From the Desk of Seth Mela

  • Tonight's Debate Issues, Pt. 3

    Posted by Seth Mela

    I, for one, am glad this is the final debate tonight.  The political process is so very critical and important, yet the mudslinging, the dodging of the truth, the pandering... it all just makes me weary.

    Here are a few things to look for in tonight's Presidential Debate:

    5 Things to Watch for During Tonight’s Foreign Policy Debate Showdown Between Obama & Romney

    -Billy Hallowell,

    1. THE TIEBREAKER: Romney ran away with the first. The two parties either tied (or Obama edged him — depending on whom you’re speaking with) in the second. Stakes are high for their third and final showdown. Does that mean a repeat of last week’s ornery tone? Or will the gravity of the issues — war, terrorism, world leadership — inspire more dignified discourse?

    2. REMATCH ON LIBYA: It sparked one of the hottest exchanges of the second debate. And there’s more to it than when Obama called the consulate attack an “act of terror” (i.e. like inconsistencies coming from the administration for days following the attack) Expect to hear about failed security, intelligence lapses and the Obama administration’s shifting account of what happened in Libya.

    3. ROMNEY’S TEST: The former governor and businessman knows how to turn companies around — but he has, in terms of his time spent tackling issues — limited foreign experience. He took hits for comments that ruffled British and Palestinian leaders last summer, and for hastening to criticize the administration’s response even as chaotic events were unfolding in Libya and Egypt. This debate is the prime moment for Romney to display the knowledge and judgment to lead on the world stage.

    4. ON DEFENSE: Obama must defend four years of foreign policy. Expect Romney to accuse the president of weakening America’s world leadership by mishandling Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the pullout from Afghanistan, the Syrian conflict and the U.S. relationship with Israel. Can Obama rebut that criticism and focus on ending the Iraq War and killing Osama bin Laden?

    5. A NEW MEME? First Big Bird. Then “binders full of women.” Watch Twitter to see whether another phrase catches fire while the debaters are still onstage.

  • Have you grown up yet?

    Posted by Seth Mela

    What if I gave you two options for tonight:  A.)  Go out, get drunk, and go wild until morning . . . or B.)  Order takeout, watch a movie, and fall asleep on the couch by 11.  Which one would you pick?  If you're over 28 . . . it just might be "B."


    --According to a new survey, 37% of women and 39% of men said they started GETTING OLD and making "grown up" decisions at age 28.  Age 30 was the second-most popular choice.


    --The survey also came up with nine signs you're GROWING UP.  Check 'em out . . .


    #1.)  Your career is more important than your sex life.

     #2.)  You switch from listening to pop music to adult contemporary.

     #3.)  You really want to buy a place, not rent.

     #4.)  You have no idea what the number one song on the charts is.

     #5.)  You start looking for a husband or wife, instead of a boyfriend or girlfriend.

     #6.)  You'd rather go on a vacation with the person you're dating than with a group of friends.

     #7.)  You'd rather cook for yourself than get takeout or make a microwave dinner.

     #8.)  You'd rather live on your own than share an apartment or house.

     #9.)  You stop going to nightclubs.

  • What's Your Opinion

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Today on the show we talked about a new website that launched called  You sign up, ask a question, and the public can voice their opinion anonymously.  I think it sounds like an interesting prospect, so, I've signed up!

    The down side is you have to sign up too in order to participate. 

    I've signed on, asked a question about how you think I'm doing, and after the weekend, I'll look at the answers and if you're creative with your comments, I'll read them on the air!

   then look for Seth of WSAU... you'll see a pic of Ren and Stimpy!


    Have fun!



  • Creative People are Crazy!

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Of course, most of you already knew this... at least about me any way...  But this is an interesting article.  It seems the fine line between creative genius and full on Bat Crap Crazy is very very thin...

    Creative People Are Literally Crazy

    Is anyone shocked by new research which shows that people in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population?

    According to researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden who read a ton of Sylvia Plath — just kidding, their massive study is actually the most comprehensive ever in its field — writers are particularly likely to be schizophrenic. Bipolar disorder is "more prevalent in the entire group of people with artistic or scientific professions, such as dancers, researchers, photographers and authors."

    "If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with the patient's illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach to treatment," said researcher Simon Kyaga. "In that case, the doctor and patient must come to an agreement on what is to be treated, and at what cost. In psychiatry and medicine generally there has been a tradition to see the disease in black-and-white terms and to endeavour to treat the patient by removing everything regarded as morbid."

