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Join us for Our News links, Bangkok shopping, Bing's daily feature take us around Bangkok. An added bonus was FOOTBALL , AND more.

The music videos are moved to the end of the page. You'll also find previous stories, ongoing stories, links to more, and to the searches we follow.

Our Daily News

We continue to scrutinize our news sources. We will add to them.

CVN Favorites
BBC Today video minute:
Breaking News:
Bing News:
MSN today's whole site is set up for quick scanning.

The Majors

Quick Looks
Yahoo GMA: See the video or pictures today and the list of story links. Click the pic upon arrival for that story. :
CNN Newday: Home page:
USA Today Right Now:

USA Today Search:
CNN "5 things" Archive:
NBC Top (5-7) in "know it all", and it is easy to find:
Know it all Search (Great Archive):

Canada 680 in Toronto: This one has ads with a clear schedule and lots of news:
680 News site (fun to explore):

Shopping in Bangkok

Take a look at the latest picture from Bing

Pictures of floating markets in Bangkok lead us into a short waterway shopping video. Shopping is not our thing, is it guys? Many ladies will love that video. We were appalled that you have to pay for the right to shop. Maybe that's just for the boat. Something to research. Next we get one of those nifty Bing zoom maps. With resources like this it is easy to write reasonably accurate scenes in Bangkok with out being there. Several of my fellow writers, who are ladies, may like that idea. Additional scene locations are provided by a variety of Bangkok time lapse videos to add depth to descriptions. This kind of research approach is fun and a good distraction from actually doing anything else too!

College Football Underway!

It is a Thursday night present. NCAA College football starts August 28th. There are three games on tap Thursday, one on Friday and the rest kick off on Saturday. Here is the schedule from FOX and who s playing.

The Comics

The Comics change Daily! Sadly the second site does not present as much initial content with the editorial cartoons.

USA Today: Editorial Cartoons:
Their success at presenting multiple ad impressions is an editorial cartoon all by itself! One new cartoon is added daily.

Lake Powell

Arizona is our Bing trip. Lake Powell was a man made creation in 1963. Nearby is Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The lake was created by the Glen Canyon Dam This timelapse video shows the effect of the drought over the last decade to this water way.

Tree Climbing Goats

In Morocco, goats climb trees to hunt for food. You can see, watch, and read all about it.


Pictures of the Great gray owl in flight open Bing's tour. This video clip from National Geographic shows what a fearful predator can do when it hears its prey beneath the snow. This video shows a Great Grey feeding its young. Next comes the Eurasian eagle Owl. A bigger and owl known to attack bears it will prey on small deer and large birds. Here it feeds its young. You can explore more Eurasian Eagle Owl videos in this search.

Castles on a hill

Bing takes us to a Castle on a hill in Slovenia. This Renaissance castle is well located for siege protection. The cave behind it provides a natural tunnel. This video explores above and below ground, even providing a quick map. What a great setting for stories. Bing also provides pictorial research for more castles. We do love Castles!

The US Open

The US Open Tennis Championship begins today. The tourney will run August 25 through September 8.


All the winners are on this MTV page and you can look at the nominees too.

The Emmys!

The 66th Prime time Emmys were awarded last night. Here are all the nominees and winners. Sadly there are 29 pages and many pictures not available. This year we able to scroll through the entire awards list. For writers and screen writers there are lots of contact names. We went hunting for a more viewer friendly list. Most of the series seemed to win for something minor if they missed the major awards. Game of Thrones is a good example.

MSN: claims to list all the winners, but doesn't at the time we published this morning.
CNN: does better, but does not list them all either.
Yahoo: wisely sends people to the site for the additional winners. Since this is a "https" page on yahoo, we don't know if our readers can view it. We guess that members can. We called it quits on the search after looking at these three additional lists.

The West Coast Again!

We travel to Gorman CA to celebrate. The Wizard of Oz is 75! Do you remember Dorothy going to sleep in a field of poppies? Could poppies do that? You can read to find out. What did surprise us what the 1939 version was NOT the first film version. This 8 minute cartoon from 1933 was Film's first version of the Wizard of Oz.

The West Coast

Take a look at the latest picture from Bing

West of South Africa, we find a lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. This is our Bing in to the West Coast National Park which is on another west coast. While bird watchers in Africa can see the African Oyster catcher. Not so much in the West Coast National Park, on a hiking trail video.

Porcupine Territory

Porcupine country Bing returns us to a timelapse video of Glacier National Park. Then we make a diversion to a porcupine relative, the wolverine, before wrapping up at the final video clip on a complaining porcupine named Teddy Bear, who won't share. There are more videos of Teddy.

