Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dive Into The Week

Fox Digs Out Something Tasty

Willie Geist's Top Stories

Reality Show Rendezvous

Paul Szep

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Recap - Week of 12/06/10
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Stephen Colbert

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Recap - Week of 12/06/10
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A Real Blowout on MNF

Taxes Over Time

Adding Context To Current Controversy

Steven Weisman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics wrote about the history of income taxes as author of "The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson." And wars both started, and shaped, this form of American government funding... At least until recently when President Bush (43) told a nation ready to sacrifice to shop instead.
How Taxes Turned Toxic
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 12/8/10,
Host: Melissa Block.

Oprah's Upsets

Barbara Walters Made Her Cry

Cashing In On Miracles

Embarrassed By F@&#ing Koalas

No Direction Home

Travel tips from Talking Heads, Journey, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Monkees, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Eagles.

TV vs Terror

WikiLeaked document suggests everyday American television may be doing more to fight violent extremists than a US propaganda channel.
Tonight's Top 10 Reasons
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World 12/8/10,
Reporter: Alex Gallafent

Pinheads, Patriots and International Incidents

The Original Lyrics

Paul McCartney joined Jimmy Fallon for a first-ever live performance of an early version of The Beatles' "Yesterday" on NBC's Late Night.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The WikiHackers Strike Back

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Julian Assange: To Catch a Somewhat Pasty Predator
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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth [is/becomes/will be] a revolutionary act."
-- From "1984" by George Orwell, British Author (1903-1950)

The Telegraph newspaper reports an army of computer hackers is planning to bring down British government websites if Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is extradited to Sweden. He is due to appear next before City of Westminster magistrate’s court on Tuesday, where his lawyers will attempt to secure his release on bail... Bail had been denied at Assange's first hearing because although he'd surrendered voluntarily to police, that magistrate deemed the elusive Australian a potential flight risk.
The Fallout Continues
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World 12/8/10,
Reporter: Clark Boyd

The WikiLeaks database has found refuge in Stockholm, Sweden; the same country that wanted its founder arrested on sex charges.

Assange/WikiLeaks supporters have inundated the informational sites of financial businesses that have cut off contributors' donations to the controversial site. They haven't impacted the secured money transfer apparatus... It's more like jamming the lobby of the bank so nobody else can get in to read the brochures.
"Operation Payback" Is A Bitch, Too
Audio Embed: The Takeaway 12/8/10,
Host: John Hockenberry

Then The Fireman Rushes In

Despite the fact the term "controlled burn" has been something of an oxymoron in that state on many occasions, a Southern California home was intentionally set on fire by local law enforcement to destroy a massive cache of bomb-making materials... Bill Whitaker reports.

Sirens come with life in the city and along the edges of downtown, you learn to distinguish between police, fire and ambulance... And to pay attention when they stop nearby.

On Thursday it was a medical call, as Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to an apartment where a home health care attendant hadn't received any response from her client. And whether she was new to the job, attached to her customer or witness to a particularly grisly discovery, she was inconsolable as the empty gurney made the return trip from the apartment with its resuscitation gear untouched.

Two paramedics stayed behind as the accompanying engine rolled on another call. A few minutes later a young woman from the coroner's office arrived and took over the scene.

"Who did we lose?" I asked a building staffer.

Patricia didn't know his name, but described him as "In his 60's... That's not too old is it?"

I might have thought so in high school. But not anymore.

All He Was Saying

... Appears in Rolling Stone 30 years later. video.

Ho, Ho Ho, No-No

A popular veteran St. Nick got the non-festive boot after joking with an adult couple at Macy’s Union Square store in San Francisco.

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I'd mark the complainer down for a lump of coal.

Game Changers

Bill Simmons, author of the best-selling “Book of Basketball,” joins the Morning Joe gang to discuss LeBron in Miami, and the network's celebration of 30 years with its documentary series "30 for 30."

Rock On

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Buckets, Big Bucks, Buck Up

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
A mult-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy is the fresh injection of sameness that America's stagnant economy needs.
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Americans have outsmarted themselves with fancy security measures to the point where their money is committing suicide on the press.
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Freeing The Hostages
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 12/8/10

She told the President “I’m exhausted of defending you” at an economic town hall, so how does she feel about his big tax deal?

