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New York Times, Twitter and Huffington Post Targeted by Syrian Hackers

A few big media sites including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post fell victim to a damaging hack that was presumably carried out by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) on Tuesday. Today, the Times and Twitter are both still experiencing some problems related to the hack.

The SEA’s attack involved hacking Australian-based company Melbourne IT Ltd., the registration-services provider that manages the nytimes.com and twitter.co.uk domains. The group then proceeded to edit the sites’ DNS information so that certain parts were inaccessible online, disrupting web traffic and instead redirecting visitors to a webpage controlled by the SEA.

The Times’ website was hit the hardest, going completely dark for several hours on Tuesday. According to the BBC, it’s the most severe attack the group has been responsible for thus far just after targeting other major media sites like the Financial Times, the Washington Post, CNN and BBC in recent months.

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New York Mets can’t buy a break

Just a couple of years, the two big-market franchises synonymous with dysfunction and owners in financial hardship were the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

The Dodgers have come out of it swimmingly under new and bold ownership. The Mets and the same owner, and a little more money to play with, but they’ve still got a mountain to climb. And they aren’t getting the breaks, either.

The one piece to the puzzle that looked the brightest is pitcher Matt Harvey, and the news is awful there. He has a torn ligament in his elbow, and for a young pitcher, that almost always means one thing is on the horizon: Tommy John surgery. The Mets ace, who started in the All-Star Game for the National League at Citi Field last month, is almost certainly out for the year.

The diagnosis came as a shock to Harvey, 24, who was just feeling mild discomfort. He will try to avoid the surgery if possible, but the longer he waits, the longer he’ll be out if it’s determined he needs the surgery.  Yahoo’s Jeff Passan broke down which pitchers have tried the rehab approach and put off the surgery, but the list of people who needed it outweighs those who didn’t.

“Throwing a baseball’s kind of an unnatural movement as it is,” Harvey said Monday to the New York Times. “Anytime you pick up a baseball, you’re always at risk for anything. We realize that as pitchers.”

Going nowhere fast — with Harvey or without him — the Mets traded outfielder Marlon Byrd (.285, 21 HR) and catcher John Buck (.215, 15 HR) to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who look playoff-bound.

And, in a cruel twist of fate, the deal came on Marlon Byrd T-shirt night. No, you can’t make this stuff up, folks.

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The True Cost of War

The U.S. announced it could launch air strikes against Syria as early as Thursday. That’s because the U.S. believes the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its rebels, killing 1,000 men, women and children.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said any strike would be limited, such as cruise missiles that would strike specific Syrian military targets. These missiles would be launched from U.S. warships that have already been moved to the Mediterranean. It would not be massive bombing on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The action would be in partnership with allies in NATO and the Arab League. (Source: New York Times, Momentum Builds for Military Strike in Syria, August 27, 2013

How It Affects You

The Dow dropped 100 points, adding to its decline since August 2. (For more, see Dow Closing History.) Investors flocked to the traditional safe haven investments, gold and Treasuries. As a result, gold prices rose while Treasury yields dropped to 2.76%. Oil prices rose above $108 a barrel, as investors grew worried the conflict could escalate and create shortages. (Source: CNBC, Dow Drops 100 Points, August 27, 2013)

This potential conflict affects you in two ways, one short-term and one long-term. The short-term impact will be felt over the next few months, depending on how involved the U.S. becomes. This, of course, depends on the reaction of Syria and its allies, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia. The current unrest in Egypt could also be worsened, which has investors worried. Therefore, expect volatility in the next few weeks, which will drive stock prices lower and gold, Treasuries and oil prices higher.

The long-term impact may surprise you. Most analysts say that war is good for the economy. The theory is that defense spending creates jobs. This theory is based on the boost in U.S. economic growth from World War II, which many say ended the Great Depression.

However, times have changed. First, military spending is not the way to create jobs. A Brown University study estimated the cost of the Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan wars at $3.7 trillion, or $31,000 for every family in America. This counts benefits to disabled vets — nearly half of the 1.25 million who served have made health or disability claims.  It also counts the interest on the debt incurred to finance the wars — $185 billion.

A U Mass/Amherst study showed that $1 billion of military spending created 8,555 jobs and added $565 million to the economy. That sounds great until you compare it to other ways the money could have been spent. That same $1 billion given back to your family as a tax cut would have created 10,779 jobs and put $505 million into the economy as retail spending.

The best way to create jobs? Spend $1 billion on building mass transit. That creates 19,795 construction jobs and puts $880 billion into the economy. If you want to leverage that $1 billion in government spending into the best bang for the buck, try spending it on education. It puts $1.3 billion into the economy, while creating 17,687 jobs.

