Really interesting article from Noah Shachtman in Wired: Investigators were able to track wannabe terrorist Faisal Shahzad through his anonymous, pre-paid cell phone — exactly how, they won’t say. But there was…
Was the recent incident in Times Square an attempt to demonize the labor and environmental movements? Mother Jones reports: This much we know: A US citizen born in Pakistan has been arrested…
Here’s doctor and right-to-die activist Jack Kevorkian speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto about the recent HBO film, You Don’t Know Jack. This film is a biopic of the good doctor’s infamous career later in life: those actions that landed him in prison and the media circus that revolved around him.
Kevorkian candidly expresses his views on Fox News and his opinion of this film:
The plot thickens. This isn’t looking like a publicity stunt by Apple anymore unless Steve Jobs has cops on his payroll. Beware the Power of Jobs! Kim Zetter writes on WIRED’s Threat…
This story has raised a lot of controversy last week on the internets … here’s a post on it from Kiera Butler in Mother Jones: UPDATE: Veggie burger rumors are flying! Some…
Wow, those internets really move fast. Nike debuted Tiger Woods’ ad this morning, and only hours later, people already uploaded plenty of remixed goodness. The original Woods ad has already creeped out plenty of folks: it has a silent Woods gazing at the camera while the voice of his late father Earl gives him a lecture from beyond the grave.
My favorite of the remixed ads so far is this one with the final parole board speech from Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption:
His words, not mine. Here’s Gaia hypothesis theorist James Lovelock’s first in-depth interview since the “Climategate” story made world news. Leo Hickman writes in the Guardian: Humans are too stupid to prevent…
OK folks, this is not an April Fool’s Joke. I have observed that disinfo.com readers (especially those who leave comments) enjoy the intersection of conspiracy and pop culture, however, it looks like Erykah Badu is taking it to a whole new level.
(Below is a news report, not the actual video itself.)
Joe Biden rocks. ‘Nuff said:
Chris Rovzar writes in New York: After Eric Massa told the world about the time a naked Rahm Emanuel accosted him in the congressional locker rooms, we had to wonder: “Is there…
So for thirteen minutes on Friday, the world’s biggest casino came to a crawl while Tiger Woods made his “apology” speech. (One can argue that the apology was more for Nike’s benefit than his wife’s.) As financial blog Zerohedge puts it:
When Tiger’s speech causes a more dramatic volume impact than the FOMC you know this market is all sorts of perfectly efficient. Bloomberg’s chart of the day below shows the total NYSE volume change in-between when Tiger started his convoluted and meandering mea culpa, and when he ended.
FOMC stands for Federal Open Market Committee, a.k.a. “The Fed” that many disinfo.com visitors have plenty to say about. So Tiger had more impact than a Fed Discount Rate hike announcement that day, good to know for the next time I talk to some finance guy who cold calls me about getting into the market…
Seems like just more proof that, as the Onion recently put it (brilliantly), money is a “symbolic, mutually shared illusion.”
Following up on this this story, I am wondering what the disinfo.com audience thinks of this:
Becky Bohrer for Yahoo News/AP:
JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is lashing out at the portrayal of a character with Down syndrome on the Fox animated comedy Family Guy:
In a Facebook posting headlined “Fox Hollywood — What a Disappointment,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and current Fox News contributor said Sunday night’s episode felt like “another kick in the gut.” Palin’s youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.
The episode features the character Chris falling for a girl with Down syndrome. On a date, he asks what her parents do.
She replies: “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.”
Palin resigned as Alaska governor last summer. Palin’s oldest daughter, Bristol, also was quoted on her mother’s Facebook page, calling the show’s writers “heartless jerks.”…
Richard Girling writes in the Times:
The scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.
Professor Phil Jones said in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times that he had thought about killing himself “several times”. He acknowledged similarities to Dr David Kelly, the scientist who committed suicide after being exposed as the source for a BBC report that alleged the government had “sexed up” evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
In emails that were hacked into and seized upon by global-warming sceptics before the Copenhagen climate summit in December, Jones appeared to call upon his colleagues to destroy scientific data rather than release it to people intent on discrediting their work monitoring climate change.
