Dr. Who: David Tennant on ‘Planet of the Dead’ and his final days as The Doctor…

'Dr. Who: Planet of the Dead' starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan

'Dr. Who: Planet of the Dead' starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan

Thinking of David Tennant leaving Dr. Who makes me want to sing I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her (his!) Face from My Fair Lady….awwww! lol…

BBC has an interview with The Doctor..

David Tennant says he got emotional while reading his final moments as the 10th Doctor Who. The Scottish actor has six weeks left of filming and with the first of four Doctor Who specials airing on BBC One on Easter Saturday, he’ll soon hand over his galactic reins to doctor number 11, Matt Smith.

What can we expect from the Dr Who Easter special, Planet Of The Dead?

It starts with Michelle Ryan in a catsuit stealing something important. Then she tries to escape on a red bus, a London red bus. But London transport being what it is, it slips through a wormhole in time and space and ends up on a planet on the other side of the universe…

…It’s quite a romp I think. It’s got some dark moments. There’s a tiny little hint at the very end that it’s all about to get a lot darker. Because obviously at the end of the year it’s the end of the line for the 10th doctor. This is kind of a romp. This is the last time the doctor gets to have fun, in a way….

On the final three specials with David, air dates:

We don’t really know yet. Number two will be in the autumn sometime and then the final two-part finale will be Christmas and New Year I would think.

Planet Of The Dead is on BBC One on Easter Saturday at 6.45pm.

On the next special, here is the latest courtesy of Den of Geek:

During an interview with the magazine the writer of Planet of the Dead (the first of this year’s specials) said, “the Easter Special is pretty much all we’ve got until Christmas.” The second special has recently started filming with Lindsay Duncan spotted on set with David Tennant, a “robot”, some snow and Ood Sigma….

Dr Who Special 2: Lindsay Duncan spotted on set with David Tennant, a "robot", some snow and Ood Sigma

Dr Who Special 2: Lindsay Duncan spotted on set with David Tennant, a "robot", some snow and Ood Sigma

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April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. 2 comments.

Market Update: Off to the Races on Wells Fargo Profits Call…

Half an hour to the close and DOW is up 214 to 8052, S & P up 26 to 851 and NAS up 52 to 1643..

The markets are ecstatic over the Wells Fargo profit talk and the fact that the stress tests are over, even though we have no idea how they went, what metrics they used and what 1Q earnings look like for the financials…(aside from Wells who released early)

But since Wells stepped up to the plate with the news that the Wachovia acquisition may give them a record profit, investors are hopeful that the big financials will begin leaking the news that they feel they have passed their stress tests…

CNBC:

Wells Fargo‘s acquisition of Wachovia late last year helped the bank generate a surprisingly healthy $3 billion in earnings for the first quarter, Wells Fargo CFO Howard Atkins told CNBC.Wells Fargo, the fourth-biggest US bank, stunned investors Thursday by announcing it expected the record results. The news sent the bank’s stock [WFC 19.20 4.31 (+28.95%) ]soaring and pushed the entire stock market higher.

In a live interview, Atkins said the bank released the results two weeks early because it felt the the news was important to the market.

Seems like a very smart move to release earnings early get ahead of the federal steamrolling TOTUS bank controlling ensnarement mechanism called stress test results….

TOTUS does not want to take the TARP back from the big financials, he wants to control lending. They want to give it back. Good for Wells getting ahead of Geithner…I still wouldnlt buy a bank other than one in Canada though, too risky for me :0)

Advice for Jamie Dimon, send your TARP repayment paperwork to Sheila Bair at FDIC, she does what needs to be done not what she wants to do..ask the regional banks they applied to FDIC not Timmeh….

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

Code Pink Protests Larry Summers at Economic Club Speech…AP says Hillary was right about something (has anyone checked the sky for pigs in flight?)

BWAAAAHAAAAAAA!! Seems Larry’s Hedge Fund payouts did not go unnoticed by Code Pink Parade:

The protestors seem to think Larry is holding TOTUS back, they are yelling he should resign to give Obama a chance, BWAAAHAA!