Even more important than the money are the lives disrupted. A quarter of a million people were killed, half of them Iraqi civilians.  The wounded total 365,000, while 7.8  million have been displaced.

As put so well by Reuters reporter Daniel Trotta:

In one sense, the report measures the cost of 9/11, the American shorthand for the events of September 11, 2001. Nineteen hijackers plus other al Qaeda plotters spent an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 on the plane attacks that killed 2,995 people and caused $50 billion to $100 billion in economic damages.What followed were three wars in which $50 billion amounts to a rounding error. For every person killed on September 11, another 73 have been killed since.

Perhaps it’s time to admit we can no longer afford the true cost of war. Tell us in How Much Should the U.S. Spend on National Security?

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This Week in Radio History: 8/25 – 8/31

August 26 On this day in 1873 Lee De Forest was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the inventor of the Audion vacuum (radio) tube. More on the Founding Fathers of Radio…

August 28 On this day in 1922, WEAF in New York City aired the first radio commercial. It was for a Queensboro Realty and cost $100 dollars for 10 minutes.

August 29 On this day in 1958 – Alan Freed’s “Big Beat Show” opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Alan Freed is the Cleveland DJ who coined the term “Rock and Roll”. More about Alan Freed…

August 31 On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama bringing catastrophic devastation. The only New Orleans radio station to stay on the air with only temporary interruption was WWL-AM. More about Katrina and WWL-AM…

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Get Tickets for Million Second Quiz

NBC’s cool new trivia show The Million Second Quiz premieres on September 9th, and if you want to be part of the action over the course of the event you can now order audience tickets. Premiere night is already sold out, but there are plenty of other dates available. It all takes place in New York City and you must be at least 16 years old to be an audience member. You can request up to three tickets for each date.

To order your free tickets, head over to 1iota.com. You’ll need to register with the site first, and then you can choose your date(s) and get your tickets.

This one has the potential to be a lot of fun for audiences both live and at home, so don’t miss out! And if you’re looking for casting opportunities, check out our casting calls page for those. Let us know if you’re trying out for the show or getting audience tickets!

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Don Imus is Still Radio’s Top Cowboy

I took some time this week to watch Don Imus’ radio show on Fox Business Network. (And yes, I realize the irony in saying I’m listening to radio on the TV.) I have been a fan of Imus for a very long time and in my view, he can do little wrong. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea and surely over the years he has been too controversial for some and offensive to others. But, if there is anyone who typifies how a radio personality should conduct himself, it’s Don Imus. Read more and I’ll explain. (Photo Credit: © WABC-AM/New York)
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4,000 reasons to appreciate Ichiro

If Ichiro Suzuki had started his baseball career in the United States, we might all be talking about another record chase right now. And it would be one of the most renowned in sports.

The New York Yankees outfielder hit a milestone on Wednesday with his 4,000th professional hit, an acnievement only reached by two other players: Ty Cobb and Pete Rose.

Because record-keepers treat Japan as another minor league, there’s no real threat to Rose’s record of 4,256 or even Cobb’s 4,191. But even if Japanese baseball is treated on the level of Triple-A, just five players have 4,000 hits combined between the majors and minors, according to ESPN.com’s Jim Caple. Those are Rose, Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and a little-known Pacific Coast Leaguer named Jigger Statz, who had 737 big-league hits and 3,356 with Los Angeles of the PCL in 18 seasons.

“It’s not a goal that I have,” Ichiro said of catching Rose’s 4,256, to ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s not a number that I’m looking at. I’m just coming to the ballpark every day, seeing if I’m in the lineup, keeping my schedule so that I’m in the lineup so that I can perform and do what I can to contribute to this team.”

Even if you count his big-league hits (2,722) alone, he just passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time list and is two behind Roberto Alomar. And he’s done it in just 13 seasons, and those 2,722 hits are the most for any player ever in a 13-year span. He’s third on the list of active players in big-league hits, behind two teammates (Derek Jeter with 3,308 and Alex Rodriguez with 2,917). I like Ichiro to get to 3,000 before A-Rod.

Ichiro will be 40 next October, and his contract will be expiring. So he has an outside shot at 3,000 in the big-leagues, but might need a new deal to get there. But regardless, his spot in Cooperstown is certainly secure, and he’ll be the first from Japan to be in the Hall.


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Strip House Key West restaurant

Strip House: Top Key West Dining

Strip House Key West restaurant

One luxury travel perk: visiting the mainland U.S.’s semi-tropical, magical isle of Key West.

I’ve recommended Ocean Key Resort & Spa as a nice place to stay.

