Monday, May 31, 2010
The only problem is that there is often interference. So, log off for a few minutes and log on again. It usually clears up after a minute or two.
A sad life for the most part , always plagued with serious health problems, Gary Coleman passes at 42. He shined as a child star for a few years and faded quickly thereafter. He was never able to get his career on the upswing again. His parents spent the money he made and he was forced to sue them even though he was still a minor. He was bankrupt and abandoned by the business he chose to follow. His life was always a struggle but he usually faced up to it cheerfully.
You left us much too young Gary . Whoever said life was fair? Sleep peacefully my friend.
The season officially starts Tuesday, and while scientists seem to agree that the sprawling slick isn't likely to affect the formation of a storm, the real worry is that a hurricane might turn the millions of gallons of floating crude into a crashing black surf. Some fear a horrific combination of damaging winds and large waves pushing oil deeper into estuaries and wetlands and coating miles of debris-littered coastline in a pungent, sticky mess. And the worst effects of an oil-soaked storm surge might not be felt for years: If oil is pushed deep into coastal marshes that act as a natural speed bump for storm surges and those marshes die out from the toxins, areas including New Orleans could be more vulnerable to bad storms for a long time.
Experts say there are few, if any, studies on such a scenario. It 's tough to theorize about what would happen .The lone precedent, experts agree, is the summer of 1979, when storms hampered efforts to contain a spill from a Mexican rig called Ixtoc 1 that eventually dumped 140 million gallons off the Yucatan Peninsula. Hurricane Henri, a Category 1 storm, damaged a 310-ton steel cap designed to stop the leak that would become the worst peacetime spill in history.
Still, while oil from that spill coated miles of beaches in Texas and Mexico, tropical storms and unseasonable cold fronts that year helped reverse offshore currents earlier than normal and drive oil away from the coast. Storms also helped disperse some of the oil. That may happen this time. A hurricane could dilute much of the oil, spreading it out where the concentrations would be much less damaging.
At least 19 million gallons, according to the latest estimates, have leaked from the seabottom 5,000 feet below the surface since the April 20 explosion of BP PLC's Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11. Syrupy oil has crept into Louisiana's marshes, coating plants, killing some birds and threatening wetlands.
The threat to the marshes could have implications lasting well beyond this hurricane season. Louisiana already has lost huge swaths of coastal wetlands in recent decades, and the oil is a major threat to the long-term viability of that delicate ecosystem.
"If the plants that hold the marshes together were to die at the roots, the base would wash away, leaving deeper water and less of a buffer for hurricanes," said Joseph Suhayda, director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center.
"That would increase the amount of surge inland," Suhayda said.
Even without considering hurricanes, there is uncertainty about whether marsh cane and other plants will die to the roots or just above the surface from this oil spill. If the plants' roots survive, they could come back over time. If not, the results could be catastrophic.
PIC, I wonder if DC has heard this news.
I spoke to Stephen Hinton, Managing Director of Hinton Human Capital to learn more about about how the recent spill may influence the job market.
What types of jobs may become available as a result of the spill ?
!) Clean-up personnel
The clean-up effort require Hazmat-trained workers who will deal directly with the oil clean-up, veterinarian medicine professionals who will take care of the animal life, and environmental engineers, microbiologists, and biologists who will manage the clean-up in the marsh areas.
2) Government appointed personnel
The government will need to hire damage-assessment officials to evaluate the damage to the harbors and waste-water treatment facilities. These jobs may be through FEMA or the EPA.
3) Scientists including ecotoxicologists, marine and fresh water scientists
Teams will be needed to monitor the ecosystem following the disaster of the Exxon Valdez spill that occurred over 20 years ago.
4) Landfill waste management personnel
Since the oil waste will have to be disposed of in a landfill, there will be a growing need for waste management.
5) Forensic investigators
Safety experts, structural engineers and process engineers will be needed to perform a failure analysis and determine what happened to the rig to cause the disaster.
6) Economists will be needed to analyze the economic impact of the spill.
Where will the jobs be posted ???
British Petroleum will list a number of environmental subcontractors that will be part of the effort. The Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana State Labor Departments also have information on many of these jobs as well as information on how to apply for Hazmat training. CareerBuilder is also listing many jobs relevant to the clean-up or you can check out this information on 400 positions open for the oil spill clean-up.
How important/marketable are Hazmat skills ??
