Out And About

Raining here in Los Angeles, with 54 degrees at 8:12 AM.   Local tv news went into weather hyperdrive last night (that’s what they do here in L.A.), with live reports from the scene of drenching rain that has not yet fallen and  mudslides that have yet to occur.  Oh, but it could be bad.  Really bad.  Oh my!  Yes Virginia, we know it could.  And thanks for scaring the bejesus out of us so many times that we’ve all grown numb to your incessant alerts.

(“context”   noun:  discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation)

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Ken Auletta, has written what appears to be an interesting piece on “Story Control”  in The New Yorker, but you’ll have to subscribe to get at it.

‘Auletta writes, “The news cycle is getting shorter—to the point that there is no pause, only the constancy of the Web and the endless argument of cable. This creates pressure to entertain or perish, which has fed the press’s dominant bias: not pro-liberal or pro-conservative but pro-conflict.”

  • Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, tells Auletta, “What used to drive one or two days of coverage and questions is now readily subsumed every few hours.”
  • David Axelrod tells Auletta, “There are some really good journalists there, really superb ones. But the volume of material they have to produce just doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for reflection.”’  -The New Yorker

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Looks like the New York Times is set to begin charging for access to its website.

“New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside the paper, the choice for some time has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system adopted by the Financial Times, in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. The Times seems to have settled on the metered system.” NY Magazine

“He’s about 20 pounds lighter, dabbles in yoga and has declared Mondays “meatless.”

Six months into his second and last term as mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa appears noticeably more at ease both at City Hall and personally.

Villaraigosa credits the change in part to his decision to forgo a run for governor this year, shedding the incessant political speculation that he acknowledges was a major distraction.

The personal fallout from his extramarital affair in 2007, which led to salacious national headlines and the breakup of his 20-year marriage, has also had time to settle both for him and for his children.” -LA Times

The newspaper reports that the Mayor “shied away” from saying much about his relationship with former Miss. USA and tv reporter Lu Parker.

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Ricky Gervais, got off a couple of pretty good shots while hosting the Golden Globes last night.  One involved ribbing Paul McCartney about what is sometimes the high cost of ending relationships.  Sir Paul, was not smiling.  The other had to do with an incident in Malibu involving Mel Gibson.

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We are now experiencing moderate rainfall here in the San Fernando Valley as the STORMWATCH! continues. Must leave you now and get back to work on my ark.

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