Strip House Key West lounge

Dining? Got a rec, too. Set in The Reach, a Waldorf-Astoria Resort, Strip House serves sensational steaks (including the namesake New York Strip) and delectable seafood. Inside, Strip House resembles a burlesque club; outside, it’s a deluxe beach deck.

  • Check out about the seductive menu, sultry paintings, and signature 24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House on Key West >>

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Dr. Oz Leaps to Aid of Woman Struck by Taxi

Not more than a week or so ago, talk show host Stephen Colbert did a story on celebrities leaping into action to save people’s lives. Celebrities like Kate Winslet, who carried billionaire Richard Branson’s mother out of a burning house, and John Malkovich, who helped save a man who slashed his neck on scaffolding.

That story ended with Matt Damon saving Colbert’s life after a vending machine fell on top of him. It was a clever spoof that twisted into an unexpected interview.

But for Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show,  the hero act was no joke on Tuesday. The daytime talk show host leapt into action after a man and woman were struck by a taxi cab in New York City. The taxi jumped a curb and the driver accidentally hit the gas.

According to report, Dr. Oz heard the crash from his office and rushed down to the street to help. First responders were already on the scene treating the woman, according to Dr. Oz’s reps.

But other reports say the cab severed a British tourist’s foot at the ankle. Good Samaritans stopped the bleeding with a belt tourniquet and retrieved her foot. A food vendor stored the foot in a cooler.

As one Good Samaritan, David Justino, was applying the tourniquet, someone tapped him on the shoulder. “I was a little bit angry. I said, ‘I’m waiting for a doctor.’ He said, ‘I’m Dr. Oz,’” Justino told Los Angeles Times reporter Tina Susman.

Dr. Oz gave credit to the Samaritans, saying their fast action saved the woman’s life.


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Monday Morning Manager: Soriano streaking in pinstripes

New life in pinstripes? That’s certainly the definitive case for Alfonso Soriano.

He entered Sunday’s game with 15 hits in his last 22 at-bats, and had 18 RBI in five games, which tied an MLB record.

The 37-year-old outfielder who was traded from the Cubs for a low-level minor-league pitcher has nine home runs since the All-Star break and eight homers in 21 games with the Yankees, giving New York some right-handed pop that was much needed.

And Brian Cashman is going to the well again. The Yankees GM picked up Mark Reynolds off the waiver wire from Cleveland last week, and he hit a home run in his first at-bat Friday after being in a dreadful slump with the Indians. And then he came through with an pinch-hit single off the bench that drove in a run at Boston on Sunday night.

Sure, the Yankees have lots of money at their disposal, but they seem to know how to bargain hunt with the best of them as well.

On to this week’s Monday Morning Manager:


Alfonso Soriano, Yankees: See above. He entered Sunday’s game with 15 hits in his.

Joe Mauer, Twins: He’s overlooked in a league with Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, but Mauer is quietly having another fantastic season. He’s hitting .323 with 11 homers on a poor team and  is hitting .419 in August.

Yu Darvish, Rangers: He’s been dominant since the All-Star break, allowing just eight earned runs in six starts. He’s at 12-5 with a 2.64 ERA and has put himself squarely in the AL Cy Young race — which seems to be Max Scherzer’s to lose at this point. Darvish leads the majors in strikeouts with 214 in 161 innings.


Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: Epitomizing what has happened to the Phillies this year. Went 4 for 4 in a win on Sunday, but still has just two homers and 14 RBI in 62 games this season after a career year in 2012.

Austin Jackson, Tigers: Detroit needs him to get on base, and he’s not doing it as well as he should. Their leadoff hitter’s OBP is just .333 and he broke a 1 for 24 skid with two hits Sunday.

Jake Westbrook, Cardinals: He was 7-4 with a 2.95 ERA on July 24, but has been hit hard in his last four starts, all losses. His ERA has swelled to 4.35.

TOP 10

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-51, last week No. 3)

2. Atlanta Braves (76-48, last week No. 1)

3. Detroit Tigers (73-51, last week No. 2)

4. Boston Red Sox (73-53, last week No. 4)

5. Texas Rangers (71-53, last week No. 6)

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (72-51, last week No. 5)

7. St. Louis Cardinals (71-52, last week No. 7)

8. Cincinnati Reds (70-54, last week No. 9)

9. Tampa Bay Rays (70-52, last week No. 8)

10. Oakland A’s (70-53, last week No. 10)


26. Milwaukee Brewers (54-70, last week No. 27)

27. Philadelphia Phillies (54-69, last week unranked)

28. Miami Marlins (47-75, last week No. 28)

29. Chicago White Sox (49-74, last week No. 29)

30. Houston Astros (41-82, last week No. 30)

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