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Monday, February 21, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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KarlSORRY KIDS! I've been out of town, but there will be some linky love you on Tuesday. Y'all come back now, y'hear?

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Friday, February 18, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Don't be so proud of this technological terror you've created. The power to destroy a planet is insignificant compared to the voice of James Earl Jones.

FRIDAY TIME-WASTERS: John Cleese helped with a Flash-based "reimagining" of Star Wars. It's long, so a big time-waster as well. And be forewarned: there are many juvenile sex jokes.

ALSO: THE 31st (or 32nd) VILLAGE VOICE PAZZ & JOP POLL is online with links to the Voice's album and singles reviews. I love that Norah Jones tied with William Shatner. You also get the essays, Robert Christgau's "Dean's List" and other voters' lists as well.

ANOTHER SIGN OF THE APOCOLYPSE: Willie Nelson will (be forced to, imho) record a duet with Jessica Simpson for the Dukes of Hazzard soundtrack.

GREENPEACE PROTESTERS met their match when they stormed the International Petroleum Exchange Wednesday. Greenpeace had hoped to paralyse oil trading at the exchange in London o­n the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force. Instead, oil traders who kicked and punched them back o­n to the pavement. Greenpeace said two protesters were in the hospital, o­ne with a suspected broken jaw, the other with concussion.

I hope someone is watching over Craig Kilborn..SUPERMODEL PETRA NEMCOVA says the tsunami that crumpled her body and killed her boyfriend has transformed her life - and she may turn her back o­n modeling forever. Her father doubts she will ever resume her old life, unless it helps raise money for charity.

BIOPOLITICS: A Stanford University researcher has gotten a preliminary go-ahead to create a mouse with a significant number of human brain cells -- as long as the creature behaves like a mouse, not a human. The article carries criticism from people typically labeled as conservative. But opposition to genetically modified food typically comes from people typically labeled as liberals. The politics of new technologies may create strange bedfellows.

NANOTECH may be coming to a small screen near you.

DOG OWNERSHIP may affect your homeowner's insurance coverage, even down to the breed.

SYRIA: The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri caused the Bush administration to recall its ambassador to Syria, which was followed by Iran's restatement of its alliance with Syria. Daniel Drezner rounds up some of the coverage and considers Syria's plight.

Next up - Mickey Mouse animeWHAT'S UP, DOC? Warner Bros. is "reimagining" the Looney Tunes characters for a new series called Loonatics. It ain't pretty, folks.

GEORGE MICHAEL bid farewell to the world of pop music o­n Wednesday, several years after it bid farewell to him.

BLOGS AND JOURNALISM: advises the press: BusinessWeek and Peggy Noonan both urge the traditional media: "Don't Fear The Blogger." Just add more cowbell.

THE QUEEN OF BLOGS: UW Madison law professor Ann Althouse gets some ink for her blog and her talk o­n blogging at a Chaos and Complex Systems seminar. Sadly, her title as Queen appears only in the paper version of the paper.

GUESS WHAT A WASHINGTON POST REPORTER LEARNED when she was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq: that members of our armed forces were not "blood-thirsty maniacs." And that was just for starters.

I considered putting the spoiler here, but thought better of itDESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: The network is peeved that a spoiler of this Sunday's episode has leaked into the press. And there's an Arrested Development spoiler at the end of the article, though not as much of a spolier as the news that Fox is halting production after 18 episodes - four shy of the usual 22, causing rumors of the critically acclaimed show's demise.

BOOK BLOGGING: USA Today has discovered literary blogs, with URLs for several, though prudishness may have prevented them from mentioning Bookslut.

QOTD: "Brevity is not only the soul of wit and the essence of lingerie...." -- George Will

BRAD PITT UPDATE: A model denies a previously-reported denial of a relationship with the estranged husband of Jennifer Anniston. With unintentional irony, the model tells Star magazine that the other magazine article was "fabricated." Not to mention bad for her career.

THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE THAT LIFE MAY EXIST o­n MARS, ACCORDING TO A pair of NASA scientists, as exclusively reported at space.com.

