+ You can always count on the financial press to warn you about impending problems right after they happen. Luckily, some reporters are a lot better at piecing together what happened in the recent past. Here's a good blow-by-blow of how things went down (all the way down) at SVB. NYT (Gift Article): Inside the Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. "In the confident, almost bombastic, style that was his signature, Mr. Becker told the audience of investors, Wall Street analysts and technology executives that Tuesday afternoon that the future of the tech industry was sparkling — and so was Silicon Valley Bank's place within it. What he didn't say was that, roughly a week earlier, the rating agency Moody's had called to tell Mr. Becker that his bank's financial health was in jeopardy, and its bonds were in danger of being downgraded to junk."
+ "The bank's demise had come as just as much of a surprise to the White House as it did to the public, triggering a weekend sprint to contain the fallout that spanned several agencies and all hours of the day and night." Politico: How Biden saved Silicon Valley startups: Inside the 72 hours that transformed U.S. banking.
THE BEST LAID PLANS
Necessity is the mother of invention. But its invention's kids you need to worry about. At least that's the case when it comes to Thomas Midgley Jr, who invented some amazing things. But there's a twist. "Each of these innovations offered a brilliant solution to an urgent technological problem of the era: making automobiles more efficient, producing a safer refrigerant. But each turned out to have deadly secondary effects on a global scale. Indeed, there may be no other single person in history who did as much damage to human health and the planet, all with the best of intentions as an inventor." The always excellent Steven Johnson in the NYT Mag (Gift Article): The Brilliant Inventor Who Made Two of History's Biggest Mistakes. (These kinds of outcomes are one of many reasons I've avoided brilliance.)
"While the antiabortion group challenging the drug acknowledged there is no precedent for a court to order the suspension of a long-approved medication, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk seemed open to the argument that mifepristone had not been properly vetted — claims the Food and Drug Administration and leading health organizations strongly contest." WaPo: Texas judge presses lawyers on FDA approval of key abortion drug. (This is an antiabortion, Trump-appointed judge in Texas. If you don't know how this case is gonna go, I've got a bank in Silicon Valley I'd like to sell you.)
Having the Lunchies: "The bento-like box of crackers, deli meats and other snacks has been available in grocery stores since 1988, but will start to be offered in school cafeterias this autumn. The product will be reformulated to offer two options that comply with school nutritional guidelines." Why Lunchables are making a comeback for school lunch. (Maybe my Bionic Man lunchbox will be back in vogue.)
+ Nervous Wreckage: "Russia said it will try to retrieve the wreckage of the US drone downed over the Black Sea on Tuesday. The US said earlier that it was taking measures to ensure the drone won't fall into the wrong hands but admitted it may never be recovered." Here's the latest updates on the latest US/Russia conflict.
+ To Bloom it Make Concern: "Sargassum, a naturally occurring type of macroalgae, has grown at an alarming rate this winter. The belt stretches across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula and is as much as 200 to 300 miles wide." Big, stinky blob of takes aim at Florida. (Oddly, some people think it should run for president.)
+ 400 Error: "An investigation launched by the brother of one of the victims also found that Holmes' car was likely misidentified at the time and that key differences between his Oldsmobile and the one used by the robbers were overlooked." A man who served more than three decades of a 400-year prison sentence for armed robbery charges was freed Monday after being exonerated. From the verdict to the sentence, crazy.
BOTTOM OF THE NEWS
Republican Tennessee Lt. Gov. (feeling a little) Randy McNally (backer of Tennesse anti-drag and anti-LGBTQ legislation), "announced he would be pausing his social media use on Monday after posting complimentary comments on the Instagram posts of a scantily clad queer man. McNally's account repeatedly commented on various racy pictures, saying 'Finn, you can turn a rainy day into rainbows and sunshine,' 'Super look Finn,' and 'way to go Finn!!! You light up the world!!'" Now, McNally has announced he will be pausing his social media use. No, no, no. You need to pause your stupid, hate laws and just go back to letting Finn light up your world.
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Entertainment blogging is a type of online content creation that focuses on providing readers with news, reviews, and commentary on various forms of entertainment, such as movies, music, television shows, and celebrity gossip. Entertainment blogging is a popular form of online media that has gained significant traction over the years, and it has become an essential part of the entertainment industry.
In this article, we will explore the world of entertainment blogging, its history, its impact, and its future.
History of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging began to gain popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the rise of blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress. At that time, most entertainment news was only available in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, and television shows.
