>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. >> we don't care how long this lasts because we're winning. this isn't some damn game. >> house speaker john boehner speaks out while the government shutdown drags on. tropical storm karen closes in. [ protesters ] >> four people killed in protests in egypt.
>> republicans and democrats are talking, just not to each other as the shutdown stalemate drags on. house speaker john boehner called for negotiations while the house called for a funding bill to reopen the government. wall street is watching, and i'll get out of the way here. the dow up closing at 76 points. and furloughed employees calling for an end too the shutdown. and then let's go to capitol hill now where congress is sit stuck. al jazeera's libby casey is there for us. what is the latest on efforts to unstick this educatio situationd the shutdown. >> reporter: this has come from
house democrats. this is a group that has been dis'em powered. it's between the house and senate. house democrats said if speaker boehner would allow a clean bill if he would let that go to the house floor they believe it would pass because they believe enough republicans would say let's just get this thing moving forward. the house has a work around, it's a petition. they need 218 members to sign on to this petition to bring a clean spending bill to the house floor even if they were able to get that, tony, it's a lengthy process because of all the procedural hurdles it has to get over. it doesn't really have to go anywhere until mid-october. >> reporter: we want the vote today. make no mistake. we want it right now.
but this will at least start the clock ticking so that by octob october 14th unless they try to abuse the rules of the house, we would at least by then have a chance to have a clean up or down vote to keep the government open. >> reporter: that's the latest proposal from house democrats, tony. >> wait a minute, libby, does that idea even have a chance of passing? you mentioned it was a stiff chance. >> reporter: not much of one. 18 republicans would have to sign on. while vote counters believe enough republicans would vote for a bill that would an clean spending bill, signing on to a discharge petition would be a huge move symbolically and a big slap in the house to house speaker john boehner and caucus in general. it's not the kind of thing that is not done. don't hold your breath. >> no, i won't do that. are we hearing of any new approaches from republicans? >> reporter: no, we're hearing a
lot of the same. as we heard from speaker boehner he's saying that democrats are the ones who need to budge. he's not the only one. here is texas senator ted cruz. >> they said no, we will not talk. we will not compromise. shut the government down. that's why the government is shut down right now. just a moment ago the majority leader gave his latest offer. give us everything we demand 100%, no compromise, no middle ground. >> we're in san diego with the very latest. >> reporter: san diego, one of the biggest military cities in
america with a huge navy fleet, military hospitals, and three marine bases. suddenly military families are learning to shop without the steep discounts they're used to. >> we're paying extra for all of our groceries with being such a big family. >> reporter: marines at camp pendleton, 1,000 employees are off the job and dozens of base programs have been closed. >> we've had a number of quality of life welfare programs shut down. among them our libraries, pools, new parent support programs, financial readiness seminars. >> reporter: here at coronado island active training has not been cut and here military hospitals are still open. but the commissary where many go to buy affordable food is now temporarily out of business. >> reporter: families rush to buy food before the shutdown began. long lines before the doors were
locked not just here but every commissary in the country. >> it's shocking and upsetting. >> reporter: two marine wives who are worried about how they will make ends meet. >> we're definitely on a tight budget. because military does not make that much. with the closure of the commissary and other buildings on base it becomes harder for us. >> reporter: the families are shopping at retail chains which government says are 30% more expensive than military commissary. 20-year-old kyle la said she spent $50 more for food than she did last week. >> i would say it's ridiculous that you're taking that away from the people who are fighting for your country. that's ridiculous. they sacrifice enough as it is. they shouldn't have to sacrifice for. >> reporter: a hardship brought on by a battle out of their control. al jazeera, san diego.
