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Coverage on Mondays and Fridays + CNN Ratings

Hi all? You may have noticed that there has been no AC360 reviews on Mondays and Fridays. I’ve been covering those and have been extremely busy moving into a new place, working for tons of people all at the same time (I’m a freelance writer, translator, journalist, marketing expert and sales person…yah I know plus I own my own SEO/e-marketing business) Without trying to brag here about owning a business but just so you see how CRAZY busy I’ve been. Owning a business is nothing to brag about though. It’s SO much work.

Anyway, I won’t be able to do Mondays and Fridays anymore so I am looking for someone to do them for free, hopefully someone who loves the news and AC360 and wouldn’t mind doing this as a hobby. So bear with me, I may from time to time cover it myself when I’m super into AC360 but I am not now.

You also may have heard that CNN’s ratings have plummeted at the very bottom this past month, that CNN is behind every other news network, even MSNBC. I don’t know the exact stats and time frames so don’t ask…just google that.
But let’s not generalize. Because the fact is that AC360 and CNN have been last in October in only one demographic. It’s the most important demographic to advertisers, sure, but it’s just one single demographic.

AC360 is certainly not last in his time slot (total viewers). It’s also important to note that partisan news shows secure regular viewers much more than other types of news shows. It would be nice for AC360 to move to 8pm or change some of the format of its show to regain its edge, but I’m no producer, so you tell me.

I don’t know what’s been going wrong here but it’s probably a mix of viewers not being interested in compelling stories like wars and conflicts in Africa or not being interested in the segments CNN do; a lot of people love the ‘opinion shouting’ of other news channels. My ex-boyfriend was a CNN junkie but kept watching FOX news a lot…When I asked him why he said “they’re very entertaining…” I also used to watch Fox news a lot bc they make me laugh with some of the ridiculous lies they come up with (sorry Foxies babies) but I stopped watching it altogether after the 2008 presidential election. I was completely disgusted with the lies and racism exposed on this network and I don’t find those funny. I won’t give ratings to a news show that promotes intolerance, hate and lies.

On the other hand, CNN may have its flaws like maybe rehashing some of the same news a little too much or making annoying statements like ‘Latinos have spanish accents’ and I admit I don’t like the “Black in America” and “Latino is America”, it’s too much and it gives me a sick feeling to my stomach plus I’m hyper sensitive about ethnic stuff bc I’m biracial and have been pigeonholed, misunderstood all my life so that’s touchy with me, but even if that wasn’t the case for me I still don’t like those shows. I could give ten reaons but I’ll let you decide why for yourself.

…so I was saying that CNN may have those type of flaws but before being quick to judge, remember that NO other news networks travels so much to other countries to bring a story from the frontlines. While Keith Olbermann and Bill O’reilly are there pointing fingers and screaming ‘murder’, Anderson Cooper actually puts his life on the line and travels to dangerous places like Somalia, Niger, Afghanistan and more.

They say actions speak louder than words.

I hear a lot of people say that CNN is biased. Is it really? Why? Maybe some people believe truth to be biased because they believe in lies so truth will seem biased to them. I’m not saying CNN are saints and always have 100% facst right but I can tell you they’re certainly not the ‘crooks and liars’ some people make them out to be. Far from it.

The problem is that people need to stop caring so much about what they’ll eat for dinner and get for christmas and have a little more interest in other people’s suffering.

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Small Break: David Gergen Boogies and party in the parisian subway???

This is a little bit of a break from the serious news.

A Boys2Men style group singing in a parisian subway and getting people to dance along (well almost), Shakira gets nuts, and Gergen shaking it on the dance floor!

The reactions of the people in the subway is too funny and it has had more than 3 million hits. See that video below and skip my rant. I want these guys at my wedding and OMG why haven’t they had a recording contract yet??? hehe

I was browsing youtube videos to relax after a hard day of work and see what’s new. I’ve been watching a lot of old music videos lately and it makes me so nostalgic. Music is such a powerful reminder of a particular era in your life that’s past and that you may miss or regret or both. Nostalgic and going “woohooo” nevertheless. When you hear the tune, you go…yeeeahhh ! Know what I mean? I’m talking about middle nineties and early 2000. I’m really an old school hip hop, R&B person but I listen to really everything. I was so into music back then and it occupied most of my life…now it’s work and responsiblities ūüôā Alicia Keys ‘Falling’, The Fugees, Blackstreet, Bryan Adams, Nas, Old Jay-Z, Eminem ‘lose yourself’, Busta Rhymes, Madonna’s ‘Hung up’, Elton’s “candle in the wind” (and even the shallow 50cent songs ‘remember P.I.M.P ?? I’m laughing when I see that now esp. with that old iPod and blackberry. It also reminds me of 106&Park that I used to watch on BET…Wow, I would never watch that now!!! Grown up a lot since those days. I don’t even know what’s going on the music scene anymore except for the very obvious hits that are hard to miss because they play just everywhere constantly. I love my generation despite being called the Y gens who love their Ipods and youtube clips and can’t communicate properly except through technology!! That’s SO true. haha. But loving and using technology has its advantages that real face interaction can’t bring you. hehe.

Every song is like a treasure chest waiting to be opened and replay in your mind a specific experience. A chocolate memory that can be sweet or bitter (ever tasted that disgusting dark cocoa choc?)
Music really helps people get through a lot. Music is magic and music is deeper and more powerful than logic. (A ‘kill me’ statement) Sorry but it’s true. Music can melt hearts, unify people groups. Music is LARGELY to thank for young people today not caring about ethnicity. Look at hip hop and how it has unified people based on that movement and not on what race you are. I love Hip Hop (old school) and I can’t stop thinking of when I was 16 and hanging on the streets with professional Hip Hop dancers after school. They were breakdancing and taught me everything about Hip Hop. The real Hip Hop that is, not what you see today. I’m nostalgic…where has time gone by? In a racist school full of Nirvana infuated 15 year olds prone to acn√©, mood swings, and thinking that bullying others, smoking cigarettes and cannabis makes you a cool person, Hip Hop and its followers were radically different and preached tolerance and positivity. That was Hip Hop.

Anyway, I wanted to share a feel-good youtube video or two. It’s a group singing in the Paris subway inside the train. They are soooooo good and there’s FIRE in da house!!!. It’s just nice and makes me smile. I just love how the guy in front of them doesn’t even flinch and move a hair at first but eventually some people start to dance along and clap cheerfully at the end, it probably brought a ray of sunshine to their day like it did for mine. This group is truly not the shy type, that’s for sure.

