Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tourism & Terrorism are both ISMs! Be afraid...
Moment of Sanity: Separate the name into it's original two words to get "island dwelling" in Spanish... And it looks picture postcard pretty there.
For further de-programming, see CNNs American Morning's irregular Friday feature called "Wingnuts of the Week," in which columnist John Avlon presents his nominations: left and right.Click here for previous "award shows."
If your travels include a trip on Virgin Airways, enjoy the cartoons:
The biggest riddle about Jimmy Hoffa is where he went. But the last time he was seen publicly was near a restaurant in Bloomfield, Michigan on July 30, 1975.
He was declared legally dead in 1982, the same year a band called "Missing Persons" sang "Destination Unknown."
Whether he wound up bullet riddled remains a mystery, as do where his remains remain... I won't say "rest in peace," because in life he wasn't the kind of character who seemed all that inclined to either rest, or peace.
The one time we met was on a Boston television program in 1974. The producers had asked me to sit in the audience and to ask a provocative question when called upon.
So I asked Jimmy Hoffa why the Teamsters had made such an aggressive effort to crowd out the fledgling United Farm Workers union (Remember the grape boycott?) in the vineyards of California. (Not very provocative, so far.)
Hoffa replied that the Teamsters as an establshed union could get the workers more money. Then he asked me, "What more could they want?" (Now!)
"How about a sense of self-determination and integrity in an atmosphere not controlled by a convicted fellon and free from the influence of organized crime?"
That's when the producers got their money shot: a red-faced Jimmy Hoffa rising from his chair to threaten my life... Live on TV.
I know it was a set-up, but looking back, I'm kind of proud.
Missing Persons - Destination Unknown video.
Friday, July 31, 2009
My current cap was purchased in Las Vegas... Not quite as authentic as the one from Yawkey Way (adjacent to Fenway Park) I bought during the '86 World Series, but it's held up for 7 years. It was purchased the day I heard Ted Williams had died.
I first noticed the magnetism of the "B" in Seattle, and wondered if a Mariners cap would elicit the same response back in Boston. In 1994 the answer was no.
A gas station attendant in Lynn, MA (Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin) wanted to fight me. At the time the Mariners could have been playoff opponents for the Sox, but that was the year they cancelled the whole thing... Labor dispute.
I suppose I could have asked him why, but wound up asking myself: "What the hell are you doing in Lynn?"
Just visiting. No permanent damage.
But in late July of 2009, at trading deadline, I find myself thinking I need a new cap... Not a new design or a different team. Just one that holds its shape a little better.
One that's blue with a red "B" will do just fine.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This year Baseball's Hall of Fame inducted ultimate lead-off man Rickey Henderson and pre-steroid MVP slugger Jim Rice, on July 26.
Also see Keith Olbermann's December 14, 2007 appearance on Bill Moyers Journal for a great conversation, including how his agressive skepticism is rooted in sports.
To Jon Stewart, he's prey to be toyed with before the kill:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Bill Kristol from 7/27/09|
Live at the Bitter End, NYC (2005):
On the day Jerry's death was announced in 1995, a brokenhearted and world-weary Bob Weir took the stage at New Hampshire's Hampton Beach Casino.
He sang his heart out.
And when he couldn't sing any more, the crowd sang back to him.
"Not Fade Away"... For over an hour.
KFOG is an adult rock station in San Francisco, CA. with many videos of acoustic performances on YouTube, and more recently Vimeo.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
When the policeman & the professor join the president at cocktail time on Thursday, July 30, they'll try to establish common ground.
How about this?
Niall O'Dowd, of IrishCentral.com explains.
BTW: Subsequent release of the 911 tapes reveals the caller did not identify the men involved as black. Responding officers (including black & latino cops) would not have been primed to confront African-American suspects.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, July 28. Host: Robin Young.
Singer Shirley Manson is Scottish and a redhead. She'll be featured as a playable character in the upcoming release of Guitar Hero 5.
Simple answer: No.
Complicating factor: Google auto-complete drop downs.
I ran across this poster of actress Alyson Hannigan (below) while researching DMZ's disappearing hair color question:
And in looking for the poster's source, I found a posting of the original publicity photo from which the poster was created. But the Google search for "redheads" produced a drop-down list of suggestions including "redheads going extinct."
Something doesn't have to be true to be included in the suggestions, just present on the internet, and previously captured & indexed by Google's own search robot computer program.
In 2005, a news release suggesting a scientific basis for redhead extinction was circulated and published in many reputable publications and sites, including the Seattle Times.
