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Friday, July 27, 2012

86-Year-Old Ohio Veteran Can’t Vote After Government-Issued ID Is Rejected At Poll

Paul Carroll, an 86-year-old World War II veteran who has lived in the same Ohio town for four decades, was denied a chance to vote in the state’s primary contests today after a poll worker denied his form of identification, a recently-acquired photo ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The poll worker rejected the ID because it did not contain an address, as required by Ohio law.

Paul Carroll told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he got the ID from the VA after his driver’s license expired because he doesn’t drive anymore:
“My beef is that I had to pay a driver to take me up there because I don’t walk so well and have to use this cane and now I can’t even vote,” said Paul Carroll. 86, who has lived in Aurora nearly 40 years, running his own business, Carroll Tire, until 1975.
“I had to stop driving, but I got the photo ID from the Veterans Affairs instead, just a month or so ago. You would think that would count for something. I went to war for this country, but now I can’t vote in this country.”
A local Veterans Affairs employee told the Plain Dealer that the decision not to include the address was likely made at the federal level, and because VA IDs are accepted at any location, “the actual address of a veteran isn’t as critical to us.” Carroll was offered a provisional ballot, but the type was too small for him to read and “I was kind of perturbed by then,” he said.

Republicans across the country have pushed voter ID laws to address a voter fraud “problem” that rarely, if ever, exists. Multiple laws have been challenged in court over claims that they disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities and the elderly. Carroll’s story isn’t altogether unique — Tennessee voter authorities denied a 96-year-old woman a voter ID last year because she didn’t have an original copy of her marriage license.

Plant a seed, watch hate grow! FYI Obama is Christian!

34% of Conservatives Think Obama is Muslim; 

Double That in 2008

This is just embarrassing … the level of cognitive dissonance that exists in this country.  If you consider yourself a “conservative” – you are much more likely to watch Fox News and listen to radio shows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck etc.  And if that’s where you get your media … chances are that you exhibit a tremendous level of cognitive dissonance.  It’s called atrophy of the brain and apparently it’s spreading in the conservative community.  As we’ve written HERE – studies show Fox “News” viewers are the most uninformed.
Pew Research explains their findings HERE:
The slight rise in the number saying that Obama is a Muslim has been most pronounced among conservative Republicans. The number of conservative Republicans who say Obama is a Muslim has doubled since October 2008 (from 16% to 34%). There has been virtually no change in the share of moderate and liberal Republicans who say Obama is Muslim, or among any Democratic or Democratic-leaning groups.
Because of the increasing partisan polarization in perceptions of Obama’s faith, a Romney supporter today is much more likely than a McCain voter four years ago to say that Barack Obama is Muslim (30% vs. 17% in October 2008).
I don’t care what religion someone is … Muslim, Christian, Atheist – it doesn’t matter.  I care about your policies and it is my expectation that a person’s religion does not affect their ability to do their job properly; if it does – I won’t support that person.  But that’s just me.  But the vast majority of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of having a Muslim as President … which is only slightly more popular than having an Atheist president.  THAT is why the right wing machine would like to paint President Obama as “foreign”, “unamerican”, “other” etc.
As Think Progress shows HERE:

Gallup has findings that are similar HERE.
And that’s why Mitt Romney regularly repeats this in his stump speech:
 “The course we’re on right now is foreign to us. It changes America.”
~Mitt Romney
The 2008 campaign saw right wing media trying to paint Obama as “radical,” “foreign” and “different than the rest of us.” He was “Muslim,” “associated with terrorists,” “of foreign birth;” a “black militant,” “not a loyal American” or a “Marxist”.  But we’re going to see even more propaganda via bullshit courtesy of Fox “News” and the right wing echo chamber in addition to the 3rd party groups vying for the souls of moderate Americans.
The right wing smear machine led by Fox news has gotten so bad that Fox even allowed one of their own staff to create a 4 minute anti-Obama propaganda piece to air (source).

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Big weekend for 'Dark Knight.' Olympic hype! Gambling on the Olympics. Weinstein calls for gun control. 'Batman' movies among last week's best-selling DVDs. Coldplay's label noe GMG.

