Popculture Timeline – Week In Review – News, Pop, Tech, Trends December 8, 2011


Compiled By Gary West @ mrpopculture.com and  www.mrpophistory.com

Timeline – News and Pop Culture – Week In History- December 8, 2011

(Headline Video) Two Dead At Virginia Tech – The  police officer who was fatally shot by a gunman on the school’s campus, along with a second person who was found dead, were killed by the same handgun, officials said early today. Virginia State Police said that ballistics tests confirmed and “officially linked the two fatal shootings” that left Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse and a second victim dead Thursday, authorities said in a news release. The shooting came almost five years after the deadly massacre at the Blacksburg, Va., school, when Seung Hui-Cho killed 32 other people before killing himself. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, Va., was shot and killed while performing a routine traffic stop when someone walked up to the officer’s car and shot him.

Rescue crews completed the difficult process of recovering bodies Thursday from a remote canyon outside Las Vegas after the crash of a tour helicopter belonging to a company with repeated aviation violations. Sundance Helicopters of Las Vegas had at least five accidents and was the subject of 10 federal enforcement actions since 1994. It charted a luxury sunset tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam on Wednesday that killed a 31-year-old pilot and his fourpassengers.

Nobel Peace Prize To Three Women – Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence in Liberia and Yemen accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy. “My sisters, my daughters, my friends — find your voice,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel diploma and medal at a ceremony in Oslo. Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president, shared the award with women’s rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman, a female icon of the protest movement in Yemen.

Iran will not return a U.S. surveillance drone captured by its armed forces, a senior commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Sunday.Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Guard, said in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran’s airspace by the U.S. drone was a “hostile act” and warned of a “bigger” response. He did not elaborate on what Tehran might do.

President Barack Obama defended his leadership style on Sunday and said he would keep standing up toCongress as another stand-off over taxes and deficits brewed on Capitol Hill. In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama suggested his wife,Michelle, had mixed feelings about their time in the White Housebut said he had no hesitation about seeking re-election next year, saying he wanted to finish the job of putting the U.S. economy on stronger, and fairer, footing.

A decision by retail giant Lowe’s Home Improvement to pull ads from a reality show about American Muslims following protests from an evangelical Christian group has sparked criticism and calls for a boycott against the chain. The retailer stopped advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim” after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Association complained, saying the program was “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on Arizona’s controversial law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for an election-year decision on an issue that is already shaping presidential politics.

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky abruptly waived his right to a preliminary hearing at which eight young men accusing him of child sex abuse when they were boys were set to testify against him. Shortly after arriving at a packed Centre County courthouse at 8 a.m., Sandusky and his attorney,Joe Amendola, joined two prosecutors and a court reporter in the judge’s chambers of the courtroom. A second attorney, Karl Rominger, arrived at court with Sandusky and Amendola and went with them into chambers.

A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded center of a Belgian city on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 64, an official said. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack in Liegecity, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism. He said the assailant died, but did not say how that had happened. The daily La Meuse newspaper said the unidentified attacker killed himself.

A U.S. Congressional panel has frozen $700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further. Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year.

A Montana man convicted of running an investment scam on the Internet was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $13.2 million in restitution to more than 1,400 investors. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno told Rick Young, 52, of Lewistown, that the fraud carried out by his Nevada-based Global One Group from 2006 to 2007 was “incredibly repulsive.” Many of the victims, the judge said, were vulnerable, “middle-class working people taking money out of accounts, trading out of their 401(k) plans, their pension plans, even off of their credit cards.” “Frankly, it was nothing more than a type of Ponzi scheme, but it was incredibly sophisticated,” he said.

Tim Magazine names its person of the year, “The Protester.”

Unfavorable views of Barack Obama inched to their highest level of his presidency in the latest  ABC News/Washington Post poll,  but he’s still more popular than his front-running potential Republican challenger, Newt Gingrich. And then there are views of the economy, which make both look almost good by comparison. Forty-nine percent of Americans now express an unfavorable opinion of Obama, while 48 percent view him favorably – the first time his negative number has exceeded his positive one in this most basic measure of personal popularity. Obama’s favorable rating has plummeted by 31 points from his career high, 79 percent, days before he took office.

President Barack Obama saluted troops returning from Iraq Wednesday, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honorably, “not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.”   Marking the conclusion of the war at this military base that’s seen more than 200 deaths over nearly nine years of fighting in Iraq, Obama never tried to declare victory. It was a war that he opposed from the start, inherited as president and is now bringing to a close, leaving behind an Iraq that is still struggling.

Sports –

Albert Pujols – the heart and hammer of theSt Louis Cardinals for more than a decade, will leave St. Louis and sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Latecomers to the Pujols derby, the Angels will pay Pujols $250 million to $260 million over 10 years, a devastating turn for the Cardinals and a departure from past organizational philosophies for Arte Moreno’s Angels.

Technology –

(Quick Response) QR Codes – Really? Most Don’t Know What It Is. The whole point of a QR code is that it’s supposed to make it easier for people to use their phones to connect with information about things that they encounter in their environment. That’s where mobile typing gets in the way. Most smartphones and even many feature phones have good enough web browsers and data connections to display a simple mobile-friendly web page, but trying to correctly type a URL on even the best smartphone is a pretty tedious and error-prone activity. QR codes eliminate the need for typing a URL on your phone, but you need to have a barcode scanner app installed. And then you must take a moment to find and launch that app before you point your phone’s camera at a QR code.


