Keyword: schadenfreude

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  • Liberals May Be Looking for a Take-Back (from Øbama)

    06/04/2009 1:42:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies · 2,945+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 6/4/2009 | Dana Milbank
    President Obama is just killing the progressive movement. For the past few years, liberal activists have gathered in Washington each spring for the Take Back America conference, where speaker after speaker -- Obama sometimes among them -- would give rollicking denunciations of the Bush administration before packed rooms of partisans. But now that Obama has actually taken back America, the activists at this year's gathering feel a bit like the dog that finally caught up with the car. Organizers changed the name from Take Back America to America's Future Now, but that didn't prevent a sharp decline in participation. At...
  • Gordon Brown: Labour's dilemma (Lefty London Broadsheet Wants His Head!)

    06/03/2009 8:02:08 AM PDT · by Petronski · 13 replies · 1,212+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 3 June 2009 | Editorial Board
    [snip] Final paragraph: All must agree that the die is cast and a hard judgment made. Otherwise progressive politics will be dragged down at a general election in May 2010 that could lead to a much bigger defeat than Labour suffered in 1979. That might bring a chance for other parties to take it forward, as the Liberal Democrats are trying to do in this election. But they are not placed to enter government. Labour has a year left before an election; its current leader would waste it. It is time to cut him loose.
  • Google And Other Tech Firms Brace For More Anti-Trust Scrutiny

    05/21/2009 11:47:27 AM PDT · by Blado · 8 replies · 1,063+ views
    Search Engine Land ^ | May 18, 2009 | Greg Sterling
    As the Wall Street Journal reports, and as we’ve written about before, the Obama Administration is getting ready to be much tougher than its predecessor in the anti-trust realm. The terrible irony is that a large number of tech executives and workers at Silicon Valley companies supported the Obama candidacy and now it may impact them in a very direct way. All this goes double for Google, whose CEO Eric Schmidt was an advisor to Obama on technology issues. The new head of anti-trust for the US Department of Justice, Christine Varney, has already used the “m-word” in connection with...
  • Barnicle Blasts NY Times: ‘Most Hypocritical Media Company In The World’

    05/04/2009 4:31:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 2,372+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    German linguists might have to add a couple syllables to “schadenfreude” to capture the sentiments of those observing the NY Times/Boston Globe death match. People aren’t just revelling in the papers’ misfortune anymore. They can now simultaneously delight in the Times’ hypocrisy. On today’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle blasted the NY Times as the “most hypocritical media company in the world” for what he sees as the Gray Lady’s bullying of the employees at its subsidiary, the Boston Globe. View video here.
  • Paper Cuts: 'New York Times' Union Agrees

    04/30/2009 8:17:59 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 8 replies · 1,216+ views
    Media Post ^ | 4-30-2009 | Erik Sass
    Paper Cuts: 'New York Times' Union Agrees In another sign of the dire situation facing American newspapers, the Newspaper Guild in New York City agreed to a 5% cut in salary for members at The New York Times, clearing the way for reductions that will affect newsroom staff and a number of other salaried professionals. The pay cut is meant to be temporary -- ending Dec. 3 -- but given current revenue trends, may become permanent. The union faced a choice between the pay cut and the loss of 80 jobs in the newsroom and elsewhere -- an increasingly common...
  • Hollywood Squeezes Stars' Pay in Slump

    04/03/2009 6:36:56 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 25 replies · 2,429+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2009 | LAUREN A.E. SCHUKER
    Hollywood, needing to cut costs in lean times, is starting to say no to its stars. For years, top movie stars often landed deals paying them a percentage -- sometimes as much as 20% -- of a studio's take of box-office revenues from the first dollar the movie makes, even if it turned out to be a flop that cost the studio millions. As a result, the biggest celebrities broke the $20 million mark. Eddie Murphy got that kind of payday for the flop "Meet Dave," which cost Twentieth Century Fox about $70 million and took in only $11.8 million...
  • Axed Gals Take Pole Positions

    03/30/2009 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 30 replies · 3,691+ views
    New York Post ^ | 29 March 2009 | Anka Radkovich
    The economy's gone bust, and so have they. Scores of professional New York women stripped of their six-figure jobs are now working as "gentlemen's club entertainers" at upscale Manhattan jiggle joints. Former Wall Streeters, fashion executives and real-estate agents are pole dancing and strip ping for as much as $1,500 a night -- but also because they like the flexible hours. Randi Newton, 28, who lives in Midtown, was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley before the crash but was fired. "A few nights after I got laid off, I went with friends to a strip club to get drunk...
  • What you learn when big money goes away

    03/30/2009 4:39:11 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 19 replies · 2,472+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 27 March 2009 | Dan Voelpel
    As a rookie broker at a mom-and-pop mortgage company in Federal Way, Rob Collins had a killer month writing loans in the frothy, frenzied 2005 housing market. He made $37,000. So he took $5,000 in cash and his fiancée, Heidi, to Bellevue Square. “I told her, ‘We’re not leaving here until we spend it all,’” Rob recalled this week. They spent it all right. Heidi bought a pair of designer Richmond jeans, diamond stud earrings, and some odds and ends to supplement her wardrobe. Rob, always impeccably dressed, bought clothes too, including an Italian leather jacket. Over the following 18...
  • Venture capitalists fear closer government scrutiny and higher taxes [Schadenfreude!]