The Dark Knight Rises
"The Dark Knight Rises" should cruise this weekend. (Warner Bros. / July 27, 2012)

After the coffee. Before seeing if I catch Olympics fever. 

 Bright weekend for 'Dark Knight.' "The Dark Knight Rises" is expected to dominate the box office for the second straight weekend. According to industry estimates, the latest in the Batman franchise will make between $65 million and $70 million. I was hoping to see it this weekend but I don't have three hours to spare because of the TV press tour. Opening against "The Dark Knight Rises" is the raunchy comedy "The Watch" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which is expected to make between $20 million and $25 million although some have it taking in far less (I'm among that group). Also opening is "Step Up Revolution," the latest in the dance franchise. A look at the weekend from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight"
"The Dark Knight" was the No. 9 selling DVD in the week leading up to the theatrical release of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Stephen Vaughn / Warner Bros.)

Fans excited to see "The Dark Knight Rises" before last Friday's massacre in Colorado bought up copies of director Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," putting those two films in the top 10 DVD sales chart for the first time in years.

"Batman Begins" was the No. 8 selling DVD and Blu-raydisc in the week ending July 22, according to Rentrak Corp," while "Dark Knight" was No. 9. They were originally released on disc in late 2005 and late 2008, respectively.

The Farrelly Brothers' version of "The Three Stooges" debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart and No. 4 among rentals. Sony Pictures' French science-fiction action picture “Lockout,” starring Guy Pearce, made a strong debut as the No. 3 seller and No. 1 rented title.
“Get the Gringo” starring Mel Gibson premiered at No. 5 on the sales and rental charts. The movie premiered on video-on-demand and had a one-night theatrical run in May.

Lionsgate’s independent ensemble comedy “Friends With Kids” and the Spanish-language Will Ferrell comedy "Casa De Mi Padre" hit the top 10 rentals in their first week, but were not among the best-selling titles.

Below are the top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales and rental charts for the week ending July 22, according to Rentrak.

DVD and Blu-ray sales
1. “The Three Stooges (2012)" (Fox). Week 1
2.  “American Reunion” (Universal). Week 2 (last week No. 1)
3.  “Lockout” (Sony). Week 1
4.  “21 Jump Street” (Sony). Week 4 (last week No. 2)
5.  “Get the Gringo” (Fox). Week 1
6.  “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (Warner Bros.). Week 6 (last week No. 4)
7.   “Wrath of the Titans” (Disney). Week 4 (last week No. 3)
8.   “Batman Begins”  (Warner Bros.). Week  353
9.  “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.). Week 189
10. “Mirror Mirror" (Fox). Week 4 (last week No. 5)

DVD and Blu-ray rentals
1. “Lockout” (Sony). Week 1
2. “American Reunion” (Universal). Week 2 (last week No. 1)

The Skinny: I've never been much of an Olympics watcher so this will be a true test of the power of social media to drive me to the television. Friday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office (man, how many times have I written that sentence?), concerns about whether NBC is overdoing on the Olympics, Google Fiber's TV lineup and how an Indian movie star is trying to turn into Edward R. Murrow. And yes, I know that last reference dates me.

Daily Dose: NBC is gearing up to pummel us with the Olympics for the next two weeks. After that, though, it will be the network's own finances that take a beating as the brass calculate the losses. The network has already acknowledged it won't make money off the London Games but won't say what it is anticipating in red ink. However, industry estimates from rival sports executives and analysts suggest the network could lose $250 million in London. That's on top of the $80 million it lost on Beijing and $220 million on Vancouver in the last two Olympics. Ouch.

I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! With the Summer Olympics getting underway in London, NBC, its cable networks and local stations are sparing nothing when it comes to hyping the Games. But is it overkill? Are corporate interests taking precedence over the public interest. The Washington Post looks at whether NBC is overdoing it on the Olympics at the expense of other news and entertainment.

iPad displaying an Illustration for an Olympic’s guide for viewers. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

5,535 hours Over the next 17 days NBC is planning to telecast a record 5,535 hours of Olympics coverage from London on nine different channels, including the NBC broadcast network, MSNBC, Bravo and NBC Sports. (By comparison, NBC showed just 2,000 hours of the 2008 Beijing Games.)