"Anyone dealing with the oil spill will need some level of Hazmat training, and these skills will continue to be in high demand in the future, these skills may be quite transferable to other positions such as working with environmental contractors on emergency response efforts," Hilton said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental technicians will be among the top 10 fastest growing occupations over the next decade with a projected 30 percent growth. As we continue to become more environmentally conscious, these jobs will continue to grow.
My take : Well, you know how we feel about the spill , with the economy in the shape it is and the spill has put so many out of work, maybe some good can be found in this tragedy y putting people to work... well that is a wait and see game...stay tuned the oil spill tragedy saga will continue.
Kicking back and keeping it real.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Six (6) weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still casting about for at least a temporary fix to the spewing well underneath the Gulf of Mexico that's foulimg beaches, wildlife and marshland. A relief well that's currently being drilled - which is supposed to be a better long-term solution - won't be done for at least two months. That will be in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begans Tuesday.
Crews on ships work on skimming and collecting oil in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. BP officials said Saturday that the latest attempt to plug the source of the worst oil spill in U.S. history has failed.
President Barack Obama said it is "as enraging as it is heartbreaking" that the most ambitious bid yet for a temporary failed. BP said the procedure known as the "top kill" failed after engineers tried for three (3) days to overwhelm the crippled well with heavy drilling and junk 5,000 feet underwater. Now. BP hopes to saw through a pipe leading out from the well and cap it with a funnel-like device using the same remotely guided undersea robots that have failed in other tries to stop the gusher.
This scares everybody, the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing, the fact we haven't succeded so far, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said Saturday. "Many of the things we're trying have been done on the surface before, but have never been tried at 5,000 feet." Suttles said BP is already preparing for the next temporary fix. The company plans to cut off the damage riser, and then try to cap it with a containment valve.The effort is expected to take between four and seven days. We're confident the job will work but obviously we can't guarantee sucess, Suttles said of the new plan. He said cutting off the damaged riser isn't expected to cause the flow rate of leaking oil increase significantly.
Experts have said that a bend in the damaged riser likely was restricting the flow of oil, so slicing it off and installing a new containment valve is risky. "If they can't get the valve on, things will get much worse," said Phillip Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama. Johnson said he thinks BP can succed with the valve, but added: It's a scary proposition."
News that the top kill fell short drew a sharply worded response from President Obama on Saturday, a day after he visited the Gulf Coast to see the damage first hand."It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained , until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this man-made disaster are made whole," Obama said.
Frustration has grown as drifting oil closes beaches and washes up in sensitive marshland. The damage is underscored by images of pelicans and their eggs coated in oil. Below the surface, oyster beds and shrimp nurseries face certain death. Fishermen complain there's no end in sight to the catastrophe that's keeping their boats idle.Word that the top kill had failed hit hard in fishing communities along Louisiana' coast.
Everybody's starting to realize this summer is lost, and our whole lifestyle might be lost," said Michael Ballay, the Manager of the Cypress Cove Marina in Venice, La., near where the oil first made land-fall in large quantities almost two (2) weeks ago. The top official in coastal Plaquemines Parish said news of the top kill failure brought tears to his eyes.
"They are going to destroy south Louisiana. We are dying a slow death here," said Billy Nungesser, the parish president. "We don't have time to wait while they try solutions. Hurricane season starts Tuesday."
My spin on this disaster: Our way of life is all but gone...I cannot see us bouncing back from this soon, it will affect the whole planet and with climate change , when can we hope for some relief? The oil saga continues...Stay tuned.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Peter, the grandson of Billionaire oilman John Paul Getty and heir to an estimated $2 billion fortune, faces allegations of adultery, cocaine use and Internet porn addiction in the messy divorce. His estranged wife, Jacqui, is gunning for $300,000 per month for her expenses and $200,000 in pocket money.(To put things in perspective: The couple shared a brand-new $30 million San Francisco home - complete with a bed that cost $1 million.)
"We had a lifestyle that I am certain is beyond what most people could imagine or will ever be able to enjoy,"
Jacqui said in court. "But as I was told, that was 'just the way it is' when your name is Getty."
When the court case began earlier this month, "Peter fell asleep in court and dozed throughout the proceedings." witnesses told the Post.
In the heyday of their marriage, Jaqui told Harper's Bazaar that she and her brainy husband were "so opposite, I'm like, hey, lets go have some fun ! and he's like , by the way, the science theory on this is ..."
Peter's legal representation is Laura Wasser, an attorney who has counseled Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie. Jaqui is backed by Stephen Kolodny, whose services have been untilized by Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand. Neither lawyer commented on the case.