Velma Hart Gets The Last Word

T&A vs TSA

Former 'Baywatch' babe calls out pervy agents

Scanned and Approved by Millions
Audio Embed: Ross & Burbank, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 12/7/10

Norwegian Wood

A FFFFound image from Tumblrrrrr.

Roll The Dice

ARS from Underdog (1979)

Anagramatically Correct

Murray was pretty proud about earning his PhD in psychology.

Norma wasn't impressed. She pointed out that rearranged, the letters in "therapist" could become "the rapist" with one minor manipulation.

The same letters might form "hat stripe," "a pet shirt," point to the previously unknown musical talent of "harpist ET," and depending on the session back at the shrink's, "heart tips" or "hater's pit," too.

Find hidden messages in any word, job, phrase or your own name at the Internet Anagram Server... BTW: A Shorty Mama Rerun.

Cut Into 3 Parts

Add Vodka, Mix Thoroughly In Bass-o-matic

Blues Brother Elwood
Admirer Elle Woods

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


John Winston Lennon
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

Maybe first hearing the news from Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football was part of it... Not realizing that Roone Arledge was the head of both ABC Sports and ABC News, and the latter organization's standards would apply to making such an announcement 30 years ago.

Suddenly phone lines lit up with listeners looking for confirmation, contradiction or consolation from KGB-FM in San Diego, much as they had ten years before at WBCN in Boston when we lost Jimi and Janis within a few weeks. They wanted a source more invested in the truth.

I went into our music library and brought out fresh copies of all the Beatles and Lennon solo albums into the air studio right away... And over the rest of the week, both staff and our audience rediscovered the breadth and depth of what had been removed from the spotlight as those responsible for manipulating music narrowed their focus.

As it happened, I was to be on the air that following Sunday, when many radio stations were going to observe a period of silence. Our boss thought Yoko's call for ten minutes was excessive. He'd only go for one minute. So I wanted to make it memorable.

Two hours before the scheduled time, I had started with a solo song: "God is a concept by which we measure our pain," but then doubled back to the beginnings of the Beatles career. What followed was every song identifiable as John's woven together in roughly chronological order from the American releases.

And as we approached the hour when the center of the rock world was to be Central Park across the street from the Dakota, across the continent I began the suite that ends side two of Sgt. Pepper:
  • "Good Morning Good Morning"
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"
  • "A Day in the Life"
And as the final crescendo built, I cracked the mic to tell listeners we'd be joining others around the world for silence in John's memory.

The final chord hit exactly at the top of the hour... And as it died away, I started my timer after hearing the piano bench move on the floor at Abbey Road as the chord decayed. Time seemed to dilate in a space where I could only hear my own heart. Until exactly 60 seconds later, the first plaintive notes sounded on McCartney's mellotron...

Looking back at a career, where in the end "I just had to let it go," regardless of how much love I had made and/or taken, there were lots of playful, participatory or provocative on-air moments I still can recall... But none any more poignant than playing "Strawberry Fields Forever" that day, and hearing every caller cry for the next half hour.

Good Vibrations

The term "masterworks" applies equally to the product of great composers and instrument makers. And among those violins that have reputations for great "voices," those crafted by Stradivari and Guarneri in the 1700's are in a class alone.

They are so coveted, they instruments are frequently subject to:
  • Theft - like the Stradavarius recently stolen in a London sandwich shop when its owner stopped for a bite to eat, or
  • Auction - like the 269-year-old Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Jesu, now on the market and expected to bring $18 million.
Fortunately, the investors who typically buy the best instruments of all time also love music enough to place these violins into the hands of top virtuosos in our time... Hopefully this time, too.
Bought By Billionaires
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 12/6/10,
Reporter: Vivian Goodman

Bad Vibrators

It's hard to think of it as a prize you'd want to win, but the UK's Literary Review awards a "Bad Sex in Fiction" prize each year... It goes to the author who produces the worst sex scene in a novel.
And The Winner Is A Loser, Too
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 12/5/10,
Host: Audie Cornish

Read passages from 2010 finalists.

More Kimmel Christmas

An Ex-Champ With The Retiring King

Manhattanhenge Miracle

Yes on 34th St., But all over town, too

The unique urban phenomenon of Manhattanhenge occurs when the sun sets over New York City twice a year on the spring and autumn equinoxes. All streets on the city's east-west grid are illuminated by the rising and setting sun similar to the solstice at Stonehenge.


