Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.

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Staying Away From Asbestos: Dos And Don’ts Inside The House

By Marcus Stromms

The dangers of asbestos have been uncovered by many cases of both unrecorded and recorded heath problems and deaths. There are also many settlement cases documenting the harsh effects of asbestos to human health. Your home might be contaminated with this mineral. What should you do?

Staying Away from Asbestos: Dos and Don’ts Inside the House

Without your knowledge, your house might be contaminated with asbestos – a mineral that is known to cause different kinds of respiratory diseases like mesothelioma, pleural thickening, and asbestosis. If you are unsure of the level of asbestos contamination in your house, the following dos and don’ts will help you stay away from the dangers.

1. Keep minimal movements and other activities in damaged areas where asbestos might be present. This will keep contamination at a minimum level too.

2. Gently perform actions in areas where asbestos is present. This will help avoid damages to asbestos-containing materials preventing the release of thin strands and powder into the air.

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3. Ask the help of builders with asbestos removal services when it comes to major repairs of asbestos-containing materials. They are skilled and well-trained to do the job in a safe manner.

4. Spare yourself from activities like dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming of debris and other waste particles that may contain asbestos.

5. Surfaces with asbestos such as floors and walls need to be spared from sanding, scrubbing, and drilling activities. These activities will scrape covering and cause asbestos fibres to be released into the air.

6. Avoid the use of power strippers on asbestos-ladden surfaces such as vinyl asbestos. Cleansers such as these are very strong and have the tendency to uncover the asbestos strands.

7. Evade sanding asbestos surfaces to make it on level. This process will contribute to the powdering of asbestos, making it more dangerous to your family’s health.

8. Steer clear of minor repairs when you deem you will not be able to handle asbestos-containing materials properly. Let professional builders and asbestos removers handle the task for you.

9. Never try to fix asbestos-containing roof shingles yourself. This process requires high levels of security that can be done by professional asbestos removers. They can also fix gutters properly, avoiding damages on asbestos-containing ceilings and roofs.

10. Let alone licensed asbestos removers perform sampling methods on materials suspected of containing asbestos. Doing-it-yourself might disturb the material and immediately release powdered asbestos dust. Trying to be an asbestos remover can highly endanger your family’s health when in fact none could have existed when you let professionals do the job.

To conclude, there are things that must be done and must be avoided by homeowners in order to spare themselves and their families from the risks posed by the disturbance of asbestos-containing materials.

In Australia, particularly in Brisbane, there are many professional builders that offer asbestos removal as one of their primary services. In fact, these builders, such as QHI have dedicated teams that can do asbestos inspection, assessment, containment, removal, and disposal of asbestos in specific parts of the house. With them, you are assured that wherever asbestos might be in your house – in floors walls, ceilings, roofs, gutters, and plumbing systems – they can be safely handled and removed.

About the Author: Marcus Stromms works in collaboration with Brisbane

builders

and asbestos removers. As an advocate on the total ban of asbestos, he provides numerous materials regarding the health risks associated with the use of asbestos. In some instances, he also writes home improvement tips and suggestions regarding

gutters,

driveways, painting, and plumbing tasks.

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Teen broadcasts suicide online

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Pembroke Pines, Florida teenager killed himself Wednesday, November 19, while broadcasting on the live video site Justin.tv. After making suicide threats and being encouraged by Justin.tv viewers and Bodybuilding.com forum members, Abraham K. Biggs, 19, committed suicide by taking an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, which had been prescribed for his bipolar disorder.

Biggs first began blogging about his planned suicide 12 hours before the actual event. He died after taking pills and lying on the bed in front of the webcam. After the broadcast, viewers who apparently thought it was a hoax posted messages such as “OMG”, “LOL”, and “hahahah”.

Hours later, after being alerted by viewers who had noticed that Biggs had stopped breathing, law enforcement and paramedics arrived, discovered his body, and covered the camera. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has reportedly confirmed Biggs’ death.

According to Montana Miller of the Bowling Green State University, the circumstances of this case were not shocking: “If it’s not recorded or documented, then it doesn’t even seem worthwhile. For today’s generation it might seem, ‘What’s the point of doing it if everyone isn’t going to see it?'”

