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North Korea's nuclear attention whoring and Supreme Court nomination whining: this week's Media Hype Power Rankings (and a couple of our favorite Headlines of the Week 5/17 - 5/23) 
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Since everyone liked it last week, here's today's Media Hype Power Rankings. If it stays popular, we may make this a regular feature. I tried to find 10 items to rank but since MSM had the day off yesterday, there hasn't been a lot of coverage on anything. So this week, eight is enough.

1. North Korea: Global Attention Whore
North Korea got tired of everyone ignoring it, so it went and set off another nuclear test this weekend. It followed that up with a missile launch. Be interesting to see if China puts its foot down on these shenanigans. North Korea always seems to act up when it wants more foreign aid. The problem with letting them do this is theyre behaving like a 2 year-old child if you let them get away with something theyll keep on pushing. Someone needs to smack these guys down, because in the long run this story ends with these morans having a full blown nuclear arsenal with ICBMs capable of hitting New York.

2. New Supreme Court Nominee
There shouldnt be a peep about this anywhere by next week, unless it turns out that this appointee owes some back taxes just like everyone else the Obama administration picks for positions. By the way, does the Obama Administration do anything without leaking it to the press 24 hours early? Thats a rhetorical question by the way, the answer is no. If youve never noticed this before, keep an eye out.

3. California rules on gay marriage
Expect the usual suspects from both sides to complain about the results, however they end up. For people who dont live in California, heres a short explanation: California screwed itself royally years ago by allowing popular referendums (which cant be overturned by government) on everything under the sun. Last November, one of the referendums was on gay marriage. It didnt pass. The California Supreme Court is ruling today on whether or not banning gay marriage is even constitutional. If this confuses you, dont worry. Its politics.

4. Bad economy
Hey the economy sucks, didn't know if you noticed. Variations on people losing houses, jobs, etc. abound. This inevitably floats toward the top unless something pushes it back down. Latest blip: housing prices slide 20%. In related news, if you want a house in Detroit all you have to do is move into a vacant one and its yours. Youll have to kick out the meth lab folks first though. Also, this just in: oil is expensive.

5. GM going bankrupt
Opinions differ as to the impact on the US economy when this happens. Media musings always talk about the potential GM bankruptcy but cmon, this thing is over and done already. The groundwork was laid in January to prepare the market so the shock wouldnt be huge when it finally hit.

6. Twitter navelgazing
Hey theres going to be a Twitter TV show. The details of which are so vague I cant even write a summary about it. It involves Twitter somehow. This is really just a PR pitch by the guys trying to sell the show to a network. MSM, hook, line, sinker, etc.

7. Death of newspapers
The latest iteration of this: newspapers making rumblings about making all news subscriber-based. News media claiming that giving away the news is whats killing it. Nevermind the fact that subscription revenues barely cover printing costs the bulk of media income comes from advertising. Wait, that would mean that bad ad sales are really at fault here. Dont hold your breath waiting for that in-depth analysis. You wont see it, no one wants to go there. Much the same as how your local paper wont go hard after local car dealerships that take out full page ads in the sports section.

8. Swine Flu
Latest update: 5 more people died from the swine flu. Additionally, the US government has ponied up $190 million for vaccinations. Thats about $1.9 million for every person whos died so far. Meanwhile, 400 people died from the regular flu since Friday.


Off the list from last week:

LA Earthquake
Pirates (aww)
Miss California
Slumdog Kid's House
Tamil Tigers killed


Up and coming:

Shark attacks
Where the hell are the shark attacks? I think they got pushed back on the schedule by Swine Flu

Firework articles
Expect a combination of fireworks safety articles along with stories of mishaps as rednecks everywhere (including myself) combine alcohol with explosives.

Traffic on the 4th of July
Hey! Theres going to be traffic on the 4th of July! This has never happened before.


And now, Fark.com's best Headlines of the Week:

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-05-17 to Sat 2009-05-23:

img1.fark.net  IRS issues scam alert. Warns taxpayers about schemes to get your money and send it overseas, or to people who didn't earn it, or to pay off other pyramid schemes...hey, wait a minute    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Quadruple amputee settles lawsuit. High five    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The Pope encourages young people to use the internet, but says they have to use the same computer for the rest of their lives and they'll go to hell if they use any anti-virus software    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  54 B.C. passport applications lost. Surely they're expired by now    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Police find missing 555-lb teenager by looking in any direction    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Math teacher dismayed to discover she can't get 17 into 37 more than twice  