  • Tonight's Debate Issues

    Posted by Seth Mela

    5 Things to Look Out for in Tonight’s Townhall-Style Debate Between Obama & Romney

    1. A REBOUND? After taking a drubbing in the first debate, Obama’s under big pressure to step up his game Tuesday night. He’ll try to show energy and passion. And look for him to challenge Romney’s claims more often (although the townhall format isn’t always too friendly to negativity — so he’ll have to strike a balance). Obama’s generally comfortable taking audience questions at campaign events, and that should work in his favor at this debate.

    2. MAN OF THE PEOPLE? The townhall format holds risk and opportunity for Romney. It could be a great chance to address one of the wealthy businessman’s trouble spots — poll respondents rate him as less likable than Obama and less in tune with regular folks. Romney could warm up his image if he connects well with the voters on stage and performs like he did during his first debate. What he needs to avoid: coming across as awkward or elitist (while this is something that would naturally hurt both candidates, after his 47 percent quip, this tends to be a sensitive area for Romney).

    3. MORE CIVIL? Expect a less confrontational tone. As stated, the townhall format isn’t always friendly to contention. Although Democrats are urging Obama to go on the offensive, he needs to balance that against the restraints of the debate’s more personal and less official atmosphere. The two candidates will try to sound civil — even while underscoring their differences — to show respect for the folks surrounding them onstage. Being too aggressive wouldn’t benefit either candidate.

    4. THE PEOPLE SPEAK: What will the voters ask? Usually not the kinds of questions posed by journalists moderating more traditional debates. The “real people” tend to frame questions in broader terms and are less likely to focus on the latest charges and countercharges. Sometimes they come up with something out of left field; that’s the moment to see how candidates think on their feet.

    5. MORE THAN WORDS: They won’t be moored to a lectern or table, so this is the time to check out each man’s body language. Does a candidate seem relaxed and natural or ill at ease? Does he show empathy for the questioner by stepping in close and making eye contact? Is he attentive while the other guy is talking, or does he grimace and move around distractingly or – even worse – check his watch?

  • Man Bag???

    Posted by Seth Mela

    According to a British survey, four out of five guys now carry a 'man bag'.  And man bags are getting bigger at the same time women's purses are shrinking. 

     --It's because guys need something to carry their iPads, Kindles and other electronic devices . . . so more of them have started wearing shoulder bags, like a messenger bag.

     --One chain of department stores in England said that sales are up 2,700% this year.

     --The contents of the average guy's bag is about $1,600 . . . and it weighs 3.3 pounds.  That's nearly a full pound more than the average woman's purse.

     --But women's purses are shrinking . . . because electronic devices are getting smaller.  The average woman's purse is 61% smaller than it was three years ago.


    Ok, I've made the transition from carrying a leather briefcase to a back pack... Why?  Because it's easier.  It has nothing to do with fashion.  I like that I can sling the thing over my shoulder AND carry a travel mug of coffee AND have a hand free to open doors etc. 

    My question is; Is a back pack a "Man Bag"?  Oh god, I hope not...



  • Nobel Prize and Chocolate

    Posted by Seth Mela

    With the Nobel Peace Prize going to the EU this year, I thought it would be time to do a little looking into how and why the winners... well, win!

    Eat chocolate, win the Nobel Prize?


    Of all the chocolate research out there, the most unabashed tribute to the "dark gold" has to be a study just published in one of the world's most prestigious medical journals.

    Drum roll, please: The higher a country's chocolate consumption, the more Nobel laureates it spawns per capita, according to findings released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    And guess who leads the pack? The Swiss, of course, closely followed by the Swedes and the Danes. The U.S. is somewhere in the middle of chocolate consumption and Nobel Prize winners per capita. To produce just one more laureate, the nation would have to up its cocoa intake by a whopping 275 million pounds a year, according to Dr. Franz Messerli, who did the analysis.

    "The amount it takes, it's actually quite stunning, you know," Messerli chuckled. "The Swiss eat 120 bars - that is, 3-ounce bars - per year, for every man, woman and child, that's the average."

  • Securing Your Personal Info

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Four Things You Need to Know About Wiping Personal Data From Used Devices Before You Get Rid of Them


    Do a quick inventory in your head: how many old computers, cellphones and smartphones do you have stashed in your basement or dumped in a desk drawer that you don‘t intend to use because they’ve been replaced with the latest and greatest model?

    Perhaps you haven‘t gotten rid of these devices because you’re aware of the personal data is still enclosed within their hard-drives and memory cards. If you have sold, recycled or thrown away systems such as this, though, did you take the proper steps to remove this data?

