Saturday, November 04, 2006

Screwy Old Blog

That’s just screwy!
Because they won’t reveal their sources, the two reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle who broke the baseball/steroid story could do more jail time than any of the players who pleaded guilty using the banned substance.

Not that I care about steroid abuse.
If baseball players want to lurch through life looking like the Hulk just so they can swat more homers, that’s fine with me.

Idea for teevee series, and it’s mine.

What happened to SMITH?
It aired twice, in different time slots, and then got yanked. Weird. I kind of liked it too.

Speaking of weird…
Has this year’s election process made us deranged? John Kerry muffs a joke, and suddenly Republicans are calling him anti-soldier. Hello? He WAS a soldier.

Rev. Ted Haggard
He said he got a massage from a male prostitute and that’s it. He also bought meth from the guy and didn’t use it. Well, in MY church, if the preacher buys drugs, he’d darn well better do them.
Brian Boals, a member of Rev. Haggard’s church, told the Associated Press: "It's political, right before the elections." Did I miss something? Was the Rev. Haggard running for office?

Bill O’Reilly, spoiling everybody’s fun again…
“On this Halloween, the No. 1 movie in the USA is SAW III, a sadistic slasher flick designed solely so its audience can enjoy graphic depictions of human suffering.”

I only saw SAW, and that was enough for me (no zombies), but if SAW III is more of the same, and you know, I’ll bet it is, I wouldn’t really call it a slasher flick. It’s more of a put-people-in-complicated-traps-from-which-they-can-only-escape-if-they-cut-off-part-of-their-body flick. Does O’Reilly have a problem with that? Standard Guantanamo interrogation technique isn’t it?

Gracious in defeat
Rap star Kanye West was named Best Hip Hop at the MTV Europe Music Awards, but I guess he was a little ticked off that he didn’t win Best Video for “Touch The Sky.” He crashed the stage when the award was given to Justice and Simian, and told everybody his video should have because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons."

He was jumping across canyons, people!

From an oddly gleeful essay, “Imagine Earth Without People,” in New Scientist
After we’re gone…

“Ocean sediment cores will show a brief period during which massive amounts of heavy metals such as mercury were deposited, a relic of our fleeting industrial society. The same sediment band will also show a concentration of radioactive isotopes left by reactor meltdowns after our disappearance. The atmosphere will bear traces of a few gases that don't occur in nature, especially perfluorocarbons such as CF4, which have a half-life of tens of thousands of years. Finally a brief, century-long pulse of radio waves will forever radiate out across the galaxy and beyond, proof - for anything that cares and is able to listen - that we once had something to say and a way to say it.

“But these will be flimsy souvenirs, almost pathetic reminders of a civilisation that once thought itself the pinnacle of achievement. Within a few million years, erosion and possibly another ice age or two will have obliterated most of even these faint traces. If another intelligent species ever evolves on the Earth - and that is by no means certain, given how long life flourished before we came along - it may well have no inkling that we were ever here save for a few peculiar fossils and ossified relics. The humbling - and perversely comforting - reality is that the Earth will forget us remarkably quickly.”

The Earth will never call, never write….

Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of the Washington Times, was a child actor, appearing as Rod Steiger's child in THE HARDER THEY FALL (1955).

Borat the thief
From WIRED: "All people know Sacha Baron Cohen imitate only me," Cagri recently fumed via email. "He is stealing my character and giving bad message to USA people." Cagri, who's been struggling to start a career in show business ever since his boom-era glory days, says he intends to sue Baron Cohen. "He never contacted me or got my permission," he writes. "If possible you can help me too for stop this or find good lawyer?"

Those darn WMDs
The Bush administration, in its wisdom, goaded on by Congressional Republicans, set up a Web site holding (according to the New York Times) “holding an archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war.” According to the Times, the Republicans giving public access to materials from the 48,000 boxes of documents found in Iraq could increase the understanding of the danger posed by Saddam Hussein.”

Well, now it’s been shut down, after several scientists at a weapons lab claimed that the site’s papers contained “sensitive nuclear information.”

“[A]mong the documents posted were roughly a dozen that nuclear weapons experts said constituted a basic guide to building an atom bomb.”


Fire up the grill!
A study says that all the wild fish of the world will be gone in fifty years if we don’t do something.

“Australia's severe drought has led to an alarming rise in the number of suicides among farmers. One farmer takes his life every four days, according to the national mental health body Beyond Blue.”

“We're now looking at the worst drought in Australia's recorded history,'' said Justin Smirk, senior economist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney. “This could be the worst rural recession we've seen.''

On the bright side!
For a new study from the National Academy of Sciences, the authors “exposed three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) to a large mirror to investigate their responses.” Apparently, elephants recognize and like to look at themselves.


Blogger Jon said...

Can't speak to your local station's possible interventions, but CBS aired three episodes of Smith (9/19, 9/26, 10/3) at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and then pulled the plug.

jd, editor, TV Picks

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Marianne said...

Your blog and Barbara Ehrenreich's are the only blogs I like reading. I never heard of "Smith" but now I mourn never having seen it.

I never thought of chlorofluorocarbons
being the signature of our species' time on the planet. Thanks for that great quote.


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