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Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.


  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources

Day 1 report of Wikimania 2006

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

Wikimania 2006 is the second annual Wikimedia conference. Hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it began August 4 and will run until August 6.

Wikimania began with a keynote presentation from Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. Wales played a short portion of a clip from a recent episode of U.S. television program The Colbert Report discussing Wikipedia. In the clip, Colbert says that “any website that has a longer entry on truthiness than Lutheranism has got its priorities straight.” His keynote continued by re-emphasising Wikimedia’s mission, as stated by Wales in a Slashdot interview: “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing”.

Wales stated that Wikipedia is “not as good as Britannica — yet”. Additionally, he also stated that in the coming year, Wikipedia will be making “a turn towards quality”. “We have always had this goal, but we all know we’re not there yet – in the coming years one of the themes is going to be a turn towards quality.” said Wales.

He then introduced Brad Patrick, the general counsel and recently-appointed interim CEO of Wikimedia. Patrick said he found Wikimedia after reading Wales’ list Ten Things That Will Be Free on Lawrence Lessig‘s blog. After discovering the Wikimedia Foundation, Patrick emailed Wales about meeting for lunch. He had lunch with Wales a few months later and was hired as general counsel shortly after.

Wales went on to describe Wikia, the company he co-founded with Angela Beesley. He announced that Wikia has received venture capital, allowing them to hire full-time engineers to work on the MediaWiki software. He emphasized that Wikia, has “a total commitment to free knowledge and respect for communities.”

Later, Wales announced that the One Laptop Per Child project will be including Wikipedia as the first element in the content repository. He also announced that the board has approved Wikiversity as “a center for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities”. Wikiversity will “create and host a range of free-content multilingual learning materials for all age groups in all languages”. It will be launched soon with a three language, six month, beta trial period.

Wales described a project called Wikiwyg: a WYSIWYG editor for the wiki. Wikiwyg is an attempt to make the wiki easier to edit. “An intelligence test by making it hard to edit, just does not work,” noted Wales. While the release date is uncertain both Wikia and Socialtext are devoting full-time engineers to the project.

Wales emphasized the need to focus on quality. He also briefly discussed the commitment in the German Wikipedia to rolling out a stable version. He stated that if we do not have it rolled out by next year’s keynote “we are making a big mistake”.

Wales finished his keynote by giving an update on his Ten Things That Will Be Free and proposing “that the foundation seek funding to hire community coordinator and recruiters for important languages where we currently do poorly”.

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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

Other notable speakers included Ward Cunningham, Lawrence Lessig, Eben Moglen and many members of the Wikimedia communities.

The day wrapped up with a poster reception and a party celebrating Wikia’s 250,000 articles and Wikia’s founders Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales birthdays.

Archived copies of many of the presentations are available on the Wikimania wiki.

Submitted by: Nickolas Debartolo

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. The word “preventable” gives us hope. That means something can be done to avert it. And we should work towards that end.

We all know of the medical conditions associated with being overweight– high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. Yet there are also psychological health risks that accompany those who are excessively overweight which are often overlooked. Those who are obese often feel like social outcasts, experience low self-esteem and depression. The young and overweight suffer the most as they have to contend with being ridiculed or made fun of in school and are alienated by their playmates. Sadly, they only modeled (as children normally do) their unhealthy food choices and sedentary lifestyle from parents who should have known better.

But there is hope. Through the efforts of the government, health, fitness and business sectors in society, the movement for obesity prevention has finally taken off. Schools have taken the initiative in ensuring that food served in the cafeteria are healthy and nutritious. Fastfood chains have heeded the call by putting up salads as part of their menu instead of just greasy burgers. Even food manufacturers have added low-fat, reduced-fat or non-fat varieties to their products.

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Indeed, a change in the diet of the American public has spawned a movement away from the usual high-carbohydrate diet that we are used to. Now, it is actually fashionable to eat carrots or to drink green smoothies. As more diverse eating choices are presented in restaurants, the movement to clean up our cupboards (and our bodies) from the processed junk that we usually see there and replacing it with fruits, vegetables and natural meat and fish is finally taking hold.

