‘In the last few years, a number of celebrities have moved from the silver screen to smartphone screens: They’ve had a hand in founding (or funding) some of the best-known companies in tech.
‘Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Myspace are just a few that have benefited from the creative and/or financial help of a well-known celeb.
‘But what’s the impetus for these stars to step from behind the mic or screen and into the tech-funding spotlight? The reasons vary greatly from person to person, but, at least for actor and angel investor Ashton Kutcher, it’s all about technology’s potential to change people’s lives…’
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The Viral ‘I Hate Religion, Love Jesus’ Video
Religious articles that make sense are rare so I think this one deserves attention
‘Jeff Bethke let sex, partying and pornography dominate his life before turning to Jesus.
‘The 22-year-old Tacoma native started out sharing his newfound beliefs with fellow Pacific University students at open mic nights.
‘Then he became a YouTube sensation after posting a spoken-word poem, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” on Jan. 10. The 4-minute video went viral in less than two days, and had acquired more than 20 million hits by Thursday.
‘Since then, he’s been the subject of national media coverage – The Washington Post dubbed him an “e-evangelist” – and appeared on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Glenn Beck, and was the subject of an ABC “Nightline” special…’
Profile of Afghan Massacre Attacker
Sgt. Bales was seen as a quiet family man but he was disappointed in lack of promotion and duties
‘“When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues — he just snapped,” said the official, who had been briefed on the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sergeant had not yet been charged.
‘Mr. Browne has disputed those assertions, telling reporters on Thursday that the sergeant’s marriage was sound and questioning reports about drinking. On the day before the shootings, he said, the sergeant had seen a fellow soldier lose his leg from a buried mine.
‘Mr. Browne, who said he had had a short conversation with Sergeant Bales because he was worried that their phone call was being monitored, added that the sergeant had thought he could avoid this deployment and was upset when he could not.
“’The family was counting on him not being redeployed,” Mr. Browne said. “He and the family were told that his tours in the Middle East were over.”
‘He added, “I think that it would be fair to say that he and the family were not happy that he was going back.”
‘The Bales family lived in a two-story, wood-frame house beneath tall fir and cedar evergreens in Lake Tapps, an unincorporated section of Pierce County, Wash. Kassie Holland, a neighbor, said that as far as she could tell, they were a happy family and the sergeant was a devoted father to his young children, a daughter, Quincy, and a son, Bobby. “There were no signs,” Ms. Holland said when asked whether Mr. Bales seemed troubled…’
US Refineries Close, Pushing Gas Prices Higher
With crude oil so expensive, they can’t make money
‘U.S. gasoline prices jumped 6% in February, and market experts predict they will climb higher because critical refining operations in the Northeast are shutting down.
‘From New York to Philadelphia, refineries that turn oil into gasoline have been idled or shut permanently because their owners are losing money on them. Sunoco Inc. is expected to close the region’s largest refinery in July, taking another 335,000 barrels per day in production capacity off the market…’
Groups Declare ‘People’s Protest’ a Success
‘March 15 was dubbed as Protestang Bayan (Peoples’ Protest) because it was a multi-sectoral protest held not just by drivers but also by workers, urban poor groups, youth-students, professionals, families of migrants, etc. Even though it was considered as the ‘peak’ of the campaign, so far, against skyrocketing oil prices, KMU chairman Elmer “Bong” Labog said the workers led by KMU will still launch “bigger protests in the coming months,” until some relief from increasing oil prices is achieved…’