Archive for March 2012

Video Overnight Thread- Crazy Human (With Bike) Tricks

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Video- President Obama's Barn Burner Campaign Speech in Vermont

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It's not Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say

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As with all "expert witnesses" it all depends who's got the money to buy the best ones, but I like that it's the newspaper independently doing this. Oh, and I'm betting the wingnuts will have tons o' fun with "scientific certainty" since we all know how they revere science. h/t Meteor Blades.

As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot?

A leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question by analyzing the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel.

His result: It was not George Zimmerman who called for help.

Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.

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Owen, a court-qualified expert witness and former chief engineer for the New York Public Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, is an authority on biometric voice analysis — a computerized process comparing attributes of voices to determine whether they match.

After the Sentinel contacted Owen, he used software called Easy Voice Biometrics to compare Zimmerman's voice to the 911 call screams.

"I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else," Owen says.

The software compared that audio to Zimmerman's voice. It returned a 48 percent match. Owen said to reach a positive match with audio of this quality, he'd expect higher than 90 percent.

"As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it's not Zimmerman," Owen says, stressing that he cannot confirm the voice as Trayvon's, because he didn't have a sample of the teen's voice to compare.

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Video- Real Time With Bill Maher: New Rules 3/30/12

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Off a tv, but better than nothing.

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Video- MRC’s Brent Bozell To Hannity: Trayvon Martin Is ‘Another Tawana Brawley Moment’

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Yea Sean, you tell 'em. Why don't you get Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy on with you to discuss things that happened years ago? Via.

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Reaction to Current TV's firing of Keith Olbermann

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Let me begin by getting my own reaction to Keith Olbermann's departure from Current out of the way, because it is not the topic I want to tackle, but people are asking.

I'll miss Keith. Love him or hate him, he had an informative, entertaining show. His guests, his point of view, the topics he tackled, his attention to the Occupy movement, his special comments, his sense of humor, his intelligence and perceptive, aggressive approach made Countdown DVR worthy. He didn't miss a trick, IMHO.

I say this as someone who found myself at a loss when he seemed to misinterpret something I tweeted, leaving me no practical way to rectify or explain once he unfollowed (no, he never blocked... oh, those Twitter rumors), but it didn't matter. I like him and continued to watch and promote Countdown, because I value his reporting and style, and continue to admire him, despite that one frustrating moment. For those who know what I'm referring to, all is well, he has since engaged, including retweeting something I said to him that meant a lot to both of us, and he was never uncivil to me. That single incident did nothing to change my mind about his work or my appreciation of him. In addition, I will never ever forget, and always be grateful for, his advice about end of life issues as it applied to his father and to my own (who is 92 and hanging in there).

Now that that's out of the way...

I suspected something was up with the show a few weeks ago when I started noticing both major and minor changes in the program itself, and even some of his tweets, and of course, Keith's absences. Others noticed, too, but attributed some of that to his bout with bronchitis or other factors. Who knows if what I picked up on was relevant or not, but it sure felt like something was brewing.

And then he was let go. Which finally brings me to the reason for this post. Twitter provides immediate-- and often prematurely speculative and impulsive-- reaction to breaking news. In the case of Keith's firing, the responses were starkly divided between devotees who were very vocal about their disappointment over their favorite host being abruptly yanked off air for a second time, and harsh critics who wasted no time in sending venomous tweets directly to Keith and about him to the Twitterverse.

People were, and are, vowing to boycott Current, while others were viciously maligning Keith, calling him a misogynistic, egotistical, megalomaniac who deserved what he got. And those were the milder examples.

Why do that? Why is that necessary? He's a human being, after all, even if he's not everyone's cup of tea. Why, before all the facts are out, would anyone feel the need to insult and berate him like that? What purpose does that serve, even after more is revealed?

And what purpose does it serve to stop watching other Progressive hosts who are helping our cause?

Destructive, rude behavior is hurtful, both personally and politically. Penalizing liberal voices who are still on air is only punishing them, and ourselves. Write to Current, call them, tweet them, but just as when MSNBC suspended Keith and viewers went ballistic, shunning shows like Rachel Maddow's (and now Jennifer Granhom's or Cenk's) by tuning them out in retaliation just doesn't seem fair to them, or ultimately, to any of us.

As for KO, if you have that much hostility toward him, don't watch him (well, now you can't anyway), but it seems a little childish to send rude (and from what I've seen, irrationally so) tweets to him. It accomplishes nothing.

It's about time the Progressive community learns some civility when it comes to dealing with one another. Instead of eating our own, save your vitriol for the right wing extremists, because we need all the liberal voices we can get.

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VIDEO: Melissa Harris-Perry's Guide for How White People Can Talk About Trayvon Martin

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Melissa Harris-Perry, thank you for going where most people are afraid to go. Communication is everything.

Sidebar: Based on what I've seen on Twitter, there are bound to be people who respond to this video with, "Don't tell me what to do!" She's not. She's suggesting. Nobody's making demands, and this is her show featuring her perspective and her commentary. It's always okay to disagree... civilly.

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