BTW, I don’t know if you saw Shakira on America’s Got Talent. I know Wolf Blitzer loves her. Well maybe for another post (or google it) but she was simulating a sex act with a… speaker, litterally, yes. No kidding. Funny that the Fcc didn’t fine her ass. She’s nuts…long gone are the days of ‘my hips don’t lie’. I find her ‘shewolf’ horrible. Okay the tune is catchy and I somewhat like it but the ‘Ayooooooo’ she screams out to imitate the scream of a wherewolf, or shewolf is just completely ridiculous and the entire dance routine is not dance at all but almost a porno performance. I’m a little disappointed by Shakira but to each their own, some people may like it. So gfy Shakira…

And lastly….DAVID GERGEN shaking what his mama gave him. I found that too by surfing youtube. Haha…. Too good…anyway enjoy.

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The Truth: I only had one hour of sleep and will scream if I have to cover the Ballon Boy (Keeping me Honest)

I’d like to thank Aaron and George for covering all week. You guys did a brilliantly fantastically super duper hyper mega nice greatly AMAZING job.

In keeping in tune with this week’s TRUTH theme on AC360, as George pointed out.

I can’t cover Friday’s AC360 although I’m on duty. I’ve been working on some business application and writing all night for someone applying for a 100,000 contest as well as writing for some other client. I’m still behind on work !!!

One hour of sleep and feeling that disgusting sensation of an empty stomach full of hot coffee (I dont even drink and like coffee but was forced to stay awake as I dont have Coke at home it makes me hyper !)

I will punch someone if I have to hear just for one second the word ‘ballon boy’ and anything that speculates about Obama.

Let me catch some zzzz please and let’s hope I don’t dream about the Ballon Hoax.

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¬≤Eva Longoria: “I’ve never played any stereotypical roles” Oh REALLY?

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria was on AC360 yesterday and made a satement that she has never played a ‘stereotypical’ role on TV. I couldn’t help but think about the word ‘stereotypical’ and what it means. When it is stereotypical to play a maid when you are a Latina, not playing one won’t still ensure you don’t play a stereotypical role. You can play a rich Latina, one who has fame and fortune and has achieved a lot in life but the stereotype should not just be looked upon as a ‘role’ or a ‘job’. It’s more about a certain type of attitude people think is attached so certain ethnicities.

Although some countries have people who have naturally more of a temperament and joy for life, stepping into that territory is a little dangerous, especially when defining people by negative stereotypes.

I remember 3 years ago writing a post on a forum about “There are no stereotypes about Gabrielle Solis being a Latina on Desperate Housewives, she and her husband have the biggest house on the block. That’s one of the reasons I love to watch it.” Another poster quickly threw me a reality check bucket of ice cold water on my avatar face. “Wait a second, she said, Eva is definitiely playing the typical girl mainstream America believes all Latinas are like. They make her play the role of a selfish materialistic big mouthed sexy woman who only thinks about her looks. People believe all Latinas are like that, and this only reinforces the stereotype. So what if she has money. Her attitude on that show screams louder than her title or bank account.”

That made me think. I reasoned that Eddy Britt, who is white, also plays a selfish woman with a bad attitude and too concerned about her looks and devouring men. But she’s not a Latina, and she doesn’t seem as concerned about money as Gaby is. She’s a man-eater. But there are other white women on Desperate Housewives who can counteract that image. But the only Latina in the show has got to be a scheming, mean, loud, shallow and materialistic person.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the way that Gaby grows in the show and becomes the ‘perfect’ wife. She learns to be less egotistical. She learns the true value of love and family.

“Stereotypical” is more than just a role you play on TV. It’s about attitude.

Think about other popular shows or movies who star Latinas as the main character. Think of Ugly Betty, for example. Betty’s family is a poor family living in Queens. I can live with that although some people will say it’s stereotypical. Betty, the main character of the show is a brave young Latina woman who works really hard to achieve her dreams. Although from a poor background, she’s definitely not the average girl people think Latinas should be like. She doesn’t take care of her outer appearance that much (has huge braces and red glasses aka Steve Urkel), and she’s too honest to her disadvantage at times. She’s the most unselfish and unmaterialistic person you’ll meet. She has big dreams and she doesn’t take no for an answer and manages to become an associate editor for a prestigious magazine in the fashion industry. Basically, she’s strong and intelligent without needing her looks. Is she playing a stereotypical role just because she’s from a poor family from Queens ? No.

Do I personally think that Latinas are big mouthed women who only love drama and Gucci clothes ? No.

Do a lot of people in America think that? Saddly yes, or at least that image is somewhat ingrained into their minds to a certain extent.

Wilhemina Slater, the evil scheming creative director, played by Vanessa Williams in Ugly Betty, is seen as black in the show (bus she’s in reality of mixed ethnicty) and to me, she can own Mode Magazine (I knw she doesn’t)o and sleep in her chinchilla coat every night but she’s also playing the stereotypical ‘drama queen’ black woman. Don’t get me wrong. She’s rich, so everything should be fine.

I’ll never forget a job interview I once went to. I look brown, so people never know what ethnicity I am. So they assume things. The manager asked me a question I will never forget: “when was the last time you had a tantrum?”. A tantrum? I had never been asked this question before, esp. using the word ‘tantrum’. I could have understood a question like “Do you remain calm under pressure” as this is a question a lot of employers love to ask. But the way he asked the question and the way he looked at me screamed louder than the question itself. I went to ask my current boss at the time what this question meant, and he said it was a racist question. The interviewer saw that I was brown and assumed I must be a ‘drama’ queen. I’m the most sweet person you’ll meet and I live to avoid drama and bitching. So I did take a little offense to that question, but the way he asked it (mean and skeptical tone of voice) and accusing glances was what sealed the deal for me. I didn’t get the job, of course, but nevermind. I didn’t want it anyway. I found something much better shortly afterwards. This incident wasn’t about getting a job but learning that racism is still alive and well. And can I thank Eva Longoria for perpetuating the myth that ‘brown’ people are drama queens? But she owns big house, y’all !

It’s certainly not Eva’s fault if there are some mean spirited racist people like this manager on planet earth. But you get my point. I don’t judge Eva for playing Gaby Solis. I love Desperate Housewives and I still love the concept of Gaby. Underneath all that shallow exterior, she’s a real survivor and a softy at heart.

What about J-Lo who played a maid in the movie ‘Maid in Manhattan’ ? I don’t think she played a stereotypical role at all. There are maids of all ethnicites. The role could have been easily played by Julia Roberts for all it’s worth. But wait, Julia played a prostitute in Pretty Woman. A role worse than being a maid. Yet she’s not a Latina and no one thinks of white women as being prostitutes after watching this movie. They think of Julia as being a lost PERSON who finds herself eventually.

So it should be with all Latinas and Latinos: We should see them as PEOPLE and INDIVIDUALS, no matter what roles they play: maids, rich CEOs, housewifes, career women, villain, super hero, lawyers, police officers, queens etc.

