Will Robert Kyncl and YouTube Revolutionize Television? : The New Yorker: "I wondered if there was any danger to the brand, in moving so decisively from the user-generated anarchy of the old YouTube to YouTV, where control and surveillance are centralized in the heart of the Googleplex. In its attempt to increase watch time, attract more viewers, and provide advertisers with as customized a customer as possible, YouTube risks alienating its core constituency—Chad Hurley’s “everyday people.” MySpace suffered steep reductions in traffic when it altered the user experience with redesigns and increased ads. Netflix lost more than half its value in the stock market and provoked a customer revolt after announcing its plan to separate the streaming and the DVD sides of the business. It’s possible that YouTube could make a similar mistake, by offering bigger, more professional niches than its amateur-niche audience wants right now. For all the information that new-media companies have about their customers, they can still fundamentally misjudge when those customers are ready for change."
Chevron and Ecuador Fight a Long-Running Lawsuit Over Oil Pollution | Ecocentric | TIME.com: "How long has the legal battle between indigenous groups in the Ecuadorean Amazon and the oil giant Chevron been going on? So long that Texaco—the company originally accused of dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic sludge in and around the Ecuadorean town of Lago Agrio—no longer exists, having been acquired by Chevron in 2001. So long that six separate Ecuadorean judges have been involved in the case, and one federal judge in New York died before he could make a ruling. So long that former President Bill Clinton had just moved into the White House when the lawsuit was first filed in 1993. And until recently, it looked like it could easily go on for another 18 years—as a Chevron spokesperson once said: “We’re going to fight this until Hell freezes over—an then we’ll fight it out on the ice.”"
Iran Trumpets Nuclear Ability at Second Location - NYTimes.com: "CAIRO — Iran’s top nuclear official announced this weekend that the country was on the verge of starting production at its second major uranium enrichment site, in a defiant declaration that its nuclear program would continue despite new international sanctions restricting its oil revenue."
But such preferences go only so far. What works for one will not work for another. I went off to Europe at the height of a young career and immediately thirsted for the action of the US. I lasted one year over there. I will venture a guess that that feeling is noit unique. But as I say, chacque un a son gout.
The Scientization of Politics | NationofChange: "The politicization of science—or, as Michael Mann calls it, the scientization of politics—is a familiar reality for Americans concerned about climate change. Instead of focusing on how to address the problem, we've spent years debating whether there's scientific consensus that there is one (the answer is yes). That's the result of a dedicated campaign by corporate interests to spread doubt and discredit scientists."
I keep advocating that with a new CEO Yahoo corner the free lance market. Install creative editors and corner the market by paying well for good stuff. The biggie that does that will have a future. Associated Content (now Yahoo Voices) was a model that foundered for obvious reasons. The key is quality, editorial skill and imagination. That can only come when the objective is crystal clear and emerges from the very top of the organization. There is no other option left for participation in the top tier with Amazon, Google and such. The mega-niche is open because AOLHuffPo is failing to seize the opportunity.
Wheelies: The Blame-Game Edition - NYTimes.com: "• On Thursday night, during the Republican Party presidential candidates debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for supporting loans from the Energy Department for Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, each of which amounted to roughly $500 million. “So he invests as a venture capitalist in certain car companies that have electric battery power, not understanding that perhaps Toyota and G.M. could do a better job than Tesla and Fisker,” Mr. Romney said. As David Shepardson of The Detroit News wrote on Twitter, Mr. Romney did not acknowledge that the Obama administration had invested $36 billion in General Motors as part of the company’s bankruptcy reorganization in 2009. (Mitt Romney — official Web site)"
This stems from the deity complex of the most wealthy. It simply cannot be that they would be wrong or that a fixed idea would not be true. It does no good to correct them. You are toast if you dare challenge.
Farewell to a Conservative Gentleman - Truthdig: "Tony Blankley, the “right” in KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center,” has died of stomach cancer. He was 62. Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer remembers his public radio sparring partner as “a conservative gentleman in the best sense. Tony was always well-informed, decent, with a wry sense of humor. I never knew him to lower his standards. It was a pleasure jousting with him.”"
“The Minnesota Marriage Minute videos are an exciting opportunity to promote a respectful dialogue about the future of marriage in Minnesota,” said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, in a recent statement announcing the videos."
1. States should require civil unions of those who wish to have the benefits civil union confers.
2. Religions can define marriage any way they wish.
3. Religion should not shill for the state but it does proidigally with no regard for the contradiction nor the hypocrisy whenever a clergyperson speaks with the power vested by the state.
4. Those who seek to outlaw gay marriage are seeking to create a law based on an establishment of religion.
5. In a ceremony celebrated apart, and distinct from, the act of civil union, religions can hallow any sexual union they please. Or celibate ones for that matter They can have ceremonies for everything they please.. Only a civil union conducted by the state should have legal standing. What religion does is what religion does and this comes down finally to local gatherings. Gay or straight, if you want a church validation of your civil union, go get one.
6. Progressives are forced into an impossible position by the failure to understand and observe these points and it will probably take a century to achieve a modicum of reason. Some woul suggest that the church's investment in the hypocritical status quo is simply a desire to somehow hold on to folk as long as they can, and then there are fees involved.,
Why Men Can’t Stand to Be Alone After a Breakup or a Divorce — First Person - NYTimes.com: "Women do not walk around alert for danger. Nor do we feel that being alone is dangerous, except in the rare instances when we fall and crack our tailbones. Women are hard-wired to read the signals that keep us from danger, and, when confronted by trouble, we escape, fleeing into our homes. In fact, I have observed that women who have escaped loudly troubled marriages often feel safer when they are alone."
And ultimately the sexes become ambient in a Falstaffian world where danger becomes associated more with boredom than objective hazard. We fear boredom more than wild beasts. We crave action in any form.
“You have been running consistently for years and years and years,” Mr. Gingrich said, looking directly at his rival. He added: “Just level with the American people. You’ve been running for — at least since the 1990s.”