My spin on these crazy rich ass-holes: There is such a thing as having too much money just handed to you with little or no work involved...that's where a lot of rich people make their first mistake . Children need to learn the responsibility to stay sane and sober and also how to appreciate and how to handle wealth...but it starts at home and from the cradle. Wealthy people have a very bad habit.... hiring nannies and others to raise their children...wrong, wrong, wrong. A lot of 'for hire' people are just that...eight (8) hour jobs, kids need love and nurturing...remember the nut don't fall from the tree.( A lot of mothers/fathers need to have help to see after their kids because the both have to work ) But hey, that's just me.
— May 26, 2010 — Highway hopping: Millions of frogs have forced the two-hour closure of a key road in Greece. How did they all arrive there? Why did they all arrive there? Frogs are an endangered species and have been disappearing for years now. Are they fighting back? Are they going to re-emerge stronger than ever. I hope so. I have always loved the slimy little guys.
Four Canadian cities are among the top 25 in the world in terms of quality of living, according to a global survey published Wednesday.
Overall top spot on the list,' Mercer Quality of Living Survey' is the Austrian city of Vienna. Vancouver is the top Canadian city among 221 ranked this year, sharing the No. 4 spot with Auckland, New Zealand. The other Canadian cities in the top 25 are Ottawa at 14, Toronto at 16 and Montreal at 21. Calgary was ranked No. 28 on the overall quality of living ranking but got the top spot on a new ecology ranking.
No American city made the top 25 on the Mercer list. Honolulu had the top ranking in the United States at No 31.
Legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau would have been "horrified" by the devastation being wrought by a huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill, his grandson said after diving down into the seas.
"There's a chemical dispersant/oil mixture that is now . . . over vast areas of the Gulf and as we feared it's not concentrated at the surface," Philippe Cousteau Jr. told CNN, adding "this absolutely is a nightmare."
"We were about 15 to 20 feet down and it was dispersed into smaller and smaller particles throughout the water column in these billowing clouds that were just circling us, encompassing us in this toxic soup. It was very, very alarming."
Oil has been spewing into the seas since an April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, just off the Louisiana coast, and the spreading slick is seeping into the state's fragile marshlands.
"I know that my father and grandfather would have been doing this if they were alive and that they would have been just as horrified by what they saw as I was," Cousteau said in an entry on his blog (www.earthecho.org/blog).
During the "gruelling" dive which took three weeks to prepare, Cousteau and his team wore full hazmat diving suits and heavy hard hat helmets weighing some 30 pounds (15 kilos).
He said as the team were down there "wave after wave of oil/chemical dispersant mix washed over us."
"This was one of the most terrible experiences of my life seeing first hand what this oil spill looks like under the water and knowing that this contamination is spreading over hundreds of miles."
And as BP Wednesday readied a new bid to cap the leak, Cousteau warned: "Even if they do manage to cut off the oil tomorrow, the oil that has escaped will spread, following currents as far as the Arctic Circle via the Gulf Stream, wreaking havoc along the way.
"I can only hope that we learn from this and start to truly take the kind of drastic action necessary to begin the decades long road to recovery."
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The top kill maneuver began this afternoon (May 26), BP said The company decided to allow continued live video footage of the site of the leak as it forces the chemicals and mud into the well.
Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer , said early indications are that the top kill is working. "The job has been proceeding as planned," Suttles told reporters tonight in Robert,Louisiana.
BP CEO Tony Hayward conceded failure in efforts to stop from reaching Louisiana's fragile coast, where shore birds and marshes have been coated in thick crude. "I was on the beach yesterday," he said on NBC's "Today" show."I felt devasted and gutted about what I saw. I feel that we have let people down in the defense of the shore , and we are going to redouble our efforts in thatendeavor...even if a cupful of oil gets to the beach, it's a failure." Hayward had been criticized for saying recently that he thought the spill's effects would be very, very modest."
The so-called top killed involves pumping the materials down the crippled oil well at a rate of up to 2,100 gallons a minute, using a 30,000-horsepower engine on a ship floating above. If that works, it would be followed by cement, which would seal the well permanently. The top kill is BP's lastest effort to try to stanch the leak that has spouted 210,000 gallons of oil off the U.S. coast each day since April 20 explosion tore apart it's Deepwater Horizon rig. That's a conservative estimate, and many experts believe even more oil is actually leaking. Eleven (11) workers died from the explosion, and the rig sanked two (2) days later.
