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<![CDATA[Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission]]>

Some responses revolving around the controversial Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision. What do you think?

Storified by Eli Regalado · Tue, Dec 06 2011 19:49:46

CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission needs to be reversed with a Constitutional Amendment. Let Congress know! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo9EEnM4jBY

It's time to end the corporatocracy and restore democracy to the US. Let's put goverment back where it belongs...in the hands of the people! On January 21st people will be mobilizing across America to demand that Congress act to address the negative impact of the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Help stop the corporate takeover of our country!

We the People, Not We the Corporations On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend. Read our proposed amendment. http://movetoamend.org/

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 21, 2010 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, and that they can spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. We think corporations aren’t people and should not be able to trample democracy. One key way to overturn this decision is through a constitutional amendment, which Public Citizen will pursue. Below are some questions you may have about such an amendment. Q: What would an amendment say? A: We’ve suggested a couple of possibilities at this point. One would state: The freedoms of speech and the press, and the right to assemble peaceably and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances, as protected by this Constitution, shall not encompass the speech, association, or other activities of any corporation or other artificial entity created for business purposes, except for a corporation or entity whose business is the publication or broadcasting of information, when such corporation or entity is engaged in that business. A corporation or other artificial entity created for business purposes includes a corporation or entity that, although not itself engaged in business pursuits, receives the majority of its funding from other corporations or artificial entities created for business purposes. Another possibility would be: Congress and the States may make laws imposing reasonable restrictions on the speech and association of corporations and other artificial entities created for business purposes. This article shall not authorize restrictions not otherwise permissible on the freedom of speech or of the press enjoyed by a corporation or entity whose business is the publication or broadcasting of information, when such corporation or entity is engaged in that business. A corporation or other artificial entity created for business purposes includes a corporation or entity that, although not itself engaged in business pursuits, receives the majority of its funding from other corporations or artificial entities created for business purposes. These two possibilities would have somewhat different implications in practice, but both would permit Congress to regulate political spending by business corporations. There are other possible approaches. These suggestions are just the beginning of what must be a thoughtful discussion to determine the best language to protect real people’s right to speak freely and to protect the press from government censorship, while making clear that these rights do not extend to corporations’ speech (except for speech by the media).

Help lead the movement for a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows a flood of corporate money to inundate our electoral process.

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

The amendment would effectively reverse two landmark Supreme Court decisions -- the 1976 ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, which said spending money in elections is a form of speech, and the 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled it unconstitutional to regulate the money spent to influence elections by corporations and unions.

Here’s four things we can demand right now: 1) Reinstate Glass-Steagall 2) Reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 3) Pass a law that you can not deliberately lie and call it news, similar to Canada’s Canada’s Radio Act 4) Campaign finance reform

If you're wondering what the movement is about it's not very hard to find the demands. You just have to turn off your television news and well,.....look. LIST OF PROPOSED "DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS"CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1489 ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act --- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here's detail on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act#Repeal . USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis in the following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear cut criminal actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a clear group of people who got away with millions / billions illegally and haven't been brought to justice. Boy would this be long overdue and cathartic for millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the bow for the financial industry. CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The result is that corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. This legislation should also RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media. CONGRESS PASS THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES AND ENACT A PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE. No more GE paying zero or negative taxes. Pass the Buffet Rule on fair taxation so the rich pay their fair share. (If we have a really had a good negotiating position and have the place surrounded, we could actually dial up taxes on millionaires, billionaires and corporations even higher...back to what they once were in the 50's and 60's. CONGRESS COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and staff it at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors are both protected. This agency needs a large staff and needs to be well-funded. It's currently has a joke of a budget and is run by Wall St. insiders who often leave for high ticket cushy jobs with the corporations they were just regulating. CONGRESS PASS SPECIFIC AND EFFECTIVE LAWS LIMITING THE INFLUENCE OF LOBBYISTS AND ELIMINATING THE PRACTICE OF LOBBYISTS WRITING LEGISLATION THAT ENDS UP ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS. CONGRESS PASSING "Revolving Door Legislation" LEGISLATION ELIMINATING THE ABILITY OF FORMER GOVERNMENT REGULATORS GOING TO WORK FOR CORPORATIONS THAT THEY ONCE REGULATED. So, you don't get to work at the FDA for five years playing softball with Pfizer and then go to work for Pfizer making $195,000 a year. While they're at it, Congress should pass specific and effective laws to enforce strict judicial standards of conduct in matters concerning conflicts of interest. So long as judges are culled from the ranks of corporate attorneys the 1% will retain control. ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS. The film "The Corporation" has a great section on how corporations won "personhood status". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SuUzmqBewg . Fast-forward to 2:20. It'll blow your mind. The 14th amendment was supposed to give equal rights to African Americans. It said you "can't deprive a person of life, liberty or property without due process of law". Corporation lawyers wanted corporations to have more power so they basically said "corporations are people." Amazingly, between 1890 and 1910 there were 307 cases brought before the court under the 14th amendment. 288 of these brought by corporations and only 19 by African Americans. 600,000 people were killed to get rights for people and then judges applied those rights to capital and property while stripping them from people. It's time to set this straight.

