House Majority Leader Misses Mark With Facebook Initiative

first_imgAll of this leaves us asking why not use the publicly available data on all pending legislation and allow citizens to “co-sponsor” any bill currently being weighed by the legislature?No matter how we feel about Facebook’s privacy provisions, we’ll be the first to admit that it is the default way to connect with people these ways. We’re not poo-poohing any initiative that harnesses social media that makes it easier for people to get involved in the political process, and we’re not bashing this from a partisan point of view. We’re bashing it from a point of view that cares about transparency.Cantor’s ploy reeks of partisanship disguised as bipartisanship (nowhere on the main page of the site are the words “Democrat” or “Republican” used). And while the Cosponsor Project may be more participatory, it’s certainly not the “open, visible” platform he promises in his introduction. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., launched the Citizen Cosponsor Project Tuesday, a Facebook-based platform he says will allow citizens to keep track of legislation currently before Congress. Log onto the site, review legislation and, if you support it, you can click “co-sponsor” and get updates on the status of the legislation as it works its way through Congress.Which is all well and good, providing you only care about the six pieces of legislation that Cantor cares about.In an introductory video and in text on the Web site, Cantor says the initiative will foster a “more open, visible and participatory legislative process.” The site refers to “we,” implying a bipartisan effort, but as Marci Harris points out on Huffington Post, the site never makes clear who “we” are. dave copeland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Tags:#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… But here’s the real rub: five of the six pieces of legislation on the site are sponsored by Republicans. And the one sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, is a rather innocuous Homes For Heroes Act ensuring access to HUD housing and homeless programs for veterans.The other bills range from repealing portions of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation to the Permanent Hyde Rule, which Republicans are calling the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Chromecast Gets New Gaming Powers, Plus Showtime and Starz

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… adriana lee Related Posts center_img Tags:#chromecast#Google#Showtime#streaming#streaming media#TV Google really, really wants Chromecast to get on your gift shopping list. So to sweeten the deal, the company just announced some brand new functionality for its $35 TV-streaming stick. Say hello to casual gaming and new premium channels.If you already own a Chromecast TV-streaming device, congratulations! You have a new way to entertain (or distract) relatives on Turkey Day. Just call up a board game app on your mobile and fling it to your television. Compatible titles include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe. Or clear the furniture for Just Dance Now, test Grandma’s Web knowledge with Emoji Party, or crown the king or queen of useless knowledge with trivia game Big Web Quiz, which uses Google Knowledge Graph to create questions. See also: How To Send Videos On Your Android Device to ChromecastThe game selection isn’t very extensive yet, and the offerings aren’t exactly console-worthy. But this debut set makes it easy to put some family-friendly fun on the big screen for your family and friends, while they use their mobile devices as directional or motion controllers.The thumb-sized streaming gadget also boasts support from two new premium TV channels. Showtime Anytime and Starz join the fold, which is great news if you want to binge-watch Homeland or want to catch Outlander. Like the HBO GO app, these new streaming channels require a cable subscription—for now. Also like that competitor, Showtime will also debut a standalone streaming service independent of cable packages next year. (Starz may also do the same.)Chromecast development has been ramping up this year, with literally hundreds of compatible apps now. To make it easier to wade through the pile, Google organized its Chromecast apps page with new categories covering compatible iPhone and Android apps. Now they’re sorted into New, TV & Movies, Music & Audio, Games, Sports, Media & Video and More. Harking back to its launch, when Google bundled free Netflix services for Chromecast customers, the company’s sweetening the pot again—this time with two free months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of the Google Play All Access Music service. (Limited to Chromecast users who newly sign up for the services.) Looks like Chromecast just leapt out of the stocking stuffer category and earned a primo place on primary gift lists.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more