Biggs’ sister Rosalind was angry that neither the website nor its viewers reacted soon enough to save him. “They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours,” she said. She described him as “very happy” and “friendly and outgoing.” “On a normal day, you couldn’t really tell that he got as low as he did.” However, he did have relationship problems with his girlfriend, according to a friend.

Mental health professionals have warned about the possibility that other mentally troubled people would copy his actions. According to Dr. David Shaffer of Columbia University, “Any video showing it as heroic or romantic or glamorous could reduce the anxiety people might feel about suicide. It becomes a respectable behavior and lowers the threshold of suicide.” He and other psychiatrists recommend that potentially suicidal teens talk to others and “tell what’s going on.”

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Psychiatrist Dr. Jerald Block tells Wikinews about addiction to the Internet

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dr. Jerald Block is a psychiatrist based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Dr. Block has attracted some media attention due to one theory of his – the idea that Internet addiction can be viewed as a distinct mental condition.

In an interview with Wikinews, Dr. Block discusses this theory, including what needs to be done about it, and the alleged violent response that can arise from an addict’s withdrawal. Below is the full exclusive interview.

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Guidelines For Choosing Power Supplies For Low Voltage Led Lights 12 V Or 24 V

Submitted by: Kristina Korecova

Guidelines for Choosing Power Supplies for Low Voltage LED Lights

12V or 24V

LED lights run at low voltage, so running them at mains directly is not always possible. Low voltage? I need a transformer! but what exactly are the requirements for LED lighting? Why does it so often happen that LEDs simply melt placed into an existing lighting system, and the money paid for it just goes down the drain? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about LED transformers.

As more and more of us chose LED lights, the latest energy-saving, cool running and long lasting solutions, we will very likely come across the problem of choosing transformers for them. Light emitting diodes run on stabilized, direct current. They are available running at mains and low voltage LEDs, but only low voltage LEDs require transformers.

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LED bulbs running at mains, do not need a transformer, since they include a transformer in the fixture of the bulb. This way the bulb itself with the help of a chip, transforms 220V mains into the DC it requires. With this technology they can simply replace conventional forms of lighting.

LED lights running at 12V require transformers or power supplies for running them at mains. A major criterion for power supplies is their Wattage or performance, but this single figure is not enough on its own to decide what it is exactly that you need.

There are basically two different ways of transforming current: the magnetic / wire wound and the electric transforming. Although the result is the same: a set voltage is created, LED lights are mostly run with traditional magnetic transformers. The reason why electric transforming is not suitable for LED is that electric transformers do not contain a fuse. This way they are a less stable way of transforming voltage and have too much fluctuation.

Another figure of transformers is whether they are constant current or constant voltage. Most LEDs need constant voltage, but always check what you need with your LED distributor, since this feature depends on the LED s making. The performance of the transformer you need is simply the total amount of LED lights running at it though it is advised to have somewhat bigger transformers than that.

Always check whether your power supplies are water proof, or it is protected against overload, over voltage and over temperature. With the help of the adequate fuse, these features can protect both your transformer and LEDs.

All in all, it is best to purchase transformers made particularly for LED, and even then, because of the wide variety of power supplies available on the market.

LED technology has been around us for a long time used as signal lights in electronic appliances, calculators or watches. Its first forms have been coloured version, and the technology took a long path to get to white lighting and today s light intensity.

LED lights are one of the hottest technologies recently becoming available in household lighting. LED technology, however, has been invented at the beginning of the 20th century, but was not suitable for household lighting purposes.

About the Author: Kristina Korecova works at

LEDcentre.uk.com

, a company that offers a wide range of low and main voltage, eco-friendly, energy efficient and cool running LED lights, like LED GU10, LED MR11, LED MR16, G4 LEDs and B22/E27 light bulbs and flexible water proof LED strip lights ideal for homes, offices,

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CanadaVOTES: Libertarian John Kittridge in St. Paul’s

Monday, October 13, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with John Kittredge. John is a candidate in Toronto, Ontario’s St. Paul riding, running under the Libertarian Party banner. Libertarians are a minor, registered political party; they are looking to earn their first ever seat in the House of Commons.

Incumbent Carolyn Bennett of the Liberals is running against Libertarian Kittridge, Conservative Heather Jewell, New Democrat Anita Agrawal, and Justin Erdman, a Green. Bennett was the Minister of Health under previous Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government. Since it was created in 1935, the riding has been batted about between the Liberals and the now defunct Progessive Conservative party.

