My Reader….don’t touch my Google Reader! Open Thread

All day long….I have been pulling a “Bloom” and going nuts thinking about what Google has done to my RSS reader.

In my search for a replacement for an application I use and depend upon so greatly, I did find NewsBlur. It is a paid service that I would gladly pay to use, so far the site has been up and down with soooooo many new users trying to upload their G Reader data. I know it may not seem like much of an issue, but you may not realize just how much I use my RSS feeds to find articles and write my SkyD blog posts.

The argument around the web is that RSS is dead, Twitter is king for news alerts and following blogs. Bullshit. There is no way that Twitter can be substituted for a RSS feed in a reader. At least for people whose attention spans last longer than 140 characters.

Here are a few links for you this evening, I was surprised just how many journalists we follow and read here at Sky Dancing are feeling the same anger and resentment that I am right now.

Anyway, excuse me while I go sit in the corner and whisper to myself in true “Rainman” style…

Well….ah…course…you know….I gotta check my reader…must check my reader.

Google Reader, please don’t go — I need you to do my job — paidContent

Google Reader Terminal? – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Despite All My Rage, I’m Still Just a Rat in Google’s Cage

Google Reader: Why did everyone’s favorite RSS program die? What free Web service will be next? – Slate Magazine

And….if you are not outraged because of the death of Google Reader, then this next link will piss you off….and we all can be in a bad mood.

Fox station apologizes after celebrating Women’s Day with footage of boobs | The Raw Story

On at least two occasions on Wednesday, Fox Connecticut marked an event hosted by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women with B-roll of a woman in a low-cut top, but the shot was closely cropped to reveal only her breasts and cleavage.

“FOX CT apologizes for today’s file footage error,” the station tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and around the world.”

In a statement, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women accused the news broadcast of objectifying women.

“We are appalled at the level of sexism this incident shows,” the statement said. It is an insult not only to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and to all who attended Women’s Day at the Capitol, which marked the PCSW’s 40-year battle against gender discrimination, but to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified.”

“Anyone who doubts the existence of the ‘war on women’ need look no further than Fox News. We invite the executives at Fox to ask about our Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention trainings, which would help them and their staff learn a little more about what goes on above a woman’s shoulders.”

This is an open thread…

16 Comments on “My Reader….don’t touch my Google Reader! Open Thread”

  1. I’m a mess, feeling stress out….have a good night.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Joe Scarborough’s BFF Steve Rattner had an op-ed in the NYT today pushing cuts to “entitlements”: Stop Stealing From Our Kids

    Keep in mind this guy is one of the super-super rich.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Response to Rattner from Dean Baker.

      Steve Rattner wants someone to stop stealing from our kids according to the headline of his blogpost in the NYT. The finger should be pointed backwards in Rattner’s case because if anyone is going to jeopardize the living standards of our kids it is wealthy people like Mr. Rattner.

      We have seen an enormous upward redistribution of income over the last three decades. As a result most workers have seen little of the benefits of economic growth. If this upward redistribution continues, then our children are unlikely to see much of the gains of growth in the future.

      Rather than have people focus on the policies that have led to this upward redistribution (trade policy, too big to fail banks, patent policy etc.), wealthy people like Rattner use their money and power to try to divert attention to the cost of Social Security and Medicare. They have thrown enormous resources into trying to scare people with the prospective burdens posed by these programs.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The best part of the Rattner op-ed is the comments. Examples:

      Miner49erGlenview IL
      Hey Chooch:

      Why don’t you abdicate to the Hamptons for a few years. Its still too soon after the GM & Chrysler bailout where you ramrodded the illegal disenfranchisement of Republican car dealers and Chrysler bondholders for no good reason.

      Oh, yeah, its also too soon after you copped a plea for crony capitalism, pay-to-play with NY pension funds. Show a sense of shame, why don’t you!

      NYTimes: You’re pressing your (already bad) luck by getting in our face with the blathering of rent-seeking cads like Chooch. Show him the door!

      A2erAnn Arbor, MI
      Funny how the words ‘Defense Dept.’ were never mentioned by Mr. Rattner.

      2012: $1.4 TRILLION. And it’s been growing way faster than Medicare.

      But, I forgot, that’s corporate money and Mr. Rattner likes to protect that ‘kind’ of money.

      Paul AuerbachTrantor
      I watch in awe Rattner’s performance on morning Joe and the other Republican propaganda shows as well as reading his op-eds in the New York Times. The best part is the guy sounds and appears totally rational yet he spews forth reconstituted drivel Supported by cute Ross Perot style charts and graphs purporting to explain The origin of the budget deficit and his fix for same.

      Make no mistake, this guy is more dangerous than all the Ryan’s, Cantors and Limbaughs combined. Half-truths, innuendo, and deliberate omission Designed to accelerate the inequality currently inherent in our tax policy. Politicians and their votes are bought and sold, and this is exactly what Rattner wants to perpetuate in service to the 1 percent.

      Have you no decency sir?

    • RalphB says:

      I think this may be the first time in over 30 years that it’s well understood the majority of the US population strongly agrees with the Dean Baker/Paul Krugman side of this argument. I think that’s a great sign.

  3. NW Luna says:

    people whose attention spans last longer than 140 characters.

    Judging from the fallout over the Google Reader kill news, there are more of those people around than many would have guessed. Good!