Suttles said it could take more than another day before it's clear whether the operation succeded. "We want to make sure we do the job right, and thoroughly,
he said.If the top kill fails, Suttles said BP would try its third method of containing the oil: placing a dome over the rebuilt blowout preventer, which failed during the explosion . The containment dome, which is on the sea bed, would be deployed whthin four (4) days, he said.
The company is scrambling to get some good news before President Barack Obamam flies to the Gulf Coast on Friday, on his second visit to survey the damage and cleanup. Obama is said to be frustrated by the fact that BP hasn't been able to tamp the oil spill after more than a month, and has been guoted as telling aides in recent days: "Plug the damn hole." We're doing everything we can to bring this to a closure, Suttles said.
If top kill works, it could allow environmental experts to finally get a full handle on the actual size of the oil slick off America's coast, and possibly help limit damage to wildlife and marine animals. It could also help BP begain to mend its image. A CBS news poll released Tuesday Tuesday found thet 70 percent of Americans disapprove of BP's handling of the spill. The company has lost about a quarter of it's market value, or $50 billion, since the disaster began, according to Reuters.
Stopping the oil leak is also a key to Obama's approval rating - and that of the whole Democratic Party - Ahead of this year's important midterm elections . CBS found that 45 percent of American disapprove of the administration's response to the disaster. Updates as they become available: Stay tune the saga continues .
My spin on this disaster : Equirering minds wants to know why is BP didn't try top kill over a month ago. Did they think the oil would just go away if they ignore it? Did they not think the familes of the 11 men would just forget in a coule of days that their love ones was not with them any more? BP have caused so much damage and hardships on so many people, not only the ones in my part of the world, this affects the world in general with their negligent behavior and concern for the environment as a whole. It will take a long time for the coast and surrounding area to recover , but it will never be made whole again, take a look at what Katrina did to New Orleans and in a few days later Rita hit New Orleans and finish the job... Listen up folks hurricane season is upon us and can you imagine what damage it will do? BP is worrying about the money they have lost, never thinking about what we have lost.
Kicking back and keeping it real....
"American Idol" premiered in January this year amid hype that Season 9 would be a "girls' season." But when that didn't quite pan out--all of the female front-runners, except for Crystal Bowersox, were voted off early--the judges (especially Simon Cowell) changed their tune and started blatantly throwing their support behind Lee DeWyze. Their favoritism couldn't have more obvious on the night the top three performed, when Lee got a big "Hallelujah moment," complete with an eight-member choir. Well, apparently the judges' and producers' tactics worked: Despite delivering drastically worse performances than Crystal on Tuesday, Lee DeWyze won Season 9 on Wednesday night.
Actually, the show pushed Lee hard all season long, and to be honest, I'm not quite sure why. I mean, Lee was one of the more promising males this season (his pre-"Idol" indie albums and interesting acoustic cover of Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" are evidence of this), but he wasn't exactly a major personality--he always seemed more like a band dude to me, never a solo star. (Maybe that's why he needed that choir!) And more importantly, "Idol's" parent company, 19 Entertainment, already has three mainstream-rock male Idols (Chris Daughtry, David Cook, and Kris Allen), the latter two being the past two seasons' champs. So why did 19 Entertaiment honchos want more of the same--a third consecutive winner in this crowded genre? If they started to believe that a male was more likely to prevail yet again this season, why didn't they push for something a little different, like R&B (Michael Lynche) or country-blues (Casey James)?
Well, maybe that's too much responsibility to place entirely on the "Idol" powers-that-be. In the end, this was America's decision, and sadly, America didn't seem to want an Etheridge-loving, dreadheaded hippie chick with a penchant for relatively obscure acoustic Patty Griffin covers over a Springsteenian everyman with a fondness for U2. In the end, it was America that apparently wanted more of the same.
And so, Lee DeWyze is the new American Idol. Did America get it wrong? Based on Tuesday's performances, I say: YES. Yes, they sure did. But we'll have to wait for Lee's album later this year to find out how he will really prove himself and differentiate himself from the ever-expanding "Idol" boys' club.
Personally, I think Chrystal was a superior performer: More talent, better, stronger voice, more range, more depth, more professional, more personality....I could go on. Some people didn't like the image she portrayed....Kind of hippy/biker chick with a dash of trailer park. And people kept remarking on her hair and teeth. I think you were judging the wrong things folks. Just like last year. Did you need another Springsteen imitator??....Jeannie
They hope to use their stripped-down version of a bacterium to learn how to engineer custom-made microbes.
But some groups worried the technology might be used to make biological weapons and President Barack Obama asked his bioethics advisers to report on the implications. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing for next week to discuss the implications, good and bad.