From VoiceofAmericans2008:

April 9, 2009
Lawrence Summers
Economic Club of Washington

In other through the looking glass news, Drudge actually links to Breitbart picking up an AP yes AP piece noting Hillary said TOTUS would have days like this, pirates, missle launches, you know…3 am stuff…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Clinton said there would be days—and nights—like this.For the second time in four days and with less than three months in office, President Barack Obama has received the “3 a.m. phone call” that Clinton warned about. In their bitter presidential contest, Clinton suggested that her young rival was not ready for a national security crisis.

His tests are coming early: first from the borderline rogue government in North Korea, then from stateless bandits preying on shipping lanes off the East African coast.

A song for Hillary who told us there’d be days like this:

Created by Dseagle50 and The Shirelles

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Finance, Motown, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. 1 comment.

TSCC: Season Finale ‘Born to Run’ Sneak Peeks 1 & 2…

Courtesy of alexdiazleal

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Comments off.

Stevie Nicks: The Soundstage Sessions LIVE…Fleetwood Mac Tour Dates…

MAC IS BACK ON TOUR WOOHOO, STEVIE SOUNDS FABULOUS!

Above and below are a bit shaky  from this tour 3/6/09  but EXCELLENT AUDIO courtesy of barklysdaddy:

Go see excellent quality but embedding disabled clips here

Plus: A new(ish) album from Stevie.  Great cover of Dave Matthews ‘Crash’, and redos of some Stevie classics as well. Short at 10 cuts but hey all Stevie is good Stevie in my book….AMZN has the MP3 download for $8.99…

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AMZN : March 31, 2009 release that finds Rock’s superstar chanteuse performing her signature songs live. Recorded at her October 2007 Soundstage performance, the scintillating concert ranges from Fleetwood Mac classics ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Landslide,’ ‘Sara’ and ‘Dreams’ to her own ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Stand Back.’ An inspiration to artists from Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks to Mary J. Blige, Stevie Nicks continues to inspire fan devotion with The Soundstage Sessions. 10 tracks.

Review by Amazon’s user Rock A Little:

Although not all “new” songs, “The Soundstage Sessions” is Stevie’s first live album, and first album of completely new recordings in 8 years. What makes this album so special is that it was produced to sound like a studio album. The album was recorded at Grainger Studio in Oct. 2007, and Stevie is proud of the amount of post-production work that has gone into this release. Stevie is also a master of sequencing, and each song flows into the next seamlessly. “Stand Back” opens up the album, and gets everything going. “Beauty and the Beast” closes the album, and along with “Crash into Me”, was one of the most anticipated songs of this release. I would recommend this to all fans, because even for the “die-hards”, this release offers something new and exciting.

Back at the Ranch, the Fleetwood Mac Tour is on the road, WOOHOO!

From Stevie Fan Site:

What’s the Unleashed 2009 Tour set list? The concert is two and a half hours long. Songs in performance order:

Monday Morning, The Chain, Dreams, I Know I’m Not Wrong, Gypsy, Go Insane, Rhiannon, Second Hand News, Tusk, Sara, Big Love, Landslide, Storms, Say You Love Me, Gold Dust Woman, Oh Well, I’m So Afraid, Stand Back, Go Your Own Way, World Turning, Don’t Stop, Silver Springs. Watch opening night video clips.

Fleetwood Mac Unleashed: Hits Tour 2009 Dates and Venues here, VIP packages available to meet Mick as well..

They are in AZ on my wedding anniversary so you know, it’s a sign from God that we must go, or so I told Mr MiM anyway…

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Music. 1 comment.

Homage to Dylan Ratigan’s CNBC Days…

While we wait to see where Dylan appears next, the WOTS is  ABC ,

I refreshed before publishing and Dylan has Tweeted confirmation he is moving to ABC,

Okay, Najarian says it is a fake Twitter, LOL!! Hey he has a non compete clause so they can’t say much…we know he will go somewhere :0)

Business Insider:

Former CNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is probably headed to ABC News. When? We don’t know.

Earlier, “Ratigan” confirmed the move on Twitter: “yes, going to ABC stay tuned,” he said.

But CNBC regular Jon Najarian says the “dylanratigan” account on Twitter is fake.

Earlier: This move, which has been rumored since Ratigan quit his job at CNBC last week, could give Ratigan a much larger, broader audience than he had at NBC’s business cable network.

