Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Swimming Costumes

I'm pretty happy about today's 360, with a wide variety of topics.

Bonus Outrage

I was appauled to see some executives receiving big bonus even in this quagmire. I thought "Well, this is America, a country with the biggest economic power!" I've often heard a lot of cases where people get incredible amount of money. But apparently, this is not a right moment to get such a big bonus.

I just met one of my best friends the other day. Her husband is selling used car and he is selling less and less these days. She said he received no bonus this time. I really felt sorry for her. The failure of the Big 3 affects the bottom line the fastest.


EGGS FOR CASH

I've heard a similar story a few years ago. It garnered popularity among Korean college students to cell their eggs for money. I remember I did get surprised but this time, I got even more surprised. I don't mean to offend people from Korea, but Korea is economically far behind the United States. It cannot be helped for poor but smart students to make money by giving something that is wasted every month. But this is happening in America, after a few years? What might this mean to the situation there?


VICK'S DOGS

I never wanted to see dogs fighting. Finally, many of those dogs had a second chance to live peacefully. Looking at the pictures of all dogs living with their new family, I am so relieved to hear about that. I don't like the idea of euthanizing them. Some people believe they should not spend too much time and money in order to rehabilitate those dogs and that they should rescue even more needy doggies. But I don't think so. An inresponsible human treated them in a inhumane manner and those dogs are victims. We should do anything we can think of to compensate.


SWIMMING COSTUME



I love this!









Yeah, he, too, is wearing a swimming costume




Saturday, December 13, 2008

Planet in Peril and so on...

Planet in Peril documentary was full of horrifying images. I was really scared by how terrible human beings can be. As a Japanese, fin soup is so common for us. Many of us get excited about eating shark fin. We must stop eating and people should know what is happening to get them and how shark-fin eaters are seen by the rest of the world.

Anyway, I don't have much time to think and write everything I want. I'll have Christmas break in a week. I don't have any plans for it, so I'll make another project for my classes using this documentary. I'll share my thought then.

Speaking of PIP, how many kinds of commercial does it have? But above all, I like this one! You can easily tell the reason why.


Anderson seemed to be in a good mood today, didn't he? He showed his match against Phelps almost every time before commercial break so that viewers wouldn't change the dial.

I love it when he said, "this is actually Wolf Blitzer's body," when shown this picture of Anderson wearing speedo bathing suit. He is so cute!





By the way, I see some comments by vexed readers. I might not approve those comments, but I did. We need to know there are some people who are irritated by other ACfans' words. They need some places to raise their voices.

They are constantly trying to convince me that not all Anderson fans are nice, which I find a nasty thing to say. How might Anderson feel? I believe we are all nice people, or we should be. We all watch Anderson's passionate reports from remote areas where people are struggling to live, which make us eager to help them, stories of selfless people who help those in need, and discussion with variety of view points. As for me, in order to understand what Anderson is telling us about, I need to study the background, histories, and in my case English. When I see reports, I think of how I should react. Since I started watching AC360, I think I've changed a lot. How can one be uneducated and cold-hearted when he/she is attracted to such a remarkable journalist?

I do get annoyed by some people who dislike me but I try not to think about them. I want to keep blogging to have fun, not to be disturbed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ivory

Something seems to be wrong with my PC these days and I cannot watch TV with my PC today. I quickly turned my eye on TV when 360 was broad casted (half a day ago) and they were talking about Oprah's having to lose weight not to be thin but to be strong and healthy. I wanted to see that segment, but podcast doesn't include that part. Every time I see report on obesity, I always say to myself that I'll lose my weight, which I never put into practice. Whether or not I see that segment, I know I wouldn't. What's the best way to lose weight? Maybe keeping sweets away within my eyesight must be one thing. Currently, I have a strong craving for chocolate, after having some potato chips at 1:00am.

