The Hive – Please Talk Among Yourselves

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Selected News For The Week Dec 31 – Jan 6

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Righthaven Dismantling Appears Under Way

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Dismantling of Righthaven appears under way with loss of website

By Steve Green
Thursday, 22 December 2011

The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver…

Records at Network Solutions, which tracks domain names, showed control of Righthaven’s website domain name was transferred Wednesday to Randazza Legal Group, which represents Righthaven creditor Wayne Hoehn…

Righthaven since March 2010 has been suing websites and website users over unauthorized uses of Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material, alleging copyright infringement.

Several defendants including Hoehn fought back and defeated Righthaven in court.

After federal Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas found Righthaven lacked standing to sue Hoehn and that Hoehn was protected by fair use in his posting of an R-J column on a website message board, Hoehn was awarded his legal fees.

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The Hive – Please Talk Among Yourselves

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Selected News For The Week Dec 24 – Dec 30

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Happy New Year To Our Extended S&L Family!

From the editors:

Happy New Year To All!

Thank you for reading this site. And thank you for your comments, news tips and very generous donations.

You really make Sweetness & Light what it is.

Best wishes to all, and have the happiest of holidays!

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BBC: Tell Loved Ones They’re Fat At Christmas

From the nannies at BBC News, who never take a day off:

‘Tell loved ones they are overweight this Christmas’

20 December 2011

Christmas may be a time of indulging for many, but health experts believe it is the perfect time to tell a loved one they are overweight. The National Obesity Forum and International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk said it was important to be upfront because of the health risks.

Being overweight – particularly around the waist – increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. But a poll by the groups suggests too many people shy away from the issue.

Apparently, just like with race, we are all cowards when it comes to the issue of obesity. But maybe some people don’t want fat lips.

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Obama’s Hawaii Christmas Vacation Sacrifice

From The Hill:

President Obama’s Hawaii Christmas vacation dilemma

By Amie Parnes – 12/21/11

President Obama faces a most difficult decision with the payroll tax extension up in the air, and it isn’t whether to compromise with Republicans. The toughest call for the president this holiday season could be whether to join his family for Christmas in Hawaii or stay in lonely Washington.

The White House won’t say whether the president is heading west for the holidays — or even if he’s making an abbreviated appearance.

Absurdly enough, this probably is one of Obama’s toughest decisions in his Presidency. He probably would like to take a few weeks to think about it.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday that Obama “intends to stay and work with Congress to ensure that Americans don’t have their taxes go up.”

So why doesn’t he get his Democrat colleagues to pass a year long extension, instead of a ridiculous two month one?

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Payroll ‘Tax Cut’ Paid For By Mortgage Hike

From, of all places, the Associated Press:

Payroll tax cut bill boosts cost of new mortgages

By ALAN FRAM | AP – Sat, Dec 17, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who is paying for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut working its way through Congress? The cost is being dropped in the laps of most people who buy homes or refinance beginning next year.

The typical person who buys a $200,000 home or refinances that amount starting on Jan. 1 would have to pay roughly $17 more a month for their mortgage, thanks to a fee increase included in the payroll tax cut bill that the Senate passed Saturday. The White House said the fee increases would be phased in gradually…

And never mind that will the current price of houses, most mortgages would probably be for twice that amount, if not more.

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CNN: Payroll Tax Failure May Cause Recession

From CNN’s Money.Com:

Payroll tax deadlock could hit economy

By Chris Isidore
December 20, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — If Congress fails to pass an extension of the payroll tax holiday, it would put a serious dent into economic growth in 2012 and could even help tip the U.S. back into a recession, according to economists.

It is truly laughable to pretend that a 2% ‘tax cut’ could tip the economy back into a recession.

But our news media will clutch at any straw to try to ram this through so that Obama and the Democrats can call themselves tax cutters for the 2012 elections.

Economists surveyed by CNNMoney on Tuesday said that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, could be about 0.4 percentage points lower in the first quarter if Congress doesn’t extend the measure which lowered payroll taxes this past year…

By this logic, if we cut taxes by 20% (ten times this 2% cut) the GDP will increase by a whopping 4%.

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Hillary Opposes EU Carbon Tax On US Airlines

From the Agence France-Presse:

EU court rejects challenge to airline emissions charges

By Roddy Thomson
December 21, 2011

Europe’s top court on Wednesday threw out a US-led challenge to new charges for carbon emissions across EU airspace, opening up fears of a possible trade war which could also draw in China.

North American airlines had challenged a European Union decision to include as of January 1 all carriers in a carbon trading system targeting heavy polluting industries as part of the EU’s efforts against climate change.

Apparently, the European economy isn’t in enough trouble. They need to borrow some more with made up problems.

Either that, or the European leaders need to supplement their graft stream.

US carriers had argued that the decision was discriminatory and amounted to a backdoor tax.

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Kim Jong Un Sounds Like Our ‘Dear Leader’

From the New York Post:

Kim’s 007-nut kid in charge

By ANDY SOLTIS
December 20, 2011

The man who will have his pudgy finger on North Korea’s nuclear button is an overweight comic-book freak who is crazy about James Bond, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan movies, and who dreamed about following his hero Michael Jordan into the NBA.

Kim Jong Un, the handpicked “Great Successor” to Kim Jong Il, who died Sunday, is an unlikely addition to the ranks of the world’s leaders.

He had no known political, diplomatic or military experience before his father made him a four-star general last year and anointed him as crown prince of the world’s only communist dynasty.

He probably has had more real world experience than our current President and Commander in Chief.

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WH Wins, AT&T Gives Up On T-Mobile Merger

From The Hill:

AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger

By Brendan Sasso – 12/19/11

AT&T abandoned its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile on Monday, acknowledging that it couldn’t overcome opposition from the Obama administration.

Both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had moved to block the deal, arguing the merger of the second and fourth largest wireless carriers would stifle competition.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile will almost certainly have to go bankrupt if they aren’t allowed to merge with another company. Which will surely cut down on the competition that the White House pretends to be so concerned about.

AT&T has agreed to pay T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, a $4 billion breakup fee.

So now at least they will know how their customers feel when they have to break a contract.

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WH Backs Biden: Taliban Isn’t Enemy Of US

From Fox News:

White House Stands by Biden Statement That Taliban Isn’t U.S. Enemy

Published December 19, 2011

The White House on Monday defended Vice President Joe Biden for saying that the Taliban isn’t an enemy of the United States despite the years spent fighting the militant Islamic group that gave a home to Al Qaeda and its leader Usama bin Laden while he plotted the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

"It’s only regrettable when taken out of context," White House spokesman Jay Carney said of the vice president’s remarks in an interview published Monday.

So what is the context where Biden’s remarks would make sense? The planet Neptune?

"It is a simple fact that we went into Afghanistan because of the attack on the United States on Sept.

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36 Colleges Presidents Make More Than $1M

From CNN’s Money.Com:

Colleges pay presidents millions while raising tuition

By Blake Ellis
December 20, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Some private colleges are paying their top executives millions of dollars, at the same time they’re hiking tuition prices for students.

Vanderbilt University paid its chancellor, Nicholas Zeppos, $1.9 million in 2009, according to the school’s most recent tax filings — enough for up to 43 students to attend Vanderbilt at current prices. His total pay includes a base salary of $673,002, as well as bonus and other compensation.

That same year, Vanderbilt’s tuition jumped 4.3%. Since then, the college has hiked tuition more than 3% annually, and now totals $41,332, according to the university.

His overall pay was actually 21.5% lower than it was the previous year, according to the school.

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