Daily Archives: August 20, 2009

Maddow Helps “Meet The Press” Deliver Most Viewers Since April

Posted by Audiegrl
“Meet the Press” had its highest total viewer delivery since April this past Sunday, averaging 3,359,000 total viewers for David Gregory’s most convincing victory in months.

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I hope the folks at MSNBC are paying attention.  MSNBC’s core audience are progressives, they are its audience.  Just like ClusterFox’s key viewers are Right-wingers.  There was a poll last week showing the politics of viewers who watched each network, and most Dems and Independents watch either MSNBC or CNN, and a majority of Repgs. watched Fox.  What more do they need to know?  MSNBC should stop trying to pretend that they offer both sides (i.e. Morning Joe, Pat Buchanan ad nauseam).  They should embrace their inner progressive nature, and just try to please their viewers.  I guarantee if they gave Lawrence O’Donnell his own show, and replaced David Gregory with Rachel Maddow, their ratings would skyrocket.  Please MSNBC … stick to what you know best. Pretty please….. 🙂

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Glenn Beck Off This Week: Vacation or Something More?

Posted by Audiegrl
I hope this is true!

“Tipsters inside Fox News tell us Glenn Beck’s vacation this week from his Fox News show was not planned. We hear Beck was told to take this week off to let some of the heat surrounding him die down. That heat began July 28 on “Fox & Friends” when Beck said he thought Pres. Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” adding, “This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

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Dionne: When The President Is Black, The Guns Come Out

Posted by GeoT
I’ve been thinking about this: we expect it from the wingnuts but why do people on the left feel so freed-up to go so aggressively (and rudely) after the President? I’m wondering if it comes from the notion that this guy “better do what he’s told” kind of mentality.

EJ. Dionne says:

This is not about the politics of populism. It about the politics of the jackboot. It is not about an opposition that has every right to free expression. It is about an angry minority engaging in intimidation backed by the threat of violence.

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Excavating Ardi Enlarged Photos Section

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Fossil hunters in Ethiopia are excavating a mandible, or lower jaw, of Ardipithecus ramidus. A fairly complete skeleton of this individual, nicknamed Ardi, is 4.4-million-years-old. It lived well before and was much more primitive than the 3.2-million-year-old Lucy skeleton, of the species Australopithecus afarensis. Unveiling the Ardi remains this week, scientists said this was the earliest known skeleton of a potential human ancestor. (Photo: Tim White and David L. Brill)
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Ardi was discovered in the arid badlands along the middle stretch of the Awash River, near the village of Aramis in Ethiopia. Arid now, it was a cooler, humid woodland in the time of the early hominids Ardipithecus ramidus. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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For the past 17 years, scientists collected fragments, some tiny pieces of bone, that represented more than 110 specimens from a minimum of 36 different individuals of the Ardipthecus species, including Ardi. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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The few modern Homo sapiens living near the discovery site at Aramis include this Ethiopian goat herder. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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Since the first tooth of the new species was picked up in 1992, members of the Middle Awash research project returned year after year to explore the remote site. Here they are on the dusty trail, driving to camp from a survey trip. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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The excavation team sits down to breakfast before heading off on another day of fossil hunting in the Middle Awash region of Ethiopia. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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An Ethiopian herder, one of the Afar people, moves his stock from the Awash River toward Yardi Lake. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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Berhane Asfaw, an Ethiopian paleoanthropologist, works with the local Afars who occupy the lands of the area of the Ardipithecus discoveries. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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At the discovery site, Tim D. White, left, a leader of the project, and Yohannes Haile-Selassie crawl over the parched surface looking for the tiniest fossil fragments.(Photo: David L. Brill)
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A collection of the fossilized bones that were assembled into the partial skeleton of Ardi. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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This is the site, known as Yonas Arm, that yielded fossil evidence of Ardipithecus ramidus. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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Scientists have identified both primitive and evolved characteristics of the 4.4-million-year-old Ardi hominid. Here, the hand bones were more like those of earlier apes. (Photo: David L. Brill)
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The Ardipithecus specimen, an adult female, probably stood four feet tall and weighed about 120 pounds, almost a foot taller and twice the weight of Lucy. The paleoanthropologists wrote in one of the articles that Ardipithecus was “so rife with anatomical surprises that no one could have imagined it without direct fossil evidence.” (Photo: Tim White 2008, from the Oct. 2 issue of Science)
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