Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Tattler Sunday News & Review

The news: Is it ever really good?
For the second week in a row we have managed to somehow get it together enough to bring you the Tattler Sunday News & Review. Which is actually pretty much the same as the Tattler Sunday News, except we slap the word "review" at the end because it sounds fancier. There is no other real reason for it.

Obviously as a blog we sometimes feel a little insecure about the legitimacy issue. Not that on-line news is really the stepchild of print anymore, it is just that every once in a while we'll hear someone say something like "wouldn't it be nice if The Tattler also had a print edition?" Something that would take a lot of money, which I have to be honest with you, isn't a commodity this blog generates in any large amounts. Or at all. It certainly can't be because our ad rates are too high. They are only 1/6th of what the City paid for that "Buxton Consumer Demand" study. And look how that is paying off for the local businesses. Our downtown renaissance is the wonder of the San Gabriel Valley.

But I digress. Here is the news:

Phoenix-area residents squawking about backyard chicken coops (click here): Proponents call themselves an underground society of backyard chicken owners. Arizona authorities are squawking that they’re just a bunch of code breakers.

In recent months, hundreds of Phoenix-area chicken owners have faced nuisance and zoning violations after neighbors griped about odor and noise – clucking hens and crowing roosters. They say poultry poses a health risk and doesn't belong near homes, claims that chicken owners vehemently dispute.

The clandestine chicken owners are accused of defying city zoning laws. City of Chandler code-enforcement officers say the poultry owners are violating an ordinance prohibiting chickens in most residential areas.

“I think these chicken owners have been getting away with it for awhile and now people are starting to complain,” Chandler police spokesman Joe Tyler told the Los Angeles Times. “And so the code enforcement folks are going out and telling them, you can’t have chickens.”

Some say the face-off is a result of a national movement toward urban agriculture, where a desire for locally raised, environmentally sustainable foods clashes with traditional ideas of what consists of a suburban neighborhood.

(Mod: Never accuse The Tattler of beating a story to death. The charge is completely true. Of course, we could just call it a review. I mean, why not?)

Magician's Head Set On Fire In TV Prank (click here): A US magician has been seriously injured after a TV host set his head on fire live on television. Wayne Houchin was appearing on a show in the Dominican Republic when, in an apparently unscripted prank, its host dropped flammable liquid on his head, setting him alight.

Houchin's own crew, who were at the show, rushed to save him and put out the flames - but not before he had suffered burns to his head, face, neck and right hand.

The illusionist, who hosts Breaking Magic on the Discovery Channel, was rushed to hospital where he says he is "in pain" but recovering.

Houchin, who was in the country promoting his Curiosidades show, wrote on Facebook after the incident: "I was not aware he was going to do this. This was not a stunt or part of an act - this was a criminal attack.

(Mod: An accident taking place during a magic routine is one thing, but charges of criminal behavior? That seems pretty hot-headed to me.)

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops (click here): A California man was jailed for four days for attempting to record police officers on a public street.

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

But prosecutors have already dropped the charge against Saulmon as well as a few other minor citations relating to his bicycle such as not have proper reflectors on the pedals.

And they most likely knew who he was considering he won a $25,000 settlement from the same police department after they unlawfully arrested him on eavesdropping/wiretapping charges in 2005.

This time, it appears the Hawthorne Police Department will be dishing out much more, thanks to officer Gabriel Lira’s abuse of authority.

“They knew exactly who I was,” Saulmon said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Saturday, adding that he has recorded them on a regular basis since the 2005 arrest when he was jailed after attempting to file a complaint inside the police station.

(Mod: Some people are very sensitive about having their picture taken. In certain cultures it is considered akin to attempting to steal a person's spiritual essence. Perhaps that was the case here.)

NASA experts dispel 2012 myths (click here): With dozens of doomsday stories circulating in popular culture about the year 2012, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently called on a panel of experts to help debunk some of the most widespread apocalyptic myths.

Five NASA scientists and a California science educator took part in a live videoconference on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and fielded questions from the public about the most pervasive doomsday scenarios. Social media users were invited to listen live to the discussion.

Topics ranged from the possibility of an undiscovered planet smashing into the Earth, to the prospect of the planet being sucked toward the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The information below is a summary of some of the most common myths NASA hears from the public.

