Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Comics

Well... Not so Sunday but comics nonetheless, by Mr. R. Kikuo Johnson, with Anderson as the main character; but due to the lack of new news about Anderson, these old comics will have to do for now. Enjoy!

In the very first panel, Anderson is brushing his teeth at the mirror, and Mr. Johnston clearly assumes that Anderson has a little hair on his chest... Much later on, as Anderson swims a lap in the pool with Michael Phelps, we came to find out that there is no such thing as hair on his chest...!

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Yamin reports he’s safe after Chile earthquake

Melissa Ruggieri and Bryan Devasher Times-Dispatch Staff Writers
Published: February 28, 2010
Updated: February 28, 2010

Elliott Yamin, the former Richmonder and 2006 "American Idol" finalist, escaped injury yesterday when a massive earthquake struck Chile.

Yamin was in Viña del Mar, about 350 miles north of the quake's epicenter, for a music festival. He said in a text message last evening that because there was no power in Viña del Mar, occupants had just been bused to Santiago.

"I am fine so happy 2 b alive!! Can't thank yall enuff 4 ur concerns, thoughts and prayers!!" he said. "Please cont 2 pray 4 the people who r far worse off than our group is at this point."

Yamin said he had been up for more than 30 hours straight. Early yesterday, he was interviewed on CNN, NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Good Morning America" to discuss the devastation he witnessed and jokingly referred to himself as "Anderson Cooper 2.0."

Earlier yesterday, Yamin, a Type 1 diabetic, noted on his Twitter feed that he would soon be in need of insulin, as he was supposed to go home today and only brought the necessary supply.

Interviewed by phone on NBC's "Today" show, Yamin recounted the moment the earthquake struck and said some calm had returned to the area.

"It felt very surreal," Yamin said. "One minute I'm on the computer typing away and the next there was a very abrupt shaking and rumbling."

Yamin began posting messages on Twitter almost immediately after the quake struck at 1:34 a.m. EST.

"Huge earthquake just now in Chile!! . . . I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!" he tweeted moments after the quake hit.

Yamin is in Chile for the Competencia Internacional, the country's largest music festival. He represented the United States in the competition, singing "Rock Around the Clock."

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

If He Wore Sunglasses

Diary from the Dome

Comment left on "Peering Over the Edge of Life" post.

I was a Calif. tourist trapped in the Superdome during Katrina. I returned 9 month later to attend the Amer. Library Association Conference where Anderson was the keynote speaker. His tears had us in tears and he urged us to not let people forget about the lessons of Katrina. I thank you, Anderson for your perseverance, inspiration, and compassion.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

Thank you Paul for your appreciation of the work Anderson put on the area, and for letting us know of your book, which, as a first hand account of the event, it must be a must reading. You can get the book at Amazon .com here: "Diary From the Dome"

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Hawaii's Possible Tsunami

At least we know Anderson is a good swimmer.

February 27, 2010

Panic as Hawaii braces for possible tsunami

Posted: 12:09 PM ET

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(CNN) -- Sirens sounded early Saturday morning across Hawaii, warning people of a possible tsunami and telling people to in coastal areas to evacuate.

The sirens sounded at 6 a.m. local time (11 a.m. ET/1600 GMT) to warn of a potential tsunami triggered by a 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile.

The siren systems in each county are sounding to "to alert residents and visitors to evacuate coastal areas," Hawaii's Civil Defense Division said in a statement.

"Residents will be advised by their respective country civil defense or emergency management agencies to evacuate coastal areas."

The earliest estimated arrival for a wave that could affect Hawaii is 11:05 a.m. local time (4:05 p.m. ET/2105 GMT), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Hawaii's Civil Defense Division, citing the warning center, said the first waves would be at Hilo.

"We prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann told CNN affiliate KHON.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Director Charles McCreery said there was no possibility that Hawaii would not see an effect from the earthquake.

"We believe it will be a threat here in Hawaii, that's why we initiated a warning, not only for a Hawaii, but for the entire Pacific," McCreery said.

Asked by CNN affiliate KHON whether it was possible Hawaii wouldn't see any effect from the earthquake, McCreery said, "No, I wouldn't say that's possible at all. I think there's no chance we'll see no effect from this event.

"So people need to take this very seriously."

But he added, "We're not expecting this to be a worst-case scenario, but we are expecting ... dangerous waves coming on shore, and people need to take it very seriously."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon that President Barack Obama will head shortly to the White House situation room for a call on tsunami warnings and an earthquake update. Later, Gibbs sent a Twitter post saying that Obama will deliver a 2 p.m. statement.

Speaking of the evacuations, Shelly Ichishita, spokeswoman for Hawaii's Civil Defense Division, said people in the evacuation zones -- basically coastal areas -- were "asked to go inland," she said. "We do not have evacuation shelters open."

John Cummings, Oahu Emergency Management Department spokesman, told The Honolulu Advertiser that "If you live anywhere in the evacuation zone, you have to evacuate."

