acroyear: (sp)
Ok, everybody remember 9/11? Of course you do. You also all remember so many of the false stories that the radio stations and sometimes the TV were telling until we all calmed down a little and got to focus on our thoughts (well, until buildings 5 and 7 fell, which kinda shook us all up again).

One example: there were explosions at the state department (false). There were explosions at the capital (false). There were military planes chasing civilian airliners (mostly false). There were military planes shooting other at civilian planes (false). Lots of these little rumors, all called in to the radio stations or reported on the internet (for those of us who had connectivity in that day of ultra over-load). All false.

One of the problems we had, partly due to that internet overload, is that of those rumors still being posted even after they'd long since been discredited. The caches of the news reports, or copies of them, kept getting passed around, or links to the original page continued to be spread around after the news sources had made a new page for the updated information. The old info, out of date and known to be wrong, was still on their site.

The news media took to handling that situation by basically making a master page for the news story, which they would then update and edit as if it was a wikipedia page. Any time you clicked it, it would be the most up to date version possible. This is a reasonable solution.

It is not a solution Facebook is expecting. Facebook's "OpenGraph" system basically caches an image, headline, and summary on the page as soon as somebody shares it with the system. Any one of those 3 items may change later on the actual news page, but Facebook continues to show the original summary which is full of false information, or the original headline which is very leading, subjective, and possibly not even true. All because it has cached that as being the headline for the url.

This is happening today.

Right now, the WTOP story on the DC and Southern Maryland blackout is a rather mild take on a "problem with a transmission line", belonging to PEPCO. But if you were to try to share the URL, the original headline and summary, that there was an explosion in a St. Mary's transmission station belonging to SMECO, is what gets displayed. Lots of false information, but Facebook won't correct it. This is a problem, because someday there WILL be something serious, something full of false headlines and false stories, and people's reliance on links in facebook is going to make things worse, not better.

Facebook needs to solve this problem. And soon.

About JWS :: Facebook and Emergency Handling
acroyear: (bad day coyote)
Left this on a comment at another blog, but it basically repeats something I wrote on FB when it happened:

I’ve got all of the Looney Tunes golden collections (then hunted on youtube the rest until they get officially released), though from there I ripped them all into individual ones I can shuffle so it is more like what Saturday Morning (when the BB-RR Show was 90 minutes long) was like when I was a kid. Thus, I’m already selective of which ones I’ll include, leaving most of the black-and-whites and some of the Tex Avery’s and Bob Clampett’s out.

One thing that bothered me is their repeat of gags that really just weren’t funny. It isn’t just that they were wrong (though they were), it is that they weren’t funny. Especially when they were totally out of theme of the rest of the material.

Case in point, a bit totally not in the original book of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, that Clampett added to the 1942 cartoon – at one point as the boat crosses the ocean to take him to the circus, a fish sees it, goes “now I’ve seen everything”, and quickly pulls out a revolver from nowhere and blows his head off. I’d forgotten it was there, as it had been cut from syndicated versions since the late 80s so Cartoon Network’s broadcasts never had it.

And it all happened faster than I could react to stopping it before my 3 year old daughter basically saw her first on-screen suicide (her first on-screen death was the dinosaurs in Fantasia, but I was there to talk her through that *before* it happened, making it clear that not all dinosaurs are nice like Buddy and Mr. Conductor ;-) ). The most I could do was repeat “it’s not funny” a few times and then start talking about the plot as it took over from there, because it’s true. It isn’t funny.

It is a gag that the Termite Terrace used at least a dozen times in those early years, and it has never been funny. I honestly have no idea why they thought it was funny enough to keep repeating over and over, and worse still, stick it into a Dr. Seuss work where it absolutely didn’t belong.

No wonder (besides the war and a few other projects) it would be more than two decades before Seuss was willing to let someone animate his work again.

In any case, not every aspect of the Termite Terrace years is bad because of stereotyped racism, or overt sexuality. Silly gun violence is one thing, but un-funny suicides are something different and deserve just as much a warning as the rest.
acroyear: (number 2 judge)
Not saying anything more about yesterday's sad events other than there was also clear evidence that the blanket declaration, "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" (12/21/2012), was proven false.
NRA and gun supporters: you are welcome to use facts (as many do including some of my friends on FB), but when you start making blanket rhetorical statements like that above quote, others now have a clear reason not to believe you.

