DOG SAVES DISCARDED INFANT FROM GARBAGE - “A clever dog has been rewarded after carrying a plastic bag containing a newborn girl from a roadside rubbish dump back to its home.”
A dog named Pui in Thailand discovered a newborn infant who had been discarded in a plastic bag. Pui carried the baby back home and his owner alerted authorities. Pui is a Thai Bangkaew breed. Read more from the Bangkok Post:
The male Thai Bangkaew dog named Pui took the white plastic bag from a dump site in tambon Sala Loi in Tha Rua district to his master Gumnerd Thongmak’s house and barked loudly to get attention.
Mr Gumnerd’s niece, Sudarat, 12, said she went downstairs after hearing Pui barking and found the bag on the patio. She opened it and was shocked to find a newborn baby inside. Sudarat ran to get her mother and they took the baby to Tha Rua Hospital.
Pui yesterday received a leather collar and a medal from Tha Rua district Red Cross Chapter as a token of appreciation for his clever rescue.
Thanks to Pui, the little baby avoided a terrible fate. Several people have already expressed a desire to adopt the baby. Click here for the full story. (Photos by Sunthorn Pongpao)
Meet Network News Service, the ABC-, CBS-, and Fox- owned cooperative that brings you the same canned local news, no matter where you live or what network you’re watching
May 1, 2013
If you’ve ever seen the video above, or this one or this one, you’ve probably wondered just how it happens that local news stations on different networks around the country report the same stories… in exactly the same ways.
Wonder no more, because the lone pamphleteer did some digging and and came up with some pretty interesting dirt on the Network News Service (NNS), a “pioneering” organization formed in 2000 by ABC News One (owned by Disney), CBS Newspath, and Fox News Edge with the goal of cutting costs for all three networks by pooling resources and sharing footage. Over 500 affiliates of the three networks were members as of 2005, meaning they receive the prepackaged footage, soundbites, and scripted leads to which the local stations could add their own original spin.
To get around the appearance of colluding (and presumably to avoid criminal liability for anti-competitive behavior) NNS doesn’t allow the same footage to flow to two competing affiliates in the same city, although affiliates of each network could play the same footage at the same time as long as they are all in different cities.
Much of this information comes from a very revealing CBS blog post about NNS from 2005, which relates the obvious reasons for why all three networks would want to enter into this deal. They only have to set up one camera at events, for one, and they all tend to voluntarily share with each other “because of the cooperative nature of NNS”— “they know they must participate in order to reap the organization’s benefits.” And, of course, it gives the three networks a competitive edge over NBC and CNN.
Three of the largest American media conglomerates cooperating in the production and distribution of news sounds like a great business plan to me, but doesn’t that violate Federal Communications Commission rules about competition and monopoly? It probably would have before the FCC deregulated the telecommunications industry, first under Reagan, and then further under Clinton following the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Now, as this chart demonstrates, a handful of massive corporations owns and controls most of our media, from initial production to final distribution— and with little regulatory oversight. And, lest you think we might start correcting this dangerous course soon, this just in: Obama’s new pick for FCC chairman has been a top lobbyist for the cable industry since 1979 (and more recently for wireless companies), probably championing a lot of the policies that led to such drastic consolidation.
In an even more dystopic twist on its business model, NNS began employing what appears to be robots in 2008 (or earlier). Generation Technologies Corporation (GTC) provides NNS with its “next generation network newsroom and affiliate content management system. The system known as NIM™ is based on GTC’s Newsroom Information Model.”
[GTC’s products] include software and hardware for all aspects of managing a network television newsroom from the assignment desk to the contribution and distribution of video clips and news wires. GTC provides industry tested bundled solutions using a standards-based, open-architecture framework.
If you can figure out what that means, let me know.
Unsurprisingly, in 2010, TV Newser (slogan: “And Now the News… About TV News”) reported that NNS was laying off a number of (living) employees as part of a series of “’sensible adjustments that reflect the partners’ needs as NNS evolves,’ and that new IP transmission technology changed the needs of the organization.” I think that means computers took over the production and distribution of the news, but I could be wrong. According to another press release,
Generation Technologies will use a combination of NIM ‘n-tier’ newsroom technology, Microsoft’s NT and Microsoft’s SQL replication technologies and will provide the main Fox News Edge, CBS Newspath and ABC NewsOne affiliate newsrooms with full metadata replication. Generation Technologies will be interfacing to NNS’s high end Montage video servers.
