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Transcript by Newsy**** BY TRACY PFEIFFER You're watching multisource health video news analysis on Newsy**** A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows life expectancy in the United States dropped slightly from 2007 to 2008, but the general consensus -- don’t worry yourself to death over it. Tuscon NBC affiliate KVOA has the story. “Based on statistics from 2008, the CDC says Americans are dying at a slightly younger age. Life expectancy dropped from 77.9 years in 2007 to 77.8 years in 2008.” The difference equates to about a month. A writer for WebMD says it could be cause for concern, but it’s difficult to tell from one year of data. “This isn't the first downtick in U.S. life expectancy -- there have been three others since 1980, the most recent in 2005. It's too soon to say whether the current slight decline is the beginning of a plateau or whether American life span will resume its upward trend.” The CDC report also provides data on life expectancy for various demographics and breaks down leading causes of death in the U.S. Heart disease and cancer held as the two leading causes of death- making up nearly half of all deaths. Stroke fell from the third slot, replaced by chronic respiratory diseases like asthma. (Video: WBFF) A writer for the LA Times explains the shift -- and the fine print behind it. “Better treatments have been leading to a slow decline in deaths from strokes... Meanwhile, deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease have been climbing. ... But the agency cautioned that some of that increase may be due to changes in how the World Health Organization has coded and classified such deaths, so that some deaths due to pneumonia were added into the category.” And the overall dip overshadows gains made in specific populations. A writer for Bloomberg lays out the numbers. “The drop in life expectancy was mostly in the white population, which fell 73 days, while the rate among black women was unchanged at 76.8 years, and rose among black men to an all- time high of 70.2 years. The infant mortality rate fell 2.4 percent to 6.59 deaths for every 1,000 births in 2008.” The CDC’s report is based on death certificates from the National Center for Health Statistics. It includes data from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and other U.S. territories. Get more multisource health video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY NINA MOINI You're watching multisource politics news from Newsy. ANCHOR: “Hundreds more hours of tapes from the Nixon White House are going public today. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library says the tapes were recorded between February and March of 1973...” (HLN) 265 hours of President Nixon’s thoughts are pouring into the public sphere thanks to a secret tape system Nixon installed in the White House. Conversations documenting the former president’s abuse of power were released in the 1990s - but this set of tapes is causing a stir for another reason. BRIAN WILLIAMS: We wanted to share some of what we found starting with this conversation - February 1973 - Nixon and White H House aid Chuck Colson. NIXON: “And the Jews are very aggressive, abrasive, obnoxious personalities - but they’re just able people ...” (NBC Nightly News) Now, it’s not the first time recordings of Nixon have shown antipathy toward Jewish people but as NBC reports, these tapes aren’t offensive to just one group. NIXON: “Virtually every Irish I know gets mean when he drinks. That’s sort of a country trait. The real Irish - they do very stupid things.” And The New York Times focused on Nixon’s feeling toward African Americans. NIXON: “What has to happen is they have be, frankly, inbred. And, you just, that’s the only thing that’s going to do it” In a Wall Street Journal blog, Louise Radnofsky says the tapes reveal that Mr. Nixon ordered his aides to exclude all Jewish-Americans from policy-making on Israel including his then-national security adviser and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Henry Kissinger. “Mr. Kissinger said he does not doubt Mr. Nixon said such a thing, but denied that he was excluded from policy-making discussions on Israel. Though he spoke derogatively of Jews at times, Mr. Nixon was not an anti-Semite, Mr. Kissinger said, pointing to a large numbers of Jews that worked in the White House.” The tapes come from a critical time in Nixon’s presidency — the final months before it was rocked by Watergate. The director of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum says the recordings give us a sneak peak into history. “The richness of the release comes from the many historical topics under discussion... The situations change, but the dilemmas of power remain the same.” (OC Register) Many hours of tapes have yet to be analyzed. Topics include the cease fire in Vietnam, Watergate and the release of American prisoners of war. