Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Colbert discusses the Fields Medal, and his failure to win same.


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Colbert discusses the cease-fire


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Stephen Colbert Salutes Hungary


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The latest update on Hungary's Stephen Colbert Bridge


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The Daily Show is astounded to see a press conference in August.


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The Daily Show is amazed that the President admits there was no connection between Iraq and 911.


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Comedy Central's Indecision 2006 looks at racism in the campaigns.


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Inside Higher Ed :: What Your Freshmen Don't Know


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Redstone Vs. Cruise: The 'South Park' Conspiracy


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The Political Fertility Gap - why do conservatives get stronger in every generation? They have 41% more children.


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Print your own custom cover for Madden '07
  • You want Peyton Manning on the cover? You got it. Hell, you old fogeys can even put Johnny U on the cover if you care to.


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Gretzky's daughter, 17, hopes for music hit


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Paris Hilton music video may not be broadcast on any channel in India
  • Wise people, the Indians


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Which motor vehicles are safest, by make and model?. NOTE that this study is deeply flawed. Read on ...
  • Important point #1: this does not take into consideration the vehicle's ability to avoid an accident, which is obviously an important element of safety. It postulates that you will have accident and asks which vehicles give you the best chance to avoid injuries/death in that presupposed case.
  • Important point #2: the study makes almost no attempt to adjust for, study, or control the nature of the drivers. It is an evaluation of the vehicles AND their typical drivers. There could be and probably is a strong element of self-fulfilling prophecy in the results. Pick-up trucks may appear to be higher risk because they are more likely to be driven by reckless, rural drunks, while Toyotas may appear safe simply because they are chosen by sensible, cautious drivers. However, if the cautious drivers were forced to switch from Toyoyas to Chevy S-10s, there is nothing in the study to suggest that their risk would increase.
  • What the study REALLY proves is that drivers of pick-up trucks are more likely to die in an accident than drivers of mid-sized Toyotas, but it does not show whether the vehicle itself is part of the cause. (For all we know, they may be ten times more likely to be drunk)


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ACLU Sues Over Karr Treatment


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More on Cruise and Paramount
  • This is great. Viacom's chairman said "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount," but they just made him a substantial offer a couple of weeeks ago. In other words, his recent conduct would have been perfectly acceptable to Paramount at a lower price tag.
  • Look at it another way. Redstone said "His recent conduct has not been acceptable ...", but did not define which "recent conduct." The media assumed he meant the stuff THEY care about, like couch-jumping, but the conduct Redstone really meant was Cruise's conduct of asking for more money than they were willing to pay him!
  • In other words, Sumner Redstone gets the 2006 Tucker Carlson award for the most disingenuous statement of the year!
  • Yeah, I know it might be more appropriate to call it the Ann Coulter award, but I've come to conclude than Coulter is NOT disingenuous. She's basically just a comic entertainer who earns a good living by pretending to be a windbag, ala Stephen Colbert.


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A man who broke his girlfriend's leg after she failed to buy him a penis pump was jailed today.


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Saddam: "I Killed JonBenet" ... Stunning Confession Rocks Former Dictator's Trial


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The Top Ten British Assholes


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Weird Al makes his new song, "Don't Download this Song," available for (free) download.


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Slashdot discussion: Snakes on The Net Fail to Put Butts in the Seats
  • The mainstream media has reacted by saying that the internet "only" generated $13.8 million in theatrical ticket sales. That seems to miss the point. Without all the internet buzz, this baby probably goes straight to video.
  • Also, there never was any internet buzz about "Oh, I am so jazzed to see this film." I don't think I ever read that once. The internet meme was basically making fun of the film and its title, and riffing on Samuel L's usual screen persona. I loved reading all the internet parodies and riffs, but I never had any intention of going to see the movie. The internet buzz was about fun. The movie looked like no fun at all.
  • HOWEVER, I would have gone to see it if they had made it a parody of action/disaster films, ala Airplane!


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This is not from a satire site. It is a real news article: Osama bin Laden wanted to marry Whitney Houston
  • The article also says: "In his briefcase I would come across photographs of the Star magazine, as well as copies of Playboy. He would also “ramble on” about his favourite TV shows ‘Miami Vice’, ‘The Wonder Years’ and ‘MacGyver’"
  • Wait a second, this is outrageous. Osama has a briefcase? I'll bet he even has a marked parking space for his camel.


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FilmJerk.com's Early Report for August 22


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What happens when you microwave a lit match? All this time I've been using my microwave to heat food, ignoring the fact that it's the ultimate home entertainment center.


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Armor of God PJs - Children's Pajamas Inspired by Ephesians 6:10-18
  • Silly me. I still have my kids clad in those old, tattered Galatians PJs. I don't know whether to get them these Ephesians jammies, or to wait for the Colossians model. I guess it doesn't matter that much, now that they're in their thirties


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The trailer for Red Doors
  • "'Red Doors' tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous, madcap lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans."


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Colbert Report: ThreatDown - Part 1,

Part 2


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