Monday, February 25, 2013

Seattle Times

This week I read the announcement by the senior editor of the Seattle Times, available here to switch to subscription for their digital format (Website) newspaper. Ok, it's not only the trend but fair and good business. I couldn't agree more with this decision.

If folks don't know many newspapers now charge for Web access to their full digital format newspapers, started by the Wall Street Journal and picked up shortly afterward by other major newspapers and many smaller ones.

I subscribe to the New York Times digital service but not for their Website, for the Time Reader service which is different. It uses Adobe Air to deliver you the current daily newspaper with additional features over the print version along with a previous week of newspapers.

This is far better than any Website access because it's a separate reader and doesn't require continuous Internet connection except for the links in the articles. You download it and you're ready to read. You only download additional days if you want to read them. The whole paper is there in the Reader application.

This is what other newspapers should do as it's digital delivery than the reader has to access the Website, log into it, and then browser through the Web pages, which as anyone knows who read on-line newspapers, they suck.

Yes, they suck. They're bloated with the whole show up front you have to sort through to find the sections and articles you want to read than designed as a newspaper people like to read, eg. NY Times Reader.

While some of them offer the fascimile of today's newspaper, eg. Washington Post, it's hard to find what's new today and to browse sections like a print newspapers. I do read the Washington Post Website version but now only go to individual sections for what appears to be the latest.

That's because like all the major newspapers Websites, even the Washington Post is cluttered, distracting and confusing to readers. Why haven't they learned to make them easier to browse, find and read? I don't know but they're missing a customer base.

Anyway, for now I'll stick with the Sunday print edition of the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times. Now if they had a reader service with the Website, then I'll be interested in them as I would if the Washington Post did likewise.

That said, it's their loss.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The New Republicans

New! The new Republicans. Macro Rubio. The old republican values and message in new, young, minority republican. What's different? Nothing. It's just the same old political ingredients with a new label. Nothing's changed, just the messenger, just a younger version of the old white guys running the Republican party.

Fox News

The definition of Fox News: A political television network which trashes good people for profit and tells lies about anything for money, all in the name of and for the Republican party. A political television network where the people have no morals, no values, and no sense of human decency. A political televsion network which doesn't care about America, Americans and our democratic republic. A political televison network which spouts nothing but hate. All for money and profit for the Republican party.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


To MSNBC and your near constant reporting of the Dorner manhunt in Big Bear Lake area in California. STOP already. You keep showing the same news footage and repeating the same story, over and over and over again. I finally turned of the sound and went about my work.

The only things that matters now is when there is real news of about the manhunt and then I'll listen, maybe, but likely not since I'm full of this guy you're turning into a cult hero for those who hate the police and government. That's all you're doing, not informing, just helping the wrong people.

Your editorial frequently criticize the media for harping on the wrong stories and helping the wrong people, and you're doing exactly what you criticize, so why don't you see it and stop doing and get on with the other news. You can cut back when there's something new or different with the manhunt, preferably Mr. Dorner is dead.

I'm waiting for the State of the Union address, not your continual telling the same story about this manhunt. I'll turn the sound back on when you get to the President's speech.