The release cited research by the "Oxford Hair Foundation," which is really a partnership between Oxford Dermatology and the Proctor & Gamble Corporation’s Hair Research division. Proctor & Gamble are manufacturers of the Clairol & Wella brands of hair coloring products. Their best selling color? Red.
Real red hair occurs most frequently (up to 13%) in Scotland and Ireland, and most often worldwide among people with some Celtic ancestry.
It results from both parents (regardless of their own hair color) having the recessive gene that causes red hair. If non redheads do, there's a 25% chance any one of their offspring will be a redhead, and a 50% chance the redhead gene will be passed along in the bloodline of their non redheaded children, waiting to emerge in future generations.
Having one redheaded parent and a second carrier increases the odds of redheaded offspring to 50% and 100% of carrying the gene.
Having one redheaded parent and a second without the gene means none of the kids will be redheaded and odds of carrying the gene are reduced to 50%.
Having two redheaded parents ensures the same in their children.
So genetically speaking, the trait may hide awhile, but not die off.
An article at Hairfinder explains the same rumor has surfaced regarding natural blondes, and that it was previously debunked.
Why is red the most popular die color? Read more.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Cleveland Clinic has been cited as an example of cutting edge care at cut-rate cost. Vanessa Fuhrmans of The Wall Street Journal explains the facility consistently spends less than comparable hospitals, without sacrificing quality.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, July 23. Host: Deborah Becker.
Whatcha gonna do about crazy crazy?
The character created for what has become America’s longest running public service ad campaign's reached retirement age.
Wilderness Society wildfire expert John McCarthy says it’s time for Smokey to retire... Or at minimum, modify a misunderstood message that's done more harm than good.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, July 27. Host: Robin Young.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Oklahoma housewife Cindy Taylor has something more in mind than being a "star" in her field. Alter ego "Jesse Jane" sounds very business like:
Fox Business Channel countered with moral indignation and bikinis:
Meanwhile, unintentional amateur Erin Andrews never had this kind of exposure in mind: Nude Video of ESPN Reporter Hits Web
CNN reports guilt by association is alive and well in Florida:
CNBC's site for the show, first broadcast July 22
CNBC's "Porn: The Business of Pleasure" also streams on Hulu. (18+ only)
Not every death depicted can definitely be pinned on porn, but like the Mexican drug war, America's demand for more takes a toll.
In Los Angeles, porn tends to pick off girls with troubled backgrounds and unstable lifestyles.
In Rhode Island, there is actually a loophole in the law that makes it legal for 16-year-old girls to dance in strip clubs... but only up to 11:30pm:
Shelly Lubben's site
Even the legal brothels in Germany are having a tough time because of the recession. One such establishment in Berlin came up with a prostitution promotion plan that seems to fit the spirit of the times economically & environmentaly... It offers a 5 percent discount to customers who arrive by bike or public transportation. (NPR: July 14)
In recent years, a growing number of local governments around Japan have started organizing rice paddy art projects as a way to attract tourists and educate people about rice farming. The effect is created by planting different colors of rice in the fields.
See more examples at: Just Whatever blog
They concede it's always been both expensive to produce and tricky to process. But now that it represents only 1 percent of company sales, the roll has run out on Kodachrome. The first commercially successful color film will fade away, Paul Simon or no.
Audio: NPR's All Things Considered, June 23
Louis Bleriot, the 37-year old French inventor, aircraft designer, and self-trained pilot, flew across the treacherous English Channel (from Les Barraques, France, to Dover, England) early on July 25, 1909, in an aircraft he designed himself.
Video: CBS News
Details on Bleriot's Historic Flight
Sunday, July 26, 2009
|Not so long ago Mischa Barton was criticized for having a disturbingly low BMI (body mass index). Something changed by the time she attended the London premiere of "Homecoming," her latest movie.|
She was set to star in "The Beautiful Life," a hotties-with-issues drama on the CW network. She was cast as a supermodel struggling to stay on top of her game in the face of fierce competition. Production is now delayed. It turns out her own issues landed her in the hospital... Under an involuntary psychiatric hold. Los Angeles police confirmed they were called and removed the 23-year-old actress from her home.
Mischa Barton rose to fame as Marissa Cooper on "The OC," based around a group of teenagers living in a wealthy Orange County, California suburb. That character had issues, too.
A source who spoke to Barton just hours before she was hospitalized tells E! News that the starlet was acting increasingly erratic. Theories on what's ailing her have ranged from self-esteem issues to an eating disorder to substance abuse. In December 2007 she was arrested and later pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge.
If you were cast for your supermodel appearance, you'd be in trouble as a production deadline loomed and your appearance ---> had substantially changed. You'd lose the job, be liable for the expense of production delays... And the subject of lots of snarky blog posts, like this.