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the temptation to put this on FB was quite strong, but I resisted.  that said, someone else say anything and I'll surely bring it up.
acroyear: (grumblecat)
cross-posted from my FB:

I am not giving up on "The Onion". One really stupid idiot made one dumb post in the one and only context they have where stuff can get out without an editor's approval (their "live-tweeting" of events). They sincerely apologized, a real "yes, we screwed up" apology, not the typical "I'm sorry you took it wrong" that we usually get from comedians (and politicians) these days. They are taking action to prevent *anything* from getting away without editorial control again.

To continue to punish them would be the same as continuing to blame CBS and the NFL (and every CBS affiliate) over the 'wardrobe malfunction' - one person did one thing really stupid and ignorant, but everybody associated with them is to blame? I refuse to live like that. I refuse to treat whole companies like that when they have acted with honesty over their mistakes.

I believe the situation has been dealt with to the best it could be and that it won't happen again. Most importantly, this situation does raise awareness that the C word just isn't funny, EVER, and is perhaps the key event needed so that we can just excise it from the language for good.

When it comes to misogyny, there are more important fights to have than one guy who can't tell a joke and the company that's likely already fired him.
acroyear: (coyote1)
"I pledge to continue to represent you all to the best of my abilities without regard to race, creed, religious beliefs, national origin or sex.  That's the kind of Sterling Americans you all have been for me and for our community and I pledge to continue to be that kind of Sterling American for you." - Roger Delgaudio, Sterling/Loudoun, "There is no place in Sterling for hate" (from his monthly newsletter to us residents)

Yeah, that's right.

Roger Delgaudio is a man so Conservative he hasn't even caught up to the fact that most of the country, and most of his subjects, considers discrimination and prejudicial writings against people on account of sexual orientation is Hate.

Some of his choice quotes (as 'public policy spokesman for a pro-family group', as he brushes off) he WON'T put in the electorate newsletter, but loves to put in that sidelines business, "Public Advocate" (which he operates on government resources, which is why he is under investigation...I note his letter didn't say a thing about the actual charges in the slightest)
  • "The homosexual lobbies fully support the invasive body cavity searches of elderly citizens, small children, young women and the absurd and dangerous X-Ray machines that scan the human form in minute detail— anybody and everybody for little security reasons whatsoever." - October 24, 2012
  • It was worse than I ever imagined. Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling. My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. [...] Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.
  • [An open Letter to Mitt Romney on who should be his VP candidate] “Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Joe Farah, or Chuck Norris would be a great pick from just ten top conservative leaders,”

Another (very specifically fundraising) letter he wrote mentions dangerous legislation like

  • 1) The Homosexual Classrooms Act, requiring every school — even private and religious schools — to teach appalling homosexual acts.
  • 2) The Offense to Marriage Act, repealing the Defense of Marriage Act which has stood for over a decade against the Homosexual Lobby.
    If passed, wedding gown-clad men smooching before some left-wing clergyman or state official is just the beginning.
    You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.

  • 3) The Gay Bill of Special Rights, granting special job rights to homosexuals. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
    Radical homosexuals will terrorize day cares, hospitals and churches.

culminating, of course, with "In fact, if I’m to effectively defeat even one of these bills, I’m going to need an immediate influx of funds." - Fear-mongering, hatred, and an annoyingly active imagination unable to see reality in the slightest, and his flock should give him money for that. 

How detached from reality is he? He even made a post (I think a tweet, but I can't recall now) about how "his" Sterling so overwhelmingly voted Republican in November (facts? Obama took 65%, Kaine took 68% - both contributing to their late-night wins once the votes were counted - and within Sterling, Wolf was in the minority, though he took his district thanks to Fauquier and Winchester, not Loudoun which went 50/50).  A few hours later, he took that one down.

By the way, the mailing list of people who love to read that kind of stuff?  In the months prior to the election, he sold it.  To Bachmann, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, likely more.