Private Struggles on a most Public Stage

"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful."
-- Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards, 7/3/1949 – 12/7/2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Done Deal Dammit

President Obama and congressional Republicans have a "framework" of a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

Ohio's Senator Brown Isn't Happy

Loud Mouths

Comedian drops "C-word" on A-list's Angelina!

Mug shot Mel reincarnated as talking beaver!

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Gravitational Anarchy

A female with topsy turvies & what felines feel when they fall.
Flexible Floors & Falling Cats
Audio Embed: NPR & WNYC's Radio Lab, Hosts: Robert Krulwich & Jad Abumrad.

U2 from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)

How Hot Is It

2010 could be the warmest year on record.

Delegates in Cancun have another year's worth of climate science research to consider. Host Steve Curwood talks with Harvard Professor Daniel Schrag, a member of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, about some of the most sobering studies of the past year and what they mean for the changing climate.
The Climate in 2010
Audio Embed: PRI's Living On Earth 12/04/10.

Killer cold partially envelops Europe.

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Localized weather anomalies are indicative of a hotter world and more energetic total system. Extremes of both hot and cold result.

Not In Kansas Anymore

Beyond the federal prison in Kansas, there's a Leavenworth in Washington state, too... Badass Bavarians totally gone gansta.

Eno, Numero Uno

As the program celebrated its 20th anniversary, listeners voted for the "20 Icons of Echoes." Topping the poll by a wide margin was Brian Eno. Hear why this musician, Producer, philosopher and provocateur is considered so influential.
Exploring the Ever-Changing
Audio Embed: Echoes, an ambient music program on public radio with extensive archives of subscriber downloads.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Serious Self Examination

News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.
-- Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe, UK publisher (1865-1922)

An early mentor told me: "Real news isn't released. It escapes."
Not an exact quote of Lord Northcliffe, but a useful corollary.

The work of Journalism involves checking facts and untangling agendas, not merely redistributing what's dumped in your lap... Whether it comes from a White House podium or a wiki website.

Democracy, Debate, Delusions

Even as Thomas Jefferson was writing the phrase "we the people" in 1776, there were fractures among the founders. Eventually, and against the advice of no less an authority than George Washington, they became political parties.

So although the current manifestation of political partisanship seems particularly divisive and rancorous, it's far from unprecedented. And according to NY Times columnist Ross Douthat, the battle lines of outrage in the ongoing trench warfare are subject to change with the wind, or whose latest win has shifted power.
A Partisanship Of State
Audio Embed: Weekend Edition Saturday 12/4/10,
Host: Scott Simon

Icon of Irresponsibility

Ronald Wilson Reagan's Reaganomics Was Rigged

The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, the debt exploded. Yippee!

Ultimate 'Not My Job'

By Popular Demand... Finally

Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs'
Audio Embed: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me 12/3/10,
Host: Peter Sagal, Judge & Scorekeeper: Carl Kasell
Panel: Paula Poundstone, Luke Burbank, & Roxanne Roberts

Can't We Work It Out?

Little River Band's lead track from Diamantina Cocktail (1977) ...
The actual drink consists of rum, condensed milk and an emu's egg.

Job Wanted Ads
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 12/3/10

Huey Lewis & the News live (1982) with the Tower of Power horns!

Abominable Snowman

Idaho white supremacist's snowconehead puts the KKK into Christmas.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Very Human Cartoon

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field from 33 qualified candidates, to 10 surviving entries; which members of the Short Films & Feature Animation Branch will whittle down further prior to January 25th's Oscar nomination announcement.

And there's a speedy blue bird among those still in the running!

The Classic Struggle, Now in 3-D

Coyote vs Roadrunner

What if real live people actually played out a Looney Tunes plot?

Major kudos to the late great Chuck Jones and everybody at Acme.

Robot Roundup







Mad Profits of the Airwaves

Outgoing Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

He lost his seat, but may have a rich future in punditry, too.

Sextillions And Sextillions

A university survey of eight nearby elliptical galaxies raises the previous estimate of stars in the universe to 300 sextillion stars: 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000... Count 'em!
Carl Sagan was Lowballing!
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 12/2/10.

I Missed 'Em Both

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Geekologie's Swimsuit Issue

Not to mention the South American pole dancing championships!

Dr Suess meets Dr Drew

Drawing on Deep-Seated Anxieties