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Daniel Pearl’s Life and Career/ A Mighty Heart January 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferlyn @ 7:23 pm

He was an American journalist.  He was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan.  At the time he was kidnapped he was investigating the shoe bomber, Richard Reid.  In March 2007 there was a closed hearing in Guantanamo Bay and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stated that he had personally beheaded Pearl. 

            He was born in Princeton, New Jersey.  He grew up in Los Angeles, California.  His mother is of Iraqi Jewish descent.  He attended Stanford University.  He was a communications major.  He co-founded a student news paper called the Stanford Commentator. 

            Pearl began working for the Wall Street Journal in 1990 in Atlanta.  He moved to Washington D.C. in 1993 to cover telecommunications.  His most notable articles covered the ethnic wars of Balkans, where he discovered charges of alleged genocide in Kosovo.  During his career he met and married Mariane Van Neyenhoff.  They had a son named Adam Daniel Pearl who was born in Paris on March 28, 2002, three months after Daniel died. 

            Pearl was kidnapped by a militant group called The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.  They thought that Pearl was a CIA agent.  He was beheaded and he was buried in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi.  His body was found on May 16, 2002.

            The movie A Mighty Heart portrays the time Daniel Pearl spent in Pakistan.  It shows the hard time his wife, Mariane, went though when her husband was kidnapped.  It also shows all the hard work the entire crew went through while trying to find Daniel.  Although the movie doesn’t show Daniel’s early life, I think it does a pretty good job of portraying his time spent in Pakistan.


Infortainer–Katie Couric January 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferlyn @ 7:13 pm

Katie Couric has achieved many things throughout her career. In September of 2006, she became the first woman to solo-anchor the weekday evening news. In 2006, she also moved from NBC to CBS. Couric first became well-known as a co-host of the Today Show on NBC. She is currently the anchor and managing editor of the CBS evening news. She began her reporting career when she was hired by Stan Hooper as a desk assistant for ABC News. In the animated move Shark Tale Katie did the voice of a news reporter named “Katie Current.” She co-hosted the live coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade between 1991 and 2005. She has interviewed many international political figures including Presidents Jerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, both George Bush’s, and Bill Clinton. She won the Peabody Award for her series on Colon Cancer.

Katie Couric has been criticized for blurring the lines between entertainment and reporting. It has been said that her choice of short skirts while on the Today Show has led to her legs being one of the most widely identified aspects of her onscreen persona as well as the subject of many commentaries and websites.

In order to be a more serious journalist she might want to wear pants or longer skirts. I think people would take her more seriously if she chose more serious work instead of working on projects such as Austin Powers and animated movies. She should focus more on news instead of entertainment and comedy. I think if she did all of the above items people, especially women, will respect her more and look up to her. I think she will also be taken more seriously by everyone if she focused more on important news coverage than entertainment.


Oil Prices on the Rise. January 7, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferlyn @ 7:06 pm

The weekly average price per barrel of oil, as decided by OPEC, reached 92.62 last week.  The price of oil has risen for five consecutive weeks.  An armed raid at the Harcourt oil port in Nigeria may have caused the rise in oil prices because people are worried about the oil that is supplied there.  The port there is the world’s eighth largest oil exporter.  Friday, January 4, 2007 the average price of oil dropped 0.27 in the U.S.  People believe that oil prices will remain high because of increasing demand.  Oil prices may continue to rise until the end of the first quarter of 2008. 

Oil prices hit a record high of 100.09 dollars last Thursday.  New York’s main contract fell 51 cents to 97.40 dollars per barrel.  Economist fear that the demand for oil along with the weakness of the U.S. dollar will cause major economic problems.  Sham, an economist, agreed oil prices should lower after the first quarter of 2008 when the northern hemisphere winter is nearly over.  He added, “The possibility of prices rebounding to the 100 mark is always there.”

Last week oil prices in New York topped $100 a barrel for the first time because the cold weather in Europe and America increased the demand. Violence in Nigeria also raised concerns about supplies.  Shell is Europe’s largest oil company.  The Shell Company estimates by 2015 about 15% of its production will come from unconventional oil projects, such as its oil sands operations in Canada. Rising oil prices are slowing down new production projects. Shell’s chief executive stated that he is surprised that the demand for oil is so high considering the prices.


I believe that there is no way to stop the rising prices of oil.  We could try but I don’t think we could stop it completely.  With the demand for oil being so high I don’t think we could possibly stop the price from rising.  We could try to use less oil to help make the demand lower therefore making the prices drop.  I think that we have to much dependency on oil and we don’t have a large enough supply to support our high demand.



1. How do you think we could help lower the price of oil?

2. What other causes can you think of that might be influencing the high price of oil?