He personally takes home about $171,000 a year writing this stuff, according to analysis of public tax filings.  And this is a 'non-profit' advocacy group, btw.  And that's on top of his PACs, his investments, and his income from the Loudoun Board.  He actually primarily lives in Falls Church (ironically because it has better schools for his kids, who knew?).

And no, I have NO intention of linking to to those pages...but he clearly owns it, as shown by the whois records for the domain.

But no, he's not one who "hates" and there is no "hate" in Sterling, except against him.

Really.


acroyear: (number 2 judge)

about this kid that decides to break copyright law on a scale the record industry can only dream of, gets prosecuted, and decides that death is better* than indentured servitude as he would have to pay off a huge fine and/or jail for the rest of his life, and deciding to do so even before actually appealing to a judge for leniency which is often granted in copyright cases.

really.  i don't care.  he wasn't a hero, he was a thief who got caught.

Is there a problem in that publishers often don't redistribute royalties to the authors?  of course there is.  in some cases it is contractual (the author accepts the initial advance in lieu of fighting for accounting which often doesn't amount to much).  in other cases, yes, the publishers are being jerks through bad accounting practices.  this latter case happens in ALL the creative industries, from records that never recoup in spite of selling hundreds of thousands, to Lord of the Rings never making a profit on 1 billion in ticket sales collectively.

but if one is going to practice civil disobedience to raise awareness for an issue, one should accept the consequences of that.  Any 'academic' should know that, from Emerson, to Thoreau, MLK Jr, and even Jesus, all of whom accepted the jail time that came with the disobedience they practiced.

This kid didn't.  he cut an ran.  he wasn't a hero, he was a coward.

and I have no sympathy at all.

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* I'm aware that he suffered from depression, as is the case in most suicides, and that the prosecutors involved ignored that and refused to come to some arrangement, but all things being equal, the law is the law.  He simply shouldn't have done that if he wasn't able to deal with the inevitable consequences of prosecution.

acroyear: (schtoopid)
This tweet after the election cracked me up:

Guy Nicolucci@Nicolucci1899
Karl Rove has redistributed more money from billionaires than Barack Obama ever will.

Funniest Election Tweet | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
acroyear: (coyote1)
Ohio Republicans Think Romney Killed Bin Laden? | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Every once in a while you see a poll result that just leaves your jaw agape. Here’s a perfect example. A Public Policy Polling survey over the weekend asked who respondents thought was more responsible for the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama or Mitt Romney.

Now the answer to this should be obvious, since Romney could not possibly have had anything to do with it. Not so to Republican voters in that state, apparently, since only 38% of them answered Obama — with 15% saying Romney gets more credit and 47% saying they don’t know. I’m dumbfounded.
Stupidity of this magnitude should be painful.
acroyear: (coyote1)
So let’s recap:

1. If a hurricane hits Place A, God is sending a message to them — a message that just happens to confirm all the preexisting bigotries of the people decoding the message.

2. If the hurricane doesn’t hit Place A, it’s because they prayed it away to hit another place.

3. If the hurricane hits Place B, the fact that large numbers of local residents were also praying for the hurricane not to hit them is meaningless to the inhabitants of Place A.

4. No matter what happens, residents of both Place A and Place B will continue to believe the same thing about eventualities 1 and 2.

Faith — keeping people impervious to logic for thousands of years.
CBN: Isaac Prayed Away from RNC | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
acroyear: (number 2 judge)
I just fired the following off to the North Carolina DoJ:
There is a scam originating from this phone number. You are called (in this case, my wife was but they were asking for me) and informed you have been sued and must call this number 704-464-1068 (a Charlotte number, hence my reporting it to North Carolina). When you call, you are told about some credit card debt, usually a negligible amount (in this case, about $668) and that they have been trying to reach you for years (in this case, since 2009 going to 2011).

They may have some personal information on you but in my case it was almost 20 years out of date.

They also claim the client* is Wachovia, but Wachovia has been Wells Fargo for several years now**.

The main part of the scam is that they are willing to settle 'pennies on the dollar' (typical scam catch phrase) provided you give them your financial data. I of course did not. If I was really being sued, the settlement would still go through a proper collections agency that's BBB certified or directly through the bank itself.