The following is an interview with Mr. Kittridge, conducted via email. The interview has had very limited editing, to eliminate in-text mentions of website addresses, but is otherwise left exactly as sent to Wikinews.

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The Wii, Nintendo’s next generation console, launches in North America

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Nintendo has released its newest video game console in North America. Known as the Wii, the system and games have an MSRP of US$249.99 and US$49.99 respectively. The North American release is to be followed by the December 2nd launch in Japan and the December 8th launch in Europe.

Launched officially at midnight, more than a thousand people gathered in New York’s Time Square to be among the first to buy one of the Wii. In contrast to the crowds that have challenged crowd control officials over the last two days in connection with the launch of Sony’s Playstation 3, the Wii crowds have been much calmer. Many observers attribute this to the fact that Nintendo had more than ten times as many Wii consoles available on launching day than Sony did for their PS3 that had been hounded by part shortages in manufacturing right up to the day of launch.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that several tough choices had been made in the design of the Wii. The company decided to develop a new way of playing games with revolutionary controllers instead of following the PS3 and the Xbox down the road of stunning graphic and multimedia options. This produced a console with a much talked-about sensor/controller design and the lowest price point of the three major consoles. While not having a DVD player or high-definition TV capabilities, the Wii retails for about $250 while its competitors the Xbox 360 and PS3 retail for about $400 and $600 respectively.

While the Wii will launch with several games available, one of its advertised advantages is that the new console is largely compatible with older games made for the GameCube, giving the new console an instant and extensive launching library. A GameCube controller will be needed to play GameCube games with the Wii. Several hardware items that GameCube games may be expecting, such as the modem or broadband adapter or the GameBoy player are not supported on the Wii.

Across the country in Los Angeles about 500 people were waiting for the doors to open at Universal City Walk’s Game Stop store. Fearing that the Wii introduction might be as contentious as the PS3 debut just a few days ago, the store handed out numbered wristbands to the throng. No problems were reported.

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Nominations announced for 78th Academy Awards

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Today, the nominees for the 78th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles, California.

Best Picture nominees this year are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Munich. The director of each of these films received director nominations. Nominees include George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck.), Paul Haggis (Crash), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Bennett Miller (Capote), and Steven Spielberg (Munich). This is the first time since 1981 that every Best Picture nominee also received a nod for Direction.

Brokeback Mountain leads this year’s Oscar pack overall, with eight nominations. Brokeback is followed by Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Memoirs of a Geisha, who each earned six. Capote, Munich, and Walk the Line each received five nominations. King Kong, Pride and Prejudice, and The Constant Gardener picked up four nominations, while Cinderella Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and War of the Worlds pick up three. A History of Violence, Hustle & Flow, Mrs. Henderson Presents, North Country, Syriana, and Transamerica each received two nods each.

Best Animated Feature Film nominees are Howl’s Moving Castle, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. None of these films used primarily CGI-animation, the first year this can be claimed, since the 2001 creation of the award category. Corspe Bride marks both Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s first nominations. Wallace & Gromit’s Steve Box is celebrating his first nomination, while co-producer Nick Park has three Oscars for Best Animation Short, a fourth nomination, of which he lost to himself in 1990. Hayao Miyazaki won the Best Animated Feature award in 2002, for Spirited Away.

Uniquely neither animation powerhouse, Disney or DreamWorks, is directly nominated in the category. Disney’s Buena Vista Entertainment distributes Miyazaki film Howl’s Moving Castle, while DreamWorks distributed Wallace and Gromit, animated by Aardman Animations.

Best Foreign Language Film nominees include Italian film Don’t Tell, France’s Joyeux Noël, Palestine’s Paradise Now, Germany’s Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, and South Africa’s Tsotsi. Italy has been up for an Oscar 27 times, France 34 times, and Germany has had six nominations. This is only South Africa’s second nomination, with the first coming last year, and Palestine’s first ever Academy Award nomination.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature are Darwin’s Nightmare, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, March of the Penguins, Murderball, and Street Fight. March of the Penguins, produced in France, actually grossed more than any of the Best Picture nominees, the first time in history such an occurrence has happened.

