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January 31, 2010

Grammys Michael Jackson Tribute (Discussion Thread)

Posted: 10:56 PM ET

9:55  'The Earth Song'

9:56 3D, Where do you get the glasses!?

9:58     Okay, the blog editor is getting sea sick w/o the 3-D glasses

9:59 All of the performers sound great w/ Michael singing in the background

10:02 DVR replay...watching it again

10:07 Catching up, Michael Jackson's children Prince & Paris just walked on stage.  Prince talking about his father.  Paris says "Thank You, we love you daddy."

What did you think?

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Pure Gold: Snowboarding With Shaun White

Posted: 08:09 PM ET

By Bob Simon via The Daily Beast.com

Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images via Life.com

Winter X Games 14

Shaun White represents one of the best chances for a U.S. gold at this year’s Winter Olympics. This Sunday on CBS, watch 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon follow the wunderkind up the highest skiable peak on the continent.

...There was no ski lift where we were going. We went up the mountain by SUV, helicopter, snowcat, and snowmobile. From the helicopter, the mountains looked jagged, magnificent, and extremely inhospitable. Then we saw Shaun’s world, a super pipe, 550 feet long, literally carved into the mountain. It was built by one of Shaun’s sponsors, and was intended to isolate him from the fans and snowboard hopefuls who mob him at lower altitudes. Not only that: Because of the isolation up here, he could develop and practice new tricks designed to bring home gold from Vancouver. He was working on five of them; and one of them, the double cork 1080, he said he would name “the Bob.” That’s when I started loving snowboarders, at least this one. After 42 years of covering wars, insurrections, revolutions, and natural disasters, I had finally earned a name. The Bob. Who could ask for more? And that’s what Shaun and his team called me for the rest of the shoot.

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Prosecutors to charge Michael Jackson's doctor with involuntary manslaughter

Posted: 07:56 PM ET

By David Gardener via The Daily Mail

Prosecutors are set to charge Michael Jackson’s doctor with causing the pop star’s death, according to reports last night in the U.S..

After a seven-month investigation, Dr Conrad Murray could be charged with involuntary manslaughter within the next few days.

The website TMZ, which first reported Jackson’s sudden death from a heart attack last June, claimed Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is ready to go ahead with criminal action against the singer’s private physician.
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Time: Is Football too dangerous?

Posted: 07:51 PM ET

By Sean Gregory via Time.com

(photo Peter Hapak for Time)

Ted Johnson, 37<br />Linebacker

What's wrong with football? It's written in the pain on Greg Hadley's face. The senior from Colgate University, a two-time all-conference linebacker on the school's football team, is sitting in a Bedford, Mass., laboratory, staring at shattered brains of dead football players. On this Friday afternoon, Hadley has come to visit Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neurological researcher who has received a dozen brains donated from former NFL, college and high school players. In each one, it's simple to spot a protein called tau, which defines a debilitating disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Common symptoms of CTE include sudden memory loss, paranoia and depression during middle age. The disease is also known as dementia pugilistica, or punch-drunk syndrome, because until recently the overwhelming majority of its victims were boxers. Not anymore. Researchers like McKee have found a deep and disturbing association between CTE and America's most popular sport. (Watch a video of what football can do to the brain.)

Hadley wants to see, in raw, microscopic detail, what could await him. All CTE victims have had some kind of head trauma, and Hadley has received four concussion diagnoses during his college days. As they examine images under a microscope, McKee tells Hadley that the brown splotches represent the dreaded tau buildup in the brain. The brains are as brown as the pigskin itself. (See "The Year in Health 2009: From A to Z.")

Hadley lets out a quiet "Jesus" and sinks in his chair. His girlfriend stares at him, looking as if her cat just died. "I had no idea it was all over the place like that," Hadley says. He glances at a picture of a normal brain next to the stained brain of a deceased player. "You look at something like that and think, This is your brain, and this is your brain on football."
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White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trial

Posted: 07:48 PM ET

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is among those suspects set to face a trial in a civilian criminal court. Washington (CNN) - No decision has been made on whether to change the current plan to hold the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan, White House officials said Sunday.

Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed concern over the costs and disruption of holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices at a New York City courthouse.

David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Obama believes the trial should take place in a criminal court instead of before a military commission, as permitted for some terrorism suspects.

However, Axelrod and Gibbs acknowledged that Obama and the Justice Department were considering moving the trial from New York City.

"We've made no decisions on that yet," Axelrod said on the NBC program "Meet the Press." Gibbs, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," also said the location of the trial was under discussion, but he expressed certainty that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks, "is going to meet justice and he's going to meet his maker."

