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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Farm Bill Chris Clayton reported yesterday at DTN that, “A provision to exclude yields from Actual Production History for farmers affected by severe weather will go into effect for some select spring crops in 2015, USDA announced Tuesday. “USDA’s rollout comes too late to boost insurance coverage for winter-wheat producers who have been some of the […]

Keith Alexander Now Being Vetted By Everybody For Everything After Leaving The Protective Shelter Of The NSA

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Former NSA head Keith Alexander continues to draw the sort of attention he probably hoped he had left behind by resigning his post. His questionable business venture -- a private banking security firm seemingly dependent on patents and...Show More Summary

Mississippi TV newsrooms star in a new TruTV series

It appears the community-newspaper reality show that NBC Peacock Productions was teasing nearly two years ago isn’t going to happen. But a similar – this one featuring small-market TV newsrooms – is in the can and debuts on TruTV in December. The preview, which hit YouTube this week, has this description: BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a … Read More

Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throw-back revelations on Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesar’s pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. Show More Summary

Oh Well, So Much for The Avengers Trailer Driving SHIELD Viewership

It was a great plan while it lasted. To boost ABC's flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel planned to debut the trailer for next May's The Avenger's: Age of Ultron film during next week's episode—but that changed last night. Wednesday evening, a version of the trailer with low-quality sound but comparatively high-resolution visuals hit the Web. Show More Summary

Viral Video: Air New Zealand and The Hobbit Team-up For the Most Epic Safety Video Ever

When was the last time you paid attention to a pre-flight safety demonstration? For all those who can’t remember either, Air New Zealand is betting their new instructional video is one you’ll watch without batting an eye, and, most importantly, actually remember. Show More Summary

'John Wick' Is Keanu Reeves' Best Movie Since 'The Matrix'

"John Wick" is everything you hope an R-rated action flick will be. It's stylish, violent and has a great sense of humor when Wick isn't too busy shooting people in the head. The movie is a breath of fresh air that skips the long form set-up and gets right down to the nitty-gritty violence that the audience wants and expects. Show More Summary

Gary Webb Was Right

"Gary Webb was no journalism hero, despite what 'Kill the Messenger' says," read the recent Washington Post Op-ed headline. It's a sad sight, especially at a time when real journalism is shriveling and in retreat, including in the Washington...Show More Summary

Today in Media History: Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces the iPod in 2001

The iPod, Apple’s hard disk-based digital audio player, was introduced by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001. “‘With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. Show More Summary

Why A Feminist Professor Is Teaching An Entire Class About Beyoncé

You know you’ve made it when people recognize you by your first name. Cher, Robyn, and Madonna have all become single names, and now Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has too. One of the best-selling artists of all time, the multi-talented performer and businesswoman is a superstar to millions around the world. Show More Summary

Netflix’s Next New Show Looks Shrouded In Mystery

Netflix released a teaser trailer for its next original series, "Bloodline," and, so far, it leaves much to be desired. There's not much to see in the 30 second teaser except a burning boat, rocking on the water... in the rain. A voiceover...Show More Summary

HBO Going Rogue Could Get Us to Net Neutrality

Recently, a couple of cable content providers have announced that they're going rogue and are going to start providing content independently of cable companies. That's good news for consumers who have, until now, been at the mercy of companies such as Comcast and Time Warner. Show More Summary

'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer Leaks Online A Week Early And It's Terrifyingly Awesome

Well, so much for waiting a week. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer leaked online Wednesday evening and it is hauntingly terrifying and awesome. Tuesday evening, Marvel announced the trailer would debut during next week's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC. Show More Summary

Technology grants for Iowa teachers

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is working with the CenturyLink Foundation to award technology grants to Iowa teachers. As we said on our web site, The goal of this grant program is to fund INNOVATIVE uses of digital learning tools by students and educators. Don’t just tell us you ‘need some iPads.’ Dream bigger than [...]

An alternative view: Changing Paradigms, by Crispin Weston

Crispin Weston, who describes himself as "a controversialist", suggests that our outlook is not progressive at all. We have a new school year, a new Secretary of State, and before too long, a new government. So this might be a good time to take stock of where we stand with education technology. The terminology we use has certainly changed. Show More Summary

M.D. Fla. Double Trouble on Fraudulent Joinder

What the deuce is it about today? The date is made up of two 2’s. Today is the 76 th birthday of two of our favorite, though couldn’t-be-more-different, actors: Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius/Last Tango in Halifax) and ChristopherLloyd (Back to the Future/Taxi). Show More Summary

Daymond John Reveals What It's Like Being A 'Shark Tank' Investor

Growing up in Hollis, Queens, Daymond John's mother taught him that he was in charge of his own destiny. It was a message that inspired him to start the business that would make him a millionaire, the apparel company FUBU. FUBU is no longer the powerhouse it was in the '90s, but John has been a sought-after branding and marketing expert since. Show More Summary

Angles on Open

I spoke briefly, and almost certainly disjointedly, at the Open VA meeting yesterday. The focus of the panel was “open pedagogy/curriculum” and the whole day was focused on open education concepts. My topic was simply labeled MOOC. As the day progressed I tried to get a sense of the audience and figure out what would I […]

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