Linda asks…

Where can I buy a Longchamp bag in Paris CDG airport terminal 2a?

I really wan to get this bag while in Paris as it is much cheaper than in the US but all the stores were closed today and my last shot is at the airport tomorrow. Please please help!

rmahadevan answers:

Longchamo has four shops at CDG Terminals 2C; 2F2;2F1;2E – Phone 33 – 174-251510

James asks…

what color lonchamp li pilage large folding tote should i get?

so im getting a longchamp bag. i need a dark color because im using it for school. i want navy blue but this girl kelsey has it and people might think im like a wanna be of her. i was thinking blackk but i realllly want the navy what do u think? what color??

rmahadevan answers:

I would go for the blue- it’s nicer. :D
And anyone who thinks your trying to copy the other girl is stupid. It’s not like there is only one of each thing in this world, and you should be able to buy whatever you want.

Good luck!

Steven asks…

Should i feel bad spending money on food & other necessities?

I got a job to buy things i want. but i realize i mostly spend on food (on lunch, times when i’m hungry)
is it a bad thing to buy food?
and when i buy something expensive, i always feel bad spending my money that i hardly earn.
i’m planning to buy a longchamp bag, sandals (i don’t have), clothes for summer, a fan. but it cost so much. i have enough in my bank account but why do i still feel bad spending these money

rmahadevan answers:

Ha ha… Then I’m in the same club as u… I love spending monies on food and shopping… But I admit I work within my budget set. So long I work within my budget, I dont feel bad when I spend a lot on food.

So u dont have to feel bad as long as its within yr limit.

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Mark asks…

When will Coaches and sports writers learn?

That you never vote against the SEC.

This is a response to Oklahoma being ranked 1st overall in the coaches poll, and probably the AP poll as well.

Oklahoma has a good team, and they probably will go to the national championship game. However, they will lose, to whoever represents the SEC in the national championship game. At this point its not debatable. 5 straight, 6 out of the last 7. (USC was vacated)

Alabama, South Carolina or LSU will represent the SEC in the National Championship game this season, and whoever does will soundly defeat Oklahoma by at least 20 points.

rmahadevan answers:

Last year my Crimson Tide was preseason No. 1, which I liked, of course, but look what happened. They were a young team and I felt that they succumbed to all the pressure that goes along with the ranking. Since they were young I didn’t feel that they should have been the preseason #1 even if they did win it all the year before. They are a more mature team this year even though we graduated some great offensive players. I kind of like sitting in the #2 spot. I like Oklahoma sitting in the hot seat and having that big target on their back. Let them deal with the pressure. They will eventually succumb, if not, I still see an SEC team Bama or LSU in the Number 2 position and winning the title game.

C dubb. If Mccoy would have stayed in the game with Bama the score would have been much worse. Gilbert, the back-up, kept Texas in the game. Mccoy could have played but his Daddy knew he was getting spanked by Bama’s defense so he kept him out of the game. He didn’t want his poor little boy injured and possibly ruin his professional career.
Your excuses for those teams not winning over the SEC just doesn’t get it. You can say “what if” all day long but it just comes down that the SEC teams won and that’s all there is to say.

Donna asks…

How is the college football championship determined?

I see that the BCS has Texas and USC still numbers 1 and 2(the two teams in the championship last year), but they both lost some very important players. I also see that the AP and coaches rankings are a bit different than the BCS. The AP and coaches polls have USC and Texas ranked lower than 1st and 2nd. How is the championship determined?
Hey, this is great! Its been about 20 minutes and I have 4 answers already. They range from good answers and good discussion. Keep them coming. Thanks!
Hey Flip,

But wait, I am going to UT(Texas) next semester and I have seen all kinds of 2005 Champs hats, gear, etc. This, of course when they won the title game last year. Are you sure there isnt a “champ” crowned each year?

rmahadevan answers:

A computer-generated formula that consists of the Harris Poll ranking, coaches ranking & the computer average of 6 rating systems. The averages of these three polls are divided by 100 to get the BCS number.

Daniel asks…

When does the Associated Press release their 2009 College Football Preseason Poll?

I saw the Coaches Poll and was just curious about the AP Poll.

rmahadevan answers:

I think it comes out next week some time!

