Archive for December, 2010

ipad versus newspapers and magazines

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

thought about using the headline ‘iPad vs. the media’ or ‘iPad vs. publishing’ but settled for newspapers and magazines. the iPad is great for reading books –if you can actually find one you want to read in the iBooks store.

when you initially venture to the iBook store, you are given a complimentary copy of ‘winnie the pooh.’ you can use it to practice flipping pages digitally, book marking stuff, changing fonts and so on.

as stated, the iPad is great for reading books. thus far we’ve failed to find one magazine that takes advantage of the flipping through the book experience. the app ‘vogue paris’ which really should be called ‘paris vouge’ along with german vogue are undoubtedly the worst offenders. the iPad versions are essentially glorified PDFs. as we weren’t prepared to splurge and spend upwards of 3.99 for an app, when we can purchase risk for 2.39, we did not have access to the video content.

but electronic video content is neither groundbreaking nor new. and as finely stated in this l.a. times article in the comment section at the bottom, why pay for an app that looks just like another version of the free website.

eyelid slicing and plastic surgery in china

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

does it make you winch just thinking of a doctor slicing your eyelids. well, it’s a popular surgical procedure in china, as are facelifts for 20 year olds. the linked to article, which appears in the washington post, includes info on a woman’s quest to lose inches and gain height by having a tummy tuck and heel implants.

more details about julian assange rape allegations

Monday, December 20th, 2010

the sweden-based news site, http://www.thelocal.se has published more detailed information about julian assange’s accusations. calling the accusers miss A and miss W. if what the local writes is true, miss W could conceivably have grounds for claiming that julian assange raped her. assange, co-founder of wikileaks–the website that’s got the u.s. pentagon’s panties in a knot, is out on bail in the uk and faces extradition back to sweden. if this all sounds like a scene from the next james bond movie. well you can bet it’s the one starring that aussie guy.

the rise of brazil

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

cash righ brazilian company jbs is set to take over sara lee and follow in the footsteps of the partially owned brazilian company, inbev, that took over the ‘iconic ‘beer’ company anheuser busch in 2008.

groupies and activists bail out assange

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

everyone from bianca jagger to michael moore dug deep into their (huge, in the case of moore) pockets to bust wiki leaks founder julian assange out of, as he described it, his victorian prison. and now assange is under mansion arrest somewhere in suffolk england.

is julian assange the left’s answer to glenn beck? is assange really a true lefty? this austrailan mathematican/physicist/ex-hacker is not your traditional journalist. his drive for transparency isn’t necessarily the mantra of he left.

–making a gross generalization, the mantra of the left (as well as the right) tends to fall more along the lines of ‘let’s expose any and everything that runs counter to our groups’ core beliefs.’

has assange become a rock star? seems that way. what with hanger ons like jemma khan and bianca jagger. is he an important figure for the 21st century. and isn’t wikileaks and not julian assange more the important issue because assange is just one member of an international, decentralized network of transparency seekers. could we even call them journalists? probably not. maybe not even editors in the traditional sense. more like organizers. but wikileaks is definitely a modern news organization.

ron paul versus wikileaks

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

this is not an accurae headline. ron paul used a whole 5 minutes to ask poignant questions about the wikileaks scandal. he nailed it with:

‘Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?’

and

‘Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?’ –‘we’ meaning americans.

shell has moles in nigerian government

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

according to wikileaks, via the guardian newspaper ‘Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government.’ aren’t these called lobbyists in the u.s.?

julian assange lets cat out of the bag

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

whether or not you believe the charges against julian assange are trumped up or not. we have to give it to matt drudge for running the headline of the week ‘horny hacker.’ today the guardian newspaper and politics today note that neither visa nor mastercard will allow their cardhold users to donate to wikileaks.

julian assange lets the cat out of the bag

it is clear that if bradley manning downloaded classified info from the formerly most powerful country in the world, that he should be prosecuted. and maybe 52 years in prison isn’t quite long enough.

but for politicians to be calling for the murder of the head of a news organization. that’s just beyond creepy.

u.s. unemployment death spiral

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

it’s unfortunate that with the exception of the economist, the u.s. media has failed to finger the real culprit that is keeping the u.s. unemployment rate high. the conservative media outlets repeatedly finger barack obama and nancy pelosi. while the liberal outlets keep tossing up question marks and suggest that corporate schmoes are sitting on vast wads of cash and refusing to hire new workers.

let’s do a quick recap of 2010. in january, scott brown, a republican, was elected to the senate in the very blue state of MA (we use the abbreviation because we couldn’t be bothered to check the spelling on this unwiedly name), filling the cold seat occupied for 40 years by the recently deceased ted kennedy. brown got that seat by swearing his would be the vote that would stop obamacare in the senate.

well, pelosi and obama figured out a go around against a potential senae fillerbuster and passed obamacare at the end of march. up until the end of march, the u.s economy was adding jobs at breakneck speed. real clear markets, from the dudes that brings us real clear politics, in may 2010 made the connection. noting that ‘But, come 2014, the new health care bill will make it harder for employers to hire low-skill workers. And, as workplaces around the country prepare to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers are considering how best to comply. For some companies, that means that low-wage and part-time jobs will start to go, not in 2014, but now.’

in march 2010, the small business section of the foxbusiness channel reported that the u.s. chamber of commerce, which is against obamacare–which is not analagous to being against all americans having access to affordable healthcare, mind you, is quoted as saying, ‘A mandate that employers provide health insurance or pay a fee will devastate many small businesses that operate at a loss or with low profit margins. These businesses will have to lay off workers and lower head counts,’

russia and qatar come up on top for world cup

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

the 2018 world cup will be in russia while this international football championship will head to the near east for the first time in 2022 when qatar –the country whose name breaks loads of grammatical rules in english.