Thursday, May 31, 2012

Google lanza un proyecto cultural para explorar sitios históricos - Tecnología - CNNMéxico.com

Google lanza un proyecto cultural para explorar sitios históricos - Tecnología - CNNMéxico.com

Google anunció este jueves el lanzamiento de un proyecto cultural que permitirá a los usuarios de internet explorar sitios históricos en todo el mundo a través de Google Street View.

World Wonders Project muestra 123 sitios históricos alrededor del mundo incluyendo Stonehenge, los templos de Kyoto, el Palacio de Versalles, y sitios mexicanos como Xochimilco, el centro histórico de la Ciudad de México, y el de la ciudad de Morelia, Michoacán.

Los sitios pueden ser visitados de manera virtual, son representados en imágenes panorámicas con la tecnología de Google Street View, y algunos de ellos son acompañados de modelos en tercera dimensión y videos

Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks - NYTimes.com

Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks - NYTimes.com
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.       

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WTF !..War hero, 91, among the Floridians purged from voter rolls - BostonHerald.com

War hero, 91, among the Floridians purged from voter rolls - BostonHerald.com

“The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office has received information from the state of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however you are registered to vote.’’

Internicola said he was amazed and a little insulted when he read the letter. He earned the Bronze Star as a medic in the Battle of the Bulge, and was honored by France with its Chevalier Legion of Honour. His wife, Dolores, was indignant herself.

The World War II Army veteran and lifelong Democrat was given 30 days to prove his citizenship or be stricken from the rolls. The letter he received was one of 2,600 sent to voters throughout the state in recent weeks, to keep non-citizens from participating in elections.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons - latimes.com

Time has come to ban plastic grocery bags in Los Angeles - latimes.com

Time has come to ban plastic grocery bags in Los Angeles - latimes.com

The City Council on Wednesday will consider whether to ban stores in Los Angeles from offering single-use plastic carry-out bags. A ban would take some getting used to, but examples from other jurisdictions, including the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, show that it can be done and that shoppers and stores quickly adapt. A ban is the right move. The council should adopt it.

For a city with such a strong environmental ethic, Los Angeles is lagging on the plastic bag issue. It has been batting around the idea of a ban for three years as cities up and down the state acted to keep millions of the bags from being freely distributed, only to end up fouling waterways, beaches and the ocean.

Dolores Huerta's righteous ferocity - latimes.com

Dolores Huerta runs on righteous ferocity the way cars run on gasoline. The woman who co-founded the United Farm Workers union 50 years ago with Cesar Chavez has harried, prodded, hectored, rallied and protested. She's been arrested more than a score of times, and once, picketing in San Francisco, she was beaten so badly by a police officer that her spleen was ruptured. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, the way she bounces around the Central Valley, a woman on many missions. So, can she stand still next week in Washington long enough for President Obama to present her with the Medal of Freedom, along with honorees such as Toni Morrison, John Glenn and Bob Dylan? Sí, se puede.

Disneyland, California Adventure ticket prices to rise - latimes.com

Disneyland, California Adventure ticket prices to rise - latimes.com

If you're thinking of visiting a Disney park in Anaheim this summer, be warned that the price is about to jump by between $7 and $150 depending on the ticket deal.

The annual summer price hike for tickets to Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park were announced Friday and take effect Sunday.

For example, a ticket for one day at either Disneyland or California Adventure had cost $80 for parkgoers who are 10 or older. The new price, starting Sunday, will be $87, up nearly 9%.

The biggest increase will hit people who buy the premium annual pass that includes parking. The pass increases to $649 on Sunday from $499 previously, or a 30% jump.

Disney officials declined to say whether the higher prices were meant to compensate for the $1.1-billion investment the theme park has made to expand and overhaul California Adventure.

Orange County again declines to officially recognize Harvey Milk Day - latimes.com

Orange County again declines to officially recognize Harvey Milk Day - latimes.com

As cities and schools across California celebrated the 82nd birthday of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, Orange County elected leaders remained steadfastly silent.

Activists, for the second year, asked Orange County supervisors Tuesday to recognize Milk's birthday with a proclamation, but the board declined the opportunity, as it did last year.

One of the supervisors, Janet Nguyen, walked from the board room shortly after the activists began their presentation. Last year, Nguyen also left the meeting as the activists spoke.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Shameless Millionaire

Hundreds To Protest Carlos Slim At George Washington University Commencement Ceremony (VIDEO)

On Sunday, nearly one thousand protesters are expected to join George Washington University's (GW) students and their parents at a commencement ceremony on Washington D.C.'s National Mall to voice concerns about the honorary degree the school plans to confer on Mexican billionaire businessman Carlos Slim.

Protesters have already begun gathering in the streets around GW. Many of the demonstrators are members of "Two Countries One Voice", a coalition of activists dedicated to "exposing Carlos Slim" for amassing, "his wealth on the backs of the Mexican people and how his practices continue to corrode Mexico’s economic development

"People are in awe of this man and his wealth while ignoring how he's acquired it. He has crippled the Mexican economy through his business practices and has single handedly kept millions in poverty, all while lining his own pockets," said Andres Ramirez, a Two Countries spokesperson according to Market Watch.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin may avoid $67 million on U.S. tax bill  - NY Daily News

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin may avoid $67 million on U.S. tax bill  - NY Daily News

For Facebook’s co-founder, being unfriendly will really pay off.


Eduardo Saverin, 30, may avoid at least $67 million on his U.S. tax bill by renouncing his American citizenship ahead of Facebook’s massive multibillion-dollar IPO this week, Bloomberg reported.
Saverin will become a citizen of Singapore, where he has lived for the past three years.

The savings were calculated based on the 15% capital-gains tax Saverin would owe on his holdings as a U.S. citizen, as well as the increased price of Facebook’s initial public offering.

Singapore does not have a capital-gains tax.

Facebook’s IPO, already the largest ever for an Internet company, got even bigger this week. The company increased the initial stock price to as high as $38 per share, putting Facebook’s total value at more than $100 billion, more than major companies such as McDonald’s.

The public offering will put an estimated $2.89 billion in Saverin’s pocket, reported Bloomberg.

Saverin was part of a group of Harvard students who helped Mark Zuckerberg launch Facebook in 2004. Born in Brazil, he became a U.S. citizen in 1998.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

States Diverting Mortgage Settlement Money to Other Uses - NYTimes.com

States Diverting Mortgage Settlement Money to Other Uses - NYTimes.com

Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to provide a little relief to the nation’s struggling homeowners is being diverted to plug state budget gaps.


In a budget proposed this week, California joined more than a dozen states that want to help close gaping shortfalls using money paid by the nation’s biggest banks and earmarked for foreclosure prevention, investigations of financial fraud and blunting the ill effects of the housing crisis. California was awarded more than $400 million from the banks, and Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed using the bulk of that sum to pay the state’s debts.