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James asks…

what is the happy birthday song and row row row your boat in gerrman?

i can’t speak german very well. and i know silent night in german. i need someone to find the german lyrics to other songs and nursery rhymes:
Jingle bells
auld lang syne
round and round the garden
the wheels on the bus
here we go round the mulberry bush
the hokey cokey
and when u wish upon a star
oh and if you’re happy and you know it, clap ur hands
heeeeeeeeelp!

rmahadevan answers:

Jingle bells – Zerschmettern durch den Schnee In einem einem Pferd offenem Schlitten O’er den Feldern, die wir gehen, Lachend
den ganzen Weg Glocken auf Bob Schwänzen klingelt Machene Geister hell, Welcher Spaß es ist, zu lachen und Ein
sleighing Lied heute Abend zu singen

Ach Klimpern, Jingleglocken, Jingleglocken der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In einer einer Pferd
offener Schlitten Jingle Glocken zu fahren, Klimpern Jingleglocken der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In
einem einem Pferd offenem Schlitten zu fahren

Vor einem Tag oder zwei, die ich gedacht hat, dass ich eine Fahrt nehmen würde, Und bald Fräulein Helles Fanny
wurde von meiner Seite Dem Pferd war mager gesetzt und hat Unglück seiner Menge verknüpft hat geschienen, dass
Wir in eine getriebene Bank erhalten haben, Und dann wir haben upsot erhalten

Ach Klimpern, Jingleglocken, Jingleglocken der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In einer einer Pferd
offener Schlitten Jingle Glocken zu fahren, Klimpern Jingleglocken der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In
einem einem Pferd offenem Schlitten ja zu fahren

Jingleglocken, Jingleglocken Klimpern der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In einer einer Pferd offener
Schlitten Jingle Glocken zu fahren, Klimpern Jingleglocken der ganze Weg Ach, welcher Spaß es ist, In einem
einem Pferd offenem Schlitten zu fahren

Auld lang syne – Sollte auld Bekannter vergessen werden, Und erinnert nie an? Sollte auld Bekannter wird vergessen, Und auld
lang syne!

Round and round the garden – Herum und um der Garten Wie ein Teddybär. Ein Schritt, zwei Schritte, Kitzeln Sie unter dort.
Die Räder auf dem Bus gehen herum und herum. Herum und herum. Herum und herum. Die Räder auf dem Bus gehen herum und herum, alle durch die Stadt!

Die Leute auf dem Bus steigen und hinunter. Auf und ab. Auf und ab. Die Leute auf dem Bus steigen und hinunter, alle durch die Stadt!

Das Horn auf dem Bus geht Piepton, Piepton, Piepton. Piepton, piepsen Sie Piepton. Piepton, Piepton, Piepton. Das Horn auf dem Bus geht Piepton, Piepton, Piepton. Alle durch die Stadt!

Die Wischer auf dem Bus gehen Zischen, Zischen, Zischen. Zischen, Zischen, Zischen. Zischen, Zischen, Zischen. Die Wischer auf dem Bus gehen Zischen, Zischen, Zischen, alle durch die Stadt!

Die Signale auf dem Bus gehen flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick. Flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick. Flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick. Die Signale
auf dem Bus gehen flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick, flüchtiger Blick, alle durch die Stadt!

Der Motor auf dem Bus geht Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Der Motor auf dem Bus geht Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, alle durch die Stadt!

Die Babys auf dem Bus gehen waa, waa, waa. Waa, waa, waa. Waa, waa, waa. Die Babys auf dem Bus gehen waa, waa, waa, alle durch die Stadt!

Die Eltern auf dem Bus gehen shh, shh, shh. Shh, shh, shh. Shh, shh, shh. Die Eltern auf dem Bus gehen shh, shh, shh, alle durch die Stadt

You do the rest!!
The wheels on the bus -

Susan asks…

Why did the monkey chase the weasel?

I mean, seriously now, what sense is there in a monkey chasing a weasel…and why around a mulberry bush? And can someone explain to me what exactly causes a weasel to “pop” at the end of such a chase?
This isn’t a serious question. I would have thought that to be obvious. Also, I have no idea what this question would have to do with “common sense”, considering its a nonsense childrens rhyme.

rmahadevan answers:

You have no common sense.

Carol asks…

What’s the difference between George Bush and a Mulberry bush?

