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Current Topic: Media

Government Cheese: 'Camping on Acid'
Topic: Media 1:54 am EST, Dec 10, 2006

In light of the recent Verizon billing fiasco, this one seems rather appropriate because of the following lyric:

"...counting on my toes because I can't do simple math..."

Government Cheese: 'Camping on Acid'

Video: 'The Drugs I Need'
Topic: Media 6:11 am EDT, Sep 17, 2006

This is truly choice.

It's a song called "The Drugs I Need" and features a little pill, smiling and waving. The artwork looks like maybe the SpumCo guys had something to do with it (which would be appropriate).

Video: 'The Drugs I Need'

'Ted's Tubes' now available in MP3
Topic: Media 7:27 pm EDT, Jul 19, 2006

For the uninitiated, this is Senator Ted Stevens speaking before Congress, trying his best to explain Net Neutrality and his position on it, with music added in.

It took awhile to find just the MP3 but I did it. :)

'Ted's Tubes' now available in MP3

BBC errs and puts the wrong person in front of the camera! (mit video!)
Topic: Media 12:47 am EDT, May 14, 2006

The Times Online has tried to spin this as if the cabbie who wound up in front of the camera made some effort to misrepresent himself, but it seems to me more like it was a matter of people getting a little rushed and putting someone who doesn't have a very powerful grasp of English in front of the camera.

The *video* can be found on at least two different sites at the moment. Pay close attention to the interviewee at the start when the BBC reporter introduces him. The look on his face is priceless.

BBC errs and puts the wrong person in front of the camera! (mit video!)

Political Dissent folk singer on Jay Leno (with lyrics)
Topic: Media 9:25 pm EDT, Apr  6, 2006

Looks like Leno had a folk-singer type on his show the other night, singing a rather biting tune called "When the President Talks To God".
This link contains video of the performance.

Finally, some more people have found their testicles!

Political Dissent folk singer on Jay Leno (with lyrics)

OMG! Blatant violation of law of physics! CALL THE POLICE!
Topic: Media 8:28 am EST, Dec 11, 2005

*This* is just some evil freaky stuff.

Apparently japanese scientists have figured out how to use their strange anime powers to pass objects through hard-plexiglas tabletops.

(If you think the occasional bits of English in the clip are unnerving, the end will blow your mind.)

OMG! Blatant violation of law of physics! CALL THE POLICE!

The World According to CNN
Topic: Media 6:55 am EST, Nov  9, 2005

This is some beautiful stuff someone captured. Apparently someone at CNN trying to put together a map of the areas of France not currently in flames and bursting with rioters managed to really screw up using Google Maps.

Check it out, it's almost like a public school student's attempt at making their own map of a country they know nothing about.

The World According to CNN

Patrick Aaron Lee autopsy final details in: Taser did not directly affect the outcome
Topic: Media 7:48 am EDT, Oct 15, 2005

I think the title pretty much summarizes the situation. The final toxicology has come back, and Levy has released his results. There was indeed more than just drugs involved, and it wasn't just the Taser.

Of course, since this affair has been covered distastefully by the media up to now, I see no reason why it shouldn't continue, so in the upper portion of the article you may notice a paragraph which looks like it was more or less made up to fit circumstances, and I somehow doubt this detail came from Levy.

Someone *died* and now people are trying to capitalize on the situation, apparently in hopes that they can sue for some money. The people responsible for continuing the stink and refusing to face reality should truly be ashamed of themselves.

Patrick Aaron Lee autopsy final details in: Taser did not directly affect the outcome

Kanye West *almost* gets it--Bush doesn't care about poor people
Topic: Media 7:59 am EDT, Sep  3, 2005

New York — It began, fittingly enough, with jazz from New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis.

But "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," a heartfelt and dignified benefit aired on NBC and other networks Friday night, took an unexpected turn thanks to the outspoken rapper Kanye West. Appearing two-thirds through the program, he claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

Frankly, I'm very impressed that he had the balls to speak out like this. Corporate America doesn't like it when people deviate from scripts, but basically West was only a little bit off the mark. His main statement was that "Bush doesn't care about black people", but it's really got nothing to do with whether the people who are dying in New Orleans are black or not. What matters (or rather, doesn't matter) is that the vast majority of the people still trapped in New Orleans are very, very poor. Which means that, demographically speaking, they don't vote, they don't put money in lobbyists pockets, they don't hold any kind of political power, and their ability to promote political campaigns is limited--so there's very little chance these people are going to be able to impact Bush in any possible way. The political machine has learned that almost any sort of mismanagement can be covered up in just a few months of campaigning and careful spin-doctoring, and at worst, power will simply shift from one faction to the other for a presidential term or two.

In short, it's not that they're black, it's that they're poor. There's plenty of white (and asian and so on) people down there that Bush cares just as little about.

So long as poor people are busy trying to blame each other (blacks versus whites and vice-versa) they're never going to get around to seeing that their real enemy, the people who really are responsible for generation after generation of poverty and ignorance, are Bush and people just like him, who only care about the poor when it comes time to get them to watch the television so they can be told which faction of rich people have the best interests of "America" in mind. They make their rafts of empty promises and smile and shake hands just long enough to keep their power, and then they go back to their ranches and condos and gated communities and have as little as possible to do with the poor until it comes time for the next round of lies and deception.

If West were paying attention, he'd have figured this out by now. Hopefully he will soon because America needs more people to wise up to what's going on.

Kanye West *almost* gets it--Bush doesn't care about poor people

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