Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 31, 2012

The American Conservative: Spring Interns Wanted

Editorial interns gain experience in all aspects of producing the print magazine and website. Our priority is intellectual honesty and we are dedicated to producing frank, original arguments based on substantive analysis.

The American Conservative is now accepting applications for spring internships. Join a start-up team dedicated to reestablishing principled, reality-based conservatism in the United States. While much of the right-wing media is slanted toward whatever talking points the GOP is favoring that day, the tagline on our cover best encapsulates the driving motivation behind our efforts: ideas over ideology, principles over party.

Editorial Intern

Editorial interns gain experience in all aspects of producing the print magazine and website. Our priority is intellectual honesty and we are dedicated to producing frank, original arguments based on substantive analysis.

Editorial Intern responsibilities include:

Preparing pieces for the web, writing headlines, curating images
Contributing headlines and story ideas
Proofreading, editing
Conducting research
Participating in team meetings

Clerical duties, such as answering the phone and handling the mail, are also involved.

Social Media Intern

Social media interns will be committed to extending The American Conservative’s reach on the web. This internship offers real experience across all the moving parts of a media organization with exposure to both editorial and marketing.

Social Media Intern responsibilities include:

Managing TAC’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Monitoring traffic statistics and staying on top of the latest trends in new media.
Devising strategies for audience development and engagement.

All candidates should possess:

Eagerness to work tirelessly in a small but ambitious team
Superb writing and editing ability
Strong communication and organizational skills
Love of considered, lengthy journalism as well as an appreciation of horse-race politics
Excellent news/culture/opinion judgment
A background in intellectual conservatism and keen understanding of The American Conservative’s sensibility.

Read on and get more information here.


“CA Teachers: You do NOT have to join the Union!”

Most new teachers aren’t told when they begin teaching in California that they do NOT have to join a teacher’s union! The California Teachers Empowerment Network is trying to break through the union barriers to let teachers know the choice is in THEIR hands, not the Unions!

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Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds

Bono has also had realizations about how useful the Internet can be for transparency. “The strongest and loudest voice with moral punch on the continent at the moment is a nerd,” Bono said, pointing to the tech company founders in the audience, many of whom were programmers. “He’s a tech innovator.”


Bono at the F.ounders Conference in Dublin on Friday

Bono has learned much about music over more than three decades with U2. But alongside that has been a lifelong lesson in campaigning — the activist for poverty reduction in Africa spoke frankly on Friday about how his views about philanthropy had now stretched to include an appreciation for capitalism.

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”

“Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audience of 200 leading technology entrepreneurs and investors at the F.ounders tech conference in Dublin. “We see it as startup money, investment in new countries. A humbling thing was to learn the role of commerce.”

Bono’s work with ONE was borne out of a charity he co-founded in 2002, DATA, which sought to raise awareness around debt, AIDS and trade in Africa; it created ONE in 2004 and the two organizations were merged under the name ONE in 2008. (Disclosure: Bono is a managing partner of Elevation Partners, a investment firm that owns a stake in Forbes Media.) As part of his work on the board of ONE, Bono has lobbied American congressmen, presidents and other leaders from developed nations.

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Is Big Brother the New Normal? The Supreme Court Will Decide

In a less than reassuring twist, the U.S. government will argue that no one can sue to end one form of intelligence surveillance because nobody is safe from surveillance.


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is plaintiff in the case.

Suppose Big Brother is watching you. You in particular, and all your friends — recording your phone conversations, reading your emails and instant messages — all with the aim of finding something to use against you and your friends.

As my students would say, sucks to be you. It sucks badly enough, in fact, that you might be able to go into federal court and ask a judge to make the government explain why they’re doing it, and maybe force them to get a warrant.

But suppose you find out that Big Brother is watching some other unnamed people. And those other people sound a lot like some of the people you sometimes work with. And if Big Brother really is watching those people, you need to watch what you say, or stop talking to those people altogether. But you don’t know for sure.

It still sucks to be you. But does it suck enough that you can go to court to try to stop it?

That is the issue that will be argued Monday in front of the Supreme Court. The case is called Clapper v. Amnesty International. The underlying question is an important one in post-9/11 America: How extensively can the government eavesdrop on phone calls and emails by foreigners of “interest” to our intelligence agencies? And how much can such government surveillance legally impact American citizens seeking to communicate with people our government may dislike or suspect of unsavory deeds?

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Report: ‘Christians Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’

“Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism,” Puljic said, who added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries” after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire.”


Cardinal Vinko Puljic (l) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

Christians are massively leaving post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina amid mounting discrimination and Islamization, according to a new report released Friday, October 12.

“Many believers leave the country since war raged 20 years ago,” said Netherlands-based advocacy and aid group Kerk in Nood, or ‘Church in Need’, in the report obtained by BosNewsLife.

There are just 440,000 Catholics left in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure, the group said.

The report came on the heels of talks between the cardinal of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic,and European Council President Herman van Rompuy about difficulties faced by Bosnia’s Christians.

MOSQUES BUILD

Puljic reportedly complained that while dozens of mosques were build in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.

“The cardinal already waits 13 years on permission to build just a small church,” Church in Need said. Authorities so far refused to return hundreds of nationalized church buildings, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so, according to Christian officials.

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Citizen journalism YouTube channel to be launched

ITN Productions will launch a Truthloader channel which will feature content including eyewitness video footage.

ITN Productions in the UK and Euronews in France are to launch new YouTube channels as part of the platform’s original channels initiative.

ITN Productions confirmed this week that it would launch a new citizen journalism channel, called Truthloader, later this year, as part of the initiative, while Euronews will launch a Knowledge channel

The original channels initiative was first launched in the US in October last year. According to a list of the channels which fall under the YouTube initiative the news category already includes outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Slate News.

Now YouTube has announced further channels to be launched from outlets in the UK, France, Germany and the US.

According to a press release from ITN Productions, content on Truthloader will be curated by social media experts and journalists, to include eyewitness video footage.

Mark Browning, managing director of ITN Productions, added in the release: “There has been a huge focus on the power of online citizen journalism – from the Japan tsunami to the Arab Spring – but how do viewers know they can trust what they’re watching?”

“With Truthloader, our experts will separate truth from fakery and bring the very best in eyewitness accounts to audiences worldwide.”

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Obama Lovers, It Turns Out, HATE Everything About Obama (Video)

Several of them, upon hearing the truth about their Dear Leader, admitted that in spite of Obama’s heinous acts against American citizens that they continue to support him because they get free health care.

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Snoopy and The Red Baron

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown


The Headless Horseman – Disneyland Records

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare


Communism Isn’t Dead (Video)

John Birch Society CEO Art Thompson discusses this week: Communists die but communism isn’t dead; schools love communism but not God.

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