aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Kudos to Kraft
99% of stockholders affirm Kraft will support the Gay games in Chicago:
A shareholder proposal to end Kraft Foods’ support of the 2006 Gay Games VII was overwhelmingly rejected by the food company and its investors at its annual stockholders’ meeting yesterday.
It’s a rare occasion when a marketing sponsorship can take the stage at a shareholder meeting. But Kraft’s decision to support the eight-day event in Chicago this July with a $25,000 donation rankled Kraft stockholder Dr. Marcella Meyer of Chicago, who proposed in a proxy statement that Kraft “disassociate itself” from the Gay Games themselves and any other future activities supporting homosexual activities and lifestyle.
Kraft Foods, CEO Roger K. Deromedi, 3 Lakes Dr., Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847-646-2000, Fax: 847-646-6005
TOLL FREE: 1-800-323-0768
Megan McCafferty’s an author with class
“In the case of Kaavya Viswanathan’s plagiarizing of my novels ‘Sloppy Firsts’ and ‘Second Helpings,’ “ she said, “I wish to inform all of the parties involved that I am not seeking restitution in any form.
“The past few weeks have been very difficult, and I am most grateful to my readers for offering continual support, and for reminding me what Jessica Darling means to both them and to me. In my career, I am, first and foremost, a writer. So I look forward to getting back to work and moving on, and hope Ms. Viswanathan can, too.”
We’ve got some catching up to do to our friends up north…
Cory tells us that Michael says, “A group of geeks, lawyers, academics, policy experts, geographers, and librarians have joined together from across Canada to fight the evils of Crown Copyright (a Canadian thing) and proprietary formats. We’re fighting to get access to our civic data - from high-res maps to minutes of city meeting.”
1. To encourage all levels of governments (county, municipal, provincial, federal) to make civic data and information available to citizens without restrictions, at no cost, and in useable open formats.
2. To encourage the development of citizen projects using civic data and information
The CMCC is united under three key principles:
Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical
Artists do not want to sue music fans. The labels have been suing our fans against artists’ will, and laws enabling these suits cannot be justified in artists’ names
Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive
Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels’ control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice.
Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists
The vast majority of new Canadian music is not promoted by major labels, which focus mostly on foreign artists. The government should use other policy tools to support actual Canadian artists and a thriving musical and cultural scene.
LATER: Meanwhile in France, a proposal to balance the legal protection of anti-user technology with the public interest has been hijacked by entertainment companies and now promises to be one of the worst DRM laws in the world.
Who’s their PR firm? They were just quoted on Good Morning America - “an unscientific poll” (why do newspeople do that?) - and they’re also featured on Blogma for their (cool) color-coded map that tracks gasoline price levels.
Neil Young’s “Impeach the President” lyrics
Neil Young’s new album, “Living with War,” is an incendiary, moving, totally American document of peaceful protest that is going to make a lot of people crazy one way or another. [...]
Here, for the first time, the lyrics to Neil Young’s “Let’s Impeach the President”:
Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god he’s racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
...that Abraham Lincoln was the last president brought down by a popular entertainer… So why do pop stars return again and again to the political, despite the risk of ridicule, misunderstanding, artistic failure, and ineffectuality? The answer may be found in that old joke about why dogs lick their balls: because they can. Alas, political pop is usually just as productive as the activity at the center of that joke.