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY MATTHEW HIBBARD You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. Getting in an accident is painful enough as it is, but a new tax on New York City drivers could bring a new kind of pain to taxpayers’ wallets. In an effort to combat the city’s increasing budget crisis, Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to enact an “accident tax.” WABC breaks down the costs. “$490 for a crash or car fire when someone is hurt, $415 for a car fire without injuries, $365 for a crash without injuries. A spokesperson says quote, ‘Right now if you’re at fault at an accident or a vehicle fire, you get a free ride. And that should not be borne by the taxpayers.’” The fees will cover the cost of responding to emergencies, everything from driving the fire trucks to paying benefits for firefighters. An anchor for New York Fox affiliate WNWY was shocked by the new tax. Reporter 1: “This is making me crazy today.” Reporter 2: “Alright, calm down, it hasn’t happened yet, but set it up.” Reporter 1: “Okay, the FDNY is getting ready to charge you if you’re in an accident and they come to help you.” Reporter 2: “Alright, so you’re in a car crash...” Reporter 1: “What’s next? When you come to your house for a fire you get a bill too?” According to CBS affiliate WFAN, the bill will charge all drivers in the accident regardless of fault. One driver says, it’s this part that makes the least sense. “Why should I be charged for something I didn’t cause? Send the bill to the guy who caused it. It has nothing to do with me.” The New York City Fire Department expects most drivers to pass the bill over to their insurance companies. Uninsured drivers will still have to pay the fees. WABC reports some insurance companies are already saying they won’t cover the extra costs. And a member of the Insurance Information Institute tells the New York Daily News, drivers’ premiums could go up. "If insurers were to start providing coverage for additional accident response services, including police and fire, the cost of auto insurance would be likely to increase.” The new tax could paint a foul image for those serving to protect drivers’ lives. The president of the New York Insurance Association tells The Wall Street Journal, the new fees might deter people away from calling emergencies personal. "Firefighters and policemen who come to a scene of an accident are seen and should be seen as providing relief and service, not there as a fee-generating opportunity for the city. The optics are not good." The policy is expected to raise an estimated $1 million for the year. It’s scheduled to take effect July 1, 2011, though that could change after a public hearing this January. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY STEVEN HSIEH You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy**** “I’m not here to set any great records or make a spectacle. I’m simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have to do a lot better than what this agreement provides.” (C-SPAN) Eight hours later, the gentleman from Vermont would yield the floor. Mr. Bernie Sanders, a self-described-socialist, had only water to keep him going - as he rambled on and on against the proposed tax compromise. Fox News’ Neil Cavuto spoke with Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, who commends Mr. Sanders, but notes the speech won’t have any effect on the tax-cut vote. Cavuto: “But the vote was supposed to come next week anyway, right?” Dorgan: “Well, yeah, there’s a vote scheduled for 3 o’clock on Monday afternoon, on a cloture vote.” Cavuto: “So he would have to go like this til’ 3 o’clock on…” Dorgon: “He’s not going to do that, but look, Bernie Sanders is doing what they do in the Senate. Take the floor, make a statement. He feels passionately about a lot of important issues. Good for him. He has a right to do that.” Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen says Sanders’ speech is a refreshing break from backroom politics. “Just as a citizen, I love the idea that instead of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of stopping things from happening on the floor, that you actually have a senator engaged in a good old, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington filibuster. It warms my heart that real debate is actually trying to take place on the Senate floor.” (CNN) But a writer for The Washington Post says, perhaps in good humor, Sanders’ abrupt stop felt anti-climactic. “I have to say, I feel a little cheated. This is like tuning into a marathon of the Star Wars films just as the second Death Star explodes, except that instead of at least getting to watch the Death Star explode, you have to listen to someone mention six times that your standard of living will be worse than your parents', at the rate things are going.” Finally, the conservative National Review says, though the speech didn’t technically filibuster any legislation, it speaks volumes about another issue: filibuster reform. “Regardless of the merits of Mr. Sanders’ position on the bill, this is my favored brand of filibuster-reform: make Senators actually do it. You’d retain the Senate’s best counter-majoritarian feature but see it reserved only for the most important measures.” When asked why he ended his speech, Senator Sanders replied, - quote – “I’m tired.” Get more multisource video news from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** You're watching multisource sports video news from Newsy. “The roof of the Metrodome, the stadium in Minnesota, has collapsed. You can see it looks deflated there.” (HLN) A monster winter snowstorm blanketed the upper Midwest with heavy snow – with Minneapolis getting the brunt of it. The weight of the snowfall – which totalled over 16 inches – caused the roof of the Metrodome to sink-in. The much-anticipated Giants Vikings game has been moved to Monday night in Detroit. Not only did the roof collapse, but theres a giant hole in the dome as well. ESPN reports this isn’t the first time the Metrodome has had roof problems. Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio explains the situation and how long it might take to get fixed. “It looks like a big bowl of sugar over there. We actually have some pictures up. ... This dome has gone down in the past several times. Sometimes it has taken a couple days to get it back up. It isn’t clear even if they do get it back up how soon they can safely put a crowd underneath it. ... Two roof panels are damaged at this point, its unclear if they have replacements or how long it would take to fix that.” Initially, the game was re-scheduled to Monday as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City. On CNN, a public information officer in Minnesota says the roof collapse actually alleviates many safety concerns officials had. “There were concerns for a number of reasons. The amount of snow we had just people getting around safely. That was one of the concerns we had as a state police agency. From what I heard officials say they did have some concerns – that’s why it was postponed. ... However, I don’t think anyone could have imagined this.” The postponement adds for drama to another significant story line – whether or not aging Vikings quarterback Brett Favre keeps his NFL record streak of 297 consecutive starts alive. Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder, had the game been Sunday he would not have played due to a sprained shoulder. Now with the delay, many analysts believe Favre will start – but not finish the game. Still, a writer for the Daily Norseman thinks it’s the end of the road. “Favre's longevity streak be damned. Whether Favre starts Sunday or not doesn't matter, … The Streak, which is a remarkable achievement, will be over. And it will be newsworthy, but we will move on. Well, ESPN won't. But whatever.” So what do you think? Should the game still be played in Minnesota? And do you think the postponement will help Favre continue his streak? Get more sports video news analysis from Newsy.
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BY BRANDON TWICHELL Transcript by Newsy**** You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. It was a city discovered almost completely intact after being covered by volcanic ash in ancient times. Now Pompeii is in danger of being destroyed again--by rain. Heavy downpours have caused five buildings to collapse in the past year, including the famous “House of the Gladiators”. But the Italian government is also taking a chunk of the blame. We’re covering the collapse with CBS, CNN, Euronews, and The New York Times. A reporter for CBS explains the sad state of Pompeii’s preservation methods. “In Pompeii, budget cuts have reduced workers and maintenance. Some of the structures are propped up by beams or protected by a roof. But of most of Pompeii is exposed to the elements--and to tourists. Over two and a half million people visit Pompeii every year.” A former Pompeii archaeologist tells CNN Pompeii has a history of financial neglect and bad decision-making. "The current state of conservation in Pompeii is mediocre.... The financial resources available for restoration and conservation have always been negligible.... Instead it is preferred to dig, rather than preserve what has already been discovered." The Italian government has fired back, saying Pompeii has always been in a state of decay. Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent tells Euronews- they know what they’re dealing with. “There is a continuous emergency because Pompeii is fragile. We have to realise that it is an ancient town with some problems. We do need to intervene and that is what we are trying to do.” Italian Cultural Minister Sandro Bondi is receiving much of the blame for the recent collapses due to the government’s decision to make cuts to the national arts budget. The New York Times says Bondi has been avoiding large cultural events and ignoring calls for his resignation after the Pompeii collapse. “For his part, Mr. Bondi brushed off the cowardice charge....It was as if his mental health, as opposed to the bankruptcy of Italian leadership in caring for the nation’s priceless heritage, were the point.” So, what do you think? Is the Italian government to blame for Pompeii’s deterioration, or is the ancient city just- ancient? Get more multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.
