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Archives: July 2010

Under 35? Kiplinger Wants You to Forget LA and Move to…Lansing?


Online top-10 lists are almost always eyeball-baiting shitshows, not worthy of our attention. But we need to say a few things about a recent Kiplinger piece that’s currently boggling our mind. It’s a list of the top-10 places for people under 35 to live in America–a list that doesn’t include LA, but somehow puts Lansing, Michigan right next to New York City.

Here’s why all you youngsters out there should apparently jump ship to Lansing:

Cheap rent well below the national average, a respectable bar and club scene, high-paying job opportunities in bio and Internet technologies. Average commute is only 20 minutes.

Let’s see…cheap rent, short commutes, depressing post-industrial wasteland…or perennially warm weather and the chance to have coke-fueled sex with a hipster model or two in the bathroom of the Edendale Grill…Hmmm…Tough call.

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FBLA’s Top Stories This Week

Weird News Agency FlashNews Goes Under

For nearly 30 years they provided bizarre news material for Carson and Leno’s Tonight Shows, The Daily Show and David Letterman–but the San Diego-based news service FlashNews is shutting things down.

David Moye of AOL News has more:

According to founder and managing editor Patrick Glynn, the wacky wire service is closing down for a number of reasons, including a depressed economy, a decrease in radio barter availabilities, slashed advertising budgets, a decline in terrestrial radio listening and dwindling newspaper subscriptions.

Glynn said the decline was slow and arduous and coincided with the rise of the Internet in the late 1990s. At its peak during the early 1990s, FlashNews, then known as Wireless Flash News Service, served 800 media outlets worldwide, including all the major late-night shows.

Below, video of Johnny Carson reading FlashNews material.

G-Men Release Howard Zinn’s 400 Plus Page FBI File

FBIZinn1.pngAccording to the file, activist, author and professor Howard Zinn who died earlier this year was going to FIVE Communist Party meetings week in the 1950′s. For commies they really capitalize on your time – yeesh. Anyway, the file is spooky if you’d like a read through. They had 400 pages on a non-violent “thought criminal” history prof. Scary.

The whole file is here.

Previously on FBLA: Historian Howard Zinn Dead at 87

Andrew Breitbart’s Next Project: Big Defamation Lawsuit

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Last week, Shirley Sherrod told CNN she was considering suing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart for defamation, after he posted misleading, racially inflammatory, info on his blog that lead to Sherrod’s firing from the USDA. At the National Assn. of Black Journalists convention in San Diego yesterday, the LA Times reports Sherrod announced formally and definitively that she would sue Breitbart.

Sherrod sounded fired up, and seemed to relish the chance the lawsuit might bring to start up a public dialogue about race in America: “If the suffering I’ve endured and the joy I’ve felt gets that discussion back out there, we’ve got to deal with it.”

An interesting sidenote: the LA Times’ story on Sherrod’s lawsuit announcement left Breitbart’s name out of their headline–SEO be damned–referring to him generically as “conservative blogger.”

Nice! Don’t try to convince us that wasn’t a subtle F-U. Maybe if we all just ignore him he’ll go away.

Photo: AP

Previously on FBLA: Shirley Sherrod Is Considering Suing Andrew Breitbart

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Jon Stewart Defends ‘The View’

True/Slant Says Goodbye

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This weekend will mark the end of the road for the web start-up True/Slant. The site will be taken down, its founders heading off to take over Forbes. It was a good run. In less than a year, T/S managed to routinely draw over a million unique users per month — an impressive accomplishment, and no doubt the reason Forbes has entrusted the T/S team with its future. But beyond drawing eyeballs, T/S provided a rare–paid no less–venue for writers to explore new ideas and develop their voices.

This Fishie wrote for T/S and got paid to write about fundamentalist FEMA camp conspiracy theorists, growing a mustache and calling himself Guy Palomino, sending Orange County conservatives to colonize Mars, socialist happy hour parties and ticks assaulting his genitals. Not a bad run.

So long True/Slant, we’ll miss ya.

Coral Davenport Joins National Journal

The National Journal has named Coral Davenport as its new energy and environment correspondent. Her reporting will appear on the Journal‘s soon-to-be-launched website, as well as in Congress Daily and National Journal.

Davenport currently covers energy issues at Politico.

Davenport is one of many who will be joining the National Journal Group in coming weeks as the result of its nationwide talent search.

Essence Hire Of White Fashion Director: Why It Matters

195Essence_Cover_July07.jpgThere’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding black women’s mag Essence hiring of a white woman as Fashion Director. Ellianna Placas, the white woman in question, has worked at O: The Oprah Magazine and US Weekly, and is highly qualified for the position. She may very well have been the most experienced and qualified candidate considered for the job, and shouldn’t that be all that matters?

Well, no.

Not if the reason Placas was the most qualified candidate is because black women have a hard time finding work in the fashion world – and thereby are being denied the chance to build their qualifications. Say what you will about post-racial America, but in the fashion industry blacks and other racial minorities are – well, a distinct minority. From media to designers to models, it’s a sea of white faces, holding up whiteness as the beauty ideal.

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