    03/28/2009 7:55:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 11 replies · 1,346+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/27 | Scott Duke Harris
    Silicon Valley venture capitalists, who have applauded the Obama administration's science, energy and health care initiatives, are growing increasingly anxious that the president and Congress will subject their industry to both closer scrutiny and higher taxation. Obama's budget plan already signals changes in tax policy. And new fears were raised by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's statement Thursday that advisers to venture capital funds, private equity firms and hedge funds should for the first time be required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission and file reports to enable the government to assess whether the funds "individually or collectively pose...
  • Insemination fight ends in wife's arrest [Misleading title, words are not mine]

    03/15/2009 5:35:09 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 26 replies · 2,276+ views
    The Berkshire Eagle ^ | March 13, 2009 | Conor Berry
    A woman who allegedly intended to artificially inseminate her wife with her brother's semen has been charged with domestic assault and battery. Pittsfield police responded to a call shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city's Morningside neighborhood, where the assault allegedly occurred. Stephanie K. Lighten, 26, was released on personal recognizance after denying the allegations in Central Berkshire District Court Wednesday morning.
  • Queens homeowner pleads: I need your help, President Obama

    02/19/2009 11:35:19 AM PST · by LottieDah · 80 replies · 3,472+ views
    Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 11:18 PM Goldfield for News Marlo Saab hasn't missed a payment yet but wonders how much longer he can manage the $3,400 in monthly mortgage payments. Related News Articles Bam unveils plan to help homeowners Analysis: Rescue finally comin' home Marlo Saab bought a $555,000, two-family home in Queens three years ago - no money down. Now, teetering on the brink of defaulting on his mortgage, Saab is looking to President Obama's plan for struggling homeowners to help him hold on to his house. "I think that his plan gives us hope," said Saab, 40, a...
  • New York Times’ Share Price Less Than Sunday Newspaper Price

    02/18/2009 2:07:58 PM PST · by tom h · 21 replies · 1,975+ views
    Crossing Wall Street ^ | February 17, 2009 | edelfenbein
    Check out this very ugly chart: Shares of NYT (NYT) dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand. Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.
  • Folks irked by Obama coins that are simply stickers placed on 50-cent pieces

    02/14/2009 8:12:57 AM PST · by DogBarkTree · 176 replies · 6,658+ views ^ | 2/13/09
    They thought they were buying a piece of history but many customers now say they were ripped off.
  • Realtors' Former Top Economist Says Don't Blame the Messenger

    01/12/2009 8:42:24 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 9 replies · 1,515+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 12 January 2009 | Nancy Keates
    Mr. Lereah Called 'Soft Landing' in 2006; It Didn't Come, and Now His Portfolio StinksFAIRFAX STATION, VA. -- On a recent weekday, David Lereah sat in the sunroom of his five-bedroom colonial house. The only sound was the yapping of his dog Maisy. Once one of the world's most-visible housing experts, Mr. Lereah is disconnected from his old life. The former chief economist for the National Association of Realtors says the group's top executives won't return his phone calls. Mr. Lereah, who says he left NAR voluntarily, says he was pressured by executives to issue optimistic forecasts -- then was...
  • Illinois governor ignores Obama's call to resign

    12/10/2008 6:25:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 80 replies · 3,868+ views ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2008 | DEANNA BELLANDI and CHRISTOPHER WILLS
    CHICAGO – His career in shreds, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call to step down from President-elect Barack Obama and a warning that Senate Democrats will not let him appoint a new senator from the state. "Everyone is calling for his head," said Barbara Flynn Currie, a leader in the Illinois Senate and, like the governor, a Democrat. One day after Blagojevich's arrest, fellow Illinois politicians sought to avoid the taint of scandal-by-association. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said at a news conference in Washington that he was Senate Candidate 5 in the government's criminal...
  • Obama calls for Illinois governor to resign

    12/10/2008 9:34:36 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 131 replies · 5,879+ views
    Washington Examinier ^ | Dec 10, 2008
    President-elect Barack Obama is calling for the Illinois governor to resign. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president-elect agrees with other prominent politicians in Illinois and elsewhere that "under the current circumstances, it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois."
  • Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

    12/10/2008 1:01:33 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 64 replies · 4,389+ views ^ | 10 Dec 08
    A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Ill. Gov. arrested in Obama successor probe [Blagojevich Arresed on Corruption Charges]

    12/09/2008 9:51:49 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 102 replies · 6,332+ views
    AP ^ | 12/09/08 | ap
    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested today on charges that accuse him of trying to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says ...the corruption charges represent "a truly new low." An FBI says the 51-year-old Democrat was intercepted conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife.
  • German plea for pause in costly EU laws

    10/13/2008 12:58:36 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 10/12/2008 | Chris Bryant in Berlin
    Representatives of German business have called for a moratorium on any European Union legislation that would impose higher costs on companies at a time when they are grappling with the fallout from the financial crisis. Two of Germany’s largest trade bodies said Brussels should think carefully about putting additional burdens on business given the potential of the financial crisis to weaken the “real economy”. “We’ve got to ask whether certain measures, including environmental legislation, are responsible given the economic outlook,” Hanns-Eberhard Schleyer, general secretary of German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), told the Financial Times. The call for a legislative...
  • Day Of Judgment For Israeli Pollsters (Average Israeli Sticks It To Israeli MSM Alert)

    09/18/2008 5:09:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 526+ views
    The Muqata | 9/17/2008 | The Muqata
    Day of Judgement for Israel's Pollsters At 10 PM last night, you could hear the glee in their voices on TV and Radio: The exit polls predict that Tzippi Livni is the new leader of Kadima! Channel 10's Poll - 49% Channel 1's Poll - 47% Channel 2's Poll - 48% It's becoming almost routine for Israel's pollsters and media pundits to get it wrong time after time. True, Tzippy Livni did win, but by 341 votes. The margin of error for a win by 341 votes makes it statistically impossible to have accurately predicted that Livni would win --...