Jones, 57, said he was unprepared for the scandal: “I am just a scientist. I have no training in PR or dealing with crises.”
From THR’s Live Feed blog:
Round One of Jon Stewart’s appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
There wasn’t any big feud leading up to this moment, just six years of daily ideological opposition since Stewart’s last appearance on the show. Like a snake and mongoose dumped into the same room, you know something interesting is going to happen.
In the first segment, Stewart said he’s “torn” about President Obama’s performance.
“He has decided Congress is an equal branch of government — huge mistake,” Stewart said.
“That’s a pretty smart analysis. A lot of people don’t think you’re smart,” O’Reilly said.
Erin McCarthy writes on Popular Mechanics: Last season, the castaways detonated a hydrogen bomb in an attempt to rewrite history. Popular Mechanics talks to Michio Kaku, host of the Science Channel’s Sci-Fi…
First, finally admits the illegitimate kid, now this. Via Gawker: Sources have told us that, in the throes of their affair, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter made a sex tape that contains…
Hell of a way to go out, full episode on official site:
From the same folks who brought you the Tiger Woods reenactments, I bring you the future of news (I love the part where Jay and Conan turn into superheroes):
Christopher Hitchens writes on Slate: On Nov. 1, 1755 — the feast of All Saint’s Day — a terrifying combination of earthquake and tsunami shattered the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. Numerous…
This has got to be one of the most shocking revelation in this whole media circus, that as the “war on terror” enters its ninth year, the government doesn’t have software to help compensate for simple human error. Let’s hope they all can spell B-O-M-B … Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty report on CNN:
A timeline provided by the State Department officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, showed that an initial check of the suspect based on his father’s information failed to disclose he had a multiple-entry U.S. visa. The reason was that AbdulMutallab’s name was misspelled.
“That search did not come back positive,” said one official, who called it a quick search without using multiple variants of spelling. On November 20, a State Department cable to Washington on AbdulMutallab — based on the information from his father — lacked any mention of his visa, the officials said.
I think Dan Savage makes a good point here in that by (Brit Hume) saying Christianity is “better” for atonement than Buddhism, he makes the religion a much more attractive option for adulterers everywhere (via Countdown with Keith Olbermann):
Via h+ magazine:
An A. I. researcher lists the Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009 — along with the corresponding reality!
There’s exploding iPods, the uproar over “bombing” the moon, and even a flesh-eating robot! But in each case, he supplies some much-needed perspective. Despite a few cases of exploding iPod batteries, “These incidents are incredibly rare.” And during the moon collision, “the rocket stage weighs around two tons, while the Moon weighs in at a 73,477,000,000,000,000,000 tons…”
And while the flesh-eating robot “even comes with a chainsaw, perhaps to help it slice us up into more manageable pieces, before it feasts upon our flesh…” the reality is: it’s a vegetarian.
“Desecration of the dead is against the laws of war — and plant matter is a much better fuel source anyway.”
The reality is this. The housing market crashed because a house is built so that people can live in it. Not so that real estate tycoons can buy and sell them like stocks and bonds pushing their ‘value’ into the stratosphere. A home is a tangible structure which at one time was priced according to what working people could afford. It was. Until, like everything else in our society, they became merely another pawn in the profit game, and all the humanity was squeezed mercilessly out of the house.
They stopped being homes, and started being ‘the housing market.’
I find this kinda amazing, I guess the media obsession has a bright light. Michael David Smith writes on Fanhouse:
Tiger Woods isn’t just America’s greatest golfer, and he isn’t just America’s greatest philanderer. He’s also America’s greatest vocabulary teacher.
Woods hasn’t yet spoken publicly in the two weeks since his mysterious car accident led to a media feeding frenzy about his sex life. But he has issued a couple of public statements on TigerWoods.com, and in those statements he showed a grasp of the English language that was apparently too difficult for some.