I cannot wait to see Planet in Peril documentary. Today, they showed elephant hunting report. It is really disturbing. They are killed only for their tusks. They are made into gorgeous ornaments or accessories. But there is one thing product that I am really familiar with. Piano. Tusk is not used in my piano, fortunately (or unfortunately?). But white keys of nicer ones are covered with ivory. I often played such piano. It feels so smooth and absorbs sweat from finger, so it is so dry even after hours of practice. (Does this sound not clean? Actually the keys of old pianos are usually yellow or brown.) I admit I'd always loved ivory-covered piano. But since then, I was wondering how many elephant's tusks are needed to make pianos all over the word. I thought all those ivory was removed from dead elephants but maybe this is not true. I suddenly feel so guilty for my love for ivory keys. I might feel even more guilty if my family were rich enough to buy an expensive piano and I had one.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

( This light blue tie really makes him even more beautiful, doesn't it? Yay!)


This time, automakers' CEOs drives their cars. However, I find a picture of them reluctantly using their cars so boring. They are kind of forced to drive and apparently uncomfortable in their products.

I can understand taxpayers disliking the bail out. But they cannot stable the economy without helping them, right?




Being a chef at White House

Becoming the president of the United States seems like becoming a King of a country and he or she deserves to have the best food in the country. If the throne is succeeded to descendants, their favorite tastes wouldn't change so dramatically. Also, nowadays any kind of food is available in America, so it must be a hard work to tuning into new family members. I thought I heard of the news of the woman 1st chef quite recently, but that was 3 years ago. Time does fly.



Planet in Peril 2

I cannot wait to see the show next week! We are seeing commercials more and more often and I am getting excited. I have a plan to use this series in my English classes so I cannot miss every single moment.





will.i.am Music Video
After AC360, I happened to see a music video by will.i.am. Whenever I see him, I am reminded of his hologram. In the video, I do see him talk with Anderson on that election night! Even though I saw Anderson for only a moment, I got so happy to see him unexpectedly.
Here's the video; will.i.am "It's A New Day"

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Frugal CEO

This time, the CEOs of big 3 finally decided not to use their private jets but they actually drive eco-friendly cars. Yeah. They become thrifty. Talking of thrifty CEOs, I would like to introduce this video. This is about a frugal CEO in Japan's biggest airline company. I'd known how he is restructuring his company when I actually watched this video a month ago. But now that American companies are in such a quagmire, I hear this CEO is admired greatly these days.





I think he is good but don't think he is someone special. It is true that there are many greedy CEOs in Japan, but he is just one of the typical (?)CEOs with common sense.

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Possible attack by biological weapons or nuclear weapons

I get really scared when I think about nuclear weapons. We were educated to hate them. Since childhood, I've always been afraid of them. The other day, I was watching a history program for elementary school students. They are still teaching about the inferno after the bomb was dropped. In certain period, people complain about showing those images to young children. But I think it necessary for people to understand how terrible wars are. I hate it when they are talking about wars nuclear weapons casually (not in this program, but in general).

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By the way, did you check out this video? You can also download podcast!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Michael Phelps VS Anderson Cooper

CNN HEROES

I cannot wait to see CNN Heroes. Of course, we'll be seeing incredibly selfless people all around the world and I'm sure I'll be impressed and encouraged. What's more, I learned that two of my favorite artists will join ( or already joined?) this event. Christina Aguilera will sing my all time favorite song Beautiful, and Alicia Keys! I like her by far the best! She will sing "Superwoman" and I think that's the perfect song for the opportunity. I checked out to see if more is written on her website and read "Larry King Live! Heroes Special (CBS)" Is she on LKL? Is that on CBS?


AC's HERO

I haven't updated this place for the past few days, but I never fail to check out the show and the podcast.

As a part of promoting CNN HEROES, Anderson is telling his HERO. Before that segment was broadcasted, Soldad said he would tell about her later and during the commercial break, I was wondering who that would be. As I expected, his HERO was Angela, whom Anderson interviewed when he went to Congo 2 years ago. He often mentions her and her interview seemed to have a great impact on his career as well.

On Monday, we saw a video of monkey waiter from Japan. According to the shop owner, the monkey learned his work by himself, watching his master work.