a must watch this is why we are offically a Corporate Oligarchy (Corporatocracy)

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<![CDATA[Global Commerce Forum on Energy]]>

"Should emerging and developing nations develop their energy infrastructure from these same traditional energy sources, or are there now other, better options available to them?" http://globalcommerceforum.org/

Storified by Eli Regalado · Thu, Oct 27 2011 06:47:21

About the Global Commerce Forum · globalcommerceforum.org

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Join ICOSA Magazine as we host a live webcast to discuss the possibilities of renewable energy and natural gas in Africa.

Topics to be covered include but aren't limited to:

-The Importance of Energy For Africa"s Economic Development: In Search of a Sustainable and Affordable Energy Paradigm.

-An overview of the natural gas resource base in Africa, trends in natural gas exploration, and technologies, basic geology and production, trade volumes, and how natural gas is a sound foundation for sustainable economic development and growth. Discussions will cover centralized systems including the advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels.

-Renewables in emerging and developing nations including solar, wind, bio-fuels, hydro, geothermal, and energy efficiency. 

-Decentralized energy systems including applications to rural lighting and power, cooking technologies, communication, utility/industrial scale renewable implementation and marketing challenges will also be discussed.

-The Challenge of 500 Million People Living in the Dark

-How energy from natural gas and renewable sources can complement each other to form the basis for economic development.

-The Challenges of Implementing Energy Projects in Africa.

-Exploration of the varying energy policies, existing institutions, human capital development and other issues that impede implementing projects in Africa and how to navigate through them.

To view the click the link below to be taken to the site.


Being as this is a two day event, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and you can set a reminder for the topic of your choice.

ICOSA Media - live streaming video powered by Livestream · livestream.com
Join us with our ALL STAR cast of speakers, keynotes, and moderators listed below.

Keynote SpeakersKeynote SpeakerBill Ritter Jr.Director and Former Governor of the State of ColoradoCenter For New Energy Economy at Colorado State University


Keynote SpeakerJohn CoorsChairman of the Board President and Chief Executive OfficerCoorsTek, Inc


Keynote SpeakerRon BillsChairman and CEOEnvirofit International


Keynote SpeakerJohn MainaExecutive CoordinatorSustainable Community Development Services (SCODE)
Keynote SpeakerPatrick NyoikePermanent SecretaryKenyan Ministry of Energy


Keynote SpeakerDr. Bryan WillsonCo-DirectorChina-US Joint Research Institute on Energy and the Environment


SpeakersSpeakerMatt BakerCommissionerColorado Public Utilities Commission


SpeakerRon BenioffManager of International ProgramsNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


Keynote Speaker and SpeakerRon BillsChairman and CEOEnvirofit International


SpeakerMichael CallahanSenior Project LeaderDeployment and Market Transformation Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


SpeakerDr. David B. CoxAssistant Dean for Full Time MBA ProgramsDaniels College of Business, University of Denver


SpeakerTanuj DeoraDirectorColorado Governor"s Energy Office


SpeakerDr. Roderick EggertProfessor and Director of Division of Economics and BusinessColorado School of Mines


SpeakerDr. Paula GantSenior Vice President Policy and Planning


SpeakerDr. David HendricksProfessor of Civil and Environmental Engineering -- EmeritusColorado State University


SpeakerDr. Bruce HuttonDean Emeritus and Professor of MarketingDaniels College of Business, University of Denver


Chairman of the Organizing Committee and SpeakerFred JulanderPresidentJulander Energy


SpeakerStephen KatasorosInventor and FounderNokero


SpeakerJeff LovingVice PresidentAxxess Energy, LLC


Keynote Speaker and SpeakerJohn MainaExecutive CoordinatorSustainable Community Development Services (SCODE)


Co-Vice Chairman, Organizing Committee and SpeakerRavi MalhotraFounder and ChairmaniCAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology)


Conference Chairman and SpeakerDon McClureVice President Government & Stake Holder Relations & LegalEncana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.


