Monday, April 30, 2007
After being out of print for quite awhile, the fine folks at Universal are releasing a special edition DVD tomorrow, entitled "Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition". I don't know if the extras are any good, but I'm not buying it for the extras. Just being able to have this fine film, available to watch any time I please on DVD, is reason enough to buy. This and "Private Parts" are two movies guarenteed to put a smile on my face, no matter how shitty I feel.
It's coming out tomorrow, I hope Target has it, and you should keep an eye out for it too if you appreciate side-splitting comedy. In the meantime, here is one of my favorite clips from the film:
Read more about it here: http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2007-04-30/#celeb1
Anyway, go to www.tv.com, there's a sneak preview of tonight's show. There's apparently a mole (again?) in CTU. Only four more episodes left this season. So watch 24 on Fox tonight at 9 PM...for the good of the country.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Unfortunately, "Raines" has only been doing so-so in its timeslot (Fridays at 9), due to the chokehold CBS has on the night. Friday is such a shitty night for TV anyway, and "Raines" deserves better.
See the show for yourself at http://www.nbc.com/Video/rewind/full_episodes/raines.shtml. If you like it (or better yet, love it), there are a few things you can do to persuade NBC to give this an order for new episodes in the fall. There is an online petition you can sign (http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/raines#sign). Then, you can write NBC at this address:
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523
I am trying to find a phone number, but so far, no luck. Finally, go to this link to email NBC: http://www.nbc.com/Footer/Contact_Us/.
Again, this is a wonderful show that is very worthy of your time. And we can certainly use good TV nowadays. If NBC can give full-season orders to Studio 60 (which sucked, sorry Aaron) or to Friday Night Lights (more people watch the fish tank at my local pet store than this show), they can certainly give one to a great newcomer like "Raines". So what are you waiting for? Watch an episode!
Update (May 30, 10:47 AM): A good customer at my store just happens to work for NBC, she's been there for 40 years. While primarily in the news division, she also has some friends in the entertainment department and told me that she would drop the good word about "Raines" for me. I only regret forgetting to get a phone number at where I could reach NBC's entertainment department. If anyone can find one and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll post it on the blog.
Now, I'm no law-and-order type who glorifies everything law enforcement; I'm very critical of the police and the legal system. But when it comes to anyone willfully attempting to endanger a child, and ready to commit an action that will scar that kid forever, bring on the men in blue.
I just didn't decide to comment tonight on the show. An hour ago, I saw the show "America's Most Wanted" attempt to ape TCAP's formula. I guess the fact that some of these guys were taken off the streets made it by itself worthwhile. But what makes TCAP great is that Hansen almost comes off as a friend to these guys. He is very calm and cordial, and makes an effort to get into these guys' heads. He only makes a wiseass quip when someone tries to tell a particularly tall tale. But John Walsh, the host of AMW, picked the worst possible way to do it. As soon as the guy enters the house, he comes right out and just starts getting into his face. He was totally belligerent, and what's even worse, the cops are cuffing the guy as he's yelling at him. The guy's not gonna say anything to you if he already knows he's under arrest and in legal trouble! On top of that, you're not dealing with run-of-the-mill criminals. These guys are sick. Did Walsh think that yelling at them was going to make them regret what they did and repent their actions?
TCAP is both entertaining and informative. Tonight, AMW was neither, and it really showed me that John Walsh is one of the most obnoxious guys on television. I saw his show from the beginning, and while it was obvious he was new to television, he had a straight-shooting, sensible style that worked to the show's advantage. Ever since he started strutting around in his leather jacket, trying to look like a bad-ass & calling everyone he profiles names like "scumbag" or "creep", the quality of the show has gone down the tubes.
