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August 20th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Today's Show: August 20, 2010

For more information on today's segments, click on the following links:

M. Night Shyamalan Foundation

Mission Possible: Kindles For Kids

The Oil Plume Segment: Rich Camilli & Chris Reddy

And don't forget - submit your topic ideas for next week's Q&A with Ali Velshi and Richard Quest!  Every Thursday they will take on whatever topic you choose from innovation to travel to the economy. Nothing is off limits! The deadline each week for topic submission is Tuesday, 9am EST.  Just click on the Q&A link below and submit your topic under "Add a Comment"

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  1. Southgate Jo

    Hey Ali ...I am an old military guy. Since I left the military, (many years ago) I have sort of lost touch with the acronyms and the terminology. How about doing a show to catch all of us old goomers up ....

    August 20, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  2. Neil Monroe

    The "Oil Plume " segment was truly outstanding! It was the first info I have heard in which I have some confidence. It was truly wonderful to be able to watch and listen to two apparently "hard-core" scientists answer questions honestly and with careful precision. They offered no information that could not be verified. No hysteria - just good information. It was truly refreshing! Thanks!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  3. brian jones

    The Q & A sessions are great; I’m able to learn quick facts “I feel smart after watching”.... I do have one question, "With region becoming the main topic for more main street news, are we looking at the beginning of another holy war?"

    August 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  4. James McIntosh

    Ali how bout a show that gets to the real facts of subprime, I have been in business 25 years, credit has been the biggest problem always, now it is closing me and so many others down, not because we can't work, but because this credit scoring system is faulty, good people are ruined everyday, not because they don't have good history and experiance, but because for cash flow they must pay bills late, and this credit squeeze was used to push good folks into bad loans, it was not sub prime, but sub par even criminal, take this stain from us good americans Ali lets get some real stories of why there are foreclosures and the failure of the banking and credit industry to be good active partners in growth, instead they have patroled the credit areana like sharks, killing at the first sight of blood. And worse than this the government gave tax credits for other americans to cannabilize on their nieghbors loss, but no credit to help thoose in need. Can we get some truth on CNN

    August 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  5. Bruce Garwood

    In regard to the "controversy over the Islamic culture center in N.Y, Maybe, just maybe, if you talking heads would stop referring to the proposed building as a "Mosque" instead of a " Islamic Cultural Center"! (See you transcript for today) Also, when your guest today mentioned that the Islamic organizations in U.S. and Europe had issued a a Faqwah against Islamic terrorism and had notified all news (including CNN) that they had and that there was no resultantt coverage-you didn't even blink or respond to that!

    Here is the bottom line, (which I am sure will never see any press) We either have a Constitution or we don't! Where are all the "Tea Party folks screaming "We want our Constitution back "! Well, here is an excellent opportunity to ensure those Constitutional rights. Remember this, if we can deny these folks their rights in this instance, Pandora's box has been ripped open!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  6. Pamela

    An ad was just on with Fred Lemond. He says,"as long as there is oil out there that can come ashore..." What about under water plumes caused by BP when it sprayed dispersants? Is BP planning on paying for their clean up too?

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Stan, Canada

    This one's for Chad Myers,

    In relation to the space weather Chad was talking about earlier today. There's an Apple app for iPod and iPhone which allows you to see real time stills of the sun in various parts of the EMS. It also has forecasts. I regularly check it for curiosity's sake even though I can't do anything about it. But it does have spectacular images of prominences and sun spots as well as a telescope view showing the corona and ejecta streaming off into space. The app is called "Solar Monitor".

    There's also an "iSeismo" app that allows you to use your iPhone as a seismic sensor contributing to a global seismic network predicting earthquakes. A "QuakeWatch" app that shows recent earthquakes around the world and will alert you of nearby earthquakes, potentially giving you a couple minutes warning via email.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  8. Bill

    Heard your show the other day concerning the Islamic Center near ground zero and the way folks turned your words around its just sick.Lets take things one step farther,look at all the sexual abuse cases over the years with the catholic church and yet their houses of worship are still around,oh by the way i was raised catholic, but no longer. I just wonder what your God or my God think when they look down on this mess. They have tobe shaking their heads. Thanks for your efforts to open people's eyes. Keep up the good work. PEACE.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  9. Roy Wolford

    Why give one man thousands of dollars worth of advertising time by interviewing him on banning the Quran? This only promotes his agenda.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  10. Ed T.

    In your interviews today regarding thr "Mosk", and the rationale for locating it near ground zero, you did not ask the crucial questions regarding the sponsoring Imam. Specifically the Imam (1) stated that the US was complicit in the 9/11 terrorist disaster, (2) that the "US should be Sharia compliant" and (3) that Osama bin Ladin was "made in the USA". These are crucial questions that CNN Management obviously does not want to be discussed, however crucial to the discussions.
    Perhaps CNN's low ratings are a reflection of your policy of broadcasting only what fits your Management's positions, and disregarding any other important material that may not be reflective of your position on important issues like this.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    What kind of effects are all the recalled eggs going to have on world and American vaccines .