A role is just a role. An attitude is an attitude that will speak volumes about who you are, more than what you do.

My point is that times have changed. No one today thinks of ‘maid’ when they hear the word Latina. They’ll think of a famous movie star, singer or perhaps a gorgeous looking woman. Maybe they’ll think of Taco Bell or Cuban rythm and salsa dancing. I don’t know. And somewhere along the lines they’ll also vaguely think of a drama queen who loves expensive clothes and has a face full of makeup even when caught in bed.

It’s true that Latinos, and other minorities for that matter, have come a long way in the last 50 years. Nevertheless, ethnic stereotypes remain deeply rooted in American culture. Racism and prejudice have taken another form, if you want my honest opinion. Now it’s politically and culturally incorrect to be a hater of latinos, blacks and other minorities. Pop culture dictates what rules. Beyonc√©, Shakira, Jay-Z and J-Lo and the likes now dictate to the youth what’s hot. This generation has no problems mingling with all types of ethnicites. But when the perceptions have drastically changes, the seterotypes remain. Now…intolerance and prejudice are disguised under other stereotypes. Latinas are like this and black girls like that…and white people…oh they are just too… Black men always drop out of school or become athletes.

Yes. I don’t like stereotypes in any way, shape or form but a little more disturbing is when people can’t even recognize they’re being stereotyped.

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Tomorrow: Anderson Cooper Interviews Eva Longoria

This is lady’s week ! Drew Barrymore and now Eva Longoria Parker. Anderson Cooper will interview her tomorrow about healthcare, immigration and worker’s rights.¬†I love Eva! She’ so open, talented and strong.¬†She’s very beautiful too.¬†Her hubby Tony Parker is French and of mixed ethnicity. (afro european) ¬†I can’t wait to see the interview as I love anything that has to do with ethnicity. Fantastico.
 

 

This is what has been posted on AC36O:

“By 2050, the U.S. Latino population is expected to nearly triple. Next week, CNN’s ‘Latino in America’ explores how Latinos are reshaping our communities and culture and forcing a nation of immigrants to rediscover what it means to be an American.

Don’t miss this special on October 21 and October 22 at 9pm (ET) to watch interviews with Eva Longoria, George Lopez, and Latinos across America to examine issues from immigration to education and the American dream.

On Tuesday, Anderson will speak to Longoria about ‘Latino in America,’ Hispanic Heritage Month and the role of Latinos in Hollywood. Longoria is also the commissioner for the National Museum of the American Latino. Tune in to hear her thoughts on health care, immigration and worker’s rights. Tomorrow, AC360¬į at 10 p.m. ET.”

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Drew Barrymore Interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS News

I’m a huge fan of Drew Barrymore and not just because I found her so cute in E.T. Drew is an amazingly down to earth woman inspite of being hugely successful. Very few actresses today have this vibrant energy, talent, drive, and very unique ‘je ne sais quoi’. Drew has become a film director and this alone makes her unlike the myriads of other actresses out there: She’s a leader, a business woman and a fighter. I like Drew because she’s enterprising and is the director of her own life. She doesn’t wait for things to happen, she makes them happen. Although a huge success, she’s still approachable and reminds me of a nice friend I can chat with about anything without being judged, casually¬†over ice cream or drinks.
Drew overcame so much growing up yet she’s a fighter as she managed to come back onto the Hollywood scene and secure a safe place within the hard to crack A-listers’ list, or the cream of the crop of Hollywood, as I like to call them.

This piece taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about Drew. I didn’t know that a Broadway theatre in New York was named after her grandparents, for example, and that they were the greatest actors in their era. Her family acting roots go back to the 14th century, in fact. I also didn’t know that she called Steven Spielberg ¬†her ‘godfather’ and that the people on acting sets served as a family to her.

They had an old photograph of Drew’s grandmother, Ethel, and I can’t believe the resemblance.

Here are some videos and some photos, courtesy of 60 Minutes:

Anderson Cooper Interviews Drew Barrymore for 60 Minutes

Part One:

Part Two:

 

Drew Barrymore on the streets of NYC

Some Photos

Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore on the streets of NYC

Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore on the streets of NYC

Anderson Cooper Interviews Drew Barrymore

Anderson Cooper Interviews Drew Barrymore

 

 

 

Anderson Cooper and Drew  Barrymore

Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore

 

Drew Barrymore talks about her 'wild child' childhood

Drew Barrymore talks about her 'wild child' childhood

 

Inside the Barrymore Broadway Theatre

Inside the Barrymore Broadway Theatre

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Inside Drew's office

Inside Drew's office

Drew Barrymore's Production Office

Drew Barrymore's Production Office

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Inside Drew Barrymore's Production Office with her friends

Inside Drew Barrymore's Production Office with her friends

Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore admiring Drew's grandmother portrait inside the Barrymore Theater in NYC

Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore admiring Drew's grandmother portrait inside the Barrymore Theater in NYC

Ethel Barrymore, Drew's grandmother who was the most successful actress of her generation

Ethel Barrymore, Drew's grandmother who was the most successful actress of her generation

Drew Barrymore has the same profile than her grandmother, can you tell? (you actually need to look at the photo above)

Drew Barrymore has the same profile than her grandmother, can you tell? (you actually need to look at the photo above)

Drew Barrymore as a child

Drew Barrymore as a child

Drew Barrymore talks to Anderson Cooper

Drew Barrymore talks to Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

Drew and her mother

Drew and her mother

 

Drew Barrymore and Steven Spielberg, her 'godfather'

Drew Barrymore and Steven Spielberg, her 'godfather'

 

COMPLETE Gallery

 

 

 

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AC360 10 10 09: GOP Jealous, Inspiring Others Matters, and it’s never easy to be popular in France? ?

Welcome to the daily AC360 recap. News Machine here. (Strange name I know)

First off explanation of the title: The jealous part you get, the “it’s never easy to be popular in France” was a mistake made by Fareed Zakaria when speaking to Anderson Cooper about President Obama’s Nobel Prize win. I think he meant to say “It’s never easy to be popular in the U.S.” But I’m not complaining, I like France. Or maybe Fareed meant to say: “It’s never easy to be popular in France and since Obama is popular there it tells you something”…I just don’t know. So that intrigues me.

Moving on.

I’ll save you the gory details of my personal life but for what it’s worth, I am healed. Hallelujah. God’s healing power healed me so you won’t have to listen to my ¬†boring rants about the way I cough and sneeze.

I’ll also include just a little bit of Anderson Cooper being on Regis & Kelly, the best parts, later on in a new post. We usually don’t do this but I watched R & K and there were some great parts in it. If you want the whole thing, I’ll get you a link.

Moving on.

