Americans not feeling good

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week, nearly half the country is afraid we’re headed for, not a double-dip recession, but a depression.

We’ve got to kick-start the economy, no doubt about it. But it won’t be worth much if nobody still believes it’s fixed.

Booker T. Washington Viacom Special

Starting tonight, seven of Viacom’s cable networks – BET, Centric, Comedy Central, MTV2, MTVU, TeenNick and TV land – will broadcast a 30 minute special showing how Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis was transformed from a poor-performing school where fewer than half the students graduated each year into an educational gem.

Obama gave BTW’s commencement address last month at a ceremony in Memphis.

On Wednesday, June 8, Viacom’s 2011 Get Schooled Special – Behind the Scenes: President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge will offer a behind the scenes look at choosing BTW as this year’s commencement challenge winner. It airs at 7:30 on BET and Centric.

Viewers can go to www.GetSchooled.com to learn more about the Booker T. Washington story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo: Lance Murphey)

JT Golfing with The Times

Here’s a link to The New York Times’ “On Par” golfing blog, which recently featured a post and video clip of Memphis native Justin Timberlake chatting with the NYT’s golf columnist Bill Pennington.

Justin works in several references to Miramichi.

City of Good Abode

Here’s something to start off the work week from Keith Sykes that should keep your coolness factor at just the right level. See how many Memphis music players and pickers you can find in this video we found on the Ardent site.

Oh, and you will note that Keith manages to make note of the then rising river without putting on a pair of hip waders and standing in the water. This is how it is done.

 

Amazon Might Need to Collect Sales Tax Anyway

BusinessWeek is out with a story noting a proposal in Congress that if implemented would mean we’d start having to pay sales tax on all the music downloads, books, DVDs and more we order from Amazon.com.

It’s a battle the Tennessee legislature recently took up, engaging in a bit of saber rattling to not be seen as giving Amazon too sweet of a deal to build facilities in Tennessee.

The bottom line, though, is even if lawmakers dragooned Amazon into collecting sales tax, it may not hurt the e-commerce giant all that much – maybe even at all.

As the BusinessWeek story notes, Amazon still beats competitors like Target and Best Buy on price.

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