Thursday, February 12, 2009

TV Eyeball

Bust 'em up, Schumer.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster deal gathers critics - Reuters:

"Live Nation is the world's dominant promoter -- its acts sold 39.3 million tickets last year compared to 13.8 million for No. 2 promoter AEG Live, according to trade publication Pollstar. Live Nation has only recently begun selling tickets."

"Why are they doing this other than trying to take over a potential competitor?" he said. "Ray Charles could see what's wrong with this."

Republican zombie lie.

Think Progress � Rep. Steve Austria: FDR caused the Great Depression.

In recent days, conservatives have been trying to block the economic recovery package by arguing that government spending will wreck the American economy. As an example, they point to FDR and the Great Depression. Earlier this month, for instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) inaccurately argued that the New Deal “exacerbated the Great Depression.” In a new interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) joined in:

When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”

The Columbus Dispatch then notes, “Most historians date the beginning of the Great Depression at or shortly after the stock-market crash of 1929; Roosevelt took office in 1933.” As Dean Baker has explained, “Roosevelt’s New Deal Agenda lowered the unemployment rate from 25 percent in 1933 to 10 percent in 1937.” The economy turned bad again when the “Blue Dogs of the Roosevelt era won sway and got Roosevelt to cut spending and raise taxes.”


Way interesting read.

Vicky Ward: Esther Reed: How an Ordinary Girl Faked Her Way Into the Ivy League:

"'If you are looking for motivation for Natalie, her character is very much like Kate in Lost,' says Brushke. James Theriault was left wondering why she felt she needed to be anyone else since in his opinion 'she was quite bright enough to get into Harvard on her own...I can speculate that maybe she wanted to be somebody else.' Jon Campbell believes she is some sort of honey trap."

Driving should be so much more exciting in 10 years. Not only will we have to deal with people driving and talking on their cell phones.... they'll also be watching TV at the same time.


Contact lens TV in 10 years? : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech:

"Oh, the bother of having to be near an actual television when you want to watch a program! Researchers say those dark days may soon be behind us: Contact lenses that can beam video programming right into your eyeball may be just 10 years away from reality."

Haven't tried any of these new folks yet, but I bet they can't touch Memphis Minnie's.

MM's serves Sake with their Q.

Bay Area's new-school barbecue gives tradition a kick in the ribs


Sad, but inevitable.

The debauchery had reached a fevered pitch in the past few years.

City Insider : The end to Bay to Breakers as we know it:

"First it was Halloween in the Castro, and now this.

Organizers of the annual Bay to Breakers race, a 12K-run that starts at the Embarcadero and ends at Ocean Beach, have announced that this year there will be a major crackdown on the drunken, costumed revelry that trails the real runners.

For 97 years the race has traversed San Francisco -- most recently trailed by thousands of drunken (and often naked) participants pushing festive keg-toting floats.

It's one of those only-in-San Francisco events that attracts up to 100,000 participants. No longer.

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