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Why CNN is awful: part 2.

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This page dates from 2005. Still up.

Trainer gains 70 pounds, then loses it all

Trainer gains 70 pounds, then loses it all:

Manning says he didn’t realize the effects of his weight gain would be more than physical. It altered his relationships and his self-confidence. Returning to the gym after the Fit2Fat portion of his journey made him nervous. The fact that he had to do push-ups on his knees was almost humiliating. “The biggest thing [I learned] is that it’s not just about the physical. It’s not just about the meal plan and the workouts and those things. The key is the mental and the emotional issues. I realized those issues are real.”

The goal of fat acceptance should be to help people feel comfortable enough that they able to make changes without feeling overwhelmed, shamed or hopeless. It shouldn’t be about being ok with what isn’t ok.

CNN:GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals

CNN:GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals:

In Georgia, as many as 15 more rural hospitals may close “within months” and in Tennessee, which is putting off a decision on expanding Medicaid, almost half of the 61 rural hospitals in the state might face “major cuts or closure.” This is a direct — and disastrous — consequence of Republicans’ ideological opposition to Obamacare.

There are a bunch of problems with the article, notably that rural hospitals have been closing for years before Obamacare so this might be not that related. But its worth a read.

Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers

Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers

The officers unloaded 16 rounds in the shadow of the Empire State Building at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities said. Three passersby sustained direct gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments, according to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. All injuries were caused by police, he said Saturday.

Why does anyone think that if there were more people firing more rounds, there would have been fewer people hurt?

The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal

The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.

Worth a read. The ATF, while clearly not 100% in the clear here is not guilty of what the GOP is claiming.

the world's gold stock is about 170,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,750 per ounce - gold's price as I write this - its value would be about $9.6 trillion. Call this cube pile A. Let's now create a pile B costing an equal amount. For that, we could buy all U.S. cropland (400 million acres with output of about $200 billion annually), plus 16 Exxon Mobils (the world's most profitable company, one earning more than $40 billion annually). After these purchases, we would have about $1 trillion left over for walking-around money (no sense feeling strapped after this buying binge). Can you imagine an investor with $9.6 trillion selecting pile A over pile B?

the world’s gold stock is about 170,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,750 per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion. Call this cube pile A.
Let’s now create a pile B costing an equal amount. For that, we could buy all U.S. cropland (400 million acres with output of about $200 billion annually), plus 16 Exxon Mobils (the world’s most profitable company, one earning more than $40 billion annually). After these purchases, we would have about $1 trillion left over for walking-around money (no sense feeling strapped after this buying binge). Can you imagine an investor with $9.6 trillion selecting pile A over pile B?

Warren Buffett: Why stocks beat gold and bonds

Warren Buffett on gold.

Fareed Zakaria to CNN: Stop Trying To Lure Fox News Viewers

"CNN is getting smarter, and you can feel it in the stories," Zakaria said. "You can feel it in the depth with which they’re covered, the kinds of people in terms of guests who are brought on air, the ways in which issues are discussed."

He then said that CNN shouldn’t even be trying to compete with Fox News.

"The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. Let’s be honest," Zakaria said. "Our competitors should properly be The New York Times, the BBC and NPR."


From Fareed Zakaria to CNN: Stop Trying To Lure Fox News Viewers | Crooks and Liars

Really good point.

Nearly half think U.S. in recession

Nearly half of Americans feel the U.S. economy is in a recession, marked by a significant decline in economic activity, according to a survey released Thursday.
From CNN.com - CNN Political Ticker Poll: Nearly half think U.S. in recession <<

File this under WTF. We are not in a recession. While I think it is inevitable that we will have a recession at some point; we aren’t in one now. This is a clear indication that a large and growing segment of the population have not recovered from the last recession; five+ years ago.

The Marc Rich Pardon case

KANJORSKI: And do they continue to represent Mr. Rich or up until the time they took some official capacity?
QUINN: Today? Well, Mr. Libby’s in government.
From CNN Transcript - Special Event: Marc Rich Pardon: Attorney Jack Quinn Testifies Before House Government Reform Committee - February 8, 2001

Lots of GOPers are talking about the Clinton pardon of Mark Rich and using it as an excuse for the Bush Administration commuting the sentence of Libby. Well…I did a little research to fact check some of the claims about Mr Rich and his pardon and it turns out that the guy that helped get Mark Rich his pardon was no other than Scotter Libby. Too damn weird.

UN Dispatch: Ted Turner: Telling It Like It Is

the U.N.’s not perfect. It structurally needs to be reformed. The Security Council, it just doesn’t make sense to have only five countries and the victors of World War Two. I mean Germany and Japan, that was 60 years ago. They’re both two of the most peaceful and best run countries in the world. They have a right to be there. India’s not represented on the Security Council. No country from the Muslim world and no country from South America is represented. It’s not representative.
Ted Turrner on the UN. From UN Dispatch: Ted Turner: Telling It Like It Is

I’ve long held the belif that the only thing worse than having the UN would be not having the UN. Ideally, the UN would allow for a system of global governance without evolving (or devolving) into a global government.

Couple-surfing

Now a sociable habit is emerging among the Netorati: couple-surfing.
Coined by bloggers responding to a column on the online version of “Wired” magazine, couple-surfing describes “netaholics” or “infomaniacs” who surf alongside each other — doing together what used to be seen as a solitary activity.
From CNN.com

How is this different from a couple that sits together and reads the paper? It could be done socially or non-socially.

rewards or punishments

Democrats — and I fear many Republicans — think we cut taxes to reward the rich. Democrats would raise taxes to punish the rich and to increase tax revenue for their favorite projects. Perhaps they could find some other way to punish the rich. Their demagoguery impedes economic growth and — as their phrase has it — “revenue enhancement.”
From CNN.com - Tyrrell: The supply-side miracle continues

Mr. Tyrrell has advocated spending cuts in the past. I wonder if he would object to having this categorized as wanting to punish the poor by taking away services they pay taxes for?

The fallacy in play here is called The False Dilemma. Since some people think that the Bush Tax Cuts are designed that reward certain groups, those who oppose those cuts must be looking to punish. This is of course wrong. There are any number of reason why one would object to tax cuts that have nothing at all to do with rewards or punishment.

privacy, wiretaps and ironic small government

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) — U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate.
From UPI

This right-wing spin on this is amazing. Bush’s comment that If al Qaeda is calling you, we want to know why was just sad. Honestly, if you knew al Qaeda was going to call, why not get a warrant so the call would be admissible in court?.

She did not look like someone who would have downloaded songs like Incubus’ “Nowhere Fast,” Godsmack’s “Whatever” and Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” all of which were allegedly found on her computer.
From CNN

While I can tolerate the NSA monitoring the Internet for reasons of national security, why is the RIAA monitoring the private on-line activity of people who have not consented to such monitoring? I am really hoping this makes it to the supreme court, with the hope that the court agrees that the government does not have the authority to allow private industry to conduct unwarranted searches. And where at those GOP champions of Small Government? How can they reconcile their beliefs in private property yet allow the RIAA to violate the property rights of computer users?

Cases like this make me realize why the EFF is so important.