elessa: (bats)
Actor Heath Ledger found dead in his Manhattan apartment
From the Associated Press
1:52 PM PST, January 22, 2008

New York -- Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence in a possible drug-related death, police said. He was 28.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there found him dead at 3:26 p.m.

The Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for his role in "Brokeback Mountain" and has numerous other screen credits.

Edit: this is an interesting tidbit from the new york times.

Actor Heath Ledger Is Found Dead

By Sewell Chan

Updated, 6:06 p.m. | The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York City police. Signs pointed to a suicide or an accidental overdose, police sources said. Mr. Ledger was 28.

At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived the fourth-floor apartment of the building, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of the bedroom Mr. Ledger was in. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with sleeping pills — both prescription medication and nonprescription — on a night table. They moved his body to the floor and attempted to revive him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities.

The police said they did not suspect foul play. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, said that employees of the office were at the apartment and that an autopsy would be conducted on Wednesday.

Police officials initially said that the apartment was owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen. They said they believed Ms. Olsen, 21, was in California and that Mr. Ledger had been living in her apartment.

However, a representative of Ms. Olsen said this afternoon that the apartment did not belong to the actress. “It is not her apartment,” said the representative, Annette Wolf, a publicist for Ms. Olsen. “She does not own the apartment. She has never owned the apartment. She and her sister have an apartment in New York City but they are not in this building.”
elessa: (screaming bunny)
hello, media... stop the fucking manipulation!
i am torqued )
i haven't made up my mind which candidate out of the many i support fully yet, but damn it, don't force feed me nonsense.
elessa: (wyveri)
last night there were some articles on internet news sites regarding a computer failure at LAX which delayed passengers on international flights. the computer system is the one which compares airline passenger lists with the terror watchlist. the result is that those people are flagged for secondary screening at customs.

the first article i read stated 2,500 passengers were affected with waits in the terminals and on the tarmac. later last night the number was 6,000 passengers. i have now come across an article using a number of 20,000.

hmmmm... i wonder what the number will be in another few hours.
elessa: (aargh)
a semi-truck carrying 8000 gallons of fuel crashes and burns in san francisco causing the collapse of the I580/I80/I880 freeway maze.

wtf difference does it make that the driver had a criminal record for which he has served time? his record has been clean since his release in 1999. he passed all the requirements for a hazardous materials license.

he was driving at a speed which was not safe, lost control, hit the span. his "criminal" background should have no bearing on his ability to drive.

hello... media... focus on that which has bearing on the incident. his driving.
elessa: (Default)
the question in my mind has been answered with regard to the two hour forty five minute lag. why didn't the police lock down the campus? it was said yesterday they didn't feel it necessary as they thought the shooting in the dorm was the result of a domestic dispute.

today it is revealed that apparently the boyfriend of the woman shot dead at the dorm was a gun enthusiast. the police had taken him into custody and were questioning him.

they had no cause to suspect that there was going to be further shootings.

hello, media, stop with the sensational finger pointing and report the facts and not conjectures.
elessa: (screaming bunny)
hmmm... reading today's headlines

why is the media determined to put jetblue out of business? in the previous months with the storms that caused the closure of airports and the cancellation of flights the news media focussed on the planes/passengers of jetblue which were stranded on tarmacs.

there was barely any mention of the fate of passengers on the other airlines which were also stranded at those same airports and stuck on the tarmacs for similar lengths of time. if you read the articles carefully you would find a sentence or two addressing the same issues occurring with the other airlines.

JetBlue cancels 215 flights due to winter storms in East

JetBlue Cancels 215 Flights Due to Storm

while the headlines are true, they are also false and misleading.

in the article above, the headlines would better serve the reading public if they stated Airlines cancel flights due to winter storms in East.

if you read the article you will note that delta airlines has had to cancel 250 flights, american has cancelled 120 and northwest has cancelled 35.

isn't 250 flights more significant an impact on passengers? why call out jetblue specifically in the headline unless there is a reason to continue to drive passengers away from the company.
elessa: (Default)
i was reading an article in the l.a. times with regard to the upcoming release of 300. came across this lovely gem from the cinematographer.