(Mod: The "Planet Niburu," spinning earth crust, killer meteorites, black holes and big solar flares are discussed in this article. Some people take comfort in these end of the world myths, you know. Especially those with large amounts of credit card and other debt. And then there is the fear that the future is a place where you won't be because, let's face it, eventually we all time out. Much better that it all just ends now so we won't be missing out on anything later.)

Divided States of America: Secession from US is close call - scholar (click here): Just three weeks after President Barack Obama’s re-election, Americans are still signing on-line petitions for their states to secede from the Union. Constitutional law scholars say to turn a petition into reality would require implausible legal steps. Meanwhile, the deadline for an official Obama administration response to Texas’ petition that drew most signatures, December 9, is near.

Texas has taken the lead among the states seeking a separation, as 117,544 people have expressed their sympathy with the petition by granting their signatures to it on the White House's “We the People” website.

Randy Dye, a North Carolina resident, who started his state's petition, which had drawn more than 30,000 signatures, explains his motives: “States need to turn into countries where we keep our own money.”

Apart from Texas and North Carolina, 9 more states – Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio – have already reached the 25,000-signature threshold needed for an official Obama administration response.

(Mod: You do realize that this story comes from something called "The Voice of Russia," right? A place that fairly recently suffered a break-up of its own. I think that this is wishful thinking on their part. If true, however, it also raises this question: Is Texas our Uzbekistan?)  

How Onion spoof slipped past China's humor-challenged Great Firewall (click here): How did a spoof article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un being the sexiest man alive end up as a real news item in China? Turns out it was a case of telephone, or Chinese whispers, in the digital age.

Hong Kong media picked up the piece by U.S. satirical website The Onion a week ago while explaining to readers in Chinese that it was a farce. But from there, it jumped over the Great Firewall and landed into the official, irony-free Chinese media.

When Hong Kong's Phoenix TV website, ifeng.com, ran its story on its fashion channel on Nov. 21, the story's second paragraph clearly stated: "The Onion is a satirical news organization."

But, when state-run Yangtse.com picked up the Phoenix piece a few hours later, it had morphed into straight news. The piece never mentioned that the original was a joke, instead plucking comical reader comments attached to the Phoenix story and running those.

"A man with so much fat on the face, and the double chin, and the excessively white skin. And they call him the sexiest. They do deserve the name Onion. I can't help but shed sad tears."

The editor cited for the story, Yang Fang, could not immediately be reached -- and two employees who answered the phone at the Nanjing media outlet said Wednesday they weren't even sure if Yang still worked there.

(Mod: The Onion is doing some of the most important news reporting in the world today.)

That's enough of that. Try and enjoy the rest of your day off.

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58 comments:

  1. Will the world end? Yep.
    When? Not so clear.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

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    1. Interesting. And all of those end of the world prophecies have one thing in common. None of them were right. It is something that causes a lot of skepticism.

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    2. it seems to have outlasted twinkies. that is saying something, yes?

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  2. Favorite Far Side cartoon: Two Mayan men are carving away on a stone when one says to the other: won't they be surprised when they find out all we did was run out of stone?

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  3. Favorite bumper sticker—for those of you who harangue against those of us with decent pensions: The Labor Movement: The People Who Brought You the Weekend.

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  4. Uzbeks have long been a problem to their neighboring countries.

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    1. How far is Uzbekistan from Moranistan?

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    2. Spiritually they're right next door to each other.

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    1. We don't allow posts as ridiculous as that here. Take your hatred of women elsewhere.

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  6. ....what is the quote: blank blank is the last refuge of the scoundrel....?

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    1. Regional planning organizations.

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    2. Or you can wrap yourself in the flag, or hide behind the Bible. In California it's called "buried in SCAG": devotion to the soviet diktat led by Hasan Ikhrata. Covered in greenwash...

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    3. Ikhrata is the perfect central planner for Kaliforina SSR. He's from where they invented it!

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  7. Love laptopping the news, especially when my newspaper is late and it is raining and the trek to the newspaper drop off is a bit of a hike to the end of a long drive-way.

