Saturday, January 15, 2011

One Week Later

Tragedy, sorrow and healing as a wounded nation seeks answers.

Realign Your Sign?

Thanks to a wobble in the earth's axis, constellation and calendar correlations calculated thousands of years ago are obsolete. The stars have shifted in the night sky so much that horoscope signs are nearly a month off... That part is the real science of astronomical precession. It's true regardless of how you feel about Astrology.
Ophiuchus???? Oh, My Stars
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 1/14/11.

The New Guy

7th ballot selection to replace Michael Steele is Reince Priebus... An anagram for Brie Penis Cure

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
RNC's new grand poobah gets a "Colbert Bounce" when Stephen asks the multi-million dollar campaign cash question: "What's a Reince Priebus?"
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Let's do Priebus!

The Name Game (1964) was co-written by singer Shirley Ellis.

French Press

A graphical tale of two cities, as portrayed by Paris vs NY.


Signs of the season: crowded gyms & reduced Starbucks budget.

New Year... Same Grumpy Guys
Audio Embed: Berger & Prescott, podcast via Facebook.
Cartoon by Bill Watterson from "Calvin and Hobbes."

These parents may have resolved to give their toddler a taste of healthier eating... Baby girl was bowled over by grapefruit juice.

Week to Weak

It's Hammer Time at the Hoosegow

Dave's Fave Cross-Eyed Critter

NFL Season Building To Some Sort Of Climax

NEW YORK (The Onion News Network) Friday, January 14, 2011
Though fewer and fewer games are being held each weekend, sources confirmed Thursday that anticipation and tension throughout the NFL seems to be gradually increasing, and the entire 2010-2011 season appears to be building toward some sort of momentous climax.

"Traditionally, there are 13 to 16 professional football games played on any given weekend, but last week there were only four," AP football analyst Larry Lage said. "That's right, four. And, perhaps more telling, the general consensus seems to be that those games were markedly more intense than usual, as if there were more at stake. Clearly, something big is looming on the NFL's horizon, but I can't put my finger on exactly what it is."

"I think it all must be leading up to some sort of ultimate NFL extravaganza," Lage added. "And I feel like it's going to be on top of us before we know it."

According to sources, a sort of "win or go home" mentality began consuming the league and its players just after New Year's, with Jan. 2 marking the last time that all NFL teams played. The following week, the league shifted to the four-game format, and teams who seemed to have not performed as well throughout the year did not play, leaving many to wonder if their seasons were completely finished or if they would eventually be coming back for some sort of season-ending grand finale.
Time To Terminate The Trash Talk
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 1/14/11,
Host: Robin Young. Guest: Judy Battista, NY Times

Remix The Clips Returns

Friday, January 14, 2011

Civil Discourse

And when the broken hearted people
living in the world agree
there will be an answer,
let it be.
-- Paul McCartney (1968)

At a memorial service to honor victims of Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, President Obama urged civil political discourse.

A website already tried to get all state Governors and members of Congress to do just that... But only 3 of 585 willingly took the pledge.

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NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) Thursday, January 13, 2011:
Impressed by his speech at the University of Arizona last night, the Fox News Channel today took the extraordinary step of naming President Barack Obama an honorary American.

"Let's face it, he's earned it," said Fox host Glenn Beck. "I don't care where he came from, he's one of us now."

Naming President Obama an honorary American was only one of a series of conciliatory moves made today by what promises to be a kinder, gentler Fox News.

A network spokesman said that starting this week, Fox would air one minute of civil discourse every Sunday at 4 AM.

Warning Signs Ignored

See Something, Say Something

How could the Loughners, warned by their son's college, have done nothing to help while witnessing his emerging psychiatric disorder(s) when they lived together in the same house?
Parents & In-Home Security
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 1/12/11.

Jared Lee Loughner's Red Flags

Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 1/12/11.

Gun Debate Reignited After Giffords Shooting

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Paranoia Runs Deep

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Battle of the Bans -- Events in Arizona lead members of Congress to introduce new gun legislation and cause handgun sales to jump.
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Rachel Maddow: There's no evidence to support the popular American fantasy that more guns are a deterrent to crime & shooting sprees.

This is the billboard for Rush Limbaugh's radio show in Tucson...
Or at least it was until it was taken down on Monday 1/10, two days after Saturday's Safeway shooting spree which killed six.

Rush's syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, denied responsibility for the billboard; blaming it on marketing by the local station KNST. But both Premiere & KNST are owned by multi-media mega-corp Clear Channel... Who also own the billboard and graphics shop which does all design projects, often duplicated elsewhere within their empire.

Unreal Estate

The South and West may become the Rust Belts of the 21st century, according to a new study from the Mortgage Bankers Association (who fueled the problem with sub-prime lending for hyper-inflated housing prices). It says the economies in these regions -- over-dependent on real estate development and construction in places like formerly booming California and Florida -- may be depressed for a generation, or never fully recover from the burst housing bubble.
Big Bust = New Rust?
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 1/12/11,
Reporter: Karen Grigsby Bates.

