What they say, and what they really mean – David Carroll’s Chattanooga Radio and TV

Have you ever noticed that when famous people issue statements, or answer difficult interview questions, that they often say the same things? It’s almost as if there is a rule book somewhere, filled with excuses.

Source: What they say, and what they really mean – David Carroll’s Chattanooga Radio and TV

This is really well written. What David Carroll has to say is so right.

Why I’m Over Being Faith-Shamed By Other Christians | john pavlovitz

I am over being shamed by other Christians for my views on the things happening in the world and for pushing hard against the bigotry and hatred I see in America. Really over it. Maybe you know wha…

Source: Why I’m Over Being Faith-Shamed By Other Christians | john pavlovitz

I am a left leaning Christian who believes with my heart and mind. My faith tradition is one of inclusion, inspiration and involvement in not only the parish but the planet.

Macy’s is closing 68 stores, cutting 10,000 jobs – Jan. 4, 2017 CNN-Money

Macy’s said Wednesday it’s shutting down 68 stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs.The announcement was issued alongside an unfavorable earnings report, showing comparable store sales dipped 2.1% last quarter. The news caused its stock to plunge nearly 10% during after-hours trading Wednesday.

Source: Macy’s is closing 68 stores, cutting 10,000 jobs – Jan. 4, 2017

Macy’s has been a retail giant and an American institution for generations. A lot of retailers are facing similar decisions. Although there is not a a Macy’s where I live this still has a significant impact in how we buy goods and where does this model of store fit in a highly online world.

AT&T to buy Time Warner in media mega-deal – Oct. 22, 2016 – CNN Money

AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to an $85 billion deal — one of the biggest media tie-ups ever.The move, announced Saturday evening, will help AT&T expand beyond wireless and Internet service into programming. Time Warner is the parent of CNN, TNT, HBO, the Warner Bros. studio, and other channels and websites. AT&T to buy Time Warner in media mega-deal – Oct. 22, 2016

This move caught me off guard. Granted I wasn’t looking for it though. AT&T and TimeWarner are two of America’s largest distribution and media companies. I am not sure this is good for competition or for diversity in opinions. We will have to see how this shakes out or even gets approval by the federal government. AT&T recently bought DirecTV and TimeWarner was bought by AOL years ago and spun AOL off to independent operation. Again, wow, this is huge!

Meet CoverGirl’s First Ever CoverBoy, James Charles | TIME

CoverGirl made history with the appointment of 17-year-old James Charles as its newest spokesmodel—or, shall we say, CoverBoy—to work with brand ambassador Katy Perry. Meet CoverGirl’s First Ever CoverBoy, James Charles | TIME

This story is inspiring. For a young man to pursue life, liberty and happiness on his terms and not by the traditional rules is refreshing. His chosen art medium is cosmetics and for him to embrace it fully speaks to his credibility. To me as long as he is doing what he loves its cool with me.

Hurricane Matthew’s U.S. Impacts: What We Know Right Now | The Weather Channel

Here is the latest on what we know about Matthew in terms of U.S. impacts right now. Source: Hurricane Matthew’s U.S. Impacts: What We Know Right Now | The Weather Channel

Keep the folks who are in the path of this hurricane in your thoughts and prayers. Donate if you can to relief efforts that might be needed. It’s going to be a tough few days ahead for many people who are going to be impacted. If any of you who are in the path please be safe.

Prisma – A Great Photo Filtering App

Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns.

Source: Prisma

I started using Prisma today after hearing about it and seeing others use it. Normally I don’t filter my pix, even on Instagram. This app will let me tell my story from a different perspective. It’s available for Android and that iPhone thingy.

A New Star Trek Series Is Coming to CBS – Time.com

The iconic show will live long and prosper

Source: A New Star Trek Series Is Coming to CBS

A new Star Trek series would be welcome to broadcast. I am not so sure about it’s long term run on a streaming platform no one I know uses. Maybe they should re-think this.