Finally we have the networks, which just increased debit interchange to the maximum allowed for small transactions, costing merchants more (Durbin places a cap on debit interchange; networks previously had special low rates for small transactions, part of an effort to lure spending from cash to plastic). Think for a moment about the four-party model, and where it is weak. Whether through shortsightedness or petulance, the networks appear to be giving small and medium sized merchants another reason to seek alternatives to the four-party model. And many new firms are hoping to provide alternatives.
Call the Co-Sponsor of PIPA and let him know where you stand!

His name is Dick Durbin. He is normally AWESOME. I’d argue that he’s the best US Senator we have right now. (He was #2 when Feingold (D-WI) was still in office.) But his stance on PIPA is … bleh. Call him and urge him to drop that horrible piece of legislation!

DC = 202.224.2152

Chicago = 312.353.4952

I'm laughing so hard at all the Durbin fans who think that unfollowing Adam will help their guy

Egotistical fucks don’t appeal to the audience #UnfollowAdam @AdamLambert, no copy cat; you just wish you could sing like @JDurbinAI10

@AdamLambert Take your glittery ass out of the media and step aside, @JDurbinAI10 IS KICKING YOU OUT #UnfollowAdam @JamesDurbinNews

you glamberts are so cute. In denial that James is obviously better than your egotistical flamer? #UnfollowAdam #GiveMetalAChance

I don’t really see how unfollowing Adam will help their favorite Idol contestant

BUT saying that he’s better than Adam? m'kay, why don’t you wait till your guy has an album? then will compare and see who’s better

delusional people!

I don’t care about Durbin, I don’t hate him.

if there really are glamberts turned into durbinators (?) who support that stupid campaign on twitter… then please, don’t call yourself glamberts


Quotes from Today's live feed with Senator Durbin, Reid Menendez and DREAMER Tolu

Passing the #dreamact would reduce the deficit by about 2.2 billion dollars - Durbin

“This is not just a piece of legislation. It is a matter of justice.” - Durbin

Passing the Dream act is a move to make our country safe - Reid

We don’t know when there will be a vote on the Dream Act, that’s something we have to work on. - Reid 

Passing the Dream act is a move to make our country safe - Reid

Jose Gutierrez, was not even a permanent resident or citizen when he died for his country in combat. Nothing more patriotic. -Menendez 

“Too many young people like me are carrying burdens that we were never meant to carry.” -Tolu 

Its been ten years since i graduated as an engineer, i have yet to work one day in my field - Tolu Olubunmi #Dreamer #dreamact #stories

we all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - Tolu

 Last comment at #DREAMAct press conference, Reid raises possibility of using a House #E-Verify bill to move #DREAMAct.

Via: Twitter 

Meeting With Durbin.

le waiting like:

Durbin enters all like:

We talk about how disappointed we are that the DREAM Act didn’t pass like:

Durbin’s all “But I’m going to bring up the December version again” like:

We explain how we cannot support a bill that leaves so many DREAMers out like:

He goes on to explain how he needs to run that version or else it won’t be bipartisan.

And we’re all like, “But we want a good legislation”:

We go on with the meeting and state out asks. And he agrees to them.

And just when we think the meeting will be over without him mentioning the story about the Korean girl, he metiones it and we lol like:

Broccoli mandate is next

This is just sad.  And this is a Harvard professor.  Not that I should really expect anything better from someone who teaches at Harvard.  I don’t think common sense is a prominent thing there.

Sen. Durbin: The point raised by Senator Lee – the “buy your vegetables, eat your vegetables” point? I’d like you ask to comment on that because that is the one I’m hearing most often. By people who are saying “Well, if the government can require me to buy health insurance, can it require me to have a membership in a gym, or eat vegetables?” We’ve heard from Professor Dellinger on that point, would you like to comment?

Prof. Fried: Yes. We hear that quite a lot.  It was put by Judge Vinson, and I think it was put by Professor Barnett in terms of eating your vegetables, and for reasons I set out in my testimony, that would be a violation of the 5th and the 14th Amendment, to force you to eat something. But to force you to pay for something? I don’t see why not.  It may not be a good idea, but I don’t see why it’s unconstitutional.

I actually like broccoli.  One of the few veggies I eat. 

But if you think the government has the right to mandate us to buy health insurance than why can’t the government force us to buy veggies, force us to buy a car from general motors or how ever else they chose to run our lives. 

My ARCO Debit Card is being cancelled thanks to the Durbin Amendment. This must be the same Amendment that my bank threatened me that, if passed, would cause me to have to pay for my savings and debit cards through them.

I am so pissed right now! I use my Debit card all the time, particularly when the semester is in session, because it’s easier and safer than carrying a wallet full of money all around campus. And plus, no transaction fee.

How is this helping the consumer when it’s actually forcing me to pay for several things I didn’t have to pay for before? Um, no, it’s NOT!

Shame of Hyperallergic

So let’s take this one step further. I read the full article several times over and over. Trying to see the connecting line. 