After failing enough 'sniff tests', I googled and found others harassed by the same operation: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-704-464-0168/1 . At no point did I give them any new personal information other than the city I live in.  As I did not lose any money, I have no need of 'resolution' - I just think this likely illegal operation should be stopped.
Subsequent googling finds they may be associated with an Atlanta company, "Velocity Payment Solutions".

* in spite of being a lawsuit, they did not use the word Plaintiff

** most of their credit card accounts were sold off to Chase or BoA in order to make the deal get past the FTC and SEC.

The other 'sniff test' failure that I caught was that, in trying to figure out if this was a case of identity theft, I kept trying to pry out of them the date the account was allegedly created. They couldn't give me that. Thing is, that's trivially found because all of that type of data (company, start, end, credit, and debt) is on every credit report around, which would include up to date addresses (especially for someone who has owned a home and refi'ed several times in the last decade). If Wachovia really wanted to find me, it would have been trivial to do so, and if I had a debt of this age and nature (granted, peanuts to my current income), I sure as hell wouldn't have the credit rating to get the refi rates I got).
acroyear: (ponder this)
The one thing I captured from the film and music montage section of the opening ceremonies was this:

Everything we yanks started, and then got tired of, the British picked up and turned into a bigger success and reinvigorated it. Sitcoms (The Office?), soap operas (they invented the idea that one could go prime time), war movies, sports movies, rock and roll (remember, in America, the music died in February of 1959, and everybody at the time expected it to stay dead), and much more*. They didn't invent the art forms, but they turned them into something that can last and continue to be built upon where-as the Americans burn out an idea almost instantly and tire of it thinking there's nothing more to do.

Tim Berners-Lee didn't invent the internet, but he invented a technique that reinvigorated it in a way that nobody could ignore. And THAT is why he was there - what he did to internet technology was exactly what each of the British film and music groups represented in that section had done to the genres of American pop music they developed from.

*(game shows, for example, though the montage didn't include that genre)

[This is distinctive from the Canadian presentation 2 1/2 years ago, where the overall expression was "you know all that stuff you like? well, some of that is actually us, thank you very much...]
acroyear: (number 2 judge)
There's the big question of why did Roberts become the swing.  More importantly (to those reading in detail) why did he change his mind so late in the process (like his namesake did in '37).

My belief: Roberts didn't do it to "protect the supreme court".  He did it to save Scalia.  He did it to protect the Wickard wide-reading of the Commerce Clause that had proven so useful for other conservative decisions like the federal ban on medical marijuana (what should be a 'states rights' issue) and the federal ban on assisted suicide (ditto).

Scalia's dissent, which if you read it right was originally meant to be the decision, as it mentions Ginsberg's "dissent" (that wasn't, it became a concurrence) several times, matched with a recent document he wrote recently basically saying that SCOTUS overreached in Wickard and that the wide reading of Commerce (which he himself used in his decisions on those two cases) was wrong.  They (Scalia, Alito, Thomas) were going to restore limits on the Commerce Clause solely to get rid of the health care law.

Roberts wouldn't let them do it.

He must have a reason. There is (and it will likely take me days to find it) an upcoming case where a Wickard-style wide-reading of the Commerce Clause is going to be the critical decider, and it must be one that is bigger than somethign as simple as charging 4 million people $500 a year for opting out of insurance.  He wasn't saving SCOTUS from being seen as partisan (far too late for that).  He is saving the Commerce Clause itself for more important conservative things ahead, real business issues rather than a simple social issue (one that fiscal conservatives actually like as they're the ones that came up with it 16 years ago).
acroyear: (lets try that again)
Left this as a comment at Cringely's site:

I believe (and a commentator at CNBC thinks so, too) that there were just too many shares put up for sale.  
The trouble with today was that the day-traders got hit first by not being in on the first 90 minutes due to the technical issues, and then the disappointments started.  The price didn't jump.  It didn't jump because there were just too many shares at play - no one set of sales could drive the price up because too many other trades were happening at the price already set.  Prices rise because of scarcity and demand, and there simply was no scarcity - there were just too many shares available for the demand.
The only people that made profits today were the companies that managed the trades on commission.  One would have had a bigger profit day-trading e-Trade than Facebook.
acroyear: (weirdos...)
Chicken or the Gays: Make a Choice About Eating Chick-fil-A:
If you'd really like to support gays and lesbians in a world lousy with Chick-fil-As, how about this tactic instead: From now on, don't fucking eat at Chick-fil-A if you are a person who believes gays are equal to you and deserving of equal treatment under the law. No equivocating and no buying back karma with pity donations to gay-rights groups. Simply avoid the chain for as long as it upholds its homophobic ties. Full stop.

