This is a very scary video of testimony by two reporters (Jane Akre and Steve Wilson) who say that FOX News tried to coerce them into dropping a highly damaging story about a sponsor, Monsanto. The report discussed Monsanto’s use of bovine growth hormone to produce dairy products, and how Monsanto’s own research indicated that this might have made the milk carcinogenic. Since, at the time, Monsanto owned G. D. Searle & Company, which in turned owned Nutrasweet, Metamucil, and Dramamine (frequent advertisers), Monsanto was able to use financial leverage to pressure FOX News into dropping the report. FOX of course caved like a sugar-addicted toddler being threatened with candy sanctions, and tried to pressure (and bribe) the reporters to drop the story.
I’ll let you watch/read the rest, but here are some more delightful products Monsanto has owned or produced (besides killer milk and :
And… drum roll, please,
p.s. As a highly relevant aside, G. D. Searle & Company was the owner of Nutrasweet, and there was some amount of controversy over whether it should be allowed on the market despite tests that were of some concern. Fortunately for Searle, a capable leader was on-hand to make sure Nutrasweet got past all that pesky red tape: Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld later left the company once the acquisition by Monsanto was complete.
p.p.s. Here’s a very recent article in New Scientist saying that Aspartame was “given the all clear”. Read more closely and you’ll see that all it says was that an earlier study that said it was dangerous was flawed, not that any subsequent studies indicated that it was safe. In other words, it’s a temporary reprieve, not an all-clear. The study needs to be done again in a more controlled fashion.
Edvard Munch’s stolen masterpiece “The Scream” has been found. They think.
Here’s a clip of Jon Stewart taking the MSM to task for giving quite a bit of airtime to discussing the idea that the apocalypse is coming. The best part is FOX news aggressively asking a priest for date when the apocalypse would start. Hard-hitting stuff.
Shortly afterward, Hurricaine Katrina. I mean, Holy S—. A major American city, rich with history and culture, all but wiped out. And one of the worst parts is that just about every aspect of the disaster could have been prevented. From the levees to the shockingly incompetent response to the obnoxious stonewalling by insurance companies, it brought out the worst in human nature.
When I say “just about every aspect of the disaster could have been prevented”, there’s a good case for saying that that includes the hurricaine itself. But even ignoring that, it’s quite clear the American government failed the people of New Orleans in almost every possible way, at every stage (from preparation to prevention to crisis management to reconstruction, and everything in between).
The tragedy of Hurricaine Katrina will be remembered as a shameful chapter in America’s history.
I did a double-take looking at this Reuters headline:
Annan urges quick end to Israel, Hizbollah disputes
The obviously correct way to read this is:
Annan urges quick end to [Israel vs. Hizbollah] disputes
But for some reason my brain saw:
Annan urges quick end to Israel, [which] Hizbollah disputes
I didn’t get to the part where Han shoots first (there are 122 photos) – hopefully they didn’t leave that part out…
UPDATE: I don’t think they’re making a strong case for the changes with this pair of screenshots.
…Because the words in the caption are worthless.
I’m referring to this picture from the IDF, published by the AP.
The caption is “In this picture released by the Israeli Defense Forces, an Israeli bulldozer destroys a Hezbollah bunker in southern Lebanon Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Israel Defense Forces).”
If you’re like me (not particularly eagle-eyed), you are probably wondering what the big deal is. The answer is off in the distance, on the left side of the photo. Apparently that particular Hezbollah base had a friendly neighbor…
The point is – WHY ISN’T THIS IN THE F—–G AP CAPTION?!? Did no one in AP notice, or was it a deliberate omission? In other words, incompetence or dishonesty?
No, not because its real-time stalking map is a horrible violation of people’s privacy – it’s because it shows how celebrities avoid my supposedly hip neighborhood of Gramercy like the plague:
I mean come on! True – there are no Upper West Side sightings either, but it’s almost like celebrities are making a concerted effort to sidestep my ‘hood.
If you take out #10 (“Serena Williams at Paragon Sports on Broadway and 18th”), it’s like we’re in celebrity quarantine or something.
My theory is that unlike residents of, say, SoHo or the Lower East Side, we Gramercerians don’t feel the need to gush every time a mildly famous personage enters our sites.
So screw you Gawker Stalker – we don’t need your stinkin’ celebs! And my neighborhood is cool!
UPDATE: D’oh! I linked to the freakin’ photo wrong, ruining the whole post! Which I’ll admit, was of shaky quality to begin with…
Here’s a comment I just posted on Frederic BRUNEL’s blog:
I think we’re at a stage where a growing percentage of designers will dismiss your work if they see tables used in the source code. Table proponents generally don’t care one way or another – if anything, they’re impressed by pure CSS layouts. So for the sake of job security, if nothing else, I recommend moving away from tables ASAP.
That said, I still use them (I’m not a designer, though) ;-)
The topic is the ever-raging tables vs. CSS debate. The CSS Zen Garden converted me to CSS :-) But since I have much more experience working with tables for layout, it’s a lot easier for me to use them – especially for quick and dirty website work.
I’m a huge fan of Firefox (Mozilla’s browser), so I decided I’m going to bore you with what extensions I have installed. :-) The fact that they even have extensions is already a huge boost over the rapidly aging Internet Explorer. Much of Firefox’s power comes from the fact that it’s completely extensible – anyone can create an extension that fulfills some sort of need, however obscure. Really obscure.
Anyway, some of these extensions are really useful and/or interesting, and really give you tools that you never realized you needed. And of course, once you get used to them you don’t want to give them up… which you’ll have to if you’re forced to use IE for any reason.
Moving right along, a sample of some of my extensions, in no particular order:
So that’s it. I have plenty more extensions installed on my machine, but this post is getting a little lengthy for a YYWW post… And I haven’t even scratched the surface of the constantly growing library of extensions! Here’s Firefox’s extensions page – Go nuts!
p.p.s. Apparently some developers (using a pseudonym) give bad ratings to their competitors so their own extension looks better. Sleazy stuff…