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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Politics, naked, brutal, and raw. The new blood sport.

Pure hate and party politics that ignores 234 years of US political ethics can be seen in attitudes being voiced on the Internet, over coffee and on talk shows concerning everyone from Sharon Angle an Harry Reid to the President of the Unites States, long a respected office no matter which party sat in the. White house.

Our lack of compassion, understanding, compromise and the party of "no" have led to a nation divided, which as Abraham Lincoln once said, "cannot stand".

The reason one in five Americans believe the untrue claim that the President of the United States is a Muslim....

Of course in our nation, why should it matter?

Politics has grown immoral, unethical, winner take all and hate generating, brutal, naked and raw.

For the record, Obama is Christian, was born in the US State of Hawaii and is the first US President born outside the 48 contiguous states.

First Posted 7-5-10

62nd Annual Primetime Emmys winners list

ABC's rookie sitcom 'Modern Family' took home three Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Review: 62nd Annual Emmys | Live from the Emmys | Photos: Red Carpet Read more:  Visit to become a Variety subscriber. 

"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Lost" (ABC)
WINNER: "Mad Men" (AMC) 
"True Blood" (HBO)

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)
"Glee" (Fox)
WINNER: "Modern Family" (ABC)
"Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
"The Office" (NBC)
"30 Rock" (NBC)

For a list of all winners click "read more" below or to Variety.comHollywood ReporterUSA Today.comthe Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and other media sources.

First Governors Race Debate: Subject Education

County Commissioner Rory Reid, left, and Brian Sandoval 
meet before an impromptu debate at a Nevada Subcontractors Association meeting 
in Las Vegas Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. 


The following is from the Las Vegas Review Journal used for educational course use only.

NEVADA GUBERNATORIAL RACE: Reid, Sandoval battle over future of education as first formal debate ends

The debate between gubernatorial candidates Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval finished where it started Sunday night, with Reid accusing Sandoval of being a weak leader who would cut education by $533 million and Sandoval ignoring his opponent's attempts to put him off his main message that he would improve schools by creating more competition and accountability.

"I started this debate off with a strong accusation. I said that Brian was not a strong leader," Reid said in closing remarks after the hour-long debate. "I'm afraid there are two Brian Sandovals."

Go to Review or click "read more" below to continue.

I never said that...what web site?

Nevada Republican candidate or US Senate Sharon Angle is no the only candidate to pull down a previous web site and deny its content ever existed. Now SAG political faction Membership First is denying what is or was on their official web site as well. Variety has more (go to, subscription may be required,or see a version of the story at SAGWATCH).

Sunday Morning News and Views

"Wealth is a menace to happiness"

-Huguette Clark,
daughter of the founder of Las Vegas and 
namesake of Clark County Photo Ghetty Collection

The air to the founder of Las Vegas’ fortune is still alive at 104, living a recluse life in an undisclosed New York City hospital room. Huguette Clark is the daughter of then US Senator William A. Clark of Montana, copper magnet and the second wealthiest man in America at the time, and his 22-year-old wife. Her long life spans the wild life of pre-World War I Europe, being known as the party queen of the Roaring 20's at her New York City Mansion and country estate, giving huge amounts to charity and eventually the highest profile recluse in both politics and high society. Twenty years ago she was described as having lost the will to live and was transported from here home to a hospital which has since been torn down. Even today she is still worth over a half a billion dollars.

MSNBC reports that there is criminal investigation into her wealth and well being, along the lines of the successful prosecution of the late Brooke Astor's 85-year-old son. No charges have been filed in the Clark case.

See 7A of the Sunday edition of the Las Vegas Review journal for more details

There are things that divide the workplace, causing conflict and disagreement, discomfort and joy. One such thing is what the BBC says is the baring of bosoms to breastfeed a baby or to pump breast milk at the office. This included when it is hidden by an item of clothing. How do you feel when someone feeds his or her baby when you are least expecting it? Does it warm your heart, have no effect or make you uncomfortable and even angry?

The Web might not be the death of film, as so many are projecting. People may still choose to go out to a movie theater for the social experience and the sensory experience of the truly big screen. Despite the eat of Netflix and other services, the lazy convenience of cable or satellite, and the now starting to decline habit of popping in a DVD or Blue Ray, there is still something about going out to the theater. The Experience. Those who make big box office, award winning and even mainstream films agree that the experience of going to the theater will remain desirable. The questions are how much it may decline before attendance stabilizes, how theaters will change to keep audiences coming, and if that experience will be enough to keep new generations leaving their homes and spending a "night out at the movies."

Filmmakers feel strong that the latest new "trend" or ethnology need to keep story in mind and how the project plays in older technologies such as 2D theaters, home televisions and both large and small screens. 