Others disputed just how far the researchers had gone in making artificial life.
"This is the first synthetic cell that's been made," said genome pioneer Craig Venter, who led the research. "This is the first self-replicating species that we have had on the planet whose parent is a computer."
Venter has said he would like to try to make bacteria to produce fuel or to use in making better vaccines or to design algae that can vacuum up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
"This becomes a very powerful tool for trying to design what we want biology to do," Venter said at a news conference.
Reporting in the journal Science, Venter's team said it worked with a synthetic version of the DNA from a small bacterium (Mycoplasma mycoides) transplanted into another germ called Mycoplasma capricolum, which had most of its insides removed.
After many false starts, the new microbe came to life and began replicating in the lab dish. As it began reproducing itself, the scientists realized what a quantum leap for science it could represent.
It took years to figure out how to make an artificial chromosome with artificial genetic sequences. The researchers, who have spent 15 years and $40 million so far, then had to figure out how to transfer this into another bacterium.
At first, nothing happened. It turned out there was a single error in the more than 1 million "base-pairs" in the genetic sequence. "Our success was thwarted for many weeks," they wrote in their report.
Venter said the team consulted many experts in ethics before it started. The institute's Dan Gibson said they also briefed the White House because of the security implications -- the technique might be used to synthesize biological weapons, for instance.
Obama asked the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to look at the issue.
"In its study, the Commission should consider the potential medical, environmental, security, and other benefits of this field of research, as well as any potential health, security or other risks," Obama wrote.
"We must ensure that strong regulations are in place to protect the environment and human health from this potentially dangerous new technology," said Eric Hoffman of Friends of the Earth.
"Venter's achievement would seem to extinguish the argument that life requires a special force or power to exist. In my view, this makes it one of the most important scientific achievements in the history of mankind," bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania wrote in a commentary in the journal Nature.
"Their achievement undermines a fundamental belief about the nature of life that is likely to prove as momentous to our view of ourselves and our place in the Universe as the discoveries of Galileo, Darwin and Einstein."
Jim Collins, a professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, disputed this view.
"Frankly, scientists do not know enough about biology to create life,"
"The work reported by Venter and his colleagues is an important advance in our ability to re-engineer organisms; it does not represent the making of new life from scratch."
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Q) I know you've signed ironclad confidentially agreements, but what can you tell us about Sex and The City 2 !
A) When I read it , I e-mailed [writer/director] Michael Patrick King, and I said it's fun, it's fabulous and it's great. I felt in the first movie we had to recap and show a much more serious side to the relationships, but this is really much more the girls on a caper. To be on the back of a camel in the Sahara in 4-inch heels, I don't think that's been done before.
Q) Was the camel cooperative ?
A) No, my camel spat at me and he would stop and suddenly sit down.
Q) I've read that you see yourself as the antithesis of samantha, but there are some similarities. For starters, you are both single [ since splitting with chef Alan Wyse last May ].
A) I don't see the fact that's she single as having anything to do with me . She's a character. You go through periods of your life when you're in a relationship, especially in my job, and then you're not. Recently, there was a picture of Tiger Woods in a British newspaper and they put a picture of me as Samantha next to him ! And I think it's hilarious that they linked us. Because I'm a serial mongamist.
Q) So they linked you to Tiger Woods because he's a sex addict and Samantha is a sexual person
A) Yes, yes ! And she's the epitome of what they now call a cougar.
Q) How does it feel to still be a sex symbol?
A) I look at pictures of Sophia Loren, she still pretty sexy. Would I want to be 20 again? No! I'm really happy where I am. People in their early 30s now are getting huge amounts of plastic surgery. There should be a campaign to get rid of that.
Q) So much has been made of fights between cast members of SATC. What's the vibe like among the girls ?
A) It has always been very professional. We have always done our work to the best of our abilities. I think when four (4) really smart talented women get together , it scares people. I hope we get to do another movie ! It's the greatest job you can ask for. Even when camels spit at you.
My spin on Sex and The City : I watched the series now and then when it was on TV and found it at times quite amusing, especially when the guy with the over-sized penis had a go with Samantha, boy did she have a surprise look on her face as if to say is that thing home grown or did you grow up on a farm? After reading this , SATC has peaked my interest....stay tune the saga continues.
Kicking back having fun and keeping it real.
The previous record price paid for a coin was $7.59 million for a U.S.-minted 1933 $20 gold piece, according to the American Numismatic Association. The U.S. began producing silver dollars in 1794, and this particular one remains in near-perfect condition 216 years later.