>> a tropical storm karen is heading to the gulf coast. many people are bracing for heavy rainfall, and tracking the storm is dave warren, what's the latest. >> meteorologist: the satellite picture shows what is happening today. this was this morning, the visible picture, you see the low level circulation it's not all that organized, and it has not been intensifying much, and not weakening much. the latest, winds 50 mph. it is under 300 miles south of new orleans moving north-northwest at 9 mph. the track of the storm will bring wind and rain and the first off in the next 4 hours it will start to turn to the north
and northeast. 7:00 saturday tomorrow night central times were still south of that louisiana coast but now we're start to go see the wind pick up. we'll most likely see the tropical storm force wind. now over the coast still over water and has a chance to maintain it's intensity at 65 mph. not a hurricane but certainly a powerful tropical storm. wind and rain over the gulf coast and then peninsul pensacod sunday and monday it's moving over land and weakening. we're watching this with heavy rains and winds. >> appreciate it, thank you. we should tell you that evacuation orders have been issued for parts of mississippi and louisiana. we're in mississippi for us, what is the latest on the evacuation orders?
>> reporter: tony, on a macrolevel, the storm is losing its ump a.m. umph, we're start to go see more wind, more rain and as i speak the sun is coming out right now. that's what you have in these situations. you have 350 miles of the coast. all the way from new orleans to florida where people are cognizant of this storm. they're paying attention and they know it's not a cat-5 hurricane but it will pack a punch. we see people boarding. houses in some cases. we see people not doing anything but for the most part people here are rightly concerned about this. there is going to be heavy winds. there is going to be a lot of rain, of course. all the things you would expect with this. but i would think we've got dark clouds just over the camera that are coming our way. so i would would think within an hour or two we'll start to see
this thing break up. >> let me pick up on a word that you used there "concern," and let me add "worry" as well. are people worried about the government response because of the shutdown? >> reporter: well, tony, not a lot of people talking about that, but that's a very good point. i can tell you fema officials have been brought back. furloughed fema workers have been brought back. they have to be at the ready for a situation like this. the liaison to the turk center, president obama reinstilled that position or those positions because you've got four states now that have decade a state of emergency that are all a situation where they need to know exactly what miami knows. the brain trust of what happens in a storm like this. so they are all paying close attention. i wouldn't say a great amount of concern, but people are very,
very cognizant. i talk to people all day long. it's the topic of conversation all along the gulf coast. >> good to see you. thank you. at least four people were killed and 40 more injured when egyptian forces prevent a takeover by anti-coup protesters. they marched on the iconic square and we're in cairo, and of course for security reasons we're not naming our reporter here. if you would, tell us more about those protest screens there in and around tahrir square. >> reporter: yes, tony, well the protests decided what they wanted to do was have lots of different protests around cairo that would converge on the iconic square in tahrir.
now they've been allowed to march in protest against the ruler and against the regime in pro-morsi fashion. but because they want to take over the square, security forces felt that was a bridge too far, if you like. they have surrounded the square and the closer the protesters got to it, the more confrontational it became. we see tear gas fired and rounds into the air to tell protesters to go back. they in turn were throwing bottles and rocks. they did not want to breach the outer perimeter. the tahrir square was empty, no one inside of it, but outside there were all these clashes. we are hearing that even though we're three hours into curfew now, curfew at 7:00 local time on a friday, earlier time
because of antagonism, but there are some clashes in different parts of the country. these are quiet demonstrations, so on the whole in central c.i.a. it's very quiet and very still. >> i've got one more for you. a video has recently surfaced showing egypt's general assisi talking about creating a red line for the press. what is the situation like in egypt right for journalists. >> reporter: it's been very bad. dozens of journalists have been arrested, and one of my colleagues six week agos they were detained six days before
they were deported. we know there is real intimidation on the streets. heading east to here to the sinai and gaza, it's impossible to report in those areas. you just can't get out. there are too many check points that would detain you. but even in the center of cairo it's very difficult. there are check points everywhere, and certainly at curfew, you wouldn't be able to be out on the streets because you would risk anything from being detained and even worse, beaten up. so we know similar situations, the egyptians journalists, there is a journalist being d detained getting ready for trial. you can only see very little and you really have to rely on locals for that information.
>> thank you for that very small view. our correspondent in cairo, who we're not naming for security reasons. risking everything for a home. we look at the dangers that many african my grants face to better their lives. the ipo social networking site has 200 million users, will that equate to profits, and ebooks are replacing old fashioned books, but one bookstore said not so fast.