Microsoft released an Xbox Live app for iOS devices on Wednesday, bringing features of Microsoft’s gaming service to Apple devices for the first time. My Xbox Live lets users edit their 3-D avatars, chat with Xbox Live friends and revel in their achievements. You can also check out more information about the newest apps and games on Xbox, as well as gaming tips and breaking news.

AT&T remains the worst carrier in the United States, according to an annual customer satisfaction survey compiled byConsumer Reports and released on Tuesday.The mobile provider ranked dead last for the second year in a row, and its rating fell from 2010.. Actually, customer satisfaction with all four national carriers fell this year, with third-ranked T-Mobile sliding by the largest margin. Still, T-Mobile ranked well ahead of AT&T, according to Consumer Reports’ survey.

Facebook officially took the “beta” label off its much-publicized Timeline Tuesday evening, but it’s rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post. Other regions will get it in the “near future.” Facebook first unveiled Timeline in early September, and quickly provided the means for developers and curious users to enable the feature. A more general release was planned for later that month, but it never came, ostensibly to address technical issues and privacy concerns having to do with the software. Timeline, you may recall, is a way to illustrate your entire life — not just the part you’ve been living on Facebook since you joined — in a graphical way.

Google made its first foray into the growing field of social facial recognition technologies on Thursday, introducing , a tagging suggestion tool for its Google+ social network. unlike Facebook, Google  prompts users to opt into the service before it starts automatically suggesting to their friends that they be tagged in photos. Only after a Google+ user opts into Find My Face will Google construct a face model of that person, using his or her profile photo and existing manually tagged photos on the site.

Google also requires the subject of a suggested tag to approve it before it goes public if the tagger isn’t in the tagee’s “circles.” Facebook allows all tags to go live before notifying the subject. “Privacy has been baked right into this feature,” said Benjamin Petrosky, product counsel for Google+, at a facial recognition policy summit held by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington on Thursday.

Jawbone Wristband Device Not Peforming Well – When the wristband works properly, it records all your daytime footsteps, and later provides a visual report of your walking, running or hiking activity via a nifty iOS app interface. You can also set the band to give you “Activity Reminders” — gentle vibrations on your wrist that compel you to get out of your seat and take a few steps. Three review units have failed during , numerous complaints of “bricked” units riddle Jawbone’s user forums, and the clever health and fitness product currently receives just two out of five stars on Amazon.com reviews — 41 different user reviews were complaining of 23 bricked devices as of press time.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announces his new space project. Stratolaunch Systems will reunite Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan as they work to develop a new mobile launch system. The duo previously collaborated on SpaceShipOne, in 2004.

Radio News –

The just-released Arbitron report – the radio ratings company, indicates that Ruch and Hannity are down almost 1/3 their audiences. With a lull in ratings since November, Rush Limbaugh had a 3.0 share of listeners for his radio time slot, which is a 33% slide from October and from last April. Sean Hannity’s national talkshow was reported to be down 28% from its peak numbers in the fall.


Entertainment –

Jodie Foster’s estranged father faces more than 25 years behind bars after being convicted of bilking more than $100,000 from the poor and elderly in a home-building scheme. City News Service reports that Lucius Foster was convicted of 21 misdemeanor counts of grand theft after a jury deliberated for about three hours on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to sentence the 89-year-old on Thursday afternoon.

The  are in from Men’s Health! Readers of the magazine awarded  with the honorable title of “Hottest Woman of All Time.” Not just 2011. She is the hottest woman ever. And that’s a bit of a surprise, considering Aniston was only  on the list for the year 2011.

Top albums this week:

Christmas – Michael Buble

Under the Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Take Care – Drake

Here and Now  – Nickelback

Talk That Talk – Rihanna

My Life II – Mary J. Bloge

Concerto: One Night In Centroal Park – Andrea Bocelli

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

Clear as Day – Scotty McCreery

Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

Glee: The Christmas Album

Break The Spell – Daughtery

My Christmas – Andrea Bocelli

Someone To Watch Over Me – Susan Boyle

Heavenly Christmas – Jack Evancho

Speak Now: World Tour Live – Taylor Swift

Christmas Symphony – Mannheim Stemroller

Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn

Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll – Bob Segar &The Silver Bullet Band

Inevitable – Trey Songz

Duets II – Tony Bennett


At the movies –

New Year’s Eve (1st week $13.7 million)

The Sitter (1st week $10 million)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1

The Muppets

Arthur Christmas


The desenceants

Happy Feet Two

Jack and Jill


Tower Heist

Puss in Boots


Top TV –

1. The OT FOX
2. NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans NBC
3. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
5. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer CBS
6. 60 Minutes CBS
7. Football Night in America NBC
8. Blue Bloods CBS
9. Survivor: South Pacific CBS
10. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
11. The Big Bang Theory CBS
12. CSI: Miami CBS
13. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show CBS
14. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
15. Last Man Standing ABC
16. The Good Wife CBS
17. Law & Order: SVU NBC
18. Harry’s Law NBC
20. Two and a Half Men CBS