That being the case, the price it fetched was not surprising, said professional coin grader David Hall.
"Even if it looks like it's been run over by a truck it would still be worth a hundred grand," he said.
"From the research I've done, it is unquestionably the earliest struck of all the pieces known to remain in existence," said Martin Logies, curator of the Cardinal Collection. Of the approximately 1,750 such dollars produced that year, only about 150 are known to exist. The quality of the imprint on this one shows it was struck on a hand-cranked press from a special piece of polished, high-quality silver. That indicates it was intended for either a dignitary or the mint's own private collection.
"He just finally made me an offer I couldn't refuse," he laughed.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The show is based on the British hit and will feature dancers of all ages with performances ranging "from ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet, and tap to tango." On the UK version, acts compete in front of a panel of judges and viewers vote for their favorites.
CBS will make the news offcial on Monday. Adbul is also expected to be an excutive producer on the series, which is being developed by ShineReveille.
'Got to dance' will likely air mid-season, and as the Reporter notes, that would pit Abdul directly against both the next season of 'Idol' and Simon Cowell's new show, 'The X-Factor.'
Abdul used Twitter to announce her departure from 'Idol' last August. In a series of tweets, Adbul said: With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL."
Abdul went on to say that she would "miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of the show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon." In another tweet, Adbul said that she wanted to express "how much I appreciate the undying sipport and enormous love that you have showered upon me...I do without any doubt have the 'BEST' fans in the entire world and I love you all."
With 'Got to Dance," Abdul will get the kind of nurturing she craves.
CBS now joins the other three (3) major networks in having a dance related show - The most popular being ABC's Dancing With The Stars' and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance,' NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' while not strictly a dance show, includes plenty of hoofing action.
My spin on the new show: Paula , you have a lot of competition to go against and it will be hard being the new kid on the block, but we do wish you well . Just wondering if Paula will wear her bells and sometime out-landish out-fits...a lot of viewers tuned in to see what Paula would wear next...Good luck Paula!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Randy jackson is hoping to turn a private area at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California , into a place where fans of the late King of Pop can gather to commemorate the "Thriller' singer on the June 25 anniversary of his death, similar to Graceland, the former home-turned-attraction of Elvis Presley.
Randy took to his Twitter page and wrote, "I'm meeting with Forest Lawn and the city of Glendale.. Although they have strick rules, I'll do my best to see if fans can visit and pay their respects beyond the gates of Forest Lawn, on June 25th. I will inform you all soon.
Jackson's mausoleum is normally off lmits to non-family members.
It's difficult to imagine Jackson's resting place as a major attraction like Graceland because privacy and security are a major issure at the specal section of Forest Lawn Cemetery. Futher, the venue was created to be a place where the departed can rest in peace without cameras, fans, tour buses or live reporting.
Recently, Jackson's ex, Lisa Marie Presley, told fans to send flowers to Jackson's grave site , and 'sunflowerguy.com' donated and shipped thousands of sunflowers to Forest Lawn Cemetery. This is just one of the difficulties of such a high-profile celebrity having the venue as his/her resting place.
My spin on cash-cow Randy Jackson: Is it nothing these people won't do or just how low can they go to cash in on their brother's death. Michael couldn't escape them while he was alive and now we see he can't escape them in death...Randy and Jermaine don't have the morals of an alley-cats, they have two 2) kids each by the same woman, which Katherine kicked her and her four (4) kids out because they was threating Michael's kids with a stun gun. Why can't Randy and Jermaine take care of their own kids? It's common knowledge that Michael has always taken care of his mother and bought her the mansion in California. Stay tuned the saga continues.
Kicking back having fun and keeping it real.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'm following the coverage, but I don't know that I like what I'm seeing. Everyone talks about the birds and the damage to the gulf and everything, but they never talk about the guys that got hurt or died, says Manuel, who lost his son Blair in the explosion."That really bothers me."
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded just over a month ago, on April 20, and relatives of the 11 men who was killed said that it's understandable that the news media and the public are focused on environmental concerns, goverment regulations, politics , the future of offshore drilling. But they fear that 11 victims - their husbands, sons, grandsons, brothers - have been forgotten.
