Facebook and Google were paid millions for political advertising purposes in Washington but failed for years to publish related information — such as the advertiser’s address — as required by state law, alleges a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general. Washington law requires that “political campaign and lobbying contributions and expenditures be fully disclosed to the public and that secrecy is to be avoided.” Specifically, “documents and books of account” must be made available for public inspection during the campaign and for three years following; these must detail the candidate, name of advertiser, address, cost and method of payment, and description services rendered. Bob Ferguson, Washington’s attorney general, filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging that both Facebook and Google “failed to obtain and maintain” this information. Earlier this year, Eli Sanders of Seattle’s esteemed biweekly paper The Stranger … [Read more...] about Washington sues Facebook and Google over failure to disclose political ad spending
Steve Kerr—never one to shy away from expressing his takes on politics and gun control in particular—was asked about the horrifying school shooting in Broward County, Florida before tonight’s game against the Blazers. A subdued Kerr called for Americans who are also fed the hell up with the NRA’s influence over American politics to take a stand and vote for political candidates who might actually attempt to stop the flow of mass shootings in this country. Here’s a transcript, via the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau: … [Read more...] about Steve Kerr: “It Doesn’t Seem To Matter To Our Government That Children Are Being Shot To Death”
While the rest of the country clamors for gun control, South Carolina lawmakers have chosen to home in on the real issues, like banning baggy pants. According to WLTX 19, House Bill 4957 would make it illegal “for a person to expose their skin of underwear by wearing their pants ‘three incehes below the crest of his ileum.’” The hell is an ileum? It’s the top of the hips, apparently. Yes, the South Carolina legislature wants to mandate mid-rise pants, but don’t worry, it’s completely not racist or intended to target minorities, says one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Joe Jefferson. “It’s unbecoming, it’s unprofessional,’ said Jefferson, a black Democrat from Berkeley County. He pointed out that if someone is “caught” with baggy pants, it wouldn’t encumber them from going to college, or getting grants or loans. “it’s no more than a warning to allow these fellas to be more … [Read more...] about S.C. Lawmakers Want to Ban Baggy Pants Because What Other Political Issue Could Possibly Be More Pressing?
Information trickled out about President Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument for weeks. On Monday, that trickle turned into a flash flood. The president went to Utah to announce his plan to scale back Bears Ears’ 1.35 million acres by 82 percent. He also announced he was shrinking Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 800,000 acres according to the Washington Post. Both moves have been coveted for years by oil and gas companies, ATV riders ranchers, and “states’ rights” types in supremely conservative southern Utah. “They’re crying because they cant ride their four-wheeler over the countryside to destroy the Earth,” Shaun Chapoose, chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, told Earther. Trump has taken an unprecedented step to give the cry babies and fossil fuel corporations what they want at the expense of sovereign tribes and a large swath of the American public. No president has ever rescinded … [Read more...] about Trump Just Destroyed Bears Ears National Monument in a ‘Naked Political’ Act
Government often initiates drama on a global scale, but interpersonal feuds will erupt in heated moments. The residents of 10 Downing Street were recently treated to the sight of two civil servants in a knock-down drag-out cat fight. Larry the cat is a permanent resident of 10 Downing, hired to chase away mice and relieve the stress of anyone who manages to pet him. His position survived Brexit and David Cameron’s departure, despite the misapprehension that he belonged to the Cameron family. Larry belongs to no man, but he’ll defend what is his. Over at the UK’s Foreign Office lives Palmerston the cat, a newer hire with something to prove. On Friday, Good Morning Britain correspondent Nick Dixon reported that this brewing feud had finally spilled over and lines were drawn: Fur ripped! Collars torn off! This has been a long time coming for Palmerston and Larry. But who left triumphant? Many concerned citizens are wondering why Dixon didn’t jump into the fray and … [Read more...] about Literal Government Fat Cats Get in Fur-Flying Fight at 10 Downing Street