It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendshipPOLITICIZING SCIENCE: Professor David H. Guston suspects that allegations that science has been politicized are somewhat insincere, in the same way that Louis, the Vichy Prefect of Police in Casablanca, was "shocked, shocked" to find gambling in the back room at Rick’s, even as he collected his own winnings. From the $120 billion for scientific R&D that the government provides, to the petty power plays that plague departmental governance, science is deeply political. Guston argues that science should be democratized, meaning that, among other things, its institutions and practices should fully incorporate principles of accessibility, transparency, and accountability.

SERIAL BURGLAR caught after a webcam o­n the owner's computer recorded images of him carrying out the raid. The webcam's pictures were sent to an e-mail address so they could be seen even after the computer was stolen.

A RAPE VICTIM CATCHES HER ASSAILANT eight years later, working as a security guard at a Target store in Chicago.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Where have all my friends gone...JAYHAWKS OLSON AND LOURIS REUNITE IN AMES, IOWA: Why did I have to read this from Reuters!? Next time I come through town, heads will roll!

KINGS OF LEON: PC people (i.e., non-Mac people) can listen to a stream of their new disc at VH1.

SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DIAMONDS: The Guardian asks: "Why do depressed, drug-addled loners make such irresistible rock stars?"

JEFF TWEEDY talks to Fort Luaderdale's Sun-Sentinel about the lack of progress of humankind, technology as an artisitc impulse and surrealist influences o­n his work.

BRAD PITT: I previously noted that Brad had been seen with a model; she claims she turned him down, o­nce after she accepted a plane ticket to New York. She also added that Pitt spoke about Angelina Jolie "like she was a goddess."

CBS MEMO SCANDAL: The independent report commissioned by CBS to investigate how 60 Minutes Wednesday relied o­n unauthenticated memos in a story about President Bush's Air National Guard service appears to be leading to a confrontation. Executive producer Josh Howard and two other CBS staffers—his top deputy, Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West— were asked to resign, but have refused to do so. According to the New york Observer, Howard, Murphy and West have all hired lawyers; all three remain CBS employees and collect weekly salaries. There are also questions remaining about the investigation, which excluded recording devices or transcripts of interviews with the 66 people who were involved in the segment.

EDUCATION BLOGGING: The second Carnival of Education is already o­nline.

The Money HoneyCULT OF THE iPod: Gawker notes that CNBC "Money Honey" Maria Bartiromo has been taken by the Pods. She's one of 22 million pod people -- though that figure includes competing MP3 players.

STEREOGUM points to a list of legal downloads from "newish and upcoming albums."

SLEATER-KINNEY begs its fans not to download promo copies of their forthcoming disc.

WHEN GOOD NEWS FEELS BAD: Former Spy magazine editor Kurt Anderson writes in New York Magazine that he "disagree[s] with the Bush administration politically, temperamentally, and o­ntologically most of the time," but thinks that liberals should root for success in Iraq.

ARE 50 PERCENT OF BANKRUPTCIES HEALTH RELATED? Todd Zywicki looks at the study that prompted such headlines and concludes that the estimate cannot be supported based o­n what that study actually examined.

Black velvet, if you please..."DOGS" FETCH BIG MONEY: Two rare paintings from Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's 1903 series of "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings were auctioned for 590,400 dollars. Although Coolidge's name is not commonly remembered, the auction house believes his images are "permanently seared" into the American conscience. The sale was part of Doyle New York's annual Dogs in Art Auction, which coincides each year with the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

THE KYOTO ACCORD, which aims to curb the air pollution blamed for global warming, came into force Wednesday. Rob Lyons writes that as long as the climate change debate is fuelled by politics, the science will remain up in the air. Lyons notes that several scientists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel o­n Climate Change or otherwise sympathetic to the global warming thesis are alarmed at the politicization of the issue.

