Sunday, November 28, 2010

"60 Minutes" on November 28, 2010

The first preview was on creating a strong Afghan police force, and highlighted the text "that's a great question." The next preview was on the Broadway show Spiderman. The third preview concerned an interview with now-retired Justice Stevens.

Anderson Cooper did "Good Cop, Bad Cop" on the Afghan police and referred to a NYT story earlier in November 2010. The US has spent 7 billion on training the Afghan police force. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell is in charge of training the Afghan police force. There are issues of illiteracy and of drug use. There are currently 500 police trainers, giving about six weeks of training to candidates. One billion of the 7 billion went to private contractors. To combat corruption, police wages have been doubled (to $240 per month). Peter Galbraith stated that the Afghan police are incapable of being reformed on a time scale of 100 years. The final lines in the interview: But the clock is ticking. It is.

The Broadway show introduces some new villains, and is the most expensive Broadway show ever. A spectacle of extraordinary dizziness. Bono, Edge, and Julie Taymor visited the set. The big stars are the three talents behind the scenes, not the actors in the show. I really like to go into something when I don't know whether I can pull it off. There are one million a week in operating costs. 60 Minutes showed some tweaking of songs for a new villain, a spider woman. There were lyrics: Every day is like a war and I'm losing it, a duet between Parker and his girl. (Of piano, like John Lennon, real spare.) Bono: Julie Taymor is definitely a magician. Julie spent 10 million on the sets; millions more on the special effects. The theater of it right in the laps of the audience. There will be a battle fought over the audiences' heads. The technology was based on the four point systems of cameras over football games. There was discussion of the death of Tony Adams, who died of a seizure when the initial contracts were to be signed. Bono said he learned about the bad financial situation of the show by reading in the New York Post. Michael Cole became the new producer, who said nobody wants to see the 25million dollar Spiderman; they want to see the 60 million dollar Spiderman. Julie: if you don't have fear, you're not taking a chance.

One can go to to see Bono working on a song.

Justice John Paul Stevens has shaped more Supreme Court history than any other Justice alive. CBS met Stevens at the Supreme Court building in the summer. At 35 years service, he is number 3 among longest serving. The story began with Bush v. Gore. In order to get a stay, the applicant has to prove irreparable injury. The majority ruled against Stevens' position. Stevens said he thought the majority were "profoundly wrong." Stevens' father built the largest hotel in the world. Gangsters robbed the Stevens family at gunpoint. Stevens' father was accused of embezzling. On appeal, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled there was no credible evidence against Stevens' father. In the "war on terror," Bush said "no lawyers" for prisoners, but Stevens, with the majority, ruled otherwise. There was discussion of the Padilla case [Rumsfeld v. Padilla]. Justice Souter appeared in the "60 Minutes" piece, commenting on the Padilla case. Of Stevens: "He was earning his salary." The "hidden Supreme Court," the library and the justices' robing room. They shake hands at the start of a new term. Stevens said he was worried about the direction of the Supreme Court. Legislating from the bench. Citizens United was the example. Where did the Court make a mistake. In most debates, you have rules. Congress makes the rules. If one side has many more resources than the other, it's not a fair fight. In a different area, there was discussion of Oct. 1932 (game 3 of World Series of 1932), the famous called shot of Babe Ruth. Justice Stevens was there and said Ruth pointed the bat to the center field stands prior to the pitch, and thus, did call his shot.

Andy Rooney said he was thinking about moving to New Jersey. There was a news piece that Asian Americans in New Jersey had a life expectancy of 91.8 years vs. 79.7 years overall life expectancy. Rooney mentioned the book "Living to be a Hundred." 70,000 people in the US are over 100. Andy Rooney noted he didn't obey the customary rules for long life, but he felt fine. The last line: if I'm not here next week, you'll know I was wrong. [Andy Rooney was born January 14, 1919.]


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