Non-lame alternatives to the cable TV monopoly:Hulu.com
- Full, streaming episodes. Lots of Fox and NBC content, such as The Office, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, etc.Joost.com
- Lots of CBS content and other older TV shows.
Like music? Try:Songza.com
- Internet Jukebox. Try it. Awesome.
And for the more adventurous, who know how to use search boxes and reference the lengths of video clips:YouKu.com
- What's on the local theatre marquee? the TV program guide? (No, you do not
need to be bilingual...)
Let's not even talk about BitTorrent
Hook up your computer to your TV with a cable from:SVideo.comPay-for-access cable monopolies are dead. Long live the most democratic of communication mediums - the Internet.
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- Looking for an RSS / XML feed for Michael Savage and "The Savage Nation"?
If you answered 'Yes
' to this question, you are not alone in the quest to find an RSS feed that monitors MichaelSavage.com
and all of the daily updated 'Savage Approved' news stories.
Unfortunately, Dr. Savage's website does not provide an 'official' feed. Below is an alternative solution that allows you to never miss another great news headline. Works great in Google Reader
RSS/XML: MichaelSavage.com News Headlines Feed (via irisfeed.com)
[NOTE: Dead URL; As of September 2007, irisfeed.com is offline]
NEW FEED! (Updated 12/17/07): RSS/XML: MichaelSavage.com News Headline Feed
[NOTE: Feed empty due to restructuring of MichaelSavage.com]
If you can't listen to Savage, here is another on-demand listening option:
(Originally Posted: 7/31/2007 @ 10:30pm)
Labels: best of the web, commentary
fans in Pittsburgh, PA are steaming over the frequent preemption of "The Savage Nation"
by Pittsburgh Pirates baseball
. While listeners in the 'burgh are fortunate enough to have a FM News/Talk station that carries the program (8-11pm Eastern) in all of its stereophonic glory, 104.7FM
, as of this summer, is now a Sports
/News/Talk station, carrying each and every Pirates game of their (loosing) season. The unfortunate result is that serious discussion of national and international issues is being preempted by the frivolous and trivial distraction of baseball
While I am not a baseball fan (Cricket
is much more interesting), my objection is on the philosophical ground that discussion of serious issues
should take precedent over sports, diversions, and other forms of entertainment. It is all the more insulting that the Pirates, despite having the most beautiful (tax-payer financed) stadium in the country, are a poor team with a terrible win/loss record.
So what other listening options
are out there for Pittsburgh fans of The Savage Nation?
- Via the Internet
Live Internet streaming is available from Savage's home station of KNEW 910AM in San Francisco, CA, at the 910 KNEW Live Streaming page. Note that the show is broadcast live 6-9pm Eastern, with the first hour rebroadcast 9-10pm Eastern.
For you l337 h4x0rs that prefer direct links and non-embedded media players, this is my gift to you (hint: WMA) [UPDATE: Direct stream link is dead as of July 2007].
(Originally Posted: 6/1/2007 @ 11:50PM)
- Over the past few days, The View-Point has been getting a lot of hits from people searching for a connection between Christianity & the Virginia Tech massacre committed by Cho Seung-Hui. While I have no great argument to make at this point, I can only offer the following point:
"Why does God allow this kind of evil thing to happen?"
"How can He be a God of love and yet let such pain and suffering prevail?"
These are questions that many people may be asking at such a difficult time as we are now in. The essential question is one of the role that God plays in the actions and choices of individuals.
The Christian faith holds that God has created human beings with a 'free will' and as moral 'free agents'. Simply put, God allows us to choose to 'do our own thing,' whatever that may be. Indeed, the concept of sin essentially refers to actions and thoughts that are contrary to full communion with God and with His creatures and His creation (including our fellow human beings).
This may not be very comforting in such a trying time as this, as it leaves us in a state of temporal vulnerability to such evil, malicious actors. But the point is that the actions of deranged individuals such as Cho Seung-Hui cannot properly be attributed to God, no more than the actions of a child are the direct responsibility of its parents.
The perceptive reader, of course, will have noted that the key term in the previous paragraph is temporal vulnerability. It is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully human and fully divine, through his suffering, death, burial, and resurrection that God has come into our temporal realm of free will and free choice to freely offer to us the gift of eternal life.
(Originally Posted: 4/18/2007 @ 8:25pm)
- If yesterday's horrible massacre on the Virginia Tech campus by South Korean native Cho Seung-Hui has proved anything, it has illustrated the utter failure and disaster presented by anti-Second Amendment, Gun Control laws.
As I understand it, after a round of so-called 'gun violence' last year, the campus of Virginia Tech implemented a "Gun Free Zone" policy. Now understand that I am no 'gun Nazi'; I've never owned or even held a real gun. But let's look at this issue from a philosophical perspective:
A person with a loaded and functional gun holds a significantly disproportionate amount of power over and above that held by people with no gun. Any decent person is unlikely to use this disproportionate power for selfish or personal gain, but a corrupt or troubled individual, simply from the possession of a gun, has a powerful tool to accomplish selfish and/or disturbed actions.
What does this have to do with gun control? The gun-holder only has this disproportionate power over non-gun holders; against someone who also has a gun, this disproportionate power is diminished and somewhat neutralized (given relatively equal skill levels in gun handling). As an extreme example, if Cho Seung-Hui would have walked into a classroom with 30 students, all armed and skilled at shooting, his only advantage would have been an element of surprise; other than that, he would have stood no chance.
It is absurd to think that everyone should have a gun, let alone be properly trained in shooting it. But it does not take a roomful of decent people with guns to reduce or neutralize the disproportionate power held by the malicious gun-bearer; it only takes one.