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  8. The publisher of the Mtn Views News continues to claim that Sierra Madre will be voting in the 2013 PUSD Board of Ed election. Ignorance, or a deliberate attempt to spread disinformation?

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    1. If you peruse the MVN masthead, it clearly states, "The Mountain Views News is a satirical news organization."

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    2. That explains the presence of Hail Hamilton.

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    3. Rich Johnson is a comedian.

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    4. This week's issue has a picture of Nancy Walsh with The Grinch. Are they our town's version of the Kardashians?

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    5. They were at the downtown Xmas kickoff looking for things to take out.

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  9. Why did Mayor Chicken cross the road?

    To pretend he didn't know Bob Matheson.

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    1. ......because the bars are to the south

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    2. To tell a retailer it'll be boycotted if they advertise in a newspaper he doesn't like.

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    3. He was looking for a trashcan to dump some Prop 218 forms.

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    4. ..... to buy a land yacht from fair deal dan

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  10. Why does the SMPD cross the road?

    To ticket soccer moms while ignoring child predators circling the gradeschool.

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  11. Why did John Harabedian cross the road?

    To get the endorsement of the SMPD and join Mayor Chicken.

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    1. to buy a gumby doll to match his spiffy green tie

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    2. The SMPOA told him to.

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  12. Why did Nancy Walsh cross the road?

    She didn't know where she was.

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    1. ..... she caught chicken phobia from her neighbor

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    2. Is chicken love chick-o-fil?

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    3. nope, a chicken love is trouble

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    4. What if it's Mayor Chicken? Would you buy him a beer and a slim jim?

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    5. why? has he locked the bottle opener in the car?

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  13. Why did John Crawford cross the road?

    To get a great photo for the Tattler! Or...to try and get important information from City Hall or elsewhere, information that Tattler readers tune in here to find out.

    We appreciate these efforts!

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    1. it's fine, just keep it 50 feet from all dwellings

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  15. You get a guy arrested for video of the cops, And then you have the SMP(O)A wanting to get their mug on Harabedian's campaign folder. Go figure

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    1. Ad hominem attacks, and without even a name attached no less, don't work here. What were you doing, flailing at the air?

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    2. Maybe 2:03 needs to agendize another consultant.

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  17. The power was off for an hour. Just came back on now. Good thing Edison is raising it's rates.

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  18. What is most irritating about Council member Walsh being featured, with a wildly exuberant grin, on the front page of aka Susan Henderson's paper, is that we'll have to listen to her describe the event again when she tortures it into being a part of city business and talks about it in her council member report. Just wait.

    There is however something worth noticing in aka Henderson's paper this week - the correction on page 3. Looks like Henderson published the picture of a woman who was arrested for arson and insurance fraud but oops, the wrong woman was pictured. You'd think that little bit of information and the need to publish that correction could bump Walsh off the front page. Additionally, something went wrong in the printing, and the incorrectly identified woman's picture has one normal eye, while the other eye is a white line. Insult to injury.


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    1. The Onion Views News.

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    2. Maybe the victim of that shoddy journalism will give Henderson the opportunity to defend herself in court, again, and lose, again.

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    3. Nah, not even close to the Onion....more like the PennySaver.

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    4. You are right. At least the Onion is funny. This poor woman must have been horrified to see her face attached to that crime. Good Lord what a shoddy paper!

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    5. Can she sue?
      Not that Susan would ever honor a debt.

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    6. I should think so. Is there any mention of who the wronged person is?

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    7. Her name is included in the original article (now that has no picture, one of the more flexible things about the internet) and in the correction. On another topic, looking at the Mountain Views News site I came across tweets from the paper that claim Sierra Madre will vote in the PUSD election.

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    8. Yes, I saw that! Susan just can't believe that the PUSD site got something wrong. When reality comes knocking at the Henderson home, it better come with an official press release from the established authorities or the old misappropriator won't understand.

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    9. That is just whacky. Hasn't she been following city business at all?

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    10. Susan practices press release journalism. If the authorities tell her its the truth, then nothing will shake her belief that it is so. Susan is to journalism what a bureaucrat is to government.

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    11. She's just making some bucks. Those legal notices which give her income need something around them.

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    12. The MVN runs its own in-house content farm.

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