Archive for March, 2013

Are you bold enough to be a RebelMouse?

March 23rd, 2013 No comments

Just stumbled upon a website offering an interesting feature: a personal page that reposts tiles/thumbnails of your tweets and RTs that contain links and favorities, as well as to your Facebook page and such blogs as you care to link to.

I logged on, and it made a beautiful page from just my Twitter activity, with the newest content on top and tabs for less recent tweets. Mine is here: TokyoTom. I added tabs that link to my Facebook page and to my LvMI blog, though I haven yet figured out how to change the tab order.

The RebelMouse Blog is here:

The proprietor of RebelMouse describes it this way:

RebelMouse organizes your social presence into a beautiful, dynamic and social site — in minutes. It’s based on the idea that people are proud of what they share on social networks, but are starting to feel embarrassed about their websites. RebelMouse is your social front page and automatically updates as you post on social networks as well as when you blog directly on your site.

But you don’t have to take our word for it; check out these articles by amazing writers: 
By Sarah Lacy of Pando Daily  
By Allyson Shontell of Business Insider

We’ve also been using our own RebelMouse to help us collect press like the above and provide updates that will help users better understand RebelMouse and how they can get the most out of it 🙂 

But another way to say think about this is: What if you could build an awesome, social-first blog without spending on developers and designers and losing hours on your own efforts?

What if you could be active and engaging on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, and just because of that have an incredible site too?  

What if you could also mix in your original content, creating blog posts, slideshows, and galleries on RebelMouse, complete with links that support your thesis (either personal or for your business or passion)?

Making this simple, effortless, and beautiful is our mission at RebelMouse.  

Ready to take the next step? Learn how you can use RebelMouse!


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Guest post: Is Koch money behind a conspicuous inconsistency? on Kelo v. City of New London versus on the Keystone Pipeline

March 18th, 2013 No comments

I present a guest post by libertarian blogger “Libertarian Soup“. The original post is here; I have made no editorial changes, other than some tweaks to the title. He can be found on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

Readers may recall that I have from time to time posted a few thoughts on some the apparent objectives of the Koch brothers.

Posted on 13 March, 2013 by

Often, critics of libertarianism will point to the influence of the Koch brothers and Koch industries on various libertarian orientated projects and organizations, suggesting that this influence plays a role in the philosophy promoted by the project and organization. While, I have often been a critic of the Koch brothers and Koch industries, I have generally thought that the Reason Foundation and, an organization and project in which David Koch is a board member and one of the largest donors, was above this influence and covered libertarianism from a principled perspective, even if I often disagreed with this perspective.

The recent coverage of the Keystone Pipeline at, contrasted to the coverage of the Kelo v. City of New London decision at, has made me rethink this. on Kelo: on Keystone:


Property rights and the abuse of eminent domain is central to both the Kelo v. City of New London decision and the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, however, it seems clear that has one perspective in the Kelo v. City of New London decision and an entirely different perspective for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

Why the different perspectives?

Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved

“… What’s been left out of the ferocious debate over the pipeline, however, is the prospect that if president Obama allows a permit for the Keystone XL to be granted, he would be handing a big victory and great financial opportunity to Charles and David Koch …

The two brothers together own virtually all of Koch Industries Inc. — a giant oil conglomerate headquartered in Wichita, Kan., with annual revenues estimated to be $100 billion.

A SolveClimate News analysis, based on publicly available records, shows that Koch Industries is already responsible for close to 25 percent of the oil sands crude that is imported into the United States, and is well-positioned to benefit from increasing Canadian oil imports.

A Koch Industries operation in Calgary, Alberta, called Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, supplies about 250,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day to a heavy oil refinery in Minnesota, also owned by the Koch brothers.

… The company’s website says it is “among Canada’s largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters.” Koch Industries also owns Koch Exploration Canada, L.P., an oil sands-focused exploration company also based in Calgary that acquires, develops and trades petroleum properties.”


Could this be why?

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