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news" that she suffered from postpartum depression. the italian coast guard is searching for missing people off the island of lampedusa. it was traveling from libya when it caught fire and capsized. it's called one of the worst disasters in immigration crisis. since the arab spring it has prompted an increasing number of mostly african migrants cross to italy in search of better lives. we have three occur doors that lead along the route from africa. >> i'm in mogadishu. over the past year there is speculation that we might see the number of refugees significantly decline because we've seen stability return to the country, the front line has disappeared, and there is a renewed sense of economical revival. the paradoxically what that
seems to be doing is inspiring some people to send people abroad. the problem is they still don't have confidence in the future. so while they're able to save a little bit of money, they're choosing to use that money to send their young men and women on the perilous journey north to europe to find jobs and send money back to their families here in somalia. that would provide some kind of insurance. now that's the anecdote tallal evidence. it's too early to see if that will slow but that is the case. the refugee officials who have been talking to us, until there is sincere confidence in the future and people are sure that stability is here to stay, the government isn't going to collapse we'll see a consistent flow of people leaving the country and looking for greener pastures. >> reporter: this is where many people depart for europe because
of close proximity. but libya is the focus right now because it's easier for people to leave there because there is a security vacuum on the ground. there are local m militias in charge of the area and there a huge trafficking racket out of it right now. now there is an effort taking place in brussels, and they're trying to coordinate efforts particularly with the libyans. that has not happened so far. i've spoken with many migrants in malta, and there are many who take this risk and continue to do so. here in tunisia there is 50% of unemployment in parts of the country. they want to get in france in particular to get a chance to find any work and any employment. a new surge of refugees of the war there is also happening there. i've met many of them who have tried to get to italy.
they have told me there are thousands of syrians right now in libya waiting for the next crossing. >> reporter: i'm in lampedusa where the diving teams have not been able to go into the wreckage of the boat to pull out those bodies. now in lampedusa the situation remains quite in bad shape here. the my grants that have managed to make it over here have been traumatic. most of them are from east africa, and lampedusa is commonly known as a gateway from the middle east and away from the conflict into europe. they say they need help to help those people and now they're calling on the eu to give them that help, saying this is a situation that needs an europe-wide solution.
>> you know, stocks edged up after two days of decline, investors are beginning to show increased concern over the stalled budget cuts in dc. two giants made announcements today. joining me is nicole, good to see you again. >> good to see you, as always. >> do you agree the shutdown becomes more an issue the longer it goes? we're talking about into next week and beyond. >> reporter: the biggest fear for the government right now and the economy is fear itself. because the big concern you were talking about at the top of the hour for the shutdown is the effect of furloughs and on their families. but when fear enters the picture and his station enters spending thinking about the debt ceiling, folks are not going out. they're not buying big ticket items.
businesses are not hiring. which leads to more spending concerns. that affects consumers and larger economy. >> and as you and every financial person i've ever met has reminded me, it's consumer spending that drives the economy, two-thirds. >> of gdp: the government can't pay its bills. that means social security. that means medicare, that also means the market tanking. that leads us into an automatic recession. not only that it ruins our standing around the world. >> that's right. >> so interest rates go higher. it's a trickle down effect for the lack of credibility in u.s. treasury and u.s. bonds and leads us back to five years ago when you and i were talking about just that.