...AND YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF, "HOW DID I GET HERE?" The Association for Computing Machinery plans to announce Wednesday that Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn will receive the 2004 A. M. Turing Award -- widely considered to be the computing field's equivalent of the Nobel Prize -- for creating the Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP, a set of standards that define how data moves over the internet.

HAD ENOUGH OF JAMIE FOXX YET? That question was posed in a New York Post article arguing that while Foxx "has been universally acclaimed for his performance as Ray Charles in last year's biopic 'Ray,' his shameless campaigning for an Oscar has become draining to watch." Let me me hear you say, "Yeah!"

It's actual sizeAND WHERE ARE THEY NOW, THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF... STONEHENGE? Perhaps they are in New Zealand, where the Phoenix Astronomical Society has constructed a Kiwi Stonehenge, built to work for the Antipodes.

STOP THE PRESSES: People are suing companies making pills that supposedly enlarge a part of the male anatomy for false advertising.

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY! What do you get when you cross a tiger with a lion? A liger -- Hercules stands 10 feet tall o­n his back legs.

A COFFEE A DAY KEEPS THE CANCER AWAY: Liver cancer, that is, according to a report in this week’s issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. A separate study reported in the same issue of the journal reported no relationship between drinking caffeinated coffee or tea and the rates of colon or rectal cancer. However, that analysis did find a 52 percent decline in rectal cancer among people who regularly drank two or more cups of decaffeinated coffee. Decaf? Decaf!?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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I may prefer their last disc, for now...KINGS OF LEON get a rave review for their new disc from Rolling Stone.

ROBERT POLLARD is auctioning stuff from his personal collection o­n eBay.

CAT STEVENS: The singer turned Muslim activist Yusuf Islam, released a statement that he had obtained "substantial" damages against two British newspapers which alleged he had been involved in terrorism following the decision by U.S. authorities in September 2004 to refuse him entry to the U.S. o­n "security grounds." Note that it's much easier to win a libel case in the U.K. than in the States.

GRAMMY DREGS: Star Jones Reynolds tried to RSVP Grammy afterparties to which she was not invited.

THE BIGGEST CONSUMER FRAUD IN HISTORY: Six Gambino mobsters have pleaded guilty to running a 650 million dollar scam involving porn websites and phone sex services.

HOWARD DEAN gets respect from a new blog at National Review o­nline called Beltway Buzz.

The man who saw targets everywhere became oneBLOGGERS AND JOURNALISM: There is continuing fallout from the forced resignations of Jeff Gannon (noted here Friday) and Eason Jordan (noted here Monday). L'affaire Gannon is forcing a discussion of how people are credentialed for the White House press room. Meanwhile, Jordan's resignation from CNN has caused some in the traditional press to become as hysterical as some in the "blogosphere." Former TV Guide critic and Entertainment Weekly founder Jeff Jarvis, puts the issue into perspective at his blog, BuzzMachine.

The Media Mix column in Tuesday's USA Today addressed the growing clout of blogs by speaking to Jonathan Klein, a former CBS News exec tapped to run CNN in December, who claims that his six years at an internet venture prepared him for the kind of intense scrutiny that led to Jordan's undoing. The column fails to mention that when blogs broke the story of 60 Minutes Wednesday having used unauthenticated and probably forged memos in a story about President Bush's Air National Guard service, Mr. Klein's response was: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

USA Today also quoted former CNN chairman Tom Johnson as calling the attacks o­n Jordan "unjustified ... almost irrational" and University of Missouri journalism professor Thomas McPhail as saying Jordan "contributed to upgrading the craft of journalism. Now he is roadkill for the bloggers." I don't know how Johnson comes to his position, given that Jordan and CNN declined to ask the World Economic Forum to have the videotape of Jordan's remarks made public. Indeed, most of the bloggers were interested in seeing the videotape before discussing whether Jordan should be disciplined or fired.

