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Tuesday, April 17, 2021

I’m no wargames expert, but I’ve gotta wonder what the German Defense Ministry was thinking when it chose the Bronx as the fictional setting for an army training simulation.

One of the challenges a Federal Republic soldier has to face in this video:

“You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways… Act.”

Oh, I get it. Germany is teaching its troops how to defend against a “Your momma’s so fat” verbal assault! I admit, the Bronx is the optimal testing ground for honing those skills.

Either that, or someone in Berlin’s high command read Robert Conroy’s “1901″, a rather weak alternate history yarn about Imperial Germany’s invasion of Long Island and New York.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/17/2007 09:34:32 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Political, Society
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While the fall of Don Imus continues to be parsed and analyzed for potential ripple effects, I’m fairly surprised that no one’s really keyed in on the underlying, and more pertinent, reason for his dismissal:

The man who had earned an annual salary of about $10 million…

That’s all I’m going to snip, because that’s all that matters. When a media talent is making that much money, the people signing the checks will pounce on any chance to wipe that salary off the books. Imus may have been pulling in plenty of revenue for CBS, but not enough to convince Les Moonves and others that the network couldn’t attract practically as much with a lower-priced voice behind the mic. Once the major advertisers started bailing out, that just tilted the accounting ledger even more against Imus.

I’m not excusing Imus for his “nappy-headed hos” idiocy, nor am I arguing that the punishment was too severe. But anyone who thinks Imus’ pay rate was just a minor or inconsequential factor in his firing is missing the big picture.

Ultimately, this sequence of events shouldn’t be surprising. In fact, it’s par for the course regarding the radio biz and how it handles its shock-jocks:

[The 2004 firing of Bubba the Love Sponge was] a cynical move, especially because it shows how slimy [Clear Channel], and others like it, is. They’ll put raunchy programming on the air, encourage the personalities to continually push the limits in pursuit of ratings, probably with assurances that they’ll stand behind them. Then, once the heat gets too hot, they stab them in the back. That was the case with Viacom’s “Opie and Andy Show” in New York, and that’s exactly what happened with Bubba. It tells you just how meaningless a contract is in the radio industry.

With Imus, it was a double whammy of money and envelope-pushing.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/17/2007 08:46:20 PM
Category: Celebrity, Radio
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get wet
While Google Maps is continually being granularized down to the street/building/landmark level (at least in the U.S.), it still presumes the use of a car in getting from Point A to Point B. Therefore, if you live in New York City, you get fairly roundabout directions for a route that you’d normally walk. It’s a feature in which other mapping services have Google beat, although probably only for the moment. Indeed, the new My Maps feature on GMaps is partially aimed at creating more foot-friendly routes on the site.

When it comes to aquatic directions, though, Google delivers. Check out the Line 23 leg of these directions from New York City to Paris, France:

Swim across the Atlantic Ocean: 3,462 miles

Followed, appropriately enough, by instructions to take a “slight right” turn once you reach dry land at the Terminal Grand-Bretagne.

All the same, I think I’ll find an alternate source of information for when I plan my European vacation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/17/2007 09:54:09 AM
Category: Internet, New Yorkin'
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