Now, the call for obesity prevention has actually made it stylish to sweat. Waif-thin isn’t in, but healthy is. Fat is definitely on its way out with more of health-conscious America enrolling themselves in gyms, buying home fitness equipment or exercise videos in an attempt to look and feel healthy. The rising gas prices have helped, too, as walking has finally bounced back from hibernation. Now, we’re parking farther or leaving our cars in the garage altogether, to add more steps to our pedometers. Now, we are not afraid to put on our cross-trainers or bring them to work so we can go to the gym immediately afterwards. Now, exercise has become the norm. Now it has finally sunk to the public consciousness that staying fit and healthy is a lifestyle choice.

Another important realization that has made our battle against the bulge half won is this: Obesity prevention lies in our hands. No one else can choose your food for you. No one can eat your fruits and veggies for you. No one can move your muscles or lift your weights for you. Children might be spared from this responsibility, but in the end, parents have to take full responsibility in instilling this kind of awareness in them.

But we are not quite there yet. We are on the way, and it’s a start.

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Ford’s US auto sales spike, surpassing GM

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that its sales in the United States rose 43% in February compared to the same period last year, as the automaker outsold rivals Toyota and General Motors.

The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers

Ford said that total sales improved to 142,285 units, compared to 141,951 units sold by GM. Additionally, Ford said that its share of the total US car market rose to 17%, up from 14% a year ago. The increase was better than analysts had predicted, and Ford’s stock rose to a five-year high in morning trading, before declining later in the day. Ford’s sales were significantly influenced by a 74% increase in fleet sales to businesses. Rental car agencies alone accounted for around 30,000 units sold. Sales to retail consumers increased only 28%.

The increases were led by sales of two sedans, the Fusion and Taurus, which rose 166.5 and 93.3% respectively, although sales of other models such as SUVs and pickup trucks also increased. Both models were significantly redesigned last year, and analysts said that improved quality from such cars were driving the increases.

Other companies also reported February sales today, nearly all reporting sales gains as well, although none as large as those of Ford. Toyota was the sole exception to the sales gains, as their sales declined 8.7%, as the company was faced with a global recall during the month that led to a temporary stoppage of production for some models.

“The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers,” said Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president of sales and marketing. However, he believed that traditional Toyota customers were not buying rival autos, but rather awaiting the results from the recalls.


Volvo announces all new car models electric or hybrid from 2019

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Friday, July 7, 2017

On Wednesday, automobile company Volvo announced all of its cars to be released in 2019 onwards are to use some form of battery-powered engine, leaving conventional petrol-only vehicles altogether. The decision comes after Volvo announced in May their intent to cease production of diesel vehicles.

The chief executive of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson, said, “People increasingly demand electrified cars”. Volvo aims to release five new electric vehicle models between 2019 and 2021. While little has yet been revealed about them, the company has stated two of them are to be high-performance electric vehicles, branded as Polestars.

Other car models from 2019 may be plug-in hybrid or 48-volt “mild hybrid” systems. Audi and Mercedes-Benz are also releasing mild hybrid cars for the European market.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it,” Samuelsson said. Volvo is owned by Chinese automotive giant Geely, and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said by 2025 they want new vehicle sales to be 20 percent “new energy vehicles”.


Potential Wikia mass exodus

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Recently Wikia, a commercial company co-founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, announced that it would be making changes in the appearances of its wikis, specifically making advertising more prominent. This change to mix advertising directly into the content has led many Wikia hosted sites to begin discussions regarding leaving Wikia hosting for their own. As Wikia’s business model hinges entirely upon user-generated content, large numbers of sites leaving could leave Wikia in financial trouble. Wikia has lost editors and volunteer “janitors” as a result of this.

Some changes were made to make sure Wikia doesn’t lose its community; one of them being the ability for logged-in users to turn off advertisements in their personal preferences, which would eliminate the ads from all other pages except the main pages of different Wikia wikis. However, this didn’t help much and several wikis, most notably the Transformers Wiki advised their users to switch to Firefox browser and install the AdBlock plugin to remove advertisements. The problem was the excessive advertisements on every content pages which most of the Wikia communities didn’t agree with.

Since the new Monaco skin version 3.1. was rolled out across all Wikia-hosted wikis, Wikia introduced a set of “main page column tags” meant to aid in main page designing while minding Wikia’s new advertisements. Most, if not all Wikia’s English-language wikis, such as Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki, Wiki 24 and WoWWiki have converted their main pages to use these new main page column tags. Wikia’s “helpers”, people working as interns for Wikia, have helped to convert wikis to the new main page layout. However, some wikis, such as the Transformers Wiki opposed the change to their main pages and thus refused to convert their main page to use the main page column tags. Newly-created Wikia wikis will have a main page that has the main page column tags by default.