By instituting a "Gun Free Zone" policy/rule/law [Side Note: Criminals by definition do not obey policies/rules/laws!], Virginia Tech essentially sealed its fate in ensuring that no decent, altruistic, gun carrying individual could even potentially have come into contact with Cho Seung-Hui and 'neutralized' his disproportionately deadly level of power.
Gun Control -- It only benefits the malicious and ill-willed.
(Originally Posted: 4/17/2007 @ 4:50pm)
***** Note: See Below for Latest Updates from 4/12/07 *****Jesus Family Tomb Believed Found(Discovery Channel, 2/25/2007)
- "New scientific evidence [...] suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. The findings also suggest that Jesus and Mary Magdalene might have produced a son named Judah...."
"'Mariamene, or Mariamne, probably was the actual name given to Mary Magdalene.' [...] Although not included in the Bible, the 'Acts of Philip' mentions the apostles and Mariamne, sister of the apostle Philip...."
"Since tombs normally contain either blood relations or spouses, Jacobovici and his team suggest it is possible Jesus and Mary Magdalene were a couple. 'Judah,' whom they indicate may have been their son, could have been the 'lad' described in the Gospel of John as sleeping in Jesus' lap at the Last Supper...."
- Along the lines of the "Da Vinci Code" comes the next assault on the foundations of the Christian faith: a Discovery Channel so-called 'documentary' titled, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus".
All of this comes from "Academy Award-winner" (and therefore expert on everything) James Cameron. The so-called 'documentary' will be shown on the Discovery Channel on March 4 at 9pm.
Question: Why don't we see any serious effort put towards trashing other religions (e.g. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, Materialism, Positivism, etc.)? Why must the assault unilaterally be against Christianity, in either its Catholic or Protestant forms?
- Now that this 'documentary' has aired, it seems to have come Dead-On-Arrival. (Full disclosure: I did not watch it.) Leading up to the 'exclusive' Discovery Channel showing, I saw about 3 stories refuting these ridiculous claims for every 1 promoting or supporting them. And a quick Google News search on 3/6/2007 presents the following sample of headlines:
'Lost Tomb of Jesus' doesn't shake the foundations (Siftings Herald, AR)
The Jesus Tomb: Find of the Century or Publicity Stunt? (Emediawire - press release)
Biblical Documentary Producer Challenges "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" (WDC Media News)
India won't air 'Jesus Tomb' documentary (Spero News)
'Tomb' can't keep Christianity down (Los Angeles Times, CA)
Note to James Cameron: You are known for producing high-quality fiction. What made you think you would be taken seriously with this 'documentary'? People are predisposed to expect high production-value fiction from you, and that is what they got. As for you, you've earned a reputation for shamelessly profiteering off of the sacredness of religion & religious belief -- and, no doubt, some extra punishment in your eternal rest.
The Discovery Channel Recants:
- Is Discovery Burying 'Lost Tomb'? Net Pulls Repeat, Declines to Tout Ratings
"Departing from normal procedures, the cable network didn't tout its big ratings win. The network also scheduled a last-minute special that harshly criticized its own documentary, and has yanked a planned repeat of 'Tomb.'
"'This is not one where you necessarily beat the drum, from a business perspective,' said David Leavy, executive VP of corporate communications at Discovery. 'It's not necessarily about making money, or making ratings, or shouting from the highest office building. Sometimes having some maturity and perspective is more important than getting picked up in all the ratings highlights.'"
Scholars Backtrack on 'Documentary' Claims:
(Originally Posted: 2/25/2007@ 4:45pm)
- Jesus tomb film scholars backtrack
(Jerusalem Post, 4/11/2007)
"Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary ... have now revised their conclusions, ... a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows.
... dramatic clarifications, compiled by epigrapher Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in a paper titled 'Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story is losing its scholarly support,' ..."
Labels: commentary, news
Duke Charges Dropped - North Carolina attorney general calls lacrosse trio "innocent"(The Smoking Gun, 4/11/2007)
- Crystal Gail Mangum (Photo source: The Smoking Gun)
- The identity of the accuser in the Duke Lacrosse Team rape case has been revealed, now that all charges have been dropped as completely baseless and unfounded. We now have the name and a photo of Crystal Gail Mangum, whom Michael Savage of The Savage Nation has dubbed "The Durham Dirtbag" -- a moniker that now has the evidence to back it up.
(Originally Posted: 4/11/2007 @ 9:40pm)
Dianne Feinstein Resigns
(metroactive.com via MichaelSavage.com, 3/28/2007)NEWS:
- "Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee... she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein..."
Bottom Line: If my third-grade level of research can confirm a few of the most basic facts of this story, then I only expect that members of the 'professional' (read: paid) media can bust the full details wide open.
(Originally Posted: 3/28/2007 @ 11:48pm)
Labels: commentary, news
With the Cricket World Cup 2007
) well underway, fans, such as myself, who live in the United States are finding themselves with a serious lack of coverage options -- other than the official DirecTv media partner
. Here are a few free Internet resources that I have found useful -- feel free to comment with your own suggestions. Happy Cricketing!Live Match Coverage & Statistics
- Cricinfo.com coverage of the Cricket World Cup 2007
By far, the best site for live match coverage -- use this site to follow the action as it happens. Exclusive & live ball-to-ball commentary and updates. Includes a new, experimental Cricinfo 3D feature that uses computer animation to render the action for you in near-real time. A full set of statistics and other analyses available for each match, plus News, Photos, Audio Commentaries, Video, and more.
(Originally Posted: 3/18/2007 @ 10:05PM)
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