I’m also glad I got to cover today as the main news is about President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. I always get to cover the things I like…I find this great. I can’t wait to see what the panel has to say about that. Paul Begala is here tonight and I LOVE Paul. ¬†Needless to say, I don’t agree with Nile Gardiner from the Heritage Foundation. He sounds British. I may live in England (for now) and love it, but I so don’t agree with Nile but I respect his Ph.D. (ha ha) Worth mentioning too is that 82% of the British public approves of President Obama against 17% for George Bush so let’s not stereotype all the British people thinking that Nile Gardiner is their spokesperson.

You know about this award? It’s really not about Obama’s achievements but about giving momentum and attention to some causes. It’s a “call to action” as Obama himself said. About how he’s inspired people and put issues on the table that were before avoided. It’s about the fresh way he sees things. How his new style will move the country forward. Something about International Cooperation…remember that one?

The Nobel Peace Prize was never meant to only recognize someone’s achievements per se but to reward those who inspired others and brought causes on the fore front of the political agenda. It’s always easy to critize someone until you walk in their shoes and see the mess they need to deal with. Patience is a virtue.

And although I’m not making this a race issue at all since we’re all human beings and the same, I love covering big stories on Barack Obama as he is a ‘mutt’ like me. (No disrespect to the Multiethnic community, ¬†know this is a derogatory term but here used unoffensively)

OK I’m done talking, on to the pure raw hard core AC360.

PS: I’ll add daily ‘Photo News Galleries’ from now on (I do recaps for Fridays and Mondays)

STORIES TONIGHT ON AC360:

FIRST UP/360RAW POLITICS President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and Conservatives are Outraged and say he doesn’t deserve it and should give it back.

KEEPING THEM HONEST How easy is it for criminals to buy guns without a background check? A camera video filmed everything

DIGGING DEEPER How really dangerous is the H1N1 virus? 19 American kids have died this past week alone. AC360 talks to Doctor Sanjay Gupta about the vaccine and about being inocluated.

UNCOVERING AMERICA How underground tunnels in Las Vegas have become a home for the homeless.

360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETINS See stories below

MY ACTJ NEWS PHOTO GALLERY (At the very end)

First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

FIRST UP/360 RAW POLITICS – Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner

FIRST UP

Tom Foreman reports on the reaction of the GOP to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama accepted the prize and said it was a “call to action” to confront the global issues of the 21st century. Some conservative had to ruin it a little for him, saying that he does not deserve this prize and should not accept it. Luckily, President Obama did accept it and said the prize was also about the inspiration you bring and not just the achievements. The Nobel Committee says the prize was awarded because the President has given hope for better world relations and fewer nuclear arms. INSPIRATION MATTERS.

PANEL: Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner joined Anderson to discuss and said that the world really sees this prize as an award for America more so than for Obama. ¬†The United States’ role in the international community is shifting as President Obama took office, and the foreign policy landscape is making some sharp turns for the best. They explored further whether this prize would make it easier or harder for the President to make foreign policies at home in the U.S. and the effect the award will have on him on an international scale.

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nigel

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & David

Anderson & David

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Nile on President Obama

Nile on President Obama

FIRST 360 BULLETIN – Erica Hill

1- A deadly suicide attack in Pakistan killed at least 49 people

2- In Haiti 11 died in a UN plane crash

3- A PA mom who brought a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game last year was killed by her husband

4- GM signed an agreement to sell Hummer,

5- The mission to crash into the moon to search for water was successful.

Keeping Them Honest – Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

A report on how people and even criminals can buy guns without having their background checked. Sellers at gun shows aren’t required to run background checks but are also not allowed to sell guns to anyone they find suspicious. An undercover video was taken at a gun show showing investigators as buyers admitting to not being able to pass a background check and being sold guns anyway. Mayor Bloomberg called for this investigation to try to encourage Congress to act on two bills that would force a background check on all gun show purchases.

Discussion: John Feinblatt

DIGGING DEEPER – Sanjay Gupta

Anderson speaks with CNN’s chief doctor Sanjay Gupta about the effect of Swine Flu on kids. 76 kids have died from Swine Flu since April and 19 this past week alone. 30% of the kids had been healthy prior to getting the flu. Sanjay said that the vaccine will help to stop the rise in children’s death from the H1N1 virus. Younger kids will need two shots to build up their immune systems. Kids over 10 will only need one. They also talked about the difference between the shot and the spray. http://www.ac360.com

UNCOVERING AMERICA – Ted Rowlands

Ted Rowlands reports about underground tunnels in Las Vegas that have become a home for the homeless.Matthew O’Brien, author of the book “Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas” speaks with Ted. http://www.ac360.com


Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Las Vegas Mystery

Las Vegas Mystery


SECOND NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN – Erica Hill

6- The knife was found that was used to attack a UCLA student who is now recovering

7-Flooding and landslides in the Philippines have killed at least 137 people

8-Video of the tsunami that hit American Samoa

9- A former tv host and politician who is accused of ordering killings has surrendered to police

10- Marge Simpson is now on the cover of the November issue of Playboy.

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill

BEAT 360 + THE SHOT

Didn’t like either ones.

ACTJ GALLERY: NEWS PHOTOS AC360 10 10 09

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Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama wins Nobel Prize

Barack Obama wins Nobel Prize

Mr Obama¬†keeps setting new records. He’s definitely not lost¬†his momentum, afterall.¬†Not even¬†a year¬†in office and he’s already won the prestigious¬† Nobel Prize award after his calling for worldwide disarmament.

He has also worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since January.

President Obama was honoured “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland said.

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as (Mr) Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said.

“His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

The Oslo committee said that Mr Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons was greatly taken into consideration.

Noble Peace Prize

Noble Peace Prize

“(Mr) Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.”

The Nobel prize is worth 10 million Swedish crowns (£878,000) and it will be handed over to Obama in the Norway capital on December 10 2009.

Some critics in the press¬†have been suggesting that Obama shouldn’t accept the prize but we don’t agree. He should.

Many people believed it was too early to award the president with this prize, but again…Mr. Obama keeps setting new records, that’s one of his greatest assets.

Congratulations to you, Mr. Barack Obama !

 

 

Definition of the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’

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The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”[1]

Alfred Nobel’s will stated that the prize should be awarded by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Norway and Sweden were at that time still in union, and with Sweden responsible for all foreign policy, Nobel felt that the prize might be less subject to political corruption if awarded by Norway. The Peace Prize is presented annually in Oslo, in the presence of the king, on December 10 (the anniversary of Nobel’s death), and is the only Nobel Prize not presented in Stockholm. “In Oslo, the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee presents the Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of the King of Norway. Under the eyes of a watching world, the Nobel Laureate receives three things: a diploma, a medal and a document confirming the prize amount.”[citation needed] The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held at the Oslo City Hall, followed the next day by the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is broadcast to more than 450 million households in over 150 countries around the world. The concert has received worldwide fame and the participation of top celebrity hosts and performers. The selection of Nobel Peace Prize winners sometimes causes controversy, as it has become greatly politicized and not related to issues of peace and the list of winners includes people who formerly used violence and terrorism, but then later made exceptional concessions to non-violence in the attempt to achieve peace.