Certain Wikia-hosted communities have criticized their host for trying to make Wikia look like one big website to please the advertisers when the communities would prefer to stay independent from other Wikia’s wikis.

During the rollout of the new Monaco skin, the phrase “Wikia will never host pop-up adverts.” was removed from Wikia’s terms of use and later reinstated into the terms. Several users thought that this might hint of upcoming pop-up ads at Wikia.

Personalized Wedding Favors Little Gifts That Can Bring Smiles On Guests’ Faces


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Giving out personalized wedding favors is very rewarding, especially when you see their smiling faces while carrying a thoughtful and memorable present in their hands. More and more couples are becoming very fond of giving personalized wedding souvenirs. What makes such wedding items very special is, they let the guests feel they own something that is really made for them. They will tend to think that you are thinking of them while shopping for such mementos.

With personalized wedding favors, you are giving your friends a simple token of appreciation, yet reveal a personal touch. They can make you even more closer to all the people in your wedding. For the people who receives such tokens, they are sure that they would have something to hold on to whenever they feel like missing you.

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There are so many items that can turn out to be personalized wedding favors. Most of these items are very common and inexpensive, which were enhanced to give a unique and creative accent. Common stuff such as notebooks, bookmarks, pens, hand fans, mugs, dishes and picture frames can easily be personalized to meet your needs. They are not only attractive and inexpensive, but they are also useful gifts for the guests that they can you in their everyday lives.

Edible wedding favors are among the most practical choices that you can give out at your wedding. Edible treats can make unique party souvenirs as you do not see them as wedding favors everyday. There are so many tasty goodies that can be given out as wedding favors such as cookies, candies, mints, chocolates, jams, pies and etc. They can either be bought or made at home. Edible wedding favors are also an inexpensive suggestion if you are on a tight budget. Make your own cookie favors at home and you are sure to save money on them. Even chocolates can be melted, molded and assembled using your creative skills. The rooms for creativity are plenty. There are several parts of your wedding that you can let your creativity shine through, stretching your budget for other important things.

Bottle openers, wine stoppers, tape measures, coasters and salt and pepper shakers are also practical favors that you can present to your guests. They are very common, but if customized, they can turn out to be memorable keepsakes of your big day. You guests will definitely love a functional gift that has some exquisite engravings on it, sure to be used and enjoy for years to come.

Some more selections of wedding favors are available online. Thousands of specialty stores are offering anything you need for your big day, from wedding favors, wedding invitations, wedding decorations and centerpieces, gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen to so many more. Most of online wedding supplies can be personalized with both of your names, wedding date and venue, and a personal message. You will find online shopping more easy and fast, compare to conventional way of buying things at local stores. Visit your favorite online store today and check out great deals to complete your wedding day!

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Eastern Conference wins 2008 NBA All-Star Game

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Eastern Conference 134 128 Western Conference

The Eastern Conference defeated their Western Conference counterparts at the 2008 National Basketball Association All-Star Game held at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday. The final score was 134-128.

The East took an early 11 point lead in the first 5 minutes, due to an injured Kobe Bryant only playing 2 minutes before sitting on the bench for the rest of the game. “There’s one player we really, really missed, and that was Kobe,” said West coach Byron Scott. The West later reduced the lead to 2 points, but at halftime, the East led 74-65.

The West trailed by 13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but rallied behind New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who had seven assists in the final period. With 2:48 remaining, Brandon Roy scored a layup on an assist from Paul, giving the West a 122-119 lead, their biggest lead of the game.

The East then answered back with two three-pointers from Ray Allen, before Chris Paul tied the game with a three-pointer of his own. However, the East would then take the lead and the game with layups from Dwyane Wade and Allen, as well as a driving dunk from LeBron James. A Brandon Roy three-pointer put the game within three points with 8.7 seconds left, but 3 free throws from Ray Allen sealed the win for the East.

“The fourth quarter was crazy,” said Chris Paul. “We were down 13. We picked up the intensity. We took the lead a few times but Ray Allen was unbelievable the way he shot the ball. And that last dunk by LeBron, we had two people on him but that still wasn’t enough.”

With 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, James was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. Some television commentators also considered Ray Allen a likely choice for the award, with 14 of his 28 points coming in the final 3 minutes of the game. “I think Ray Allen had a heck of a shooting night,” James said after being presented the award.


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