Sunday, August 15, 2010

CBS Sunday Morning on 15 August 2010

Charles Osgood introduced the stories: "Power Hungry" by Seth Doane was mentioned first, with water fountains [on Mark Fuller, a recycle] second. "Let's be frank" by Mo Rocca was third on Sonora style hotdog. Rob Reiner [a recycle] was fourth. "Happy Campers" was fifth, with Bill Geist. Opera singer Renee Fleming was mentioned (opera's most celebrated soprano).

Headlines. Hole in one at miniature golf for Sacha Obama, on Gulf Coast Trip. Controversy over building mosque. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Pakistan. In California, eight people killed at the California 200 road race in Mojave Desert. Nick Watney at PGA (with the final round of the PGA broadcast by CBS on August 15).
[With the hole-in-one the lead, was it a light news day?]

The cover story was "Power Hungry" about future energy sources. In the wake of the Gulf Oil disaster, calls for greener energy are increasing. 95% of present energy comes from natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric. Steven Chu was interviewed. Solazyme got a short video piece. China is taking the lead planning to spend $450 billion on alternative energy. California's Sonoma Valley on geothermal on The Geysers (Calpine). Wind in Roscoe, Texas (largest wind farm in world; Eon Energy). Texas gets 7% of its energy from wind (3% overall in US). Fred Krupp of Environmental Defense Fund talked about a bill limiting pollution. The Chevrolet Volt was discussed. 80% of Americans drive fewer than 40 miles per day. The segment ended with some words from Krupp. [Of The Geysers, note that there is an open house planned on November 5, 2010 in Middletown, CA. Of Solazyme, note "CBS Sunday Morning" has a link, which includes the text: August 9, 2010 - Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil production company and leader in algal biotechnology, announced that it has raised $52 million in its Series D financing round. Solazyme uses microbial fermentation to produce renewable oil that can be used for clean and scalable fuels, chemicals, nutritional food ingredients and health and wellness products.
Braemar Energy Ventures and new investor Morgan Stanley are leading the round with all major existing investors from previous rounds participating, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, The Roda Group, Harris and Harris Group, VantagePoint Venture Partners and Zygote Ventures. Existing strategic investors CTTV Investments LLC, the venture capital arm of Chevron Technology Ventures LLC, and San-Ei Gen, a major Japanese manufacturer and distributor of food ingredients, also participated.]

There is a potential problem with the mention of algae in the story. Although the videoclip shown by CBS Sunday Morning is labelled Solazyme-->

it is Sapphire that has a facility in Las Cruces, NM. Cynthia (C.J.) Warner joined Sapphire Energy in February 2009 as President, having previously been at BP.

The Sunday Morning Almanac. August 15, 1843 the founding of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, forerunner of the modern amusement park. Currently, 3 million visitors per year and concerts. Tivoli inspired Disneyland.

Next was Mo Rocca on hot dogs (soundtrack of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in background). When the wienie went south it took on a latin american flair. "Perro caliente." Sonora dog.

There was a segment on the power of YouTube to provide recognition to performers.

Ben Stein talked about osprey on a railroad bridge in Idaho (over the Pendoreille River in North Idaho),. Later quoting "his" student Ferris Bueller in the text:

I can understand the wind whipping along the river and slapping me in the face and saying, "Wake up. You only live a short time. Appreciate what nature has given you here. Stop trying to figure out what's unfathomable and take joy in what is around you."

Or, as my prize student, Ferris Bueller, said years ago: "Life goes by pretty quick. If you don't slow down, you might miss it."

Unhappy Campers based on book "PS I Hate it Here." Scott Weinstein noted that there was a pattern to letters from camp.

Moment of nature: Sea anemones at Ruby Beach on Olympic Peninsula. [Ruby Beach is about 35 miles south of Forks, WA ("Twilight")]


In passing, Mo Rocca's Sonoran hot dog bit was a recycle from Nov. 22, 2009.

Water Entertainment Technologies [WET]. Convinced molecules to play well together.


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