Oct 2016

Crooked Hillary Experiences Are Total Disasters

– Youtube | Diamond & Silk

Much more here @ Youtube

Aug 2016

Michael Wolff: Why Univision’s $135M Gawker Buy Is a Desperation Play for Millennials

– the Hollywood Reporter


“The Spanish-language broadcaster’s flawed strategy to chase bilingual young audiences with the doomed Fusion TV network has given way to a new obsession with English-only sites like The Onion and The Root as part of a frantic effort to build toward a face-saving IPO.

There may be an aspect of political correctness that has kept most everyone from publicly asking the glaring and bewildering question as to why Univision, the leading U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster, would be pursuing media that has no relationship to the Spanish language or to Spanish-speaking people. Putting aside that the very point about Spanish-language media is that it is in Spanish, what’s wrong with its purchase Aug. 18 of various Gawker Media properties for $135 million? Why should Univision be culturally restricted?

It’s true that its initial venture into non-Spanish-language content has been something of a unique disaster. This is Fusion, an English-language digital-cable combination launched in partnership with ABC/Disney, that was supposed to be a bridge from Univision’s $3 billion a year Spanish-language audience to a richer, younger, bilingual world. But bilingual, Fusion’s managers found, turns out not to be a common interest group — if you speak English as well as Spanish, you have no dearth of media choices and likely no more commonality than other English speakers, according to the many Spanish-language broadcasting executives with whom I discussed Fusion in late August.

The concept then morphed — in an effort to save what many at Univision were writing off as an obvious business mistake — from Hispanic millennials into multicultural millennials. The premise here is that the millennial audience (or the future millennial audience, which presumably will have a different generational moniker) will be mostly nonwhite — i.e., some potentially attractive demographic blend of black, Hispanic and Asian, with many identifying as more than one of the above — and that it will embrace programming that involves progressive social issues and pro-immigration policies.

In fact, Fusion, reportedly paying at least one of its journalists $500,000 a year, turned out to organically attract hardly any audience at all, and was, somewhat abashedly, caught buying virtually all of its digital traffic.

Doubling down, Univision then bought The Root, described as an “English-language American online magazine of African-American culture” (note the levels of cultural nuance). And then, straining even this highly strained audience logic, Univision acquired a controlling interest in satirical publication The Onion. This past spring, ABC, which had been sold on the now-abandoned idea of reaching a bilingual upscale audience, said no thanks, taking back its money and its English-language distribution power. Univision, tripling down — with the general view at Fusion, according to one insider, being “F— ABC, we are who we are” — bought out its partner.

There was a hemorrhage of staff following the loss of the Disney investment and a stream of bleak reports — a management quagmire, a content vacuum, an identity crisis and a complete lack of interest on the part of most people at Univision actually working in Spanish-language media at English-language Fusion.

But now, quadrupling down, Fusion Media Group has added the Gawker properties (including subject-specific verticals Jezebel, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Deadspin and Lifehacker but not the eponymous Gawker, the gossip site whose $140 million judgment against it in Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit for invasion of privacy drove the company into bankruptcy and a sale), ever more firmly hewing to the line of logic taking Univision from its Spanish-language raison d’etre.”

….Continue reading @ Hollywood Reporter

– Question: As Univision’s financial missteps would appear to indicate, does the Spanish language in the USA create a linguistic ghetto for its users? Moreover, is the Spanish language doomed in the USA as generations age and leave a nearly useless language behind?/CJ



Watergate  |  A Conversation With Lowell P. Weicker

– Youtube


May 2016

Prof Herb Schiller on Media, Corporations and Society

– Youtube

– Great video of a great scholar. Schiller clearly foresees the growth of large corporate forces in media and its effects on society.

I went to study at UCSD because of Herbert Schiller who was a professor of media communications there, this type of criticism of big media was established by the likes of George Gerbner and Herbert Schiller.

Read more about Herbert Schiller and George Gerbner here:

New Biography on Herbert Schiller

The Mean World Syndrome – Media As Storyteller – George Gerbner 

– Youtube

Apr 2016

Ice Cube talks Media and Politics to Billboard and Bloomberg

– Billboard

“”Donald Trump is what Americans love. Donald Trump is what Americans aspire to be — rich, powerful, do what you wanna do, say what you wanna say, be how you wanna be,” the rapper-actor said about Trump’s appeal. “That’s kind of been like the American dream. He looks like a boss to everybody, and Americans love to have a boss.”