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BY MALLORY PERRYMAN Transcript by Newsy**** You're watching multisource politics video news analysis from Newsy. Tired of hearing about tax cuts? Apparently your Sunday talk show hosts aren’t. For the fourth week in a row, the tax debate dominated the conversation. But hey- it’s the hottest topic to hit the lame duck since the 2008 bailout debate. Perhaps next week we can move on- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin says, the deal is basically done. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.): “We’re counting votes in the Senate. Harry Reid and I have been on the phone over the weekend. And I can say that we have a good cross section of the Senate Democratic caucus from left to right who are prepared to accept this.” Senior White House advisor David Axelrod says, Democrats got to add a few things to sweeten the deal- but ultimately, the Republicans are getting what they want. David Axelrod (White House Senior Advisor): “We have a framework, we have an agreement, and I don't anticipate that it's going to change greatly. There have been some changes that folks in the House were concerned about...But in the main, I don't see major changes." But major changes are exactly what an infuriated liberal base wants. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) "We passed the resolution in our caucus the other day saying that we would not permit this deal to come to the floor without some changes. How major those changes would have to be for members of our caucus to let it come to the floor, I don't know. I'd certainly hope that there are very major changes in this." (CBS) Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD.): "I think it's quite possible the tax cut extension will be passed, but not with my vote.” (CNN) But others say, the president did what he had to do. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells NBC’s David Gregory, the commander-in-chief needs to stand up for himself. Michael Bloomberg (New York Mayor): “He says ‘Look, this is what I did. This is the best I can do. Suck it up, and let’s get on together. We have a lot of other things we can do together…I’m sure the President would have liked other things but the real world of governing is to do what is possible and everybody getting something and nobody getting 100% of what they want.” And later on Meet the Press, panelist Savannah Guthrie pointed out, if the economy improves, the president could get the tax deal he ultimately wants in 2012. Savannah Guthrie: “The point is, he’s staring at the barrel of a gun. These tax rates are going up in January and he’s not going to take that gamble and that’s why he made this deal...You heard Austan Goolsbee basically make the argument that we think the economy will be in a better position. They are banking everything on that because they think they’ll be able to say, ‘Look, now we can afford to see those tax rates rise on the wealthiest Americans.’” But on CNN’s State of the Union, Representative Jim McDermott says- there is another way to solve the tax puzzle- let Republicans deal with it. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wa.): "They put it in in 2001 all by themselves. They can put it in all by themselves on the fifth of January. There will be no tax increase to the American people, middle class or anyone else. They simply want us to do it so that it becomes Obama’s tax cuts.” Finally, we’ll wrap up this Sunday’s analysis with our running count of who’s considering a 2012 Presidential run. This Sunday, you can count New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg- out. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (New York Mayor): “I’m not going to run for President. I’ve got a great job. I’m going to finish out the 1100 or whatever number of days it is left to go and I’ll leave the politics to the experts.” (NBC) Check out a few reports we picked out that weigh in on the tax debate: The Washington Post “Tax cut strategies: the untold story” Chicago Tribune “Why the left is right to be cross with Obama” U.S. News & World Report “Democrats' Tax Rebellion Shows They Don't Live in the Real World” Forbes “Is the tax compromise better for the middle class or the rich?” Get more multisource political video news from Newsy.
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BY STEVEN HSIEH Transcript by Newsy**** You're watching multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Progress made at sunny Cancun’s UN Climate Summit. How much exactly? Depends on who you ask. One big step - delegates from 193 nations agreed on a non-binding “green fund” to help developing countries curb carbon emissions … but didn’t include one detail-- where that money will come from. The Climate Institute’s CEO tells Australia’s ABC – progress is progress. Connor: “In Mexico, the UN got its mojo back … Now it’s still short of what we need, but we’ve got that there, and we’ve got the systems of transparency and accountability, the ability to ratchet those up.” Host: “What’s the point if they’re not legally binding?” Connor: “Well, we’re working through what the legal form was. Cancun was never actually going to solve that. That’s probably for South Africa next year." Host: “Is that a little ambitious though?” Connor: “Well, um, we’ll need to see. This is a process now.” Though you’d have trouble finding coverage on US cable networks, America’s role in combating climate change was a big issue in Cancun. On Al Jazeera, a climatologist doubts any more progress in the near future, pointing his finger at the US, and a couple of the world’s emerging powers. “It could pave the way, but now, look at what’s happening in the United States. Our House of