Friday, 11 September 2015

New Owner at the National Geographic

It is a shocker of a sort....National Geographic got bought this week....by a group related to Rupert Murdoch.  Price for the purchase....around $720 million.   It is a partnership deal....Murdoch will have 73-percent ownership.

Up until 2004, I had been a subscriber to National Geographic for a decade.  In fact, I can remember reading it as a kid (an uncle would drop off copies after he finished reading them).  In the fall of 2004, they ran a stupid all-climate-change edition.  Every single article was climate change.  It was the month prior to the election.

I wrote a simple 8-line letter and quit.  I haven't picked it up since (even at airports).

Will this purchase change my mind?  Maybe.  It might take a few months for Murdoch to get the staff to see his view of the world and return the Geographic back to the former glory (before the 1990s).

9-11 Observation

I sat and watched a video interview deal that a student team did on George Mason University (a significant university in Virginia).  The topic?  They walked around the university and asked dozens of college students why the US was attacked on 9-11.

The typical answer?  Most students said they didn't know the reason which triggered 9-11.  A handful commented that it was George Bush's fault, but they rendered a one-star explanation.  They then asked the students if there should be classes to talk more on 9-11....which almost all of them agreed that would be good thing.

So, the video in the end points out.....these were all people who were around age four when 9-11 occurred.  Their knowledge level is non-existent....of an event which occurred less than twenty years ago.

The blame toward Bush?  You could have a laugh over the answer given.  The same guy would give similar answers over the banking crisis, the housing market collapse, and various oil tanker accidents....in my humble opinion.  A smart guy in the background ought to quickly jump up and note that Bush was responsible for the Nazis coming to power, the riots in Detroit in the late 1960s, the trigger to causing the Vietnam War, and helped to send the iceberg into the path of the Titanic.