…See more @ Billboard



The CIA Helped Produce an Episode of ‘Top Chef’

– Vice News


“What do the movies Argo and Zero Dark Thirty have in common with the novel The Devil’s Light by Richard North Patterson; Bravo’s Top Chef Covert Cuisine; the USA Network cable series Covert Affairs; the History Channel documentary Air America: The CIA’s Secret Airline; and the BBC documentary The Secret War on Terror?

They all received “support” from the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA), the division that interacts with journalists and acts as the liaison with the entertainment industry.

But the exact nature and extent of what the OPA did while working on Patterson’s book and the two documentaries is unknown because the CIA does not have a record of its meetings with Patterson and the documentarians. Furthermore, the CIA has only limited records about its work on the five other projects, according to a declassified December 31, 2012 CIA inspector general’s audit of the agency’s dealings with the entertainment industry obtained by VICE News in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

On the CIA’s website, the agency says its entertainment industry liaison helps producers, screenwriters, directors, and authors “gain a better understanding of [CIA’s] intelligence mission.””

…Continue reading @ Vice News

– Question: Why is the CIA involved in US Media?


We love you but we can’t lie to you – Detroit Girl brazenly shoots into an occupied vehicle – video goes viral

– Youtube

…See more @ Youtube

Bill Maher on Islam: The More People Know About Islam The More You Would Be Afraid

– HBO / Youtube Jan 2016

“HBO host Bill Maher argued that it isn’t true that people wouldn’t be as afraid of Islam if they knew more about it, “Actually, it’s the reverse” and that he wished liberals would “have the same enthusiasm for intolerance elsewhere in the world as they do for Christians here at home, who really aren’t a problem, because they don’t get really get their way” on Friday’s “Real Time.”

Maher, after referencing the covering up of nude statues in Italy during a visit by Iran’s president said, “I think people are mixing up two things, tolerance and capitulation.” He added, “It’s one thing to be tolerant of another culture, but this is our culture. You know, Christianity did have a problem with t*tties like in 1300, but we got over it. So, we shouldn’t change our culture to a more backward culture, should we?”

Read more about it @ Breitbart

Obama-Appointed Judge Rejects Obama Attempt to Block Congress from ‘Fast and Furious’ Documents – Networks Ignore It

– NewsBusters


“On Tuesday, a federal judge – who was appointed by President Obama himself  – ordered the Obama/Lynch Justice Department to turn over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal which the administration was claiming were exempt from congressional review because of executive privilege. None of the Big Three broadcast network evening newscasts so much as mentioned the development despite it being eminently newsworthy. Here you have a gun control-crusading president being rebuked by one of his own appointees to the federal bench for essentially blocking a congressional investigation into how U.S. government firearms got into the hands of violent drug dealers. And yet, nada from the broadcast news media. ”

More here @


Jonathan Turley weighs in below:


Federal Court Rules Against Obama Administration’s Withholding Documents From “Fast and Furious” Investigation



“In a major victory for Congress, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson Bermanrejected the executive privilege claims of the Obama Administration in withholding documents from a House Committee looking into the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” scandal. I have long maintained that the refusal of the Administration to turn over material to this and other committees is denial of congressional authority protected under Article I. The case is Comm. on Oversight & Gov’t Reform v. Lynch, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5713.

The “Fast and Furious” investigation is a classic example of congressional oversight in looking into the effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track guns across the Southwest border. The result was horrific and one of the guns was used to kill a federal officer. Since being made public, the Administration has been stonewalling and slow-walking document demands. The result was that former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress. The Justice Department then refused to submit the case to a grand jury — a decision that I heavily criticized at the time.”

Read more here @


Carly Fiorina on MSNBC – “We gotta take our country back”

– MSNBC Jan 2016

– Carly Fiorina tears into some big issues and distills the problems and solutions. Very good job indeed.

For the record I was not a fan of Ms. Fiorina when she ran HP,  and I worked with people who were at Lucent when she ran that. I can only hope she learned valuable lessons. I lot of people got hurt, but then a lot of people got burned in tech. One thing for sure, as a CEO for HP, she saw a lot of how things really work around the world, she wasn’t a make believe diplomat like Hillary, she had to rub elbows with her global competition in the world’s power centers. She knows a lot and it shows.

