Wednesday, April 28, 2004

CBS/NYT polls evaluate America's view of the administration


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MapMachine -- National Geographic's redesigned online atlas.


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Real Dialogue: MIT student interviews Jack Valenti


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The recording industry sued 477 more computer users Wednesday, including dozens of college students at schools in 11 states


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Spain's Terra mulls $200 mil sale of Lycos: "Terra Networks bought Lycos, one of the original Web search engines, for more than $12.5 billion in stock at the height of the dot-com bubble in 2000. "


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Urban Legends Reference Pages: Did President Bush once call a reporter a major league asshole?


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Who outed Wilson's CIA wife?: It's the biggest mystery in Washington since the identity of Deep Throat, and the solution may be immediately forthcoming. Joe Wilson, a former ambassador, will this week reveal the name of the government official who 'outed' his wife.


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The Daily Show's report on the transition to Iraqi control, and the new flag.


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A clip from Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius . The golf biopic, starring Jim "Jesus" Cavaziel, was directed by Rowdy Harrington - the "Road House" dude. (This clip is absolutely awful - not a good sign if they are using this to promote the movie.)


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The trailer for: Hero , a stylized martial arts story.


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Pop culture milestone: Dead at 106: Oldsmobile, the nation's oldest car company : The last car from America's oldest car company rolls off the line Thursday in Lansing, Mich.


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Army demands ski resorts return guns.


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The Dirty Thirty,The worst songs of all time from Texas: "21. John Denver, 'Sunshine on My Shoulders.' Denver -- an army brat -- went to Texas Tech, so we'll throw him in here. Washington Post critic Tim Page once said that 1974 was the worst year in music history. It was the year of 'Seasons in the Sun,' 'Waterloo,' 'The Way We Were,' 'Billy Don't Be a Hero,' 'You're Having My Baby,' 'I Honestly Love You'. The quasi-Texan Denver certainly carried the standard for the Lone Star State. "


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Robbers Die Trying to Hold-Up Suicide Bomber.


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OOPS - Jennifer Garner will NOT get naked in Happy Endings after all. Maggie Gyllenhaal has replaced her on that project. "Gyllenhaal will then segue to Roos' "Happy Endings," which has recently been set up at Lions Gate Films. It was previously being developed with Bob Yari and Mark Gordon's Stratus Film Co. Gyllenhaal replaces Jennifer Garner in the ensemble project described as a contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles involving three intertwining stories among 10 characters."


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Jennifer Garner to show her boobs in Happy Endings??: "Happy Endings will be slotted somewhere in between working out, killing rogue terrorists and inspiring small children. 'It will be the grittiest role I've ever played,' Garner says of the film, adding that her assistant read the script before she did, 'and she kept saying, 'You really don't want to do this. You're smoking! And you show your boobs!' And I said, 'What, because I'm a good girl and I play a good girl? Of course I'll do those things. I can be bad. You don't even know.' "


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Moscow, not short of monuments, will soon boast one to a Soviet-era processed cheese. President Bush, fearing a Processed Cheese Gap, proposed to counter by converting the Washington Monument to a giant bar of Velveeta.


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Controversy hit the Bush campaign today amid reports that the President threw away several trophies he won while playing golf during the Vietnam War.


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Jessica Alba to play an exotic dancer and co-star with Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis in Sin City. Hard to see how she can avoid nudity in those circumstances, but I'm sure she'll try.


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Elton John: 'Idol' vote is 'racist'. To me, the vote says that talent alone is not enough to win the contest. It requires the performers to connect with the audience. On the other hand, the massive KKK phone bill for 900- numbers is a bit suspicious.


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When he says he lives in the library, he's not kidding.: "A New York University sophomore who says he spent eight months sleeping in a library basement because he couldn't afford campus housing has been moved to a free dormitory room"


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Here's Maggie Gyllenhaal stark nekkid in last night's "Strip Search"


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Why does the President have to testify with Dick Cheney?


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Russian Erotic Museum to Exhibit Rasputin's Schlong


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Kevin Spacey's older brother says that their father was a cruelly sadistic bisexual rapist, child abuser, and member of the American Nazi Party. The old boy didn't miss many parts of the Evil Lotto did he? Maybe he wasn't a satanist. See - there's some good in everyone.


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Mike Piazza matched Carlton Fisk's record for homers by a catcher


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Norway prepares to run out of toilet paper.


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Kangaroo Gets National Bravery Award. The article says that this is the first time a native animal has received the award. I guess that means that it has been awarded to foreign animals.


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New Tool Fights Pop-Up Ad Blockers


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Britney stepping out with dancer in L.A.


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John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer in Be Cool, a sequel to the original comedy smash Get Shorty. In Be Cool, Chili abandons the fickle movie business to bring his signature brand of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics to the music industry.


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Here's the trailer for Off the Lip, a surfing comedy.


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DIRECTOR Roman Polanski has found the young lead for his next film, Oliver Twist, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel.


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World Wide Panorama - more of those 360 degree photos


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Kenneth Branagh to appear in Mission Impossible 3


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Olympic legend Mark Spitz believes security concerns may see the United States withdraw from the Athens Games.


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URL says it all: CelebrityPrankCalls.com


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A Sydney firm has invented an invisible 'bubble' that can be thrown around buildings, ports, airports and even parts of the sea using thermal imaging technology.


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URL says it all: PornStudSearch.com (Warning: funny idea, but loads of pop-ups, pop-unders, undying windows, and such crap.)


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MovieJuice! looks at 13 Going on 30 -


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The lastest news on the Gina Lee Nolin tape.


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Official site and trailer from LOVE ME IF YOU DARE , A French popular hit, which looks to be a date movie.


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The Straight Dope: In movie credits, what are the "gaffer" and the "best boy"?


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Cheney's energy task force case: A Vision of Power. I believe that this essay is exactly correct, and gets right to the heart of the matter. It states that there are three possible reasons why the administration is defending its right to privacy in this matter. (1) there is a smoking gun hidden in the records (2) the records will show the cozy relationship between the administration and big oil (3) the executive is acting on principle.
  • The essay goes on to state that, contrary to what you are probably thinking at the moment, it is not the first two but the third one that should frighten you.
  • After all, what could that principle be? There is no question of separation of powers (it is about public access, not Congressional access), and there is no question of national security (there are no revelations that could aid America's enemies), so the only possible principle to be defended is the right of the President and his advisors to act as they please, and to take secret counsel, with the public having no right to know what they are doing.
  • Think of the implications of that. Assume for a moment that Dick Cheney has done something very awful in those proceedings, whatever it might be. Probably not true, but assume it as a hypothetical. If he is allowed to keep that info from the American public on the grounds of secrecy and confidentiality alone, it means that any elected official at a high enough level can do any dirty deal he pleases, and can never be caught, because the American public has no right to know about those proceedings. Do you believe that? I surely don't, and I don't believe Madison and Jefferson would have either.


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Justice Department Investigating Ashcroft . Of course, the Justice Department reports to Ashcroft, but he has personally ordered his subordinates to leave no stone unturned in investigating him.


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South Park: the last bastion of free thought on television.


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Ocean's Twelve Pics and Movie News


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The Olsen Twins - got milk? Got Photoshop ready, boys?


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Coming soon: Omarosa.com - registered by Omarosa herself.


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Match the Star to the Religious Cult


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