Is this really that hard to do? Is Chick-fil-A so delicious that people are willing to ignore their most cherished principles in order to eat a couple handfuls of its sodium-drenched chicken wads? I haven't eaten Chick-fil-A in about a decade, but the last time I did, I don't remember it being all that spectacular. The meat was average and the buns were soggy, soaked through with butter and brine from anemic pickle discs. It certainly wasn't good enough food to get me to forsake my belief that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry. Which is why, when I found out Chick-fil-A's Southern Baptist leaders believed otherwise, I stopped eating there and started eating at the thousands of other places that serve greasy, hastily made, inexpensive sandwiches.
I made the decision to do exactly that. I don't miss it.  At all.
acroyear: (fof not quite right)
everybody passing around that 2006 recap of the Joshua Bell metro thing on facebook, as if it was just about "beauty" and not an insult to real street performers.  There was a lot more to that story than just people ignoring great music 'cause they were in a hurry...
acroyear: (car1)
NTSB Pushing for Full Cell Phone Ban, Misses The Point | The Truth About Cars:
The short story is that the driver of the pickup, a nineteen year old with no previous accidents or traffic violations, slammed into the back of the semi after it had slowed for construction. The pickup was then crushed by the first school bus, which was impacted by the second school bus. The first bus ended up sitting on top of the semi, both axels completely off the ground, with the remains of the pickup crushed below it. While it is impossible to know if the driver of the pickup was texting at the moment of the impact, according to the NTSB they had “sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash”.

The problem with this article, and the attempt by the NTSB to use it to gain public momentum in their quest against distracted driving, is that much of the fault lies with the driver of the first school bus. No mention is made regarding the bus driver’s responsibility to follow a safe distance, nor to pay attention to road conditions farther than the bumper of the vehicle directly ahead. An article from the Huntington Post, posted just after the accident happened in August of 2010, makes no specific mention of the time of day or if there were any low-visibility conditions. However the photos show the accident scene during daylight hours and there are no obvious reasons why the bus driver would have been unable to clearly see what was happening ahead.

The emphasis on cell phones and texting dangers become even less significant when, towards the end of the article, they admit “Investigators also found significant problems with the brakes of both school buses involved in the accident. A third school bus sent to a hospital after the accident to pick up students crashed in the hospital parking lot when that bus’ brakes failed.” Yet of course “the brake problems didn’t cause or contribute to the severity of the accident, investigators said”.

Any responsible driver will admit that texting while driving is certainly not a safe activity, and while we can debate if it is more or less dangerous than eating, shaving, dealing with the kids, or any of the millions of things we do behind the wheel that don’t involve piloting the car the NTSB is spinning this story into a cell phone/texting safety issue. The article itself even points out that the driver was breaking the law, as Missouri already bans any driver under 21 from texting while driving. How further laws would have worked to prevent this tragedy is not explained.

If we are going to ban the use of portable devices while behind the wheel, it should be based on actual facts as they relate to the safety of those devices and not ignore the simple lack of driver training and skill that is truly the real cause behind many of these types of accidents.
acroyear: (fof good book)
...and it isn't just the whole "Thanking God When We Win" (as if God really cares who wins a football game).
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.  So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:5-6:9)
The problem isn't that he is a Christian.  The problem is that he is going out of his way to make a display of the fact that he is a Christian, and then he is reaped praises by the evangelicals for his display of faith.  Yet these same Evangelicals would condemn a player in the harshest of terms if he happened to be Muslim and decided that in the middle of a game he was going to make a display of praying towards Mecca.

