The Vampire Diaries: Ian Somerhalder – All About Damon Salvatore plus Vicki and Caroline

Yeow! What a kewtie!

Courtesy of TheCWSource

Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries talks about the real Damon Salvatore, his motivations, his true interest on Elena and Caroline, and how fun it is for him to play him.

Produced and Edited by Catalina Walsh – Camera by Porter Versfelt III – Production Assistant: Zenaida Gorbea – A Tribune Interactive Production

Is Vicki a vampire? Why is she so messed up? How fun is it to play her? Actress Kayla Ewell answers all these questions right here.

Interview with Candice Accola – Caroline after the break:

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October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. 4 comments.

‘The Damned United’ trailer and clips…

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October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Film, Popular Culture, Sports. Comments off.

Update: Chuck Hagel to replace Gates? McDonough replaces Lippert and speechwriter Ben Rhodes will take on National Security duties; Backlash? Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser Resigns(Lippert was Obama’s NSA adviser during the campaign also)

Update: Ace HQ posts on a ROY that Hagel is in and Gates out within a year. Sounds like peeps are getting clued into the antiHawk stance of TOTUS and withdrawing from posts. Get out of there Hillary!

As Think Progress notes, last night the boss floated a very well-sourced rumor that Secretary Gates will be out by the end of the year and replaced by Chuck Hagel, who the boss described as an “advocate of retreat everywhere.”

Politico:

Taking Lippert’s place as chief of staff to the National Security Council will be Denis McDonough, a deputy national security adviser, and chief foreign policy speechwriter Ben Rhodes will step up to assume some of McDonough’s responsibilities, the administration announced.

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October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Wheel of Time: The Gathering Storm – Interview with Brandon Sanderson & Harriet McDougal

Our previous posts on the much loved much missed Robert Jordan and his epic Wheel of Time series here. MiM has already preordered the signed limited edition, we drove to San Diego from Phoenix many moons ago to meet Robert Jordan at the wonderful independent bookstore Mysterious Galaxy (in our blogroll). An amazingly kind individual with a talent as big as his heart.

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Courtesy or TOR/Forge:

Robert Jordan’s widow and editor Harriet McDougal and bestselling author Brandon Sanderson get together and talk about how Harriet picked Brandon to complete the beloved Wheel of Time® series and how Brandon first saw the final notes and material left by Jordan. These notes and material have now become The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light.

The Gathering Storm goes on sale October 27, 2009!

For more information, visit http://tor-forge.com/thegatheringstorm

October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, graphic art, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy. 1 comment.

Gentle Ben on the Hill: Takes Bair’s Position on Uber-Regulator! Agrees Fed should share power with panel on risk oversight!

Timmeh demonstrates his 'paper beats rock' economic plan to Ben (Reuters Photo / Lucas Jackson)

Timmeh demonstrates his 'paper beats rock' economic plan to Ben (Reuters Photo / Lucas Jackson)

WOW! A whole new tone from Ben! He is now on board with Sheila Bair of FDIC and Mary Schapiro of SEC’s positions, that no single regulator should have this power. And MiM totally agrees!!

See our previous post on Timmeh cursing out Sheila and Mary when they pushed back on his super regulator plan here

To watch Ben’s testimony LIVE in front of Congress see CNBC Live link here

CNBC:

The head of the Federal Reserve adopted a new tone Thursday over a key plank of the Obama administration’s proposed plan for financial regulation reform, saying new oversight powers proposed for the U.S. central bank should be shared with other regulators.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional panel that a new council of financial regulators, not just the Federal Reserve, should monitor systemic risk in the economy.Bernanke’s comments came amid growing skepticism in Congress and beyond about an administration proposal to give the Fed the lead role in policing the economy for systemic risk, albeit in coordination with an inter-agency council.

..He also told the panel all systemically important financial firms should answer to a consolidated regulator, whether or not the firms own banks.

But an inter-agency council should be used to monitor the very broadest sorts of risk, he said, placing new emphasis on an idea embraced by increasingly vocal critics of the Fed.

October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, FDIC, Finance, Obama Administration, Wall St. 1 comment.

Update: DOW closes down 203-ISM well below expectations, 30 yr bond hits 4.00%, pending home sales rocket -Market Mover Thursday: Weekly Jobless claims rise..

Update: 4:54 pm EST: DOW closes down 203 to 9509.28; S & P down 27.23 to 1029.85, NAS down 64.94 to 2057.48

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Update 1:22pm EST:

DOW now down 176.85 to 9535.43

S & P off 23.29 to 1033.79

NAS down 58.05 to 2066.37

30 yr now 3.95%!

10 yr 3.19%

Update: ISM well below expectations 52.6, that is a DROP from August reading of 52.9, thus delta going wrong way…DOW now down 82 to 9630…

but pending home sales JUMP (IMO off the pending END to the homebuyer tax credit, ends Nov 30th) markets ricocheting off the data…

Pending Home Sales rocket, NAR says it is due to paperwork backlogs wha?
Okay NAR says pending home sales UP but NOT NECESSARILY CLOSING, ahh funding and appraisal disputes abound, NAR says sales up on short sales pending for ‘complex appraisal rules’.:

up 16% in the West
up 8.2% in the NorthEast
up 3.1% in Midwest
up 0.8% in the South

wall_st_bear_small‘unexpectedly’ (Only to the Hopium Smokin’ KoolAid Drinkin’ Pundits is this ‘unexpected’)

This is the weekly jobs number, the big one, monthly August jobs data will be released tomorrow.

Breaking on CNBC-

Weekly jobless claims (week ending 09/26) rise 17,000 to 551,000

Personal spending up 0.3%– 1.3% all Clunkers

Initial claims for state unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 551,000 in the week ending Sept. 26 from a revised 534,000 in the previous week. Analysts polled by\ Reuters were expecting claims of 530,000, which would have been unchanged from the previously reported figure…

..Government data on Wednesday showed spending dropped at a 0.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter after rising 0.6 percent in the January-March period…

Jim Rogers joins MiM’s bandwagon in a call we are  ‘facing retro 70s inflation’

The US faces high inflation because of the weak dollar and the Federal Reserve’s policy of printing money to counter the effects of the crisis, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday. Price rises in the US are already steeper than the inflation rate reported by the government, Rogers added.”There’s no question the US is vulnerable to hyperinflation down the road or certainly the inflation we saw in the 1970s, I would expect that to come back in the foreseeable future, certainly in the next few years,” he said.


“The true inflation rate in America? It’s certainly at least 6 or 7 percent, the US government lies about it, as you know, everybody who shops knows that prices are up, everybody except the US government, and I wish we knew where they shopped so we can shop there too and get good prices.”

Rogers repeated his view that the Fed’s quantitative easing program is “debasing the currency” and said he was “extremely worried” about the fate of the dollar over the long term…..

Waiting for September ISM release..

October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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