Reached for comment, ABC rep Jeffrey Schneider wouldn’t discuss the supposed deal, probably because he can’t: Ratigan reportedly has a six-month noncompete clause with CNBC. Schneider did tell us the same thing he told the AP last week: “We think the world of Dylan Ratigan.”..

A look back at some of our favorite Dylan moments on CNBC..

The remake of the Charlie/Dylan ‘What I Got’ episode just splits my sides every frakkin time….

10/7/08

Holiday Fave Carol of the Trades

10/19/08

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April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Finance, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. 2 comments.

Updated:Stimulus Unemployment Extended Benefits and Emergency Benefits Weekly State by State Reporting…

Updated with corrected links thanks commenter!! Note there is a more recent post with Triggers eff 4/19 now up as well…

We have a serious lack of reporting on the state level and in national media about eligibility for the extended benefits in the stimulus, so here are some important resources so we can monitor it ourselves:

PDF here from NELP with guidelines for UE Benefit Extensions

Here is the key information for people needing extended benefits, which may be most of us under the ‘new normal’ PIMCO keeps talking about:

6. Where can workers find out whether their state qualifies for EB under the different “trigger” formulas in order to collect EB after running out of EUC benefits?

On a weekly basis, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides an update of which states have reached the required unemployment level to trigger on to EB.

The most recent notice is summarized in Table 1, and the weekly DOL notice can be found at:

http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp by selecting
“Extended Benefits Trigger Notice.”

Here is the status of triggered extended benefits by state as of April 5th:

TRIGGER NOTICE NO. 2009 – 12
STATE EXTENDED BENEFIT (E.B.) INDICATORS UNDER P.L. 102-318
Effective April 5, 2009


INDICATORS STATUS
13 Weeks
Insured
Unemployment
Rate
Percent
of Prior
2 Years
3 months
S.A.
T.U.R.
Percent of prior Periods
Year Second
Year
Available
Weeks
Begin Date(B)
End Date(E)

& Alabama 3.83 236 7.6 194 223 E 06-04-1983
@ Alaska 5.52 113 7.6 118 124 13 B 01-25-2009
& Arizona 3.18 286 7.0 159 184 E 10-23-1982
& Arkansas 4.99 170 6.2 129 121 E 03-26-1983
@ & California 5.02 176 9.7 159 197 20 B 02-22-2009
& Colorado 2.82 218 6.5 151 166 E 01-24-1981
#@ Connecticut 5.14 170 7.1 142 161 13 B 02-15-2009
* & Delaware 4.16 166 6.6 169 200 E 07-17-1982
& District of Col 1.44 165 9.1 154 165 E 01-24-1981
* & Florida 3.57 243 8.6 172 238 E 01-24-1981
* & Georgia 3.85 240 8.4 158 195 E 01-24-1981
& Hawaii 3.21 262 5.9 190 256 E 01-24-1981
# & Idaho 6.90 208 6.5 175 232 13 B 02-08-2009
# & Illinois 5.13 175 7.9 138 168 13 B 04-05-2009
# & Indiana 5.53 211 8.8 183 187 13 B 03-15-2009
* & Iowa 4.35 170 4.7 120 127 E 06-04-1983
Kansas 3.42 210 5.6 140 136 E 11-06-1982
* & Kentucky 4.86 216 8.5 154 149 E 03-19-1983
& Louisiana 2.14 182 5.5 144 141 E 02-25-2006
& Maine 4.51 172 7.4 154 164 E 06-25-1994
& Maryland 3.57 195 6.1 169 174 E 07-31-1982
# * & Massachusetts 5.28 159 7.2 156 156 13 B 03-22-2009
# & Michigan 7.74 173 11.3 154 161 13 B 01-25-2009
@ Minnesota 4.48 164 7.4 151 164 13 B 03-29-2009
& Mississippi 3.87 210 8.5 141 130 E 07-16-1983
& Missouri 4.41 189 7.8 144 162 E 06-19-1982
# & Montana 5.63 195 5.5 141 171 13 B 03-15-2009
& Nebraska 2.16 147 4.2 144 144 E 01-24-1981
# & Nevada 5.82 250 9.3 175 211 13 B 02-22-2009
* New Hampshire 3.69 217 4.9 136 132 E 01-24-1981
@ New Jersey 5.49 161 7.4 160 176 13 B 03-15-2009
New Mexico 3.15 189 5.1 137 137 E 11-27-1982
& New York 4.38 171 7.1 151 161 E 01-24-1981
#@ North Carolina 5.26 230 9.5 186 206 20 B 03-29-2009
* & North Dakota 2.89 150 3.9 130 125 E 06-11-1983
& Ohio 4.91 192 8.6 148 156 E 05-14-1983
& Oklahoma 2.28 219 5.0 147 119 E 01-24-1981
@ Oregon 7.28 219 9.6 181 188 20 B 02-15-2009
# & Pennsylvania 6.31 166 7.0 148 162 13 B 02-15-2009
# & Puerto Rico 5.41 149 13.6 124 130 13 B 01-25-2009
@ Rhode Island 5.95 156 10.1 160 210 20 B 11-09-2008
# & South Carolina 5.34 221 10.0 175 172 13 B 03-08-2009
* & South Dakota 1.89 192 4.2 155 140 E 01-24-1981
& Tennessee 4.13 234 8.4 155 182 E 09-25-1982
& Texas 2.20 197 6.1 138 135 E 01-24-1981
* & Utah 3.31 289 4.6 148 184 E 06-25-1983
#@ Vermont 5.38 164 6.6 157 169 13 B 03-22-2009
& Virgin Islands 2.27 177 6.8 212 309 E 08-06-1983
& Virginia 2.47 219 5.9 173 210 E 01-24-1981
@ * Washington 4.97 214 7.6 165 165 13 B 02-15-2009
& West Virginia 4.08 153 5.2 123 123 E 07-13-1991
# & Wisconsin 6.46 170 6.9 153 140 13 B 02-22-2009
* & Wyoming 2.72 203 3.6 128 124 E 06-13-1987