Debt Snuggie

Canada's Rick Mercer Report airs weekly on CBC TV.

The Cult That Cures

Blown to Smithereens...

About a half lifetime ago, I was asked if I remembered anything about my first girlfriend.

I answered, "Are you kidding? I remember everything about my first girlfriend."

Thinking back to what was then about a half lifetime before, I wondered how anyone could forget that first time of getting a sense that a person you wanted actually loved you back.

Last year, as an Internet sleuth with pretty good memory, I found her again... Immersed in so many, and so many kinds of, "Anonymous" 12-step program activities that she came across as rigid, obsessive and cultish... But the real killer was, that to her new frame of mind, our mutual "I Want You To Want Me" attraction as teens was pathological.

Ouch... A memory of a crush, crushed.

It’s rare to get an inside glimpse of A.A. because attendees observe a code of silence about what goes on at meetings. It's kind of like Fight Club in that way. But, Clancy Martin, himself a recovering alcoholic, discloses a lot about the "what" without revealing any identifiable "whos" inside the movement in this month’s Harper’s magazine cover story “The Drunks’ Club, A.A. The Cult That Cures.”
Examining AA's Inner Workings
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 1/13/11,
Host: Robin Young.
This segment generated an atypically large number of comments.

We're not gonna take it!
Gonna break it, gonna shake it,
Let's forget it better still.

-- Pete Townsend (1969)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Compare and Contrast

Great Expectations

Message Matters

PINhead: Petty, Ignorant, Narcissistic
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The Word - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Angriness -- 1/12/11
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Washington Post: Palin's Gunsight/Surveyor Map.

Best Adapted Screenplays

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr talks about a few of favorite book-to-screen adaptations that breathed new life into an older stories. But he breaks the first rule of Fight Club by talking about Fight Club.
Great Books As Great Films
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 1/12/11,
Host: Robin Young.


In 1971 the Quaker oats company paid Roald Dahl to create a film adaptation of his book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Unhappy with Dahl's literal film translation of the book, Quaker quietly commissioned David Seltzer to edit Dahl's script. the result was a film offering a marked departure from Dahl's book, chiefly in its portrayal of Willy Wonka. in the book, Wonka is made out to be dark and aloof whereas, in the film, Wonka's dialogue is seasoned with lyrical literary references by the likes of o-Wilde and Willy Shakes, to name a few.
Via Madame Lamb

Another Day, Another Network

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Verizon iPhone Announcement
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Will iPhones drag down Verizon's network?

All those new data-hogging iPhone users on Verizon will make that network clunky and full of dropped calls while AT&T's net suddenly gets zippier and more efficient. It makes sense, but is it true?

AT&T's Top Ten Customer-Saving Plans

Late Night with David Letterman 1/12/11.

Slick Operators

One step in preventing another oil spill disaster is to beef up enforcemant and hire federal regulators who won't be outsmarted by industry counterparts says one recommendation in the final report from the president's commission on the Gulf of Mexico spill.
Regulators Were 'Outmatched'
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 1/12/11,
Reporter: Richard Harris.

No Secrets

Carly Simon

Filmed on a 2005 Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Cruise for a PBS Special.

And Something You Can't Unhear

The cold hard truth from a short, but insightful encounter among the Huffington Post's compilation of all-time crazy local news interviews.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gun Crazy

Disarmingly Simple

Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 1/12/11:
How Do We Keep Gun & Crazy Apart?

Or could this counter intuitive suggestion to resist the reflex to enact stricter controls prove to be the right, not just right-wing, response?
Leave It Alone?
Audio Embed: PRI & WNYC's program The Takeaway 1/11/11,
Hosts: Celeste Headlee & John Hockenberry.

Rachel Maddow rails against the common wisdom that no gun control measures can pass Congress and cites past bans on cop-killer bullets.

Getting Out

Trevor Hoffman

As the legendary San Diego closer hangs up his spikes, Mike and Jeff wish a certain beat-up aging quarterback would, too... Permanently!

Brett Favre

Go Home or to Hell, But Stay Away!
Audio Embed: Berger & Prescott, podcast via Facebook.

Street Art

No Entry Heavy Lifting

How To Save A Life

Heart Association Wants High School CPR Taught
You can learn... It's important.
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 1/11/11.

Aimee Mann - "Save Me - from the album & movie Magnolia (1999)
Performance from the DVD "Live at St. Ann's Warehouse" (2004).

Cee Lo Green - Forget You

Ain't This Some Song?

Cee Lo's clean version for radio & TV.

Cee Lo in ASL

A Natural... But Really NSFW On Speakers

Cee Lo Green (Thomas Callaway) is also the voice of Gnarls Barkley.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stopping The Next One

Mass Murder is All Too Easy

New York City's current sheriff is a 25 year veteran of the ATF with thoughts about lessons not yet learned.

KO'd: Game over for political climate with gunplay imagery.

