When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a full-force 24-hour cable news channel—800 journalists, several studios, support staff, the works— in a move that drew cheers, skepticism, but mostly puzzlement: why?
Another cable news channel? Aren’t there too many already?
Al Jazeera America’s CEO, Ehab Al Shihabi, an Al Jazeera veteran, has a ready answer. The network would distinguish itself through one thing: its reporting. Let Fox, MSNBC and other wannabes have their opinions. Al Jazeera America would stick to the journalism, the real stuff.
“We have more live news; we are long format; we have a heavy investigative arm,” he said in an interview. “We have more news gathering in under-reported areas… It is one of our competitive advantages, the opportunity that exists. It’s not about having an agenda. It’s not about infotainment. It’s about raising the bar for the quality of journalism.”
The sentiment, heartfelt, and forcefully expressed, is the network’s reason for being, the foundation of its business plan, and the heart of its marketing campaign: “More reporting,” says a typical promo. “More bureaus. More stories. Real reporting from around the world. This is what we do.”
It’s hard to argue with the sentiment. Despite a polarized, often toxic cable landscape drenched in opinion, you’d like to think there is room for boots-on-the-ground, fact-based news gathering—original reporting, what used to be called, “the news.” For a journalist, it’s like arguing against apple pie.
But if there is indeed a market void, Al Jazeera America, or AJAM as it’s known internally, has made little headway in filling it. Its ratings have been tiny to the point of immaterial;—17,000 viewers in primetime this year, jumping to 23,000 during the early days of the Gaza war, compared to an average of 453,000 for CNN and 1.87 million for Fox News. (The figures require a few caveats, which we’ll get to.)
The network laid off more than 60 people in April, puncturing morale and creating a climate of uncertainty, according to current and former staffers. Recently, rumors swirled around the prospect of another round of layoffs, which Al Shihabi says he addressed in a recent staff-wide conference call/meeting, saying layoffs, if any, would amount to no more than 20 people.
There is nothing I love more than a good story. I’ve been a voracious reader since the second grade, when I cut my teeth on just about every Hardy Boys book ever written. As I grew older and left Frank and Joe behind, my taste evolved to more complex fare. Growing up also meant a career, which for me happened to cultivate an expertise in firearms and tactics.
Put those two things together and you have an avid reader who recognizes weapon errors in fiction. If it were just firearms instructors who notice these mistakes, I wouldn’t worry too much about them. However, with between 270 to 310 million firearms in the United States* it’s a good bet that simple errors could distract many of your readers. Here are ten of the most common firearms mistakes that I’ve encountered, and some advice/tips on how to avoid them.
1. Clips and magazines (The most common mistake in fiction!)
Analogy: belt and suspenders… What’s the difference, they both hold up pants, right? Not necessarily.
A “clip” is a small metal device that bullets slide into. The clip is used to load a magazine that is internal to the weapon. The clip is discarded after the bullets have been loaded into the magazine. The M1 Garand is a WWII rifle that uses this loading system. Handguns mainly use a detachable, or an ejecting, box “magazine.”
All modern pistols use this system. In fact, the only pistol reloaded by a clip, that I’m aware of, is the Mauser C96. The C96 is one of the classic handguns German officers brandish in WWII movies—not exactly a common handgun on today’s streets. So, use “magazine” or the slang/lingo “mag,” when referring to loading and reloading handguns.
Originally posted on Just Be:
Already more than half-way through 2014 and it has to be said, this year is proving to be a game-changer!
The changes happening around us are palpable in every way and becoming more so with each passing day! These shifts and changes are all about bringing in the new way of BEing.
Rewiring and rebooting are words used a lot within ascension circles as an expression of how we are being affected by the current energies/changes, but at this present time, I feel these two words could not be more appropriate.
We have seen some random days of intense energy bursts, which may have lifted you up or brought you crashing down.
These shifts in energy have brought in many changes. Emotionally, the themes I am seeing/feeling mostly in others (and on some days in myself), is anger, frustration and depression.
This video (which I very timely just came across)…
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It Takes A Stranger To … Bring Tommy Back
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
My son, Tommy, died May 29, 2010, at Myrtle Beach, SC
I sit waiting, as I do … I people watch
I’ve always done such … now, I watch for someone special
Strangers laughing, talking … going their way
To where, I do not know
I watch with a soft smile on my lips
I love to see life moving along in harmony
Oh! I see what I’ve been waiting to see!
I raise up off my seat to be sure not to miss a thing
The sunshine turns into a spotlight, the world becomes a stage
I watch the main character walk into view
I catch my breath in my throat … it’s him!