Definitely not a fan of the MSM but sometimes you have to take your news where you can. Thankfully Joe and Mika stayed out of the way for the most part.

– More here @ MSNBC

Rand Paul: We don’t have the power to stop Obama on Executive Actions

– Kennedy / Fox Business


Video: Kennedy interview w/ Rand Paul

Larry Kudlow: I’ve Changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas.

– Breitbart – Dec 11


“I know this is not my usual position. But this is a war. Therefore I have come to believe there should be no immigration or visa waivers until the U.S. adopts a completely new system to stop radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. A wartime lockdown. And a big change in my thinking.

ISIS and related Islamic terrorists are already here. More are coming. We must stop them.

Until FBI director James Comey gives us the green light, I say seal the borders.

Here’s what we must do: Completely reform the vetting process for immigrants and foreign visitors. Change the screening process. Come up with a new visa-application review process. Stop this nonsense of marriage-visa fraud. And in the meantime, seal the borders. I agree with Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, who argued many of these points in excellent detail on the National Review website on Friday.

Again, why am I taking this hardline position? In the past, I have been an immigration reformer, not a restrictionist. But we are at war. That changes everything.”

– Read more here @ Breitbart

Fox Blockbuster: Whistleblower says his DHS Investigation Could Have Stopped San Bernardino Islamic Terror

– Youtube / Foxnews – Dec 11

– Judge for yourself.  If Obama did this he is cupable in this atrocity in California.

For the record I am no fan of Fox News, but I will evaluate content from whatever source if it is factual.

More at DailyCaller

The Illusion of Choice: 90% of American Media Controlled by Six Corporations

– Waking Times – Dec 09




“It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public.

The conglomerates are: General Electric, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. 

All are corporations that have their own shady histories, dealings and suspicious actors. Disney being widely regarded as an occult enterprise aimed at warping the minds of children with disturbing subliminal imagery. One of these companies is also the 12th largest US military defense contractor, so it’s no surprise that so much of our entertainment centers around the glorification of war and violence.

By surveying what is available for consumption in the mass media, it is easy to see what type of society these six corporations are helping to construct….

The promotion of shallow, materialistic, ego-centric values, and the obvious dumbing down of the American population is coming from these six corporations. Think about that. These are the companies that glorify consumption, obedience, ignorance, the hyper-sexualization of youth, the glorification of war and government surveillance, and so on. The advertisers that support these media companies have tremendous sway over what makes it on the airwaves. They help to control public perception.

The bottom line is that corporate media is a behemoth of special interests and mind controllers. So much of the human story is omitted in this capitalistic, for-profit environment scheme like this, which is why now more than ever the independent, alternative media is such a gem for human kind.”

See the rest of the story by Vic Bishop @ WakingTimes



RAW AUDIO: Police Scanner audio from San Bernardino, California shoot out (FULL)

– Youtube

– Lest we forget.

Al Jazeera Producer: ‘Disrespectful’ To Show Terrorist Without Burqa

 – DailyCaller

“Said later argued he meant it was “disrespectful of the culture and to her family” to show Malik’s face. He then dismissed his critics as having “no idea how respecting a culture works” and accusing them of being “racist” and “bigoted” before again claiming that showing the terrorist’s face “could be disrespectful to her family.”

Read the whole amazing dust up here @ DailyCaller

 – Seriously, is that what the debate turns into, we cannot show her face after committing mass murder because it would offend ‘her’ culture?
  Sorry, she offended her culture when she decided to commit mass murder in its name. She is not a victim.
  Mr. Said should understand how our culture works with a free press and all, if you commit a heinous crime regardless of background, they put your picture in the paper. Deal with it.

Harris-Perry:  By Showing Malik in Hijab, NYT Suggesting – ‘This Is What Terrorism Looks Like’ – Well I Guess So

– NewsBusters – Dec 2015


– What were they supposed to do?

– “Damn those anti-Muslim bigots of the New York Times! But seriously, what was the poor paper supposed to do? Should the Times have photoshopped the hijab off Malik?

Harris-Perry might have complained the paper was suggesting there was something offensive about the garment. Sometimes you just can’t win with the PC police.”

More here @ NewsBusters

– My concern here is that we are letting in poorly vetted women from the Middle East where we may have some to nearly no photo IDs of these women.