>> we saw the last couple of days of stocks and today we have a bounce of 70 points. >> because they're banking on the a resolution. >> banking on a resolution. and how much of that has to do with this announcement of the ipo of twitter, but the real question then becomes could the ipo be delayed because of the shutdown? >> that's an interesting point. they're filing with the sec right now. that's a government agency. but that's the kick off to the ipo process. >> talk to me about this twitter ipo. first of all, how do these social media companies even make money? it's not-- >> this is christmas to me. everybody had wondered how the heck did twitter make money any way? now we have more insight. but let me paint the picture. this is the biggest tech ipo since face book. when i say biggest, facebook
when it went public, let me put this in perspective. it made $5 billion. twitter is making $600 million. it's still a lot but we're talking about a gugundo company and a less gugundo company. and here we're talking about $215 million. we're getting a little more information into how twitter is making money. and mostly it's tiding which is concerning investors because that's their main revenue stream. but they did make money in the first six months of this year double year over year but they're still losing money which is a concern. >> making money, facebook. facebook owns instagram. and dovetailing. >> exactly. so a facebook as you remember bought instagram for $700 million. the big question there as well you put it into perspective. how are these tech companies making money? instagram had to start making
money. this was widely known that they were going to start putting ads into the system. so how are they going to do that without disrupting the user experience? >> is it cool? no, most users-- >> are you on instagram? >> no. >> we need to get there, but now we're getting companies who can put their ads and promote pictures and videos. u.s. businesses are putting more money in social advertising. >> i dropped that in there, but it's the truth. you helped me sign up for twitter. >> with we're going to sign you up on instagram. >> great to see you. twitter's announcement going public helped bring an unknown company, the shares of tweeter, it soared. some investors thought they were buying into the social media
giant instead. twitter has not announced when it's stock will go on sale. michael eaves with the latest chapter in the alex rodriguez story. >> reporter: yes, this book keeps getting bigger and bigger by the month. alex rodriguez is suing for pursuing him in what he calls a witch-hunt designed to smear his character for millions of dollars. he was suspended for violating mlb's drug agreement. manuel sidelined from a spained neon a third quarter hit. the good news for manuel, the injury does not require surgery. in the nba, brooklyn nets jason kidd has already been suspended before even coaching his first game.
he was suspended after pleading guilty for driving while impaired. in southampton, new york. those are your sports headlines, and we have more coming up later in the program. >> thank you. it's been said that you should never negotiate on an empty stomach. how the president and vice president took care of that while supporting furloughed workers at the same time and nearly all of nasa's employees out of work because of the shutdown. 97% of them but some say it's okay. it's for a good cause. the government shuts down and al jazeera america covers all of it. from washinton politics, to the real impact on you... >> there's harworking people that want to do their part.. but the government isn't doing theirs... >> coverage continues on al jazeera america. that's all i have an real money.
>> well back to al jazeera america. i'm tony harris. here is a look at your top stories. mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for parts of louisiana and mississippi as tropical storm karen approach, emergency has been extended into louisiana. at least four people were killed killed, and 40 more seriously injured in violence protests in
giant. republicans and democrats continue to dig in, making it likely the government shutdown will go into a second week. harry reid called on the house to end the stalemate. >> i say to my friend john boehner, this is not about you. it's not about harry reid. it's about our country. our nation's security. do the right thing for men and women we represent and end the shutdown now. >> senate democrats also say the shutdown is hurting the government's ability to enforce sanctions against iran, fight terrorism and collect and analyze intelligence. house boehner called for the president's own words. >> i reminded the president the other night he's famous for saying, well, in a negotiation nobody gets 100% of what they want. we're not going to get it in this one either. >> the white house said the
shutdown stalemate has forced president obama a trip to indonesia. which go to mike viqueira to help make sense of all of this, plus the significance of the president and vice president's lunch outing. was it just a photo op or was there more to this? >> reporter: no, it's a photo op. plenty of smoke screens, and in shirt sleeves and the sunshine where the president and vice president were a block having a sandwich. part of it was to illustrate the fact that this shutdown is having a ripple effect. 800,000 workers out of work, not being paid and no sort of solution, at least not on the surface at this point. they're still trying to dig in public opinion to get the other side to cave. but the president did make the trip to the sub shop up the
street. he wanted to show support for businesses who were supporting those who could not work. >> right now this establish is providing a 10% discount to all federal workers who are on furlough. and plus a cookie. that, i think, an indication of how ordinary americans look out for each other. and aren't obsessed with politics, and aren't trying to extract concessions out of each other. they just try to make sure that everybody is trying to do their job. and we're doing what is best for the country. >> reporter: tony today's side show after yesterday a republican said we have to get something from the white house in order for us to go along with the so-called clean spending bill to keep the government open with no string attached. yesterday an anonymous administration source said we're
winning. we'll keep the pressure on the republicans. that drew the ire from john boehner and they spent the day backtracking on that. the president as you reported will be here this weekend canceling that trip to the apex summit this time in indonesia. >> you know what, let me pick up on that point. we saw the video, the president and vice president, they certainly had a number of people. secretary of state john kerry have people there in mali. they're not furloughed. why not go? why should the president stay? why not take the trip? >> reporter: a lot of it is op-ed. whether it's a republican or democrat administration through the years. it doesn't matter if the president goes away, the white house goes wherever he goes in terms of security, communication, and in terms of his ability to sign a bill. you remember the tempest in a tea pot about the auto pen. the president can't go to the
summits on the other side of the earth. he wases will going to go to bunai. and they canceled the trip to ma lay shaw and the philippines as well. the apex conference starting way back in the clinton administration. there are dozens of leaders, presidents and heads of state, and one of the things that they do is they have a photo op. the funny shirt photo op. they show up in shirts that are indigenous to whatever country they're in. there is often snickers and controversy, and these are the sort of op-eds that they're trying to avoid. >> our white house correspondent, mike viqueira, thank you. a skeleton crew is all that remains at nasa control in houston. most other employees have been told to stay home.