" I can see that, definitely, the oil spill is everyone's first priority now.It's such an environmental problem, I understand that," said Nelda Winslette, whose grandson was killed in the blast. "But those 11 men was trying to prevent the spill. Nothing ever gets mentioned about those men, and who they were."A memorial service on May 1 was held for the 24-year-old Weise (picture above) at the Lutheran church in Yorktown, Texas, his hometown. Relatives said it seemed the whole town came to pay their respects. "The church was filled to capacity in the balcony. That was really something , and it showed a special young man he was. It was unfortunate he only had 24 years," Weise's sister , Judy Henze said. "Adam Weise was a fisherman, hunter, he was a prankster. He was the kindest hearted young man," Winslette said."He would drop whatever he was doing to help anyone else. Winslette said Weise started working in the oil industry soon after graduting high school, working on land rigs. Then he got a job with the Swiss drilling company Trasocean, and began working offshore, she said.Money was naturally the reason he went there. The money was better than on land rigs, she said.
Another memorial was held Saturday in Bay City,Texas, the hometown of another man who was killed, Jason Anderson, a father of two (2). Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon is flying relatives to Jackson, Mississippi, for another memorial on Tuesday, Winslette said.
Others lost in the accident included four Mississippians: Aaron dale Burkeen, 37, Karl Kleppinger, 38, Shane Roshto,22 and Dewey Revette, 48.
Four other Louisianians were killed:Gordon Lewis Jones, 28, Donald Clark,49, Stephen Curtis, 49, and Roy Kemp. 27.
Manual's son Blair was a native of Eunice,Louisiana. He grew up on a rice farm, whatever needed to be done he was there, willing and able. Blair Manuel, 56, attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he studied petroleum engineering, his father said, he worked on offshore rigs for more than a decade. "Blair and his fiance, Melinda Becnel planned to marry in July,their honeymoon, the wedding, everything else," his father said. Their honeymoon was planned for New Orleans. L.D. Manual said he spoke with his son about a week before the explosion.
Manual summed the aftermath of the blast this way : "It's unreal. The lost of a child is very, very sorrowful.
henze said she hoped the public remembers that the disaster in the gulf had more than environmental consequences. "When I hear anyone talk about it, they're always talking about the environmental," she said. "But this is also a human tragedy.
My spin on this awful tragedy : It was an unfortunate accident and I truly hope the public don't forget the ii lives that was lost. The families have our prayers.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Huge hailstones pound a family pool in Oklahoma City. Watch it to the end; it gets worse.
The normally abrasive "American Idol" judge said during an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that he was prone to dark moods.
"I get very, very down," Cowell said "Pretty much depression. (But) what I always say is, 'You're taking yourself too seriously, so stop it.' At the same time, you should never put a painted smile on. When you're feeling down, you're feeling down."
Cowell, 50, who also has his own record label and created the TV shows "America's Got Talent" and "The X-Factor," said he sometimes felt drained by the demands of his work.
"You just become aware that a lot of people depend on you, rely on you, or you're not giving people the time you should be giving them. It's almost like a guilt thing, and that does drain me," he said.
"I made some absolutely horrific mistakes. I believed my own ego, believed my own hype, believed my own abilities, and lots of times it came crashing down," he said. "I thought I was absolutely untouchable."
Cowell's interview with Winfrey was broadcast a week before the May 26 finale of "American Idol", which will mark the end of his eight year association with the most-watched TV show in the United States. Personally, I would like to thank Simon for eight years of good entertainment.I wish the new show much success.
Friday, May 21, 2010
"Many of us felt goose bumps when we saw the result," said Stefan Soldner-Rembold, a physicist at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
"We knew we were seeing something beyond anything we have seen before and beyond what current theories can explain." Time to rethink those theories.
Scientists then study the particles that are created. Researchers seek larger and larger accelerators in order to create collisions that more closely resemble those which took place soon after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, when the temperature and density of the universe were much higher.
Consequently, the results of the test in the U.S. could soon be confirmed and expanded, forming the basis for a new or amended quantum theory. (-Quantum theory:theoretical physics that study the nature of matter.)
"I took a pretty amazing life and amazing success and marriage....and threw it away by my own hands," the custom motorcycle maker told ABC News show "Nightline", according to excerpts released on Friday.
James, 41, admitted cheating on his wife of five years. According to media reports, he had affairs with at least four women -- one of them while Bullock was away last year filming what would be her Oscar-winning role in drama "The Blind Side." Bullock, 45, had given emotional speeches at the Oscars and other Hollywood awards shows thanking James for his support. Bullock, the star of romantic comedies "The Proposal" and "Miss Congeniality", left their southern California home when the cheating allegations broke in the media in March, just days after she won her first Oscar.She has since filed for divorce, despite revealing that the couple had adopted a baby together in January. She told People magazine in an April interview that she would raise the baby alone.
