The big donors – Eletion 2012 – CNN.com

The big donors – CNN.com – CNN.com.

TheBig donors

More than $4 billion: That’s how much experts anticipate have been spent trying to win your vote. It’s the most expensive election in U.S. history. With the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United in 2010, the floodgates opened, allowing outside groups to spend record amounts: more than $970 million for this election cycle alone. Who exactly spent this kind of money may surprise you. Election spending doesn’t just come from hedge-fund managers and people with big family fortunes anymore. It’s an eclectic group: a 21-year-old college student is spending his inheritance on his own conservative super PAC, a man with a species of monkey named for him, an expert in heirloom plants, a speech recognition expert who spends his free time playing with model trains in his basement. Check out these fascinating people and the nonprofits that placed a big bet on this election.

Individual donors

Donors spent record amounts on Super PACs, which are legally allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts as long as they don’t donate directly to the candidate or coordinate with their campaigns. Corporations, individuals, unions, and associations can all contribute. Donors are disclosed to the FEC.

Democratic

Republican

Fred Eychaner$12,000,000Newsweb Corporation
James H. Simons$7,575,000Renaissance Technologies
Amy Goldman$3,400,000Solil Management
Steve Mostyn$3,203,850Mostyn Law Firm
Jeffrey Katzenberg$3,150,000DreamWorks Animation SKG
Irwin M. Jacobs$2,300,000Qualcomm Inc
Jon Stryker$2,250,000Arcus Foundation
Anne Cox Chambers$2,100,000Cox Enterprises
Anne Earhart$1,600,000Investor
S. Donald Sussman$1,350,000Paloma Partners
Sheldon & Miriam Adelson$53,066,147Las Vegas Sands/Adelson Drug Clinic
Harold & Annette Simmons$23,840,000Contran Corp
Robert J. Perry$23,840,000Perry Homes
Peter A. Thiel$4,735,000Clarium Capital Management
Jerrold A. Perenchio$4,100,000Chartwell Partners
Robert L. Mercer$4,039,354Renaissance Technologies
John Childs$3,375,000JW Childs Assoc.
John Ramsey$2,845,933Student
Foster Friess$2,521,744Friess Assoc.
William Dore$2,300,000Dore Energy
Bundlers These are some of the presidential candidates’ $1 million-plus bundlers. Bundlers are people who, after giving their personal contribution limit, then ask friends for checks which they can give to candidates in one big “bundle.”

Democratic

Republican

Jeffrey Katzenberg$2,334,092DreamWorks Animation SKG
Lisa and Doug Goldman$1,579,368Certain Software, Inc.
Jay Snyder$1,462,137HBJ Investments
Wayne Jordan$1,431,353Jordan Real Estate Investments
Michael Sacks$1,266,361Grosvenor Capital Management
Stewart Bainum$1,248,965Choice Hotels International
Fred Eychaner$1,220,550Newsweb Corporation
Jane Stetson$1,197,426Democratic National Committee
David and Rhonda Cohen$1,152,431Comcast Corp.
Bill Graves$1,677,850American Trucking Assoc.
David Beightol$1,280,961Dutko Wordlwide
Dirk W. Van Dongen$1,189,834National Assoc. of Wholesale Distributors
Patrick J. Durkin$1,111,790Barclay’s Capital
501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups Known as “shadow” or “dark” money groups because they are not required to disclose who funds them, these organizations spent record amounts on ads, “non-political” activities and “issue advocacy” which are not clearly defined but generally relate to promoting specific candidates in the election.

Democratic

Republican

Planned Parenthood Action Fund$8,505,345
League of Conservation Voters$6,781,119
Patriot Majority USA$5,848,360
VoteVets.org$1,143,154
NARAL Pro-Choice America$1,122,920
National Wildlife Federation Association$277,931
Environment America$158,965
Human Rights Campaign$48,523
Working America$18,750
Sierra Club$11,286
Crossroads GPS$38,459,009
Americans for Prosperity$33,157,383
U.S. Chamber of Commerce$25,900,056
American Future Fund$8,937,171
Americans for Job Security$8,878,339
Americans for Tax Reform$7,582,145
American Action Network$4,761,684
Republican Jewish Coalition$4,593,548
NRA Institute for Legislation Action$3,891,144
American Energy Alliance$845,116
Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission, CNN Money | Data current as of October 25, 2012

La peor canción de la historia es la más exitosa del mundo

Según Lady Gaga (una de las personas más influyentes del mundo, según TIME, cosa de la que he dejado de dudar), Rebecca Black “is a genius” (en suma, dos genios de La cultura Pooph). [fuente >>]

La canción obtuvo 18.000.000 de visitas en youtube sólo en la primera semana.

