If CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta had his way, when you unwrapped your new iPod or iPhone this Christmas, there might be the following warning label: “SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Ingesting or inhaling your iPhone or iPod earbuds may be hazardous to your health.” The November 9 CNN “American Morning” warned of the dangers of iPods. The screen read “IPOD & IPHONE DANGER – CAN THEY HURT YOU?” “Hey, if you’ve got an iPod or an iPhone, there’s a new study out this morning that’s raising some health concerns about the ubiquitous white ear phones and also what’s inside... continue reading
Is the Times talking a good economy down again? Friday's paper led with Edmund Andrews' " Fed Chief Warns Of Worse Times In The Economy - No Interest Cut Seen ." The Times was the only major paper to find Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Congressional testimony worthy ofits lead slot. Bernanke did tell Congress growth was likely to "slow noticeably," but that recent economic data "continued to suggest that the overall economy remained resilient in recent months." The Times and Andrews boiled that ambivalent message down to a gloomy headline and this baleful prediction: "Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of... continue reading
Resident non-liberal columnist David Brooks blows a hole into the left-wing myth of Ronald Reagan appealing to Southern racists to kick off his 1980 presidential campaign. Brooks column isdoubly valuable because it's a bank-shot sinking of fellow Times columnists Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert. Brooks' "History and Calumny" defends then-candidate Ronald Reagan from leftists like Krugman who have long slurredhis 1980 campaign kick-offin Philadelphia, Miss. as a racist appeal. "Today, I'm going to write about a slur. It's a distortion that's been around for a while, but has spread like a weed over the past few months. It was concocted... continue reading
As the movie studios gear up for a big Christmas movie season, one trailer that looks like a blockbuster is The Golden Compass, which must be trying to cash in on the Narnia movies. It has flashy special-effect polar bears in armor and a young heroic damsel in distress facing off against evil forces. The casting is top-notch, led by Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, the current star spy in the James Bond movies. But buyer beware: Narnia it's not. It's the anti-Narnia. Instead of a Christian allegory, it's an anti-Christian allegory. The author of The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman,... continue reading
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee on November 8, but had to face criticism from Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul. Paul made accusations the Federal Reserve was stealing people’s money. “There is a dollar crisis out and people’s money being stolen,” Paul said. “People who have saved, they’re being robbed. I mean, if you have a devaluation of the dollar at 10 percent, people have been robbed of 10 percent.” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke attempted to dispel the notion people were being “robbed” of their money by explaining the relativity... continue reading
The year was 1979 – the height of the Cold War, and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident had just occurred. The “No Nukes” movement was born. Back then musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, and Jackson Browne were called “the energy source everyone had been looking for” to fight against nuclear power. The result of their support was termed a “chain reaction.” Nearly 30 years later, the group has returned with a new music video on YouTube, but to the same alarmist tune. Critics say they “masquerade as environmentalists.” One former member, John Hall of the band Orleans,... continue reading
The Iraq War is causing homelessness, too, reporter Eric Eckholm argued in his story on Thursday, " Surge in Number of Homeless Veterans Is Anticipated ." "More than 400 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have turned up homeless, and the Veterans Affairs Department and aid groups say they are bracing for a new surge in homeless veterans in the years ahead." Interesting that the Times has no qualms about using the word "surge" in a straightforward manner in a story on homeless vets; by contrast, Damien Cave's report the same day on the apparent routing of Al Qaedafrom... continue reading
A bad day on Wall Street led Thursday's Times. Michael Grynbaum and Peter Goodman marked the 360-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with " Markets and Dollar Sink As Slowdown Fear Grows ." "Stock markets plummeted and the dollar sank to a record low against the euro yesterday as investors worldwide grew skittish over rising oil prices and the prospect of a substantial economic slowdown in the United States. "The Dow Jones industrial average fell 360 points and the broader stock market dropped nearly 3 percent, driven down by fear that the troubles in housing are likely to... continue reading
CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer took on New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the second day in a row on the November 8 “Today.” “This is all … the barn door, the horse has left,” Cramer said to NBC “Today” host Meredith Vieira, in his usual animated, over the top manner. “We don't go after these guys. We need more money in the system. We don't want to make bankers gun shy. That's throwing gasoline on the Kingsfords. You do that, what will happen is there's even fewer homes bought.” Cramer went after Cuomo on the November... continue reading
We can breathe a sigh of relief now that we know who’s winning the battle of the sexes in combating global warming. The November 10 issue of New Scientist magazine reported a study by Gerd Johnsson-Latham of the Swedish Ministry of Sustainable Development that concludes “Swedish men are being blamed for having a disproportionately large impact on global warming.” “The fact that women travel less than men, measured in person-kilometres per car, plane, boat and motorcycle – means that women cause considerably fewer carbon dioxide emissions than men, and thus considerably less climate change,” Johnsson-Latham said in the report. In... continue reading