Pentagon Papers….Part Two?

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

That is what some people are calling the recent classified material leaked to theNew York Times and other European publications by WikiLeaks-an organization that claims to be dedicated to exposing official secrets.

WikiLeaks is headed by Julian Assange (shown above), and the organization’s goal is to obtain government documents from as many countries as possible and show them to the world. Assange is best known for exposing U.S. secrets. He and his staff have gotten their hands  on hundreds of thousands of classified government documents on subjects that include the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and most recently, U.S. Embassy cables.

On Sunday November 28, 2010 the embassy leaks began; becoming the largest set of confidential documents ever released to the public. The documents will give allies and enemies alike unprecedented insight into U.S. Government foreign activities.  The some 250,000 telephone logs will release  numerous conversations between the State Department and over 270 American global diplomatic outposts. New York Times publishers claim to edit out information that would endanger American informants or compromise national security, but many say this is impossible. Times’ Public Editor Arthur Brisbane says the paper did take a reputational risk in doing business with WikiLeaks.

I am torn. Does this exemplify journalists as “watchdogs,” or is this just plain anti-American?



Facebook Takes Over While Users Fall For Same Scams

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

This week the news has been celebrity focused between Lindsay Lohan being released from rehab and Justin Bieber’s latest lip sung cd just released, it’s surprising that news actually published stories about Wikileaks releasing government files.

As much as Facebook is helping social networking change with linking Twitter and MySpace to the site, it’s frightening to see how much a change the site as over gone in a past few years.

 A few years ago things were barely publicized to others and status updates were based on song lyrics or whatever nonsense comes to a person’s mind.

The site now publishes every last interaction friends have together and status updates are including breaking news from users leaving news organization with no other choice but to jump on the  Facebook bandwagon.

Live video streams of Presidential conferences are now being broadcast from the site and hackers are on the prowl creating scams daily.

Beward This Scam

 There’s a new scam out which hackers post on a users a wall the comment ”  “OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile!” with a link to a site which asks for approval of an app use then once approve the scam does nothing but posts the same comment on all your friends walls.

It’s unclear how the scam as been used on nearly 60,000 users when just like scams that were advertising the installation of a ‘dislike button’ didn’t work out wouldn’t everyone catch on to it being fake? Similar to being told not to take candy from a stranger as a child maybe it’s time to advertise not to take links from a stranger with Facebook.


Video About How Facebook is Changing:

–S Jeanty

The “TV” in Google TV is Beginning to Look a Little Suspect

November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

The promise of Google TV to let you ‘watch what you want, wherever it comes from, all on your HDTV’ — the exact words on the Logitech Revue Site — appears to be slowly evaporated.”

Google TV has suffered many drawbacks, and just when you thought the situation could not get any worse, it has. Google TV’s list of headaches has grown this week, as Viacom has added itself to the list of sites whose content is unable to be streamed on Google’s new content provider Google TV.

Vicaom Blocked on Google TV, Blocked Stations on Google TV

GTVHub noticed the block while trying to stream full episodes from their websites over the internet and the dreaded “Sorry, this content is unavailable for your device.” Some of the blocked stations include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, VH1, MTV and CMT.

Blocked Stations from Google TV, The Daily Show

After Viacom’s history with YouTube, it is not surprising that Viacom blocked Google TV, although some ae surprised that it didn’t happen sooner.

“We’re in the early phases of Google TV and already have strong partnerships with Best Buy, Logitech and Sony, among others,” a YouTube spokesman said in a statement. So channels will hopefully be available soon, but no ono knows of specific details yet.

“We are excited about the opportunities our new platform creates for both established media companies like Turner and HBO, and tens of thousands of content creators large and small. Google TV enables access to all the web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owner’s choice to restrict users from accessing their content on the platform.”

For now, a user agent fix has worked its way around Fox problems to allow leakage of some shows, however, you can cross Viacom off your list.


The Pope’s changing view on condom use

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Stories regarding the Catholic church are always ones of interest because of the huge gap between the modern world and the world the Church has had a hard time maintaining. There was an article on the New York Times’ homepage today that stated that “Pope Benedict XVI clearly acknowledged on Tuesday that the need to prevent diseases like AIDS could outweigh the church’s long opposition to the use of condoms.”

A new book will be published next tuesday called “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times.” According NYT it is “a wide-ranging series of interviews with the German journalist Peter Seewald.”

The entire article in itself is very interesting, going into length about why this statement will shake up people in the world (which always makes for good news) but the one quote that I actually found shocking was the following:

Dr. Haas, a moral theologian, said he had seen an embargoed copy of a new book in which the pope conceded there might be extreme cases in which there were grounds for the use of condoms. “I told the publisher, ‘Don’t publish this; it’s going to create such a mess,’ ” he added.

It seems as though the media and the church will have a hard time ever finding solid ground to stand on together.


Nissan Leaf gets 99 mpg!

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment


The EPA gives the Nissan Leaf a 99 mpg-equivalent rating.

The Leaf is an all-electric car and will be the most fuel-efficient car on the market when it hits the american market. The 99 mpg nearly double the Toyota Prius hybrids rating of 50 mpg.

The battery requires its owner to recharge the car for about seven hours when using a standard 240 volt charger. The Leaf has about 107 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque.

The car will go on sale in five states this december in direct competition with the Chevrolet Volt— a gas/ electricity hybrid. The Volt has about 149 horsepower but has yet to be rated in the mpg category.

The expected price is around $20,000.

What this means for America is hopeful an end to the dependency of foreign oil and no more Operation Iraq liberation.

~Juan Rodriguez

The Most Wonderful Time of the (Shopping) Year

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s a well-known fact that the delicious holiday of Thanksgiving is often dwarfed by the hype of Christmas, but this year I noticed the presence of Christmas a lot earlier, as in the day the after Halloween!  Articles from the New York Times and the Associated Press both explained this trend as a reaction to a slow consumer month in October.  Stores like Sears and Amazon, for example, featured “Black Friday Now” deals at the beginning of November, in hopes of sparking consumer excitement.

The strategy seemed to work according to a Nov. 21st article on  The article claims that early holiday numbers are encouraging for stores, and  some of it has to do with increased spending in early November.  Early discounting on everything from TVs to sweaters, as well as free shipping campaigns for online orders, roused consumers’ spirits right before the traditional shopping season kicked off.

The trend is being seen as a reflection of the over zealous attitudes of companies towards Christmas, and the improving state of the economy.

“The discounts are having more traction” than last year, BMO Capital Markets John D. Morris said. “Last year, the consumer was more distracted by the larger picture of the economy. They just weren’t in the mood. This year, it still takes the promotion, and the consumer is still deal-driven, but they seem to be less distracted and more in the mood.”



November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

So at 4am this morning my dorm had a fire drill. After that nightmare it was difficult for me to get back to sleep, so I checked out the news…

Just weeks after Kim Jong Il, dictator of North Korea, announced his successor (his son), and just days after heightened nuclear tensions between the north and south, North Korea fired artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea. The north is using a military exercise by the south as the reason for attacking the South Korean island yesterday; however, the world community does not buy this reason.

The attack seemed completely out of left field–obviously communist North Korea and democratic South Korea do not get along, but everyone thought that after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the aggressive north would stay calm. However, North Korea has been bitter about the island of Yeonpyeong being given to South Korea after the border was reconfigured when the war ended.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming coverage of the conflict.

Here are some cool photos:

Korea at night–

North Korean guard staring at a South Korean guard–

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