as heidi zhou castro reports, some employees are taking action. >> reporter: it's quiet at the johnson space center are 90% of the workers furloughed. 3,000 people are told to go home. not all of them are waiting. some are taking action. how many of you all have families? everyone. how many of you are single parents? >> how do you raise children and pay bills when your paycheck is on indefinite hold. these employees also members of the federal union afge are facing that question. >> i have a mortgage that has to be paid. >> i'm living from paycheck to paycheck. >> six of these workers are with nassau. they'rnasa. they're furloughed. >> call your representatives. >> reporter: local 2284 president called this meeting in
her living room to prepare for a no one said they could survive longer than a month. >> i think they're playing chicken with our lives. we've been through a pay freeze. now this. i've had enough. >> reporter: everyone here says they're registered democrats. they support the affordable care act, which house republicans have insisted on defunding before passing a federal budget. >> so you're all willing to give up your paychecks for obamacare. >> if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. >> reporter: shannon and charles could not agree more. both have grown daughters who could not qualify for coverage.
>> i stand with the president. he needs to take a stand and tell congress this is law. >> reporter: how many of you feel like pawns in this political debate? and how many of you, your survival depends on it? that's everyone in this room. >> reporter: although most of these people are furloughed they're keeping busy, fighting for their right go back to work. heidi zhou castro, al jazeera, houston. >> conservationists say a recent searching in elephant poach something putting the world's biggest land mammal on the brink of extinction. thursday hong kong officials seize the ivory. now with protests taking place from australia to tunsinea.
>> 334 marchs taking part, many in the united states, new york, los angeles, san francisco. this is about highlighting the december imagination of the elephant population. thousands of elephants were killed last year for the ivory. and hong kong is the transit point for much of the trade. ornaments, trinkets which head into china. many of these ornaments are sold. yesterday we saw yet another custom seizure here in hong ko hong kong, 189 tusks were seized worth $1.5 million u.s. al jazeera, hong kong. >> animal rights groups are calling for china to destroy
it's entire stock pile before it makes its way into the hands of illegal traders. pope francis visited the i will side town of assisi today where his chosen namesake, st. francis, renounced his wordily possessions and lived a life for the poor. he asked the church, quote, to strip itself of worldliness because it leads to vanity, arrogance and pride. >> the pontiff is continuing his mission to reform the catholic church and to make it a church that is poor and for the poor. many book stores have faced challenges in the digital era. with people often opting for e books that can be downloaded from website and read on tablets. but we found a small bookstore in maryland that found a way to stick with tradition, and to
thrive. >> reporter: the store in the heart of maryland state capitol doesn't take up a lot of real estate. but amid the shelves of the bookstore you'll find a world of words to pursue. it's regular customers consider it not just a place of commerce but a comfortable local institution. >> we used to go to the big book stores. they don't seem to be as in touch with my community. >> people come here, and yes it is about books, but it's a lot about the conversation that happens around the books. >> college student cameron, who also works here, says the bookstore has another distinction. >> this is a place for people to feel comfortable being serious. >> the store's owners are quick to admit they can't beat the big book sellers on price and book space, so they found other ways of attracting customers.