Last week, they showed funny Beyonce's dance videos. In Japan, there's a comedian called "Japanese Beyonce." When I heard that nickname, I didn't know how she looked like. I imagined she should be extremely beautiful but she turned out to be ... like this.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Common Sense

Somehow, I haven't been able to record TV program recently and I turned to podcast. Hmm, the picture seems somewhat strange. Anderson's face is a little bit wide, don't you think?
What is "common sense"? CEOs of the companies on the verge of bankruptcy owning a private jet is morally wrong? Probably yes, from a normal person's point of view. But when asking the same question to hyper-paid, super-super busy business workers, it might be a "common sense" to travel by their own jet not because of "security reason" but because of operating their super busy schedule. When they are making far more money than maintaining a jet, isn't it all right for those people?
To me, there seem to be too many overpaid people in America. I forgot the actual number and which company, but I heard every year, one CEO earns more money than Vietnam's GDP. That's just too much. We cannot expect him/her to have the same "common sense" that we consider.
Incidentally, Japanese Prime Minister is being criticized because of his lack of "common sense." Such as his using expensive restaurants, not knowing how much certain food cost etc... He even said "Doctors are the group of people who lack common sense." (In my opinion, he also lacks one.) Every time I saw Japanese news program, I find another blunder by PM.

I liked THE SHOT. A man's obsession makes him have John King's photo on his iphone. How many of you have AC pictures on your cell phone or PC?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama - Clinton

I still cannot help screaming when I see Anderson appears on TV or while I was watching podcast on my way to the office. The longer I see him, the more addicted I become.

Obama may choose Hillary as Secretary of State. (He also has other guys in his mind, but, of course, I know none of them.) I think it a perfect idea. While they were competing for nomination, they had bad words to each other. During that period, I was wondering whether they could establish a good relationship. Whether they could or not does not matter, actually. They definitely have to and we should forget what they said or they did in the past. They should move on to the bright future. Therefore, I hate media showing images of bad times in the past.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hopeful Future

There seems to be a lot of hope all over America. I was watching another CNN program, I don't remember what program though, and heard somebody say that what they expect Obama is "vision" and "action" just as what Kennedy and Roosevelt did and that they also expect him to destroy chaos as Clinton did. Just listening to him, I could tell how much they expect him to change their country.

I went to Washington D.C. last spring, but it is really difficult or rather impossible for a tourist to see inside the building. Later I learned it was allowed to enter it before 9/11, which surprised me a lot.
Anyway, I learned a lot about the White House on this show. I was mesmerized by how nicely decorated it is. I like the idea that there are something that's never been changed and something that have been added by each resident.


I'm not good at economics and I have never been paying attention to the show when it turns to economic crisis. My boyfriend asked me how American people see the situation now and I couldn't answer well, about which he criticized and made fun of me! I'll paying more attention tomorrow...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

History


One night after that exciting moment, everybody seems to have calmed themselves down and started to realize what a great victory it is for American history. Of course, everybody had already been thrilled just by a thought of having a black president way before he was elected. But when that dream actually came true, they are not only excited but really proud of their decision.

I don't remember when Obama mentioned this lady, but I do remember his talking about this 104-year-old lady. She is a witness of many historic event and this must be one of the biggest event for her considering the fact that she did experience being segregated because of the color of her skin. She might be one of the black people who has always shared Martin Luther King Jr's dream. As many people say, his dream finally came true.
I don't know if Empire State Building shows the color of the winner every time. This is such a cute idea.







By the way, this is nothing new but doesn't Anderson look so sexy with his purple tie last night?? Yeah, I know you all will say he looks sexy all the time and I agree to that!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

CHANGE

Thank you, American people, for this wonderful night! People all around the world got so excited about your choice.

The new president has always emphasizing the word "CHANGE." I'd say, it is Obama himself that changed in a better way. When he announced he'd run for the election campaign, he looked immature as the next president. He has always been criticized for lack of experience. Hillary would often say that they should choose the one who is more than ready on the Day 1 of her inauguration. During this long long election campaign, Obama seemed to have intensively learned enough to be ready on the Day 1.

American president is not the only one that will decide the country's policy. There should be many experts around him. The most important factor to be the leader is charisma. Obama does have one. People are mesmerized by his words, and his words have a great influence on uniting American people. As some commentator said he is not only the representative for Democrats or black people, but for people who didn't vote for him, all races, all generations, men and women... in short American.