A Mulberry bush has fruit with a good taste, George Bush is a fruit with bad taste.

rmahadevan answers:

About $70,000 a year on retirement after only working 8 years

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John asks…

What should I know about watching an 8 week old?

Im going to watch my nephew on my own this week. While ive watched kids before ive never watched someone his age and never alone for hours. Any tips?

rmahadevan answers:

Ask the parents LOTS of questions, and have their # at hand/ by the phone.

Ask when he eats, how much, how often he usually needs a clean diaper, how to prepare the bottles, holds, etc. Entertainment, how to put to sleep, there’s too many.

The best way to learn is to follow & watch. Spend the day with them & learn how they do everything.

Hope I helped :)
I watched a 4mo on Wednesday last week and I didn’t get too much information from the mother, so she got upset when I didn’t feed him enough rice cereal, and too much milk.

MAKE SURE YOU ASK ENOUGH QUESTIONS!

Linda asks…

How many kids can I watch in my home in New Hampshire without having a child care license?

I put up an add to watch kids and had no hits for like a week then got 2 people in one day that want me to babysit during the week for them? I dunno if it matters but I have a 2 year old son too. What are the rules of how many kids you can watch without a license. Please help. I tried looking it up and must not have been doing it right cause I couldn’t find anything.

rmahadevan answers:

I don’t think there is one if parents are giving you consent.

Laura asks…

What r the rules for watching children in florida?

What r the rules in florida for watching kids? do i need a license?

rmahadevan answers:

Yes. Until you get a license, you have to close your eyes whenever a child draws near. You can’t look at them until you get licensed–you might be a child molester.

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Daniel asks…

What are your top 10 favorite designer handbags?

rmahadevan answers:

Hermes birkin
chanel classic flap
balenciaga motorcycle bag
marc jacobs stam
mulberry bayswater
chanel caviar timeless clutch
chloe paddington
fendi b bag
botkier bianca
hermes kelly

Sandy asks…

I have a chanel purse I bought at a thrift store. Real Chanel, from France. How much is it worth?

I’d rather sell it than keep it. It’s in very good condition. With the logo right on the front, and a chain handle. ty

rmahadevan answers:

It depends on different facts :

– Do you have the original invoice from Chanel, even if you bought it second hand? It’s important to prove that’s the handbag hasn’t been stolen and that it’s not a fake.

– Is the model still available at Chanel boutiques? Is it a classic? Otherwise, a Chanel handbag purchased a couple of years ago lost lots of value already.

– If there’s a luxury second hand shop in your city, ask them how much you can ask for it.

– Check on eBay, search the same model, size and leather, only trust sellers that have the original invoice. There are loads of fake brand handbags on eBay.

– Only a few models that are still produced and difficult to find, like 2 Hermès handbags : Kelly and Birkin, can be sold at a high price.

Second hand luxury stores of Paris :

http://www.depot-vente-luxe.fr/fr/13-femme

http://www.reciproque.fr/en/35/36/45/

http://www.ledepotdangelique.com/accessoires-mode-femme-idf.html

Charles asks…

What are the names of the top 10 “IT” handbags ( i.e Fendi Spy) and who are their designers?

rmahadevan answers:

Chanel’s 2.55 will always be IT, prada’s gauffre, the new LVs, dior gaucho, hermes birkins.

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Linda asks…

how to pronounce longines watch brand?

rmahadevan answers:

I dont know either.just say the watch company yknow the good one….

James asks…

Agassi’s Longines Commercial?

WHat does the girl at the end (the bus commercial) say? It bothers me! :D It sounds like she is saying “I learn average”, but I know that’s not it. Please help me! (:

rmahadevan answers:

Don’t you mean, the first kid in the commercial? Not the girl at the end. I’m wondering that myself.

Edit…well, maybe it is the last girl. There must be more than one version. But it sounds like she does say i learn average. It’s definitely not i learn to be myself.

Betty asks…

Longines or Tag Heuer?

My dad is giving me a watch he’s had for a long time. Which one should I take? I don’t have photos, but they are both worth over $2000.

rmahadevan answers:

Take the Tag.
Expensive is nice but, expensive and practical is way better.

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Nancy asks…

Which brands and types of male watches are appropriate for business?

