Who Owns Media (US Edition)
Via Gizmodo, which also includes graphics on what brands own what consumer goods, consolidation in financial markets, what auto makers own what cars, and what breweries make what beer… which is important.
Images: Studios and media companies (top), and TV stations (bottom). Select to embiggen.
refers to the Supreme Court striking down a Massachusetts law that allowed abortion clinics to have a ‘buffer zone’ keeping protesters at least 35 feet from entrances and walkways to protect clinic users and staff from abuse and intimidation. Rather hypocritically, some might say, the Supremes consider it necessary to enforce their own, much larger, ‘buffer zone’ outside the building where they work but hey .. they’re the Supremes .. (story here)
My greatest fear is that this is the point where the SCOTUS tipped their hat on the ‘Hobby Lobby can impede their employees health care choices’ case. Welcome to the Plutocracy.
Among married couples with children under age 18, dual income households are now the dominant arrangement (60%). In 1960, only one-in-four of these households had two incomes; 70% had a father who worked and a mother who was at home with the kids.
Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage, or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.
They’re peddling three big lies about poverty. To wit:
Lie #1: Economic growth reduces…
By turns angry and anguished, President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday that his “biggest frustration” since taking office has been America’s failure to take even modest steps to curb mass shootings so frequent that they threaten to become routine.
“The country has to do some soul-searching about this,” Obama said gravely in a town-hall question-and-answer session led by Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp in the White House’s State Dining Room.
“This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me,” he said. “I am prepared to work with anybody, including responsible sportsmen and gun owners, to craft some solutions. But right now, it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress. And we should be ashamed of that.”
Obama, who did not stifle his profoundly emotional response to the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lamented that politicians “terrified of the NRA” have blocked limited responses such as tougher background checks.
“I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 6-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me,” he told a roomful of Tumblr users. (Yahoo acquired Tumblr on May 20, 2013.)