What concerns me is how the relationship between the U.S and Japan might change. Japanese people love something new. He doesn't have to do anything so he will garner popularity. He is already super popular here, especially in a city called Obama. There are already OBAMA girls (they call themselves obama "girls," but are they really girls??) dancing hula when they heard that Obama was elected.



By the way, my post looks so boring without Anderson's picture. You need to see at least one new picture?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't Japanese people look stupid?

I don't know the detail of the election campaign, but it almost reaches its culmination. Obama's informartial on 7 TV programs and his appearance with Bill Clinton, who not American people and people outside American consider as the greatest presidents in a decade. Their speeches are really enticing.

At first, I did not want Obama to become the president. As I often wrote, I want Hillary to be the one. I want to see a woman president. Actually I was thinking if McCain should win the election and make a blunder in his term, there would be a good chance for he to become the president! If Obama becomes the leader, he will probably have 8-year term. Obama will be a very popular president and after 8 years, Hillary will be pretty old. There won't be a chance for Hillary to succeed him.

However, during this long long campaign, Obama has acquire not only popularity but also charismatic. Had candidates gone through shorter campaign period, I don't think he wouldn't have become such a great candidate in such a short time.

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RED makes girls sexy!?

(I should have taking the photo of Erica with a red scarf, but I mistakenly deleted it..)

I read this article a few days ago. It says that they asked 100 male university students if they feel women in red sexy. How valid is this research?? We all know red makes women look nice. You know, people associate sexy women with red high heels. It may be my stereotype, but I think it's quite right. I remember seeing a red shoes in one of Madonna's CD pictures. (That very shoe is exhibited in Ferragamo in Firenze. I did see it when I visited the shop.) And how about Christian Louboutin shoes? They always have red heels. Red does make woman sexy.

As for boys, is there any color that makes them sexy? For Anderson, blue makes him even sexier for his piercing blue eyes!



I know 360 celebrates Japanese strange TVs. But every time I see one, especially really stupid ones, I feel SOOO embarrassed. I am always annoyed by some stupid Japanese TV programs.
It seems these days, in Japan, lacking education and intelligence is one of the key elements to appear on TV. What bothers me even more is we see such stupid programs in prime time, not midnight cable programs.
There are many informative, creative, and really excellent ones. But all these kind of clips make Japanese people really stupid!

However, as long as I can see Anderson's smile, I'm happy too ;)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Back from the Battle

It was a nice idea MTV and CNN teaming up to report this occasion. I don't know about any person who is currently fighting oversea. But 3 out of 4 American know somebody who is on duty. It was good for me to know how American people are treating, or should treat, veterans.



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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Niger


Like most of you here, I watched Anderson's reports from Niger. I remember the most recent one is about food for remedy. They invented peanut butter like ready-to-eat food. This product was said to be a miraculous cure for starving children. Although they know how to save starving children, they are not allowed to do that by the government, which sounds really disturbing.

Actually, I showed the 60Minutes report to my students and they were really keen on learning the situation there. After that class, I told them that I donate some money to MSF every year. Some students voluntarily gave me money so it will help save a child.
I hope I will be able to see more reports, hopefully hopeful reports.


Since the comedienne (I don't remember her name...) confessed her love to David Gergen, I am also finding him attractive. I do know how much intelligent he is and I've like the way he speaks. Then I saw DG embarrassed by her message and I caught a glimpse of a cute side of him.

SEAMAN SHIP

It seems tides is turning to Obama now. Colin Powell's endorsement seems really powerful to him. Apparently, he doesn't like the vice presidential candidate. But is it OK to say publicly that McCain's choice for VP is a mistake? (I agree with him, too, though.)

Obama is taking a few day off to visit his seriously ill grandmother. They say it's is a good chance for McCain to dominate news articles. But I think it will certainly do good for Obama. I remember an old lady soliciting McCain to win so that they wouldn't let Obama to become their leader. There might be many old ladies like her. His visit will motivate elderly women to support a young "grand son."


Blurry pic... I couldn't take a nice photo without caption!!


