THE MORNING LOOP: 10.04.11
Rick Perry ran race baiting ads x Haiti's President pays for kid's schooling x US population to reach 7 Billion
More bad news for Rick Perry’s campaign. One day after “Niggerhead,” reports have surfaced accusing him of using race baiting ads during his 1990 run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner where he used pictures of his opponent standing beside Jesse Jackson asking if he “share your values?” This in addition to news that he subsidized subprime lenders like Countrywide and Washington Mutual in Texas in a failed plan to create jobs. He did manage to pocket tens of thousands of dollars of contributions from them though.
Haiti's President Michel Martelly has afforded 142,000 children the opportunity to go to school for the first time. Martelly's National Fund for Education is paying for students to go to school where poverty has prevented families from paying mandatory registration fees. President Bill Clinton also chipped in helping those not covered by Martelly's foundation, providing a $1.25 million donation via his foundation.
Where's the "unlike" button when you need it? Facebook is losing bad after being the target of both a class action suit and a Federal Trade Commission investigation for it's sneaky cookies that tracks users and non-FB users moves from site to site. Wonder how they manage to collect all this information? It's from you hitting the 'like' button on any site, story or search result.
After four years of being locked up abroad, Amanda Knox was acquitted in the death of her roommate. Knox, who was living in Italy is expected to return to the US today. Her story was the stuff of movies, namely a Lifetime movie. Now, the cable network's made for TV film, Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, which is set to air again tonight at 9pm, will now have a new opening and closing title cards. There isn't any plans for a sequel but we're sure once Amanda settles in and gets a cushy book deal that might change.
Fans of ESPN's Monday Night Football will march to a different beat, especially since the theme song by Hank Williams, Jr. has been pulled after the country star compared President Obama to Hitler during an interview with Fox News yesterday. No word on if the pull will be permanent. The real question is when did theme song singers start getting invited to talk about politics?
The United Nations expects the world’s population to reach 7 billion by the end of October and 10.1 billion by 2100. The growth will stem from high-fertility countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The UN has created a global initiative known as the 7 Billion actions initiative, which has created a website promoting ideas for a “healthy and sustainable world.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, “The seven billionth citizen will be born into a world of contradictions."
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A Fox News correspondent gets schooled by #OccupyWallStreet protester.