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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obama's Fault

Elaine Cology sent this, from a friend of hers: Due to the unusual severity of the quake that hit near D.C., the GOP representatives in the House called an emergency session and adopted a bill to rename the fault that runs under the Capital. It will now be known as Obama's Fault.

From Art Lynch:
Note the Senate is meeting, or at lease a handful of Republicans, daily to keep it in session so that President Obama cannot make appointements. Is it me or are Republicans breaking all tradition and rules to push their agenda of not breaking the rules and traditions?

Washington DC Quake

It is almost comical listing to the banter over the Washington earthquake, which has replaced news from Libya and now dominates the news. Of course it did hit the most populated portion of the US, from north of NYC to South Carolina, Indianapolis to Eastern Ohio and Boston to the Atlantic. The news media was focused on Libya and Hurricane Irene, which is headed toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolina's.

5.8 to 6.0 are the conflicting reports on the magnitude of the Washington DC earthquake. The Pentagon and all major buildings are evacuated. Remember they are old and not build to meet earthquake standards. To the Californians it is almost funny as the quake was "not that bad". MSNBC switched anchors to Atlanta form Washington DC, where they were coming for due to Libya. Tall buildings in Manhattan shook. The center was near Charlottesville, Virginia. It was strong enough to drop some broadcasting lighting and briefly cut off transmissions. 

Interesting how excited Atlanta and Washington DC reporters get over a quake.

New York City had large scale evacuations in Manhattan public buildings, as a precaution. Beautiful day in NYC, so people are shopping at street vendors and enjoying outdoor cafes. NBC describes it as a "very relaxed atmosphere."

I have to get back into news. I do miss it. But then I like what i am doing now and I would probably have a hard time landing a news job paying enough to make up for my teaching and other part time work, given the economy and youth media focus.

The east coast, due to plate topography, has wide geographic distribution in any quake and a massive population that feels it. So the quake is major news to about a third of the population (if they care, that is).

Today's quake is the largest to hit Virginia since May 5, 1887...124 years ago!

I remember my first quake. It was centered at Yucca Mountain, where they want to dump all of the nation's high level nuclear waste. In Las Vegas it was felt as a 5.6. I recall thinking that I did not realize solids could behave like liquids as I watched the walls melt and move. My wife, who is from Southern California humored me but was not "shaken" by events. Our dog T.J. layed down at the top of the stairs and simply watched the stairs sway.

One in 7 Human Beings are Starving

Over one billion people in the world are "chronically" starving from a lack of food nutrition. With this in mind Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and professor of Economics, Columbia University paints a picture that may not please those who are ethnocentric American or solid supporters of the "no new taxes" mentality. Cutting back foreign aid has become a mantra, with charities hard pressed to remain at 2009 levels much less meet the needs of people domestically internationally. Fellow human beings are in pain or dying at record numbers in the US and across the glove.

The professor points out that the world has 7 billion people, so more than one in 7 people on this earth are starving. World population is at an all time high and the crisis is hitting take action or face a world wide depression at a time when politicians and economies are not willing or in a position to take the necessary actions, according to "experts" on the Wall Street Journal Report and on the BBC. China alone will use over 70% of the worlds oil output by the year 2040.

Fuel prices are on the rise and Global food prices reached their highest price ever, contributing to the uprisings and unrest in the third world and in politically volatile countries. Young populations, high unemployment, entrenched often military and western backed leadership (senior citizens all), the rise of fundamentalism and

Taking on Tickemaster, Local Sports reshaping college ball, TV model changes, Mad and Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore!

From the LA Times Company Town Blog, click here for the latest entertainment new.

Got tickets? AEG, the concert promotion giant that's also looking to bring NFL football back to Los Angeles, now wants to take on Live Nation's dominant Ticketmaster. The service, dubbed Axs (no, it's not being done in partnership with the popular body spray), will be in full swing by the end of 2012. Seminal punk band Social Distortion -- "I Was Wrong" and "Ball and Chain" are two of my favorites -- will be one of the first bands to have their tickets sold by Axs. More on AEG's big move from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. I tried to find an article on the AEG's Axs from the websites of Billboard or Rolling Stone and sadly struck out.
Too much local college sports? NPRs Morning Edition reports that TV money is changing the college sports landscape. Lured by bigger and bigger paydays, many conferences and some individual teams, are starting their own television networks. The University of Texas along with ESPN has launched the 24/7 Longhorn Network.
Backhand. Cablevision, one of the nation's biggest cable operators, is in another fight with the Tennis Channel. At issue is how the channel is sold to consumers. The Tennis Channel wants the largest distribution possible (duh), while Cablevision prefers to offer it on a less-distributed tier and notes that all the big upcoming matches at the U.S. Open are on ESPN2 and CBS. I just watched a segment on HBO's "Real Sports" about the lack of top U.S. tennis players and my free PR advice to the Tennis Channel is to start playing up the patriotism angle. Does Cablevision have something against America? Do they not want to inspire kids to take back a sport the U.S. once dominated? Outrageous! More on the spat from the New York Times.
Play ball! After going through several directors and lots of extra innings, the film "Moneyball" about colorful Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, is making its way to the big screen next month. New York Magazine looks at what it took to get "Moneyball" completed and whether it will rise out of the second division.
Hyperbole much? A couple of analysts at Needham & Co. have downgraded News Corp. stock because the company is the subject of a "witch hunt" and has "powerful enemies." "Witch hunt" is an interesting term to use for a probe into the media giant's phone hacking habits and whether it also engaged in improper relations with law enforcement officials. Details on the report from Forbes.
The Changing Television Model or Let's not make a deal. Studios and networks are finding a new revenue stream selling old shows to Netflix. But why are they so reluctant to sell new shows? Part of the reason, of course, is to protect the traditional rerun windows. But the other factor is the relationship between networks and the multichannel video programming distributors they are trying to squeeze for dollars in return for content. Analysis from Variety
Not too Christian. ABC's upcoming drama "Good Christian Belles," which used to be called "Good Christian" you-know-whats and may end up being known just as "GCB" (can you invent an acronym for a term no one uses?), doesn't sound too Christian. Darren Star, who was the driving force in getting the pilot made and picked up, is clashing with the other producers on the show, according to Deadline Hollywood. I've seen the pilot, and someone needs to tell Star and the rest of the producers that Dallas, where the show is set, is actually a fairly cosmopolitan city and not everyone there talks with deep Southern accents. Oh well, why let stereotypes get in the way of television?
Get out the good silverware. President Obama popped in on Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts at the cable king's Martha Vineyard home. Maybe they discussed the White House cable bill. Former News Corp. President Peter Chernin is a neighbor of Roberts' up there. Wonder if he just happened to pop in to borrow some milk. Details from TV Newser.
He's mad as hell. Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers is not too happy at the summer movie season and he lets Hollywood know in this amusing video. There's something about his rant though that reminds me of the infamous Chris Crocker "Leave Britney Alone" YouTube video, which I won't link to because it's filled with F-bombs.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: DC Comics is looking to give its cast of characters a makeover. Some are questioning NBC's commitment to diversity.
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