NYT Explains: Mozilla Is An Activist Organization

From the New York Times:

Why Mozilla’s Chief Had to Resign

By FARHAD MANJOO [sic] | April 4, 2014

What conclusions should we draw about Silicon Valley from what happened at Mozilla? …

Is this an instance of political correctness run amok? Is it a sign that Silicon Valley has become militantly tolerant [sic], unwilling to let executives express their personal viewpoints on issues unrelated to their jobs? I’ve seen many such worries expressed online; even supporters of same-sex marriage have been characterizing Mr. Eich’s ouster as an awful precedent for giving in to moralistic mob rule.

But it’s a mistake to draw any such conclusions in this case, for one simple reason: Mozilla is not a normal company. It is an activist organization. Mozilla’s primary mission isn’t to make money but to spread open-source code across the globe in the eventual hope of promoting “the development of the Internet as a public resource.” … As such, Mozilla operates according to a different calculus from most of the rest of corporate America…

That actually sounds more like a description of the NYT than Mozilla.

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OKCupid CEO Gave $500 To Anti-Gay Republican

From the blog site, Uncrunched:

The Hypocrisy Of Sam Yagan & OKCupid

April 06, 2014

OkCupid played a major role in the successful effort to bring down Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich… But what was OKCupid’s motivation? And how does OkCupid’s co-founder Sam Yagan fit into this?

I believe that it was a PR stunt by OKCupid, that the company isn’t really committed to gay rights at all, and that OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagan was particularly hypocritical in this…

Here’s my support of that.

1. Many people (here’s just one example, but a quick search pulls up far more) have pointed out that OkCupid’s actions appeared to be little more than a PR stunt to get attention. Regardless of motivation, there’s no argument that OkCupid benefited hugely from the saturated media coverage of their boycott.

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ABC Used Westboro Footage In Two Eich Reports

From NewsBusters:

ABC Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposes Gay Marriage

By Scott Whitlock | April 4, 2014

According to Good Morning America’s Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech company Mozilla. Eich was ousted after liberal groups found out that in 2008 he made a $1000 donation to support Proposition 8 in California.

As Janis spoke about the six-year-old donation, video footage of Westboro Baptist protesters with "God hates fags" and "soldiers die 4 fag marriage" signs appeared on-screen.

On the December 07, 2012 World News, ABC reporter Terry Moran used the same hateful Westboro Baptist footage for a story on the Supreme Court ruling over gay marriage.

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Russia Continues Its Push To Take-Over Ukraine

From the Associated Press:

Pro-Russians storm Ukraine government buildings

By PETER LEONARD | April 6, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in several major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February.

Naturally, this is what they would do, being so afraid of being persecuted as a minority.

In Donetsk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the Russian border, a large group of people, including many in masks carrying sticks and stones, surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows.

A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened to speeches delivered from a balcony emblazoned with a banner reading "Donetsk Republic." Activists in the building said they want to see a referendum for the Donetsk province to join Russia…

Here we go again.

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The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

Here is our weekend discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

But please remember to post and comment on specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.

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Reader Selected News For Week Apr 5 – Apr 11

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

Posting Guidelines

To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

Thank you.

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British Study Calls For Silencing Climate Skeptics

From Breitbart:

MPs Seek to Silence Climate Change Sceptics

By Nick Hallett | April 3, 2014

The BBC should give less airtime to sceptics of man-made global warming, and any government minister who questions climate change orthodoxy should "shut up or leave", according to a committee of MPs.

A report by the Commons Science and Technology says that too much airtime is given to climate change sceptics, and calls for them to be either silenced or given "health warnings" when they appear on shows.

And, as we have already reported, the British media have already established monitors to make sure that they accurately serve their communities. (Which clearly ‘climate deniers’ do not.)

It says that the BBC should treat climate sceptics the same way as it would treat politicians.

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Mozilla’s Orwellian Defense Of Their Intolerance

Here is the Orwellian defense of their intolerance, via the Mozilla Blog:

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

By Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman | April 3, 2014

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech.

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Mozilla CEO Forced Out For Opposing Gay Marriage

From Reuters:

Mozilla CEO resigns, opposition to gay marriage drew fire

By Sarah McBride | April 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company’s web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage.

The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO last month. In 2008, he gave money to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in California, a hot-button issue especially at a company that boasts about its policy of inclusiveness and diversity.

