Statistics: World Warms to USA, Lowest Tax in 60 Years but Teabaggers Don’t Get It

Views of the US around the world have improved sharply over the past year, a BBC World Service poll suggests. For the first time since the annual poll began in 2005, America’s influence in the world is now seen as more positive than negative. The improved scores for the US coincided with Barack Obama becoming president, a BBC correspondent notes. As in 2009, Germany is viewed most favourably while Iran and Pakistan are seen as the most negative influences.

Taxes at lowest level in 60 years… so why are Tea Partiers angry?
Almost all Tea Party activists have seen their federal income taxes drop over the past few decades, thus Tea Party anger focused on the federal government is misplaced. The financial sector bailouts are also poorly understood by most (not just Tea Partiers). The bailouts imposed stringent requirements on recipients of government funds. The funds were also conditioned upon payment to the government of warrants or senior equity or debt securities (designed to help recoup government losses).

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Texans Battle Christian Fundamentalism in Education

Texas Freedom Network
A brave band of Texans battling the religious right’s incursion in to the world of education.

Join this group to express your concern at the right wing, Christian fundamentalist, conservative bias of the new social studies curriculum approved by the Texas School Board.
Here’s Jon Stewart’s take …
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Revisionist History: Coming Up on Fox News (littlegreenfootballs.com)
Revisionist History: Coming Up on Fox News (trueslant.com)
Texas BOE Throws Thomas Jefferson Down the Memory Hole (littlegreenfootballs.com)
Texas BOE Throws Thomas Jefferson Down the Memory Hole (trueslant.com)

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Twitter: Court Orders, Movies

The British High Court is permitting an injunction to be served to an anonymous user on microblogging site Twitter. The user, who has been posing as right-wing political blogger Donal Blaney of website Blaney’s Blarney, is accused to breaching Blaney’s copyright. Blaney, who felt the content appearing on Twitter under his name was “mildly objectionable,” approached the courts to find out whether an injunction could be served via the social network — as opposed to contacting Twitter headquarters in California and entrusting them with managing the issue.
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Social Media: How Twitter Makes or Breaks Movie Marketing
Can the so-called Twitter effect boost a movie’s box-office performance faster than any traditional form of word-of-mouth? Not yet, say many top movie marketers and researchers, but the social networking platform’s impact on a studio’s media mix and campaign management has already taken shape.

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