Hot Topics
NewsKing.org
Feedback
List of Headings
Welcome to The NewsKing Blog! - http://blog.newsking.org

Damn, that's a good one, T.J.!

----------

What a mess, Cam. Trump gave a speech at the U.N. and called the leader of North Korea "Rocket Man." I don't know what Trump was thinking (it's catchy), but in Asia, Rocket Man translated as a kind of superhero to some people. The song, of course, is an Elton John hit, and is about a guy who leaves his family to go to Mars, which is a very cold planet that lacks the infrastructure for the kind of life his family is used to. I would say Trump is "lost in marketing." So I'm putting on "Rocket Man." In a strange twist, the song had no music video, but YouTube just sponsored one that brings new meaning to the song. In another strange twist, I'm also putting on "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. Major Tom rockets to space, but can't return due to a malfunction. I think that describes our president's speech at the U.N., as well as North Korea's policy. An article from The Guardian about the speech appears first.
- https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/20...
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtVBCG6ThDk
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYYRH4apXDo

----------

I was thinking about plane crashes. In some newer planes, the computer can land the plane. The last time I checked, the United States didn't allow computer landings, and airports weren't equipped for it. This is a promotional video that might be overselling a product, but it appears to be able to handle a computer landing through its database, without special equipment at the airport. Don't forget to do your updates!
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWDUTdqbYqw

----------

Really tall buildings do well in earthquakes, because they sway all day long anyway. Newer ones have a weight hanging from a cable in the top floor (a very heavy weight) to try to balance out the sway. Just to make the experience of going to the top less sway-ish.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF2A4i1Itlk

----------

Yes, it's supposed to make you think! I'm in a retirement home. Did you do a good job building it, illegal Mexicans? (Yes, they did!)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz0WyD7oefQ

----------

It is freaky that it hit on the same day as the 1985 quake, just a week or so after another big quake, this time centered in the metro as opposed to a rumble from the sea. My thoughts and condolences go out to the injured, their families, and to those who died and their families. But DAMN you guys are doing good! Every earthquake scenario got tested (one from the sea, one in the city), on a city that already got hit. 10,000 people died in 1985, and a double-quake, more powerful, and weeks apart, only took 139 lives so far. They got really serious about the building codes in 1985, and it appears to have worked. Some structures failed, but most didn't. After getting hit BIG two times in a row, there is concern about the fragility of some older structures that survived. They felt this one in LA. This is roughly the strength of the biggest quake Southern California will have to handle, but Northern California handled one even bigger. About the strength of the one that hit Mexico City a week-or-so ago. Blame North Korea!
- http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/major-earthquake-shakes-mexico-city...

----------


Movie Night/Day!


This movie is called Ghostbusters II. It was made in 1989. One of the topics that comes up, and one we've talked about on here before, is the stereotype of "rudeness" associated with residents of NYC. It would certainly apply to Donald Trump. But I don't think most New Yorkers are like that. The way I put it is to imagine an old lady from the "yes ma'am, no ma'am" deep South vacationing in NYC. She goes to a bagel shop for breakfast, and begins talking to the cashier about her flavored cream cheese recipe. There are 50 people in line behind her. She's not used to so many people, all who need to get their breakfast and get to work. The cashier says, "Whatever lady, hurry up! I've got a lot of customers in line!" She thinks that's rude.

Click the link below to stream the movie. If you want to add subtitles, use the link below the movie for instructions. To download the movie instead of streaming it, right click the link and choose "Save link as..." (if you're on a mobile device, use the Chrome browser and press-and-hold the link to choose "Download Link"). Use the fullscreen button on the video controls to watch the movie in fullscreen mode. No audio gain was added to this movie, so you may need to crank the volume.

- Ghostbusters_2.mp4
- Subtitles


----------

I gotta joke on you, though, you searing hot muthafucka! This is Vigo from Ghostbusters II. I'll run the movie later. I have to go Uber somebody...
- https://triviahappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/03202014vigo.jpg

----------

Cody S. clearly wants to say, "Hi!" He's a music artist, athlete, and music historian. He's also very outspoken about politics, and generally leans my way. And he's a fan of me enjoying my life. I've never seen him look at the camera like this, and I just know this is something. The photo was captioned "Video shoot.." and may be a playful twist on words.


