I started off the World Cup rooting for Germany.  (Everybody else in north Jersey seems to root for Italy, so I root for the land of my other grandfather’s ancestors.)  Casual soccer fans in the US, in my experience, tend to root for whatever country they identify as their ancestry.  I watched the first few games, vaguely interested in learning more about soccer, and wound up utterly consumed.  I am fully on the bandwagon, baby!  And I am pleased and delighted by every aspect of this picture.  USA!

Image via Luke Winn’s Twitter

No Thank You

Wired brings us this epic rant which does an excellent job of summarizing an ongoing battle between the FCC and the money-sucking corporate vampires who want to destroy one of the great successes of the last 20 years.

I’m strongly inclined to see this as yet another salvo in the war on equality.  Seriously, America is the only country in the world where people (remember, corporations are people too!) are supporting the idea that something inherently incapable of discrimination be remade in order to discriminate.  And there’s a serious chance corrupt legislators will do it, too.  Got to make sure the Haves let the Have-Nots know who’s in charge!