Para un análisis m’as profundo del genio, aquí va la letra:

(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Seven a.m., waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, think about fun
You know what it is
I got this, you got this
My friend is by my right, ay
I got this, you got this
Now you know it

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/friday-lyrics-rebecca-black.html ]

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today

Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after … wards
I don’t want this weekend to end

R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

 

¿Para qué sirve la literatura?

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À quoi sert la littérature ? (French)

What good is literature, anyway? (English)

¿Para qué sirve la literatura? (II)

¿Para qué sirve la literatura?

Estoy seguro que muchas veces habrán escuchado esa demoledora inquisición “¿Bueno, y para qué sirve la literatura?”, casi siempre en boca de algún pragmático hombre de negocios; o, peor, de algún Goering de turno, de esos semidioses que siempre esperan agazapados en los rincones de la historia, para en los momentos de mayor debilidad salvar a la patria y a la humanidad quemando libros y enseñando a ser hombres a los hombres. Y si uno es escritor, palo, ya que nada peor para una persona con complejos de inferioridad que la presencia cercana de alguien que escribe. Porque si bien es cierto que nuestro financial time ha hecho de la mayor parte de la literatura una competencia odiosa con la industria del divertimento, todavía queda en el inconsciente colectivo la idea de que un escritor es un subversivo, un aprendiz de brujo que anda por aquí y por allá metiendo el dedo en la llaga, diciendo inconveniencias, molestando como un niño travieso a la hora de la siesta. Y si algún valor tiene, de hecho lo es. ¿No ha sido ésa, acaso, la misión más profunda de toda la literatura de los últimos quinientos años? Por no remontarme a los antiguos griegos, ya a esta altura inalcanzables por un espíritu humano que, como un perro, finalmente se ha cansado de correr detrás del auto de su amo y ahora se deja arrastrar por la soga que lo une por el pescuezo.

Sin embargo, la literatura aún está ahí; molestando desde el arranque, ya que para decir sus verdades le basta con un lápiz y un papel. Su mayor valor seguirá siendo el mismo: el de no resignarse a la complacencia del pueblo ni a la tentación de la barbarie. Para todo eso están la política y la televisión. Por lo tanto, sí, podríamos decir que la literatura sirve para muchas cosas. Pero como sabemos que a nuestros inquisidores de turno los preocupa especialmente las utilidades y los beneficios, deberíamos recordarles que difícilmente un espíritu estrecho albergue una gran inteligencia. Una gran inteligencia en un espíritu estrecho tarde o temprano termina ahogándose. O se vuelve rencorosa y perversa. Pero, claro, una gran inteligencia, perversa y rencorosa, difícilmente pueda comprender esto. Mucho menos, entonces, cuando ni siquiera se trata de una gran inteligencia.

© Jorge Majfud

Montevideo

Diciembre de 2000

Litterae (Chile)


What good is literature, anyway?

I am sure that you have heard many times this loaded query: “Well, what good is literature, anyway?” almost always from a pragmatic businessman or, at worst, from a Goering of the day, one of those pseudo-demigods that are always hunched down in a corner of history, waiting for the worst moments of weakness in order to “save” the country and humankind by burning books and teaching men how to be “real” men. And, if one is a freethinking writer during such times, one gets a beating, because nothing is worse for a domineering man with an inferiority complex than being close to somebody who writes. Because if it is true that our financial times have turned most literature into a hateful contest with the leisure industry, the collective unconscious still retains the idea that a writer is an apprentice sorcerer going around touching sore spots, saying inconvenient truths, being a naughty child at naptime. And if his/her work has some value, in fact he/she is all that. Perhaps the deeper mission of literature during the last five centuries has been precisely those things. Not to mention the ancient Greeks, now unreachable for a contemporary human spirit that, as a running dog, has finally gotten exhausted and simply hangs by its neck behind its owner’s moving car.

However, literature is still there; being troublesome from the beginning, because to say its own truths it only needs a modest pen and a piece of paper. Its greatest value will continue to be the same: not to resign itself to the complacency of the people nor to the temptation of barbarism. Politics and television are for that.

Then, yes, we can say literature is good for many things. But, because we know that our inquisitors of the day are most interested in profits and benefits, we should remind them that a narrow spirit can hardly shelter a great intelligence. A great intelligence trapped within a narrow spirit sooner or later chokes. Or it becomes spiteful and vicious. But, of course, a great intelligence, spiteful and vicious, can hardly understand this. Much less, then, when it is not even a great intelligence.

© Jorge Majfud