Sunday, March 06, 2011

"60 Minutes" on March 6, 2011

The first story was titled "Hard Times Generation." American families falling out of the middle class in record numbers. On the 22K standard, the poverty rate for kids will be 25%. The first story was from Seminole County, Florida, north of Orlando. Uncle Bob's Storage. Around Highway 192, 67 motels house 500 homeless kids. Casselberry School in Florida was also featured with interviews from homeless students. Beth Davolos of Seminole County was quoted. There were a million foeclosures last year. Homeless kids tip-toe in a world of insecurity. Oasis Inn.

The second story was on Christopher Hitchens. He is now waging a fight against "stage IV" cancer. A discussion of "catch 22." Survival rate on cancer of the esophagus is about 5%. Writing is who I am, rather than what I do. On MT: Living thieving Albanian dwarf. Princess Diana/minefield. easy to lay, difficult to get rid of. Notorious at Oxford. 1968 was a good year. Hitchens has lived in DC for the last 20 years. "God is not great." A celestial North Korea. Christopher Buckley. Graydon Carter. Salmon Rushdie. Editing: he was so erudite (editing amounted to] putting in a few declarative sentences. Alexander Cockburn. On his disease, no evidence has yet been presented to change my mind.

The third story was on John Downer filming polar bears. "Spy on the Ice." Using a spycam to film the polar bears. Bears can do 100 meters in 9 seconds. Technical assistant Jeff Bell. The only difference between men and boys is the price of the toys.

Andy Rooney on books. Andy used the word "invented" and talked about electronic books. Can carry 3500 books in one ereader.

Rooney talked about "The Fortunes of War." And the idea that conventional books might become extinct.


Blogger Ramana Karkus said...

I am stunned and horrified by the first segment on 60 Minutes re: homelessness and hunger in Seminole County, Fla. I ask, how, in a country with so much abundance, can this be allowed to happen? Are there not food banks and other help for temporarily homeless families? Or is there a lack of coordination between these resources and the families in need? It hurts me deeply to see children go hungry anywhere in the world but in the U.S. it is unforgivable, with so many resources and so much wealth available to some. If anyone has answers to my questions or information on how I can help, please contact me at Thank you.

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