Sunday, July 12, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.

13 comments:

gopol said...

How do you find a health care policy broker? "If he's at a cocktail party look for the person that's alone in the corner of the room - that's probably the insurance agent that nobody's talking to." - insurance broker Brian Urban

Well, darn - now my hanky's sopping. Is there an address where I can send this guy a little love? Maybe there's some self love left over from the 4-month early celebration of Lianne's 20 years at NPR.

btw, the answer to this week's challenge is HEAVY METAL. Hat tip to my wife for the spoiler.

The Boss of You said...

Thank you, gopol! This morning was nauseating AGAIN! The thing about individual insurance is that it is much more likely to get kicked off of it if you get sick and the deductibles are high, nothing like this was mentioned. This blog is doing a nice job of breaking down what most Americans are up against. In this post, he compares what Chuck 'go work for the government if you want health insurance' Grassley gets to what the average Joe gets:

http://www.americablog.com/2009/07/chuck-grassleys-sweet-federal-health.html

Here is a good discussion of how little benefit and negotiating room you have with self-employment insurance:

http://www.americablog.com/2008/12/carefirst-bluecross-blueshield.html

About Liane, did you hear how she got her name? Stephen Frears and the rest of us sure did a few weeks back when she spent the first part of her interview with him talking about it. the eyes they roll.

Anonymous said...

Last night during Americans Abroad, in a "news update" Craig Windham used the term Mr to refer to President Obama. I have heard this several times before usually during drive time news reporting. I don't recall Bush ever being described as Mr during his 8 years in office.
It strikes me as a subtle and probably effective propaganda technique. Anyone else notice this?

andywells2009 said...

This morning the babbling heads of NPR were babbling on the Cheney surveillance story.

They say it's unclear if any laws were broken... because the law says Congress must be notified only of "significant" surveillance programs, and it's not clear if the program in question was significant... Plus (they added) if they had briefed Congress, the program would have leaked to the press, and it's a good thing that didn't happen... errr, either it's significant or not... it can't be both, NPR....

andywells2009 said...

Anonymous, NPR's policy on how to mention the president has remained consistant... They call him President XX in his first mention, then Mr. XX in subsequent mentions... They have in fact gotten letters from Bushies also making the same accusation... That they're treating Obama differently...

That's when I heard their explanation...

Anonymous said...

NPR's policy on how to mention the president has remained consistant... They call him President XX in his first mention, then Mr. XX in subsequent mentions.

and NPR's policy on how to mention "torture" has also remained consistent... They call it "enhanced interrogation" when mentioning what the good guys do, and "torture" when mentioning what the bad guys do.

Any questions?

Anonymous said...

"NPR's policy on how to mention the president has remained consistant... They call him President X in his first mention, then Malcolm X in subsequent mentions."

It makes perfect logical sense, of course: Our president's name is "Obama" and Malcolm X was born in "Omaha."

landmark said...

This morning on Morning Edition we got to hear about Iraqis who "whether they admitted it or not" were glad that there was still a US presence in Iraq.

Love that mindreading thing they got going there.

miranda said...

They call it "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" on their first mention, then "Mr. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" in subsequent mentions...

gopol said...

How can I put this calmly and in well reasoned tones of rational discourse? ¡I F$#@KING HATE NPR! There. Ok, hate is maybe overstating it: they are the chaperones and concierges to the liberal elite, working over time to be sure opinions don't stray to far from the narratives preferred by the axis of cushy DC Villagers and Wall Street.

Today we get callous and flippant dissing of my home state (California)

Listing the things that Californians have voted for over the years sounds a little like a quarterback calling a play: Prop 98, Prop 13, 49, 10, 36, hike! But every single one of those numbers represents a ballot initiative that in some fashion controls the public purse.

So the voters are to blame! Gee, why did that never occur to anyone before?

There is another perspective that gets no attention here: "California’s crisis is deliberately engineered by corporations."

Anonymous said...

This morning on Morning Edition we got to hear about Iraqis who "whether they admitted it or not" were glad that there was still a US presence in Iraq.

I hear Anne Garrels is psychic, but apparently only when she's naked.

gopol said...

I forgot to mention the text of the story about CA budget crisis at npr.org differed from the audio: in the audio the reader ad libbed (after Prop 98, Prop 13, 49, 10, 36, hike! ) "But there may not be much hiking since Schwarzenegger's closed the State Parks" or some such.

There ain't half been some clever bastards.
Probably got help from their mum
(who had help from her mum)
- Ian Dury

andywells2009 said...

Anonymous, dude, I hate NPR, too... They've been stealing from our communities for decades now... when our local stations could just as well spend a lot less money on classical music CDs... and cover news locally...

No need for sarcasm... Their policy on how they mention presidents isn't related to the more serious stuff...