Hair of gold … smile as bright as the sunshine
Walking tall, good posture … like a gentle giant
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Catching up with Old Friends
Originally posted on A is for:
Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast,
Is that portentous phrase, “I told you so,”
Utter’d by friends, those prophets of the past,
who, ‘stead of saying what you now should do,
Own they foresaw that you would fall at last…
-Byron: Don Juan. Canto xiv. St. 50
Seven of Italy’s top scientists were convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic quake. Has the country criminalized science?
By David Wolman
Animation by Rebecca Mock
Giulio Selvaggi was asleep when the shaking started. It was the night of April 5, 2009, and the head of Italy’s National Earthquake Center had worked late into the night in Rome before going home to crash.
From the motion of his bed, Selvaggi could tell the quake was big — but not close. When you’re near the epicenter of a major quake, it’s like being a kernel of corn inside a popcorn maker. When you’re farther away, the movement is slower and steadier, back and forth, as the shock waves hit you.
Selvaggi hopped from the bed and checked his phone, but there were no messages. He hurried into the living room, dialing the office on the way.
“Where is it?” he asked.
“L’Aquila, 5.8,” came the answer.
(It would later be classified as a 6.2.)
Selvaggi’s first thought: At least it’s not a 7. A magnitude 7 quake centered in L’Aquila, a medieval town high in the mountains, would have killed 10,000 people.
The following spring, the seven men — five commission members and two experts, including Selvaggi — were charged with manslaughter. The claim: In the March 31 meeting and statements afterward, they had knowingly neglected their responsibility to inform the population about the risk at hand.
The announcement of formal charges triggered a flood of condemnation around the globe. “Risk of litigation will discourage scientists and officials from advising their government or even working in the field of seismology and seismic risk assessment,” declared an editorial in the American Geophysical Union journal, Eos. The CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote to Italy’s president, reminding him that a veritable mountain of research, much of it conducted by Italians, shows that earthquakes are unpredictable.
But Fabio Picuti, Abruzzo’s 45-year-old public prosecutor, was either immune to the scorn or emboldened by it. Outsiders don’t know what happened here, he argues. They don’t know about Bertolaso’s order for a “media operation.” They can’t comprehend the full impact of De Bernardinis’ comment about “energy discharge.” They’re unfamiliar with our customs, our humility when it comes to Mother Nature’s destructive force.
As he put it: “The easiest media line is to say that this was ‘science on trial.’”
And Then, of course, There is COWGIRL CELESTE!!!!!
Originally posted on Slingshot...Fiction, Adult, Romance, Fantasy Stories:
A month had passed Westin by who returned to his road of destruction with alcohol, and visiting the wild party scene with Sandra his girlfriend. Since his little brother was furious with him and refused to speak to him because of the way he treated and misunderstood the spirit girl; Westin felt alone and miserable without Celeste and his little brother. So in order for him to wipe the girl out of his heart he ventured back into his wild mode. The love struck little boy who had never met the cowgirl fell in love with the magical woman the minute he spotted her at a Rodeo riding a wild mustang. He came to her defense with both barrels loaded when Westin poured his heart out to his brother asking for advice. He didn’t have to tell Peter what happened because the little boy already knew the hurt he caused the earth girl. Which…
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Catching up with A Very Old Friend: muscleheaded
Catching up with Old Friends: Flux and Flow
Originally posted on Flux and Flow:
Since I live in Hawaii, I go to the beach a lot. So what do I bring with me? Obviously, I don’t bring a lot of unnecessary things… Just the basics will do. Here’s what I can’t live without at the beach:
- A large towel, or in my case a tapestry. I honestly can’t remember where I purchased this, but I know it was someplace online and it was $10!
- Water, water, water. At the beach, you’re going to be in the sun, sweating and you’re bound to get dehydrated. So bring a lot of water with you, your body will thank you.
- Sunscreen/Tanning oil. I’ll admit, I don’t wear sunscreen as often as I should (I normally don’t wear any at all! I know this isn’t good for the skin, but I’ve slowly started using more!) Since I have oily and sensitive skin, I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer in…
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A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles
A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles
FIRST PERSON — “What Mass Murderers Are Really Thinking,” by Gina Tron a freelance writer living in Denver … first novel will be out in October … @_ginatron, for Politico Magazine:
“Though it’s been a while … since the last mass shooting in America, the threat never quite goes away. … I might be able to give some insight into what these young would-be mass murderers want. Because I used to want the same thing. Like them, I was once addicted to infamy. Back when I was a teen, I was accused of wanting to shoot up my high school. It was all a terrible misunderstanding based on my frustrations over being an outcast, which I’d vented by writing a short story in which I fantasized about killing some of my classmates at a school dance.
