Congrats to Kansas State University for being league champs in football and now roundball! EMAW !!
that restricting yourself to US media gives you a really skewed view of the world. Not that RT, Al-Jazeera, NHK, DW, BBC et al. don't have their own skewed worldviews, but at least they give you different things to look at. I am really glad to live where I can get their news over the air on one of the secondary PBS stations.
Hugo Chavez's body lies in state at a military facility where Venezuelans are waiting in lines up to a mile and a half long to pay their last respects. While many in the US are reviling him as a terrible person it seems as if the citizens of his country had great respect for him. That doesn't make sense if he was repressive.
This is part of how US citizens get their world-view skewed by the media. We're repeatedly told in several different versions why this or that leader or country is bad and we even go off to war at the behest of politicians and corporations when there is a profit to be made.
Yet time and again we are shown the difference between perception and reality. Vietnamese supported change in their country. Iraqis supported freedom in their country. Venezuelans support freedom in their country. Overwhelmingly, popularly. What part don't we get? The part where we have to let other countries develop and claim their fair share of the market. We can't sit on top of their heads like a giant cash-sucking leech taking the resources of their country and depriving them of jobs.
Well, it's hard to make a decision when you only get one side of the story
Yeah, all those poor people in Venezuela wearing Chavez track suits and paying their respects to the deceased leader were duped by a socialist into a better lifestyle their oil-rich country didn't deserve.
Blackhawks fans can mourn the end of the NHL's longest streak but still be happy with a team that is 20-1-3 over the first 24 games of the strike-shortened season. A run like that is a good publicity boost for the game which is going through it's second shortened season due to labor issues.
I checked out what a seat would have cost at the United Center in Chicago, home of the Blackhawks last night. There was one left when I looked. First row behind the net. Price tag? With fees, $463.00 for a regular season game. Unreal. To watch two and a half hours of hockey in a cold rink.
I guess you really have to love hockey....
The Chicago Blackhawks are red hot right now. They came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Denver franchise in the last fraction of a second with a game winning goal to avoid overtime.
They are now tied for the NHL season opening ten wins in a row. They need to go 35 games from the current 24 to beat the Philly Flyers record opening season (including ties).
It's fun to watch a team on a roll!
A lot of organization talking heads are saying Chavez was bad, but the fact is, with the help of the Cubans, he was the first to provide literacy, medicine, sanitation and housing to the poor people of Ven.. Not to mention a Kennedy who probably blew a chance at running for president so he could keep organized the free give away of home heating oil in the Northeast US, at least (Ven. owns Citgo).
Chavez was a showman and politician and didn't run things very effectively, especially the nationalized oil company. But he was a hero to a lot more poeple than he wasn't. Becaue he kept Ven's profit in Ven's land produced by Ven's people.
The Chavez musical ode was priceless in the last minute of the BBC news cast 5:58-59am; 10:58-59 gmt.
Call me a madman, but I think we need more people in the world who call people like George W. Bush the devil.
Although there is some debate about the policy still, the fact is an Air Italia pilot reported seeing a drone flying in the airspace near New York's airport JFK.
The AG Eric Holder has said that while they are flying in our skies they almost promise they will never be used to target Americans in the US. Rand Paul even filibustered the Brennan CIA nomination for 18 hours yesterday to draw attention to the issue.
The problems with drones are well known. They are remotely controlled and sometimes take out the wrong parties. There can also be collateral damage. Not to mention small problems such as lack of due process. As eyes in the sky they are also troublesome from the point of view of our supposed rights.
This completes the rise of the machines. So, uh,don't be surprised when you are out shopping and the car in the mall parking lot next to you, with the darkly complected and long bearded men, are flamed by a hellfire missile.
OMG! The Dow hit an all-time high today! Time to dive in to the stock market?
They printed a SHITLOAD of money (It's called Quantitative Easing I, II, III, & IV, Bailouts, Too Big To Fail). That much cash floating around allows for greater profits through mergers and such. This high isn't based on consumer spending
Wait till the bottom falls out of the bond market. They (Corps. & investors) know it and are just waiting on the timing to get the hell out for them and theirs. Who suffers?
You and me brother and sister. It's coming. Don't think it's not. There is no free lunch. This is not alarmist bullshit. Just wait till foreign countries jack up interest rates on bonds, just wait. It HAS TO happen
Iraqis are positively cheerful these days. They are making a comeback. Where there used to be 2 bombs a day there are only 2 a week. They haven't forgotten George Bush though. A quote from the BBC this morning:
"I hope George Bush remembers us on his deathbed because when he dies he will find that Jesus is on our side,not his."
Pretty strong words coming from a Muslim, but then again it was an ugly war.