Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Pimping Donald Trump

Nowhere does Kiyosaki point out that Donald Trump has gone bankrupt multiple times and ruined many small investors, nowhere does Kiyosaki point out that Donald got his bankroll from his rich father, and nowhere does Kiyosaki point out Donald is one the few people in the world to have lost money operating a casino in a prime location.

Lou Minatti: Robert Kiyosaki pimps Donald Trump

The Donald: The Myth, The Reality

What's He Really Worth? - New York Times

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

We Told You So

Rolling Stone : THE LOW POST: Why Did Mass Culture Turn on Republicans

Look, there's nothing mysterious about any of this. It's pretty obvious what's going on. We saw this same kind of cultural shift in 1968, after the Tet offensive (an analogy so obvious that even Tom Friedman saw it recently), when the American political establishment soured on the Vietnam War. Despite the conservative propaganda that for decades has insisted that it was the media that lost the war for us in Vietnam, in fact the media didn't turn on the Vietnam war effort until the war was already lost. And the reason the media soured on that war had nothing to do with it being wrong; it had to do with the post-Tet realization that the war was expensive, unwinnable and politically costly. America is reaching the same conclusion now about Iraq, and so, like Dave Letterman, a whole host of people who just a few years ago thought we "had to do something" are now backing off and repositioning themselves in an antiwar stance.

What's dangerous about what's going on right now is that an electoral defeat of the Republicans next week, and perhaps a similar defeat in a presidential race two years from now, might fool some people into thinking that the responsibility for the Iraq war can be sunk forever with George Bush and the Republican politicians who went down with his ship. But in fact the real responsibility for the Iraq war lay not with Bush but with the Lettermans, the Wolf Blitzers, the CNNs, The New York Timeses of the world -- the malleable middle of the American political establishment who three years ago made a conscious moral choice to support a military action that even a three-year-old could have seen made no fucking sense at all.

It doesn't take much courage to book the Dixie Chicks when George Bush is sitting at thirty-nine percent in the polls and carrying 3,000 American bodies on his back every time he goes outside. It doesn't take much courage for MSNBC's Countdown to do a segment ripping the "Swift-Boating of Al Gore" in May 2006, or much gumption from Newsweek's Eleanor Clift to say that many people in the media "regret" the way Gore was attacked and ridiculed in 2000. We needed those people to act in the moment, not years later, when it's politically expedient. We needed TV news to reject "swift-boating" during the actual Swift Boat controversy, not two years later; we needed ABC and NBC to stand up to Clear Channel when that whole idiotic Dixie Chicks thing was happening, not years later; we needed the networks and the major dailies to actually cover the half-million-strong protests in Washington and New York before the war, instead of burying them in inside pages or describing the numbers as "thousands" or "at least 30,000," as many news outlets did at the time; and we needed David Letterman to have his war epiphany back when taking on Bill O'Reilly might actually have cost him real market share.

Someone (Not Me) Should Kill You

Feel The Love

Florian Sokolowski, Coward

Unredacted Death Threat Letter to Stephanie Miller

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

MyDD :: Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert


Saturday, April 08, 2006

MySpace video of hangar bombing leads to teen arrests

If you do the crime, don't post it online.

Monday, April 03, 2006


Resist The Noise!

During Muzak’s early decades, office workers and others sometimes complained that public background music was an invasion of privacy. Some people feel that way today, although the first thing many of us do when we find ourselves alone with our thoughts is to reach for the handiest means of drowning them out—by putting on a pair of headphones, say, or by sliding a disk into the car’s CD player. Audio architecture is a compelling concept because the human response to musical accompaniment is powerful and involuntary. “Our biggest competitor,” a member of Muzak’s marketing department told me, “is silence.”

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival

The Samuel Beckett Centenary celebrations begin in April, not May as I posted previously.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Georgi Sviridov

The rousing score ("Time, Forward") in Guy Madden's "Heart of the World" (video below) is by Russian composer Georgi Sviridov from a 1965 Soviet film of the same name.

Enjoy It While You Can!

Is YouTube the Napster of Video?

The company faces a conundrum when it comes to copyrighted material: its rapidly growing user base loves the wide-ranging video content, some of which may be infringing... But when it comes to potentially infringing content, things get even trickier when YouTube starts trying to make real money—which it hopes to do later this year by selling its own ads on the site.

Dziga Vertov's Kino Eye

Compare the montage (and music) from Madden's "Heart of the World" to this clip from Man With A Movie Camera (QuickTime mov).

Guy Madden

“I’m not even gay, for crying out loud, but my movies are steeped in the old Hollywood studio system whose greatest practitioners were queer folk who had to encode their lifestyles in the vocabulary of their movies."

Monday, March 06, 2006

Prairie Visionaries

Audio and video clips about Guy Maddin and the Winnipeg Film Group at Arts and Entertainment - CBC Archives-.

Guy Madden Profile

Nice overview of Canadian filmmaker Guy Madden in Senses of Cinema.

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