“When I compounded my reputation as a dangerous psychopath by scaring a girl who’d been mean to me with a nasty note that invoked the Columbine killings, … the news was on the front page of our hometown paper … I was banned from my prom (which I was rumored to want to blow up) and frightened parents claimed they would shoot me on sight if I tried to go. …
“My notoriety was made. And although I had no desire to go on a killing spree at all, I began to sort of enjoy it. … I felt that being suspected as a villain gave me power. … Teachers and adults feared me, and some kids my age, though they claimed to dislike me, were curious … The notoriety was as addictive as it was isolating. …
“We send a message to the wrong people that if you want fame and attention, just amass a high enough kill count. … Hence, it’s not unreasonable to ask for a little restraint from the media. … Cover the story … But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep his name out of the news … rob him of the narcissistic gratification he’s looking for. … [T]he American media has provided an outlet to these people by turning them into celebrities. We need to stop. Then maybe they will.” http://politi.co/Yy8F0d
Originally posted on Blaze of Automotive:
Yamaha V-Max (2008-current)|
“The V-Max is what happens when you mix 1679cc and nearly 200 horsepower in a motorcycle that’s one part cruiser, one part sportbike – and all parts thrilling. It’s difficult to explain just how quickly the V-Max builds speed. It produces the kind of acceleration that you feel in your chest. The kind you don’t soon forget…. and itndles to boot. What’s the catch? Well, there’s 16,500 of them..
Kawasaki VN2000 (2004-current)
“Cruising is all about having a relaxed mindset and there’s no better way to ease yourself into that state than the bigKawasaki Vulcan VN2000. It ticks all the right boxes – lots of black paint, lots of chrome, a huge 200-section rear tyre and, of course, a lolloping wildebeast of an engine.
Harley-Davidson Street Bob (2006-current)
“If you’re wondering about the Street Bob’s name, it comes from the ‘bobber’ fashion in the custom world inspired by the…
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Checking in with Old Friend Indomoto.com
Originally posted on Indomoto.com:
Tak terasa sudah hampir 10 hari blog ini vakum. Maklum brosis, tuntutan hidup memaksa harus berangkat gelap-gelap, pulang gelap-gelap, nyampe rumah sudah teler. Aktivitas ngeblog pun terbengkalai. #curhat
Untung ada Weekly Photo Challenge :) Kebetulan ada satu photo yang rasanya cocok untuk tema minggu ini, “Silhouette”. Tadinya mau ambil photo Yoshi Yunior di atas BEAT, eh ada odong-odong lewat, bikin photo jadi unik.
Checking in with Old Friend: Retkon Poet
Originally posted on Retkon Poet:
We’re Wednesday warriors waiting on
the Friday night lights,
a stone’s throw away
They’ve stepped into our riots,
phalanx of defiance led
by people living
on diets of
requiems with religious tinge for
sectarian men in both
name and limbs.
Zion of our xenophobia,
lions fighting cobras for a
nobody still wants
The horrors of
our hymns, composed to build us
bridges between each other as children
most wicked in their
coming of age.
Fatal Infection … (Learn how an everyday thing almost killed my husband … something we all do … know what to do, if it happens to you)
Checking in with Old Friend Granny’s Colorful
Originally posted on GRANNY'S COLORFUL:
Fatal Infection … (Learn how an everyday thing almost killed my husband … something we all do … know what to do, if it happens to … you)
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Photo Credit: Of, and owned by Gloria Faye Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Well … let me begin with August 3rd, Sunday … Skip was moving some old, rusty fence wire. He was just making thing neat outside.
He got stuck by a little piece of wire sticking out. I told him to wash it with soap, and water … put peroxide on it. He didn’t think it necessary.
Each day, the little place began to get much redder, ‘bigger’ red than the day before. He thought it would get better … it didn’t.
Skip came home on the evening of the 6th … he was having cold chills, shaking all over, high fever. His…
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Drinking from a vial of dark sadness, cannot forget,
will not forget; mind reeling, mouth twisted, choking;
this pain is not terminal it is permanent.
Pain, an accumulation from the past that lingers in
memory, drifting in dreams, floundering on invisible
winds of winter; searching through the impenetrable
haze called tomorrow.
A frosted pane, bare branches waving does not clear
the cobwebbed corners of a grieving mind.
A fractured mirror imaging the soul dances among the
sunlight, a pit of Hell or tower to the Heavens fear is no
longer the builder of an unfinished life.
Originally posted on johncoyote:
It is okay honey. I will be alright
A Poem by Coyote Poetry
Just a few words.
I love you still.
Far away or near.
You have saved me with kindness and gentleness.
This is what love is.
No perfect love.
Just us seeking some kind of love in our desperate time.
You were some sunshine.
A little magic to make me dream.
I love the woman who wanted Paris.
I wanted you content.
Please dance and drink sweet red wine.
Life is to be lived. You made me live and smile.
