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Wonderment
01-28-2010, 04:23 AM
I am saddened by the loss of a beloved peace activist (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-howard-zinn28-2010jan28,0,5610858.story)

bjkeefe
01-28-2010, 04:55 AM
I am saddened by the loss of a beloved peace activist (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-howard-zinn28-2010jan28,0,5610858.story)

Yes. I am, too. As Jim Newell (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/01/howard-zinn-dead-at-87.html) put it: "... one of the last remaining leftists from the Leftists Had Balls era."

bjkeefe
01-28-2010, 03:04 PM
Not as much of a hero to me as Zinn, but still, coincidentally, we just lost another one of the good guys: J. D. Salinger is dead at 91 (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/jd-salinger-91-is-dead/).

messwithtexas
01-28-2010, 03:57 PM
There's a good documentary on Howard Zinn that's streaming on Netflix (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Howard_Zinn_You_Can_t_Be_Neutral_on_a_Moving_Train/70031935?personid=30016484&strackid=183570dc49fb77ae_0_srl&strkid=458365778_0_0&trkid=222336), if you have an account.

bjkeefe
01-28-2010, 10:09 PM
There's a good documentary on Howard Zinn that's streaming on Netflix (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Howard_Zinn_You_Can_t_Be_Neutral_on_a_Moving_Train/70031935?personid=30016484&strackid=183570dc49fb77ae_0_srl&strkid=458365778_0_0&trkid=222336), if you have an account.

I don't, but I'm curious: how do you like it? What does it cost? Do you have to watch the movie right after you order it (or whatever the term is), or can you download and store it for a short while? (Say, if you get interrupted halfway through and can't get back to it until the next day.)

messwithtexas
01-29-2010, 11:17 AM
I don't, but I'm curious: how do you like it? What does it cost? Do you have to watch the movie right after you order it (or whatever the term is), or can you download and store it for a short while? (Say, if you get interrupted halfway through and can't get back to it until the next day.)

It's great for my purposes. I don't get cable, or any tv, so it supplements my internet media consumption. The core service is movies in the mail; I get one at a time for $9/month, but you can get more at once for more money. You keep them as long as you want and then send it back. For me, in the middle of town, the turn around time to get a new movie is usually 3 days, including the day it gets picked up by the mailman (eg old one picked up on Mon, new one on Weds). The selection is the same as a movie store, probably better.

As far as the online stuff, it's always there and free to stream as long as you have an account. There are no downloads, but I've been really impressed with the quality of the program they use to stream (I think it's Microsoft's silverlight). The pic quality varies (mostly pretty good), but it buffers really well for me and it remembers where you are in all the movies/episodes you've watched. Much better than hulu. Most of the old tv available on hulu is available on netflix w/o commercials. The things you can stream are mixed-quality as far as content. There are a lot of solid documentaries, which I like, but for movies, there are a lot more bad ones than good ones. You can try it for free for a month, I think, you just have to be sure to cancel it if you don't like it.

That documentary on Zinn is called something like 'You can't be neutral' and was made in '04, if you're just interested in that.

bjkeefe
01-29-2010, 12:51 PM
[...]

Thanks for the detailed answer. I used to be signed up for the snail mail service (here, as you point out, quite an unfair name) and eventually had my fill of movies that I wanted to catch up on, so I canceled. But, $9/month for all you can stream? Tempting. It's at least Plan B should Bob Wright ever decide to hang up his spikes.

uncle ebeneezer
01-29-2010, 05:04 PM
But, $9/month for all you can stream? Tempting. It's at least Plan B should Bob Wright ever decide to hang up his spikes.

And a decent business model if he ever wants to "go pro" with bhTv. Though I think he'd have to charge less due to less demand (despite the far greater value of bhTv, IMO.)

Wonderment
01-29-2010, 08:00 PM
1- minute video (http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/01/29-2)

Wonderment
01-30-2010, 03:31 AM
Nice tribute to Howard in NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/opinion/30herbert.html):


His death this week at the age of 87 was a loss that should have drawn much more attention from a press corps that spends an inordinate amount of its time obsessing idiotically over the likes of Tiger Woods and John Edwards.

bjkeefe
01-30-2010, 12:34 PM
Nice tribute to Howard in NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/opinion/30herbert.html):

That was good. Thanks.

I'd encourage everyone to read the whole thing, and then spend some time contemplating the last line.

messwithtexas
02-01-2010, 01:48 PM
I know 'the young turks' charges $10/month for a downlaodable version of a three hour political/entertainment show they do about 4 times a week, even though it's streaming for free. You also get a small amount of content that's unavailable to nonmembers. They offer more expensive "memberships" if you want to donate more to the effort. $10/month seems like a lot to me, but they use the same angle as public radio trying to get committed listeners to feel guilty about free-riding. Don't know if this is feasible for bloggingheads, but maybe. I think Bob himself will have to become a more prolific contributor if he hopes to do a system like that.

TwinSwords
02-01-2010, 02:53 PM
I know 'the young turks' charges $10/month for a downlaodable version of a three hour political/entertainment show they do about 4 times a week, even though it's streaming for free. You also get a small amount of content that's unavailable to nonmembers. They offer more expensive "memberships" if you want to donate more to the effort. $10/month seems like a lot to me, but they use the same angle as public radio trying to get committed listeners to feel guilty about free-riding. Don't know if this is feasible for bloggingheads, but maybe. I think Bob himself will have to become a more prolific contributor if he hopes to do a system like that.

I'm betting that The Young Turks make a small fortune from YouTube Partnership revenue. Considering TYT's volume of traffic, it would not surprise me if they were making $20,000 per month via YouTube. I of course have no firm idea, but I know of other YouTube partners who make that amount of money and don't have as many page views as TYTs do.

If this is true, there's no reason to feel like it's necessary to "support" TYT with contributions, any more than you'd write a check to support Wal-Mart. But, unfortunately, I don't know if it's true.

bjkeefe
02-02-2010, 04:10 PM
A brilliant short post (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2010/01/on-significance-of-jd-salinger-and.html) by SEK over at LGM.

And how about that line from the man himself?

TwinSwords
02-05-2010, 04:57 AM
A short reading from Zinn's A People's History of American Empire.

Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arn3lF5XSUg&feature=player_embedded#)

by Howard Zinn
Narrated by Viggo Mortensen
Art by Mike Konopacki
Video editing by Eric Wold