Gibbs and Axelrod criticized Republican opposition to the plan to hold the trial in a criminal court, saying no one complained when the previous administration of Republican President George W. Bush put terrorism suspects such as "shoe bomber" Richard Reid on trial in U.S. criminal courts.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Crime • Justice • Larry King Live • Politics • Terrorism


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January 29, 2010

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TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 08:55 PM ET

We're devoting our entire hour to the heartbreaking story of Haiti's orphans, whose lives - like their fellow Haitians - have been turned upside down. The fear now is that their vulnerability could turn them into targets for exploitation. Actor and activist Sean Penn will join us from Port-au-Prince to talk about these dangers. We'll also tell you how you can help Haiti's orphans.

That's all tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT!

Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Larry King Live


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The riches of the poor

Posted: 08:01 PM ET

Excerpted from A Crime So Monstrous by E. Benjamin Skinner. © 2008 by E. Benjamin Skinner.  Excerpted with permission by Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

For our purposes, let’s say that the center of the moral universe is in Room S-3800 of the UN Secretariat, Manhattan. From here, you are some five hours from being able to negotiate the sale, in broad daylight, of a healthy boy or girl. Your slave will come in any color you like, as Henry Ford said, as long as it’s black. Maximum age: fifteen. He or she can be used for anything. Sex or domestic labor are the most frequent uses, but it’s up to you.

Before you go, let’s be clear on what you are buying. A slave is a human being who is forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. Agreed? Good. You may have thought you missed your chance to own a slave. Maybe you imagined that slavery died along with the 360,000 Union soldiers whose blood fertilized the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Perhaps you assumed that there was meaning behind the dozen international conventions banning the slave trade, or that the deaths of 30 million people in world wars had spread freedom across the globe.

But you’re in luck. By our mere definition, you are living at a time when there are more slaves than at any point in history. If you’re going to buy one in five hours, however, you’ve really got to stop navel-gazing over things like law and the moral advance of humanity. Get a move on.

First, hail a taxi to JFK International Airport. If you choose the Queensboro Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the drive should take under an hour. With no baggage, you’ll speed through security in time to make a direct flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Flying time: three hours.

The final hour is the strangest. After disembarking, you will cross the tarmac to the terminal where drummers in vodou getup and a dancing midget greet you with song. Based on Transportation Security Administration warnings posted in the departure terminal at JFK, you might expect abject chaos at Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport. Instead, you find orderly lines leading to the visa stamp, no bribes asked, a short wait for your bag, then a breeze through customs. Outside the airport, the cabbies and porters will be aggressive, but not threatening. Assuming you speak no Creole, find an English-speaking porter and offer him $20 to translate for the day.

Ask your translator to hail the most common form of transport, a tap-tap, a flatbed pickup retrofitted with benches and a brightly colored canopy. You will have to take a couple of these, but they only cost 10 gourdes (25 cents) each. Usually handpainted with signs in broken English or Creole, tap-taps often include the words my God or Jesus. My God it’s my life reads one; another announces welcome to Jesus. Many are ornate, featuring windshields covered in frill, doodads, and homages to such figures as Che Guevara, Ronaldinho, or reggae legend Gregory Isaacs. The driver’s navigation is based on memory, instinct. There will be no air conditioning. Earplugs are useful, as the sound system, which cost more than the rig itself, will make your chest vibrate with the beats of Haitian pop and American hip-hop. Up to twenty people may accompany you: five square inches on a wooden bench will miraculously accommodate a woman with a posterior the size of a tractor tire. Prepare your spine.

You’ll want to head up Route de Delmas toward the suburb of Pétionville, where many of the country’s wealthiest thirty families— who control the nation’s economy—maintain a pied-à-terre. As you drive southeast away from the sea, the smells change from rotting fish to rotting vegetables. Exhaust fumes fill the air. You’ll pass a billboard featuring a smiling girl in pigtails and the words: Give me your hand. Give me tomorrow. Down with Child Servitude. Chances are, like the majority of Haitians, you can’t read French or Creole. Like them, you ignore the sign.

Heading out of the airport, you’ll pass two UN peacekeepers, one with a Brazilian patch, the other with an Argentine flag. As you pass the blue helmets, smile, wave, and receive dumbfounded stares in return. The United Nations also has Jordanians and Peruvians here, parked in APVs fifteen minutes northwest, along the edge of the hyperviolent Cité Soleil slum, the poorest and most densely populated six square miles in the poorest and most densely populated country in the hemisphere. The peacekeepers don’t go in much, neither do the national police. If they do, the gangsters that run the place start shooting. Best to steer

clear, although you’d get a cheap price on children there. You might even get offered a child gratis.