    August 21, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  12. Monroe H

    How come ther isn't a blog for the Wikileaks story? I think these allegations were perpatrated by Admiral Mike Mullen. Best way to destroy one's character is to get someone else to do your dirty work. You can then stand by and claim no involvement.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  13. Sherri daughter is going into the 11th grade, and some of those school supplies that you showed on today's show have been requested since she was in the middle school here in NYS. I was very surprised to find out that for a lot of people, this is a new thing!

    August 21, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  14. Joan Dunn

    Education in Britain – start at 5 years – graduate at 16 – University headed stay on another two focussed years and graduate at 18. It is ridiculous to keep all kids in high school to 18! The years from 16 to 18 can be focussed in other areas e.g community college etc. Nursing areas – technical areas – Give sixteen year olds a another form of graduating – if you don't they drop out and are viewed as failing. Such a waste.

    August 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  15. w

    Why are you all not continuing to tell how much the Irauq war cost. ? $750 billion is an outrageous amount. This is probably not I feel sure of exactly what the real cost is. So many are talking about the huge deficit
    this sinless war is why. Those who wanted it are our real enimies because it was and still is about the oil !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  16. Lori Sands

    I would like to hear how much Aid Pakistan is getting for flood relief from other Islamic and Muslum Countries.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  17. Gnome

    That's a great post. Where is the source of the information?

    August 22, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  18. Gail Starr

    Re Teen Texting: After I retired I decided to contact my county school district to volunteer as a high school tutor for GED students. After I looked thru the GED books, I realized how difficult it is for GED students to pass all five sections (they are usually high school dropouts) trying to learn what they never absorbed in several years of high school in a year or so to pass the test. I realized it was going to be very hard for whatever student I was assigned to. I got a 19 year old girl who I was tutoring twice a week. She kept looking at her cell phone and reading texts during our sessions. At about the 8th session, I asked her politely to pls turn off her phone during our sessions. She went berzerk. She yelled "I don't give up my phone for anyone!" "I always have my phone with me." (She had a boyfriend in the army who sent so many texts I wonder what he was actually doing on active duty.) Then she threw her phone across the room in a show of temper. I ended our session, and withdrew from the tutoring program. You can't communicate with someone in person who is more invested in whoever is texting them from afar.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  19. Gail Starr

    Follow up to Age of Computer and Cell Phone Addiction. I worked in an office and used a computer daily for my career (after the demise of typewriters) on a daily basis. I am now retired. I love my email to stay in touch with friends. I also use the web to search out news sites, health sites, travel sites, look up movies, book reviews, maps, etc. If I were in a dating relationship or out with friends, and they continuously used their cell phone to interrupt our time together, I would be out of there. I find this behavior rude and intolerable.

    I am probably one of the few people in the US who does not have a cell phone. I simply refuse to let this technology be the way I need to stay in touch. I do NOT have facebook, iphone, myspace. I do not view utube, or movies on my phone or computer, nor take miniscule pix with a cell phone or iphone. I do not need apps or a blackberry. I have never played a video game or used xbox.

    I am not advocating being isolated or uninformed as far as technology which makes my life easier, but I do not choose to inlcude some of these new technologies in my life – they simply will not make my life better or make me happier. I use the telephone or my laptop when necessary to look up information, pay bills, order online, or call for appts, or stay in touch with family and friends. Technology driven social contact is not for me.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  20. Tony

    Government is not an agency, it is a system of creating hegemony that responds to the will of the people as expressed in their ascent to law. The government’s use of agency to secure fecundity for the facilitation of utility in use of resources and to capitalize becomes burdened by the bureaucracy and the marginalization of non-market values. The Progressive Era introduced bureaucracy and agency to the government. Please remind the people what the government does besides consume resources. and reply to the people that think calling dirisiveness, satire makes them less culpable to answer to their deeds and words.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  21. Antwaun Merryweather

    when was the school system created or rather when were industrialized schools appropriated by the government and is that relevent to any arguements that state the government has no role in subsidising social financing.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  22. Fred Hendrick

    Ali, 2 problems make a solution: hard boil the eggs and ship to Pakistan

    August 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  23. Antwaun Merryweather

    Since the inception of the status quo the historical context of achievement has shifted from the mosaic of individuals to the accreditation of conglomerates. Corporations buy up all the talent, all of the competition and all of the political backing necessary to captivate the markets; allowing for the gestation of the status quo and the debilitation of consumer empowerment. The interests of the people, that is, both the ability to dictate the terms of enfranchisement and the ability to secure autonomous provision for said enfranchisement; has been traded for a version of the American Dream where in, “it was popularly accepted that material goods and the acquisition of power within the existing structure of our society was more attainable than freedom.”(hooks)

    August 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  24. Ernie

    Repo's and mortgage lenders:
    Help me understand just what is in it for mortgage lenders to reposess a home? They take over property tax responsibilities, HOA fees, up keep on the property and of course no income from the property. They are in the business of lending money in order to make money not hold properties. I would think from a business perspective the last thing they would want to do is reposses.
    Are we the public being punished, are they trying to teach us a lesson?

    August 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  25. Donna L

    Ali: How about giving more information about the wonderful organizing woman who you had on today. Does she have a web site or publications? I have at least 24 inches of insurance and medical information that needs to be organized. She is the first person I have seen with a plan that looks like it would work. Please give more information on this web site so I can take back my life! Cheers and Yeh for you!. DL

    August 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm |