National Geographic

I hope this isn’t a sample of the updates we will be getting now that Rupert Murdoch has controlling interest in National Geographic, of all publications.




“After 127 years under the ownership of a non-profit, big changes are coming to National Geographic: The magazines, websites and other media assets are being shifted to a new company majority owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, with the non-profit National Geographic Society keeping a 27% stake in the new business.”

See for more details.


The more things change, the more they stay the same

This is a strange coincidence. I was straightening up the genkan, and collecting some old newspapers to stack in a special bag to use for bird cage liners. I used to subscribe to a paper newspaper. I stopped subscribing shortly after the big earthquake in 2011 when I realized I was just getting day old news and it was easier to read on my iPad. Anyway, I came across this one. Note the date. I guess things haven’t changed much.

An investigative report on Bill O’Reilly’s war action claims

After the sorry Brian Williams affair, come this very interesting, and relevant investigative article, about Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. I recommend reading the whole thing. It’s an interesting read.

I’m curious what O’Reilly’s reply will be.

By the by, I personally know Bill O’Reilly to be a liar because I once submitted a letter to the show, which he read on the air. But instead of reading my actual letter, he edited it, leaving out parts, and re-arranged words to make my remarks look dumb and then raised skeptical eyebrows at the end.


Your newspaper online, circa 1981

You have to watch the 2 minute video in this short article from start to finish.

Just knowing what happens in the following decades makes some of it seem fascinating, a lot seems amusing and some of it seems almost like dark humor since like they are unaware of the impact it’s going to have on the people in the print newspaper business.