May. 11th, 2007

lurkitty: (proud)
This is a red letter week for Oregon.

We've signed Civil Unions into law. It took a change in balance of the legislature so that both houses of the legislature are Democratic to do it.

Now Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (who voted against funding the war from the beginning, by the way) has teemed with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the Internet Radio Equality Act of 2007.

The act overturns the decision of the Copyright Royalty Board and makes internet radio rates commensurate with those paid by satellite radio - 7.5 percent of total revenues.

I love this quote from the arstechnica story:
"Our bill is about standing up for folks ranging from a small webcaster in a basement in Corvallis to an innovative startup in Beaverton to a new band trying to be heard in Portland to a huge music fan in Coos Bay," said Wyden, a statement which raises the obvious question: who named all these towns in Oregon, anyway?

A bit of trivia - What is now Oregon Public Broadcasting, one of the oldest public broadcasting stations in the US, did start in the basement of the engineering building at Oregon State University in Corvallis. KOAC (K Oregon Agricultural College) started up with students reporting all the farm news on AM.
lurkitty: (geektoaster)
BSG fans are in for a bit of sad news today: the upcoming season four will be the last.

In an interview with IESB.net at the Saturn Awards yesterday, Edward James Olmos disclosed that season four will be the most vicious, and the last season.

IESB: I want to go cry, I know they were talking about the Caprica spinoff, is there a possibility of that then?

Olmos: That’s up to them, I have no idea, but as far as we know, in respects of the way we have this show constructed, this is the final season.


IESB also confirmed the statement with Katee Sackhoff, who stated that it was far too expensive a show for the limited viewership.
lurkitty: (Default)
My friend [livejournal.com profile] litharriel posed an interesting query over in her lj with respect to bi and pansexuals feeling they encounter disdain from the GL side of the GLBT community.

Why might this be so? What might make people uncomfortable with shades of gray? Theories??

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