A terrorist’s wish come true.

How much official documentation can exist for those women in official Islamic countries where women are forbidden to work, drive or socialize outside of their homes? How many official photos can exist for a woman like Malik who insisted on wearing a hijab at all times in the USA?

If she drove in California with a CA DL, the DMV should have her official ID photo. Or did she take it with a hajib on?

Update: Now the family says they never say the face of the young woman from Pakistan.

Clearly that photo ID or lack thereof is not something CA AG Kamala Harris or Gov Moonbeam are interested in producing. Why not?


LA Times Omits Hijab-Clad Women from Refugee Photo Shoot

– Breitbart Dec 02


by Julia Hahn for Breitbart:

“Readers of Sunday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times were presented with a front-page story depicting a sympathetic portrait of President Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement project.

The above-the-fold story prominently featured a profile of the Wawiehs—a family of Syrian refugees with six children who arrived in the U.S. last month. However, while the glowing profile included over half a dozen pictures in print and more than a dozen pictures online of the family adjusting to its new life—the wide-ranging photo spread contained one noticeable omission: Muslim women clad in the controversial hijab.

….While the L.A. Times refused to respond, local CBS2’s Greg Mills reported in October that the decision to omit the older women of the family from CBS’s report was at request of the family’s father. Mills notes that, “[Fouad] Wawieh didn’t want his wife or teenage daughters shown on TV.

If this is, in fact, the same request that was made of the L.A. Times, it necessarily raises editorial questions about why the paper’s front-page story, which sought to report on the cultural transition process for Syrian refugees, would accept such strict conditions from its participants about what can and cannot be depicted.”

– And one more thing:

“Although the article does not explain this, refugees are entitled to a broad range of welfare benefits upon arriving in the country—including food stamps, public housing, etc. Moreover, because refugees are on a pathway to U.S. citizenship, they will soon be able to access all federal entitlement programs.

According to data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 91.4 percent of recent refugees from the Middle East are on food stamps and 68.3 percent of recent refugees from the Middle East are on cash welfare. The Los Angeles Times article, however, makes no mention of these statistics. The article similarly makes no apparent attempt to estimate the cost that providing federal entitlements to a family of eight will impose on U.S. taxpayers.”

Read the rest of the fascinating article here:  Breitbart


Jeff Sessions: Lifetime Cost of Refugee Resettlement $55 billion

– Breitbart


“Sessions concluded by highlighting the high cost of refugee resettlement, noting that the plan leave taxpayers footing a hefty bill.

“Finally, the House plan does not offset a single penny of increased refugee resettlement costs. As currently structured, the House plan would give the President the money he wants for refugee resettlement and then leave taxpayers on the hook now and in the years to come for the tens of billions of dollars in uncapped welfare, education, and entitlement costs certain to accrue.

Thus, in addition to the enormous welfare costs – 91% of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on food stamps and 73% receive free healthcare – we will also be taking money directly from Americans’ Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds to provide retirement benefits for refugees. The real costs of this refugee expansion has not even been ascertained.”

Read the article by Caroline May here at:  Breitbart

Old Media –

How the Dems flip flopped on Immigration since the 90’s and How the Media Covers for Them

– Breitbart


“…..Once upon a time, Democrats were mostly hawkish on immigration, for a good and simple reason—it was bad for the incomes of their working constituents.  In the days before E-Z welfare obviated the need to get a job, new arrivals were hungrier for work; they would work cheaper, they would be scabs in strikes, and so on.  So no wonder Democratic pols, on behalf of their loyal voters, didn’t want them.

We might note that this hostility to immigration was felt especially intensely among “people of color,” including their leaders.

For example, Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers in 1962, was a staunch opponent of immigration, which he knew would overwhelm his fledgling union.  He is reported to have once said, “If my own mother were coming across the border to break a strike, I’d arrest her.”

And among African-Americans, we must reckon with Barbara Jordan, who represented Houston in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979.  Just as as Chavez could see trouble for Hispanics, Jordan could see that the wage-incomes of American blacks would be diminished by an endless inundation from other countries—no matter what their race or color.

Indeed, Jordan’s voice on this matter was so strong that she was named to lead a federal task force, soon known as the Jordan Commission.  In 1997, the commission issued a report calling for multiple immigration reforms, including limits on newcomers, as well as a fool-proof national ID card to prevent employment fraud….