It’s going to be the most digital friendly Olympics as well — all athletic events will be available for viewing live on-line. Fans can watch events on their laptops by turning to or on their smartphones with the app NBC Olympics Live Extra.

With that much to watch, how can anyone make sense of it all? Luckily, the Calendar section has waded through the schedule and plucked all the can’t-miss matchups. We also dug deep and found a few things that won’t necessarily draw the biggest audiences but should make good viewing nonetheless.

With 5,535 hours of London Olympics coverage on TV, you can’t watch it all, so the Los Angels Times ha  a few tips (Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte!) for what to check out. For more coverage of must-see Olympic events click here.

Now that you mention it. NBC isn't the only one using its media platforms to drive interest in the Olympics as well as in its own assets. The network's parent, cable giant Comcast Corp., will spend millions promoting its Xfinity brand, which is the name the company uses for its packaged phone, broadband and TV services. The problem with Xfinity is that everyone knows what Comcast does, but no one is quite sure what Xfinity is about. Maybe if the company had just changed its name to Xfinity it would have been easier. The Wall Street Journal with details about the campaign.

Who's fault? in the wake of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., filmmaker Harvey Weinstein wants tougher gun laws, but he also said Hollywood has to look at the violence it puts in movies. He tells the Huffington Post, "It’s a question that I wrestle with all the time." I agree with Chris Rock, who after Columbine riffed on everyone looking for a reason or scapegoat for the shooting and then finally said, "Whatever happened to crazy?"

Location Managers reach deal with producers. Hollywood's location managers have staked out a new three-year contract. Teamsters Local 399 on Thursday reached a tentative agreement for about 600 location managers in the Los Angeles area with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, said a person close to the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Patterned after similar contracts negotiated by studio drivers, camera operators, grips and other technical crews and crafts workers, the new deal provides a 2% annual wage increase and additional funding for the union's health plan.

A bigger platform. Aamir Khan is one of the biggest movie stars in India. But now he is transforming himself from Bollywood big shot to crusading reporter. He's got a weekly talk show that looks to take on both political and social issues and it has developed a huge audience. The New York Times looks at Khan's new role and what's driving him.

Coldplay'S Chris Martin
Chris Martin of Coldplay plays a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. (Mark Davis / WireImage / May 1, 2012)

BMG Rights Management has raised its hand as a potential buyer for Parlophone Records, a boutique record label in Britain whose artists include Coldplay, Chemical Brothers and Sigur Ros, according to a music executive familiar with the discussions.

BMG is the latest to express a desire to purchase any assets that Universal Music Group divests to secure the approval of European antitrust regulators for its proposed $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI. That deal would reduce the number of major record labels in the world to three from four.
Universal declined to comment, citing confidentiality of the negotiations. A message to BMG was not immediately returned.

EMI operates three main labels in Britain -- Parlophone, Virgin Records and EMI Records. Universal had initially wanted to keep Parlophone and divest the two other labels. Interested buyers included billionaire Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Records in 1972 and sold it to EMI 20 years later.
Selling Parlophone would allow Universal to keep Virgin and EMI while satisfying the European Commission's insistence that Universal control no more than 40% of any country's market share for recorded music.

The deal would not include Parlophone's rights to sell Beatles albums in Britain, which Universal wants to keep, according to a record label executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the transaction.

Sensing a buying opportunity, more than 20 companies have stepped up to declare their interest in any assets Universal decides to sell. BMG, a joint venture between Bertelsmann and investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., last year unsuccessfully bid for EMI's music publishing business, which was ultimately sold to Sony Corp. for $2.1 billion. Sony is also among the companies that have lined up to potentially bid on Universal's divestitures, the executive said.

Some rival independent labels and consumer advocates have expressed concern that Universal, already the world's largest record company, would become too powerful if it merges with EMI.
Universal's chief executive, Lucian Grainge, has publicly stated that his company is "open-minded" about selling off assets in Europe to make regulators happy.

The European Commission has set a Sept. 6 deadline for issuing its ruling on the merger.

