Until we hold the people who represent us to a higher standard, we get the representation we deserve.
God forbid we get a hurricane right up the gut in Charleston during the Governor’s tenure.
I don’t agree with his politics but the videos are pretty entertaining.
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 4, 2012
Will be keeping an eye on the debate for a little while tonight. What better way to try the new WordPress live blog plugin than to try live-blogging the debate? Here we go…
ProPublica has a nicely designed interactive list of likely SOPA and PIPA supporters in both chambers of Congress. Current TV has a cool explanation about how ProPublica’s app, dubbed SOPA Opera, determines who is a supporter and who is an opponent — pretty fantastic stuff (especially if you’re into sentiment analysis).
While Congress is arguing points of policy labeled with “job-killer” rhetoric, perhaps they should look into what international patent trolls are doing to independent developers here in America. Independent developers have driven so much innovation in the last decade and have been a real bright spot in a very dismal economic climate. Craig Hockenberry, he of the Iconfactory, has a very sobering first-hand view of this as his company is the target of such litigation. He likens the current climate as “coding in a minefield,” an assessment with which I am in complete agreement. How do vague software patents held by non-practicing companies possibly contribute to an economic climate conducive to innovation and growth?
As we celebrate the 235th anniversary of our independence, Dan Conover at Xark offers a thoughtful reminder of America’s iterative approach to our government and society, especially in the context of elements of our current political discourse, which often is limited to soundbites about the Founding Fathers. I have always preferred the United States’s characterization as “The Great Experiment” because it is, to me at least, the most accurate — for better or worse.