West of Cambodia

Ko Kut, Thailand is the location. Changes in governmental district assignments clarifies, a little, the exotic names to those who know little of Thailand. We wondered about Ko Kut, Ko Kood, and Ko Mat The area is a coconut producing area. This video of diving off of KoKu reveals Nature's underwater wonders. Here is a map to show you the larger area.

News Aggregators

We spent a little time in search and discovered:

Two sites we liked:
This new Polurls find interests us, It comes in three flavors, this first one is conservative.
Polurls-blue: "progressives"
Polurls-purple: "moderates"
Fark: is liberal, but funny

Most Biased News

Looking for different viewpoints brings us to identify conservative and liberal media. Here are two examples representing the extremes. Many people say or suggest all media is biased. Here are examples we consider polar opposites.
Conservative: FOX News
Liberal: The Daily Kos:

CVN Football

We may have to tweak these pages this year as we get ready for football!
CVN Football Page
jdb's Football page
Pictures of Chicago.

The 35th America's Cup

Sailing time is approaching. A new boat for the competition has begun its adventure. Boats are entered. Entries are being finalized. Read the news at the Americas Cup site. Last year's race took place in September. While we didn't see any dates, we did confirm the same for this year. You can keep up with the news at any of these sites. We expect to add this story to our ongoing story links. You can explore Bing's search for America's Cup sailing. We did enjoy the video history presented at the Sailing World site, and the written history on the America's Cup site.

Our Sports Searches

It is time to catch up on the other sports activity going on, so here are several searches for the latest news on:
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • NFL News
  • College Football News
  • Our Searches

    With so much going on in the world we thought we'd try a few new searches over hot button issues and international locations that stay in the news from day to day that interest us. WE have been surprised that our sources bring us so little international news from Central and South America. We will look for additional sources in our searches.

    Human Rights:
    Civil Rights:

    Bolivia: Bolivia, latest news
    Brazil: Brazil, latest news
    Argentina: Argentina, latest news
    Peru: Peru, latest news
    Chile: Chile, latest news
    New Mexico: New Mexico images
    New Mexico: New Mexico, latest news
    New Mexico News Search:


    Catch up on the Ancient World

    Obamacare We like our one stop news source. They keep it updated. We think it works better than just grabbing stories and we will keep it! This will likely remain a constant news attack point until January's budget talks take front stage, center again:

    Storms and Earthquakes
    We created a few weather searches so we - and our readers - could keep up on the latest devastation news happening too often these days around the world. We may play with our search parameters. It doesn't seem to be sorting the stories very well.


    Hurricanes: Edited:


    Publications Information

    US customers can get our ebook at Eyes on the World. It is free on Smashwords. Eyes on the World is now approved for the premium catalog. You only have to click the link! Read the blog for daily updates.

    The book, Eyes on the World is available at It was first published in final form on June 18th around 10 AM MT. This Sci-fi/adventure series is just beginning and several more episodes are planned.

    In July he expected to publish his first story for children, but it wasn't ready, neither was the new book aimed at readers to children. It's back to the writing board. Selective critiques are being sought. Follow his journey on the blog Pondering and Piddling.

    Music Videos

    This may or may not be a change, but we like it. Bing threw us one point into our Bing points treasury for clicking on songs of Rhianna, but she is not our cup of tea, so we used their form for a few artists we do like. This feature will expand. I may have to set it up by styles and types. Looks like a music page is coming!
    Paul McCartney
    John Lennon
    Pat Benetar
    Peter, Paul and Mary
    Johnny Cash
    Taylor Swift
    Blake Shelton
    Carrie Underwood

    Older Projects

    We do have two older, ongoing projects that need work and they are listed below. Each will be changed over the next year. We will alert you when each is ready. Anyone want to help? --- ---

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    CVN'S History
    by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

    The Weekly News has changed. We will honor the history as we move forward. It is now one of the Cybertown Daily News Archives.

    Recruiting Writers, Graphic Artists, Tech specialists and Collaborators!

    Over the years, we have discovered a lot of talented people who never thought they could write, edit, or have the fun of producing web stories people would read. We offer free training and publishing opportunities.

    We have always recruited, we always will. Unpaid jobs are ALWAYS available.

    There is the possibility that we will come up with a project idea that will pay, and participants in such a project would also get paid. So bring your dreams and let's chat!

    See our "You Can Contact us" section for ways to get in touch. The section is located at the very top in the left column. Once you contact us, we also have Skype and a phone # for possible follow up.

    CVN's Voyage
    by jdb_educator, Editor

    The number of our publications and sites will continue to expand as new writers, bloggers, and commentators join us. Each project we create or in which we are involved will have its own page linked to the indexes of our publications.

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