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Heated Debate: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”…Thanks Anderson

Lots of debating concerning the segment below. I heard lots of people say they did not like Anderson’s style of moderating the discussion. Listen to it to know what I’m talking about. It’s late at night and I don’t have the energy to give you all the tiny details. Or just see last night’s AC369 summary. Don’t be lazy…scroll down ūüôā

After listening to this part, I really cannot understand who in their right mind would think Anderson did anything wrong in this segment. I mean, did you hear that woman Elaine speak? She doesn’t need ‘moderating’ but mouth shuting. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, obviously, and Anderson and Choi’s ‘approach was justified. If I had so many crazy words coming out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds, I’d want someone to put me in check. I have zero tolerance for people like Elaine, she should not even be given a platform. Freedom of speech what? Excuse me. She greatly ANNOYED me and I cannot believe Anderson didn’t shut her up sooner. The LGBT community must be tired of getting discriminated against on a constant basis and be portrayed as savage beasts ready to prey on anything that moves. There is just so much one can take. At some point, some people need to shut up.

Anderson, your approach was GREAT, if you and Choi weren’t so tough on her maybe she would have had the last word but she didn’t…to tell you the truth all I heard coming from her was blah blah blah blah blah after awhile…I cannot believe that it is okay to discriminate against a whole group of people like this and use such nonsensical and old cavemen’s rhetorics.

What happened to respect and tolerance? This is beyond me.

I’m sure Elaine will have a lot of thinking to do after this little encounter on AC360.

Anderson, great that you said:”have you been to Afghanistan”…and you see there lies the sad secret of people who discriminate against others: They will never walk in your shoes yet tell you how to live.

Listening to people like Elaine makes me want to scream…

Feelings. The fact is that after all the facts are said and re-said, people have FEELINGS. You cannot put a fact ahead of someone’s human and normal feelings. (not talking about petty, arrogant or immature feelings here I don’t have time to give you a course in human relations…so don’t start attacking at me).

So much for freedom of speech…people are dying, lives are lost. And all that some people do is talk and talk utter nonsense without any conscience at all for the suffering that’s happening. “As long as I’m right, who cares about the rest because after all I am saying all this to stroke my ego and not to help others

People should stop analysing things so much they lose all touch with their own inner conscience. Intellect is powerful but if you use it to discriminate against others, you are putting God’s gift into bad use.

Anderson, next time just shut her mic, will ya ?

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First Lady Online

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Does this French sounding name mixed with an Italian and Eastern European¬†touch¬†ring a bell?¬†Ok,¬†there’s no French in the ‘Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’ name. “Carla” is definitely Italian, “Sarkozy” is Hungarian and Bruni could sound French but it could also be Italian. If it was a French name, there would be an ‘e’ at the end of Bruni to form ‘Brunie’. So…let me start from the start…Does the foreign¬†non-French¬†name Carla Bruni-Sarkozy remind you of anyone? If you live in Europe probably so. The mere mention of this name will probably have you gasping for air while drooling: ‘ohhhhh’ trying to sound French but you know you’re¬†not so quit. It’s ‘ohhhhh’, not ‘oooohhhhh’.¬†Everyone has an opinion on Carla whether it’s good or bad. She doesn’t leave people indifferent, that’s one of her strongest assets indeed.¬† Alfred Adler, a famous psychiatrist once said: “There is always this element of concealed accusation in neurosis, the patient feeling as though he were deprived of his right-that is, of the center of attention – and wanting to fix the responsibility and blame upon someone.”

Not trying to psych-analyse Carla at all. This quote just means that…hmm…Freud…help please….means nothing in fact because I can’t ask Freud since he’s dead and my psychiatrist down the street charges 100$ an hour just to say ‘hi, my name is…’ so I’ll let you interpret this little quote to your own likes.

I love first ladies. I like talking and reading about them. They fascinate me. Especially Michelle Obama.

In North America, you probably remember France’s First Lady from the media coverage about the Obamas on their first official¬†trip to Europe after Barack became president. Ooops, I should have said ‘President Barack Obama’. In France, everyone calls President Sarkozy ‘Sarko’ or ‘Sarkozy’ so I assure you it isn’t disrespect towards Obama. (toward ot towards ?…living in England makes me have bad grammar.)¬†I just like being all friendly and casual with the Big Ones because it makes me feel like I’m their good buddy (whatever that means.)¬†¬†Back to Carla. Yes that’s her on the left hand side by the way.¬† Top now since I’ve added some paragraphs. And no, don’t expect an in-depth analytical coverage of her today,¬† nor a psychological analysis despite my quote above. I could throw up all the political analyses I’ve been listening¬†since watching the news everyday and compile them into an encyclopedia. (sorry, nothing wrong with political analyses…Just being snarky and sarcastic…I know that we need political analyses they are important and I like them when the yelling fanatics aren’t part of it.)¬† We’ll stick to Healthcare and Obamania-not-so-mania-anymore for political analyses.

I’ll ‘shop-analyze’¬†Carla though and tell you what she wore today…it was Gucci…and not from the store¬† down the street in NYC but the one in Paris next to the Eiffel Tower. Anything close to the Eiffel Tower is supposed to be expensive, no? (That’s why I threw this in…don’t tell anyone.)

So there you go, ‘keeping them honest’….keeping Carla-Bruni Sarkozy honest about where she shops and digging deeper on the origins of her name.

If you live in North America, you probably remember her when Michelle and Barack Obama visited Strasbourg in France¬†and there was this huge media frenzy over whether Carla and Michelle would clash. And the fashion of course. Who would be dressed better? Turned out they both wore a similar outfit,¬†only Michelle’s was more colorful expressing her more ‘open’¬† and ‘comfortable-with-myself’ personality.¬†Aside from petty politics, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is not well liked in France, apparently. Not as much as Michelle Obama in the U.S. and I can tell you that Michelle Obama is even more liked in France than Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is. For starters, Carla used to be a model in the not-so-distant past, and when you type in her name in google, you’ll see naked pictures of her all over the place. No I won’t post these here, remember¬†something about being¬†PG.

People in¬†France resent the President¬†for getting¬†married to a public figure¬†apparently devoid¬†of the kind of substance that is needed to be a proper First Lady.¬† But is she really? People are so quick to judge any woman¬†who looks thin and pretty as being an ‘airhead’…and if your naked pictures are all over the net, that’s not exactly helping. But this is France, the country of love. Nakedness is seen¬†as beautiful, not anything to be ashamed about so to the French, the fact that their first lady can be seen naked at the touch of a button leaves them cold.