I’d like to buy my boyfriend a nice watch for Christmas. While I’m primarily looking for something he could use at the office (he works in a major personal wealth financial firm), it would be nice if the watch was a bit versatile as to be appropriate in casual situations as well. But this watch will be primarily used for work, where it’s paramount that the watch be fashionable and appropriate. I’m looking to spend no more than $350.

I need to know:
1. Which types of watches are appropriate for businessmen, and would work well in casual settings too? (leather bands? metal bands? thick or thin? Chronograph? etc.)
2. Which brands are considered business appropriate? (Armani? CK? Hugo Boss? Lacoste? D&G?)

I’m a bit partial to some of these below, are any of these appropriate?

http://www.amazon.com/Emporio-Armani-AR2022-Black-Lacquered/dp/B004BCMWUO/ref=sr_1_4254?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355264215&sr=1-4254

http://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-K2G21161-Silver-Stainless-Steel/dp/B0071N032O/ref=sr_1_4485?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355264016&sr=1-4485

http://www.amazon.com/Lacoste-2010612-Watch/dp/B005ON3IAC/ref=sr_1_4594?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355263906&sr=1-4594

http://www.amazon.com/Emporio-Armani-AR1614-Retro-Silver/dp/B008DUKLYO/ref=sr_1_4709?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355263756&sr=1-4709

http://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-Men%60S-CK-K2G21629/dp/B007FTE8P2/ref=sr_1_4731?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355263707&sr=1-4731

http://www.amazon.com/Dolce-Gabbana-DW0486-Genteel-Analog/dp/B002P5LHL4/ref=sr_1_4271?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355264215&sr=1-4271

http://www.amazon.com/Stuhrling-Prestige-384-33152-Quartz-Silver/dp/B009PW9AO6/ref=sr_1_4831?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355265979&sr=1-4831

http://www.amazon.com/Burberry-Mens-Watch-Heritage-BU1361/dp/B000KDK2NC/ref=sr_1_4864?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355266073&sr=1-4864

http://www.amazon.com/Haurex-BC330USB-Maestro-Bologna-Chronograph/dp/B005DYBT62/ref=sr_1_4247?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355265597&sr=1-4247

http://www.amazon.com/Roamer-Switzerland-41-55-01/dp/B002TSAWFO/ref=sr_1_9480?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1355265811&sr=1-9480

I need as detailed a response as possible as I know almost nothing about watches or finance culture. Thanks a bunch!

rmahadevan answers:

If your boyfriend is an I-Banker or works with clients at any time during his work day, I would recommend sticking to actual watchmakers. To explain, while these watches look nice and look good, they are what are called “fashion watches.” These watches are only designed and then licensed by Armani, Burberry etc… (And fun fact.. FOSSIL actually makes most of the watches you listed… Basically those Burberry, Armani, Michael Kors watches are fancy looking Fossil watches (see wiki link below).

Examples of luxury watchmakers are your Rolexes, Omegas, Tag Heuers, IWC, etc… And the list goes on… A Patek Philippe chronograph will set you back $150,000 to put it in perspective. But seriously, few of us have the means to even drop a $1000 for a watch. While I imagine some of your boyfriend’s clients may be sporting car-priced timepieces on their wrists, there are definitely quality watches in the $350 range.

For the price range you gave, I would look into Citizen, Seiko and Tissot. These are excellent watchmakers and their watches are extremely reliable and well made. The Citizen Eco-Drive for instance is one of the best quartz watches on the market. When investing in a quality watch or product in general, a good thing to look for is a company that specializes in doing what they do. I would leave Hugo Boss to men’s suiting rather than fine watches.

Stick with a stainless steel face and a brown strap. This is timeless and can be dressed up or down. Black leather strap watches (while black ‘goes’ with everythings) can look too dressy. Stick with a watch face between 38mm – 42mm. (see the Tissot link below)

Hope this helps!

Michael asks…

Is the TAG-Heuer Link Tiger Woods Limited Edition watch waterproof?

my friend gave me this really nice watch for my birthday but I have no idea if its waterproof or not. I looked on the box and on the back of the watch and it does not say anything about water resistance.

rmahadevan answers:

Water resistant at 200 meters (660 feet).

Robert asks…

What type of Watch does Jason Bourne wear in Bourne Ultimatum?

rmahadevan answers:

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph. See source below from tagheuer.com

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William asks…

Where can i sell my Louis Vuitton purse?

