Pam’s House Blend segment on Melissa Harris-Perry is up…

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 5:17 pm

Wow – now this is really a “we’re not worthy” moment. Received a call from the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on Friday. She is going to do a feature on the close of Pam’s House Blend at the end of the show on Sunday. (Of course with my luck some breaking news will explode [...]

Goodbye Pam’s House Blend: after nine years, closing the coffeehouse July 1

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 2:46 pm

It’s as good as any time to share this; the blog started without any fanfare back in 2004, so why not drop the news when people should be out (hopefully) enjoying life offline, and fellow bloggers are heading off to Netroots Nation. It’s also only fitting that this occurs as major Supreme Court decisions on [...]

News on life after the L5-S1 slice and dice

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:53 am

I had the very necessary surgery on Friday, January 18, 2013, so here’s where I am after the bilateral discectomy now that I’m a few days post-op. The good news is that the surgery was successful; 95% of the herniation was removed, the not-so-great news is that the surgeon found that the disc was so [...]

See you on the other side — slice and dice on my spine today

By: Friday January 18, 2013 7:30 am

We’re about to head out to the hospital for the dreaded-but-necessary operation on my back to deal with an awful herniated disc (the saga is chronicled on my personal blog), so I wanted to let folks know that I may be offline for a bit… My disc herniation is at L5-S1 (low back); the surgeon, [...]

AUDIO UP: WUNC’s The State of Things – an hour of your blogmistress on Newtown and my online and offline activism

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:07 pm

UPDATE: The audio of my interview is up. My hour-long interview with Frank Stasio at The State of Things went well. He covered a lot of ground. Spent a good amount of time talking about the Newtown tragedy and the need to focus on mental health issues; we also chatted about race relations, LGBT issues [...]

The Daily Beast: Netroots blogs turn 10 — and are struggling to survive

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 8:59 am

David Freedlander’s report is a fairly accurate reminder of once was was — organized online political power by a group of individual bloggers that is now in decline — and what the state of things is now as changes in the economic, political and media landscape have resulted in natural, if not desired, evolution. I’m [...]

Lotsa thin skin out there: polarizing political environment tests relationships on social media

By: Friday October 12, 2012 8:51 am

UPDATE: In wonderful social media news, I’ve been nominated for the Women’s Media Center’s Social Media Award… Cast your vote today for one of nineteen incredible bloggers, social media gurus, activists, and new media makers for gender justice! Public voting for the award opened this morning and will continue until October 29. The winner will be [...]

SOPA, PIPA, Righthaven, NewsRight – and going dark

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 7:46 am

Many of your favorite sites on the Internet have gone dark today to protest legislation that could profoundly affect bloggers, social media mavens and those entities that believe in the free speech on the Web. The U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) are the talk of the Internet [...]

AP’s content licensing venture NewsRight – another Righthaven threat in the wings?

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 10:31 am

You may have heard about Righthaven, LLC, the copytrolling-for-profit enterprise that forced a lot of blogs to either shut down, pay up or face lawsuits over alleged infringement. It hit plenty of legal skids (including a finding that it had no standing to sue) that has basically taken it down, but not before extracting settlements [...]

Melanie Nathan: LezGetReal’s ‘Straight Man’ Lie scandal continues

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 9:22 am

“We just lost two lesbian voices in the LGBT movement.” – joked your blogmistress at Netroots Nation 2011, when asked to comment on the unfolding LezGetReal “fake lesbian” scandal. In what was one of the more surreal online moments of 2011, two “lesbian” bloggers were exposed to be straight men — one pretending to be a Syrian [...]

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