Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.


  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources
Hubble Space Telescope’s main camera stops working
April 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Hubble Space Telescope’s (HST) main camera has ceased to function.

The telescope revolutionized astronomy with its stunning pictures of the universe. It has three separate electronic cameras and a collection of filters and light dispersers that are used to photograph distant celestial objects. The third-generation instrument installed by a space shuttle crew in 2002 went off line Monday. Engineers are still working to rectify the situation, but have not yet identified the source of the problem. The other two cameras are being used while repair efforts on the main camera continue.

“It’s still off line today,” said Max Mutchler, an instruments specialist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

The cause of the main camera’s malfunction may be a faulty transistor or a disruption to the camera’s memory. “Both possibilities are things that can be resolved here on the ground,” said Ed Campion, a NASA spokesman at the Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington, D.C. He also told the Associated Press Saturday that “he was hopeful the problem on the space-based telescope could be fixed from the ground.”

A solution could come as early as June 30.

NASA scientists say the studies being carried out with the Hubble will not be harmed, just the order reshuffled.

Hubble, launched in April 1990, is beginning to show its age. It needs new batteries and gyroscopes if it is to keep working beyond next year.

Early last year it was announced that Hubble would be cut from NASA’s 2006 fiscal year budget. However, there have been questions about the future of Hubble, with the famous space telescope in need of service and power if it is to continue to be active in 2007.

Gaza looters destroy Palestine Authority property
April 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Frenzied destruction of empty Jewish settlements in Gaza by Palestinian looters have marred plans for exploiting those facilities to create much needed jobs for the area.

Greenhouses in Gaza have been partly destroyed as crucial equipment was stripped by the Palestinians. Looters took everything from water pumps, plastic sheets, tubing and equipment. This makes at least one third of the hothouses at least temporarily unusable to feed the families of Gaza and for potential export to Israel.

The facilities were purchased by a group of Jewish-American donors and given to the Palestinian government to encourage economic development. It was initially anticipated over four thousand Palestinians could be given work at the greenhouses, however all offers have been suspended prior to the damage being assessed and repairs arranged.

What Is Low Platelet Count? Symptoms, Causes And Treatment Options

April 21, 2018 · Supplements · (No comments)

By Laura H Jean

You may have symptoms of Low Platelet Count and not yet realize what is going on or what is behind it. If you are unknowingly suffering from this condition it is important to learn the facts to get treatment as soon as possible.

What Are Platelets:

Platelets are the cells in your blood stream that promote clotting. They need to exist in large numbers and if these fall below a certain level (the accepted range for blood platelets is around 150,000 to 450,000) than clotting time becomes longer and this can cause all kinds of health issues.

The obvious risks are during times of injury or trauma, but there are also unseen risks were excessive bleeding can become a serious issue. Our bodies are amazing. Bone marrow is responsible for platelet production and platelets last around 7-10 days before they need to be replaced with new ones.

Symptoms Of Low Platelets:

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Every day activities may have to be curtailed because of having low platelets. Bleeding gums is a common sign and this causes brushing one’s teeth to become a challenge. Unstoppable bleeding from minor cuts, abnormal menstrual flow, blood in stool or urine, unexplained bruising or tiny spots on the skin are all symptoms pointing to the problem of not having enough platelets.

Possible Causes:

So you are asking “what causes low platelet count in the first place?” There are many know factors that can cause or at least contribute to this blood disorder.

* Side effects from medications for treating other illnesses can be a destruction of platelets faster than the body can produce them, even Asprin can upset production causing the blood to thin and platelet levels to drop.

* Leukemia and autoimmune disorders can result in lower counts. The spleen is responsible to remove old platelets from the blood stream but can be responsible for removing them to early, faster than the bone marrow can produce them. This can be a consequence of an autoimmune disorder. Many time doctors recommend spleen removal to correct this.

* Often the platelet balance is upset or damaged by things we eat or don’t eat or even our life style. Nutritional deficiencies, smoking, excessive drinking and food allergies to name a few. Many times counts can be greatly improved by eliminating the day to day factors and improving one’s life style.

Low platelet count can be a manifestation of any of the above or a combination of them.

Treatment Options:

The first and most important thing if you suspect Low Platelet Count is to see a doctor. I know this seems obvious but you would be surprised how many people stall this off out of fear or just not taking things seriously enough. The tests and advice received all contribute to making an informed decision in treatment methods.