The top 19 films in box office received a total of only 14 nominations, with a majority of these in the categories of Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Perhaps one of the most interesting stories for Hollywood as a whole, is the tremendous success of Participant Productions in its first year of operation. eBay founder Jeff Skoll‘s movie house produced nominees Good Night and Good Luck. (6), North Country (2), Syriana (2), and Murderball (1). The company aims to fund feature films and documentaries that promote social values while still being commercially viable.

The 78th Academy Awards presentation will be held on Sunday, March 5.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
  • Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow
  • Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Walk the Line
  • David Strathairn – Good Night, and Good Luck

  • George Clooney – Syriana
  • Matt Dillon – Crash
  • Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain
  • William Hurt – A History of Violence

  • Judi Dench – Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Felicity Huffman – Transamerica
  • Keira Knightley – Pride & Prejudice
  • Charlize Theron – North Country
  • Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

  • Amy Adams – Junebug
  • Catherine Keener – Capote
  • Frances McDormand – North Country
  • Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener
  • Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • The Constant Gardener
  • A History of Violence
  • Munich

  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Match Point
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Syriana

  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Pride & Prejudice

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The New World

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Walk the Line

  • The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
  • God Sleeps in Rwanda
  • The Mushroom Club
  • A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

  • Cinderella Man
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Crash
  • Munich
  • Walk the Line

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Cinderella Man
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Munich
  • Pride & Prejudice

  • In the Deep – Crash
  • It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp – Hustle & Flow
  • Travelin’ Thru – Transamerica

  • Badgered
  • The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
  • 9
  • One Man Band

  • Ausreisser (The Runaway)
  • Cashback
  • The Last Farm
  • Our Time is Up
  • Six Shooter

  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • War of the Worlds

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Walk the Line
  • War of the Worlds

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • King Kong
  • War of the Worlds
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What You Need To Know About Antenna Installation In Sun City, Az

byAlma Abell

Antennas are commonly used in many households around the country. If you don’t want to pay over-the-top bills to your cable company or wish to install a satellite dish in your house, you should consider fixing a local antenna. Antenna installation doesn’t cost a lot of money and can be completed within a couple of hours at most. More importantly, you get access to a significant number of channels with the antenna installed. An antenna is basically a signal receiver that relays the information over to your television which decodes it, allowing you to watch different channels live. Here are some key things that you should know about antenna installation.

One-Time Expense

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Once the antenna has been installed in your house, you don’t need to worry about paying monthly maintenance costs or a recurring fee. A powerful antenna allows you to watch more than 80 channels at home in full HD quality without having to worry about paying any additional fee. Local companies that offer antenna installation in Sun City, AZ usually offer a variety of different antennas, ranging from high-quality HD digital TV antennas to standard, cheaper models. You can choose whichever model that you want depending upon your budget. It’s a one-time expense, after all.

Professional Work

In order to get the antenna installed, you will need to visit A2Z Electronic Wizards. The company has established itself as one of the leading digital TV service providers, offering a plethora of services. You can set an appointment with them, and a technician will visit your place to install the antenna. They will fix the antenna on the roof of your house and make sure that it’s firmly installed to prevent it from getting dislodged.

Antennas are commonly used in many households around the country. If you don’t want to pay over-the-top bills to your cable company or wish to install a satellite dish in your house, you should consider fixing a local antenna. Antenna installation doesn’t cost a lot of money and can be completed within a couple of hours at most. More importantly, you get access to a significant number of channels with the antenna installed. An antenna is basically a signal receiver that relays the information over to your television which decodes it, allowing you to watch different channels live. Here are some key things that you should know about antenna installation.

One-Time Expense

Once the antenna has been installed in your house, you don’t need to worry about paying monthly maintenance costs or a recurring fee. A powerful antenna allows you to watch more than 80 channels at home in full HD quality without having to worry about paying any additional fee. Local companies that offer antenna installation in Sun City, AZ usually offer a variety of different antennas, ranging from high-quality HD digital TV antennas to standard, cheaper models. You can choose whichever model that you want depending upon your budget. It’s a one-time expense, after all.

Professional Work

In order to get the antenna installed, you will need to visit A2Z Electronic Wizards. The company has established itself as one of the leading digital TV service providers, offering a plethora of services. You can set an appointment with them, and a technician will visit your place to install the antenna. They will fix the antenna on the roof of your house and make sure that it’s firmly installed to prevent it from getting dislodged.