You’ll notice the streets of the Haitian capital are, like the tap-taps, overstuffed, banged up, yet colorful. The road surfaces range from bad to terrible, and grind even the toughest SUVs down to the chassis. Parts of Delmas are so steep that the truck may sputter and die under the exertion.

Port-au-Prince was built to accommodate about 150,000 people, and hasn’t seen too many centrally planned upgrades since 1804. Over the last fifty years, some 2 million people, a quarter of the nation’s population, have arrived from the countryside. They’ve brought their animals. Chickens scratch on side streets, and boys lead prizefighting cocks on string leashes. Monstrously fat black pigs root in sooty, putrid garbage piled eight feet high on street corners or even higher in enormous pits that drop off sidewalks and wind behind houses.

A crowd swells out of a Catholic church broadcasting a fervent mass. Most Haitians are Catholic. Despite the efforts of Catholic priests, most also practice vodou. In the countryside, vodou is often all they practice.

You may see a white jeep or van with a siren, a red cross, and the word ambulence handpainted on it. You might assume this is an ambulance. It is not. These private vehicles only carry dead people. Public health is spotty at best. The annual budget for the health care of the UN peacekeepers in Haiti is greater than the annual budget for the country’s Health Ministry. It’s a bad idea to get sick here, as I was to find out.

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CBS rejects gay dating site's Super Bowl ad

Posted: 05:54 PM ET

By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Super Bowl network CBS rejected an ad Friday from ManCrunch.com, a gay dating Web site.

"After reviewing the ad, which is entirely commercial in nature, our standards and practices department decided not to accept this particular spot," said CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs. "We are always open to working with a client on alternative submissions."

CBS (CBS, Fortune 500) said it turned down the ad partly for financial reasons, but ManCrunch believes that there's more to it than that.

"It's straight-up discrimination," said Elissa Buchter, spokeswoman for the Toronto-based dating site.

Jacobs of CBS declined to comment on the charge of discrimination.

Buchter provided a copy of the CBS rejection letter to CNNMoney, which states that the ad "is not within the Network's broadcast standards for Super Bowl Sunday."

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Filmmaker’s bond to Haiti

Posted: 03:43 PM ET

CEO of Gener8Xion Entertainment on why he's donating 100% of his proceeds from tonight's box office of the new movie, Preacher's Kid, to Haiti relief.

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By Matthew Crouch, CEO of Gener8Xion Entertainment

I first visited Haiti in 1976 when I was fifteen years old.   My parents, Paul and Jan Crouch, co-founders of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, had just become involved with serving the needs this terribly poverty-stricken country.   Numerous return trips ensued as my family’s love and passion for the Haitian people grew through the years.  I watched my mother spend millions of dollars building a hospital, supporting an orphanage, funding other aid groups working in Haiti.   We didn’t know it when we began, but our work in Haiti would become Trinity Broadcasting’s longest running on going project.    I can recall a very special trip just a few years ago, spent filming a documentary featuring my wife Laurie working along side my mom as they fed and cared for the beautiful Haitian children.  

All this is to say that news of the earthquake struck us particularly deep.  To mention the countless images and memories that overwhelmed us as we looked upon the devastation on TV is to infer that our pain is somehow comparable to what the Haitian people have experienced and this is most definitely not the case.   Yet I know we’ve all been touched by this tragedy as evidenced by the incredible and compassionate response from around the world.

So many times when tragedy strikes as it has in Haiti, our natural response is to question why. Why did this have to happen?  Why did so many people have to die?  Why is there so much ongoing pain and suffering.  Unfortunately, those are answers we rarely get to know, at least in this life.   Of course, that doesn’t seem to stop the endless parade of pundits, prophets and prognosticators continuously chiming in like a flock of vultures encircling their prey.   

Yet as I’ve watched the amazing outpouring of love and support toward the people of Haiti coming in from all over the world, something has begun to crystallize in my mind.   Perhaps the “reasons why” aren’t meant to be discovered by us, but determined by us.   “What are we doing about it?” is a far more fundamental question in the face of trapped and starving people than “Why did it have to happen?”   In fact, the world’s response to this tragedy, their very act of doing something about it on such an enormous scale demonstrates to me that we indeed have the power to create, if not “The” answer, than at least “one” answer as to the question of why.  

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