NFL notes, 1.10.k5

A bad weekend, yes it was.

1. The teams I was rooting for went 0-4 this weekend. Nothing really tragic here, though. The teams I really hate are already working on their golf games this year, and the only remaining team I had an interest in, the Broncos, got more or less what I expected them to get. Still, I hate the damned Rams – mainly I hate anything to do with Georgia Frontiere. The Vikes don’t matter one way or another once you get past Randy Moss. And I was sorta wishing the best for Drew Brees because I tend to root for the guy who got written off and came back to prove them wrong.

2. Now, about Mr. Moss. Randy serves a valuable purpose in the NFL. He’s there to prove that Terrell Owens isn’t the biggest punk in the league. I don’t have a lot to say that isn’t obvious, I guess. Moss is an STWoS (Supremely Talented Waste of Skin®), and there’s not much that disgusts me worse in life than somebody who is blessed with every gift in the world but chooses to use those gifts to piss on everything in sight. If I had a magic wand I’d love to wave it and give the disabled kid in the wheelchair up on the first level Randy’s talent and put Randy in the chair, at least for a few days. See how he reacted the next time he was blessed enough to score a touchdown, maybe.

If the NFL doesn’t want to do anything about his little display yesterday, that’s cool. I’ll tune in long enough to see who their advertisers are so I can shop the competition.

3. What will it take for the Broncos to fire Shanahan? Seriously – what would it take? Is it possible that the Niners will come calling if Pete Carroll gives them a pass?

4. While I don’t care about the Seahawks one way or another, I have to give it up for the uniforms, which I think are the best among the “new generation” unis in the league.

5. All bitching aside, there should be some great games next week. I’ll be interested to see what the Colts can do under less optimal conditions (and against an actual NFL defense). Gods, Manning is just not real. The whole game must move in slo-mo for him…..

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ENTJ?

Interesting. I’ve always tested as an ENFP, although I’ve always been really close on the F/T scale. The J here is perhaps an artifact of simply having to be more organized in my professional life.

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Actualized type: ENTJ
(who you are)

ENTJ – “Field Marshall”. The basic driving force and need is to lead. Tend to seek a position of responsibility and enjoys being an executive. 1.8% of total population.

Preferred type: ENTP
(who you prefer to be)

ENTP – “Inventor”. Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative. 3.2% of the total population.

Attraction type: ENTJ

(who you are attracted to)

ENTJ – “Field Marshall”. The basic driving force and need is to lead. Tend to seek a position of responsibility and enjoys being an executive. 1.8% of total population.

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Stupid Factor

Viewer sues “Fear Factor”
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A viewer is suing NBC for $2.5 million, contending that he threw up because of a “Fear Factor” episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.

Austin Aitken told The Associated Press he watches “Fear Factor” often and had no problem with past installments where the reality show’s participants ate worms and insects in pursuit of a $50,000 prize — but eating rats went “too far.”

“It’s barbaric, some of the things they ask these individuals to do,” Aitken said Thursday.

Story

This guy is a moron of the highest order. Not only should his suit be tossed out, but he should be tossed in. To jail. For wasting the time of the court system.

Stewart wins! CNN 86es “Crossfire”

Holy mother of Mergatroid. CNN has canceled “Crossfire.”

CNN/U.S. President Jonathan Klein sided yesterday with comedian Jon Stewart, who used a “Crossfire” appearance last fall to rip the program as partisan hackery. “I think he made a good point about the noise level of these types of shows, which does nothing to illuminate the issues of the day,” Klein said in an interview. Viewers need “useful” information in a dangerous world, he said, “and a bunch of guys screaming at each other simply doesn’t accomplish that.”

The news isn’t all wonderful, of course – they’ll be rolling a “Crossfire” segment into “Inside Politics.” But we’ll take it.

[Thanks for Denny Wilkins for the tip.]