Bringing More Books Home

Changing America's Literary Appetite

Americans are missing out on some of the best literature from around the world. Jim Kates says that's a shame and wants to change it.
More Than English-Only Lit
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 1/3/11,
Host: Robin Young.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Reza Aslan's "Tablet & Pen" -- 11/8/10
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World's Fastest Solar Car

Students at the University of New South Wales designed the "Sunswift IVy." It wouldn't go very fast or far in flooded parts of Queensland.

World's Oddest Subway Cars

Just Say No Pants celebrates 10th anniversary

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Starve 'Em Out

As opening gavels sounded in state capitols, Northwest lawmakers face the arduous task of balancing their budgets. A new public radio poll reveals their constituents say:
  • Bring out the budget axe,
  • You better think twice before raising taxes and
  • Cut off illegal immigrants.
In Washington, one proposal would eliminate the state's food–stamp program for documented immigrants who can prove they're in the country legally. Social service advocates say that's going too far.
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Papers
Audio Embed: Puget Sound Public Radio 1/10/11,
Reporter: Liz Jones.

Fast Food Kills, Too

Proof captured by Geekologie... But if you want ketchup:

There's now a robot for that.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Power Players on SNL

She gave him major wood in the form of an over-sized gavel, but Mr. Boehner failed to reciprocate in the traditional Speakers' gift swap.

Ruin Porn

Ford's River Rouge Plant, once a mighty symbol of American industrial prowess now represents the former car capital of Detroit becoming more famous for its near-apocalyptic urban blight than its automotive ingenuity... Marketing itself as a film location on that basis for action movies whose scripts add even more demolition to existing decay.

Visiting artists have grown enchanted with the irresistible appeal of crumbling architecture and ghost-city streets, creating work known as “ruin porn” from images like the former ballroom at the abandoned Lee Plaza Hotel.

Life magazine documented the ugly phenomenon in Detroit Still Life. But its epitome may be exhibited in photographer Andrew Moore's astonishing book Detroit Disassembled.

Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra looks into how Detroit’s own local artists feel about ruin porn and what it says about the city.
Debating Deconstructing Destruction
Audio Embed: Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, 1/7/11.

Jon Rich - "Shutting Detroit Down" (2009)

Family, Fun & Fairy Tales

Serena Altschul's profile of Amy's older brother, writer David Sedaris.

Audio from "Crimes and Crossed Wires," a This American Life cd.

Younger Demographics

Unlike most of his late night competition, "Conan" was "dark" for the first week of 2011... But one very young member of Team Coco found endless entertainment in the lanky talk show host's dancing promo.

Via Huffington Post

Mystery To Me

Elvis Costello & the Attractions on "Top Of The Pops" performing a non-album single in the U.K. from "My Aim is True" (1977) in the U.S.

So Whodunnit? And whodunnit first? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Weekend Edition Literary Detective Paul Collins, whose sleuthing found the who, when and where of the popular genre's first-written.
Who Wrote The First Detective Novel?
Audio Embed: Weekend Edition Saturday 1/8/11.

Ravens 30-7, Packers 21-16

Dominant defense and 27 unanswered second half points steered Baltimore towards Pittsburgh on Saturday for another bruising divisional rematch after a decisive victory over K.C.'s Chiefs.

The Jets travel to Foxboro for a Sunday showdown with the Patriots.

Green Bay used a previously unseen running game to best the Eagles, who beat themselves with two missed field goals and a blown two-point conversion in the Cheesehead vs Cheesesteak showdown.

The Packers are on to Atlanta Saturday... Seahawks & Bears Sunday.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Take on Tucson

During a radio interview last January, Sharron Angle (a Tea Party fave with a concealed carry permit for a .44 magnum, and eventual Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Nevada) floated the idea an angry public would bring down an out-of-control Congress by using "Second Amendment remedies."

Then, on another right-wing talk show, she got specific... "Second Amendment remedies" were not just a way to deal with a "tyrannical" and ever-expanding national government, but also to "take out" her general election opponent: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who was re-elected handily by voters who rejected Ms. Angle's notions of insurrection and assassination... But rhetoric has consequences.

It's an assassination attempt that we saw yesterday in Tucson...
A member of Congress targeted in Sarah Palin's 2010 gun sights.

Events may yet change the specific counts of dead and wounded, and the shooter's mental state may influence the charges he'll face. But I stand with her former 2008 running mate John McCain calling the attacker a disgrace to this country & humanity, deserving the contempt of all decent people & the strongest punishment available.

In politics, like other competitive endeavors, a civilized and decent person should be able to recognize that people with different views, or party affiliations, are opponents... Not existential enemies.

The best reasons to, with one voice, reject "Second Amendment remedies" is that we have First Amendment remedies... Ironically, it was the portion of The Constitution Representative Gabrielle Giffords of the Arizona 8th read this past week on the House floor.

Speak up. Don't shoot.

A More Perfect Union

An Imperfect Reading

MSNBC - Recounting an inept attempt at in your face political theater.

What's In 'n' Out?
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 1/7/11.

Russell Simmons corrects the record on the "3/5ths compromise."