Marketing annalist say that going to the movies is like eating dinner. People still keep going to restaurant despite having kitchens at home, with increasingly easy ready to eat prepackaged supermarket meals.
Fast food, mid range, fine dining, VIP dining are different experience people select for widely differing reasons. We pay for the level of service and type of product we consume. Why should it be any different with movies?

Disney will become the first studio to earn one billion dollars as a corporation in one year, according to projections by the industry as reported in Variety. Disney is a giant corporation owning or with a hand in movies, television, the music industry, live events, theme parks, technology development and much more.

Photo AP

The Oxford English Dictionary will release its last print edition this fall, going digital starting next year. The full Oxford dictionary is the largest, most comprehensive and up until this fall, the most expensive dictionary to produce and to buy.

125 University Road in Silicon Valley is the cradle of Internet start-ups. The small office building with picture windows and a courtyard has housed Google, Pay Pal and many other once small now major Internet corporations. It is still the home of young companies, staffed by young energetic creators, visionaries and employees. A second facility was build about 20 miles way, the Plug and Play. Its success has been just as wonderful. Now the owners want to do the same in Singapore, London and other markets. What they have found is greater government support but the difficulty in getting the same sparks of creativity and success. 

The latest growth markets are not China and India. They are in the Muslim world. But Muslim business has its limitations and obstacles. For one the society is hierarchical, so respect for those above and to some extent a fear of superiors’ limits employees’ willingness to take risks. Also built into the culture, according to the BBC, is a fear of failure. Failure is a positive force for start up business, inventors and even sales. You only succeed if you are willing to take a risk and potentially fail, and we learn from our failures. That's a very "western" idea and lifestyle. Muslims, the BBC reports, wait for orders, follow instructions and not to innovate. Yet 25% of world’s population is Muslim. Despite our focus on China and India, the reality is that the fastest Growing economies tend to be Muslim. At this point those economies are mostly be in serviced the same western resources we use here in the United States, despite the local politics of the Arab world.

The Feds outlook on the US Economy was addressed Friday. Wall Street Journal Report's coverage was of course anti-Fed. Their experts say that Friday's news was nothing new from previous comments by the Fed chair. The real problem is that we have a "jobless recovery" with salaries and incomes down and people feeling they are poor because they felt the artificial prosperity of the late nineties and real estate boom of the first decade of the twenty first century was the norm and the status quo. Some experts feel that the economy is healing itself but slowly and far slowly than a fast paced Internet and bubble society would like. The reality is that interest is loosening up, in most areas that have been equity growths, hiring is starting to build and mortgage refinancing may be difficult for many, but is also a reality for even larger numbers of homeowners. Consumer discretionary spending will not be much better this holiday, which could cause a double digit dip in some areas come first quarter of next year. The reason is really that many retailers, and perhaps consumers, are overly optimistic and have not accepted the slower and potentially more stable new economy. But, tell that to the unemployed, those who have lost or risk losing their homes, those who have seen their retirement future crash, and the younger people who find that because older individuals must remain employed their own job market and short term future has been limited compared to pre-recession and Baby Boom promised economic paintings of their futures as they were growing up.

Graphic from network promotional materials for the series "My Mother the Car" 
starring Jerry VanDyke and Ann Sothern.
Cars have voices. More and more cars are talking. It is not quite "My Mother the Car" or the 1960's situation comedy, but it could be if that is what consumer want (not really your mother, as in the series, but a voice and character just as familiar or annoying). A great deal of research is going into what may seem old hat to companies like OnStar (for which SAG board member Mary Mac has long been a union paid provider of voices) but it is still in its infancy for potential and penetration. Research is discovering some interesting contradictions to common sense. Many people prefer flat voices, which encourage caution and could actually decrease accidents though safer drivers. But there are cultural differences. In Germany new car owners called female voices a defect, saying that somehow they replaced the male. In Mexico voices need to be higher pitched and faster than in much of Anglo-America, where deeper and calmer voices are preferred. Then too there is the reality of factory screw-ups and modern manufacturing and transportation. Remember that when you new cars begin to talk to you in Chinese, French or some other language other than your own.

I have to wonder about how people think we can keep roads drivable, raise the potential for a future recovery through education, keep insurance premiums low through treatment of those who need it and preventative medicine, fight fires, police crime, keep trains and planes safe and a long list of other services going and at the same time not raise or even lower taxed in the middle of a recession.

Don't they know that the problem is that with a recession tax revenue drops radically, yet the services are still needed and to keep them we must fund them?

The RJ poll indicates a very strange lack of follow though in thought. Citizens love Metro yet they do nor favor-paying officers, hiring additional officers, updating outdated communications or hiring more needed resources.

People support firefighters yet they want them to do their dangerous job at lower pay, with less insurance and no job protection.