Total Number “ON”: 23 15 8

* – State does not have 6 % I.U.R option in law
& – State does not have T.U.R option in law April 02, 2009

@ – State “ON” by 3-month average T.U.R
# – State “ON” by 13-week I.U.R
I.U.R reflects 13-week period ending March 21, 2009
T.U.R reflects avg. seasonally adjusted T.U.R for 3-month period end February 2009

Here is the status of triggered Emergency benefits by state as of April 5th:

EUC 2008 TRIGGER NOTICE NO. 2008 – 12
SECOND TIER EUC 2008 TRIGGERS UNDER P.L. 110-449
Effective April 5, 2009

State 13 Weeks IUR 3 months SA TUR Status Effective Date
Alabama 3.83 7.6 ON 2/15/2009
Alaska 5.52 7.6 ON 7/6/2008
Arizona 3.18 7.0 ON 1/4/2009
Arkansas 4.99 6.2 ON 1/25/2009
California 5.02 9.7 ON 7/6/2008
Colorado 2.82 6.5 WILL BEGIN 4/12/2009
Connecticut 5.14 7.1 ON 11/9/2008
Delaware 4.16 6.6 ON 3/29/2009
District of Columbia 1.44 9.1 ON 7/6/2008
Florida 3.57 8.6 ON 10/5/2008
Georgia 3.85 8.4 ON 11/9/2008
Hawaii 3.21 5.9
Idaho 6.90 6.5 ON 1/18/2009
Illinois 5.13 7.9 ON 8/3/2008
Indiana 5.53 8.8 ON 10/5/2008
Iowa 4.35 4.7 ON 3/22/2009
Kansas 3.42 5.6
Kentucky 4.86 8.5 ON 8/3/2008
Louisiana 2.14 5.5
Maine 4.51 7.4 ON 2/15/2009
Maryland 3.57 6.1 WILL BEGIN 4/12/2009
Massachusetts 5.28 7.2 ON 2/15/2009
Michigan 7.74 11.3 ON 7/6/2008
Minnesota 4.48 7.4 ON 11/9/2008
Mississippi 3.87 8.5 ON 7/6/2008
Missouri 4.41 7.8 ON 10/5/2008
Montana 5.63 5.5 ON 2/15/2009
Nebraska 2.16 4.2
Nevada 5.82 9.3 ON 8/3/2008
New Hampshire 3.69 4.9
New Jersey 5.49 7.4 ON 1/4/2009
New Mexico 3.15 5.1
New York 4.38 7.1 ON 2/15/2009
North Carolina 5.26 9.5 ON 9/7/2008
North Dakota 2.89 3.9
Ohio 4.91 8.6 ON 8/3/2008
Oklahoma 2.28 5.0
Oregon 7.28 9.6 ON 11/9/2008
Pennsylvania 6.31 7.0 ON 1/18/2009
Puerto Rico 5.41 13.6 ON 7/6/2008
Rhode Island 5.95 10.1 ON 7/6/2008
South Carolina 5.34 10.0 ON 8/3/2008
South Dakota 1.89 4.2
Tennessee 4.13 8.4 ON 8/3/2008
Texas 2.20 6.1 WILL BEGIN 4/12/2009
Utah 3.31 4.6
Vermont 5.38 6.6 ON 2/15/2009
Virgin Islands 2.27 4.0 WILL END 4/12/2009
Virginia 2.47 5.9
Washington 4.97 7.6 ON 12/7/2008
West Virginia 4.08 5.2 ON 4/5/2009
Wisconsin 6.46 6.9 ON 1/25/2009
Wyoming 2.72 3.6
All states are eligible for up to 20 weeks of first tier benefits.
37 states are eligible for up to 13 weeks of second tier benefits as of April 5, 2009.
I.U.R reflects 13-week period ending March 21, 2009.
T.U.R reflects avg. seasonally adjusted T.U.R for 3-month period ending February, 2009.