By seeing a doctor as early as possible you will give yourself a larger window to try more non-invasive treatments to turn things around instead of waiting until things are in emergency status and powerful drugs or surgery are your only options.

Don’t under estimate the value of natural treatment methods. These can go a long way in helping avoid the more drastic medical procedures and can even assist you to wean off of prescription medications if you are all ready taking them.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive
April 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

Bush reacts to the Iraq Study Report

Bush reacts to the Iraq Study Report
April 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Friday, December 8, 2006

When introducing the Iraq Study Group Report to a Senate Committee, former Secretary of State James Baker emphasized that all the 79 recommendations in the report complemented each other and had to be taken together. This was not a “fruit salad” from which one could pick and choose. Despite this, President Bush is giving indications that he is going to do just that. While agreeing that the Report had some good points to make, he said that he had also asked the Pentagon, the State Department and other government agencies to reflect on the Iraq situation and report their conclusions to him.

The report proposes progressive changes to the role of the troops deployed in Iraq, from combat to the training of Iraqi forces and the withdrawal of all combat troops by early 2008, depending on local conditions. The President made it clear that matters concerning the deployment of troops were for the military to determine. A change of strategy is expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

Bush has said that he will not talk with Syria or Iran unless they meet certain conditions. Syria would have to “stop destabilizing” the government of the Lebanon. Iran must “verifiably suspend their nuclear enrichment program.” In declaring these conditions, Bush and Tony Blair, prime movers in the invasion of Iraq, are in agreement.

Tony Blair reflected that the report’s recommendations that settling the Arab/Israeli disputes in the area should be given priority. He has said that the key to solving the problems in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere lay in settling the two-state disputes in Palestine. He announced that he would be visiting the region shortly. He would bring his experience in Northern Ireland to bear on the problem, indicating that persistence was needed to achieve reconciliation. President Bush said he supported this initiative.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, flatly rejected the notion that there was any connection between the problems in Palestine and the situation in Iraq. He stated that the time may not be right for Israel to be negotiating with Syria and he reiterated Israel’s absolute opposition to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Robert Gates, the new candidate US Secretary of Defense, asserted that Iran is surrounded by nuclear powers, including Israel. Shimon Peres, Israel’s deputy prime minister, refused to affirm or deny whether Israel had a nuclear weapons capability, saying that such uncertainty was a defense in itself.

US: Law enforcement in San Bruno, California, identify YouTube shooter and her history

US: Law enforcement in San Bruno, California, identify YouTube shooter and her history
April 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, authorities in the United States city of San Bruno, California have identified Nasim Aghdam as the shooter at YouTube’s headquarters wounding three individuals before a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting occurred Tuesday with Aghdam, dressed in a white shirt, transversing the light security style campus to an outdoor eating courtyard opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun. The victims included a 36-year-old male listed as critical, a 32-year-old female listed as serious, and a 27-year-old list as fair condition. A fourth person was injured from a non-shooting related incident. All were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.

Aghdamn, according to witnesses, initiated the attack at 12:45 pm PST (1945 UTC). San Bruno Police arrived at YouTube’s headquarters at 12:48 pm PST (1948 UTC) and began searching for the shooter. YouTube employees have said there were upwards of twenty shots fired. Employees began sheltering in placed and made numerous 911 calls within minutes.

In 2009, Aghbam was quoted at US Marine Corps Camp Pendleton during a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protest saying, “For me, animal rights equal human rights.” The small protest was over the use of pigs as training tools for medical preparation.

According to individuals interviewed by KGO News, no one in the facility knew Aghdam. Her personal website mentions that she has many YouTube accounts and noticed a large decrease in viewers and traffic to the videos that she posted online using YouTube. She claims that her work was censored and “suppressed” by YouTube.

She writes: “There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos.” According YouTube’s advertising policy smaller channels based on viewership would receive reduced advertising payments. Many of Aghdam’s smaller channels may have been affected by this policy. Investigators have yet to definitively declare Aghdam’s motive.

A number of misleading and fictional reports, referred to as fake news, proliferated the hours following the shooting. In one case, a fraudster took control of a legitimate Twitter account belonging to YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik, who had already made some authentic posts about the event and began adding false posts peppered with homophobic language claiming that someone had gone missing. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey personally participated in efforts to remove this and other false Tweets. Other hoaxes included claims that the shooter was Buzzfeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko or comedian Sam Hyde.


