YouTube Generation graffiti on a cement wall.

Viacom v. Google, YouTube | Court documents released

This morning, a New York Federal Court judge released hundreds of thousands of pages (PDF) of documents related to the three-year-old Viacom v. YouTube lawsuit. Viacom is the owner of a huge variety of media outlets, including Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and BET. Viacom is suing Google – specifically, Google’s YouTube property – over

Texas lawmakers considering a payday loan from casino interests

There is a new Texas legislature convening soon. This legislature will be facing a huge budget deficit. Casino interests are trying to get the legislature to allow casinos in the state to give a short-term loan to the state budget. Texas gambling interests Lawmakers in Texas are going to be convening their new session in

Mean Girls of South Hadley – Bullying is out of hand

When will society take action? “Boys will be boys and girls will be girls.” There’s a pat truism to that, but also a disturbing undercurrent: it betrays a deep-seated lack of human compassion. For those who try to sweep school bullying under the rug, for instance, it is painfully clear that their cries to “let
The back of a 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollar. The classic U.S. colonial slogan “E Pluribus Unum: Join, or Die” and drawing of a segmented snake adorn the back of the coin.

US considers replacing paper dollar bills with dollar coins

Producing paper dollar bills is a more expensive proposition than ever, reports AOL News. That’s why Senators Richard Shelby, Robert Casey and Tom Harkin are continuing a battle that in one form or another has been fought since U.S. President Andrew Jackson held office in the 1830s. On behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
Egypt Protests

Protesters fill Tahrir Square pushing for Day of Departure

Thousands of people have filled Tahrir Square in Cairo pushing for a “Day of Departure” for Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, the long serving president of Egypt, has said he will not run for re-election in September of this year. His promise to leave office has only intensified the protests against his rule. Protests begin anew in

How to Use Installment Loans and the 50/30/20 Rule

Installment loans help people get on budget Installment loans are short-term loans that have proved convenient to a wide variety of qualified customers. The great thing about these types of loans is that they can provide a temporary plug in an overextended budget. They are easy to apply for, and if you qualify, the money
Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Keeping up with the Joneses now means getting debt relief

Everyone has heard the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses,” and it means doing the things everyone else is doing to keep status. This instinct is what drives people to do things like get flat screen televisions, iPhones, riding lawnmowers and so forth. Well, according to the Federal Reserve, the Joneses are getting debt settlement
A Mexican woman participating in traditional dance. Her brightly colored dress is flaring and swaying to the motion of the dance on Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo and Arizona Immigration Law protests

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is a happy day celebrated across the United States and Mexico (primarily in the Puebla state) with song, dance, good food and even better beer, margaritas and tequila. Per Wikipedia, the fiesta celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5,
A 2004 photograph of Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Phuong with a group of children in a Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam hospital. The children are all disabled, most of them due to the continuing effects of the chemical weapon Agent Orange.

Agent Orange will cost America $42 billion over 10 years

In addition to being the cause of severe birth defects for generations of Vietnamese children, the herbicide/chemical weapon Agent Orange has afflicted more than 1 million American veterans. Scores of soldiers who enlisted or were drafted to serve their country came home with such conditions as acute peripheral neuropathy, soft tissue sarcoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma,
child nutrition bill

Child nutrition bill passed by Congress despite GOP maneuvering

A child nutrition bill was approved by the House and sent to President Obama’s desk today. The $4.5 billion child nutrition bill will feed more poor children with free school lunches and dinners, improve the nutritional quality of school cafeteria meals, get junk food out of school vending machines and require free drinking water. Republicans
A “Welcome to Mississippi” road sign that labels the state “Birthplace of America's Music.”

Mississippi reporter misunderstands no credit check payday loans

Opponents of no credit check payday loans frequently support their arguments by referencing religious documents, such as the Bible, that claim payday lenders practice usury – charging an “exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest.” Charlie Mitchell of the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger makes this mistake in his recent criticism of Mississippi House Bill 455, which will enable
Man's hand holding briefcase handle with his wrist handcuffed to it

Keeping tight reins on dead-end jobs

With unemployment rates at record highs, people who still have jobs are hanging onto them — even jobs they feel chained to and dead-end jobs they don’t like.   According to a new article, the “quit rate” among American workers is at its lowest point since 2000, when the Labor Department began recording the data.
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Appraisers in Need of Cash Today Have to Have On-The-Job Smarts

The importance of the appraiser Appraisers looking for cash today, have to be smart. Research is showing that one of the biggest issues consumers trying to sell their properties have to contend with is the appraiser. At its best, the appraisal is supposed to help home buyers find the right priced home and keep lenders

Don’t let your bank account go into the red

Signing petitions for payday loans If you have ever applied for a payday loan in your home town, you can agree that it’s sometimes difficult to get out of the payday loan trap without some suffering. Many big banks want to take your rights away concerning short term loans. It would be impossible to wipe
A human fetus in the womb.

Birth or Not abortion site: Real or hoax?

According to Life Site News, Pete and Alisha Arnold are a happy 30-something couple living in Apple Valley, Minn. Alisha is supposedly pregnant. Their unborn child is at 17 weeks. However, the couple claims to be torn over whether to have the baby, so they’ve created a website called Birth or Not ( The Arnolds

Blackpad | Seven inches of Blackberry rumors

Rumors have been swirling around the Blackberry Blackpad. The keynote speech at Blackberry’s DevCon today may very well officially announce the Blackpad. There are still conflicting reports about when the device will be released, or if it will even be announced today. Either way, the Blackpad is sure to make some waves. Why Blackberry needs
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Nexus One Release | Nexus One Review

Nexus One release today I thought the Droid was supposed to be the iPhone killer, but today, on Nexus One release day, word on the street is that Nexus One will be the iPhone killer. Yawn. Which iPhone killer are we on now? Eight? Nine? Clearly — given that every new smartphone that comes out