Chile Earthquake – Impending Doom?

Chile Earthquake – Impending Doom?

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Many questions are arising after a massive 8.8 earthquake shook Chile yesterday in the early hours of the morning. What do these earthquakes mean for the future of the world and does it mean it’s a sign of ‘the end’?

Chile Earthquake Details

Magnitude 8.8
Date-Time
  • Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC
  • Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 03:34:14 AM at epicenter
Location 35.846°S, 72.719°W
Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
Distances 100 km (60 miles) NNW of Chillan, Chile
105 km (65 miles) WSW of Talca, Chile
115 km (70 miles) NNE of Concepcion, Chile
325 km (200 miles) SW of SANTIAGO, Chile

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President Clinton Hospitalized

President Clinton Hospitalized

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A source close to Former President Bill Clinton said he was “in good spirits” today after undergoing a procedure to insert two stents (stents are tiny tubes that are inserted into narrow or blocked blood vessels to help move blood through better) into one of his coronary arteries.

Clinton who will be 64 this year was hospitalized at the Columbia campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital after experiencing discomfort in his chest. He is currently being kept for observation.

President Clinton’s work in Haiti is especially needed right now (He was named United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009).

We here at WES wish the President a quick and speedy recovery.

Uganda Proposes Anti-Gay Bill

Uganda Proposes Anti-Gay Bill

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World leaders, including President Obama, are condemning Uganda for proposing a bill that would make being gay not only illegal but would call for the death penalty or life imprisonment for HIV-positive homosexuals who have sex with minors.

U.S. President Barack Obama criticized the Ugandan measure while speaking at a prayer breakfast Thursday in Washington.  “We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed, most recently in Uganda,” he said.

The bill’s author, Ugandan politician David Bahati, has this response to nations threatening to withhold aid if his measure passes.  “We would rather stay with our values and you stay with your money,” he said.  

Gay rights activists in Uganda say the measure has intensified anti-gay prejudice. Pepe Julia Onzeima says she has been harassed frequently. “I have been picked up off the street, detained for sometime, ridiculed, intimidated, some money taken away from my wallet, and then I am.. .you know, they release me, they tell me ‘go,’ ” she said. 

Anti-gay measures have emerged in some east African countries in recent months. Kenya and Tanzania already have anti-gay laws that gay rights activists fear could be expanded. (Voice of America, 2010)

Karen Schmeer, Award Winning Film Editor, Dies at 39

Karen Schmeer, Award Winning Film Editor, Dies at 39

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Karen Schmeer was a beautiful soul who edited award winning Sundance film Sergio, The Fog of War, and Sketches of Frank Gehry with Sydney Pollack.

Karen passed away on Friday afternoon after a getaway car (2 men were trying to steal over the counter medications from a local CVS) struck her on New York City’s Broadway and West 90th intersection.

“She was just extremely loved by many, many friends,” Schmeer’s mother told The AP.

Documentarian Morris mourned the editor’s death through Twitter.

“An extraordinary editor makes possible something that would not have been possible without them. Karen Schmeer was an extraordinary editor,”he tweeted.

And later, “The only thing more appalling than life is death.”

Schmeer’s colleagues paid their respects at the Sundance Film Festival Awards on Saturday evening.

The driver of the car was arrested on a murder charge shortly after the accident, but police are still looking for two other suspects, police told The AP.

Conan O’Brien Exits NBC

Conan O’Brien Exits NBC

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As I’m sure everyone has heard by now, Mr. O’Brien has exited NBC with a 45 million dollar deal. His last show will be today (Friday, January 22).

Reportedly 12 million of the 45 million dollar deal will go to his staffers, most of whom moved from New York City (just like Conan did..) to Los Angeles to continue working on his show. Unfortunately the breakdown of severance for each employee doesn’t amount to that much when you tally up how many people will be out of a job. It has also been reported that only Conan’s top paid employees (likely the Max Weinberg band, Andy Richter, producers, and writers) will continue on when and if the show moves to another network. However, due to the exit contract’s stipulations it looks like the show won’t be able to start up somewhere else until September.. for many that’s a long time to go without a monthly salary.

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