Should You Invest In Better Home &Amp; Office Siding In Greeley Co

April 20, 2018 · Cars · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

Houses and quite a few business premises in Greeley tend to follow the American trend and be built using a frame construction method where main support columns are in the form of a wood pole with smaller section wooden uprights between the columns. When the verticals are erected and the roof placed on top; you get a house that would be very windy inside because of all the gaps in between the wooden verticals. Doors and windows fill some of the gaps; but, the remainder are filled by panels that are known by the name of “sidings”. A frame building without any Siding In Greeley would be a very drafty place to inhabit.

With A Frame Building; You Have To Invest In Siding

Fortunately, Greeley is not in any major hurricane or tornado belt so the basic Siding In Greeley CO only has to withstand things like the Chinook winds. However, it is important to make sure that your sidings are all draft proofed. Rainproof should be a given for all Siding In Greeley; but, with its hot summers and cold winters (plus big temperature differentials between day and night) the people of Greeley do need to make sure that their sidings are well insulated.

But, Why Not Upgrade Your Investment?

The choice of materials for your house Siding In Greeley CO is quite wide and varied; some (like wood) degrade in a relatively short time period and will leave your building looking somewhat shabby when viewed from the street outside. You have a lot of money already invested in that building; so, why risk lowering its re-sale value simply by not topping up the investment with some new Siding In Greeley CO?

If you do decide to renew your sidings; then you can also make fairly major improvements to the appearance of your building by selecting pre-colored, pre-patterned siding materials; you can even get sidings that are either made from real stone or composites that resemble stone finishes. If the building was originally sided with painted wood and, over the years, the paint has cracked and peeled. Maybe even the wood has warped or is beginning to rot; then replacing all the wood; with longer life, attractive new sidings; will not only make you feel that you have a new building; that investment in new Siding In Greeley CO will also help to improve the value of your property.

Whether replacing or repairing your Siding In Greeley CO; you should contact the Total Remodel Contractor, Inc at for a free estimate.

Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire

Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire
April 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buffalo, New York —A woman in Buffalo, New York in the United States is in critical condition tonight at Sisters Of Charity Hospital after she accidentally set herself on fire.

The unnamed elderly woman was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette, and the oxygen coming from her mask facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

Despite her “severe” burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.

In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

Wikimedia board of trustees announces restructure

Wikimedia board of trustees announces restructure
April 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Wikimedia Board of Trustees recently announced that it would dramatically restructure the makeup of the board. The Board announced that there would now be three seats elected by the Wikimedia community, two seats elected by the Wikimedia chapters, one ‘community founder’ seat appointed by the Trustees, and four ‘specific expertise’ seats, also appointed by the Trustees.

Jan-Bart Vreede, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, gave Wikinews more information about the decision in a short email interview, which was carried out yesterday. Below is the text of the interview:

((Wikinews)) How long was this decision process in the works?

Jan-Bart: We have known that we need to carefully look at the board as a whole for quite a while. We weren’t sure how drastic our steps needed to be. We spend a large amount of time on this during our April board meeting, using the additional insights from our newest board members Michael Snow and Domas Mituzas. It took us a while after that fill in all the details. The election committee has been very patient in waiting for us to complete this process, because they were unable to move forward without us.

((WN)) Why did you chose to have a “community foundation person” position, a position not common among other non profits?

Jan-Bart: There have been and will always be discussions with regards to the position of Jimmy within the board, does he count as a community member or not. Keeping in mind his special role we thought it was best to take this opportunity to make his position clear as well. He does have a special seat which doesn’t go in any of the other categories. His seat is up for re-appointment every year (which Jimmy himself insisted on), the big difference is that if the seat is not taken by him, it is left vacant and the board reverts to 9 members. [Note-Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Founder, is the person who will have the “community foundation” position]

((WN)) How/when will the elections be held for the new open seats?

Jan-Bart: This has been announced by the election committee today. Please note that these are only the community elected seats. The chapters are going to formulate their own process for filling the chapter-selected seats, this may or may not involve elections. [Note: Kwan Ting Chan announced on the Wikinews Water Cooler that candidates may nominate themselves for election between May 8 and May 22, and that the voting will occur between 1 June and 21 June. ]