Please remember me.
I shall remember you.
About Don Charisma
I’m a bit of a phoenix, as my life changes, so do I and the things I focus and do, I guess it’s much the same for everyone.
“Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
- Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.
- Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure
- Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.”
? Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
In the practical realm I’ve been an engineer fixing boilers and designing central heating systems. Not many a tradesman’s job that I can’t do or haven’t done.
In the thought realm I’ve also been an engineer fixing bank’s humongous computer systems, building new parts and adding a little creative sparkle where possible. I like to fiddle, play, hack, build, create or what-ever-you-like, with software and hardware, DIY in the world of technology, love it!
In the teaching realm I’m a diving instructor, helping people to learn to dive is fun.
In the spiritual realm I’ve explored myself and my mind through channels like meditation and relationships.
In the internet realm I’ve built a successful real company that SEO’ed number one for quite some time, all my own doing… well a little help from my family and friends.
In the financial realm I’ve been involved in property, I’ve worked for employers and traded the financial markets, I’ve made money, I’ve lost money. Making money is easy, keeping it now that’s hard:)
In the future realm I’m not certain, I’d like to do something I love and make a decent living doing it.
This blog is for things that interest me, from the mundane and everyday to the very exciting and fun.
If you’ve found this page I hope you enjoy what you find here, and I wish you happiness and success in your life.
Thanks for reading,
Don Charisma dot org
Don Charisma dot com
By Don Charisma
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
«If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.»
– Bertrand Russell
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Welcome to a New Friend: Tanveer Rauf
Originally posted on Just Bliss:
The benefits of honey and the magic mixture of honey and cinnamon is known for hundreds of years for their miraculous curing power. Many people know about the health benefits of honey but very few know about the health benefits of honey and cinnamon combined. If we look back into the history we can see both these items used by different countries and cultures across the world for different medicinal purposes. Almost all the ancient cultures are aware about the benefits of honey on skin and benefits of honey on hair. Also healing benefits of honey and lemon has been recorded in ancient texts and even in many holy books like Bible, Quran. The benefits of honey in weight loss, benefits of honey with hot water, beauty benefits of honey, benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar, benefits of honey for diabetics, arthritis etc.
Listed below are some of the well known…
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It was all fun and games, until the fisticuffs and shenanigans… -Deutschmarc
About Me…Ugh…How dull is THIS going to be…Page Arizona native and single mother to Caolinn 14, Xavier and Liam both 11…because I’m fucking awesome at mitosis, rabid dog rescuer/rescue-ee to be clear, I am the one who is rabid, not the dog…he’s just fine, educator to some, and lover of good cheese, great music, and pretty much anything absurd.
Follow me on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/MeglyMc
Or contact me at: fisticuffsands at g mail dot com
***Yes, Ryan and I are obsessed with the NSA monitoring our texts. We are clearly narcissists who read too many spy novels.***
Ryan: What was going on with Bugs and all the cross-dressing? Was he based on J. Edgar Hoover, what with all of his spying and his manipulation of Elmer and Daffy? He was OBSESSED with control.
Me: Oh, you totally know Bugs was into leather.
Ryan: Obviously. Probably had an 11″ dildo in his nightstand, too.
Me: Well, don’t we all?
Ryan: I think it’s in the Constitution.
Me: Falls under the Second Amendment? Right to bear arms?
Ryan: At 11″, it might be an ACTUAL bear arm.
Ryan: How does one purchase an 11″ dildo? What exactly do you say to the store clerk?
Me: “You know…I just don’t think that 8-incher is getting me where I need to go.”
Ryan: “Here’s a picture of a bear’s arm…how close can you get me?”
Me: It’s too big to buy in person, one would have to purchase that item online.
Ryan: And you’d know this how?
Me: Logic! Don’t judge me, you!
Ryan: Hey, no need to qualify the purchase. It clearly isn’t for me. Now it’s just between you and Visa. And the NSA who is reading this, of course.
Me: Damn it NSA, I thought we were cool.
Wel;come to a New Friend of Hey Sweetheart: David Gilinsky
Originally posted on danorton33:
Apple wants its next iPhone operating system to replace your refrigerator magnets.
At Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced the new Family Sharing features of iOS 8, which will allow dedicated Apple households to share nearly all their i-content with up to six other i-family members.
“When I was a kid, the refrigerator was the center of family sharing,” Federighi said. “Now in iOS 8 we’ve made it that easy to set up your family on their iOS devices.”
There are three key features of Family Sharing:
• You can share photos, calendars, and reminder lists among all family members. Everyone in the family group can access the “Find My Friends” and “Find My [device]” features to locate other family members or missing phones. Adults can turn off these features on their handsets when they don’t want to be found; it’s not clear…
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