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics. 3 comments.

Stimulus Unemployment 13 week Extension Update…

Ahh FINALLY, some clarity on WTH is going on with the 13 week unemployment benefits extension in the states.

Dissecting this piece in the AZ Republic we get to the bottom of how states have to qualify:

Arizona has an opportunity to take advantage of an additional 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits that could help more than 33,000 residents this year, but lawmakers have been hesitant to accept the funds. Getting the federal stimulus money requires action by the Legislature by the end of its session this spring…

A change in state law on what would trigger the extended benefits is needed to take the money. Arizona officials were confused over contradictory information they had received about whether they could change the law back to keep the state from having to pay the extended benefits once the federal dollars run out.

Although the state and federal government usually split the cost of extended benefits, federal stimulus dollars would pay 100 percent in this case...

So WTH is the delay? Well the state legislators are afraid of hidden strings and who can blame them with Congress Critters running wild changing roolz midgame left and right, Congress is creating this problem just as it is with TALF everyone is afraid to participate.

We have no less than 7 members of the Congressional Black Caucus trying to normalize relations with Cuba while Rev Al and vote fraud riddled ACORN demand OUR ELECTED Sheriff resign ..it is insane…now it is affecting our UE extensions =nationwide= because no one trusts these maroons in D.C….

In addition to having concerns over any long-term consequences, many Arizona lawmakers are leery of requirements from Washington. Federal officials said Arizona can reverse the law. The state can add a “sunset clause” into the legislation that “ends the benefits when 100 percent of federal funding ends,” said Peggy Abrahamson, a Labor Department spokeswoman…

…Arizona lawmakers are still studying the details of the sunset provision. “If we can sunset it when the federal money goes away, fine,” said House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills….

Here is the guts of the extension provision:

The change in state law necessary to receive the funds would include wording that would trigger 13 weeks of extended benefits whenever the unemployment rate exceeds 6.5 percent over a three-month period.

Current AZ benefits:

Arizonans are currently eligible to receive up to 59 weeks of unemployment benefits. The average length of time collecting benefits is between 16 and 17 weeks, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security….Jobless benefits in the state, including a recent $25 addition by the federal government, total a maximum of $265 a week…

Additional UE EXPANSION to P/T workers and some voluntary terminations are still being debated in AZ, but I cannot see it passing here, one of our state legislators already announced we ‘would not follow the nation into socialism’ and told constituents to move out if they think they need more funds and social services after June 2009:

…In a separate matter, House Democrats on Monday called for Brewer to accept $132 million from the federal government for Arizona to modernize its unemployment insurance system…Changes could include providing unemployment benefits to part-time workers or those in job-training programs and allowing unemployment-insurance eligibility to be extended…

April 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics. 3 comments.

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