Representatives has shifted parties and there’s probably going to be a lot of push back against some of the environmental regulations that we’re proposed by the Obama administration, so whatever concrete that’s going to happen is several years away... And as long as China and India do not commit to dramatic reductions in their emissions, anything that comes out of any United Nations meeting is meaningless.” But an environment correspondent for the BBC compares the consensus in Cancun to the previous Copenhagen summit that we’re still trying to forget. “If Copenhagen was the Great Dane that whimpered, Cancun has been the chihuahua that roared. And what a surprise it was … Cancun produced almost global consensus on words that spell out a need to step up, urgently, action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.” And on euronews, a Member of European Parliament notes the Kyoto Protocol is set to expire in 2012, and that world powers need to make a greater commitment to reduce emissions in any further agreements – he says enough talk- time is running out. Bahrke: “So, there’s been no progress?” Leinen: “Like a snail. Very tenacious, but it is very disappointing what’s happened here. Groups of countries blocking each other. We can’t get closer to worldwide protection this way, and we can’t afford to lose more time. Time is short. Decisions must be taken here.” So, how would you rate the progress in Cancun? A great leap forward, or just another baby step? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY RICO BUSH You're watching multisource US video news from Newsy. After years of living with his father’s $65 billion legacy and a toxic last name, the eldest son of the biggest Ponzi-schemer in U.S. history just couldn’t take it anymore. Police say Mark Madoff hung himself from a pipe with a dog leash exactly two years to the day after Bernard Madoff’s arrest. “Police say Mark’s Madoff father-in-law found the body in Madoff’s Manhattan apartment. His two- year-old son was asleep in another room. Authorities say Madoff had sent an email to his wife in Florida saying take care of our son. His wife became concern that he was suicidal. Madoff had also sent an email to his lawyer just before he took his life saying nobody wants to hear the truth. Take care of my family.” CNN dug a little deeper to find out why Madoff would want to take his own life. “Into the circumstances that surrounded his death, was he depressed? Well good question, certainty he has been slapped with two very serious civil law suits. One filed just a couple of years ago and one filed on December 8th, just a few days ago. That one going after him for millions and millions of dollars not only him, but his brother as well as Bernie Madoff’s brother.” NBC nightly News has another take saying- Madoff was upset about the media coverage of his father’s massive fraud scheme and the prospect that he was in on the scam. “Mark Madoff always denied any knowledge of his father’s scheme but the clouds of rumor and innuendo kept growing. Madoff and his younger brother Andrew turned their father in to authorities after he confessed, but the sons were never able to escape suspicion that they too were in on the scam which they denied.” But some still think the family was in on the scheme. “Until Bernard Madoff’s giant Ponzi scheme collapsed, his family seemingly had no worries in the world.” Others say the stigma of the Madoff name was so strong it led Mark’s wife to change her and their childrens last name to Morgan. But a writer for Forbes says his wife didn’t have to make the change nor did Madoff have to take his life- he could have moved on. “...Even without changing his name by (a) giving back the tainted money and (b) giving back to the greater good through charitable giving and community service. Apparently, he had no will. Unless, of course, that was in his last will and testament.” NBC reports this is the third person to commit suicide because of the Madoff scandal. Get more multisource US video news analysis from Newsy.
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BY STEVEN HSIEH Transcript by Newsy**** You're watching multisource health news from Newsy. U.S. President Obama may be struggling politically, but at least he’s made progress in a personal battle – quitting smoking. That is, at least according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who says… “I’ve not seen or witnessed any evidence of any smoking in probably nine months … Even when in the midst of the tax agreement and the START deal and all the things that have accumulated, even when he once might have found some comfort in that, he’s pushed it away.” (Source: The White House) A writer for Irish Times commends the president for kicking the habit while working the most stressful job ever—that is, leading the free world. “To give Obama the benefit of the doubt, as he munches away on his nicotine chewing gum, that’s not bad at all for a man who works an 80- to 90-hour week and has literally every excuse, every crisis, in the world to justify the tobacco crutch.” A writer for the LA Times notes that, in the past, the Obama administration has made an effort to avoid questions about the habit. “Few topics at the White House are as verboten as Obama's smoking. Just as senior