This is not true Christianity.  This is wearing the label of Christianity on as a badge of honor, praised upon by others in a show of pure, raw tribalism.

This is what God truly commanded us NOT to do when we were ordered (by those very Commandments these people want to put up in every American courthouse, in spite of the dubious Constitutionality of them) to "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.".  That is what he and others are doing, they are wearing God's name as a vanity (the true meaning of this term), and as such he is in my opinion setting a bad, very UN-Jesus-like example to his fans.

And yeah, I have a problem with that.  People like him are the reason I have overtly declared (in spite of my faith, such as it is), that I am not a 'Christian' anymore.  I refuse to wear the same label as they choose to own and control and wield as a tool to control others.  They can have it.
acroyear: (fof pb neverending)
If Your Business Model Requires Ridiculous Gouging, Then… | Mike the Mad Biologist:
There was a time, admittedly so long ago that liberals freely roamed the political landscape, when banks made profits and didn’t have to have to gouge customers. In fact, they made profits, and debit cards hadn’t even been invented yet (terrifying, isn’t it, kids?). How did they do this?
MtMB talks about how they didn't make loans that sucked, but there was and is more to it: the interest rates for the loans were higher than they are now.

We all hear about the positives of the 3.X % house loan (nice, if you can get it), but truth is that low rate loan is death to the banks.  It is a major reason the banks wouldn't have survived the mess even if they didn't also get involved in the tranching and securities scheme (thanks to Bush II era deregulation).  Banks make profits, just like any other company, by making more money than they spend.  Except there's more to it - by making more money than they spend or lose.

When the interest rates were (Reagan era) 12% for solid customers, and 18% for risky, the 12% was enough to cover the losses from the risky ones that defaulted.  If an 18%'er actually succeeded, then it was a double-win - the customer got a better credit rating the next time, while the bank raked in even more profit.  At reasonable interest rates, the system works.

The current interest rates, while seemingly good, are not reasonable.  They are atrociously low.  There simply is no profit to be made through them.  The main rate for decent customers is barely enough to account for the expenses of getting the loan established in the first place (plus the subsequent handling when it is acquired by Freddie Mac).  It doesn't even come close to covering loans that fail.

As such, the banks simply won't make ANY loan that has even the slightest risk of failure, including and especially loans to small businesses (in spite of the federal guarantees attached to recent stimulus plans).

So long as they know they aren't making profit doing what banks are supposed to do (make loans), and they can't make gobs of money the easy way (by getting into the Wall Street gambling racket that almost destroyed the whole system), then the only way left to make money is charging customers tons of fees for things that cost them nothing at all.

I'll stick with my credit union (for 21 years so far), thank you very much...
acroyear: (disney toad)
I did realize something interesting about Jobs's passing that few have commented on.  Most are concerned about how the loss affects Apple stock.  Few have actually asked how the loss will affect Disney stock.  The #1 stockholder has passed on, his stocks still sitting in his own account.  That stock will have to be distributed to his wife and children (and any others), subject to the terms of any will he might have had (given that he's known this might happen any second now for years, I'm sure he kept it up to date).

Not all the recipients will likely want to keep the stock, but will just sell, take the cash, pay the tax bill, and move on.

It is likely, then, that a massive ton of Disney stock is about to go on sale that somebody will have to buy.  If Iger is smart, he'll have the company buy it back in order to have a better pool to distribute to employees, but I'm not sure (with ABC's lackluster performance this year, albeit on part with the rest of the major networks) that he can really talk the board into that large a cash payout. In any case, the large supply will drop the price pretty drastically for a few weeks until things sort themselves out.  Only if Iger acts quickly (by offering a price above the market price) can he avoid having the price drop to the point that it inspires a larger sell-off.
acroyear: (don't let the)
New NPR Head Comes From 'Sesame Street' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source | American Voices:
National Public Radio announced Sunday that its new CEO would be Gary Knell, CEO of the Sesame Workshop, home of Sesame Street. What do you think?


Their jokes are ok with this one but I liked my own first thought:

"Cool. Given Sesame Street's expertise in promotions and fundraising, I can't wait to go to "NPR Park", or see get the new NPR studio toy set from Fisher Price for my kid this Christmas!"

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