SpeakerDr. Dag NummedalDirector of the Colorado Energy Research InstituteColorado School of Mines


Keynote Speaker and SpeakerPatrick NyoikePermanent SecretaryKenyan Ministry of Energy
Co-Vice Chairman of the Organizing CommitteeDavid M. Posner  

PresidentEnVent Energy LLC


Co-Vice Chairman, Organizing CommitteeDr. Luka PowangaProfessorRegis University


SpeakerDr. Robert StonerAssociate Director of the MIT Energy Initiative/Executive Director of the MIT-Tsinghus-Cambridge Low Carbon Energy University AllianceMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA


SpeakerHeidi VanGenderenDirector of National and Regional OutreachAmerican council on Renewable Energy


SpeakerDoug VilsackAttorneyDGS Law


Keynote SpeakerDr. Bryan WillsonCo-DirectorChina-US Joint Research Institute on Energy and the Environment

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<![CDATA[Jimmy Wales dances in the rain.]]>

Many know Jimmy Wales as the founder of Wikipedia and Wikia.com. However, did you also know he likes (or is rather willing) to dance (walk) in the rain in the streets of New York?

Storified by Eli Regalado · Thu, Oct 27 2011 06:24:55

Rain- buckets of it and no end anytime soon.  I quickly jumped in the cab the concierge grabbed for me.  So much for my outdoor photo shoot with internet entrepreneur and humanitarian Jimmy Wales.  Fearing the worst I called the Marriott in Times Square and made last minute arrangements for an indoor shoot and interview (we were supposed to do it in Times Square).

Anyways, I arrived at the building Jimmy asked me to meet him at.  We shook hands and walked outside to flag another cab.  And stood.  And stood some more.  We tried to make small talk but both of us were frustrated with the rainy day.  Myself more than Jimmy.  I could see my interview falling apart and began thinking the worst.  Here I am in NYC after flying in from Denver just for this meeting and now I was going to miss out on it.

Then, out of nowhere, Jimmy said, "Wanna just walk?"  We were a mile away mind you and it was raining pretty hard.  I said, "I'm game Jimmy if you are."  We began our walk, and wound up at the hotel wet, cold, and tired.

After a photo shoot with our photographer Andrew, we grabbed some coffee and sat down for the interview.  His eyes lit up as he told me his story and his vision of the future of his organizations.  I could tell he'd told this story many times before but his explanations dripped with enthusiasm and hope as he talked of his plans to change our world in a massive global collaboration involving wiki's.

Now, I'm not going to give away the details just yet.  How he's shaking things up with Wikipedia and how www.Wikia.com is exploding on the scene and creating all kinds of opportunities for fan based community and advertisers.  

You'll have to wait for the article and video for that.  

The point I wanted to make is that I saw a man who despite being one of the most influential people on this planet, decided to walk with me.  Who took time out of his day and personal comfort to accomodate me, someone he'd never met before, and up to that point had all correspondence handled through his amazingly organized assistant. 

You don't find a lot of that anymore.  If the roles were reversed I can't say I would have done the same.  I may have just rescheduled but I guess that's the difference between us.  

You've taught me a valuable lesson Jimmy Wales and caused me to reflect on the way I treat others.  I hope I can capture your story and help your cause with Wikipedia and Wikia.  

More soon......

For all you Jimmy Wales fans- I've tagged a few of you in this story.

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” - Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia

"Free access to all human knowledge. Some called it impossible,i called it wikipedia."Jimmy Wales, Founder of wikipedia.

Call Jimmy Wales an idealist, if you'd like. The very thought that humanity would come together and write an accurate encyclopedia on just about any subject you could think of takes ...

Watching Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) at the Exact Target conference... Pretty cool!

Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks. Jimmy Wales

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<![CDATA[Google+ Statistics on SocialStatistics.com]]>

Ever wonder who's moving and shaking on the new Google+ platform? SocialStatistics.com has created an impressive widget with some very cool social insight.

Storified by Eli Regalado · Thu, Oct 27 2011 07:48:18

With the ever increasing popularity of Google+, many have asked the question- "Who is on top?"  

Before www.SocialStatistics.com, there was no easy way to tell.  However, thanks to the hacking work of Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten the mystery becomes an amazingly fun and interactive reality.  (You might have heard of Boris, he is also the founder of Twitter Counter, the premier statistics provider for Twitter.)  

Boris' new venture...

