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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NEW FROM MAC

Apple has announced it's latest must have gadget...the Macbook Wheel (note the news source).

Your feedback is appreciaited. will you be one of the first to buy one?

And concerning media bias try this in depth report on a certain cable channel.

Paying For News


In a Linked-In discussion a pro-business individual proposed that we need to find a way for the end user (reader, viewer) to pay for their access to news. To some extent that is already true, as we pay for internet service, we pay for the newspaper, and we pay for cable...but to have to pay for the news that should be a public service and is a key part to keeping our nation free...I have a real problem with that.
My students do not and will no pay for news.

It's a new generation out there, so pay models will only lead to an informed elite and uninformed malleable masses.

The fourth estate needs to be available and accessible for everyone for free or we could lose the core of our American Democracy, where every citizen has the right to an informed vote.

Interests in news in this iPod age are declining, at least among high school and college students. We see or are in contact with those who eat up news, as I do, but the reality is that most Americans are uninformed by choice.

Then too there is the recession. How can you ask people to pay for something they can live without? Those of us news junkies will pay, but only what we can afford and then we drop subscriptions more than we add.

The survey is very misleading as it limits choices to one (for example I seek our national and international news, particularly that which does not attract the masses in six minute increments).

I read the newspaper for its in depth coverage (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and finally our flimsy and very politically bias local paper the Review Journal).

I watch CNN and for a joke turn to see what Fox is covering.

I listen to public radio over the air and on line, the BBC, have my satellite radio on various international news channels (paid lifetime subscription when I had the funds). I also read journals, on-line news services and news magazines.

But I am a junkie.

Most Americans avoid news or simply watch the entertainment ratings based local newscast.

Again, if we charge for media access we could well lose the base of an informed electorate, of our very Democracy.

The elite will continue to have a lock on our nation.



First posted September 3, 2009

CSN Save Our School

Updates on CSN's future and on the national Save Our School movement at:

http://www.csncapitolclub.com/?p=475

CSN's Save our Schools Facebook site, for those who want to do what they can to stop cuts at CSN and keep tuition affordable...

http://www.facebook.com/SOSCSN?ref=nf

On Racism and Poltiics...

Thank you for Todd Hissong for the first link below....

March toward the light!


On racism and tea parties...sexism and homophobia...this entire segment and the ones that follow, are worth viewing, even if you find Keith Onberman offensive...It is what he said that rings all too true!


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35994250#35994250

and

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35994250#35994053

and while I am bias toward the author of the following..worth reading:


http://art-lynch.blogspot.com/2010/03/rude.html


For the record Keith Olbermann of MSNB, who is so openly attacked and made fun on, did lose his father after a long battle with cancer. It was his father's experiences that led Olbermann to be such an angry, solid, unwavering supporter of health care reform.

Who Am I?

My LA Times personality profile:


You really value your friends and appreciate the buzz that you get when you spend time with them. Music is the perfect antidote to the hectic pace of your life. You are often to be found singing along to one of your favorite songs. And you're always happy to find new artists that you love. You have a voracious appetite for fun. You like to throw yourself into new experiences and are open to the potential that exists to grow and develop as a person. It's important sometimes to get out of your comfort zone to reconnect with your inner self and really understand what matters most in life. Dynamo I get a real buzz out of new experiences. I'm energetic and curious, with a love of life and an infectious enthusiasm for new adventures.You really value your friends and appreciate the buzz that you get when you spend time with them. Music is the perfect antidote to the hectic pace of your life. You are often to be found singing along to one of your favorite songs. And you're always happy to find new artists that you love. You have a voracious appetite for fun. You like to throw yourself into new experiences and are open to the potential that exists to grow and develop as a person. It's important sometimes to get out of your comfort zone to reconnect with your inner self and really understand what matters most in life. Dynamo I get a real buzz out of new experiences. I'm energetic and curious, with a love of life and an infectious enthusiasm for new adventures.

On Socialism

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the United States Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the Federal Communications Commission regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of United States Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the United States congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the United States Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the United States Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log onto the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how socialsism in medicine is bad because the government can't do anything right.