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French Public Service Ads: Why Can't We Have Some Like This?


Simple, powerful, effective. This is what your taxdollars should be doing. The message at the end is roughly translated as "a man who beats his wife teaches violence to his children. I think you'll be able to understand the rest even if you don't speak French. Read more about French Public Service Ads: Why Can't We Have Some Like This?

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Taser Execs Taste Their Own Product


This disturbs me. Not as much as the Iranian-American student being tased five times for not having his student ID card, but still. Is it just me, or is there a "titillation" factor in this video, perhaps some kind of he-man/tough guy prowess demonstration? I suppose it's a "good thing" they understand the effect of their product, but's just weird. Read more about Taser Execs Taste Their Own Product

Hell freezes over, and Lord Kos front-pages a stolen election

Florida. Of course.

Hear the words of Lord Kos: "The evidence is solid".

I don't really have the appropriate department for this one: The Department of Sweet Jeebus, It's About Time, perhaps? Or perhaps The Department of Belated Conversions. Read more about Hell freezes over, and Lord Kos front-pages a stolen election

Turkey recipes, anyone?

Possibly a little late, but then again, my family tradition was to wait until the last possible minute to put the bird in the oven.

Meaning that one Thanksgiving we drove all around town to find possibly the last unfrozen bird in the state, at about 11:00AM on the Thursday.

This was way before the collective national tradition of getting hammered while the Detroit Lions lose again was put in place.

Actually, I do love Thanksgiving. There's no fucking marketing! Read more about Turkey recipes, anyone?

Robert Altman gone


The obit (via Cursor)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller is one of my all-time favorite movies. What's your favorite Altman movie? Read more about Robert Altman gone

Dogs have owners; cats have staff

How true. Now we have proof:

Your Bi-Lingual Kitty
Adult cats, living apart from humans, have very clear communication with one another. It is spoken mostly through scent, then through facial expression, complex body language, and touch. Meowing is not part of this language. Meow-ese, it would seem, is a language developed exclusively for humans.

So why do cats have two "languages?" Because meowing is unnecessary in a cat's world. But in your world, your pet cat is dependent on you, and quickly learns that you are clearly not picking up the scent messages she leaves on your things, and you are not completely fluent in cat body language.

Savage on Haggard and the bogus Christianist "ex-gay" movement

(Sorry for the redundancy of "bogus Christianists. And mad props to Dan Savage for that Santorum Improvised Informational Device.) Savage speaks: Read more about Savage on Haggard and the bogus Christianist "ex-gay" movement

Science for Republicans!


It turns out evolution happens in real time (as if it would happen in any other kind of time). From the Bradenton Herald (I quote the article almost in its entirety, in case any of the Christianists from Minnesota come back for more):

A new study of lizards in the Bahamas shows that the natural selection pressures that drive evolution can flip-flop faster than previously thought--even in months.

Man, that's even faster than the neo-cons flip-flopped on Iraq! Read more about Science for Republicans!

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Florida Follies: Jennings and the ACLU Fight Back

It won't surprise you at all, but guess what's likely to be one of the last acts of the 109th Congress? eVote Fraud 'certification.' Brad's got more:
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TV to Voters: Fuggetabboudit

This doesn't suprise me at all.

•The average length of a single story devoted primarily to elections was roughly
76 seconds. By contrast, a similar national study conducted by the UW
NewsLab during the 2002 mid-term election found the average story ran 89

• 41 percent of the election stories were aired in the final week before Election

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I've been on the Intertubes long enough to have heard this story many times. Readers, share with us your own experience, we want to know if it's typical. I'm protecting the innocent and blanking a few details for the sake of privacy:
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Borat Not So Funny to Russians

But Bambi is ok, right? Remind me to skip the matinee in Moscow. This is a "funny" post, because Borat is a sensation and all that, but as Antony reminds us:

After the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and poisoning of a former Russian spy, the increasingly authoritarian reign of Vladimir Putin is cause for concern.

Russia: not getting better. Don't forget that; they have oil, nukes, and crazies, just like we do. Read more about Borat Not So Funny to Russians

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Court to Bloggers: Post Away Without Fear (Sort Of)

Thank the God of Your Choice that we've still got a few thinking judges on some courts. Slowly, but surely, the rest of American is coming to understand that there is no difference between speech from a mouth, speech on a piece of dessicated dead tree, and speech that is expressed in the Ether of the Intertubes. Read more about Court to Bloggers: Post Away Without Fear (Sort Of)


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