Nova told The Nation. “In that sense, it makes perfect sense that now that they’re facing public relations problems anew around treatment of workers in their domestic distribution system, that they would choose to apply the same public relations scam to that problem that they’ve applied internationally.”
- Put on some holiday pounds? New York Times says don't sweat it. Turns out "normal" weight is heavier and healthier than American's too thin ideal.
- Oh, Florida: Man leaves baby behind in liquor store, returns drunk four hours later to get her back, lays down in traffic with her. (Baby is fine, father of the year in custody.)
- Gov. Bill Richardson to visit North Korean with a Google executive, State Department calls his timing unhelpful.
- Philippines presidential spokeswoman promises to crack down on guns in wake of shooting rampage that leaves 8 dead.
- We built that: American auto industry had a good year in 2012.
All automakers combined sold 14.5 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. during 2012, up 13.4% from 2011. Detroit's slice of that total was 44.5%, according to sales tracker Autodata. In 2011, the Detroit 3 had 46.9% of a smaller market, Autodata figures show, and sold half-a-million fewer vehicles.
- It's Facebook's world, we just live in it.
- The deep thoughts of Bill O'Reilly: Asian people can't be liberals because they aren't lazy.
- Disney's Wreck-it Ralph will be available on streaming and download weeks before DVD, signaling a major change in distribution model, engadget asks?
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