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CBS Sues Howard Stern and Sirius - Los Angeles Times
Topic: Current Events 5:45 pm EST, Mar  1, 2006

CBS Radio jolted shock jock Howard Stern and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. on Tuesday with a $218-million lawsuit that alleged Stern misused the company's airtime in a scheme to boost the payment he received when he moved to Sirius in January.

CBS contends that while it employed Stern, the host spent more than a year hyping his upcoming switch to Sirius and, as a result, improperly enriched himself, "pocketing over $200 million for his personal benefit" by driving up Sirius' subscriber numbers.

Howard had a press conference about this yesterday and from the audio I heard of it he was very aggitated and fidgeting throughout it. If anyone has a copy of that video I would love to see a link to it, I am going to try to find a link to the audio to post later. The discussion I heard today was dealing with the stock options that had been kept secret outside of the 500 million that was made public for his salary. There was one very funny moment in which howard was trying to make a joke that just outright bombed and instead of the press laughing all you could hear was the sound of shutters clicking away. This story should prove entertaining for a few weeks yet to come.

CBS Sues Howard Stern and Sirius - Los Angeles Times

Curious George collaborator found dead
Topic: Current Events 10:40 am EST, Feb 13, 2006

The bloodied body of a collaborator on the children's book series Curious George was found Tuesday morning covered in black garbage bags in the driveway of his impeccably landscaped mobile home.

This is absolutely terrible but sometimes you want to blog things like this because the press won't pay much attention to them.

Curious George collaborator found dead

Free speech in New Jersey
Topic: Current Events 3:28 pm EST, Feb 10, 2006

John Feder is a police Sergeant in West Orange New Jersey, with a 22-year record of sterling service. Unfortunately, that record of service to the community is in danger of being flushed down the toilet.

Sgt Feder, you see, performs—free—as a stand-up comedian. And his politically incorrect act may now cost him his job.

I heard about this yesterday on Opie and Anthony. Kenny is a friend of the show and until yesterday I had no idea that he was a cop. After this story hit the paper and Kenny's pension was put in jeopardy they let all of their listeners in on the rest of the information about what was going on. In any case this is going to be a very interesting case to see just where the line of free speech can be drawn when you are an officer of the law and are expected to be held to a higher standard. They are saying that since he wasn't getting paid for the stand up comedy that it cannot be considered moonlighting and the real problem comes from the higher standard he agreed to when he became a cop.

Free speech in New Jersey

Underground drugs cave pictures
Topic: Current Events 4:56 pm EST, Jan  2, 2006

What police found inside this Trousdale County cave led to the biggest pot bust in Middle Tennessee history.

Underground drugs cave pictures

Deal nips lawsuit over showing breasts to ape
Topic: Current Events 9:23 am EST, Dec  2, 2005

Two animal handlers who say they were fired for refusing to expose their breasts to a 300-pound gorilla have settled their lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation on undisclosed terms.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both in their mid-40s, claimed that Gorilla Foundation president Francine “Penny” Patterson pressured them to indulge Koko the gorilla’s “nipple fetish” as a way of bonding with the 33-year-old female.

The foundation denied the allegations.

Deal nips lawsuit over showing breasts to ape

WorldNetDaily: Storm-relief money spent at strip clubs
Topic: Current Events 9:26 pm EDT, Sep 17, 2005

On the heels of a report earlier this week that Atlanta area Katrina victims were using $2,000 debit cards to purchase luxury items like Louis Vuitton handbags, Houston police yesterday discovered the cards, provided by FEMA and the Red Cross, being used at local strip clubs.

The Houston Police Department just formed a task force to investigate the abuse of the cards, which were distributed to thousands of Katrina hurricane victims to provide for necessities, such as food, clothing and toiletries. On the first day, the police found the cards being used to buy beer while ogling exotic dancers.

I just can't get enough about these cards getting abused.

WorldNetDaily: Storm-relief money spent at strip clubs - The 'suspicious package' that wasn't - Aug 15, 2005
Topic: Current Events 10:12 pm EDT, Aug 16, 2005

A training device mistakenly left by a Secret Service contractor at a Washington hotel was the "suspicious package" that prompted a building evacuation Sunday afternoon, law enforcement sources said. - The 'suspicious package' that wasn't - Aug 15, 2005

State: Bush blasts NCAA as FSU plans response
Topic: Current Events 9:40 am EDT, Aug 10, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - Controversy over the Florida State University mascot intensified Tuesday as Gov. Jeb Bush condemned a new NCAA policy and university officials planned to meet in emergency session to discuss their next move.

