Fox News Rating In The Tank – Daily Kos

Well, if you are a follower of Daily Kos you know all you need to know, Fox News has had it. It’s over. The right-wing propaganda machine has finally stripped its gears and will soon sputter to a grinding halt. And if that is what you have been yearning for then read no further and enjoy your day. If you are more interested in reality then you need to look to other sources for analysis of the latest ratings.

The powers that be at Fox certainly aren’t celebrating over the latest ratings and may be privately second guessing some of their recent moves. But despite the bleak picture painted by the Kos, Fox News remains in the driver’s seat and that is exactly where you want to be. How they react to their challenges will obviously determine how long they remain on top. At one time CNN was THE player in cable news and slowly lost the lead to Fox and have been scrambling to even be competitive for years.

You can look at the numbers and come to the conclusions of the Daily Kos. They report the Fox numbers are the worst in 13 years. They call the numbers devastating. They say the news was MUCH better for MSNBC, because their viewer losses were not as large. But DK failed to mention that even with the good news, MSNBC did climb back over CNN into second place, MSNBC hit longtime lows…

“In total day, MNSBC delivered its lowest ratings in total viewers since December 2007 and in the A25-54 demo since June 2006. In primetime, the network had its lowest demo delivery since July 2006.” —TVNewser

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ Lunches

First Lady Michelle Obama can be commended for her focus on what’s good for the diet of America’s youth. Ms. Obama couldn’t be more correct, our children’s diet needs improving and physical activity is necessary for good health.  But what is the reality of her “Let’s Move” program?

Seems like many public school children are far from impressed with what it has meant to their school lunches. They have been using #ThanksMichelle and are Tweeting photos of their lunches. Lunches that are winding up in the trash can more than ever.

But check your privilege. The Obama daughters attend Sidwell Friends which has the # 1 school lunch program in America. Not the same menu you will find in public schools.

As with so many government-run programs, the intention may be good but the execution may leave much to be desired. From tales from the school cafeterias around the country what has been directed from Washington is not being well received and may be a bigger waste of money and food than the effort is worth. I don’t know if you can trust school children to know what is best for themselves but evidently they do know what they don’t like to have shoved down their throats even at their young age.

Admiral William McRaven’s Commencement Address At The University of Texas

The Commencement Season is drawing to a close and it seems the drama and controversy leading up to it gets as much attention as the speeches themselves. Many speeches aren’t all that remarkable that they will long be remembered. But there are some that are inspiring, such as the words of Admiral William McRaven at the University of Texas. Adm. McRaven, A UT alum, is commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. As a former commander of SEAL Team 3, he drew on his training to call on the members of the Class of 2014 to live up to the motto of The University of Texas, “What starts here changes the world.” You have a chance to read and listen to his comments here.

He ends his address by telling the graduates that changing the world will not be easy,

“But start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today. And what started here will indeed have changed the world, for the better.”

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Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh Says You Don’t Need To Wash Your Jeans

Chip Bergh is the CEO of Levi Strauss and his jeans are dirty. Well he says they are fine even though Mr. Bergh claims the pair he was wearing at the time were a year old and hadn’t been washed yet. He quipped that he still hadn’t gotten a skin disease. And if you want to do your part for sustainability, Bergh has another idea: Stop washing your jeans.  Granted, Mr. Bergh works as a CEO meaning he isn’t doing a lot of physical work in dirty environments so his 501’s may not get as grimy as the pants of a hard-working laborer. But still. Really? hosted its 7th annual conference,  Brainstorm Green:Sustainable Solutions to challenge attendees to take the corporate sustainability movement to the next level. Discussing ways to save the earth can’t be all bad. And the CEO’s seemed to be in the mode of leading the way rather than just telling others what they should be doing. On the other hand the conference was held in Laguna Niguel in southern California at the Ritz-Carlton Resort, one of the poshest of 5-Star resorts on our fragile earth. The fact that the edifice is despoiling the coastline still riles many hard-core environmentalists.

One speaker,  Rick Ridgeway, vice president of environmental initiatives at outdoor apparel retailer Patagonia, wants to see fewer goods sold. Including fewer clothes by his own company. Patagonia has a Worn Wear program where they buy back used apparel and then resells it. They “encourage customers to think twice about whether they need to purchase anything in the first place.”

Lee Clow, the legendary advertising sidekick to Steve Jobs on Apple campaigns is working on a series of ad with the message, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” He was talking about using marketing to save the planet. There is a thin line between marketing and brainwashing. With marketing he hopes to overcome a big hurdle in saving the planet by “educating, convincing, cajoling and otherwise pulling all the levers of modern marketing to get consumers to do the right thing.”

Here at NincompoopNation I believe in being open to different ideas and having long held assumptions challenged. But I want to be able to challenge “old rich men” who think they have come up with all the answers and now they just have to convince the great unwashed (pun intended) to fall in line. I assume that Mr. Bergh has never heard the adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, or maybe just doesn’t care. What worries me is he claims to be doing this in the name of sustainability. Because not washing your jeans saves water.

While these CEO’s have decided that we should all be wearing second hand threads and washing them once a year to save water. Other experts are telling us we can also save more water by not bathing as often. CBS New York did a story with “experts” saying you probably don’t need to shower every day. We are all different and while one person may shower multiple times a day others may skip a day or two. Certainly before it was so convenient folks didn’t bathe even once a week. But with the ability to stay clean Americans have tended to use common sense and bathe when they feel necessary. Of course if your jeans haven’t been washed for a couple of years, what difference at that point does it make.

Sheryl Crow’s view on environmental issues include using one square of toilet paper. In her Stop Global Warming College Tour a few years ago, she touted the idea that the average person should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. She also has no use for paper napkins which is wasteful and of course hurts the environment. So the industrious Ms. Crow has designed a clothing line which features a detachable “dining sleeve” that wearers can use to wipe their mouth while eating.

Truly, I believe in a sustainable environment. Within reason. But the image I get from Ms. Crow and Mr. Bergh is not pleasant. The discussion on how best to preserve our environment is one that deserves to be Thought about and good ideas seriously considered and promoted. Just don’t ask me to shake hands with Ms. Crow.


One Way To Save Money On Your College Education

Education-Portal shows how it is possible to save big money on a college education. This method is not for everyone but depending on your goals and financial situation it might be worth thinking about.

This case outlines the savings by using the “Credit By Exam” strategy. By using self-guided on-line study materials he was able to take care of his general education classes at a greatly reduced cost. Another way of accomplishing this is to attend a community college and getting an Associates in Arts degree for your efforts and also saving a lot of money it would have required to attend a four-year university. By transferring your units you wind up paying the big tuition for just your last two years and still walk away with the same diploma.