The problem is not the nakedness but the fact that she lacks a certain substance and loves the media way too much. ¬†The Sarkozy couple is branded as being¬†‘media addicts’ who love to be¬†the centre of attention and will do anything to attain this goal.¬†This is France though, everything is permitted, remember, I just said it, I know.

A president divorcing his wife after not even one year in office and being seen flirting around the world with a pretty brunette, and getting married to her after only three months? Piece of cake. Oh la la.¬†It’s okay to be the First Lady of France and be seen naked all over the internet. Because it’s France.¬†It’s ok to be the First Lady of France with a past as a model and a singer. Imagine if that was Michelle Obama…there would be riots on the streets by now…

Well back to Carla again. (Is it me or is it hard to stay focused on Carla as a subject matter?)

Anyway, it is not for me to judge Carla. I don’t judge others. Naked or not, I think everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves. Carla is trying very hard to fit within her¬†First Lady role¬†from all the many articles I’ve read about her. Yes, she seems more ‘submissive’ to her husband than Michelle is to Obama and she seems¬†less indepdendent¬†as¬†she tries hard to fit a mould but France’s human relations are not like in America.¬†So¬†Carla can’t be Michelle. She is French (and italian and hungarian by blood now) and needs to adapt¬†to her own country, not try to be the next Michelle Obama. If wearing gray all the time is¬†what she likes, then so¬†be it. If she started dressing like Michelle, everyone would start saying that she tries to emulate Michelle and¬†doesn’t have her own personality.

¬†You can tell sometimes she isn’t being herself and you feel for her. Trying hard, she does though, so she still deserves a little bit of a ‘thank you’, if not for giving France the hottest First Lady in the history of France. I wonder if Mary Antoinette was hotter? Sorry Carla, no disrespect, but it’s hard talking about your humanitarian work after seeing all those naked photos of you.

The purpose of this post in the first place was to show you Carla¬†Bruni-Sarkozy’s¬†brand new website.

http://www.carlabrunisarkozy.org/

Carla is the First Lady of France, a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a singer, a former model, the subject of ridicule in the tabloids at times…that’s a lot to bear. (ok spare the¬†details.)¬†Now she is immortalized online forever; better than ending up at Grevin.

There you can see all the work she’s been doing since becoming first lady, her very own foundation helping victims of AIDS and all the nice things she does for people all around the world through her work. I wonder if she does it just to appear as a good Frist Lady or if she really wants to do those things. Answer: I don’t know.¬†She isn’t Michelle Obama nor Margaret Tatcher¬†nor Angela Merkel….¬†and that’s normal, there’s only one Michelle, only one Margaret and only one Angela.

Everyone is unique, even Carla…so do check out her website to see the real Carla, because after all there’s more than nakedness to Carla Bruni Sarkozy. Everyone can¬†get naked but not everyone can get naked, have it posted online and still end up as a First Lady. That’s an achievement all by itself. And you’re wondering why, as a President and having a lot of power, Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t get those naked pictures removed…Well maybe he loves to remind people of how seriously good looking his wife is…and that’s the problem.

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‘News Networks ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan’ by Broadcasting & Cable

Interesting story I found today. It’s from the news site Broadcasting & Cable talking about how¬†news networks seek out dangerous news stories on purpose…and how Afghanistan is now their cherished target. There’s an Anderson Cooper quote somewhere in there, but frankly the whole article is just interesting.

  By Marisa Guthrie

“Oct. 7 marks the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, and with the White House facing critical choices on troop augmentation, news organizations have begun their own surge in coverage.

For cash-strapped networks emerging from intense multi-year coverage of the Iraq war, Afghanistan is a minefield of risk, not the least because news personnel have been repeatedly kidnapped by the Taliban and their civilian cohorts.

‚ÄúBaghdad was a civil war and it was very easy to get caught in the middle of that,‚ÄĚ says NBC News’ Richard Engel during a phone call from Kabul. ‚ÄúHere, it’s an insurrection. You can’t just get into a car and drive up to Kunar province. You probably wouldn’t come back. It would be a one-way trip.‚ÄĚ

Indeed, reporters are increasingly getting caught in the crossfire. An Associated Press reporter lost a foot in an IED attack in August, the same month that CBS News Radio correspondent Cami McCormick was seriously injured during an attack in Logar province that killed an American soldier.”

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Still not covering Today’s AC360: So Photo & Video news

Still not feeling well even getting worse actually.¬†Laying on my¬†bed with my Vaio and drinking fluids like crazy in hopes that I get better soon. Was too ill & weak to go the doctor…someone wanted to take me with his car but I don’t feel the energy to get dressed. I have tons of work waiting to be done outside this site. This site doesn’t even feel like ‘work’ as I really enjoy it but trying to focus on the news¬†conversations and analyse what’s being said is a little too much for someone who can barely get up¬†to take a shower (but don’t worry I still took a shower). Good thing someone’s coking for me so I’m not starving myself out too and get even more sick on top of everything else. Ok My three seconds of ‘I’m sick’ fame officially over…and sorry if there are some things in this post that seem off, been taking medication. (Don’t expect shots of naked men running around NYC and buying hot dogs or tachos or whatever else, I’m not that doped up yet.)

I’ll just put some snapshots as a timeline as these are easy and fun¬†to do and help me focus on someting else¬†besides my cough.¬† I’ve also included the entire podcast for last¬† night in three parts. That’s the most I can do I’ m afraid…To get all the most recent news of Monday’s AC360, you know the drill yet again: AC360

Too bad, there were TERRIFIC stories last night that I would have given anything to cover…esp. the ‘Why he left the War’ segment of the show. They showed a soldier crying (don’t know if it was a marine or not but probably yes, sorry 1/3 doped up…). I met a lof of marines in my life, a lot of them…very nice guys who are very selfless. Whatever is happening to this marine/soldier is unfair, regardless of the rules. The ‘accordeon’ shot I did not like. Just being honest. AC360 should have put our ‘One Man Band’ video, which also had accordeon and other instruments in it…but well AC360 won’t give me any attention…totally within their rights.

AC360 PART ONE:

AC360 PART TWO:

AC360 PART THREE:

Here are your  NEWS in Photos..

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Sorry for Cussing on the ACTJ Hater Post

…I was seriously amused and annoyed all at the same time at¬†the hater while I wrote my reply to him in the spur of the moment. I now think more rationally and see that there’s no need to cuss even when trying to address¬†a loser. I’ve deleted the cussing in my comment to him (except the very last one that I was itching to say). I won’t waste anymore time on such energy wasters from now on and focus on the news only.