So I cropped it. I'm not completely tasteless.Prof. McPhail seems to have forgotten that Jordan first came to the public's attention by admitting that he suppressed stories about the brutality of Saddam Hussein's regime, ostensibly to protect CNN employees -- but said protection would not have been an issue had CNN chosen to withdraw from Iraq instead, citing the incidents as the reason for doing so. Prof. Mc Phail also may not be aware that Jordan previously accused U.S. soldiers of arresting and torturing journalists and accused the Israeli Defense Forces of targeting CNN journalists. Jordan was in a position to have CNN report these stories, but the stories were not reported, suggesting that they are unproven at best. Suppressing news and spreading unproven smears does not, imho, upgrade the craft of journalism. But it just might have gotten Jordan a date with Sharon Stone. So he's got that going for him.

BLOGGERS AND THE REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE: I noted this issue a while back, opining that the rules should be the same for bloggers and reporters, lest government become involved in defining who has the right to freedom of the press. Tuesday, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine must comply with a subpoena from a grand jury investigating whether the Bush administration illegally leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the news media. In the opinion, the court addresses issues raised by bloggers, with Judge Sentelle even alluding to the Jonathan Klein quote linked in the previous item by referring to "the stereotypical 'blogger' sitting in his pajamas at his personal computer posting o­n the World Wide Web..."

Sweaty, nauseated from the smaell of coffee waking him upJACKO JUSTICE: Michael Jackson was taken to the hospital with the flu Tuesday, putting jury selection o­n hold for another week. Translation: Jackson is out of the denial stage.

CORRECTION: I previously linked to a story about a woman who turned down a job at a brothel in Berlin facing possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under a new German law. That story is a hoax; although a German newspaper claimed there had been "isolated cases" of requiring work in brothels, it did not provide any source or documentation to back up that statement.

DON'T KNOW MUCH GEOMETRY at the New York Times which issued a correction more embarrassing than the o­ne I just made: "The Keeping Score column in SportsSunday o­n Jan. 23, about a mathematical formula for projecting the winner of the Super Bowl, misstated the application of the Pythagorean theorem, which the formula resembles. The theorem determines the length of the third side of a right triangle when the length of the two other sides is known; it is not used to determine the sum of the angles in a right triangle." Presumably, the NYT also has similar problems covering Shaquille O'Neal.

CULT OF THE iPod: Wired takes in the celebrity sightings at L.A. area Apple stores. At o­ne store, Robin Williams took his picture o­n every computer with a camera attached and left the portraits open o­n the desktops. "That was truly great," said o­ne of the anonymous associates.

Pitt and Damon also, allegedly.GEORGE CLOONEY continues to feast o­n the corpse of Frank Sinatra.

NAPSTER'S COPY PROTECTION scheme has already been defeated.

BELARUS: As in Ukraine and Georgia, White Russians are struggling for democracy. Incidentally, though folks like Craig O'Neill already know this, Belarus translates as White Russia. So I'm not talking about the cocktail.

EDUCATION BLOGGING is rounded up at the first Carnival of Education for our readers like Prof. Ken King, who is o­n the site as I type this.

BIOPOLITCS: Having mentioned this emerging concept the other day, I note that National Journal has an article up o­n the potential impact of longevity science o­n Social Security. Author William Powers ought to be more concerned about its potential impact o­n Medicare.

MEN ARE FROM MARS, ETC.: Psychologist and author Michael Gurian believes there are about a hundred structural differences that have been identified between the male and female brain.

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT: In an effort to save $250,000 this year, inmates in Michigan state prisons and people in boot camps and correctional centers won't be able to get free coffee after March 1st. I smell a franchising opportunity for Starbucks...

WHERE IS JESSE JACKSON when Black History Month is under attack?

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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NEIL YOUNG: The Thrasher's Wheat blog has started an online petition to have Young's 1973 album Time Fades Away released o­n CD. Young can be a stubborn guy, but On the Beach was released following a similar effort by fans.

CULT OF THE iPod: The Washington Post describes the arrival of iPod and similar devices as the end of the CD. "The new format is no format," predicted George Petersen, editorial director of Mix magazine -- a 24-year industry veteran who also owns a record label, a recording studio and a music-publishing company.

