Do Bloggers Steal From the Old Media? Or Do Bloggers Report News the Old Media Covers Up?

The old line was that bloggers just steal from the old media. It is becoming increasingly obvious that bloggers actually report news that the old media covers up. On whether bloggers are simply re-cycling old media news stories, Mark Steyn sets it straight:

That’s laughably untrue in the Warmergate story. If you rely on the lavishly remunerated “climate correspondents” of the big newspapers and networks, you’ll know nothing about the Climate Research Unit scandals – just the business-as-usual drivel about Boston being underwater by 2011. Indeed, even when a prominent media warm-monger addresses the issue, the newspaper prefers to reprint a month-old column predating the scandal. If you follow online analysis from obscure websites on the fringes of the map, you’ll know what’s going on. If you go to the convenience store and buy today’s newspaper, you won’t. That’s the problem.

Read the whole thing here.

Finding True Erotica in the Movies

[Links were broken — Now fixed!]

One is never too old to appreciate true erotica in the movies, or on TV. But there are a couple of problems. First, one would have to find it. That becomes a problem after one understands what true erotica actually is, and that too often mere pornography is offered as an unworthy substitute. Lots of soft porn is in the offing at the movies or on TV, but not much true erotica. Not like the final scene in the BBC series The Heat of the Sun where former Scotland Yard detective Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) and the attractive, strong-willed biplane pilot Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker) finally, after several episodes of struggling with military politics and crime fighting in Kenya, raise a glass and embrace in the warm romance of an African sunset. The swirling camera angles and the anticipation that he might finally kiss her are unrequited as the scene closes, except of course where it really belongs, in our imagination.

Alicia Colon finds true erotica in the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man. Before you laugh out loud please read what she says about it. Here is a sample:

Erotica should be what arouses sensuality and sexual desire in the imagination. Pornography is a cheap substitute to genuine sensuality by replacing it with naked thrusts and bursts of faux gasps of passion. How trite compared to visions created in our minds stimulated by a simple touch, look or gesture. Last night I watched the TCM channel which ran a surprising example of true erotica-Tarzan-the Ape Man.

Laugh if you will but Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O’Sullivan generate more heat in this 1932 action adventure film then any of the actors and actresses starring buck naked and writhing in today’s features.

Read the whole thing here, which is Part I, with Part II promised for tomorrow.

UPDATE: The scene in the Michael Mann directed movie Collateral where cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) picks up the fare of his life in Annie (Jada Pinckett Smith) a beautiful young assistant United States attorney on her way to the office may be one of the most romantic scenes in a movie I’ve seen lately. The murmuring growl of Hands of Time by Groove Armada on the soundtrack helped immensely. You fully expect them to become lovers, but that’s not in the script. We don’t see Annie again until… well, rent or buy the DVD.

Beretta Xplor A400 Amazing New Shotgun

Home Page

Can you believe a new lightweight semi-auto 12 gauge with a whopping 60% reduction in recoil? How did they do it? Read more here and here and here.

Why the green receiver? Well, not a bad color for the receiver of a great sporting shotgun. Also, the receiver is made of anodized aluminum alloy that is lightweight and will not rust or corrode. I understand the Beretta engineers immersed it in salt water for a few months then took it out, cleaned it up and it worked fine. Cool. I need one of these. They say they will be in stores in time for Christmas. Expected MSRP about $1600.

“Uh, Honey, you know when you asked what I wanted for Christmas and I said I didn’t want anything? Well…uh…”

BTW, Beretta is the oldest manufacturing company in the world, founded in 1526.

UPDATE: Current issue of Guns & Ammo(February, 2010) has a main feature on this shotgun.

Bookmark and Share

Kill The Bills; Do Healthcare the Right Way

So Says Charles Krauthammer in his recent op-ed in the Washington Post reprinted at National Review.

He’s right. The Bill, or Bills, the 2,074-page Senate Health Care Bill and the 2,014-page House counterpart, are both unredeemable. All they offer is a huge loss of liberty, wealth and health for all Americans.

Krauthammer says do health care reform the right way and offers several excellent suggestions in his excellent article.

I have two little nitpicks though. He wants to tax employer paid health care. I say leave that as it is and give individuals who buy health insurance on their own the same tax break. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch [TANSTAAFL, Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress] and there ain’t no such thing as a good tax increase [TANSTAAGTI, Willis].

Then Krauthammer says that “Insuring the uninsured is a moral imperative.” Imperative for whom? Why is it a moral imperative that everyone is entitled to have someone else pay for their health care? Will you pay for mine? Do you expect me to pay for yours? No, the only moral imperative is that the government stop most of what it is already doing in health care because that is what is making it and the insurance we need for it so expensive.

Climate Confusion

It’s the name of an excellent book by Roy Spencer, but I’m talking about real confusion now. Not the recently found emails that show that the science behind man-made global warming was trumped up, but the climate confusion that caused so much trouble for the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in December, 1620.

You may wonder why they didn’t know better than to head to the Northeastern coast of the New World so late in the year, when bitter cold awaited them. Actually, they intended to arrive much sooner but their ship, named the Speedwell and later changed to the Mayflower, began to sink soon after leaving England and they had to return for repairs. That made their departure much later than they had planned but they weren’t worried. They knew they were going to a place of just about the same latitude they were leaving. They concluded that the weather would be about the same as that part of England, and December would not be much worse than November or even October.

Here is where climate confusion comes in. They didn’t know that latitude alone does not control weather and in fact some Northern latitudes have milder weather than other areas farther South in latitude. They didn’t know that ocean currents have a huge effect on the weather of a region, and that the relatively mild weather of Southern England in December turns to bitter cold in that part of North America that is now Massachusetts. So when they arrived they were greeted with a bitter cold that they did not expect and which cost them dearly over the ensuing winter. Climate confusion. It was a problem then, and still is. At least the Pilgrims had not been duped by a bunch of liberals calling themselves scientists.