Asked by "Nightline" interviewer Vicki Mabrey whether he was "the most hated man in America" -- as some U.S. celebrity magazines have labeled him for cheating on Bullock -- James replied: "I think 'the most hated man in the world' now."
The interview with James will be broadcast on "Good Morning America" on May 25 and on "Nightline" later that day. Your remorse is a bit late Jesse. You can't get it all back now.
"Usually we have a clue about who's behind the crime, but this one is elusive," says Omar Miller (Walter, center). "Even when we go down, we're not sure if it's poison or bad catering."
Thursday, May 20, 2010
We've become so accustomed to our celebrities coming and going within a few years that we often overlook their potential for a future comeback. Everyone loves a comeback, and although these stars disappeared from our radars, they later re-emerged as big as ever. As one of the first ladies on television, multiple Emmy Award winner Betty White has always had an innocence to her, from her soft voice to her fair looks. She began modeling in her youth, moved into radio, and made it to TV in 1949. Throughout the '40s and '50s she continued to charm audiences in several TV dramas and talk shows, but landed one of her most famous roles, as Rose from St. Olaf in "Golden Girls", in 1985. The show aired until 1992 and won several awards.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, she was a best-selling recording artist and performer who also starred in hit movies such as "The Bodyguard" (1992) and "Waiting To Exhale" (1995). But Houston also faced faced several uphill battles through the '90s, which caused her to pull back from the spotlight for several years. These included allegations of drug use and her stormy relationship with then-husband Bobby Brown. Fortunately, she still earned a considerable amount from ongoing royalties from her smash-hit albums, and in 2001 she renewed her contract for a cool US$100 million. She has since returned to the spotlight, releasing her first album since 2003.
"For two 40s, you can have her," Matthew Brace , the infant's father , told an employee at a Pride gas station and convenience store, Police John Ferraso Jr. said.
According to police, Brace and his girlfriend entered the gas station Monday afternoon . When an employee asked the couple how old their child was, Brace made his offer, then placed his child and her stroller in the employee's truck, police said.
The employee then called police, a chicopee police spokeman said. When officers arrived , Brace was discovered with his daughter behind the gas station near a trash bin. His girlfriend , who has not been charged, was inside the store buying cigarettes.
The Republican newspaper of Springfield, Mass. , reports that the couple live at the Econo Lodge that abuts the gas station. Brace, his girlfriend and the baby were placed at the hotel by the state as part of a program to house the indigent.
After his arrest , Brace was sent to Baystate Medical Center for an evaluation, The Republican reported.
At a news conference, Ferraro said Brace's offer to trade his baby for beer was no laughing matter. "It's not a joke; this is very serious," he said.
Damn straight it's not a joke. The baby should never be left in his tender care again. And that young father needs professional help.
My spin on this sperm donor : Just because a male can make a baby, don't make him a father...it takes a man to be a father and to care for his kids and do the very best for them. I hope the police lock Matthew Brace up and tie the key around a jack-rabbits neck and the rabbit goes down his hole and buries the key. My advice to the mother...hon, take your baby and run as far away from that piece of shit as you can and don't look back...but hey, that's just me.
Kicking back ...having fun and keeping it real.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"It's impossible to keep a secret... especially as wonderful as this," the family wrote in a statement posted on Tuesday afternoon.
"We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family," the post concluded. The family signed their note, "Love, John, Kelly and Ella."
There was some confusion about whether or not Kelly was pregnant, or if her family was expanding via surrogacy or adoption, due to the wording of the family's statement. The family has now confirmed that Kelly is three months pregnant. I sincerely wish her well . Forty seven is old for child bearing. It will be treated as a high risk pregnancy.
John, 56, and Kelly, 47, lost their first child - their teenage son Jett, who succumbed to a "seizure disorder" while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas over New Year's 2009. Jett, who had Kawasaki disease, which causes inflammation of the blood vessels in young children, suffered a fatal seizure at the family's holiday home. A man and a woman are on trial, accused of trying to extort money from the Hollywood star after the death.The Travoltas also have a pretty ten year old daughter named Ella.
The family's happy news comes one day after it was confirmed that that two small dogs, owned by the Travoltas, were killed last week at Bangor International Airport in Maine.
"Two small dogs on leashes were taken for walk by someone who is not a family member. An airport service pickup truck was approaching the airplane to service the aircraft and did not see the dogs. Unfortunately the dogs were struck and killed," a rep for the airport said in a statement on Tuesday.
Lets hope the dark shadow of tragedy that has followed this family for a year will show a little mercy and fade away.