aides won't reveal the president's golf scores, they are loathe to admit they've seen him smoke.” And a writer for the Washington Post notes - smoking cigarettes is a bipartisan habit. He says the President and another known smoker, incoming speaker John Boehner, should work together to send a message to the country. “Now is the time, Mr. Speaker-elect. You, too, Mr. President. Make a joint appearance on the steps of the National Institutes of Health and say to the nation you're both leading: ‘We have decided together that we can't ask the American people to make sacrifices in the year ahead unless we make some sacrifices of our own for the sake of our health, our families and the nation.’” We’ll leave you with this bit from Jay Leno, relating Mr. Obama’s tobacco habit to the way his legislative efforts have been dragging along. “The White House announced today President Obama is still trying to quit smoking. But he can’t. He can’t seem to quit smoking. See, he can’t get the 60 votes in the Senate needed to make it happen so he just….” (Source: NBC) Watch multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource science video news analysis from Newsy. The world’s most famous ship could be gone -- sooner than expected. Scientists have discovered a new bacterium that is quickly eating away the Titanic, the so-called “unsinkable ship”. But, scientists think the bacterium could actually have useful purposes in society. We’re looking at coverage of the deteriorating ship from Discovery Channel, CTV, The Daily Mail, and Flesh and Stone. The new bacterium, named Halomonas titanicae, was found living in a community of other bacteria within rusticles, or icicle-shaped rust deposits found along the Titanic’s hull. A scientist on the discovery team explains to CTV how the bacterium works. “They’re able to reproduce and interact with all the other species that are there and then continue to extract the iron away from the steel that the Titanic was made of, and so it’s going to degrade and break down all of the Titanic and it’ll be all gone and recycled.” The Discovery Channel takes a look at the bacterium’s environment, which is located on the ocean floor in the frigid north Atlantic. “They thrive in extreme environments where we thought no life could survive. Two and a half miles beneath the sea, there’s no light or oxygen. It’s freezing cold, and the water pressure reaches a bone-crushing 6000 lbs per square inch.” Scientists believe the bacterium could be beneficial. The Daily Mail released the researchers’ statement of its potential uses. “'We believe H. titanicae plays a part in the recycling of iron structures at certain depths. This could be useful in the disposal of old naval and merchant ships and oil rigs that have been cleaned of toxins and oil-based products and then sunk in the deep ocean.'” One question on everyone’s mind is: How much longer will the Titanic exist? Researchers say it will be nothing but a rust stain on the ocean floor by 2030 at the latest. A writer at Flesh and Stone pokes fun at those worried of it disappearing forever. “What difference does it make if the Titanic rusts away in five years or 30 years? It’s not like since the discovery of the Titanic that millions of feet of video tape haven’t been shot, or that Disney can make a Disney World East of East out of it.” So, do you think the new bacterium could be harnessed for useful purposes, or will it forever be infamous for destroying the “unsinkable ship”? Get more multisource science video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY VANESSA MANCAO You're watching multisource current video news analysis from Newsy. “A lot of people wait until later in their career to start giving back. You know, I just thought of it for a while and I was like, ‘Why wait?’ Right? I mean, there's so much to be done. It would just be better to start off now.” (WSJ) That was Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg talking about his decision to donate most of his money to Bill Gates’ “Giving Pledge” foundation. Zuckerberg is among the 16 billionaires who recently signed on to the cause. NYU professor Jason Franklin explains to The Wall Street Journal why younger generations are feeling so generous. “And I think we see a younger generation who has been brought up in a much more collective identity. And a part of that expectation is to take action, so it’s no surprise as younger people start to have financial resources in their control that they’re acting with those resources as well as speaking out as they have been doing for a long time online.” A spokesperson for a group that brings young entrepreneurs together tells The Lookout- Zuckerberg’s act may inspire other young people to follow suit. "Look, man, it's one thing to see Bill Gates and Warren Buffett -- it's another thing to see a couple of guys under the age of 30 doing it... That's huge. It's a totally different dynamic. All of sudden you're looking at a lifetime of giving instead of giving at the end of your life." The last time Zuckerberg donated a big chunk of cheddar, the not-so-flattering “Social Network “ was about to hit theaters, leaving many people to question Zuckerberg's intentions for donating $100 million to the Newark school system. But now- Zuck’s motivator