atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1849: More proof of media bias.

Take a look at number four:
Charles Gibson illustrated how dramatically different the network coverage of Reagan and Obama really were.

Gibson, who was a Capitol Hill correspondent for ABC in 1982, told viewers May 7, 1982, “[T]here really isn’t any good news in the statistics. All the numbers are bad.” He then quoted two Democratic attacks on Reagan including Rep. Henry S. Reuss, D-Wis., who charged that Reagan’s “policies aren’t just mistaken, they’re wicked.”

But as an ABC anchor in 2009, Gibson was full of hope. He introduced that night’s story saying “sometimes a bad jobs report can look good.”

“345,000 Americans lost their jobs in May, a big number to be sure. Traumatic if you are one of the 345,000. But the number was smaller than economists had predicted, and that’s good news,” Gibson said before admitting that the unemployment rate of 9.4 percent was “pretty bad.” Neither Gibson, nor reporter Betsy Stark mentioned President Obama at all that night.

On Aug. 7, 2009, Gibson suggested “the economy may be finally turning the corner.”
I am really not surprised.

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This link set off my virus detector; you've been warned. But it's about the mysterious light show over Norway last night.

Russia--which had at first told us there wasn't a Russian missile test at the time of the event--confirmed today that they'd conducted a missile test and that there'd been a failure.

The image is pretty startling--a huge spiral in the sky--but as soon as I saw a bit of video of the thing I realized it had to be some kind of rocket; the video looked like a leaking propellant tank or something.

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I don't remember when I started Chenal--Nov 12?--but she hit 40th level today, and then hit 41st a couple hours later.

After selling all kinds of chainmail goodies over the past 39 levels, then I learn that shamans get to use chain after 40th level. Argh etc.

I haven't gone to Stranglethorn yet, either; I'm still messing around in Arathi. But I've finished all the quests in Theramore--even managing to do "Private Hendel" the first time!--and
I'm wondering if I even want to bother with the rest of the quests in Dustwallow; I've got only the ones in Mudsprocket left to do.

One new feature of 3.3.0 is the "random dungeon group" thing. You pick your role, and once the server finds you a group, you're teleported to the dungeon. Finish the dungeon and you get a reward of some kind (stuff and XP) and are teleported back to wherever you were before you went to the dungeon.


I tried it, and I discovered that it groups you with people across servers, so that I was the only person from Aggramar in my group! That's also cool. It's a nice way to garner dungeon achievements and XP.

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Somehow, magically, it's become Thursday. FlashForward is either off the air or in reruns until March; ditto with V.

WTF is up with that? ABC shows us four episodes--three of which didn't suck--and now we have to wait four months to see what happens next? At least FF ran longer than that, but March is beyond the pale. I'm likely to forget about V.

Having to wait four months between seasons is one thing; having to wait four months between episodes is annoying.

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The telephone guys didn't come back today; I wonder if they finally finished the work on the punchdown block. Those poor bastards were here all day yesterday, through the cold and snow. They had one of those tents (with a propane heater) set up around the hole in our lawn, and they had the heated portable workshop/van, but some poor bastard still had to get on the cherry picker and screw around with the wires up there, and I'm pretty sure that while it might have been warmer than ambient in that tent--and out of the wind--it was almost certainly not warm in there.

But, WTF, those guys supposedly are well-paid for their efforts.

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I've been taking the amox for four days now, and things seem to be going well. My nose is running like crazy, though; I don't know if that's my sinuses trying to get rid of crud or what. The paperwork with the pills said that amox can cause "irritation" of the nose and throat, so maybe it's that.

I am sleeping better, and when I'm awake I feel better. That's what counts.

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