----------

Clearly made by GenX for Millennials! And kind of involves Cam... Dude, the shit is hitting the fan! I'm sorry about Trump, and hope you get through "passed" and "past" without a war starting. I wouldn't even associate this with you except that there's a strong chance it is given recent events. (I got to this following up on the Gen Y article down there and ended up on Advertising Age Magazine. The mag was started during the Silent Generation, probably by the Lost Generation. There have been comparisons between the Silent Generation and youngsters today. A "follow the rules" generation that is "seen and not heard," characterized by a fear of surveillance and a fear of catastrophe.)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afzkLHTUK8

----------

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKLVpDTZOPQ

----------

I'm sensitive to what you meant, Sam. But I think what I did was okay. You guys let me know...
- http://lariatnews.com/opinion/opinion-gen-y-so-sensitive

----------

- http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday

----------

Good morning!

----------

Okay, I'm going to pick up this topic from one of the posts below because it's a semi-famous topic. What's super-famous is this scene. Everyone in the world knows this river from the movies. It's LA's concrete river.
- http://images1.laweekly.com/imager/u/745xauto/6027076...

Why did such an environmentally responsible city do that? Well, LA grew rapidly. There was a tiny river, and homes and businesses went up next to it. But every now and then, it would flood. The problem got worse as more and more of LA got paved, leaving less ground for rainwater to soak into. So, they paved the river. It works! No more floods! It looks weird, though, and in hindsight probably wasn't the best way to handle the environment. So, what now?

They're fixing it up, and turning it into a greenway. It's going to be a nice outdoor space. Part of me wants to say, "Hopefully they don't fix all of it... It's famous and movies would be boring..." But here we go!
- http://lariver.org/blog/visit-la-river

----------

[I wanna work on this post and get the details...]

A friend of mine bought me some V.S.O.P. brandy yesterday. I looked up what V.S.O.P. means: It means "Very Superior Old Pale." It has to do with how the product is aged, and what's in it. But I kept going, and came up with a bit of info about liquor...

- Whiskey: Spelled "whisky" in Europe, Canada, and probably some other places, it's been likened to "distilled beer" because it's made from grains. In Germany, in addition to whiskey, they also have straight up distilled beer, called "bierschnaps."
- Bourbon: Whiskey made in America
- Scotch: Whiskey made in Scotland

- Rum: Liquor made from sugarcane and/or molasses

- Vodka: Very pure liquor that can be made from grains, potatoes, or fruit, though usually grains or potatoes are used. It is distilled in a way that gets rid of most impurities, so it doesn't matter if you make it from grains, potatoes, or fruit. It's the closest liquor to pure ethanol, but it is sold at a lower strength (it's ethanol + water, and really is that pure; you can even use industrial ethanol to make it).
- Gin: Vodka with juniper berries added during the process, although the process is different from vodka.

- Brandy: Liquor made from fruit. Usually grapes are used. If you can think of whiskey as "distilled beer," you can think of brandy as "distilled wine."
- Cognac: Brandy made from specific grapes in a certain region of France
- Armagnac: Brandy made from specific grapes in a certain region of France

- Tequilla: Liquor made from the blue agave plant.

- Liqueur: Any of the above mixed with flavorings. It gets weird here because you have products like Jägermeister, which is an herb liqueur. It isn't clear what that means. Can alcohol be distilled from herbs, or are herbs just used for flavor? In any case, there does not appear to be such a thing as "herb liquor." You'll be directed to "herb liqueur," suggesting alcohol cannot be made from herbs.
- Schnapps: A word that describes many liqueurs.

So let's test out the guide! What about "corn liquor?" I'd say corn is a grain, and corn liquor doesn't taste like vodka, so corn liquor must be a whiskey. Corn liquor is sold in jars and packaged to look "homemade." It is supposed to suggest a time when people made liquor at home, especially during prohibition in the U.S. When prohibition was lifted, these products still circulated "in the country (countryside)." In reality, corn liquor is manufactured in a licensed industrial facility. You're buying the look of the packaging. The ATF will come to your house and kill you if you try to make your own corn liquor... from all that corn on your farm?

----------

This vid is designed to work with this article:
- http://www.ocsmag.com/2016/02/13/mytube-build-your-own-youtube...

It's about how to create your very own social media video service, similar to YouTube, on your personal or business web site. And it's not affiliated with YouTube! It is free if you know how to get it on your server. I'll do a write up later 'cause I wanna make this a permanent post... (Basically, I didn't wanna fuck with the NewsKing server, so I turned my computer into a server. It works...)