I tried, because I respect the past posts and writings by hyperallergic and I wanted so desperately to understand. I wanted to see that maybe, there was a profound reason to include the girl’s death. Whether the article’s main topic of “female bodily presence on tumblr” really required the use, of tasteless, crude, light hearted jokes about to horrific circumstances of her death.

Tragically I can’t. There is zero tie in, aside from the shameful jokes and analogies that the art attempts to make

“Yet as Elisa Lam lay floating in a hotel water tank, decomposing without the preservative assistance of the formaldehyde in Damien Hirst’s “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” guests at the hotel drank her fluids. Like the Tumblr teen-girl aesthetic that is currently making its way through the veins and channels of culture, Lam is everywhere, seeping into the pores of the Internet’s most hidden corners. The media sensation that her death became, along with the teen-girl online social universe she embodied, has metastasized.”

“In the case of Elisa Lam’s body, the online/real life (IRL) overlap becomes fraught. Critique around James Bridle’s coinage of the New Aesthetic revolves around the loss of the physicality of the art object. But in the case of the teen-girl Tumblr aesthetic, the art “object” extends to the bodies of girls both on and offline; the fetish is not contained in a static image. Even the images themselves are constantly moving and perpetuating themeselves on Tumblr, breathing and existing in time and space as a living body.”

Let’s allow the offenses above to be self evident. I won’t waste time explaining at length, but there is clearly an insensitive objectification of her body to the role of a mere object/art object. The way they make these comparisons is shameful. As smug as Hirst is, even he would agree that these jokes are tasteless.


I followed this more and  found that Jialin, the girl’s friend, confronted hyperallergic and yet they still defend their disgusting behavior 

And yet, I have been sending them multiple accusations, to expose their behavior as tasteless…. all of them were ignored for hours on end.

This behavior is blindly arrogant. Telling the mourning friend of the deceased, that their actions were justified, through academic rhetoric? This is the death of a human being, not a fucking talking point. How dare you assume it is your place to post your pseudo philosophical question “ Who were we to that person?” It’s disgusting to see the transparency of this response. Fake sympathy to cover up apathy, apathy that built the initial offensive article. It wasn’t just me either, several responders on the original article accuse the writer of being rude, insensitive, and improper. We get it hyper… we live in an age of media based information..therefore the line of public/private information are blurred and the entitlement to respond is proportionately blurred. But do you really think you had the right to use her friend’s death, as a talking point, and so crudely? Do you have such a white knight complex? Does running an internet blog make you feel superhuman? Does it give you legitimacy enough appropriate other people’s feelings and thoughts, to feed your almost irrelevant article? Was it really critical to your article’s substance? If you really think you have those rights, just because we are a “media based” culture, you are no adults, and you shouldn’t have the authority that the internet has afforded you.  Friends have the right to express these ideas and feelings, out of a method of expression. But strangers don’t have the right to weaponize the situation for the sake of coldly formed rhetoric, just because you have a fucking internet connection. I  am outraged, beyond the point of eloquence. Enraged that people feel entitled to mutilate and deform situations that they have no place in, for the sake of selfish interests. Is this the culture we want to be a part of? Are these the people we want to be role models of the art world? The individuals responsible for the article have not expressed any apologetic notions, in regards to their abuse of the situation. It’s amazing what a high speed internet connection can do to your intellectual ego.
Disastrous Durbin Bill Finally Online—Help Us Get It Stopped!

I support a lot of what Dick Durbin proposes but this area is in conflict with many sports nutritionists. The quote below is from Jim Stoppani, PhD, who objects primarily with the poor wording of the draft and the potential impacts it would have on the sports nutrition community.

The FDA issued a draft guidance that all supplement companies will have to follow if passed. I am all for regulation but the FDA did a poor job on this. If passed u can expect many of the supplements that u rely on to disappear or rise in price. Register at the site above. It provides an automated letter that will be sent to FDA, your senators and reps telling them u are unhappy w/this draft.

It could prevent us from being able to purchase supplements like Con-Cret, because it is an “altered” form of creatine, or hydrolyzed whey protein because it is also “altered”. Plus, the excessive work that each company will have to do to prove that supplements that have already been on the market for years, will lead to higher costs on supplements that we will have to pay for.

Durbin’s intended targets are not necessarily sports nutritionists but rather the junk food posing as supplements you find in most grocery stores. According to Durbin’s webpage:

“At most convenience stores, you can’t make it to the cash register without encountering flashy advertising displays for energy supplements like Rockstar Energy Drink and 5-Hour Energy. These products, which market themselves as dietary supplements that offer a boost of energy, are foods and beverages taking advantage of the less stringent safety standards for dietary supplements under current law. When consumers walk down the aisle, they see products that contain potentially unsafe additives right next to beverages that have undergone FDA approval, but they aren’t easily able to tell the difference,” Durbin said.

The bill needs to be more carefully worded so that genuine supplements don’t suffer.

More on Durbin’s webpage