William Katz: Urgent Agenda
MARCH 13, 2010
LONDON, March 12 (UPI) -- An in-house critic says that if near-illiterate teenagers can use Facebook and Twitter, staffers for the British broadcaster BBC do not need a course. The BBC, funded by license fees paid by TV owners, has been offering a one-day class, "Making the Web Work for You," to its employees, the Daily Mail reported. At least 476 people are reported to have attended the course since November. "We're meant to be belt-tightening. It is an astonishing waste of money," a staffer told the newspaper. "Teenagers who can barely read or write have managed to teach themselves."
Yeah, and maybe the Beeb should start worrying about all those teenagers who can barely read and write...and why they're in that condition.
MARCH 12, 2010
LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- A British TV host is driving 210 miles from London to Manchester, England, in a coffee-powered car as part of a major science fair. Jem Stansfield, one of the hosts of science-themed TV show "Bang Goes the Theory," is due Thursday in Manchester for the March 11-13 Big Bang Science Fair at Manchester Central, the BBC reported Thursday.
I wonder if the caffeine model gets more zip than the decaffeinated sedan.
MARCH 11, 2010
From USA Today: A Korean nerd has married his favorite pillow. Known as a dakimakura, the life-size pillow bears the image of a popular Japanese anime character. A South Korean TV station captured the courtship and nuptials of 28-year-old Lee Jin Gyu and his huggable, wide-eyed "magical girl" Fate Testarossa, age unclear...A priest pronounced them man and pillow.
I would love to read the pre-nup.
MARCH 10, 2010
WICHITA, Kan., March 9 (UPI) -- Kansas authorities said an injured man pulled over during a traffic stop told officers he was beaten for using Monopoly money to purchase drugs.
Stupid guy. Everyone knows that you have to use your "get out of jail free" card, which is accepted by all drug dealers.
MARCH 9, 2010
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Despite his underdog status, Sen. Harry Reid declared Monday he's confident he'll win re-election, and he welcomed independent candidates -- who could splinter the vote and spoil any GOP effort to retire the most powerful senator in the most watched race in the nation.
Win? Reid made this statement while on his way to the Emerald City to visit the wonderful wizard.
MARCH 8, 2010
NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- Dozens of wild chickens set to be moved from a New York parking lot to an upstate sanctuary were recaptured after attempting a mass escape, volunteers say.
You know New York is in trouble when even the chickens try to escape. They don't like corrupt government either.
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