SEJ tsunami Q&A

Thanks to Denny Wilkins for passing on this little tipsheet from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
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TIPSHEET SPECIAL EDITION OF 5 JANUARY, 2005 TSUNAMI BACKGROUND INFORMATION

TipSheet provides biweekly news tips for journalists on potential environmental stories and sources. TipSheet is produced jointly by the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. TipSheet is posted to searchable archives on SEJ’s Web site.

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TSUNAMI RAISES MANY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

While the immediate news from the Indian Ocean Tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, will focus on the devastation, the human cost, and relief efforts, the disaster reveals a number of key environmental stories. We can only sketch a few of them here.

1. The most basic question: Could it happen here? Yes indeed, as many major media have already reported. While almost any coastal area, especially low-lying and densely inhabited ones, are somewhat vulnerable, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest coast are especially so because they are near active faults and volcanoes. See “Could It Happen Here? You Bet,” Time, Jan. 2, 2005, by J. Madeleine Nash.

2. Would we have any warning? Maybe, but maybe not enough. While the US (thanks to NOAA and USGS) has one of the best Tsunami warning systems in the world (focusing on AK and the Pacific), it could always be better and it faces numerous practical problems (e.g. dangers of “overwarning”). One key is a global network, and improvement efforts are underway: “Tsunami Group Will Expand Its Network,” New York Times, Jan. 2, 2005, by Andrew C. Revkin.

3. Would any warning make a difference? Not if there was nobody to receive it, no way to broadcast it, and no practical plan for evacuation. Good warning systems and evacuation plans can help communities survive a wide range of disasters not just tsunamis. Yet whatever the hazard — terrorists, tornados, hurricanes, or tsunamis — many communities are woefully underprepared. Are local and FEMA preparedness efforts effective where you are? Starting point. See “Tsunami Warning System Could Be Created,” AP (Philadelphia Inquirer), Jan. 4, 2005, by Michael Casey.

4. Does the way we handle coastal development make a difference? Nearly half the US population lives along the coasts (not all in tsunami-vulnerable areas), and coastal populations tend to be the most densely concentrated. Should the feds stop subsidizing and limit rebuilding aid to folks who insist on building in areas prone to coastal flooding? Hurricanes, flooding, erosion, subsidence, energy development, and wetlands preservation are all linked to tsunami-proofing. Starting point: (follow links to your state program).

5. There are numerous other environmental angles. Some of the island nations hardest hit experienced essentially a preview of hazards they face as global warming brings sea level rise. One SEJ member reports that losses of life and property were highest in places where mangrove swamp had been logged and replaced by shrimp farms. Many are asking why animals seem to sense coming seismic disasters and flee — and whether this could offer humans a useful warning. Better understanding of tsunamis and protection from them depends on many kinds of basic oceanographic research, including mapping of sea-floor topology. While not as compelling as the human tragedy, the impacts of the tsunami on coral reefs and atolls, barrier islands, coastal wetlands, and ecosystems will also be a major story.

“The Asian Tsunami: Think Globally, Locally, Journalistically,” first in a series from the Poynter Institute, asks questions and offers resources to consider when covering this type of catastrophe. Includes a link to an excellent USGS web page, Tsunamis and Earthquakes, which provides information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes as well as animations, virtual reality models of tsunamis, and summaries of past research studies. Other handy web links include the South Asian Journalists Association’s Tsunami Roundup, Tips & Sources, and many more in SEJ’s own Useful Links database (search on ‘tsunami’).

SOME TSUNAMI SOURCES:

Is that better?

For some odd reason folks attempting to post replies to my blog entries have been faced with the challenge of composing those replies in black text on a black background (thanks to fikshun for his incessant bitching on the subject). I have no idea why this was happening – the site isn’t designed that way and it didn’t used to be that way and I made no changes that would cause it to be that way. But there it was.

So this morning I spend an hour or two reconstructing the color and layout set of the site, and from what I can tell the problem is now fixed. So testify away, brothers and sisters….