jeudi 31 janvier 2013
""House of Cards," new political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, is coming to Netflix on Friday, POLITICO’s Kevin Cirilli reports:
Spacey stars as the fictional House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (D-S.C.), who is passed over for becoming secretary of state, which he was ensured he was a shoo-in for. The premise is set: Underwood wants revenge.
Spacey’s character often speaks to the viewer. It’s a device that not only gives viewers a seat at politicos’ backroom poker tables — they’re holding the cards with him, complicit in his ruthless, cutthroat schemes.
“It feels kind of delicious to bring your audience in as co-conspirators,” Spacey said.
So who’d they use as inspiration? [Screenwriter Beau] Willimon said Spacey’s character is based on several prominent politicians.
“He’s a ruthless politician, the ilk of Richard III and LBJ. A little bit of Dick Cheney, all sort of wrapped into one,” Willimon said. “Maybe a little Hannibal Lecter, too. He’s just this deliciously semi-sociopathic guy who — with his equally ambitious wife, Claire, played by Robin Wright — is going to stop at nothing to climb his way up the ladder.”
"“The world has changed,” said Angelique Krembs, vice president for marketing for the Pepsi trademark at PepsiCo Beverages. “The conversation used to happen after the game. Now, enabled by social media, there’s a lot of conversation before the game about what’s coming up, and we want to be the most talked-about brand in that conversation.”
The willingness of consumers to watch ads on social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — and to discuss and share them with friends and family — is rewriting the Super Bowl playbook for Madison Avenue. Marketers and agencies are deciding that it’s better to give up the benefits of surprising viewers during the game in favor of gaining additional attention before."
Un exemple de critiques: "To be sure, priming the pump before a Super Bowl spot runs does not guarantee success.
“Pre-announcements can build up hype, but if the ad isn’t seen as dynamic, innovative or exciting, I don’t think the sneak peeks work,” said George R. Cook, executive professor of marketing and psychology at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. “There may not be so much ‘wow’ or positive bounce.”
Another risk, Professor Cook said, is that “the message can wear out” before the game, lowering the return on the large investment in a Super Bowl campaign. CBS, which is broadcasting Super Bowl XLVII, is charging an estimated $3.7 million to $3.8 million for 30 seconds of commercial time, with some going for $4 million.
Opening the kimono before Super Bowl Sunday may also backfire if consumers dislike what they see. For instance, Volkswagen of America has been fending off negative responses to its Super Bowl ad since previews began online on Monday."
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mercredi 30 janvier 2013
"Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par with (or higher than) intense support.
Obama’s inaugural address earned fewer positive marks and appears to have served mainly as a pep rally, with raving reviews from supporters and plenty of yawns from his opponents. While the speech drew twice as many cheers as jeers — 51 percent approved while 24 percent disapproved — a quarter of Americans had no opinion on the speech. More than eight in 10 Democrats approved of Obama’s second inaugural, but at least three in 10 Republicans and independents have no reaction at all.
Whatever the reactions to the speech, Obama’s general likability has improved across a variety of constituencies, including a wavering base and the political middle. Obama’s favorable ratings have climbed by double digits since last year among liberals, racial minorities and people under age 40. Among each group, at least two-thirds now see Obama positively.
Difficile de demeurer insensible en écoutant et en regardant le témoignage de Gabby Giffords.... “Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you,”. Giffords a fait de remarquables depuis la blessure à la tête subie en 2011 lorsqu'un détraqué a ouvert le feu dans la foule lors d'une rencontre politique.
"The Z10 and the BlackBerry 10 operating system that powers it are rock-solid, and at times innovative. RIM is caught in the impossible position, though, of having to outpace its rivals on innovation without alienating its very, very, very loyal audience of existing users.
This keyboard-less phone needs to both please CrackBerry addicts and inspire lust and envy from Android, Apple iOS and Windows Phone users. That's a very high bar it doesn't quite clear. There are several great ideas on display here, but everything still feels a generation behind.
mardi 29 janvier 2013
lundi 28 janvier 2013
"President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showered each other with praise in a joint interview broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday night. Obama said at the outset of the interview that he wanted to sit down with Clinton to publicly thank her for her role at the State Department.
"I think everybody understands that Hillary's been, you know, one of the most important advisers that I've had on a whole range of issues," Obama said. "Hillary's capacity to travel around the world, to lay the groundwork for a new way of doing things, to establish a sense of engagement that, you know, our foreign policy was not going to be defined solely by Iraq, that we were going to be vigilant about terrorism, but we were going to make sure that we deployed all elements of American power, diplomacy, our economic and cultural and social capital, in order to bring about the kinds of international solutions that we wanted to see. I had confidence that Hillary could do that."
Clinton described her relationship with the President as "warm, very close."
"I think there's a sense of understanding that, you know, sometimes doesn't even take words because we have similar views," Clinton added. "We have similar experiences that I think provide a bond that may seem unlikely to some, but has been really at a core of our relationship over the last four years."
dimanche 27 janvier 2013
"There are few certainties in American politics. But you can write it down: If Hillary Clinton wants to be the next nominee of the Democratic Party to be president, the job is hers.
Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Warner, Martin O'Malley and the others in the long list of commander-in-chief wannabes will go about their day jobs for the next couple years, but at the back of their minds will be only one question: Will she or won't she?
Because, as the most popular politician in America -- who also happens to be married to America's most popular ex-president and who has in place a nationwide network of donors, campaign staffers and committed supporters -- Clinton has the power to keep potential rivals from raising money or gaining political traction simply by saying, "I haven't decided what my plans are." She's in control.
vendredi 25 janvier 2013
"A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," the bill says.
Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison."
"This is not only the first joint interview for Obama and Clinton, but it is also the first sit-down television interview that Obama has given with anyone other than first lady Michelle Obama, officials said Earlier this week, Clinton testified to members of Congress about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks at U.S. posts overseas, including the one in Benghazi, Libya, where ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is set to replace Clinton, who has maintained that she intended to step down after Obama’s first term.
"After rejecting Diderot for panthéonisation 100 years ago because of his atheism, the French now seem ready to bestow upon their countryman the high honor he has long deserved. No doubt Diderot himself would have been pleased. “Posterity is for the philosopher what the next world is for the man of religion,” he once wrote. But we all might take pride as well — because if Diderot is, at long last, welcomed into the Panthéon, it will be a collective acknowledgment that part of what makes an artist great is having the courage to provoke and challenge.
The message ought to resonate on this side of the Atlantic, too. While it’s sometimes easy for Americans to forget, thumbing one’s nose at the establishment has been central to our own cultural and political traditions since, well, Diderot’s time. After all, that’s how we became Americans in the first place.
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"The lawyer, Ben Emmerson, special investigator for the United Nations Human Rights Council, said at a news conference that the nine-month study would look at “drone strikes and other forms of remotely targeted killing,” including a wide array of so-called standoff weapons used in modern warfare, like ground-launched missiles and similar weapons fired from manned aircraft.
The immediate focus, Mr. Emmerson said in an interview, would be on 25 selected drone strikes that had been conducted in recent years in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and the Palestinian territories. That put the panel’s spotlight on the United States, Britain and Israel, the nations that have conducted drone attacks in those areas, but Mr. Emmerson said the inquiry would not be singling out the United States or any other countries.
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jeudi 24 janvier 2013
Doit-on vraiment s'offusquer? je ne crois pas et la question ne mérite certainement pas tout l'intérêt qu'on lui accorde. Voici une opinion qui résume bien ma pensée:
"It's not that I'm unsympathetic to those who wanted to experience Beyonce singing live. There's truly no substitute for live performances. (Although on nights when I'm tired, I wish I could lip-sync some of my jokes to a prerecorded track, but alas, that's not allowed in my field -- yet.) And true, Kelly Clarkson sang a great version of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" live at the inauguration.
However, to those outraged by the thought of Beyonce's possible lip-syncing, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, there's no dispute that was Beyonce's voice we heard. This isn't a Milli Vanilli type scandal where a singer lip-synced to songs actually sung by others.
Secondly, performing to prerecorded tracks has been done at previous presidential inaugurals as well as at other big outdoor events because of audio concerns posed by weather conditions or technical issues.
Indeed, at President Obama's 2009 inauguration, music legend Yo-Yo Ma mimicked playing his cello to a prerecorded track because the frigid weather would have made it too difficult to play live in tune.
And at the 2012 Olympic games in London, the majority of musical performances in the opening and closing ceremonies were performed to prerecorded tracks, including ones by iconic bands like The Who and the Rolling Stones, because of acoustic issues with the outdoor venue. (Audience members were told well in advance that some songs would not be performed live.) Obviously, this is not an uncommon practice in special situations.
""I've been away long enough now to spend time with the family and I think the situation is right," said Martinez. "I think they need people like me that could probably relate to the players, relate to the office, have a good communication and interest that they need right now. I think the players somehow still see me a little bit like a player. They can actually communicate with me. I'm also a veteran, a real old veteran. I think I can probably offer some advice to some of them about how to handle different situations."
Full of that familiar enthusiasm Red Sox fans came to love over the years, Martinez said Thursday he looks forward to throwing on uniform No. 45 -- which hasn't been worn by any Red Sox player since his departure -- during Spring Training, and whenever else his services might be needed.
"Of course," said Martinez. "I miss the field myself. I'm going to be in the field, and once I get to the field, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get involved and get going. I like the field. I like feeling the heat of the sun and sweating in the field. Hopefully some of the knowledge I have, I'll be able to communicate with someone, and have someone take advantage of it.""
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mercredi 23 janvier 2013
"An inaugural official told reporters that "at least" 1 million people were on the National Mall for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.
If the figure is accurate, a crowd of around 1 million would put attendance at about 55 percent of the 2009 crowd. The city of Washington, D.C., estimated that 1.8 million people packed the Mall last time to watch Obama get sworn in for his first term.
Washington, D.C.'s, Metro system reported that ridership was about 63 percent of 2009's record-shattering Inauguration Day.
Still, a turnout of around 1 million would still put Obama's second inaugural in the top tier of Inauguration Day celebrations in terms of attendance.
The move will be one of the last significant policy decisions made by Panetta, who is expected to leave in mid-February. It is not clear where former Sen. Chuck Hagel, the nominated replacement, stands, but officials say he has been apprised of Panetta's coming announcement.
“It will take awhile to work out the mechanics in some cases. We expect some jobs to open quickly, by the end of this year. Others, like Special Operations Forces and Infantry, may take longer,” a senior defense official explains. Panetta is setting the goal of January 2016 for all assessments to be complete and women integrated as much as possible.
The Pentagon has left itself some wiggle room, however, which may ultimately lead to some jobs being designated as “closed” to women. A senior Defense official says if, after the assessment, a branch finds that “a specific job or unit should not be open, they can go back to the secretary and ask for an exemption to the policy, to designate the job or unit as closed.”
The official says the goal remains to open as many as possible. “We should open all specialties to the maximum extent possible to women. We know they can do it.”
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