Thursday, December 22, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #83

After finding out about Lillian Beaudoin the other night, it was fantastic to learn later that Meggie Nidever got accepted to Williams! That's two of ITM fine senior actresses on their way now. Waiting to hear about Whitney's choice and maybe some others.

More on the editing foibles of MSM outlets. Just little things that irk me you understand . . .

Checks this out in The New York Times for example (and keep checking to see if it gets changed):

December 22, 2005
Jury Awards $207 Million to Walmart Workers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Filed at 6:02 p.m. ET

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A California jury on Thursday awarded $172 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who claimed they were illegally denied lunch breaks.

The world's largest retailer was ordered to pay $57 million in general damages and $115 million in punitive damages to about 116,000 current and former California employees for violating a 2001 state law that requires employers to give 30-minute, unpaid lunch breaks to employees who work at least six hours.

The damages were originally tallied as $207 million after a court clerk misread the punitive damages as $150 million. The amount of punitive damages was later clarified.

My emphasis there. How can you change a story like that and not fix the headline? Or even just read the lead and get the head wrong? Um-mm.

And yesterday on MSNBC was a picture of a part of the crashed Florida seaplane being lifted from the channel by a crane. It was labelled the "fuselage" when it was plainly obvious it was the wing. Now, whether that was via someone ignorant of the meaning of fuselage, or was a sloppy misidentification, it was still pretty ridiculous.

After gaining a measure of redemption when a judge slaps ID upside the head, and the Senate shoves Alaskan drilling down a porthole, then comes reversal of fortune news on the re-upping of the disgraceful Patriot Act. The country is still a better place this week 2-1, but there appears to be no stopping this disgusting administration in its efforts to wreck the country we fought so hard for. Shame, shame.

I've moved a number of articles to the archives to clear up the passages for a slew of movie reviews i've been working on for a month. Hopefully a few days vacation will allow me to finish a bunch of these up and to post them here and at milkriverreviews.

Also archived is today's New York Times editorial on the Dover decision, and a look at dancers going to college to open up career choices.

Soccer News:
Arena calls camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2005) USSF - U.S. Men's National Team manager Bruce Arena has named 30 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for a series of friendlies to take place in January and February.

The U.S. will open 2006 action against Canada on Jan. 22 in San Diego (5 p.m. PT), then host Norway on Jan. 29 at The Home Depot Center (2 p.m. PT, ESPN2). The U.S. will play Japan for only the second time in history when they meet at SBC Park on Feb. 10 in San Francisco. The USA's first match in the city in 26 years kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

"We eagerly look forward to seeing our domestic players," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "We want to do the best job we can of making the roster as competitive as possible over the next six months so we can position our team to be successful in the World Cup. We view this camp and the games in January and February as critical towards our preparation for Germany."

2005 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year finalist Landon Donovan headlines the group that has 29 of 30 players based in MLS. Donovan was the U.S. leader in scoring in 2005, setting a career high for assists (6) while notching an equal number of goals. With 73 international appearances, he is also the most capped player on the roster alongside Real Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope. Pope and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk are the only two players in the group who have played in two World Cups.

The two MLS Cup finalists contribute the most players, with league champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution sending five men apiece. In addition to Donovan, defender Chris Albright returns to the fold after making seven appearances in 2005, the most of his international career. Meantime, the Revolution send their regular quartet of attacking players, led by midfielder Steve Ralston. The 31-year old tied Donovan for most appearances for the USA (15) while collecting three assists, good for third best on the U.S. list.

FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson returns to the fold after missing five months of action with a toe injury. Johnson, who had three goals and one assist in six games played in '05, became the first player in MNT history to score in his first four games when he scored the opening goal in the USA's 2-1 qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 9 in Port of Spain. FC Nordsjælland defender Heath Pearce who made his debut for the senior team in the 1-1 draw against Scotland on Nov. 12 in Glasgow, is the only European-based player on the roster and is available because the Danish Super League is shut down for the winter break.

