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My thoughts on what's goin' on in the world,

just like years ago on the radio.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Shill Wind Blows Hard

In the race for biggest whores in network TV, NBC seems to be working very hard to catch-up with CBS and Fox.

The operative word in the heading above: blows.


Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Hey, I'm Worth It

Or am I just a foolish wuss for buying this stuff???

It feels so good. Smells so good.
But it's like four times the cost of what I usually buy.

But it smells so good.


A Nation's Great Equalizers

This is National Library Week.
Today is the first annual National Library Workers Day.

Some people don't think libraries are necessary anymore. Some people don't think librarians are needed...or are headed for extinction.

From the trenches for over six years,
I can tell you they are wrong and they
are exhibiting the same kind of
dangerous-to-our-society ignorance
that library workers go to work to battle
every single day.

ALA President Carla Hayden explained the situation well in an article in yesterday's Christian Science Monitor.

Support your library.
Speak up when the most ignorant among us don't.


Monday, April 19, 2004

Quotable Quote

Let us take a moment to salute Bernard Derome.

He has just returned as anchor of Le Téléjournal, Radio-Canada TV's major nitely newscast. Radio Canada is the French equivalent of the CBC. Derome hosted the newscast from 1970 to 1998, then ran off to do other projects for six years. The story is detailed in a 3/29/04 Macleans Magazine article.

Best part - and I mean the best part - is in the very last paragraph. A glorious, wonderful, insightful summation of what the news, what the whole media, should be focused on...and what it sadly is now.

"He professes little interest in ratings.
'The stories we cover -- do people end up
knowing a bit more about them? Does it help them
understand a bit more? That's the only thing.
All the rest -- formulas are shit,
and you can't reinvent the wheel.'"

Merci, Bernard.


Wicked Wide

New Report: Widening Wage Gap Between CEOs and Workers...

CEO Pay/Worker Pay Ratio Reaches 301-to-1

"The average worker took home $517 in their weekly paycheck in 2003; the average large company CEO took home $155,769 in their weekly pay. If the minimum wage had increased as quickly as CEO pay since 1990, it would today be $15.71 per hour, more than three times the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour."

Nice, huh???


Sunday, April 18, 2004

Stern belongs on radio
just as much as Rush

So says Roger Ebert.

'Makes sense to me.