AC360 is a PG rated site and even @**¬ß¬ß!!! are not acceptable. So we’ll do like them and just edit and delete abusive language from now on.

But…it was a good lesson and taught me something…

No Cussing and abusive language on this site

No Cussing and abusive language on this site

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Not Covering Last Friday

Sorry guys but I’ve been¬†in bed for the past 3 days. Coughing, swollen eyes, weak, sore muscles, headaches. Who gave this to me? I’m going to the doctor on Monday again. Me typing this is a real miracle and I just need all my energy to just drag my fingers through the keyboard.

I had all the shnapshots ready but now I’m not feeling up to it…can’t push myself, sorry.

Monday will get covered if I’m better and the other days for sure since Aaron is doing them.

Until next time, you know the drill: Go to AC360 or CNN  for all the most recent news.

Also, just for your info Anderson didn’t have Swine Flu, he told so to a politics website just recently, either Politico or Daily Kos I don’t remember.

Cheers

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We Promise you an in-depth Honest Article on President Arroyo

To everyone who was frustrated about the article on President Arroyo:

I’ve decided for this site to do an in-depth honest¬†investigation of Phillipines President Arroyo.¬†Not our own opinion but UN-BIASED and FACTS.¬† If you still don’t like the results then we can do nothing about it…facts are facts. How we interpret those facts, though may be the issue here.¬† Anyway…

Come back next week as we’ll need some time to research. Thanks !! Looking forward to your comments.

President Arroyo

President Arroyo

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This is what Anderson Cooper’s Official Site Looks like…

Loads of readers mistook us, ACTJ,¬†for Anderson Cooper. Although¬†we’re really flattered (no really), we all know that Anderson Cooper’s only official site is AC360. That’s how it looks like. See below.

AC360 Anderson Cooper's Official Blog and Site

AC360 Anderson Cooper's Official Blog and Site

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Time Warner Press Release: Anderson Cooper Announces Top Ten 2009 CNN Heroes

Anderson Cooper Announces Top Ten 2009 CNN Heroes October 01, 2009 (picture was added by me)

(Whoever writes press releases at Time Turner, it’s RoSSana Rosado, not RosaNNa Rosado… btw. thanks.)

Beginning at 1 pm ET and continuing hourly through 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, CNN‚Äôs Anderson Cooper will announce a Top 10 2009 CNN Hero, culminating in an 11 pm ET special called Change the World, You Vote, CNN Heroes¬ł spotlighting all Top 10 CNN Heroes. The Top 10 Heroes announcements will also be featured on CNN.com, HLN, CNNI, CNN Radio and CNN en Espanol.

Culled from over 9,000 submissions ‚Äď a new record for the CNN HEROES initiative, which began in 2007 ‚Äď and selected by an esteemed Blue Ribbon Panel, these Top 10 CNN Heroes will each receive a $25,000 award at CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, airing Thanksgiving, November 26, at 9 pm ET on CNN. One Top 10 CNN Hero will be named CNN HERO OF THE YEAR, as voted upon by the public via cnn.com/Heroes, and will be awarded an additional $100,000. Hosted by Anderson Cooper at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the November gala is the only awards show of its kind ‚Äď featuring celebrities honoring everyday people who have made an extraordinary difference in their communities and beyond. The broadcast will air globally on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year will commence at 11 pm ET on October 1, and continue until 6 am ET on November 19, 2009.

Below is the list of the 2009 Top 10 CNN Heroes. Please note the time at which each Top 10 2009 CNN Hero will be announced; all times are Eastern. The information about each Top 10 CNN Hero is strictly embargoed until the time listed, and may not be posted or reported before then. Please do not report the entire list of Top 10 CNN Heroes until 10 pm ET on October 1.

1pm – JORGE MUNOZ, QUEENS, NY: School bus driver Jorge Munoz is helping hungry New Yorkers make it through tough times. Since 2004, he has handed out more than 70,000 meals from his mobile soup kitchen in Queens — for free.

2pm – JORDAN THOMAS, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE: Jordan Thomas, 20, lost both of his legs in a boating accident in 2005. Since then, his Jordan Thomas Foundation has raised more than $400,000 to provide prosthetics for children in need.

3pm – BUDI SOEHARDI,SINGAPORE: Budi Soehardi founded a children’s home in one of the poorest areas of Indonesia. Today, Roslin Orphanage in West Timor provides food, shelter and education to more than 45 children.

4pm – BETTY MAKONI,ESSEX, ENGLAND: Zimbabwe native Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to provide a haven for young victims of sexual abuse. The organization has rescued more than 35,000 girls since 2001.

5pm – DOC HENDLEY, BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA: Bartender Doc Hendley is providing clean water to communities worldwide. Through creative fundraising, his nonprofit Wine to Water has brought sustainable water systems to 25,000 people in five countries.

6pm – EFREN PENAFLORIDA, THE PHILLIPINES: Efren Pe√Īaflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education. His Dynamic Teen Company’s 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums.

7pm – DERRICK TABB,NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Derrick Tabb started The Roots of Music to give young people an alternative to New Orleans’ streets. His music education program provides free tutoring, instruments and music instruction to more than 100 students.

8pm – ROY FOSTER,WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Army veteran Roy Foster started Stand Down House to help veterans struggling with addiction and homelessness in Florida. Since 2000, his program has provided life-changing services to nearly 900 veterans.

9pm – ANDREA IVORY,MIAMI, FLORIDA: Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women. With mobile mammography vans, her group has provided more than 500 free screenings.

10pm – BRAD BLAUSER,DALLAS, TEXAS: Brad Blauser, currently residing in Baghdad, is providing hope and mobility to disabled children and their families in Iraq. Since 2005, his Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids program has distributed nearly 650 free pediatric wheelchairs to children in need.

This year’s Blue Ribbon Panel includes retired Retired Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner, Shakira, Rossana Rosado, Mariane Pearl, Malaak Compton-Rock, and Sir Elton John, among other humanitarians.