>> we do have our niche. neighborhood book stores are finding a resurgence, and more independent stores keep opening up as u.s. economy slowly comes back. and electronic book readers once predicted to turn books into museum species are a receding threat. it accounts for 20% of u.s. sales but the growth rate has been falling steadily. and six in every ten american leaders say they're not interested in ebooks. >> if you're used to e-mail and social media. we can do that in the exact same way that our national competitors, big corporate chaining can do. >> sign of more chapters to come
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industry, and drawing in films from around the region, nurturing filmmakers and showcasing their work. 2013's festival opener was no exception. a tale of forbidden attraction, religious devotion and artistic expression was directed by a monk and celebrates indian culture and shot in sri lanka. >> a non-chinese film opening, and it is a very big honor for us. >> reporter: the attention drawn by opening night to see the sheer number of films on the program shows how much this festival has grown. and demonstrates how important this part of the world has become so the film industry as a whole. box office takings grew by 15% last year, faster than anywhere else. china is the biggest market for movies outside of the united states. so has it become too big?
too much about the money? >> if you've been here once, you're family. as the festival gets bigger they've kept that mindset all the way through. i think that's what keep this festival rich. >> the range of korean films is vast. and there is a new retrospect of films. >> i find some of the films a little bit embarrassing. i made them in the passion of my youth. there are some films i would rather not show. but this is a great opportunity to look back and show some recent work. >> the organizers decided to close the festival with a small indy film made with support from the festival's own film fund. once the credits roll up screen, fans should feel saited for
another year. >> let's talk about the baseball playoffs in full swing. >> reporter: in full swing and it will be swing for a few more days. one of the best aspects of playoff basketball is no matter how badly you got beat the last game it literally has no affect on the next game. the pittsburgh pirates were relying after the cardinals trounced them 9-1. this afternoon, revenge time. game two and the pirates wasted no time flipping the script on the cardinals by jumping out to a 3-0 lead by the third inning thanks in part to the home run to pedro alvarez. but they were not done yet. the pirates played two more runs in the fifth inning. the rbi double. down the left side there as the
pirates did exactly what the cardinals did to them, getting out and getting out early. but then, deep to left center, solo shot, and that would be the capper as the pirates even the serious with the 8-1 win. game three moves to pittsburgh sunday afternoon. despite leaving the cincinnati reds the best success since the big red machine dynasty of the 07s, dusty baker is out of a job. the team fired him three days after the reds lost the national league wildcard to the pirates. he guided the reds to three, but they never made it past the first round of the playoffs during baker's tenure. now to talk football, graham watson and the college gridiron let's start with alabama.
they spent quite a bit of effort to clean it up. what about this recent suspension of dixon streaming from harris to clinton dixs and what does this to what they've been trying to do over the last several years. >> this is the first we heard of payments to a player. we had fluke who are iier, who h the charge, claiming the same thing 37 there are issues there. i don't know if it's enough to be a fire yet, but it's definitely smoke. and they've got to be worried that maybe some things that he thought were cleaned up weren't actually cleaned up under his reign. >> it's hard to do with all the students on campus, bu. >> for the most part they've stayed out of trouble.