"This is a serious event. We're going to treat this as a destructive-type tsunami."

The state's two U.S. senators, Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka, urged Hawaii residents to remain calm.

"If you live in an evacuation zone I urge you to gather your family and please leave the area," Inouye said.

"It is important to remain calm, listen to the news, and follow the instructions being issued by state and county civil defense officials."

Citing the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the senators said some areas of Hawaii could see an initial 10 to 15 foot rise and that waves could continue for at least six hours.

Earlier Saturday, people rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food, water and other supplies.

"We got lots of water, we got our batteries, we got toilet paper," one woman told KITV, while she stood in a line with other shoppers and their carts stuffed with supplies.

Asked if she was scared, another shopper said, "Very, very. We're from Georgia, so ..."

Businesses in the area said they will be closed all day Saturday, the affiliate reported. Hilo International Airport, on the east side of the island of Hawaii, is closed due to the pending tsunami, according to Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, director of public affairs for the State of Hawaii Department of Defense.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said his agency and the Department of Homeland Security are closely monitoring the situation.

"FEMA stands ready to assist should a request for assistance be made, and does have pre-deployed assets in Hawaii, including food, water, generators and other resources. We urge all individuals to follow the direction provided by local officials."

In 1960, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake on South America's west coast, destroyed much of downtown Hilo and killed 61 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake had a magnitude between 8.25 and 8.5, the USGS said, and the waves in Hilo Bay reached 35 feet, but only 3 to 17 elsewhere.

Elsewhere, several tsunami waves have come ashore along the Chilean coast after the earthquake, which killed at least 122 people, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Victor Sardina told CNN.

He said the largest was recorded at 9 feet near the quake's epicenter. Another wave, 7.7 feet hit the Chilean town of Talcahuano, according to Eric Lau of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Video from the town showed one car sitting in a large expanse of water.

A large wave on the island of Juan Fernandez -- 400 miles (643 km) off Chile's coast -- killed three people, Provincial Governor Ivan De La Maza said. Ten people were missing.

Although the initial tsunami waves are not supposed to hit Hawaii until mid-morning, McCreery said the threat would persist for hours.

He said the first tsunami waves would sweep across Hawaii in about 30 minutes.

"And then the hazard will go on for many hours, because these waves, they get reflected off the islands, they wrap around the islands, and it becomes a very complex wave field that persists for quite a while."

In the Philippines, state seismologists were monitoring the possibility of waves reaching the Southeast Asian country, the official news agency there reported.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

An Honest Spa

I need to make a sign like this one to place on my living room window... Not because it's a Spa! But for the other more obvious reason.

Posted by Plan10/Joe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can see his reflection on the window taking this picture; he's wearing a bikers helmet.

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Sanjay Gupta Fills In on 'AC360'

By Kevin Allocca on Feb 26, 2010 11:39 AMCNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta filled-in for Anderson Cooper on "AC360" last night, his first time subbing as the anchor. Erica Hill was the regular substitute until she left the program to become the full-time news anchor on CBS' "Early Show" in January.

In place of "the shot" segment, Gupta had a birthday surprise for CNN political correspondent Jessica Yellin. Video:

Unfortunately, Gupta's debut as an "AC360" anchor did not go completely smoothly...

That's from the top of last night's show. Somebody's short a "Y" it seems.

Peering Over the Edge of Life

Dining & Entertainment -- February 26, 2010
Globe-trotting CNN anchor has witnessed tragedy, triumph
‘Once you’ve peered over the edge of life, it’s hard to return.’ — Anderson Cooper

By Joann Groff

` Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” and “60 Minutes” contributor on CBS, has worked in more than 50 countries, covering war, disaster and other atrocities across the globe.

The farther he goes, the harder it is to return, Cooper said.

“You’re literally on the edge of life,” he said. “You run toward where everyone is running away from. Coming home is difficult. Life seems dull. You don’t feel like you speak the same language. Once you’ve peered over the edge of life, it’s hard to return.

“I wonder sometimes if that’s how astronauts feel.”

Cooper spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Reagan Library last Friday. Nancy Reagan sat in the front row and Cooper received a standing ovation when he stepped on the stage.

“It’s weird hearing myself being introduced as a news anchor,” Cooper said. “I never set out to be that. And I’m always skeptical when kids tell me that’s what they want to be, just like when they tell me they want to be a politician. I think you should be a real person before you be a fake one.”

Although Cooper inspired many laughs throughout his talk, his focus remained on the conflicts all around the world and the lessons he’s learned from covering them.

Cooper was the first major news anchor to arrive in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.

“In the last month, I’ve spent about three, three-and-a-half weeks there,” Cooper said. “People ask, ‘Is it better?’ and I hesitate. Yes, it’s better, but it’s not even close to acceptable.”

The Haitian people are hardworking and inspiring, he said.

“You expect to see the horror, but you also see the humanity that emerges,” Cooper said.

