aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Monday, May 21, 2007
MySpace buckles on sex offender data
Faced with legal demands from several state attorneys general, MySpace.com said Monday it will immediately begin sharing data on the registered sex offenders it has identified and removed from the popular social networking Web site. [...]
[MySpace general counsel Mike] Angus said the company hoped to have data moving by Monday afternoon.
“We’re going to get most of it out today,” he said. “We have zero tolerance for those creeps. We don’t want them on our sites.”
CNET News.com’s Caroline McCarthy talks about MySpace’s about-face.
LATER: As reported in the NY Times.
GA Lesbian reunited with child she hopes to adopt
Elizabeth Hadaway spent the weekend with the seven-year-old girl she has been trying to adopt for almost a year, following a months-long legal dispute that saw a Georgia judge remove the young girl from Hadaway’s home after discovering she was a lesbian.
While details of the legal cases surrounding the dispute remained unclear early this morning, the attorney representing Hadaway said the child has been taken out of state foster care and returned to her home.
“The long and short of it is that DFCS agreed to release Emma to Deborah [Schultz, her biological mother], and then Deborah gave Emma to Elizabeth,” said Gerry Weber, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, which assisted Hadaway.
Via Gay News Blog.
Presidents, Vice Presidents, Gore & Obama
I’m watching Al Gore with Diane Sawyer on GMA. He calls her on the logo behind him - “the frame for the discussion, the logo ‘Campaign ‘08,’ that’s not what this is about” - yet that’s the frame the show insists on.
In the 8 o’clock news segment, Chris Cuomo (has anyone forgotten his political pedigree?) sticks to the storyline, “Former Vice President Al Gore says he isn’t running for office but he sure acted like a candidate bashing the Bush administration.” I get that Gore knows what he’s doing, and that this is how the modern media/politico game is played. I’m ready for it to change.
I like Gore. I liked him when he ran for president. Then liberals complained he wasn’t liberal enough. I don’t expect him to run for office;
no way will he win. (I came back and deleted that, not remembering why I wrote it I don’t agree with it now.)
I’m dreaming of a Hillary/Obama ticket. Which offers up another opportunity to quote Melissa Harris-Lacewell, this time on Obama’s presidential possibilities:
I don’t think Barack Obama’s going to win the American Presidency in 2008- right now he’s this kind of opportunity for lots of Democrats to say, “We want something different, we want something new.” But my bet is that, that sort of notion of new and different doesn’t quite carry over in the general election. I’d love to see him as the Vice President even though I know this irritates a lot of people. I’d love to see him as the Vice President because my bet is that he could win eight years later. And the reason is because we know a lot about black elected officials at other levels-at mayors, congressmen. And it turns out white voters get really comfortable after a black person has been incumbent when they realize that, in fact, no one opens up-- black officeholders don’t increase welfare payments or open up the jails and let all the black criminals out.
In fact, black people govern just about the same way that white people govern, and it tends to reduce white anxiety and increase the likelihood of white support when it’s a black incumbent.
TiVo expands its Internet search
The new feature will be pushed out over the next 8 weeks:
TiVo will narrow the gap between Internet video and conventional TV viewing this week by introducing what it calls the first “TV-centric on-screen search tool” to find programming in both realms.
The DVR pioneer’s system, called Universal Swivel Search, will let its subscribers who like a TV show or movie search for other programs they might like based on elements in common, including the title, actors and subject matter—as well as suggestions from other fans. [...]
Rogers says that search tool may prompt more Web sites to make video available via TiVo.
Race in America: don’t use a hammer on a screw
“What I’m suggesting is we are experiencing a new form of racial inequality. We could think of Jim Crow as a nail. And the protest against Jim Crow were a hammer. And a hammer is an extremely effective tool when you’re dealing with a nail. Contemporary racial inequality is structural. It’s undercover. It is connected with also with sort of black achievement which is also going on at the same time. Contemporary racial inequality is a screw, and if you take a hammer and start pounding on a screw, you just end up with a mess which means we have to live with the fact that a new generation is going to have to innovate a screwdriver to deal with the new problem. And that screwdriver might not look anything like the hammer. And we can’t keep yelling at them to use a hammer for a new problem.”