However, with the emergence of the internet, bloggers saw an opportunity to provide a new type of entertainment news that was more accessible and up-to-date. Early entertainment bloggers were mostly enthusiasts who wrote about their favorite movies, music, and celebrities as a hobby.
As blogging became more popular, some bloggers started to monetize their sites through advertising and sponsorships, paving the way for a new generation of professional entertainment bloggers.
Impact of Entertainment Blogging
Entertainment blogging has had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. It has provided a new platform for artists and celebrities to promote their work, interact with fans, and build their brand. In some cases, bloggers have helped to launch the careers of new artists and actors by providing exposure to a wider audience.
Entertainment bloggers have also played a role in shaping public opinion about movies, music, and television shows. Their reviews and commentary can influence whether people choose to watch a particular film or listen to a new album. Bloggers have also been known to call out problematic behavior by celebrities and hold them accountable for their actions.
The rise of social media has further amplified the impact of entertainment blogging. Bloggers can now share their content across multiple platforms and engage with their followers in real-time. This has created a more intimate relationship between bloggers and their audience, making it easier for fans to discover new content and interact with their favorite bloggers.
Types of Entertainment Blogging
There are several types of entertainment blogging, each with its own focus and style.
Celebrity Gossip: This type of entertainment blogging focuses on the personal lives of celebrities, including their relationships, scandals, and fashion choices.
Movie Reviews: Bloggers who specialize in movie reviews provide in-depth analysis of films, including their plot, cinematography, and performances.
Music News: This type of blogging covers the latest music releases, concerts, and music industry news.
Television Reviews: Bloggers who write about television shows provide commentary on the latest episodes, analyze the plot, and provide their opinions on the show's quality.
Pop Culture Commentary: This type of entertainment blogging covers a wide range of topics related to popular culture, including fashion, trends, and social issues.
Tips for Starting an Entertainment Blog
If you're interested in starting an entertainment blog, here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose Your Niche: Before you start blogging, it's essential to decide on your niche. Determine which type of entertainment you're most passionate about and focus on that niche.
Create High-Quality Content: To build a successful blog, you need to create high-quality content that provides value to your readers. Focus on providing unique insights and opinions that aren't available elsewhere.
Be Consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to blogging. Develop a schedule and stick to it. This will help you build a loyal audience and increase your traffic over time.
News is a term that refers to current events and happenings that are of interest to the public. It can include stories about politics, entertainment, science, technology, and more. The news is typically delivered through various media, including newspapers, television, radio, and the internet.
One of the key purposes of news is to inform the public about events that are happening locally, nationally, and internationally. It is important for people to stay informed about what is going on in the world around them so that they can make informed decisions and participate in their communities. News can also help people understand the causes and effects of events and how they may be impacted by them.
Another purpose of news is to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Journalists investigate and report on stories that uncover wrongdoing or corruption in government, businesses, or other organizations. This can help prevent abuses of power and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
News can also serve as a watchdog for society by highlighting issues that may not otherwise receive attention. For example, investigative journalism can uncover social injustices or environmental problems that may be overlooked by mainstream media. This type of reporting can raise public awareness and encourage action to address these issues.
In addition to providing information and holding those in power accountable, news can also help to shape public opinion. The way in which stories are reported can influence how people think about issues and events. For example, the way in which a news outlet chooses to frame a story can influence whether readers or viewers are sympathetic to a particular viewpoint.
News can also be used as a tool for propaganda. Governments or organizations may use news outlets to spread their own messages or influence public opinion in their favor. This can be done by selectively reporting certain facts or by presenting information in a biased or misleading way.
The role of news has changed dramatically over time with the advent of new technologies. With the rise of the internet, news can now be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. This has led to the proliferation of fake news, where false information is presented as fact. This has created challenges for journalists and readers alike, as it can be difficult to distinguish between real and fake news.
In response to these challenges, many news organizations have implemented fact-checking processes to ensure the accuracy of their reporting. Additionally, many social media platforms have started to take steps to combat fake news by removing false information and promoting credible sources.
Despite these challenges, the importance of news in informing and shaping public opinion remains. The way in which news is reported and consumed may continue to evolve, but its fundamental role in keeping people informed and holding those in power accountable will remain crucial.
In conclusion, news is an essential component of modern society. It serves to inform the public, hold those in power accountable, and shape public opinion. While the way in which news is delivered and consumed may continue to change, its importance in promoting a well-informed and engaged citizenry remains paramount. It is up to journalists, news organizations, and individuals alike to ensure that news continues to serve its vital role in our democracy.
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