Japanese TV show again! You could find hundreds of animal videos! I love this chimp! He can run an errand with a shopping list. He can even buy a train ticket and ride a train alone. Really amazing chimp.
But doesn't this infringe copyright?? Do this Japanese TV program knows that parts of their program is broad casted around the world? I'm skeptical...

OMG!! This embarrassing Maritime Self Defense CM again! But I am happy as long as Anderson is having a nice time.
Actually, I was thinking of what happened inside this organization the other day. This organization looks really funny and relaxed. However, this is navy. They are going through rigorous training. One man even died during the training, rather bullying. 15 men attacked one man in the name of training. I felt sick to my stomach when I heard this. Commercial IS funny, but this incident is a no laughing matter...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Just a picture ... and a few more


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My fellow ... ?


I wrote I would try to blog every day, which turned out to be a lie... I didn't update for a few days. Hmm, too much politics for me.

I do remember Gore was likely to win the election four years ago, but at that time, I was not watching American news programs. I was pretty surprised to see the wide margin between Gore and Bush just before the election day. Anything can happen in election campaign and both candidates have good prospect at the very end.

Anything can happen in election campaign...,

speaking of which,

my coworker let me know about this clip a few days ago and I couldn't help giggling.


"Brain is the fundamental difference" between the two candidates for Presidents and VP?"


I hope I can write more about the show next time.

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By the way, have you checked out this video?


Friday, October 10, 2008

Identical?


Do you like Sarah Palin? People have different view about her. At least, to conservative moms, she is their role model. I like it when one of her supporters said that helping her teenage daughter's pregnant is good as a mother. This is something that a typical modern mom cannot do, right? She is attractive as a mother. She might be a role model for working women. I like her, not very much though. That's for sure. But is she really cut out for the vice president? Since she came out from nowhere, a lot of questionable things around her have been also coming out. One of my friends said, "McCain is so old and he might die after his inauguration. Then Palin would become the president of the United State!? That's a no-no."

Even during the commercial break, AC appeared! I cannot wait to see CNN heroes. I like hearing nice stories rather than politics and economic quagmire.
A nice surprise at the end of the show! Erica was talking and talking and while she was talking, she changed her outfit!? Fantastic!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

10 most wanted

Honestly, I am not interested in economics, which is beyond me. I haven't paying attention to this financial crisis. (As long as I am safe, I don't have to get informed. I fully understand how stupid I am... )

But I can understand this. People greatly affected by this crisis won't acquit the culprits. Anderson said that politicians say that now is not the time to blame culprits. However, to non politicians, that's what we want to know. How they are using our money.
AIG rewarded their hardworking agents pompously. Sounds nice until we hear that the company let them stay in a luxurious hotel spending more than $40,000,000!

I also heard that an executive of Lehman Brothers gets retirement money, which is more than a developing country's GNP! I don't remember well and my info is so obscure, but I expect 360 will cover more stories about culprits.

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THE SHOT
A really weired video from Japan again!? I didn't actually watch this news on TV, but I read on the Internet. Anderson said this naked guy is an English man, but the article I read said "a man speaking Spanish." Maybe later they found out he is an Englishman.












You might not like the picture above. Me neither. I'd rather see sweet eye-candy. However, my PC didn't work today and I couldn't record 360...

Just one picture from podcast.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

AC Official Facebook page?


I saw this article on my widget, but I couldn't find the actual article on 360 blog. Did anyone see this?? Anyway, I joined Facebook more than a year ago, but I rarely check it out. Now I became a fan officially, I might check that out more often!

I'll start blogging again!

I had a long time off from blogging, the reasons for which are
1) I'm not so interested in American politics,
2) due to that annoying open caption, I cannot enjoy taking nice photos of the beautiful anchor,
3) not having an access to webcam or webcast, I feel like a complete outsider,
4) I was just busy.


I am always watching 360 and as addicted to Anderson as ever, but when I am not blogging, I am paying less and less attention to the show and I realize that my English has been deteriorating. Updating this blog is the best way to improve my English skill, so I am back (or I will be back?? I'm not writing about Monday show...)




Some nice photos from Friday show.