Renaissance News Report

Oddly enough, things seem quiet enough today so far for a look at the news (I have NO idea why I just jinxed myself like that because NOW I’m going to get slammed with work):
* The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow companies to sell ads inside plastic bins. Advertising companies and airports expect to reap millions from 12-inch-by-17-inch ads glued to the bottom of security bins. The TSA would benefit from free equipment. These would be those grey bins you put your shoes in….sigh, terrorism prevention with a Big Mac ad…only in America.

* Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed months of speculation Tuesday by unveiling a new mobile phone that plays and downloads music and a set-top box that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions. Jobs said Apple’s iPhone would “reinvent” the telecommunications sector

* President Bush, in calling tonight for sending more 20,000 more troops to Iraq, will acknowledge mistakes in not sending in more forces earlier, but will also say that the new deployment is “not open-ended,” according to a senior White House official. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh. Brain…going…to…explode…

* Tackling a top priority, House Democrats pushed a $2.10 an hour increase in the federal minimum wage toward passage Wednesday, calling it only a partial restoration of purchasing power for America’s lowest-paid workers. Since I live in CA, and the minimum wage here is already $7.50….I’m kind of yawning here.

* New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is snuffing out one of Congress’ enduring prerogatives, still cherished by some lawmakers — the right to smoke near the floor of the House. I got to say, kind of seems like that should have been done when smoking was outlawed in all government buildings, except apparently the one that passed the law…

* A tiny nation, complete with its own flag, stamps and passport, is up for sale. But buyer beware: It’s really a wartime fort perched on two concrete towers in the North Sea. Sale price for the glorified rig, which includes accommodations, offices, a power generator and a chapel: $975 million.

* Florida trounced Ohio St. in the national championship game to win the NCAA Football championship. I hate both schools for petty reasons so…eh.

* North Carolina is the new #1 in men’s college basketball.

* Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn were overwhelmingly elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, while Mark McGwire was overwhelmingly not.

* Former all-star catcher Javvy Lopez signed a 1 year $750k deal with the Colorado Rockies.

* Los Angeles and Chicago are considering making bids for the 2016 summer olympics.

* The seven finalists for the Make-Up Oscar are: Pan’s Labyrinth, Pirates 2, The Santa Clause 3, The Prestige, X-Men 3, Click, and Apocalypto. Three of the finalists will be nominated for the Oscar to be given out on Feb. 25.

* James Cameron is finally making another movie. Avatar, his new scifi epic, will start shooting in April. Cameron has been living in a bunker since inflicting Titanic on the world ten years ago.

* Borat will be coming to DVD on March 6th, with no changes, despite all the litigation surrounding the film. Casino Royale will debut on disc a week later on March 13th.

* Night at the Museum was #1 at the box office for the third straight week with $24 million and Pursuit of Happyness was #2 for the third straight week with $13 million. There are other movies, people. Go to them.

* Dave Matthews will appear on a March episode of House.

* FOX has canceled The OC after four seasons.

* The fight between New Line and Peter Jackson continues with New Line now saying Jackson is not “welcome at New Line”. What the frick is the problem. Make The Hobbit and make a billion dollars. It’s that frapping simple.

* The National Society of Film Critics named Pan’s Labyrinth best film of 2006.

* The People’s Choice Awards were last night and if YOU care, then YOU look up the winners, because they are stupid. Oh the joys of blogging.

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