The hinge was 1995. In that year, President Bill Clinton, eyeing his re-election campaign in 1996, saw a chance to improve his chances…….Interestingly, the following year, Bill Clinton glibly signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996; today, it’s impossible  to imagine a Democrat signing a piece of legislation with such a politically incorrect name….

Yes, everything is different, now, for elite Democrats….

In addition, top Democrats are constantly being egged on in their liberalism by the trendoids of the MSM.  NBC’s Seth Meyers, for example, laughed in Sarah Palin’s face when she expressed concerns about Syrian refugees.  And that mocking moment led to a media cascade of condescension and ridicule: Yahoo News headlined, “Seth Meyers explains Syrian refugee vetting process to Sarah Palin,”  and Salon chortled, “Wow, Seth Meyers just stripped down Donald Trump’s lies and Islamophobia so clearly even your racist uncle will get it now.”

– Read the rest  Here @ Breitbart by Virgil.

– The Mainstream Media have a responsibility to get it right, uncover malfeasance and present the issues as objectively as possible. Anything else is propaganda.


Diamond & Silk take on CNN –

– The Viewers View  Nov 28

– See their comments on CNN’s Carol Costello interview with Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

See the original CNN interview Here wherein Mr. Cohen makes a lucid and well stated case despite Ms. Costello’s obvious bias. She’s not looking for answers so much as presenting them. While she claimed she wanted to first present the ‘whole picture’ then went on to quote statistics from the ICE Report. She conveniently ignored the following from the very brief report:

“Each year, ICE immigration enforcement is impacted by operational factors, including the size of the removable population found in the interior and encountered at the border by CBP, appropriated resources, fluctuating migration patterns, and the legal authorities that govern ICE’s activities.”

– She ignored each of the important operational constraints the report cited. If you ignore those you cannot get the ‘whole’ picture.  Sorry, Carol, fail.

– Looking for more answers?

Start with FY 2014 ICE Immigration Removals.



New Media – Net Security

TV – Nice Try, Quantico, But That’s Not How Hacking Works

– Wired

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“One of the slightly more accurate plot lines in Quantico is actually a dramatic detail—that an FBI agent is trying to scrub his email to remove incriminating details of an affair. But the show doesn’t seem to understand that simply deleting an email doesn’t mean it’s unrecoverable.

“If you’re trying to destroy electronic communication because you don’t want your husband or wife or lover or whoever it is to discover it, that’s one thing. If you’re trying to hide it from the government or a law enforcement agency, that’s far more difficult,” says investigative reporter Jason Leopold. Many emails that disappeared between 2003 and 2005 when the Bush administration switched from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook were recovered, recalls Leopold, who covered that story back in 2008. “Even with Hillary Clinton, they purged a number of emails that she claimed were personal, and even that was difficult because they were able to retrieve them,” he explains.”

– Nice take by Wired on comparing Hollywood fiction to real network security. Does this qualify as disinformation?

– by Yael Grauer @  Wired

The Backstory – FBI responsible for largest software project failure in history in 2005

– IEEE Spectrum


“A decade later, Depew’s need to share information combined with his do-it-yourself database skills and connection to his old supervisor, Chiaradio, would land him a job managing his first IT project–the FBI’s Virtual Case File.

Depew’s appointment to the FBI’s VCF team was an auspicious start to what would become the most highly publicized software failure in history. The VCF was supposed to automate the FBI’s paper-based work environment, allow agents and intelligence analysts to share vital investigative information, and replace the obsolete Automated Case Support (ACS) system. Instead, the FBI claims, the VCF’s contractor, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), in San Diego, delivered 700 000 lines of code so bug-ridden and functionally off target that this past April, the bureau had to scrap the US $170 million project, including $105 million worth of unusable code.

However, various government and independent reports show that the FBI—lacking IT management and technical expertise—shares the blame for the project’s failure.”

– By Harry Goldstein @  IEEE Spectrum

– Here’s a different take on the same story @ InfoWorld:  Anatomy of an IT disaster: How the FBI blew it – by Eric Knorr

Old Media –

Is Stephen Colbert too liberal for his own (ratings’) good?