img1.fark.net  Strong quake shakes Mexico City. Ay, Carrumble    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Someone steals hood of van. Police suspect hoodlums    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Machete fight breaks out between rival gangs of karaoke singers. Local hospital treating injured confirms "They will survive, they will survive, hey hey"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Researcher whose work led to the development of Viagra has passed away. Funeral home struggles with pesky coffin lid    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Honolulu's Internet vote is first in nation, says mayor-elect Rick Astley    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  New York Mets lose after baserunner misses third base and defense makes five errors, expect to lose sponsorship from Chico's Bail Bonds    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Brett Favre will not have sugrey on his injrued amr aftre all    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Police search for missing 75 year-old basketball player, call up the New York Knicks to see if they signed him    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Canadians to build largest optical telescope in the world, capable of looking 6,000 years back into the past when the universe was created (pics)    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Scientists create realistic soccer-playing robots. Bonus: video shows exactly one kick and the robots falling over 14 times, making it extremely lifelike    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  A wood powered pickup truck gets 5,000 mile per cord. Oak, spruce or ash, nobody rides for free    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Steven Spielberg signs on to direct Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. James Earl Ray's rifle to be replaced with walkie-talkie    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Gay sex movie from China causes controversy at Cannes, not that there's anything Wong with that    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "My Name is Earl" to be picked up by TBS, will promptly be renamed "Tyler Perry's 'My Name is Tyler' starring Tyler Perry"    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Bill Clinton to be named special UN envoy to Haiti. Presumably, Hillary wanted him sent somewhere he'd be deathly afraid to have sex with anyone    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Congressman Steven LaTourette addresses Rahm Emanuel as "motherf*cker" at public banquet. If only there were some sort of medical syndrome that could explain such an inappropriate burst of profanity    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Bush says cleaning up his dog's droppings is a sobering reminder that he's no longer president. Obama says cleaning up the Bush administration's droppings is a sobering reminder that he is    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Police arrests at Springsteen concert include 30 for underage drinking. In other news, at least 30 people under age 50 attended last night's Springsteen concert    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Jarvis Cocker says Pulp will never reunite. He said this in a supermarket - I don't know why but he had to say it somewhere, so he said it there    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Philip Glass discusses his music. Philip Glass discusses his music. Philip Glass discusses his music. Philip Glass discusses his music. Philip Glass discusses his music. Philip Glass discusses his music    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  American Express to 4000 employees: "Don't leave home"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Target profit beats estimates on news that people are still willing to pay 20% more than Walmart for the same stuff on clean floors    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  HP profit drops; 6,400 workers to get the boot (6,218 after formatting)    img.fark.net
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34 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2009-05-26 01:17:59 PM
How does this guy get his links greenlit immediately? I mean, it's like he owns the place.
 
2009-05-26 01:21:56 PM
I can not believe that "Bristol Palin graduates high school despite failing Trig" didn't make it. Or was that last week?

/it all runs together for me.
 
2009-05-26 01:22:07 PM
I don't think Obama leaked that he was going golfing.
Surely, he had a tee time.

/is it good form to bring a football with you while golfing?
 
2009-05-26 01:28:10 PM
High five!
 
2009-05-26 01:43:15 PM
doofusgumby: I can't believe I'm Boobiesing to this.

*off to read the blog*


Welcome to Fark.
 
2009-05-26 01:44:59 PM
A wood powered pickup truck gets 5,000 mile per cord. Oak, spruce or ash, nobody rides for free

I wouldn't have seen this otherwise (great headline, btw), so that part of the idea is great. The rankings? They're kinda branded into our brains by the mass number of greenlit threads per each subject.
 
2009-05-26 01:54:08 PM
upside-down text on Australia tower fire not included? wow.

or was that this week?
 
2009-05-26 01:57:51 PM
Would it be possible to have the blog links when clicked not jump to the first unread comment? Clicking (Drew) behaves the same as clicking (7).
 
2009-05-26 01:59:47 PM
Does it really matter about this guy? This is the only part of a real life he/she will ever know. And I am talking about Drew....
 
2009-05-26 02:00:30 PM
Death of newspapers
Well, then they will charge for online content.
And fail in multimedia.
My paper already had a pop up ad on the main page, and I avoid their website.
Out local TV News has a better website with less bells and whistles, no pop ups. I use their site, because I'm not hooked up to TV at home. Ergo, Print media will be the root cause of its own demise. If they want to charge for content, they are going to find out what the Pr0n industry already found out.
There are few and far between paying subscribers out there that will put your kids through college. The local ALT freebie paper has no trouble getting ad revenue or maintaining a relatively decent website, either. It's a matter of either being good or bad at what you do.
 
2009-05-26 02:03:52 PM
Who is this guy and why is he always posting these ridiculous blogs. Are the mods drunk or something that they're letting this stuff get to the main page?

If you feel the need to disclose your opinions to the world why don't get a blog or something. I seriously doubt that the owners of this site appreciate you using their site to spew your liberal agenda
 
2009-05-26 02:05:33 PM
as a homophobe i am literally agast at this decision.
 
