Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Random Thoughts

:: Ginnifer Goodwin says she weighs within 10 pounds of what she weighed when she was 9. That sounds to me like something only an insane person would want to achieve.

:: So, the wingnuts are out in force saying there's no connection between what someone in the media says and what someone else does. Jeez, then why did we have to spend half of the nineties hearing about how rap music makes people kill cops and the LA Riots were caused by Murphy Brown? Oh, right, because everything stupid or wrong or bad is okay if you're a Republican.

:: Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress. (See? Democrats can say really stupid things, too. Great solution: scale back that pesky First Amendment even further.)

:: I saw an interview this week with Jeffrey Katzenberg, out defending 3-D yet again as the thing that's going to save movie theaters, pretending to ignore that 3-D hasn't done anything to renew interest among moviegoers and that it really hasn't boosted the box office that much. Last year saw a 15-year low in theater attendance. Let's face it, theater-going is pretty much dead. I prefer to avoid the hassle of the theater and watch these things at home, on my big flatscreen and with my stereo hooked up, and without the crowds and the commercials that I apparently pay to watch and, if it's disappointing, hey, I've got unlimited rentals from Netflix, anyway. Besides, it's just cheaper: in 2010, theaters raised their prices (largest year-over-year increase since 2001), in part because theater chains now have to install new 3-D systems... and then a 3-D ticket costs extra besides. Compare that to the Great Depression when theaters lowered their ticket prices... Thanks, I'll stay home, save some money, and save myself the headache of having to look at two images at once in order to create one blurry one for two hours.

Still, it's always funny to see Katzenberg get defensive about it. I think he knows he's bet on the wrong horse, and that it's a horse that will probably end up wiping out the theater business. Well done.

:: The Obama administration, following a lengthy internal debate, has unexpectedly come down on the side of pharmaceutical companies that are accused of overcharging public hospitals and clinics that care for large numbers of poor people.

The administration has told the Supreme Court that the hospitals and clinics cannot sue drug companies to enforce their right to deep discounts on drugs or to obtain reimbursement from companies that overcharge.
(Obama's Department of Justice sides once again with the corporations? Shocking.)

1 comment:

Roger Owen Green said...

I have to wonder if Ginnifer was heavy when she was 9. Even when she was on Ed, she was heavier than she is now.