Arena has called four goalkeepers into camp, including both starters from MLS Cup '05 in Kevin Hartman and Matt Reis. Brad Guzan becomes the first player called from Chivas USA to a U.S. camp, and is one of five players making their debut. Freddy Adu, Todd Dunivant, Ugo Ihemelu and Nate Jaqua round out the rookie class.

The U.S. will play two friendlies in March, including a visit to three-time World Cup champions Germany. The 2002 FIFA World Cup runners up will host the U.S. on March 22, 2006, in Dortmund, Germany, one off 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer. Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (2 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN.

The USA was drawn into Group E for the 2006 FIFA World Cup along with the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Italy. The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen at 12 p.m. ET. Five days later, the USA faces Italy in Kaiserslautern, and then finishes off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament.

U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp Roster
January 2006 - Cason, Calif.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Reis (New England Revolution), Jonny Walker (Columbus Crew)

Defenders: Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles Galaxy), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Eddie Pope (Real Salt Lake)

Midfielders: Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Ben Olsen (D.C. United), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)

Forwards: Brian Ching (Houston MLS), Nate Jaqua (Chicago Fire), Eddie Johnson (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards)

US Still 8th in FIFA World Rankings
ZURICH, Switzerland (Dec. 19, 2005) AP - Brazil was named the world's best team for the fourth straight year. FIFA's top-ranked team for all of 2005 won the Confederations Cup in June and topped the South American qualifying group for next year's World Cup. The five-time world champions are strong favorites to win the World Cup again in Germany.

Brazil was 10-4-2 this year, losing only to Argentina and Mexico. Three weeks after losing to Argentina in a qualifying match, Brazil beat its South American rival 4-1 in the Confederations Cup final.

The Czech Republic finished the year ranked second, followed by the Netherlands, Argentina and Mexico. Spain, France, the United States, England and Portugal rounded out the top 10.

Ghana, qualifying for their first World Cup, was named ``best mover' after moving up 27 places from its January ranking to finish the year ranked No. 50.

FIFA will present the team awards alongside the prizes for the world's best male and female players at a gala ceremony later Monday in Zurich.

Rankings as of December 19, 2005
Rank Team Points
1 Brazil 840
2 Czech Republic 796
3 Holland 791
4 Argentina 772
5 Mexico 768
5 Spain 768
5 France 768
8 United States 767
9 England 757
10 Portugal 754
11 Turkey 748
12 Italy 741
13 Denmark 733
14 Sweden 732
15 Japan 715
16 Germany 708
16 Greece 708
18 Uruguay 706
19 Iran 703
20 Croatia 701

Football, Futbol, Calcio: World XI
By Ken Pendleton
EUGENE, OR (Dec. 20, 2005) USSoccerPlayers - Since winter break and the end of the year are at hand, I thought it might be fun to pick an All-World team. This should give us something to argue about during the holiday season. [His complete article with justifications is here.]

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Right fullback - Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus)
Left fullback - Carlos Puyol (Barcelona)
Centerback - Lucio (Bayern Munich)
Centerback - John Terry (Chelsea)
Holding midfielder - Claude Makelele (Chelsea)
Utility midfielder - Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Attacking midfielder - Kaka (AC Milan)
Creative midfielder - Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
Forward - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Forward - Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

The second Carnival of the Liberals (already!?) is up here at neural gourmet.

Stumbled across this familial tidbit this week. All old information, but kind of assembled in a new way i think.

Here's a cool site where you can sorta follow the paths taken by satellite-radio-collared Pygmy Elephants in Borneo.

Google preening in the 2005 mirror.

All the things you really didn't want to know via satellite imagery.

Where i was, standing alone, in a thunderstorm on September 12, 2005.

I've seen some cool things over at Blog d'Elisson over time -- here's another.

Thanks to Clicked, U.S. Soccer, U.S. National Team Player's Association, and The Modulator.

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