Morning Media Summary


Netflix proclaimed ‘King’ of North American Internet use:
“Heralding the rapidly approaching Internet traffic jam, streaming video juggernaut Netflix Inc. is now the largest user of Internet bandwidth in North America, according to data released by a Canadian company Tuesday.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Climate change: the UK must end its double-dealing:
“As David Cameron finally aims to put some muscle behind his supposed green credentials, by backing more ambitious domestic cuts in CO2 over the coming years, it’s worth noting that there’s still a fair amount of two-faced behaviour from his government. In particular, the UK’s performance internationally has been more in the spirit of good old British neo-colonialism, that is: “Do as we say, not as we do.””

Insurance / Gambling:

Coates steps up the fight against illegal gambling:
“AUSTRALIAN Olympic athletes bound for the Games in London next year will be required to adhere to unprecedented laws to combat illegal betting.”

Health / Safety:

War: Spud industry resists USDA effort to yank potatoes from school lunches:
“Remember when food was tasty and being a kid was fun?”

China hospitals deny help to HIV/AIDS patients: UN:
“People living with HIV/AIDS in China are routinely denied medical treatment in hospitals, a UN agency said Wednesday, in a sign of ongoing discrimination despite recent progress.”

Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients:

“Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight, but at least six said heavy women run a higher risk of complications.”


Newt Gingrich apologizes to Paul Ryan:
“Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on “Meet the Press,” where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan’s Medicare proposal as “radical change.””


Dominique Strauss-Kahn Placed on Suicide Watch:
“Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed on suicide watch in his New York City jail cell, four days after he was arrested and charged with sodomizing a chamber maid in his Manhattan hotel room.”


Busted…AFL-CIO Official Admits to “Intercepting” Emails of Political Opponents (Video):
“Former Republican Congressional candidate and friend Ari David sent in this investigative report on Golden State Democratic corruption.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

High-speed de-rail in California:
“California got $3.5 billion in federal money from the Obama administration for its high-speed rail project that will connect San Francisco to Los Angeles. So far, they’ve managed to break ground in an effort to connect two central-state communities so small that one of them is unincorporated, for service that will connect fewer people than live in Anaheim. The project will cost at least $43 billion when it’s done by the most cheery estimates, and that’s only if the state’s High Speed Rail Authority quits drawing more circles around the high desert rather than straight lines between destinations.”