CHECK OUT THE VID!!!
- my_youtube.mp4


----------

Alright, Chris B. I don't know if you were there for me and Sam's "getting to the top" adventure. But this has been an ongoing theme. I just now figured out that an old FLV on the 2008 Blog no longer plays (at least on this computer). It's pre-HTML5. And this is exactly why backward compatibility is important. I assumed everyone had seen it. It's probably time to bring it to the front again, too. So, now it's an MP4, and will be a new post on the Blog.

I don't know if there's a top, Chris B. But my experience with it is that it looks like this vid. The vid is a clip called "The Ediface Sequence," and it's from a longer vid called Why Man Creates by Saul Bass. The clip was used to open the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting series The Western Tradition, hosted by Eugen Weber.

Check out the vid!

- why_man_creates.mp4

----------

Trying to sort of narrow in on the direction that seems popular for all the stuff I put up yesterday. These two stories are related, and I thought they were interesting. For different reasons, though. I left the TTIP post up. It'll probably need to be a permanent post.

1) I'm pretty sure I read somewhere else that McDonald's had invested in this product, too. It wouldn't surprise me. McDonald's also helped start Chipotle. But apparently this company has really nailed the taste and texture of chicken, and done it so it's suitable for vegans. And you can have it now instead of waiting for the cultured meat version (I really think a lot of the cultured meat effort, but they need to get products out to us...).
- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives...

2) This is a look at the market environment. This company has an apparently good product with wide distribution. It's vegan mayo that supposedly nails the taste of regular mayo. They are (or were) being sued by Unilever, maker of America's best selling mayonnaise brands (Hellmann's and Best Foods). Unilever is a huge company. They make everything from soaps to chewing gums. Anyway, the article is from 2014, and Just Mayo hasn't changed their name or logo...
- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/business/unilever-sues...

----------

I supported the TTIP (US/EU Trade Agreement) in a blog post back in 2013. I said the following (all that I knew at the time) about problems with the agreement:

"Of course, there are some concerns. Concerns over agriculture are currently at the forefront of talks. One of these concerns involves the U.S. so far supporting genetically modified plants, while the EU does not. However, it is likely problems related to agriculture can be solved by simply leaving agriculture out of the agreement. There are other areas for concern as well, but the two sides have been meeting for over a year to assess whether some of these points can be resolved so that no single issue, industry, or interest group can sabotage the talks, as has happened in the past."


They did a horrible job, and my stamp of approval is still on it. And there are a lot more issues surfacing. I'd say industry has sabotaged this. I'm withdrawing my support until the issues are resolved to my satisfaction. And I think people know where I stand on the issues. I agree with the video. Check it out!

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4OQeekSD6s

----------

They have this, Swifterrs, but I haven't tested it or anything. I bookmarked it when you asked for it. I'll add it to the list of shit I'm supposed to do.
- https://obsproject.com/forum/threads/guide-how-to-stream-to-youtube.4333

----------

This was a bigger hit than I thought... I should redo the sleep post. And if you like NewsKing catching the details for ya... Uhh... Cultured meat... (You know this boy have good taste!)

----------

I read on Reddit about these new solor panels. It got me thinking about a post I did in 2009. There's a picture of a roof shingle that doubles as a solar panel. A "solar shingle." I thought it would look better on people's houses than solar panels. I did a Google search back in 2009, but there was no such thing as a solar shingle. So, I just put the picture there (it's a Photoshopped shingle roof) and said nothing. Well, now the solar shingle is here. Did I invent it? No. It was invented in 2005 and wasn't practical yet...

The idea is that they look good and the whole roof matches. (Some companies are doing half the roof, with thin stuff overtop the regular shingles. Put that on the back part of the roof, okay?) I want the whole roof to match, even if they're not all solar shingles (you could throw in some matching "dummy shingles" if you don't need it all solar).

So, this company is doing the whole roof, and it looks good. The only one with a decent webpage to see the potential, as well as the aesthetics.
- http://energysystems.meyerburger.com/en/products/in-roof

Anyway, I read a few of my old posts, too. It's like I'm talking to a more conservative audience. Trying to change someone's mind. Not the confident style I have now. That's what happens to everyone, though. That's why the election is important. You'll be sitting at a bar or hanging out with friends and suddenly realize there's no one to talk to. And where now they laugh and nod in disbelief, if their party is in power, they yell at you and insult you. So your style changes...

Sam suggested I pull the old vids, and I think I'm gonna do an edit spree, too. Just change it a little... Like, on that post, the conservatives at the time were all about whether Obama was an American. So, I went after Rupert Murdoch for being Australian. (If you wanna make the mental leap, that makes Fox News Australian. It's a writing trick. I said it was Australian-based, as in the mind of Rupert Murdoch. I didn't say it was based in Australia.) Anyway, I could clean shit like that up. I dunno. I have to cut the grass...