"tracks and generates detailed statistics for 39,803 users and pulls in hundreds of the most popular posts, every second of the day, from Google+. Add yourself (see sidebar) so we can start tracking your personal Google+ statistics too. You will be able to see how many people added you to their circles, how you grow over time and where you rank in the list of popular Google+ users"

To play devil's advocate for a bit, while the idea and concept are good, user adoption is always the critical component.  But, with 1 million page views and 300k unique visitors in the first week I believe this app is here to stay.  Especially being as G+ is not even out of beta!

Where's The Cash?  
The widget makes money by allowing people to become "featured" users of the platform.  Think of it as broadcasting your profile out to gain an increasingly large number of followers.

Below are a few user reviews:

Shameless self promotion coming. I am ranked 2,214 on google+ and now with over 22,000,000 people on google+ that would put me in the top 1% of people on google+. Just thought I would let you know. You may now return to your normal feed.

See the Top 100 most popular Google+ users and add yourself to the list. Best way to get more followers...

Does any one else find it ironic that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has more followers on Google+ than Larry Page, founder of Google?

Google+ gender ratio is 86.4% male. Not even going to comment.

To connect with Boris, visit his Google+ profile at the link below.

The article below is an interview with Boris on the creation of www.socialstatistics.com  

Still wondering what Google+ is all about?  Visit the slide deck below.  

Neat little video on SocialStatistics.com
Google+ Ranking Social Statistics Find Out How You Measure Up · CHRISVOSS
More user feedback......
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<![CDATA[The Prezi revolution and imminent death of Powerpoint.]]>

Prezi the most thought out advancement in presentation software in years has taken the presentation community by storm.

Storified by Eli Regalado · Thu, Oct 27 2011 07:52:02

Powerpoint, the very word instantly brings thoughts of boredom and despair.  Boredeom because I immediately know I'm going to mentally check out.  Despair because a Powerpoint usually means I have to be present for this "revealing" of information.  

Ok, for those of us who try to make them fun (some are better than others) I'll give you a break.  However, why are we trying to make them fun?  Because most of us would rather be on the clean up crew after Mardi Gras rather than try to engage with a boring, linear tool called Powerpoint.  

There is hope however.  Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful world of Prezi.com.  The cooler and hipper tool for getting the non linear nerve synapsis called information that resides in your brain into the brains of your viewers.

Don't just take my word for it though.  Look at these tweets from people who are using and loving the Prez----

With all the buzz where is the beef?  To put it simply, Prezi allows you to add text, images, videos, and more into a canvas.  The unique feature is the zooming capability.  It allows you to see the big picture but to zoom in on details to see how critical pieces of information interconnect.  It is a wholistic approach that is combines the left and right lobes for bihemispherical integration.

You can expect a unique and engaging learning experience.  It'll be interesting to see how the creative juices flow as this tool evolves.

Prezi- you have my vote.  Keep up the good work!
What is Prezi? - The official intro video · zuiprezi
Prezi Presentations-Event Planning | ABCey Events · abcey.com
Power to Prezi! | Blog | design mind · designmind.frogdesign.com
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<![CDATA[Google Plus Coming Out Strong]]>

Despite the shortcomings of Google Wave and Buzz, Google plus has hit a home run in my book.

Storified by Eli Regalado · Thu, Oct 27 2011 08:05:16

Google Plus (G+) is a unique social media/social graph platform that has combined features of Facebook, Skype, and Twitter all into one. It integrates into your Google toolbar.  It is integrated with your gmail.  It's no surprise that this has been the most well received and well anticipated social media site to date.  

Now, who are the big boys on G+?  Click the link below to see who the most followed people are in this brave new online world.  

With all the buzz and positive feedback, one entrepreneur has spotted an opportunity by selling the coveted beta invites on Ebay.  (See Below)


Below is a screen shot that shows a list of friends.  The friends can then be dragged into a G+ feature called circles by the G+ user. 

Think of it as Twitter lists but faster, better, and way more fun.  The end result is that it allows you to interact with your circles of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, and any other group as you wish.  

Want to share pics of the raging keg party with your friends and not let your boss see?  No problem!  Want to share cheezy pics of your valentine day dinner with your spouse and no one else?  Simple.   

Hey look at me now! Lol - gotta go chk my email. RT @maximosis: Invites on DECK! #google #Plus http://lockerz.com/s/116642153 · piancapink
With so much going on, it is easy to become overwhelmed and lost in this feature rich online toy.  Although adoption has been overall well received, many are feeling the affects of sensory overload.

Many users are still lost on how to best utilize the platform and how it's different from Twitter and Facebook.  After scouring the web I found a really good write up that gives 50 quick bullets to aid in your understanding. 

Moral of the story?  G+ is here to stay.  Ask for an invite, give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.

Eli Regalado
ICOSA Magazine
Director of Social Outreach
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