I want to sell my louis vuitton handbag/purse but i looked on ebay and no ones buying the ones already up :/ where else can i sell it?
I feel like no one would pay that much on craigslist.
And im not sure what year it is.

rmahadevan answers:

I think online is a good way to sell bag ,if you want to buy a new purse ,you can choose these shop : http://www.buy-chanel-handbags.com/ and http://www.buybestchanel.com/they deal in many brands of purse ,i often buy chanel bag in these store ,i think you will like them!

Betty asks…

What other products does Vera Bradley have?

I know they make handbags & purses, but what else do they make? Like do they have watches, or school supplies , or home decor ? I’m just curious .

rmahadevan answers:

Why yes, yes they do, they have many stationary products, travel products (luggage, duffel, technology cases,etc.) and also have watches, ties, cuflinks, aprons, notebooks pens pencils anything really and lanyards their great :)

Laura asks…

Where can I buy the brand handbags from the internet?

Nice quality and low price.I will purchase handbag, wallet, purse and other fashion accessories. Please give me some tips of it or some information about the manufacturers that you know. Thanks a lot!

rmahadevan answers:

I think http://www.sosostore.com is a good place for high quality brand handbags.

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Thomas asks…

Someone is offering to trade in a watch for my computer? But what if its a fake?

I put my laptop up for sale on the internet for $120 and someone responded by saying they would trade in a Bulova 96g10 watch for it. But how do I know if its fake or not? Should I not accept this as a trade? I’m not planning on wearing the watch just reselling it so that I can get the money.

rmahadevan answers:

Ask them for the serial number and close up photos – take it to a reputable Bulova dealer and see if they can verify it.

John asks…

Which is better citizen or bulova?

I’m planning on buying a watch, but I don’t know which one to pick, the citizen watch is an eco-drive and bulova has a MOP dial, thanks!

rmahadevan answers:

Depends on the style and which you prefer. They are both good watches. Eco-drives are really cool. Bulova watches only come with a 1 year warranty, however the warranty is “buckle to buckle” (covers band, etc). Citizen watches carry a 5 year warranty on the movement only.

Personally, I prefer Citizen.

Carol asks…

May I please get help with some probability involving 1953 BULOVA?

My 1953 BULOVA (wrist watch) was last wound probably two weeks ago. Today I picked it back up and beleive it or not at 8:41am there was no need to set the time on my watch. whats the probablity of that happening. by that I mean with 1-12hours to guess from.

rmahadevan answers:

Michael

Convert 12 hours to minutes …

12 hours x 60 = 720 minutes

Now assuming am and pm do not matter, then the probability is simply …

1 / 720 = 0.00139

If you require a match to am/pm, then there are 24 hours or 60×24 = 1440 minutes and the answer would be …

1 / 1440 = 0.000694

hope that helps

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Helen asks…

What is the best paying job for a year time?

I will graduating soon with college loans. I will be taking a year break to work and prep for graduate school. What is a temp job (in San Fran) I can do that pays the most if I was only to work there for a year?

I’m not looking for a long term career. I was thinking working in the mall/mac/sephora unless being a waitress is more profitable (because of the tips). What should I do?

What are some resources I can use to find myself one?

rmahadevan answers:

In SF, two of the best resources for finding jobs are craigslist.org and Jobing.com. Good luck!

Mandy asks…

Are there any specific qualifications you need when applying for a job at Sephora or mac?

I am going to school for esthetics and need a job while attending school

rmahadevan answers:

You should look at the Sephora website and be somewhat familiar with the major labels, and what things they carry (perfumes, men/women, body, etc.). You need to look VERY neat (no wild hair, too many piercings or too much bling) and I would wear subdued colors (you are featuring the products in a store, not yourself). Fill out the application very neatly as well, which shows you in good favor. No gum chewing, too much makeup, and be sure to smile and be friendly but not too chatty. Have a 60-second “speech” about yourself (you are going to aesthetician school and want to have a career as a ___, etc.). Finally, consider what YOU can do for them, not the other way around.

David asks…

Im really interested in becoming a makeup artist, how would i go about this?

