Olbermann: A $10 Million Chandelier

Appearing on Dave Letterman’s show last night, Keith Olbermann talked about being fired by Current TV the other week. “I screwed up really big on this,” he said. “It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed, in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through.”

“I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in.’ Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good.” Olbermann went on to quip, “And then it turned out we didn’t have a lot to put the house in… or a building permit.”

Hmmm. We should all be so lucky to get $50 million (the reported amount of Olbermann’s contract) for a thoughtless, ill-fated decision that quickly turned out to be a big screw up that eventually terminated in complete failure.

Raw Video from Haiti

Things you won’t see on CNN, FOX, or the other mainstream media.

I’ve always found it an exceedingly strange contradiction that we (Americans especially, but also Canadians) are so prissy and squeamish when it comes to the actuality of death considering that our popular culture has such an apparently indifferent regard for life.

Update: To facilitate your donations to victims of the earthquake in Haiti, the Harper government has set up this page on the Revenue Canada website. Clicking on the link to a searchable list of registered charities in Canada helpfully provides potential donors with the following:

Last modified 2½ months ago and nobody checked the dysfunctional link before directing thousands of people to it. Yikes! Crack efficiency, or what?

Target Women: You’re Old!

Current TV’s Infomedia correspondent Sarah Haskins turned 30 this week, and promptly began to fall apart. Fortunately, modern medicine is here to help with her arthritis, incontinence, and bone loss… for now.

Haskins is one of the stand-outs on this excellent but obscure program (there are a few others, including the host Conor Knighton). She’d fit right in on CBS Sunday Morning or something like that.

Greenland Hearts Global Warming

From Current TV: Global warming is having a greater impact in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world. Greenland, the cold, harsh land that defeated the mighty Vikings is now facing a force that may destroy its defining feature — ice. But while Greenland’s melting ice sheet may mean chaos for the rest of the world, Adam Yamaguchi finds Greenlanders have some surprising reactions to this climatic upheaval.

This is a really fascinating short documentary, if for no other reason than to provide a more robust impression of Greenland than the one more usually imagined; that of a gigantic slab of glacial ice dotted with a handful of remote settlements. It’s also a fair-minded report (at least I found it so) that doesn’t get all preachy about global warming, but simply relates its effects and the ways in which the people of Greenland are responding to it.

Update: Well, isn’t this interesting. I watched it last night, but now it seems that the documentary has… disappeared completely — from YouTube at least. It can still be viewed over at Huffington Post however.