– Washington Post – Nov 21


“Back when he was hired, there was a good deal of chatter about just how liberal Colbert actually was. He admitted during his time at the “Daily Show” that he had discovered his liberal politics there, but even some conservatives seemed to respect his brand of comedy, and there was actually relatively little backlashagainst a guy whose faux conservative alter ego was hardly flattering for the right side of the political spectrum.”

by Callum Borchers

– Excellent article on the comedians’ ratings problems

Read here:  Washington Post


Diamond & Silk get real with Govt Tracking Database Issue

– Youtube – Nov 20



– Believe it here:

Economy –

GM To Import China-Made Buicks to USA…….After Union Pact OK’d – WTF?

General Motors (NYSE:GM) reportedly will become the first major automaker to sell Chinese-made vehicles in the U.S. The No. 1 U.S. automaker plans to begin selling China-made Buicks — a popular car in China — in the U.S. early next year, with initial imports of 30,000-40,000 vehicles a year, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

GM officials told the Journal that the move isn’t meant to save costs, but it would come after the company agreed to a new labor contract with the United Auto Workers that would provide across-the-board pay raises and eventually eliminate the two-tier wage system, which put new hires on a lower wage scale.

– So let’s get this straight. It was a cost cutting move, so it was just basically selling out domestic auto production in the future for a cushy contract now?

Is this any way to run a country?

Read More at: //


 Old Media –

Real Time – Nov 13 2015

– Youtube / HBO

link here for more:

New Media –

Diamond and Silk Take After The 4th Debate 

– Youtube

– Diamond & Silk cover the debate up close and in person in Milwaukee.




– To be fair, this is how the Daily Kos covered it, the comments section below is quite interesting as well.

“Bartiromo asked about the economic impact of deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants. Donald Trump said it had to be done, because we are a country of laws.

It was at this point that John Kasich forced himself into the discussion, belittling the notion that the United States would deport 11 million undocumented workers. “For the 11 million people, come on folks we all know you can’t pick them up and ship them back across the border,” Kasich said. “It is a silly argument. It is not an adult argument. It makes no sense.”

Trump responded by insulting Kasich. He said Kasich was lucky that oil was struck in Ohio. He then went on a rant about Eisenhower deporting 1.5 million undocumented workers across the border. Kasich shot back at Trump, implying he was not telling the truth about Kasich’s record. Trump, in classic Trump fashion, dismissed Kasich. “I built an unbelievable company worth billions and billions  of dollars,” Donald Trump said. “I don’t have to hear from this man.”


Studying selfies – USC’s #SelfieClass examines the superflous

– USCNews

“In USC’s #SelfieClass — formally known as “Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity” — freshman students critically examine society’s influence on self-identity and how selfies reflect and affect the global culture in which we live.

The class is led by Mark Marino, an associate professor at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Marino’s work has often focused on digital spaces, including netprov, a form of narrative storytelling on social media.”


My favorite quote from a student is, “before there were selfies there were self-portraits, and before that autobiographies, and before that journals, those were all taken seriously, and why aren’t selfies taken seriously? Because…..they pretty much portray the same things…”

No they don’t.

The difference is, and it pains me to note this discussion is about a freshman writing course. Her question conveniently ignores the fact that those previous  methods of self expression required mastering another craft or technique in order to self express. Clicking a smartphone button does not.

Just a thought, even if we concede the point that this is worthwhile to study at any point, maybe it should be reserved for seniors.

Freshman writing should be about, well, writing. It will not only come in handy later in college, it will remain downright essential long after the selfie craze is over. In fact this class may well end up on your records like an academic tatoo.  Something you might regret later.

The whole selfie here:




Volunteers for Vets


“For the last three years, Caltech students and staff have been lending a hand at Pasadena City College, providing free tutoring and mentoring to some of the campus’s nearly 800 student veterans. This past spring, 19 Caltech community members participated. Their involvement is part of a larger volunteer program, run through PCC’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC)—established in 2010 under a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office—that provides support and guidance to the campus veterans.

– Written by Dave Zobel

– See more at:

Discovery in the data: Stanford’s data journalism program advances the storytelling form

– Stanford Report, November 3, 2015


Stanford’s data journalism program blends the power of big data with journalistic training in the craft of storytelling. Students and faculty are crossing disciplines to enhance the way news stories are told in the digital age.

By analyzing and filtering large data sets, Stanford students and faculty are diving deeper into issues than technology has ever allowed. But while numbers may be the catalyst, the students recognize that they are just the start of what resonates in hearts and minds.