2009-05-26 02:05:55 PM
radiumsoup: upside-down text on Australia tower fire not included? wow.

or was that this week?


Not T-shirtable.
 
2009-05-26 02:15:50 PM
I liek this feature, do continue with it ol' chap.
 
2009-05-26 02:15:54 PM
3. California rules on gay marriage
Expect the usual suspects from both sides to complain about the results, however they end up. For people who dont live in California, heres a short explanation: California screwed itself royally years ago by allowing popular referendums (which cant be overturned by government) on everything under the sun. Last November, one of the referendums was on gay marriage. It didnt pass. The California Supreme Court is ruling today on whether or not banning gay marriage is even constitutional. If this confuses you, dont worry. Its politics.


Someone didn't understand Prop 8 at all.
 
2009-05-26 02:18:34 PM
Warpt1: I don't think Obama leaked that he was going golfing.
Surely, he had a tee time.

/is it good form to bring a football with you while golfing?


President Obama: He'll hit a hole in one, and return a punt for a touchdown... at the same time!
 
2009-05-26 02:20:18 PM
I said it before, and I'll say it again.

North Korea is the Lindsay Lohan of the international community. They have to be in the headlines AT ALL TIMES. If they slip from CNN's top 15 stories, they pull some shiat like having a girlfriend, kidnapping American journalists, or just a simple nipple slip/nuclear test to get back up to the top.
 
2009-05-26 02:22:31 PM
Shark attacks
Where the hell are the shark attacks


Right here (new window)
 
2009-05-26 02:23:18 PM
Reported.
 
2009-05-26 02:25:07 PM
I was just thinking about shark attacks. I guess for a change there's actually a little bit of important news to beat to death. Remember how crazy the summer of 2001 was with shark attack reports up until, oh, say, September?
 
2009-05-26 02:27:17 PM
Hiro Nakamura: I was just thinking

Sure, I stopped reading there.
 
2009-05-26 02:29:17 PM
My Gandy Ghetto Yacht Club headline was pretty awesome. In the pure white trailer trash way.
 
2009-05-26 02:33:36 PM
That Rick Astley one is great.
 
2009-05-26 02:34:10 PM
Hiro Nakamura: Remember how crazy the summer of 2001 was with shark attack reports up until, oh, say, September?

In between updates on the missing intern. Her killer may have been found (new window) (was there a Fark thread about this?)
 
2009-05-26 02:53:41 PM
I counted 24 missing apostrophes in that blog. Anyone else have their numbers yet?
 
2009-05-26 02:54:17 PM
Awesome! Keep this feature going.
 
2009-05-26 03:25:08 PM
Drew
but since MSM had the day off yesterday,

They didn't take the day off. They just wrote the 3 standard stories for Memorial/Independence/Veterans day

_____________ lays a wreath at __________ cemetery

___ year old veteran interviewed

Parade down ________ street

With bonus Op Ed about what it really means to be a patriot.
 
2009-05-26 03:56:14 PM
You don't think NK may be more worried by the 37000 US troops on its border, the 50000 in Japan and the continued presence of a hostile nuclear fleet around its coasts than by simply feeling a bit ronery, then?

Kevin5280: I counted 24 missing apostrophes in that blog. Anyone else have their numbers yet?

That way lies madness.
 
2009-05-26 04:04:42 PM
Kevin5280: I counted 24 missing apostrophes in that blog. Anyone else have their numbers yet?

I suspect that his ['/"] key is broken, because I don't see any double quote marks in the blog either.
 
2009-05-26 04:37:15 PM
Loadmaster: Kevin5280: I counted 24 missing apostrophes in that blog. Anyone else have their numbers yet?

I suspect that his ['/"] key is broken, because I don't see any double quote marks in the blog either.


His "smart quotes" may have been eaten, though I just tried it myself and they survived and were straigthened out by Fark.

Hmm...
 
2009-05-26 07:25:21 PM
8. Swine Flu
Latest update: 5 more people died from the swine flu. Additionally, the US government has ponied up $190 million for vaccinations. Thats about $1.9 million for every person whos died so far. Meanwhile, 400 people died from the regular flu since Friday.


Written like you have experience with headline submissions or something.

/t-shirt worthy with apostrophe correction
 
2009-05-26 08:07:30 PM
I want Drew to be my friend :)
 
2009-05-26 11:34:26 PM
I submitted this with a better headline.
 
2009-05-27 03:18:42 PM
krelborne:
Someone didn't understand Prop 8 at all.


Yeah, I noticed that too. Drew, I think you're a little off on your understanding of what happened. The CA Supreme Court said gays COULD marry, then voters said no to civil rights (a proud moment for a supposedly progressive state), then the Supreme Court upheld the voters' right to vote based on prejudice rather than having laws that are constitutional.
 
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