More information, including video of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, links to the Heroes’ organizations, and highlights from previous CNN HEROES programming can be found at CNN.com/Heroes. To download art of any of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, please visit:

http://imftp.turner.com/User/ImageListing.aspx?f=h9pv

Contact Info:
Janine Iamunno
New York
(917) 224-5417
janine.iamunno@turner.com

Shimrit Sheetrit
Los Angeles
(917) 826.4959
shimrit.sheetrit@turner.com

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And an ACTJ Lover….

wow…what did we not get today? We’ve had a site hater and now a site lover. We’ve had blind fact checkers who check anything but facts….my day is full…off to watch desperate housewives… See the Lover’s post below:

JimmyBean
October 1, 2009 at 9:25 am
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I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

A definite great read..Jim Bean

See you tomorrow for CNN HEROES 2009 coverage ūüôā

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Another Nut: One Man Band

We’ve atually had loads of nuts today on this site…here let’s add one more…only he actually is worth watching (unlike the other nuts and haters of this site) and his music is fun and he is actually very good at what he’s doing… (haters are good at what they do too but I’ll take this guy over them anytime)… AC360 producers, do consider this as a shot too, please ūüôā

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For the last time: We are not Anderson Cooper

LOOK THERE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

¬†Yes on the right hand side…it says: ” We are not affiliated with CNN nor Anderson Cooper, we are not CNN nor Anderson Cooper

Why not look around on a blog to say what it says before jumping straight to comments to start fussing and arguing…?

you accuse us of not ‘fact checking’, yet YOU do the exact same thing….accusing this site without even¬†checking it out first¬†?

Ok I gave you your 3 seconds of fame, moving on to something else…I won’t give this any attention next time.

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Our very first ACTJ Hater…

 

**Update: Please see my most recent post about this incident : Sorry for Cussing on the ACTJ Hater Post

First official hater. We were waiting on you…why have you waited so long to come? Laugh your heart out at this hater’s post….seriously I’ve never read anything this¬† ridiculous and hillarious in my life and wait until you see my reply to him….Thanks to you, ‘BiteMe’ for making me laugh outloud today !!! I think I did ‘bite’ you indeed…do come back if you have more entertaining ‘Bozo the clown’ type of posts. I have to say I was starting to wonder where were the haters. Even Jesus had haters, just to tell you that every good thing must have haters. It’s a requirement or else you know you’re not doing something right…so thanks,¬†hater,¬†for reminding us WE ARE doing something very right here. Like Mariah would say ‘Just shake it off ‘…

PS: I am not comparing myself to Jesus by the way. Just saying that the greatest and most famous¬†man who ever lived had haters all over…

 

BiteMe October 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm · Edit

This site is trash, riding on the popularity of Anderson Cooper. A leech of dismal credibility written by those without future in journalism. This piece is nothing short of propaganda, a pro-Arroyo mouthpiece written by a loser detached from the Philippine reality. Sorry, Cynthia Bugsey, if that’s even your real name. You may emulate Anderson Cooper in writing and reporting style, but you’re not a third of the dirt on his fingernails while on location if you don’t know how to fact check. PS: I bet you moderate comments so well because the article is so badly written, you’re afraid to post all the negative comments. Bring it on! Reply

The News Machine October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm · Edit

Hi I am the site owner and not Cynthia here, and I will address your post:

¬†1 ‚Äď ‚ÄúThis site is trash, riding on the popularity of Anderson Cooper.‚ÄĚ

Easier to destroy other people‚Äôs work but to build something yourself. Well‚Ķthe idea of this site is not to ride on Cooper‚Äôs popularity but to respect his work‚Ķyou truly cannot judge about something you don‚Äôt understand. And you truly don‚Äôt understand. You are a mean spirited, negative person, and this is enough for me to know that anything you say is not credible. I don‚Äôt make a dime off this site, you punck. I started this bc I love journalism and Cooper‚Äôs reporting style. Most sites on the net focus on Cooper‚Äôs private life and not enough on his work yet he is such a brilliant journalist. If I make money off this site in the future, it will be to pay my current great quality writers and add other writers. I will never make a dime off this site. You know what is ‚Äėtrash‚Äô ??? peres hilton, tmz, d-listed, adult friend finder,‚Ķthose are trash sites‚Ķ This site reports on the NEWS and we write about HUMAN RIGHTS‚Ķ.if you call this trash than you are trash yourself, my friend. I suggest you go get some contact lenses because I see no trash on this site.

2-‚ÄĚYou may emulate Anderson Cooper in writing and reporting style, but you‚Äôre not a third of the dirt on his fingernails while on location if you don‚Äôt know how to fact check.‚ÄĚ

Ok, Cynthia never pretended to be Anderson Cooper. This is her own unique perspective. Agree or not with her but do RESPECT her. like I said easier to trash other people but build them up.

3-‚ÄĚI bet you moderate comments so well because the article is so badly written, you‚Äôre afraid to post all the negative comments‚ÄĚ

Cynthia does not moderate comments, I do. and you are so immature to insult someone you don’t even know. You judge someone by one post, which is her own personal opinion. do you think you are perfect??? You certainly sound like a (fill in the blanks) or else you’d be spending your time writing more productive things instead of bringing other people down.

4-‚Ķ‚ÄĚthose without future in journalism‚ÄĚ

‚Äď are you God poor ignorant clown?? who made you the one who decides who has a future in journalism and who doesn‚Äôt. Go take your hate on real bad people like murderers and rapists, they are the ones who need to be yelled at, not honest people like Cynthia who works hard and is not afraid to talk about her opinions even if she gets heat for them‚Ķ. what about YOUR future in journalism ?? I bet you have NONE whatsoever.¬†¬†

CONCLUSION = you’re an ass. bye.

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CNN ‘Heroes’ Tonight at 11pm ET on AC360

Go on the CNN heroes page to find out more and see the list of heroes.

Whatever you do, don’t miss it!!! You can vote for your favorite¬†‘hero’ from 11pm and on.
It is hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Some of last year’s CNN Heroes 2008 photos:

 

 

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Request to AC360:Please consider this as a ‘Shot’

Hi to AC360, to ¬†Anderson Cooper and the producers. This is by far the funniest video I have ever seen in my life. It’s Hooked on¬†a Feeling by David Hasselhoff. Please add it to ‘the Shot’ one of these days, that would be great to share some¬†laughs with others…¬†a big thank you !!!!

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Don’t miss AC360 tonight…

Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week. His death was captured on video.

The website AC360 has this as a lead story (see below), it will probably be covered in more depth tonight. If you have any interest in this at all, be sure to watch Anderson Cooper 360 at 10 pm EST on CNN:

An epidemic of violence

Four teenagers have been charged with the murder of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old whose videotaped beating death has sparked renewed outrage over the violence among youth in Chicago. Thirty-four public school students were killed during the school year last year. So what is being done to stop the violence plaguing the city’s streets?
Read More‚Ķ” ¬†from www.ac360.com

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Food for thoughts…

The food is on the book’s front cover, no it’s not Anderson nor anywhere¬†on Anderson. 35 dumb things well-intended people say…does the comment about me funding terrorism because I employ a muslim girl count as a dumb thing a well meaning person said to me the other day? Okay joke’s over…enough of this…I say probably¬†100 dumb things a day…but…I’m not dumb !!! Point taken…saying dumb things doesn’t make you dumb just human and maybe a funny person. (for some people though, I don’t know if that’s true)… ūüôā

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