The tough part is that, just a month later, the spotlight on the ravaged country is already dimming.

“People aren’t as interested in it anymore,” Cooper said. “It’s kind of old news. And that’s always hard.”

Cooper said he and CNN are dedicated to covering the aftermath of the quake, much like he did after Hurricane Katrina.

“So much of what happened in Katrina threatens to be forgotten,” Cooper said. “We all know governments failed in the wake of Katrina, but individuals did not. The tens of thousands of volunteers since Katrina have a lot to do with the progress there. Americans are the most generous people in the world.”

When he was young, Cooper had trouble deciding on a career path, so he asked his mother, famed fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt. She told Cooper, “Follow your bliss.”

So Cooper left high school early and “drove a truck around Africa.”

“It was the first time I had a gun held to my head. . . . It was the first time I had to talk my way through a roadblock,” he said. “I fell in love with the differences in the various countries. That’s when I decided to be a war correspondent.”

After graduating from Yale, Cooper applied for an entry-level job at ABC. When he didn’t get the position, he had a friend make him a fake press pass, borrowed a camera and began filming, first in Burma, then in Somalia.

“I couldn’t stop the starvation and war going on there, but I could bear witness to their struggles and give testimony to their lives,” Cooper said.

Melissa Giller, director of communications and programming for The Reagan Foundation, said it was an honor to have such a “great humanitarian” at the Library.

“He had the audience laughing at his stories from his early career days, and had the same audience holding their breath as he discussed the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and Haiti,” Giller said.

Cooper’s older brother, Carter, committed suicide at age 23 in 1988. Cooper said the loss was a big part of his decision to cover world struggles.

“I wanted to go to places where they spoke the language of loss,” he said. “I wanted to be somewhere where the pain was palpable and the people were consumed with emotion and struggling to survive, just like I was.”

Cooper said he’s learned many times over about the frailty of life.

“The line that separates the living from the dead, the rich from the poor . . . it’s as thin as a thread,” Cooper said. “All of us dangle from a very delicate thread. You can fall asleep one night and the world can swallow you whole. People’s lives can change in a split second.”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Care Costs

February 25, 2010

Video: 'Change direction' on costs

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CW Drops Anderson Cooper's Name to Hype 'High Society' (video)

By Josef Adalian
Published: February 24, 2010


The CW is using CNN star Anderson Cooper to help sell its new reality show "High Society." Sort of.

TV MoJoe has snagged an exclusive first look at a new promo for the Tinsley Mortimer reality show in which the focus is on Paul Johnson Calderon, part of Mortimer's outrageous entourage. In the clip, Calderon's mom is seen expressing her frustration that her gay son hasn't yet found true love.

"I would love it if he met someone like Anderson Cooper," she says.

Later, Calderon lobbies his mommy dearest to part with $50,000 of his trust fund -- and throws a fit when she doesn't immediately agree.

"I didn't realize I was coming today to have tea with Mussolini!" Calderon exclaims.

"Jersey Shore" refugees starving for a fix may have found something to get them over until MTV's megahit returns.

"High Society" premieres Wednesday, March 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


First: A clear, homoerotic and delicious innuendo:

Second: A mere mortal daring Poseidon's son to a one lap race -- he lost, but his hair remained impeccably in place:

2 Pretties

This will have to do until one of them takes off his clothes. Who will do it first...?


More refill until Anderson reappears somewhere again; goes out on the street with his boyfriend, and somebody takes his picture; they see him having lunch with somebody other than Benjamin; somebody takes his picture in the showers at his gym; he gets to interview Levi Johnston in the middle of Central Park; somebody sees him kissing somebody (male or female) anywhere in the world; he says "FUCK!" in public for any reason whatsoever; other...

Daniel Nardicio [I follow him, he follows me on Facebook] sent a message to the members of Playgirl Magazine Release Party -- and NYC's Hottest Bartender!

Subject: Finally!!!

Playgirl Magazine releases it's famed Levi Johnston issue with a party at Therapy (348 West 52nd St btwn 8th and 9th ave)!
PLUS, NYC's Hottest Bartender (voted by readers) Jeff Palmiotti will be on hand to give out copies of the magazine, and show you what made him NYC's Hottest Bartender! Shot by NYC photographer Greg Thompson!!!
With Baskit Underwear Giveaways, Boybutter Giveaways and Playgirl Tshirts- and hosted by America's Hottest Drag Queen- Peppermint! 8-10pm!
10PM-4AM @ POSH (405 51st and 9th Ave.) where NYC's Hottest Bartender Jeff Palmiotti will be bartending from 10:30-11:30PM and donating and matching all tips (up to $1000) he makes in this hour to the American Red Cross.
He will also give the first 10 people to donate $20 or more a signed copy of the mag. Then for the rest of the night we will have games and giveaways with the magazine, posters and underwear.
DJ Tyler Stone and free sliders from 123 Burger @ midnight!
See you there!

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