"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Reaganomics, Galactica, Speed Racer Snubbed, CNN Firings, and Scrubs

Consequence of Reaganomics - Thom Hartmann makes a pretty good argument that the current near economic depression is a culmination of Reaganomics. Obviously I agree. The problem with Supply Side Economics is no different then communism for neither theory takes into account self destructive greed. The theories essentially assume people will be "forced" to do the right thing by needs of the market and of course this isn't the case. The result has been the utter stagnation of the last 8 years, which would have been longer if the internet boom had not occurred. The idea is keep corporations happy and everyone will be happy because corporations know what is best for us all. Obviously this is completely wrong and now we are paying for it dearly.

Speed Racer Locked Out of Oscars - Whether you liked the movie or not, you have to agree the movie was visual new, unique and had wonderful special effects. So why is Oscar choosing to ignore the movie for movies that did better at the box office? The short list for Special Effects categories include Australia, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cloverfield, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hancock, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Quantum of Solace and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Notice that many of these movies have sub par or average special effects and few did anything that is new or innovative. However all did better then Speed Racer at the box office.

Bush To Obamas: No Room for You - Traditionally the Blair House becomes the home of the President-Elect until the current President vacates. Bush being Bush though has decided the Obamas cannot use the residence citing that it’s currently being used. By who is unknown but I am betting money is involved.

Battlestar Galactica Webisodes - Now on Sci-Fi are five minutes or so episodes that take place during the final season of Battlestar Galactica and can hint at what is coming in the current season. So far the production value is pretty good and not as cheap as I assumed it would be.

Blood Bath at CNN - Now I don't like Fox News and have little respect for their puppet Greta Van Susteren but when someone is right, someone is right. In this case she tears into CNN management for once again firing people just days before Christmas as a means to hit budget numbers that they failed to meet. As she rightly points out, if money was that tight maybe they could have not spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising for their "Heroes" program and kept a few people around for a year. Seems like a smart trade-off to me - the work and effort of people for a full year or a few extra eyeballs for a two hour program. Sadly it’s just another sign of why Fox News beats CNN consistently in the ratings and why it’s tragic that Ted Turner ever sold his company to AOL and their incompetent executives.

Scrubs Montage - Cute montage from the various years of Scrubs that will start its final season on ABC starting in January. One of my favorites shows of all time.

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