– BY

See the full story here:


The Viewers View on the Polls

The latest on the political race from Diamond & Silk.


Inside Assad’s Syria

– Frontline

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Since we now have boots on the ground in Syria, you may want to have a look at this great in-depth documentary by Frontline’s Martin Smith.

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A deeply complex situation in a deeply complex region. Must see tv.



Must see tv.  These ladies break it down.  Not sure why Megan Kelly didn’t invite them for an interview?

CNN to California Dem Congresswoman re: Trump on SNL: Can’t You Just Not Watch?

Leave it to Democrat Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez from Orange County to call for NBC to deny Donald Trump the opportunity to host SNL.  Instead Ms. Sanchez calls for a denial of 1st amendment rights to NBC and Trump. After all.


“Rep. Loretta Sanchez told Baldwin it’s “an affront” to Latinos to have Trump on because of all the “negative things” he’s said. Baldwin pointed out that SNL does have a right to do whatever they want, just as others have a right to not watch.

Sanchez said she believes in free speech, but at the same time, “you’re not allowed to go into an auditorium and yell, ‘Fire fire fire!’” She insisted that Trump’s rhetoric is harmful and it’s “endangering Latinos” to enable The Donald.”

See the brilliant interview here:

Hopefully on SNL this saturday, Trump will not yell, “fire,  fire, fire” in studio.

Note: Ms. Sanchez is running to represent California in the United States Senate in 2016.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Google Science Fair.

All to often we only hear and see in the mainstream media negative stories of our youth, or even fake narratives like the Texas Clock Boy, Ahmed the Clockmaker.

This years’ winners of the Google Science Fair are impressive in the depth and breadth of their innovative work.

Just a few of the top winners, see the link for more:

Grand Prize: Olivia Hallisey, 16 – United States:

 unnamed 1st place

  • Temperature-Independent, portable, and rapid field detection of Ebola via a Silk-derived lateral flow system

“Current Ebola detection methods are complex, expensive, require unbroken refrigeration from manufacture to use and up to 12 hours from testing to confirmed diagnosis. This research creates a “stable and stored at room temperature” temperature-independent Ebola Assay Card (EAC), which utilizes the stabilizing properties of silk fibroin to “break the cold chain” and allow for water-activated detection of Ebola antigens, with detection limits that are analogous to current sandwich ELISA techniques. The EAC provides rapid, inexpensive, accurate detection of Ebola viral antigens based on color change within 30 minutes in individuals prior to their becoming symptomatic and infectious.”


Pranav Sivakumar, 15 – United States

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  • An Automated search for gravatationally lensed Quasars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey:

I report an automated method for finding and characterizing gravitationally lensed quasars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). SDSS DR12 data was utilized to examine the properties of target quasars and their neighbors to determine whether these two SDSS objects were images of the same quasar. The algorithm not only identified 56 lensed quasars reported in the literature but also identified 109 new high-probability candidates.”

Deepika Kurup, 17 – United States

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  • Novel photocatalytic pervious composites for removing multiple classes of toxins from water

“According to the World Health Organization, one-ninth of the global population lacks access to clean water, and 500,000 children die every year because of water related diseases. This unacceptable social injustice compelled me to find a solution to the world’s clean water problem. I synthesized a novel pervious photocatalytic composite that integrates an enhanced advanced oxidation process with filtration to remove multiple classes of toxins from water. The composite is a catalyst that uses natural sunlight and raw materials that are readily available. It has applications in point-of-use water purification systems, wastewater treatment plants, and coatings for pervious concrete pavements.”

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The Fresno Bee details the secret to the perfect olive oil 

California is the home to the some of the finest olive oil in the world. Here’s what to look for.

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“The San Joaquin Valley is home to nearly a dozen olive mills, crushing thousands of gallons of premium oil a year. Among the local leaders in the industry are the highly acclaimed Enzo Olive Oil in Clovis, Rosenthal Olive Ranch in Madera, Bari Olive Oil Co. in Dinuba and Fresno State. The newest company to open is Scout Olive Oil in Clovis.

With so many oils available, how do you know what you like and what’s the difference among the oils?

For starters, if you want the highest quality olive oil made in California, look for the California Olive Oil Council’s seal on the bottle. The Berkeley-based organization certifies that an oil is extra virgin olive oil.”

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