People support education but want teachers (who are not paid what these people seem to think they are and do a job that is much harder than those polled seem to think it is) to take pay cuts and have larger classrooms, while paying for supplies and needed extended education classes or credits out of their own shrinking pockets.

People do not seem to know the internal structures of education, police, fire and most government agencies. Ending tenure, as Brian Sandoval proposes, would allow these civil servants to be terminated without cause by new hires, transfers or those who simply do not like they way they look. This may work in a minimum wage job, but in professional jobs where training, education, experience and risk are involved, all ending tenure would do is discourage qualified individuals from entering the professions.

People want the government to encourage job creation, help raise property values, make lending easier, lower interest rates and get us out of this recession yet they do not want the government to "interfere" in the private sector or do "handouts." How do they expect the government to accomplish goals they seem to think are the job of the government?

72% of Nevadans told RJ pollsters that they are very concerned about their own household finances and job security, yet 53% say they oppose any move to help avoid job cuts or cuts in the services that are needed to raise the state standard of living, attractiveness to employers and ability to provide what is needed to improve personal and business security in the state.

29% expects the states economy to get worse, 42% to stay the same, but they opposed moves to improve the economy of the state.

53% of RJ respondents oppose raising taxes to keep the state government and services operating at the already greatly reduced and minimal levels it is already operating at. Do they know that will happen if the state fails and actually has to do the government equivalent of bankruptcy?

A diverse and often unrealistic electorate means that hopefuls
 for Nevada Governor Rory Reid (D) and Brain Sandoval (R) have a tough road to hoe, 
both in convincing the electorate and in governing should they win.

This is going to be one heck of a difficult legislature if voters elect candidates with these mandates. How can Nevada compete or hope to raise the state from near bottom in most standard of living measures without funding what is needed to do so?

Could it be we have become selfish, and a  "me" society, where as long as I have my job, my car, my home who cares about "the least of your brothers", as the poor and those less fortunate are referred to in the bible? If my kids have already graduated or I can afford to send them to private school, who cares what happens to the public schools? As long as I can go and gamble, who cares if the people who work in the services I use can afford the things I can afford, or have any potential to rise above their current positions in life?

We cold heartedly vote to allow the firing of people we do not know, whose families mean nothing to us and who may be doing all they can despite budget cuts, internal political structures, prejudice and ageism.

Or on the other side of the coin...if I am not doing well, who cares if there is some improvement nationally in jobs and the economy? You tell me it will take time and sacrifice, well I do not have the time and I have already sacrificed. So toss out those with the experience to make things work, to continue what improvements are happening and replace them with those with no experience who keep saying "no new taxes" and "cut" the services that are needed for recovery.

Is your Smartphone spying on you?

According to independent researchers the answer is "yes."

The least likely, or lease at fault, culprit is Apple's iPhone, because Apple keeps close control over its operating system and applications (Aps). With other phones the applications are becoming aggressive at relating information about and your life back to third party vendors. 

Anyone who watches television knows that cell phone have GPS devices that can be used to locate the phone and its user (in fact if you are in a car accident while using your phone there is no way to hide that fact when you go to court). However that same GPS can be used to relate information on your movements back to those who want to push retailers along your usual routes, route you to a particular store or restaurant and send you advertising based on location and habits.

Spy vs. Spy is the property of "Mad Magazine".
Your data, just as on your computer, can be "mined" without your permission (again Apple has an advantage since it is the hard to crack and a minority is more profitable to focus on the 89% of user who are on what is not called PC's (DOS/Microsoft Operating Systems). In the future the US will follow the lead of Japan and allow you to pay for everything from automobiles and airline tickets, to public transit and sticks of vending machine gum, simply by authorizing your cell phone to automatically do so.

China both fears and embraces the cell phone for its lack of security. There are now more cell phones in China than any other nation in the world. In fact it would take the US and six other countries to equal the number of cell phones in use in China. Part of this is because of poor to non-existent landlines, and part due to the increasingly fast pace of urban China. The government can keep track of, spy on and monitor the movements, conversations and habits of its citizens "to better serve the people." At the same time the communication of information made possible by cell and smart phones dwarfs the then new technology of the fax machine, through which young Chinese dissidents were able to organize and then inform the world about the events in Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops opened fired on college students and ran them over with tanks as they protected a mock statue of the Statue of Liberty they christened "lady liberty."

Iran is keenly aware of the "dangers" of cell phones, using advanced technology to track and listen in on select member of their population and tighten up on media coverage, now already minimal in that nation. As you may recall, after foreign journalist were barred from coverage, citizens there use stills and video taken on call phones, hand held access to Twitter, Facebook and other services to keep the world informed. Who can forget the live images as a young woman was gunned down, something the Iranian government spent months trying to deny, counter with disinformation and discredit.