    Here are four things you need to understand about cleaning your system of data before you sell, recycle or donate your device:

    • Deleting Is Not Erasing: As Mark Herschberg, an MIT graduate in cryptography who works for the tech consulting company FreelanceCTO, puts it “throwing out files form your filing cabinet into a dumpster may make them inaccessible to your filing system, but anyone who digs through your dumpster can put the pages back together and read your data.”
    • Ditching the Hard Drive: When possible, you can remove the hard drive from your device completely. This will render the system unusable until a new hard drive is installed, but it does take care of the data issue. You can either destroy the hard drive or save it if some information is still valuable to you and worth maintaining.
    • Shred Your Data: If you want the hard drive to remain intact and within the device, you can actually wipe the drive of your personal information that has accumulated over the years. One of the techniques Sun describes as a “Boot and Nuke,”such as Darik‘s Boot ’N Nuke, which is “somewhat easy” for the average user. Here’s essentially how it works: You download a program, burning it onto a CD. Booting up your computer with this program inserted, the software allows your computer to run off of its own operation system, instead of running on your hard drive. As Sun pointed out, if your hard drive were being used, you couldn’t wipe it. At this point, you follow the “nuke” steps to clear your hard drive of data. This final step could take hours to overnight depending on how much there is. This video shows how to use a program like this to wipe your hard drive:
    • Cellphones and Smartphones: When it comes to smartphones, though, wiping data is a bit trickier. You can take out the phone’s SIM card, but there is still internal memory on the phone itself.  Sun said that the smartphone industry has gotten smarter realizing the need for including a function that can clear phones of your personal information. Sun credits BlackBerry as being the first smartphone to allow for data wipes. Many smartphones also have functions that if your phone is stolen you can remotely clear the data. Some of these embedded and remote wiping functions conduct a factory reset.


    Do you think that the threat of identity theft is worth going through all this?  You may not, until your credit is ruined.  Then these steps will look simple and easy... in the rear view mirror.



  • How Blatant Can They Be???

    Posted by Seth Mela

    This is the kind of rediculous behavior in the Main Stream Media that causes even the most moderate or detached observer to admit they are completely biased toward the Obama administration.  Why are we putting up with this???


    ABC News scrambles to downplay Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding


    President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

    After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.

    Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, a liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.

  • Brilliant...

    Posted by Seth Mela

    I honestly Love it when people make comments that prove why they are wrong...  Brilliant!

    Here's the question... do you think he even knows why he needs to be in school?  Do you think he understands that he MADE THE CASE for academics having higher priority than athletics?


    Ohio State's Third-String Quarterback

  • What would you do?

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Back on May 7th, 40-year-old Danny Sawyer bought a blue Chevy Traverse from a dealership called Priority Chevrolet in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He signed a contract to buy it for $34,000.  The next day he went back to swap it for the same model in black.

     --Apparently, the dealership's sales manager let him make the switch and never mentioned the black Traverse costs $5,600 more than the blue Traverse.  So Danny drove off with his new black SUV for the same price.

     --The dealership quickly figured out they'd just accidentally given Danny a MASSIVE discount.  So they called him and told him he'd need to sign a NEW CONTRACT to pay around $39,000 for the SUV, instead of $34,000.  And Danny told them NO CHANCE.

     --So, on June 15th, the dealership CALLED THE COPS to report Danny for THEFT.  And the cops picked him up and held him in JAIL for four hours until they could sort out what was happening.  The charge was dropped for a lack of evidence.

     --The dealership ended up apologizing to Danny . . . but he said it was too late.  He's now filed two lawsuits against the dealership for malicious prosecution, slander, defamation, and abuse of process.  He's seeking $2.2 MILLION.


    I'm stunned that the dealership had the guy arrested!  They clearly made a mistake and needed to own up to it.  But the question is, should Danny have done something more?  He DID get more truck than he asked for without paying for it...

    What do you think and what would you have done???



  • Ban Highschool Football?

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Push to ban football at a New Hampshire high school
    DOVER, N.H. -

    A retired physician is leading a push to ban football at a high school in Dover, New Hampshire.

    Dr. Paul Butler is on the school board and says the sport puts players at risk of brain damage later in life.

    Dover High's athletic director points out that the school is part of a concussion prevention program.

    The school board chair and vice-chair say they will not support the proposed football ban.

    Once again, here is an example of an individual coming up with the solution of restricting Everyone in order to solve a problem.  What do you suggest could be done instead of banning the football program?