It was SadVille atZynga Inc.'s headquarters after the San Francisco creator of such games as"FarmVille"and "CityVille" posted its second-quarter earnings and watched its stock price immediately drop 41%. Zynga's stock, which had gained 16 cents to close at $5.08, plunged to as low as $3 in after-hours trading following the earnings release. The price was a significant fall from grace from Zynga's initial public offering in December, when its shares debuted at $10 and climbed to a high of $14.69 on March 2.

Dish! tweaks its AdSkipping Hopper. Dish subscribers who use its AutoHop commercial skipping feature may have noticed some recent tweaks to the device. The AutoHop, a controversial feature Dish has been offering since May, makes it easier for subscribers to skip commercials from shows recorded off of broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. As of yet, the AutoHop is not available for use on cable channels or smaller broadcast networks such as the CW or ION. Three of the networks -- CBS, NBC and Fox -- have filed suit declaring the AutoHop violates their copyright.

Google is here! Google unveiled its much-anticipated Google Fiber service that is launching in Kansas City,  Mo. Besides super fast broadband, Google Fiber also will compete with cable TV and has deals with most programmers. However a few are still missing, including ESPN, HBO and CNN. More on Google Fiber from All Things Digitial and the Los Angeles Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A guide on all you need to know about Olympic coverage.

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21 Trillion dollars just sitting there, tax free.

Wealthy individuals have over 21 trillion dollars stashed in offshore accounts, tax free.

If the income tax temporary reductions are made permanent, the Romney's would save over 20 million dollars a year. 

The easiest country in the world to incorporate a company without disclosing who owns it is the US.

The US has the least barriers to transferring money to accounts outside the US.

1% of Americans control over 60% of all funds and assets inside this country.

3 % control over 90% of all assets in the US.

Meanwhile we have high unemployment now.

So, how is electing "job creators" going to create more jobs, when they are not doing it already?

Just asking.

Congratulations James McCoy!

     Prof. James McCoy, the Department of Communication's
     Chairperson for the past 5 years, recently accepted a
     new position at CSN.  McCoy accepted the position of
     Associate Vice President of Academic Success.  In his
     new role, McCoy will facilitate CSN's local, regional
     and national efforts to increase CSN's ability to assist
     students in meeting their educational goals while
     ensuring CSN produces a highly skilled workforce for
     the state of Nevada.  The Department of
     Communication wishes James nothing but success in 
     his new role at CSN.
          McCoy had one year remaining on his term as
    department chairperson.  Department of
    Communication Prof. Eric Moreau was appointed as
    Interim Chairperson to finish out McCoy's term.  The
    Department extends their congratulations to Eric on his
    appointment and looks forward to working with him in
    his new role.

Life to its fullest..

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped out of a parachute from an altitude of 102,800 feet. He safely touched ground in New Mexico after nearly 14 minutes of free-fall. Kittinger broke many records while accomplishing this feat. This is the video of his descent back to earth. Extreme sports are a passion of mine and this video caught my attention. This is a feat that is both amazing and inspirational.

Many people attempt to live life to the fullest, but this is a man that fulfills that mission. Nobody had previously done what he had done, and he is a pioneer in his field. Not only is he brave, but he must be in great physical condition to be free-falling for 14 minutes without suffering any side-effects. This is a once in a lifetime experience that he will never forget.

Not only is his free-fall amazing, but it is inspirational as well. The way that he is able to envision something that he wants to accomplish and how he is able to do whatever he has to in order to make it a reality is very inspirational. He is an inspiration to many people, not only daredevils and other extreme sports fanatics. He is truly a pioneer in his field.

Recently there was another daredevil that attempted a similar free-fall. It has been over 50 years and there are still people trying to complete this amazing task. The last daredevil to attempt this stunt had much better technology and there was less risk involved, which makes the original stunt that much more amazing.

In conclusion, these professional athletes and scientists have inspired me to also want to try skydiving. Though they have gone three times the distance from a regular skydive I think this experience would be amazing and life changing. I am amazed that any human being has not only attempted this but has been successful. I love extreme sports and can't wait to see another person try to beat the records.

From a student...