Due to the nuclear disaster, slow rebuilding, and lack of jobs, many Japanese are emigrating to Hong Kong. They are staying at extended stay hotels. I can vouch that these hotels have excellent living arrangements with modern furniture and they are equal to or better than the 4 star hotels in New York. With the mass exodus and the nuclear meltdown being a total disaster, Japan’s identity and culture may never be the same.
In perhaps one of the most understated news events of the modern era, the BP oil well was completely plugged yesterday. It was not the lead-in story for any major TV news network, and covered as “and in other news” story on the major news websites and radio shows. Most of the mainstream coverage continues to be about Tea Party elections and President Obama. After 5 months, the well has been plugged, and it was the third or fifth news story. WHY? ™ Here are my theories:
- Five months is too long for a news story. Haitian earthquake cleanup anyone? They feel the public has lost interest, and moved on.
- The MEDIA distrusts BP, and felt uneasy about reporting “it’s done!” because previous attempts had failed.
- Due to the immense cleanup of all the oil, the ecology disaster is still horrible, so “it’s not over yet”.
What a world, what a world!
Sorry for the short post, leaving work now, and going to pick up my wife from her job.
For all intents and purposes I should have hated 2012- it’s unrealistic, focuses on special effects, and, well it IS a natural disaster movie, which automatically forces me to leave 25% of my brain at the door. However, when push comes to shove, I liked 2012- a lot! Give me some 2022!
Although VERY far-fetched, the movie was engrossing from start to finish. There was even a message as well: religion doesn’t work, governments are corrupt, and money talks. There was no Al Gore Green symbolism either; the sun destroys the earth, period. If there’s one thing that I was surprised out: there wasn’t any 2012 Mayan doomsday subplot that was prevented. There’s not any mysticism at all, and no way to “decode” anything.
There are a bunch of characters in this disaster flick, and it felt more like a sci-fi blockbuster than Volcano or Twister. It is much better than Roland Emmerich’s previous disaster flick, 2004 The Day After Tomorrow, which Tony Vahl and I liked, so that is saying a lot when it comes to the genre of disaster movies.
There are some cool acting performances here, such as Oliver Platt (George Steinbrenner from Bronx is Burning, the Ultimate Enneagram Type 8), Woody Harrelson as a nutjob Enneagram Type 5 conspiracy theorist and talk show host who was proven right, and the star John Cusack, who is a struggling author who is divorced (Enneagram Type 6).
Again, 2012 is illogical and the characters are Hollywoodized, but the visuals and dramatic tension is great. Unlike other end-of-the-world movies, this is the BIG ONE. Earth finally gets it BAD. Death and destruction are abound. The President of the United States (Danny Glover) can’t even finish his final speech because the power goes out.
I recommend this movie to anyone under 40 that likes big loud movies with excellent graphics. This is a popcorn movie, of course. Don’t take kids to see this movie, though, it’s way too intense, and sure to give nightmares. If you have high expectations going in, you will be disappointed. Also, it seems to be too long for many viewers, but not me.
By the way, as much as critics like to kill 2012 (Rotten Tomatoes: 39%) it kinda reminded me of some of Michael Crichton’s novels and had some aspects of sci-fi master Sir Arthur C. Clarke (some themes from Rama and Childhood’s End- albeit a skewed version). Let’s face it, sci-fi IS far-fetched.
Here’s Tony Vahl’s latest thoughts on 2012:
I hope you had some cheese with that popcorn. Woody Harrelson rules. The main male lead, whatshisname, is a cool actor. I loved/hated the Russian Billionaire Boxer. Daniel Glover as President was hilarious, given his politics — he did a good job. The flight scenes out of L.A. and Vegas were over-the-top and edge-of-your-seat thrill rides. I loved the Saudi Prince’s reaction when he was told he’d have to pay in Euros. Being locked out of Noah’s Arc was bullshhh. Felt terrible for the Indian guy who got screwed even though he made the discovery. Injustice be done. Loved the advisor’s reaction to the opulent room he got the ship that could have fit a bunch of people.
Reporting live from the DailySkew newsplex: popular and iconic website JumpTheShark.com has officially jumped the shark. What happened to Jump the Shark? This is not a joke. TVGuide bought them out. The domain name no longer exists. It is now http://www.tvguide.com/jumptheshark. But that’s not all:
There is no A-Z cateogory of all the shows in the original Jump The Shark database.
All links take you to TVGuide.com.
All of the old comments are GONE.
When you click on a Jump the Shark category such as “Birth” you are taken to a lame 30 Rock blog article that some intern wrote. No other shows. No history. 100% corporate sponsorship. Three comments. You must register with your e-mail. Total bait and switch scam. There are links all around that try to copy Yahoo OMG! Entertainment news. This is because entertainment news and gossip is still the #1 distraction for humanity.
“I can’t even find the archives for old shows now. It’s horrible.”
“the user comments are what made the site, they took the human part of it away”
“Ummm…. .does TV Guide even know what Jump The Shark means? It looks like the site went from a kind of user-reviews of TV to a really long-format TV guide. I don’t see anything there other than reviews of shows that are coming out this/next season.”
“The original JUMP THE SHARK website was one of the Internet’s first (and best)websites way back in 1996-7. I loved going to it and leaving online posts talking about when my favorite tv shows (and hundreds of shows were available to comment on) did themselves in. I loved the Little House on the Prairie page. I cannot believe that TV Guide, whose signature paper-back sized television guide has in and of itself become a money-losing shell of it’s own former pre-Internet, pre-Digital glory days, could sweep in and literally destroy this formerly awesome JUMP THE SHARK website. It is butt-awful now!! Face it,TV Guide,you should have been put out of business when the Internet was born.”
“Just another instance of Web 2.0 ruining the creativity and user-based content of Web 1.0. Unfortunately, if this is what it takes to make the Web profitable, we are stuck with it.”
“One more “new and improved” disaster. The old site wasn’t perfect but it was fun; liked being able to get to a show quickly via alpha listing without a bunch of advertising. Think this latest visit will be my last; just isn’t worth checking out now. “If it ain’t broke…””
SO there we have it, friends.
Jump the Shark has jumped the shark. Welcome. It’s all about what Tony Vahl was saying ever since last November: Embrace the Shark.
Sources said 200,000 people have already died or are dying due to the cyclone and flooding. But the figure could rise to 500,000 because of disease and hunger if Burma’s army rulers continue to block outside aid. The dead bodies are causing disease.
Again, because the MEDIA is blocked from truly covering this story, the United Nations and countries of the world are just letting the death toll increase every day.
Of course, the disaster struck on Saturday when Cyclone Nargis created waves up to 20ft high, which wiped the town of Labutta – population 80,000 – off the map.