may be the economy. Reporter: “And just as his company evolves before our very eyes, you might say the same for its founder. This comes at a time when the economy has hurt overall philanthropy, with U.S. donations down almost four percent last year alone... Is it surprising given the uncertain economic times we’re in right now?” Interviewee: “Well remember we have dire economic times and rich guys aren’t the guys who look really good in dire economic times. So, it’s really good PR to align yourself with Buffet and Gates right now.” (AOC) So where will all that dough end up? Fox contributor Pat Cadell has an idea. “Excuse me, together they have pledged, all these people, 250 billion dollars. You know what? Why don’t they just give it to the national debt. They could knock off a sixth of the national debt, just by themselves and bail it. And if they gave more, they could reduce it by a third. I mean these people could really do something worth while as opposed to what they give it to. “ The 26-year-old, who is worth $6.9 billion , hasn’t said where he’ll be donating the money. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called it “Robin Hood in reverse.” Ahead of a crucial cloture vote in the Senate - Congressional Democrats are railing against a deal negotiated between President Obama and Republicans. The biggest sticking point? An estate tax provision. “This is a tax on the transfer of property after your death. In the president's deal with Republicans, individuals are exempt from the estate tax up to $5 million per person, and the maximum tax rate on estate is 35 percent" Democrats were hoping to raise the estate tax rate to as much as 55 percent. On MSNBC - Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen calls the 35 percent compromise a “bonanza.” REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD): “But the overwhelming number of Democrats in the Senate and the House recognize that this particular deal on the estate tax is an unnecessary giveaway, at a time when we're facing these big deficits. I mean, literally, it boils down to $25 billion for 6,600 families.” There was no estate or inheritance tax in 2010. That’s about to change -- but Alan Sloan tells American Public Media -- most Americans won’t even notice. CHIOTAKIS: “Does the average Joe really care about estates? I mean most Americans don't have estates, right?” SLOAN: “You know that, and I know that, but most people don't know that because over the years, the estate tax has been changed to the death tax, which makes it sound like it applies to everybody who dies, and it doesn't. It's an example for the triumph of propaganda over reality.” Not so -- suggests Fox News’ Jim Angle -- who says the estate tax affects more than your average Richie Rich. “But the estate tax can have an effect on small businesses in any community. The small manufacturer, the construction company, or the lumber yard. ... The reason is that many small businesses have equipment and buildings and land and the estate tax is levied on all those assets. ... So small businesses which create two-thirds of the nation's jobs could be gutted, and money paid in estate taxes cannot be used to create jobs.” Either way - CBS’s Nancy Cordes says Democrats making an issue over the estate tax aren’t walking away empty-handed. Reporter: “Among the additions - a tax credit for renewable energy and green jobs, tax relief for mass transit, a tax deduction for schoolteachers and tax benefits to landowners who set aside their property for conservation.” And it isn’t just Democrats against the deal -- there are Republicans as well who say it’s too expensive. Still - analysts widely expect it’ll get the 60 votes needed to block a potential filibuster. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. “Making matters worse, the Dolphins are calling the Jets, quote, ‘cheaters,’ after Dolphins corner Nolan Carroll was tripped by conditioning coach Sal Alosi. Alosi stuck out his knee while Carroll was covering a punt, sending the cornerback flying. He apologized for the incident.” (ESPN) He did what? That’s the reaction across the NFL, after a coach trips a player during a live play. Of course, it’s all caught on tape -- like -- a gagillion times. Now, the coach - Sal Alosi - is apologizing. He’s taking tons of flack. Some are calling for him to be fired. Here’s the play-by-play from CBS Sports. “Well it looks like he got tripped by one of the members of the Jets staff. Well this is just uncalled for in the NFL. Watch the knee here being stuck out on purpose on Nolan Carroll. Not sure who that is, but they should be ashamed of themselves. That has no place in any kind of athletic event.” Fox Sports has Alosi’s apology -- and a good freeze frame of his offense -- frozen for NFL history. "I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows." Sorry, schmorry. The Dolphins’ Channing Crowder was having none of it. On ESPN he says: "I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character." On NBC Sports, former player Rodney Harrison makes no bones. Alosi needs to be punished. “The guy could have really seriously been hurt. What if that guy could have tore up his ACL and never played football again. Would he have given him his salary? I think it was the most idiotic, most selfish, most degrading thing you can do on the sideline.” The Village Voice notes, yes, Alosi should and will be punished. But then, at least he was inspired. Which is more than you can say for the slumping Jets. “By the time you read this, the Jets will at the very least have suspended Alosi for the rest of the season without pay. It would be a shame if the Jets punished him any more harshly than that -- Alosi, after all, showed more aggressiveness than anyone on the Jets' offense yesterday.” So what do you think? Temporary total collapse of good judgment? Or nice tackle coach? