Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
"Macbeth" was taught to seniors when I went to high school (1960). Even now I don't recall the extent of Macbeth's self-serving violence. We had to read one other Shakespeare play of our choice (I chose "Hamlet").
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CNN Presents" cartel activity in Central America, threat to volunteer groups; Aaron Jackson returns with Planting Peace; Marky Mark also on Piers
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
On Tuesday, it seems like EJ and Abe are setting up a "cheating scandal" about seeing the debate questions in advance. Like knowing the debate questions in advance would really affect your "performance". It sounds like the "Recall" crisis on the qualification exams for radiologists. In the meantime, Nicole tries to further corrupt Will.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Personal improvement show "The Revolution" fills space left by ABC Soap; Gingrich hits "open marriage" charge out of the park on CNN debate
A former spouse of Gingrich is due to do an interview with Brian Ross soon (about her turning down his request for "open marriage" -- Huffington video), and that could finish his GOP candidacy even before the SC primary. Well, not so fast. Gingrich came out swinging on the first question from Jon King last night on CNN. (I was a little quick on the draw on this one, having to add this video embed below after first doing the post; I heard Gingrich's swing as I was going out the door last night.)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Anderson has the "real conversation" with a new, successfully self-published Minnesota author, and talks to the one man "sperm bank"; On "Days", Chad "gets it"
Pictures: quick trips to Occupy (today), Health Expo (Saturday) in DC.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Gervias called Madonna "just like a virgin", which she hit out of the park. "Why don't you come over and do something about it."
And Gervais said "The Globes are like the Oscars without esteem".
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
ABC 20-20 airs report on free sperm donations by men; weigh in on gov't regulation, ethics; "Revenge" actress dedicated to Haiti rebuilding
Most of the report concerned free sperm donors, which women who cannot conceive are looking for online. The report first depicted an encounter in Maryland between the altruistic Drew and a Wyoming couple in Maryland motel, and showed how the process works. No physical contact occurs between the donor and the woman. The couple was a family that had taken in 60 foster children and had adopted 2.
Then it switched to “Trent”, a lean, tattooed man in his early 30s, who had fathered 14 children through free sperm. Trent followed a diet which he said increased his sperm count. He said his count was four times average. HHS has sent him a letter telling him to cease and desist donations. The question is raised whether the government should regulate free sperm inseminations, when it cannot regulate the sexual activity itself.
I feel the other way about this; I have never been interested in having biological descendants, and I don't feel generous with my own body parts (I'm rather sensitive about it) . More recent thinking about “generativity” and sustainability is starting to raise new moral questions about a putative obligation to have one’s own skin (or genes) into the future after one is gone.
MSNBC has a story about Trent on MSNBC here. Trent Arsenault's own site is here.
The interview with Madonna raised the question over whether Lady Gaga has copied Madonna, who also has some advice to "younger" men about marriage.
On Nightline, Madeleine Stowe from “Revenge” made a pitch for work in Haiti by “Artists for Peace and Justice”, link here.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tonight, the showed depicted seven homes rebuilt by volunteers in Joplin. They looked a bit like gingerbread homes from "Once Upon a Time". The area around was flat, treeless and cleared out (the Ozark mountains are not far away; my last visit the area took place in October 1983).
There was also a portable basketball and soccer field. And one couple came back for its home just married.
Ty Pennington, now 47, says he used to have ADHD. The old team spirit and enthusiasm was very much at hand tonight. This sort of volunteering seems to require a long commitment of time and sweat, and often out-of-town.
Wikipedia attribution link for Joplin tornado path aerial map (p.d.)
(This blog has a review of a film about Greensburg, KS April 25, 2009. The disaster movies blog has a review of "Tornado Alley" Jan. 11. )
Note: The word "addition" in the posting URL is due to a typo, corrected to "edition".
On "Days", Will learns you sell your identity (to the Devil) to survive, and that "you represent me"
"One Life to Live" on ABC ends today after 44 years (the "author" [not "The Artist"] is speculating about her sequel, and she throws her paper draft on a tied-up man Victor in the last scene) and some characters move "as they are" to "General Hospital". (Just before the last scene, McBain (Michael Easton) arrested Victor's supposed killer in bed; details on "Inside TV" here.)
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 09, 2012
At the end, Ben gives out some roses -- as pink slips -- and Jenna the Blogger cries about not being selected. Bad sport. Unbelievable!
Picture: Not from show, but what does it mean when a house gets "TP-ed" on a Saturday night.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Friday, January 06, 2012
ABC 20-20 airs report on prosecution of parents in Michigan whose autistic kid had learned "facilitated communication" and who was duped into making accusations
Thursday, January 05, 2012
The original "The Apprentice", however, was all for real. Just ask Troy McClain. Remember his act of courage "for the team" in the first season? And the boardroom firings were real. And the post-mortem analysis of job interview techniques was helpful to many people.
Penn & Teller's "BS" site on Showtime is here.
(Incidentally: My review of PBS Nova's "Deadliest Volcanoes" is on my "disaster movies" blog yesterday ("threats to freedom).)
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012
Many of the injuries are hyperbaric, related to "The Bends", subjecting bodies to overly abrupt changes in pressure, resulting in many complications and infections. A 31-year-old diver dies.
However, for westerners to stop eating lobsters would not help, as the divers need the jobs.
The show also showed the clean-up of New York's Times Square New Year's morning before dawn.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Meet the Press interviews Santorum, who is rapidly gaining credibility as a socially conservative GOP candidate
Santorum is reported by AlterNet as favoring letting states ban contraception! (link) -- he speaks of violating things in the sexual realm "as things are supposed to be".
On the supplementary half hour, Newt Gingrich admitted that he had trouble dealing with "real people" with "real feelings" or something like that. So do I.
2012 is still going to be a critical year for those who are "different".