I know I launched this months ago as a global warming blog, and as a site for updates on the rally I was planning to hold nearly a month ago. Due to my busy schedule, I wasn't able to post regularly and I had to also cancel the rally. But due to recent events and a new-found need to blog my feelings and opinions to the world (it'll more likely be that some Indian guy in his 30's will be the only one who reads my blog regularly, if that), I am hoping to make this my own personal blog. I still want to post about global warming and the wider world of politics, but that probably won't be too frequent. I'm a "retired" political activist who has no plans to jump back into the fray. This is more my soapbox, and I also hope to give my opinion on a wide range of issues, as well as keep you abreast of what I'm doing or watching. I want to give more details about me personally, but that'll have to wait, as I have a movie to watch. That's also another thing you'll be seeing, a lot of movie reviews. But let me post a few blogs really quick, before I get to that.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
I realize now it's been a month since I posted. I really didn't realize it was that long, I'm truly sorry. Anyway, unfortunately, for those who haven't heard, I had to cancel the Step It Up event being planned for April 14 in Patchogue. To make a long story short, the property I was planning to hold it on is owned by North Fork Bank, and they weren't willing to grant me its use for a few hours. It was liability or some such bullshit. It was such an ideal location, that I knew any other one wouldn't be able to compare in terms of visibility or outreach. Combine that with my busy schedule, and it wasn't practical. Thankfully, there are quite a few events being held on that day, one in Sayville. Go to www.stepitup.org.
Also, I found this article on MSN. Yes, yet another dire report released by experts on global warming. Pretty deep reading here, except for the last paragraph which is almost laughable and said by someone who you'd think would know better. This person, an oceanographer, says that the worst-case scenarios outlined in the report can't possibly happen because mankind "cannot be that stupid." We can't??? Albert Einstein once said, "there are two infinite things, the universe and man's stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." If we have proven one thing throughout our history, it's that we can be very ignorant and very stupid. There is no topic too important or consequential. Making important strides in tackling global warming will be very difficult, if only because most of us are unwilling to give up our creature comforts.
WASHINGTON - A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming with every degree of temperature rise, most of them bad.
There’s one bright spot: A minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions of the world.
However, the number of species going extinct rises with the heat, as does the number of people who may starve, or face water shortages, or floods, according to the projections in the draft report obtained by The Associated Press
Some scientists are calling this degree-by-degree projection a “highway to extinction.”
It’s likely to be the source of sharp closed-door debate, some scientists say, along with a multitude of other issues in the 20-chapter draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. While the wording in the draft is almost guaranteed to change at this week’s meeting in Brussels, several scientists say the focus won’t.
The final document will be the product of a United Nations network of 2,000 scientists as authors and reviewers, along with representatives of more than 120 governments as last-minute editors. It will be the second of a four-volume authoritative assessment of Earth’s climate released this year. The last such effort was in 2001.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said the chart of results from various temperature levels is “a highway to extinction, but on this highway there are many turnoffs. This is showing you where the road is heading. The road is heading toward extinction.”
Weaver is one of the lead authors of the first report, issued in February.
While humanity will survive, hundreds of millions, maybe billions of people may not, according to the chart—if the worst scenarios happens.
‘Major extinctions around the globe’
The report says global warming has already degraded conditions for many species, coastal areas and poor people. With a more than 90 percent level of confidence, the scientists in the draft report say man-made global warming “over the last three decades has had a discernible influence on many physical and biological systems.”
But as the world’s average temperature warms from 1990 levels, the projections get more dire. Add 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1 degree Celsius is the calculation scientists use—and between 400 million and 1.7 billion extra people can’t get enough water, some infectious diseases and allergenic pollens rise, and some amphibians go extinct. But the world’s food supply, especially in northern areas, could increase. That’s the likely outcome around 2020, according to the draft.
Add another 1.8 degrees and as many as 2 billion people could be without water and about 20 percent to 30 percent of the world’s species near extinction. Also, more people start dying because of malnutrition, disease, heat waves, floods and droughts—all caused by global warming. That would happen around 2050, depending on the level of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.
At the extreme end of the projections, a 7- to 9-degree average temperature increase, the chart predicts: “Up to one-fifth of the world population affected by increased flood events ... “1.1 to 3.2 billion people with increased water scarcity” ...”major extinctions around the globe.”
Despite that dire outlook, several scientists involved in the process say they are optimistic that such a drastic temperature rise won’t happen because people will reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.
“The worst stuff is not going to happen because we can’t be that stupid,” said Harvard University oceanographer James McCarthy, who was a top author of the 2001 version of this report. “Not that I think the projections aren’t that good, but because we can’t be that stupid.”