According to reports, Brendan Eich’s donation in support of CA’s Proposition 8 (against ‘same sex marriage’) only came out because the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group.

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IRS Wants More Money, Agents To Enforce O-Care

From the Fiscal Times:

Obamacare’s Next Challenge: IRS Verification

By Brianna Ehley | April 3, 2014

Now that the open enrollment period has come to a close, the next challenge for Obamacare lies with the cash-strapped Internal Revenue Service, which is tasked with enforcing a handful of new provisions under the president’s healthcare law—including issuing penalties to Americans without health insurance.

Here we go again with the ‘cash strapped’ IRS. But how could any of this be a surprise? We are now in the fourth year of Obama-Care.

The agency is also responsible for verifying the subsidy eligibility of more than 83 percent of the 7 million people who have signed up for insurance through the health exchanges.

Why is it that this shocking number of all the people who are getting taxpayer subsidies via Obama-Care is only ever mentioned in passing in articles about other topics?

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You Can’t Buy Insurance At Any Time Anymore

First we have this from Fox News:

White House sets new April 15 deadline for ObamaCare sign ups

April 03, 2014

WASHINGTON – The White House announced Thursday that April 15 will be the new deadline to sign up for ObamaCare. The two-week extension came after a series of technical glitches earlier in the week prevented people from filing new online applications…

"For those in line on the 31st, we encourage consumers to finish the process as soon as possible," Alicia Hartinger, spokeswoman at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in an e-mail to members of the media. "They must complete their enrollment by no later than the 15th for coverage this year." …

Funny, this was passed out to all of the news media, but it only seems to be being reported by Fox News.

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Pelosi: SCOTUS Ruling Is A Threat To Democracy

From The Hill:

Pelosi: Campaign finance ruling is ‘existential threat’ to democracy

By Mike Lillis | April 3, 2014

The Supreme Court decision to eliminate a decades-old cap on individual campaign donations poses "an existential threat" to the nation’s democracy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) charged Thursday.

These ‘caps’ go back to the Watergate era. And never mind there has been an astronomical increase in campaign money since then, despite the caps.

The California Democrat, who has long championed legislation to limit the influence of money in politics, warned that the high court’s ruling would only heighten the power of well-heeled interests in Washington at the expense of the vast majority of Americans.

Pelosi has only championed limiting Republican money. She has never spoken out against the tax exempt unions, who spend untold billions on Democrat candidates and work for them.

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US Warns China Not To Annex Asian Territories

From Reuters:

U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

By David Brunnstrom | April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

What are we going to do to retaliate economically? Refuse to let China lend us more money?

(By the way, this is one of the many ways in which our outrageous national debt is a major national security risk. Which is something Obama himself even acknowledges. But only when he is pushing to raise taxes.)

Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama’s diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China’s intentions might be, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S.

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Cyrus, Timberlake Concerts Violate US Sanctions

From a terribly concerned Reuters:

Cyrus, Timberlake Finnish gigs under U.S. sanctions’ cloud

By Jussi Rosendahl | April 3, 2014

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish concerts by American pop stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake have come under the cloud of U.S. sanctions against Russia because of the venue’s Russian owners, the promoter said on Thursday.

Timberlake has a sold-out concert scheduled in May at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, which is owned by Gennady Timchenko, co-founder of Russia oil trader Gunvor, and brothers Boris and Arkady Rotenberg.

All three were included in a list of visa bans and asset freezes imposed by the United States against close allies of President Vladimir Putin last month following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

Cyrus is due to perform at the arena, Finland’s biggest entertainment venue, in June.

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NYT: Ft. Hood Does Little To Keep Out Firearms

From the deep thinkers at the New York Times:

Soldier’s Attack at Base Echoed Rampage in 2009

By MANNY FERNANDEZ, SERGE F. KOVALESKI and ERIC SCHMITT | April 3, 2014

KILLEEN, Tex. — In the aftermath of a deadly rampage at Fort Hood here in November 2009 that left 13 people dead, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced a Pentagon review of the shooting to help ensure, he said, that “nothing like this ever happens again.”

Nearly five years later, it did, in eerily similar fashion.

The NYT have changed the headline for some odd reason. It was originally: "Fort Hood Does Little to Keep Out Firearms."

Now stop and think how bizarre it is to insist that guns be banned from a military base.

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