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY MALLORY PERRYMAN You're watching multisource tech news from Newsy. Wikileaks has sprung a leak. The whistle-blowing site’s former second-in-command has launched… OpenLeaks- expected to go live anytime now. So why did Julian Assange’s old number two Daniel Domscheit-Berg trade Wiki for Open? SHEPARD SMITH: “And the man running it doesn’t care much for Julian Assange. The Associated Press reports the former Wikileaks staffer quit because he says the organization’s decision-making process just wasn’t transparent enough.” (Fox News) Reports claim Domscheit-Berg left Wikileaks when Assange released 400,000 classified documents about the war in Iraq without taking out the names of informants. A Portfolio reporter quotes the OpenLeaks founder saying Wikileaks has become… "…too much focused on one person, and one person is always much weaker than an organization." Domscheit-Berg also says Wikileaks wasn’t moving in the right direction. “"If you preach transparency to everyone else, you have to be transparent yourself." The site will basically act as a middle man for leakers to send information directly to news organizations. “Openleaks will not directly publish information it receives but will allow media outlets and other organisations to access the system and disclose what they want… The group will serve as a neutral intermediary with no political agenda, which could minimise any heat from governments.” (ZDNet) In The Wall Street Journal, Gordon Crovitz says that change is critical. It means Openleaks understands the importance of accountability. “Mr. Assange's conceit was that no one would be responsible for the actions of WikiLeaks, especially itself. Media organizations should welcome this role; in an era of mass leaks, news judgment is even more important. …editors should prefer to work with groups, that...give them accountability for what becomes public, how it becomes public, and for deciding what information must remain confidential.” Forbes’ Andy Greenberg points out- Openleaks isn’t the only Wikileaks spin-off. A group of former EU employees have launched BrusselsLeaks. A Bulgarian expat in Paris has set up BalkanLeaks. And Wikileaks even pointed its followers toward IndoLeaks- although that site seems to have been brought down by technical problems. So is Openleaks the new Wikileaks? Or - just another copycat? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource news analysis from Newsy. The eyes have it. Everything you need to know… or at least the clues. And the world famous Mona Lisa is no different. Good Morning America uncovers her hidden symbols. REPORTER: “In the right eye, he claims, are the letters ‘LV’ – Leonardo da Vinci, the man who painted her 500 years ago. And in the left eye, symbols, but they’re not as defined. ‘C’ ‘E’, maybe ‘B?’ In the bridge, is that ‘72?’” WHAT DOES IT ALL MEEEEAN?? We have four answers. First, Lalate says the letters in the left eye reveal the real life Mona. That’s if you believe researcher Silvano Vinceti. “Previous researchers had said Lisa Gherardini was the model. Vinceti disagrees, says he has determined the model’s identity, and claims his findings will be released in January.” Not so! Just ask Regis and Kelly…and ABC World News Now. Hmph…maybe not the most informed opinions of all time… LIVE! with Regis & Kelly PHILBIN: “In the right eye, appears to be the letters ‘LV,’ which could well stand for his name.” RIPA: “Louis Vuitton?” PHILBIN: “’C’ and ‘E’ or ‘B.’” RIPA: “Or it could be two ‘G’s for Gucci.” ABC MALE ANCHOR: (Photo of ABC News logos in eyes) “We took a closer look and we actually found something a little different. That’s what it says (She’s our mascot). Who knew years ago that da Vinci would be creating this for us?” FEMALE ANCHOR: “Well, she’s often to referred to as the world’s most beautiful woman, so it’s only fitting she has the world’s most beautiful show in her eyes.” Finally, an art historian on CNN argues it might just be a weird code. He says da Vinci did lots of strange stuff like carry around the painting for years, so no one could touch it. “That’s not only crazy. That’s amazing to me. I love when I hear something like that. As far as why he did those things—I think when you’re that kind of brain faced with all the other normal brains like the rest of us around him, maybe you just get bored…maybe you are writing a secret message.” Up next for the researchers….they want to dig up da Vinci’s 500-year-old body to see if his face resembled the Mona Lisa’s. Art history never sleeps, ladies and gentlemen… Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
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