"How politically correct can we get?" Bush told reporters Tuesday morning before a meeting of the state Cabinet. "To me, the folks that make these decisions need to get out more often."


"Over the last four years, we've received a variety of complaints from fans, coaches, officials, student-athletes, Native Americans and non-Native Americans that mascots on a war path or the way they're dancing (for example) perpetuates a negative stereotype that marginalizes this group of people," said Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA's vice president for diversity and inclusion.

I am with Bush on this one. This country has gone overboard with the political correctness.

State: Bush blasts NCAA as FSU plans response

60 years ago today...
Topic: Current Events 11:39 am EDT, Aug  8, 2005

... there were 2 suns in the morning

At 08:15, the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted and commanded by Colonel Paul Tibbets, took off from the tiny island of Tinian in the Northern Marianas, a few hundred miles north of Guam, and dropped the nuclear bomb called "Little Boy" over the central part of Hiroshima. It exploded about 600 meters (2,000 feet) above the city with a blast equivalent to 13 kilotons of TNT, killing an estimated 80,000 civilians outright.

Wikipedia has this picture thats creeping me out of a watch that was stopped by explosion.

60 years ago today...

I wonder if Marie knows Mike is the same person as James!
Topic: Current Events 3:25 pm EDT, Aug  4, 2005

Who is Mike Lynn?

Do you remember the "James Baldwin" I mentioned earlier? James appeared to have information about the Ciscogate saga that no one else had. I believe I know why: James Baldwin is Mike Lynn! And so is one other person.

I found Mike's MemeStreams site, which shows his home page as Who registered that site?

James Baldwin
18 Great Wood
San Antonio, TX 78232

Created on 11-24-2000
Expires on 11-25-2007

An archive shows as the contact email. is actually, but hardly any of the content appears archived.

I did find one Antinode page that listed an as the title for the page. Searching for that email address led me to a post about cars in Atlanta, where ISS is located. Member information for user eddy showed his home page as, his birthday as January 4, 1981 (Mike is 24) and his AIM account as "eophten".

Queries for eophten brought me back another MemeStreams blog that has been -- guess what -- posting stories on Ciscogate! I also found a Sun support forum for a "jbaldwin" using AIM account eophten. Looking back at MemeStreams, the eophten profile listed the real name as "Edward Dertouzas" with homepage -- the same site hosting

So who is Edward Dertouzas? He's a character in a Bruce Sterling book. And James Baldwin? He's probably the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain.

So there you have it. Mike Lynn == James Baldwin == Edward Dertouzas (eddy).!

This guy worked so hard, yet is so wrong. I feel bad for him. As some most Memestreamers (and se2600 hackers) know, Mike Lynn is Abaddon on Memestreams. He grew up in Texas where he met James Baldwin (who is ophten on Memestreams). Mike is currently unemployed while James works for a large ISP as an admin. If Mike and James were the same person, I'm sure Mike's girlfriend Marie would be in for quite a shock!

Oh course, James found this blog entry and decided to make his otherwise boring day more fun by replying to it, as the dual persona of Mike/James.

# posted by Anonymous : 12:37 PM speaking:

If you search for me (eddy) you'll also find that I speak regularly in #c on efnet. Mike Lynn is a self described C god... this is probably furthered by the superiority I feel in being present in programming interest channel.

Morever, the current topic in #c is "C Programming & Discussion (key is 'c'): Mike Lynn's, #c op abaddon, Legal Fund, paypal". I am incognito and gathering funds and support for my cause. Nevermind that "abaddon" portion, I'm "eddy" remember?

If you're lucky enough to know where I (Mike) live, you might see my VW (which is a cool GTI, thank you very much) in the driveway, but you'll also see a white 240sx tucked away and rusting under the car port. Who said I wasn't interested in cars?

Feel free to contact me by aim or email if you care for more details, those, at least, are correct.
# posted by James Baldwin : 4:55 PM

Of course, my man Kobi (yet another se2600 hacker) stumbled upon this and had to kick James publically in the nuts:

# posted by Anonymous : 5:01 PM

Nice description James, but don't forget to mention the words "James eats it." written (in dust) on the hood of your rusting ass 240sx. Never forget that.
# posted by baudburn : 5:06 PM


I wonder if Marie knows Mike is the same person as James!

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