he doesn't usually get guys who are arrested, guys who get in trouble, he's not usually suspending guys for violation of team rules. most of those guys are nfl and championship focused. it's the model team. but these things that are happening maybe there is a lot that's been going on behind the scenes that maybe we have not been naive because sabin has had such a model program over the last few years. >> what about usc. hours after they were blown out by arizona state on the road, they fired lane kiffen. >> reporter: i think it will be interesting. i think kiffen maybe needs to sit out a year. he was not the most popular guy. he was not the most popular guy at usc. and you saw the team push back
against that. and it's been the same thing. maybe kiffen needs to step back for at least a year, let the stink wear off of him a little bit, and maybe he can get back in the game. but i see him maybe going to the nfl. maybe to start rebuilding his career. i'm not sure there is a college program ready to take a chance on him. >> maybe assistant coach or coordinator in the nfl. two big games this weekend. you a got washington visiting stanford and then ohio state taking on northwestern. of those two games, graham, which do you think will have the greatest affect or implication on the national title chase? >> well, they're both great games. i think stanford is a lot to win against washington. i think washington beat them last year and that was a pretty big upset. i think stanford is going to be ready for this game. and i don't see them getting
beaten again by this washington team. ohio state, on the other hand, is going through a raucous environment. this is a northwestern team that has been hosting college game day for the first time since 1995. there will be energy around that team. if ohio state can quell that early, there will be emotion and northwestern will come out fired up. if they can quell that early, they should have no problem beating northwestern. they've beat them five times. they should really run over this team. but if they let the team capitalize on the energy and the crowd it will be a dogfight, and something they don't want to get into. >> and graham watson joining us here on al jazeera. thanks a lot, graham. >> reporter: thank you. >> they're known to be good students, but they've got football teams. >> good athletes. mike, thank you. a car without a driver and glasses that are just as good as the big screen.
well, kin kinda sorta. the cutting edge ta gadgets aret being made with enthusiasm. >> the annual sea tech exhibition has been greeted with excitement. it's when the biggest names have traditionally provided the first glimpses of innovations from their laboratories. this year cumbersome looking glasses that allow you to watch movies as if they're projected on a wall, and watches telling you how much sleep you're not getting. something we already know. over all there is less excitement. it's more like hope that someone will bring back the creativity and help rescue japan's flagging tech industry. >> it's important to make it simple for the consumers to understand how one product can
transform a lifestyle but they're having trouble coming up with that. >> improving on existing technology rather than creating new ideas. most of the innovations on display here aren't on the market yet, and the concern remains for japanese companies while they struggle to find the budgets to fine tune their inventions they'll be beaten by their foreign competitors. those are sad words for those who tinker away in workshop in tokyo. he believes that manufacturers should look back to find the best way forward. he's trying to keep the glory days of made in japan alive. he collects, repairs and sales iconic electronics from the 07s and 80s, mainly cassette tape players. some of them selling for thousands of dollars. >> back then designers didn't have computers. they had to develop products by hand, and there were many things
they couldn't do as freely as stay. but having those restrictions inspired them. nowadays with computers i believe designers are losing their creativity. >> reporter: he has rejuvenated products will not be on this year's tech eggs biggs but he hopes some of the inspiration of decades past will begin to rub off on today's manufacturers. al jazeera tokyo. >> tropical storm karen is taking aim in the gulf coast, and there is a blizzard in the midwest. dave warren has your forecast next. hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you.
>> i'm meteorologist dave warren tracking a huge storm in the midwest. tornado watches and blizzard warns. the extent goes for miles but this is the center. we're seeing winter weather, severe weather potential with tornado watches in eastern nebraska. that's where it is all happening now. the radar, the clouds show the spin developing here. there is the heavy snow and severe weather and this will
slowly track from west to east over the next few days. temperatures, 77 to 32, big difference between warm and cold air. where is it headed from the weekend forecast, here is the career weather for tomorrow. chicago getting strong. thunderstorms, the cold air with light know still falling in nebraska and south dakota. cooler air comes in, sunday, monday, and tuesday. the pacific coast dealing with fire conditions, red flag warnings in effect. and wind is picking up. now the gulf coast and east coast dealing with this storm, tropical storm karen impacting louisiana between saturday night and alabama and florida to sunday morning. then moving up to mid-atlantic where it can bring heavy rain to new york and new england.
>> this is al jazeera america. i'm tony harris in new york with a look at today's top stories. mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for parts of louisiana and mississippi as tropical storm karen approaches. a state of emergency extends from louisiana to florida. homeowners are boarding up windows, stocking up on food supplies. tropical storm karen is expected to hit as a tropical storm or a weak hurricane. john boehner faced the camera saying republicans don't want the shutdown and added president obama is not willing to compromise. president obama said republicans are using it the spending bill to advance their own agenda.