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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fox News Disappears Romney’s Gaffes In England

Mitt Romney is in England – supposedly advancing his foreign policy cred – and yet he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. Less than 48 hours into his visit, he insulted the British by questioning whether they are up to hosting the Olympics. He also appeared to forget the name of Labour Leader Ed Miliband and he improperly boasted about meeting the head of MI6. And that’s not counting the report that his adviser told the Telegraph that President Obama didn’t “fully appreciate” the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” shared by Britain and the U.S. But judging from the home page of or Fox Nation, none of those things ever happened.

As durrati at DailyKos noted, a Telegraph columnist wrote today: Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.

But we can expect that reaction to be off Fox’s Romney-cheering/Obama-bashing radar screen, too.

Source for above: newhounds 

Source for below: The British Guardian Newspaper

Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full

Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he's really outdone himself in London

Mitt Romney. With added bunting
Mitt Romney. With added bunting. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex Features
From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to "looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street", Mitt Romney's first foreign trip of his presidential candidacy hasn't gone quite as well as he might have hoped. As the former Massachusetts governor continues to gaffe his way across London, here's a round-up of Romney's red-facers. So far.

On the Olympics: 'There are a few things that are disconcerting'

On Wednesday, the day he arrived in London, Romney was interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams. In a softball warm-up question, Williams asked Romney about his wife's horse, Rafalca, which will be in competition in the dressage, and whether Britain looked ready to host the Olympics. Easy, surely? Not for Romney.
"There are a few things that were disconcerting," Romney said of the event which has been 15 years in the planning and is expected to cost over £9bn.
"The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials – that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
It put a bit of a dampener on Romney's meeting with David Cameron on Thursday. "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world," the prime minister said, pointedly. "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere." (Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Ciy, Utah.)
Red-face rating: 8/10. Take that, Romney! Now get that horse out of my sight.

On Ed Miliband: 'Mr Leader'

On to a meeting with the leader of the opposition Labour party, Ed Miliband – a man often criticised for being awkward and lacking a common touch. They should have got on famously. But Romney seemed to forget Miliband's name. "Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning," Romney said.

But he reeled it right back in, British-style, with some spontaneous patter about the weather. ("Could not be better. Fortunately the sunshine is out. The warmth is here.") And Miliband's team smoothed it over, recognising that American politicians often refer to each other by their titles.

Red-face rating: 3/10. You're not in North Korea now, mate.

THIS LITTLE BULLET (Rare John Wayne) 1970's

Firearm safety with John Wayne
Arizona Game and Fish Department as a training file for their Firearms Safety Course. John Wayne introduces the film and takes part in the naration. The rest of the naration is done by, then, Chief Firearms Safety Instructor Jack Ellison. This film is not generally credited in the fimographies for John Wayne, but was an important film none the less. It was certainly important to many young hunters who attended the Firearms Safety courses put on throughout the state of Arizona in the 1970's and '80's. And, while the film is old, and somewhat the worse for wear (it appears to have been copied from one of the old 16mm prints), the message delivered is just as pertinent today as it was when the Duke and Jack Ellison told us how dangerous "This Little Bullet" really is.

1944 The Fighting Seabees.avi

The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein

World Americans even know what is out there?

Happy Birthday Mic!

Sir Mic Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 69 today!
 The Stones recently celebrated their 50th year as a band.

NBCUniversal surpasses $1 billion in Olympics ad sales

The Olympic Rings
The Olympic rings on the Olympic Park basketball arena in London. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it had surpassed the $1-billion mark for ad sales for the Summer Games. The company plans to make every event available live to U.S. consumers, with the bulk of them seen online. (Jae Hong / Associated Press / July 25, 2012)

NBCUniversal has sold more than $1 billion in advertising time for its coverage of the London Olympic Games, which officially begin Friday.

The network said Wednesday that this year's haul is approximately $150 million more than it collected for commercial sales during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, NBC's previous record for Olympics coverage.

Still, coverage of the Summer Games is expected to be a money loser for NBCUniversal, which is now controlled by Comcast Corp.

NBCUniversal nearly a decade ago agreed to pay $1.18 billion for the TV rights to the London Games. The company is spending at least $100 million for staffing and equipment to televise the events. The media giant has nearly 3,400 people working on its Olympics coverage.

David Joyce, a media analyst with the investment firm Miller Tabak & Co., last month predicted that NBCUniversal could lose more than $100 million on the London Games. NBCUniversal has declined to divulge its bottom-line estimates.

"We are not done yet and will continue to sell during the Games,” Seth Winter, executive vice president of sales for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.

NBCUniversal's $1-billion total includes ad sales across all of its various platforms that are broadcasting the events: the NBC and Spanish-language Telemundo broadcast networks; cable channels NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo; a 3-D channel; the website; and mobile phone and tablet applications.

NBC credited its decision to live stream every athletic competition — more than 3,500 hours, including all 32 sports and all 302 medal events — for increasing the volume of commercials sold.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment that is a credit to the hard work of our entire Olympic team and speaks to the long-term benefits of our Olympic investment,” Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.

“The proliferation of our digital, mobile and tablet Olympic content, including the decision to live stream all sporting events, played a vital role in reaching this extraordinary milestone.”
NBC said digital ad sales for London have topped $60 million, nearly three times the total for 2008, when events were streamed on one website, There were no mobile or tablet apps for the Beijing Games.

National television ad sales represented more than $950 million, up approximately $100 million from the level sold for Beijing, NBC said.

“This feat is a testimony to the quality of Olympic programming and the unparalleled way NBCU presents, produces and covers the Games,” Winter said. “It also demonstrates the power of the Olympics. No other property has such a diverse group of sponsors."

NBCUniversal plans 5,535 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, 2,000 more than it provided for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

NBC goes for the gold with advertisers, viewers
Michael Phelps: Don't consider me for U.S. flag bearer
NBCUniversal expects to lose money on its Olympics coverage

Church Steeples Doubling As Cellphone Towers

Cellphone carriers are having a hard time finding places to build new towers, so they're making deals with churches to put antennas in steeples. The Baltimore Sun reports that the churches get more than $1,000 a month for each antenna. A half-dozen congregations in the Baltimore area have now leased out their bell towers.

The first iPad/Smart Phone Olympics

Watching The Olympics, Online And Everywhere

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The iPad didn't exist at the last Olympics — the 2010 Winter Games. But when London Summer Games begin Friday, millions of people around the world will watch the action on tablets, mobile phones or other digital gadgets.

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For Temp Workers, 'Temp' Looking More Permanent

Job applicants outside the Staffmark temp agency in Cypress, Calif., in 2005. Temp hiring is usually a harbinger of an improving job market, but some analysts say more employers may be considering temps as a more permanent staffing solution.
Enlarge Ric Francis/AP Job applicants outside the Staffmark temp agency in Cypress, Calif., in 2005. Temp hiring is usually a harbinger of an improving job market, but some analysts say more employers may be considering temps as a more permanent staffing solution.

While the job market remains sluggish, temporary work is one area that's done very well in the economic recovery. Companies are keeping their temps longer and are even using them to fill professional and high-ranking positions.

The average daily number of temporary workers employed during the first quarter of 2012 was more than 2.5 million. That's up from a low of 2.1 million in early 2009, according to the American Staffing Association.

Temporary work was once considered a leading indicator for the job market — a harbinger of improved prospects for people seeking permanent positions. But in this recovery, staffing agencies say fewer employers are taking temps onboard as permanent workers.

More Opportunities, At Higher Ranks
"It is clear that companies are using temp and contract workers — and unfortunately not making those permanent hires — at this point," says Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment officer for the temp agency Randstad Holding.

Temp Employment On The Rebound

Temp Staffing Trends


May and June 2012 figures are preliminary.
"Because there's still some uncertainty and [companies are] wondering if the economic conditions are sustainable, this offers them some good flexibility," Ruge says.

Historically, temp positions have also been associated with clerical and manufacturing jobs. But that's also shifting in the current economy. One of the biggest growth areas in temping, Ruge says, is high-skilled work: engineering, information technology, pharmaceuticals, accounting and finance.
And employers are even hiring temps for jobs in the higher ranks. Ruge says professional positions make up about half of Randstad's business.

Ed Schultz has been acting comptroller or chief financial officer for various companies on a temporary basis for more than a decade — by choice.

Schultz says companies thinned out their chief officer ranks — or their "C-suites" — during the recession. Now that the economy is recovering, there's more demand for mergers and acquisition work, he says, but not quite enough to justify a full-time hire.

A 'Sea Change'
And, Schultz says, it may be that many businesses will never fully hire back their executive bench.
"My feeling is that it's a permanent change," Schultz says. "It's a sea change that we're seeing more activity in that interim C-suite area."

Normally, the pattern with temp work is that it is cyclical: It goes up when the economy is good, and down when it's bad.

But during leaner times, companies experiment with their workforce and sometimes make permanent changes, according to Nik Theodore, director of the Center for Urban Economic Development and a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

"There's something more happening here," Theodore says. "I think temping is becoming a more important feature of employers' workforce strategies, and a bigger part of the careers of workers."
Companies use temps because they can pay fewer benefits, take on fewer legal responsibilities and fire them easily, Theodore says.

But those perks for the employer usually come at a cost to the worker.

"Those temp jobs are often disconnected from the career pathways and job ladders that exist within a company," making it harder for workers to move up, Theodore says.

'You're Disposable'
Still, for people like TaShea Mosley, 23, working as a temp is one of the few ways to get her foot in the door in a down economy. She wasn't able to find a full-time job, so she started temping as an administrative assistant through Manpower earlier this year.

"The only thing that differentiates me from anyone is that my badge is different," Mosley says. "They treat me as though I am a full-time employee, actually. I just don't have all the benefits of being one."
Mosley says she loves her current posting and hopes to be hired on permanently. The company has a hiring freeze, but she's hoping her job performance will earn her the security of a permanent position.
"When you're a temp, it's more like you're disposable," the Atlanta resident says. "One day you can have a job, and the next day you can't. So it's always kinda like a little bit of a Russian roulette; you never know if it's going to be your time to go or not."