Anderson Cooper


V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014

Idiot Box

10 ... 9 ... Oh, You Know the Routine

New Year’s Eve around the dial

Should you spend your New Year’s Eve watching Pitbull, Carson Daly, Anderson Coooper, Nick Cannon or the gang at Fox News?
V.20 No.38 |

news

The Daily Word in Stephen King, paper money, rape and cafeterias

The Daily Word

The Small/Faces are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The first Chinese space lab is called Heavenly Palace.

At last, Andy Rooney puts us out of our misery.

Sephen King is writing a sequel to The Shining. It's called Dr. Sleep.

Blind man vs. U.S. paper money.

Well, duh. Roman Polanski admits he's a rapist. Meanwhile, the federal definition of rape is 80 years old and only applies to women.

Apple's corporate cafeteria is as awesome as you've imagined it.

Anderson Cooper doesn't really care for food.

New York Police Department's brutality is finally getting TV media attention. Here are some less frightening scenes from the Wall Street protest.

The great pumpkin, for real.

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
http://www.trendmixer.com/never-forget

opinion

May the Media Remind Us Lest We Forget.

During Sunday’s somber coverage of the 9/11 memorial service at ground zero, Anderson Cooper noted that the “images still shock, the heartbreak still hurts.” This could not be a more blatant understatement in the service of dramatic effect. Of course they still hurt, and of course they still shock, Anderson. It's not as if we've forgotten. And, in fact, the suggestion that we may have only serves as a sort of insult to our national and personal integrity.

As an American who was an eye-witness to the attack, to the 22.2 million inhabitants of the NYC metro area, and to the rest of the nation who watched with horror and fear on the internet and television as the unspeakable and far-off threat became a blatant nightmare reality, this phrase cannot help but take on a hollow ring. It has only been 10 years since the singular terrorist attack of that magnitude on American soil in our country's long history. Honestly, who does the media think is forgetting?

This blogger for one will never forget how it felt to be awoken by call from a friend in Brooklyn who saw both planes hit, dashing dazed from her apartment on the Jersey side of Lincoln Harbor to see both towers spitting flames. She'll never forget rushing down to the ferry dock and standing numb with a small gaggle of onlookers in collective disbelief; or when she heard on the portable radio one of them carried as a beacon of information that we all clung to in that time and space, so suspended and surreal, that The Pentagon had been targeted as well. And, you can be damn sure, Anderson Cooper, that nothing will ever erase the image in my brain of that first tower as it fell in impossible and interminable slow motion, as the window glass fluttered, lazily glittering in agonizing descent long after the building rubble collapsed into the cloud of dust that consumed it from below as from the depths of hell; not to mention the weeks focused on an attempted return to normalcy replete with the ever-present foreboding fear that the events of that morning were the harbinger of a full-scale assault that would rear its head in myriad other unsuspected forms. It turned the world upside-down, made terror real, literally haunted my dreams, and all but gave birth to the notion that we as Americans are not immune to acts of war on our own soil.

In this media-blitz-perpetual-information/communication-age, while it is by no means an implausible assertion that our global collective attention span, and by extension, memory is at an all time low, I can't help wondering if I'm alone in feeling that this “Never forget.” campaign was insultingly overblown, cartoonish, mishandled and TOO SOON. And, as if the news and social media outlets' saturation campaigns weren't sufficient in creating this feeling, being visually assaulted by blatant marketing tie-ins while watching football yesterday drove the nails in deep. Every ad spot from Budweiser to Ford reminding me not to forget about 9/11 as I watched Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez try to outdumb each other, I couldn't escape the feeling that I was creating a new memory in my 9/11 experience: I'll never forget that the 10th anniversary of the most stirring and frightening event in recent US history provided a universally-capitalized-upon marketing opportunity for beer and trucks.

On that note, I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to DirectTV for making fast forwarding through advertisements possible. God bless this military/industrial/entertainment complex.

V.19 No.22 |

history lesson

DayBird - June 3rd

1839 – In China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 2.6 million pounds of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a justification to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War. After the destruction of the opium, Lin Zexu jotted a note to the Queen of GB and said, "why you got to go be like that?" Her response was less than friendly.

1937 – The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American chick.

1941Here stood Kandanos, destroyed in retribution for the murder of 25 German soldiers, never to be rebuilt again. The Wehrmacht razes the Greek village of Kandanos to the ground, killing 180 of its inhabitants and slaughtering all livestock.

1968 – Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol being shooting him. pow, pow. You watched the movie. When asked to explain, she said that Warhol "had too much control over my life." Warhol refused to testify against her.

Warhol had this to say about the attack: "Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television – you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television."

wow. She really should of tried harder.

1929 - Chuck Barris, game show host and self proclaimed hitman for the C.I.A., is born. We have him to thank for classics, such as: The Gong Show, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game. In Barris's autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, originally published in 1984, Barris claimed to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as an assassin in the 1960s and the 1970s. deny, deny, deny. The CIA denies Barris ever worked for them in any capacity. duh. CIA spokesman Paul Nowack said Barris' assertions that he worked for the spy agency "[are] ridiculous. It's absolutely not true." 

1967 – Happy Birthday, Silver Fox!