In that regard, Fong said he had yet to read a description that conveyed his sense of the look and tone of the movie. "The other day someone on the Internet said it looks 'antique.' That's pretty good. Actually, we were going for something so unique and original and amazing that nobody has invented words for it," he joked. "I'm sure when Leonardo was laying around on his back working on the Sistine Chapel his patrons weren't like, 'We're paying you a lot of money here, pal. What do you mean 'heavenly and angelic'?"

Giving '300' movie a comic-book grandeur

um... dude... the sistine chapel was painted by michelangelo...
elessa: (trees)
last month i posted an entry with regard to governor schwartzenegger's health plan.

yesterday there was an article in the l.a. times discussing the effect this plan will have on the middle class.

one of the things i like about the times is that they include an e-mail address for the journalist of an article. after reading the article i decided to write jordan rau, the author, in response to present my viewpoint and the effect that the mandatory directive for having health insurance would have on me.

heh, looks like he would like to interview me. oooo la la! i may have my name in the newspaper. lol!
elessa: (screaming bunny)
Hoax –noun
1. something intended to deceive or defraud: The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
–verb (used with object)
2. to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
[Origin: 1790–1800; perh. contr. of hocus]

—Related forms
hoaxer, noun

—Synonyms 1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)

hmmm... ye know, in boston and other cities the aqua teens circuit boards were in place for over two to three weeks. it was a marketing campaign. there was no intention to deceive or defraud anyone or any entity.

where does the city of boston and the ensuing feeding frenzy of the sharks... err, mainstream journalists, get off misusing the term hoax?

hello, you idiots, use a goddam dictionary before writing an article or reporting the news!
elessa: (fluffy bunny)
i am an avid reader of foreign news sources. i find it fascinating to read the perception of the US in other countries. the following tasty morsel comes from the london times.

But the Clinton candidacy is a Grand Deceit, an entirely artificial construct built around a person who, stripped bare of the cynicism, manipulation and calculation, is nothing more than an enormous, overpowering and rather terrifying ego.

the full article can be found here

personally, i am not in favour of another clinton in the white house. realisation that this country will have been lead by two political dynasties for over twenty years should she win election does not sit well with me.

there needs to be someone else in office. male or female, i don't care. just not a clinton or bush.
elessa: (fluffy bunny)
ever wonder how news is reported?

elessa: (aargh kitty)
"Kerry apoligizes for Iraq quips

Democratic Sen. John Kerry apologizes to “any service member, family member or American” offended by remarks he made deemed to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq."

taken from the front page of the san diego union-tribune website. they misspell the word in the headline, yet in the very first sentence it is correct.



Oct. 13th, 2006 10:05 am
elessa: (wyveri)
in today's l.a. times there is an article with regard to the recent slowing in the housing sales market.

at the beginning of the article is this paragraph:

"After 90 days, four price reductions and a couple of low-ball offers, Morales withdrew his three-bedroom Riverside bungalow rather than cut his $415,000 asking price, already down from an original $486,000."

the final paragraph of the article is this:

"For his part, homeowner Morales and his wife, Emily, were hoping to sell the house, take his profit and move to a bigger abode.

But he is happy to stay put rather than sell at a price he's uncomfortable with, after having earned a decent increase in home equity by paying $86,000 for the house 10 years ago.

"It wasn't meant to be," he said of his would-be sale."

hmmm... how much money is really necessary? i would consider a sale with a profit of $329K to be rather substantial on the investment. (i speak from experience as a home owner/seller, who didn't realise a profit of even 1/2 that, but it was enough to settle things in my life).


Mar. 6th, 2006 11:05 pm
elessa: (Default)
it is with growing consternation i read the news articles regarding the signing of a bill in south dakota that will disallow a woman to have an abortion, including for reasons of rape and incest, unless it is to save her life.

i truly believe it is my right as a woman to determine whether or not i shall be a mother. birth control does not guarantee you will not become pregnant. i know this from experience.

the tide is turning in this country and soon roe vs wade will again be challenged before the supreme court. it may take a few years for a lawsuit against the ban in south dakota to reach the high court, but when it does there is a chance that women will be stripped of the choice.

granted, for thousands of years we have taken this matter into our own hands. most of the time using dangerous but effective means. various methods are recounted in historical documentation from ancient times, through the middle ages, into the modern era.

perhaps the current availability of legal, safe abortions will be taken from us. but the decision governing how we, as the bearers of life, choose to deal with reproduction will never truly be.

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