Im particularly interested in film, photography, and runway makeup. Im 16 and a sophmore in hs. how would i go about preparing to get into the industry?

rmahadevan answers:

I would find about cosmotology schools in your area, and even state and see what the requirements are (I believe in my state, you have to be 18 and a h.s. Graduate). If you find that you need a GED or High School diploma, you could get your GED at this age, and attend (just make sure they don’t have an age requirement). You could continue to take general classes at community college and get a diploma in business (might even help you with your makeup artist career; or you can do all your lower level credits for a business degree and once your finished 2 – 3 years, you can spend 2 years at a state school and get your bachelors) This way, you have something solid to fall back on and plus you WILL learn techniques on how to market and handle a business (I’m a business major, and I’ve heard a lot!). If your parents don’t let you get your GED now, you can always start practicing makeup at home (on your friends and class mates and relatives; and if your good, you could maybe do make up for prom or something, but I should warn you, learn about cleaning and sterilization as a makeup artist) and learn off youtube and other blogs, and once you finish h.s. You could have a client basis and learn the art professionally. And yes, working at MAC, Macys, Sephora, or Ulta can help you get clients. I know some artists at MAC who freelance…oh and some make up guru’s on youtube have gotten deals from big companies like Lancome, theres one youtube make up guru who got hired by Lancome to make videos about thier products because they saw she had a big fan base.

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Sharon asks…

How can I get access to current financials for Iowa CCI?

There is a storm brewing in the small NE Iowa town I live in regarding a hog confinement that is being built several miles outside of town. Initially a small group of citizens were voicing their concern, it has now escalated into a mysterious fire at the home of the brother of the owner, some verbal confrontations, etc. A billboard went up overnight, and Iowa CCI’s name is on the sign. I have found only limited financial info on this group, have sent them requests for the info (none of which were acknowledged or answered), and have asked some of the people involved in the fiasco. I am still left with dated info, and would appreciate any assistance. Thanks!

rmahadevan answers:

You could search the IRS 990 filings for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement:http://atgdata.fdncenter.org/990search/search.php

Here is the 2004 filing, which is most recent:
http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/990.php?ein=421110721&yr=200412&rt=990&t9=A

Nancy asks…

What is wrong with Citizens United? What’s wrong with letting private citizens voice their political opinions?

Before this ruling it was actually illegal for private citizens, to create a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary.

Why do people who oppose this ruling hate Free Speech and the First Amendment?

rmahadevan answers:

Justice Breyer: Montana Case Shows Citizens United Was Wrong

Montana’s law had been upheld by the state Supreme Court after being challenged by a conservative group, American Tradition Partnership. But in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court summarily reversed the lower court’s decision and invalidated the longstanding legislation.

The court determined in Citizens United that “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Montana’s attorney general claimed that the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act should stand as proof that the court’s argument had already been proven wrong over 100 years earlier, when the state’s mining billionaires blatantly bought off state legislators to further their interests. Most notoriously, copper king William Clark was appointed to the Senate by the state legislature, only to have his seating blocked by the Senate in Washington, D.C. Over widespread evidence of bribery.

“Even if I were to accept Citizens United, this Court’s legal conclusion should not bar the Montana Su­preme Court’s finding, made on the record before it, that independent expenditures by corporations did in fact lead to corruption or the appearance of corruption in Montana,” Breyer wrote. “Given the history and political landscape in Montana, that court concluded that the State had a compelling interest in limiting independent expenditures by corporations.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who joined with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in backing Montana’s anti-corruption law, said the ruling should spur Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would require greater transparency for big money donors. It was filibustered by Republicans in the Senate in 2010.

Why would Republicans want to filibuster something that supports transparency? It all smells of buying government without a trace.

Susan asks…

Will the governments of powerful countries be able to close down the internet in the near future?

It seems like governments all over the world don’t like the internet, because it has become a platform for citizens to voice their opinion, organize people’s movements and express their dissent. Governments have tried to pass laws like SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.
But will they be able to close the internet completely in the near future, whether in one sudden step or in many small sly steps?

rmahadevan answers:

No. Physically, they could “pull the plug,” as it were. But our economy — that of every major country (even China) — is fully integrated with the Internet. An attempt to shut it down would lead to immediate and massive economic chaos and collapse. Followed by the collapse of the regimes responsible. For better or worse, the world has changed and there is no going back.

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