Again, let me know.
I’m not quite sure what to make of my new found knowledge about Network News Service or the murky underworld of corporate news manufacturing that it reveals, but it certainly deepens my distrust and skepticism of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, it looks like the Koch Brothers are about to buy up the Tribune Company, which would include The Chicago Tribune, The L.A. Times, and The Baltimore Sun. I bet that’s one headline that won’t be syndicated ad nauseum on the news tonight.
-The Lone Pamphleteer
This is so terrible. But thank you, the-lone-pamphleteer, for your hard work on putting this together & posting this.
Well, journalism was already a charade in the nineties, I guess this is the process of ossification. The news is about selling advertising and corporate agendas. If it weren’t, poverty and racism would be on every night with cameras pointed in people’s faces, “So how does it feel to be society’s scapegoat?”
African-Americans are almost FOUR TIMES as likely as white people to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though drug use is the same.
This was on Lawrence last night. It’s nice to see someone - even as unintelligible as him, point this out for MSM audiences.
Actress Angelina Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday that she underwent a double mastectomy to elude breast cancer, a disease which kills half a million around the world every year.
“We often speak of ‘Mommy’s mommy’, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,” wrote Jolie, 37.
“I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene.”
The Oscar-winning actress said her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
“Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy,” she said.
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Dolph Lundgren & Grace Jones, 1983 | Albert Watson
Back when the villains were, you know, obvious.
Jesus Christ did someone flip the “batshit” button because what the hell is going on news?
BREAKING NEWS: This morning Judge Gene Paul Kean of the 5th Circuit Court in Aberdeen, SD dismissed ALL charges in the trial against Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab. This is a huge victory for these two child advocates, who were targeted by the state for speaking out on behalf of sexually molested Lakota foster girls and accusing the DSS of protecting the abusive father. We are grateful to our research and investigative team, which helped expose the state’s actions in a special report last year. And we’re so grateful to our allies and supporters—especially those who made it to Aberdeen for the trial! You can read about Judge Kean’s decision here: http://lakota.cc/U8HK4c
Gee, I wonder if these charges had anything to do with Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab trying to get the state of South Dakota to stop stealing 700 Native American children per month and placing them with white families against the Indian Child Welfare Act.
I imagine it has a bit of something to do with shutting them up so the state can keep receiving the 100 million per year it gets from the government:
States receive money if they move kids out of foster care and into adoption — about $4,000 a child. But according to federal records, if the child has “special needs,” a state can get as much as $12,000.
A decade ago, South Dakota designated all Native American children “special needs,” which means Native American children who are permanently removed from their homes are worth more financially to the state than other children.
So, basically what ends up happening:
[Native American] children make up less than 15 percent of the child population, yet they make up more than half of the children in foster care.
That’s what these charges are meant to try and cover up.
reblogged for added info.
Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer accused of killing four people in revenge for his 2008 firing from the agency for his disputed report of police brutality and corruption in the department, posted a 6-page manifesto before his spree killings.
Dorner is now believed to have been killed by authorities after he fled to a Big Bear Lake cabin which has since burnt to the ground, with the rogue ex-cop believed to be inside while ammunition exploded around him and tear gas flooded the house.
Dorner’s manifesto contained a variety of chilling threats. Notably, Dorner said that his intricate understanding of police procedures would allow him to evade authorities and continue to kill despite a massive manhunt. Whether or not he is alive, Dorner certainly made good on that thread, with the death toll now at four dead (including two police officers) and multiple wounded.
To read the full Chris Dorner manifesto click the link below:
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Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch:
Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers
And Florida Rep. Allen West:
I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics…
Thankfully, former Obama Labor Department chief economist — and friend of Up w/ Chris Hayes — Betsy Stevenson debunks the myth:
Anyone who thinks that political folks can manipulate the unemployment data are completely ignorant of how the BLS works and how the data are compiled.
Update: And now Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has responded, calling the charges “ludicrous.” BLS economist Steve Haugen tells CBS News:
The data are not manipulated for political reasons. I’ve been involved in the process myself for almost three decades. There’s never been any political manipulation of the data, period.