DID YOU AVOID THE GRAMMYS? If so, you were not alone, as ratings sunk to their lowest level since 1995. Of course, this year, the Grammys had to compete with Desperate Housewives. If you're curious, you can read the Grammy play-by-play at Coolfer. DID YOU KNOW? Jazz composer Maria Schneider took home a Grammy o­n Sunday for her album Concert in the Garden, without selling a single copy in a record store. ALSO: Some of our tax dollars went to the Grammy Foundation.

DID YOU MISS THE OSCARS? They were not televised, but the Academy handed out the scientific and technical awards over the weekend in a ceremony hosted by Scarlett Johansson. The press accounts are worth reading for their description of the hapless Johansson's attempts to describe the technical achievements off of a teleprompter, often giving way to ad libs: "We're here to discuss the world of digital compositing, and Table 23, I'm o­nly going through this o­nce!" At another point, the audience of mostly engineers and mathematicians seemed to startle Johansson by applauding her lengthy description of motion-capture technology used in films like Polar Express, I, Robot and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to mimic human movements. Give the geeks this: they may be geeks, but have been around Hollywood long enough to know how to get hot actresses, as Johansson follows in the footsteps of former hostesses Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Charlize Theron.

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: You can download a Ben Folds cover version at off city limits.

VALENTINE'S DAY REAX: Prof. Ann Althouse notes that the holiday is officially condemned in countries like India and Saudi Arabia; it's even being criticized in Canada.

DOG CATFIGHT: Britney is trying to start o­ne with the woman named after a French hotel. A case of teeny dog envy.

PUNDIT CATFIGHT: Liberal talk show host Janeane Garofalo and conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham got into a shouting match -- during a panel discussion of whether cable debate shows like CNN's recently canceled Crossfire have screamed themselves out of business.

ROBERT DE NIRO: Newsweek is talkin' to you. About bad career choices. And you should listen.

SIN CITY: The Entertainment Weekly shots of the upcoming movie adaptation of the graphic novels have been scanned by SuperheroHype. Bruce Willis stars, but if you're a fan of Jessica Alba (and I think we all know what I mean by that), you will want to take a peek.

THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE goes o­n sale today. It's a 50 million dollar business. Apparently, sports fans are also very interested in swimming.

HOME-MADE PORN VIDEO shot by a United Nations logistics expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sparked a sex scandal that threatens to become the UN’s Abu Ghraib. I have to note stories like this every so often so that people Googling for porn find this site. And if you don't believe me, go to the web links section of this site, look under the Claude Pate category to read our traffic report.

9/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIES are being debunked by Popular Mechanics. It appears their reporters got access to NIST researchers who will be issuing a report o­n the attacks later this Spring.

A GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE urged al-Qaida operatives to acquire nuclear weapons for use against U.S. troops and said he knew where to get them, according to American investigators.

SPONGEBOB UPDATE: o­ne of the show's artists told an audience at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen o­n Thursday that the artists "drew every character o­n that show as gay and in every sexual position possible. Then we’d hang those pictures o­n the backs of our office doors." I think he was joking.

CHRIS ROCK is still set to host the Oscars, despite rumors to the contrary after an Entertainment Weekly interview in which he called the Oscars a "fashion show" and asked, "What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars?"

THE AVIATOR won at the British Academy Film Awards, but Scorsese lost out to Mike Leigh, who directed Vera Drake Warner Bros. did not send screener copies of Million Dollar Baby to BAFTA voters, so it's an unlikely predictor for the Oscars.

wopwopwop...GOLDEN YEARS: A David Bowie fan has produced a nice-looking bio site.

AGING: A new study suggests that older people can lose focus, but may be better at seeing "the big picture" than the young.

HIV KILLS CANCER? A genetically-modified version just might, according to researchers at UCLA.

CHINA CRACKS DOWN o­n INTERNET CAFES, closing 12,575 at the end of last year.

WHAT KIND OF BURGLARS take not o­nly jewelry and cash, but also a hamster and a turtle?

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