----------

Okay, so that's it for now... Let's make tomorrow about at least getting the tabbed songs on the list, and starting to fix what I can on Twitter and YouTube...
! Caution ! الحذر ! 注意 ! Attention ! Achtung ! चेतावनी ! Attenzione ! 주의 ! Внимание ! Cuidado !

Be careful using online language translation tools, and be sure to read the disclaimer so you understand all of the issues that can come up. You can read the disclaimer using the link below. After reading it, just click the translate link to translate The NewsKing Blog into your preferred language.

- Read the disclaimer
- Translate
This page is a blog, but the headings have possibilities. Below is a list of the current headings featured. Since I sometimes update earlier entries, the list includes the date of the most recent post. The most recent heading is always first, both in the blog and the list below.

- Happy New Year! - Jan. 1, 2016
The Archives are links to The NewsKing Blog from previous years. Blogs started in 2007. They are sometimes updated, and often the current NewsKing Blog links to posts in The Archives, so check them out!

- 2015
- 2014
- 2013
- 2012
- 2011: Front Page | Page Two
- 2010: Front Page | Page Two
- 2009: Front Page | Page Two
- 2008: Front Page | Page Two
- 2007
Hot Topics is a list of links to media and information on other websites. When you see the and symbols next to an entry in the Hot Topics list, clicking on the symbols will link you to Twitter and Facebook features related to the topics posted in the list. Sometimes, the symbol is also used to display my comments about the topic.

This feature is currently being tested. No topics are posted.
Happy New Year! - Jan. 1, 2016

Every new year, I like to start The NewsKing Blog off by wishing everyone a happy new year! While I'm not always on time (with so many time zones, it's impossible for me to wish everyone a happy new year right at midnight...) I usually come pretty close to January 1st. It's a great holiday, and I love celebrating on new year's eve. So, let's make this year a great one!

Happy New Year!
Your feedback will be interpreted with these statements in mind...

- This is not professional writing. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). It does not reflect the views associated with "Newsking sites" or associated entities.

- I sometimes put my foot in my mouth in a big way, which is why this blog can't be associated with my professional writing. My social responsibility for "blogging" has so far been undefined by society, but I do not intend for this to affect my public life.

- Prior entries may be edited.

- I may or may not use "drugs," alcohol, and certain foods in the production of this "blog."

- I did not "just solve a problem" or "just cause a problem." For anyone.

- This blog occasionally contains humor.

- This blog may contain numerous links to outside content. A small portion of this content may contain information some readers may find offensive. I want to apologize to anyone who is offended.

- Links or references to outside content do not imply an endorsement.

- References to outside content are not always Internet-based (i.e. artwork, books, magazines, radio, television, film, and other media). No endorsement of any outside content is implied.

- Every effort is made to ensure this site complies with about 25 editing "rules," including spellling, grammar, punctuation, accuracy, HTML, etc. Your "experience" is important.

- Please enjoy yourself!
Shopping at NewsKing.org is easy. Just click "Add to Cart" to select an item, and a shopping cart window will open.

Major credit cards, eCheck, and PayPal accepted.
NewsKing.com Bumper Stickers - "Protect Your Free Will" text. Vinyl won't fade or crack. View Image - 3/$18.00

Website CD-ROM - Get everything from all four websites on CD-ROM, plus exclusive bonus features. - $39.00

Donate Now! - Make a contribution to NewsKing.org today and help make tomorrow's journies possible.

View Cart | Checkout

Feedback will remain anonymous unless you specify your email address below:


Liked it!
It was okay...
Didn't like it.

Crystal clear!
A little hazy...
Foggy.



Image verification
Enter the CAPTCHA security code above. (To reload the image without Javascript, use the Reload button in your browser instead.) Feedback, including comments entered above, will remain anonymous unless you specified your email address.
The Archives are links to The NewsKing Blog from previous years. Blogs started in 2007. They are sometimes updated, and often the current NewsKing Blog links to posts in The Archives, so check them out!

- 2015
- 2014
- 2013
- 2012
- 2011: Front Page | Page Two
- 2010: Front Page | Page Two
- 2009: Front Page | Page Two
- 2008: Front Page | Page Two
- 2007
© 2016 by T.J. Newton.
All Rights Reserved.
A more detailed copyright policy should be forthcoming. It will probably be similar to this one.
About This Site/Disclaimer