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Did Comcast fuck Keith Olbermann?

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Is MSNBC doing the dirty work of its future owner Comcast?

Phil Anschutz,  major shareholder and content partner with Comcast, donated large sums of money to the First Amendment Alliance, one of the largest outside groups targeting Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. The Anschutz Corporation, wholly owned by Phil Anschutz, gave $50,000 on 9/24/2010 to the First Amendment Alliance. The two candidates targeted by the First Amendment Alliance? Jack Conway and Michael Bennet. Keith Olbermann gave to Jack Conway’s campaign along with Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.

Read about the behind-the-scenes dirty dealings at Crooks and Liars.

And more here.

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Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world
11.03.2010
12:08 pm

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Ross Dawson

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Self-described futurist and entrepreneur Ross Dawson projects that newspapers will become extinct starting with the USA in 2017. While this isn’t groundbreaking news, Dawson’s charts and graphs are fascinating in their specificity on when and where newspapers will become obsolete.

I have created a Newspaper Extinction Timeline that maps out the wide diversity in how quickly we can expect newspapers to remain significant around the world. First out is USA in 2017, followed by UK and Iceland in 2019 and Canada and Norway in 2020. In many countries newspapers will survive the year 2040.

Reasons that Dawson presents for the rapid decline of newspapers are:

Increased cost performance of mobile phones
Increased cost performance of tablets/ e-readers
Development of high performance digital paper
Changes in newsprint and print production costs
Uptake of digital news monetization mechanisms
Trends in advertising spend and allocation
Development of open platforms

Checkout Dawson’s graphs and charts on the endtimes for news print media at

rossdawsonblog.com

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You want to raise awareness about breast cancer? This is the way to do it.

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Kristen Hallenga
 
Coppafeel is a website founded by breast cancer survivor Kristen Hallenga.

We are hitting home the importance of boob examination in younger women, to reduce the incidence of late detection or misdiagnosed breast cancer. It’s simple, get to know your boobs; the sooner you do, the sooner you’ll notice any changes. Doing so could save your life; as early detection is the key to successfully beating this disease.

Coppafeel’s breast cancer campaign is naughty, fun and very effective.
 

Bangbabes Boob Hijack from Coppafeel on Vimeo.

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Trash can baby turns out to be…
10.29.2010
02:40 am

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Thank god it turned out to be a beany baby.

 

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Iraq’s Secret War Files: Documentary based on Wikileaks info reveals brutal truth

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The truth is uglier than you imagined.

Dispatches, Channel 4’s flagship current affairs strand, exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath, revealing the true scale of civilian casualties and allegations that even after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, American soldiers continued to abuse prisoners; and that US forces did not systematically intervene in the torture and murder of detainees by the Iraqi security services. The programme also features previously unreported material of insurgents being killed while trying to surrender.

 

 
Parts 3, 4 and 5 after the jump…

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Bill Hicks last interview: Austin cable TV 1993

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Bill Hicks on Austin cable television. The show aired on October, 1993, five months before Hicks died.

Bill knows his days are numbered and seems more intent on speaking truth to power than being funny. He’s getting his last licks in, discussing the Waco Branch Davidian masscres and censorship, including Letterman’s chickenshit decision not to air his appearance on The Late Show.
 

 
Waco is 102 miles from Austin and the Branch Davidian confrontation was taking place at the time of this interview. Hicks had visited the site of the compound during the siege. His thoughts on the matter swung wildly from being dismissive of Koresh to outrage at the government over the outcome. Here’s a couple of videos of Hicks talking about the Waco disaster.
 

 
More from Hicks on Waco after the jump…

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‘Very close to salvation’: Birthday boy punk-daddy Stiv Bators vs. the Rev. Dr. Hands

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Steven John Bator (a.k.a.  Stiv Bators) and his Dead Boys blammoed out of the post-steel paradise of Cleveland and landed in New York’s East Village to help jump-start the punk movement in the bowels of clubs like CBGBs. Soon after the Boys broke up in 1979, Bators formed the post –punk supergroup Lords of the New Church with the Damned’s Brian James and Sham 69’s Dave Tregunna.

That was the band Bators was riding in 1983 when L.A. artist Jeffrey Vallance—who’d scored a miraculous gig as a host of MTV’s underground music showcase (yeah, something like that actually once appeared on MTV!!) The Cutting Edge—grabbed him to “debate” the head of the Southland’s Last Chance Rescue Mission, whose name happened to be, yes, the Reverend Dr. Hands.

As you’ll see, Bators took the path of least resistance, but this segment stands as a fun, somewhat campy artifact of the other side of the Reagan ‘80s. Seven years later, Bators will have become a literal dead boy at 41 after getting hit by a taxi in Paris.

He would have turned 61 years old today.
 

 
Bonus clip after the jump: the Dead Boys give CBGB’s the “Sonic Reducer” in ‘77…
 

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Bob Guccione ascends to the penthouse of absolute reality: R.I.P.

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Me and Guccione had the same dentist in Manhattan. I’d see him gliding thru the waiting room glittering with bling bling like King Tut. Bob’s testosterone fogged my Italian wraparounds. The cat had presence. 

Bob Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine in the 1960s and built a pornographic media empire that broke taboos, outraged the guardians of taste and made billions before drowning in a slough of bad investments and Internet competition, died Wednesday in Plano, Tex., The Associated Press reported. He was 79.


NY Times obit here.

Penthouse was to Playboy what The Rolling Stones were to The Beatles. I came down on the side of The Stones.
 
Guccione produced the big-budget soft-core epic Caligula. Here he is commenting on the censoring of the film:
 

 

 

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Republic Of Rastafari’s Underground News Network: Ganjaournalism

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CNN (cannabis news network) for potheads, the Republic Of Rastafari’s Underground News Network and its master blaster newscaster Ek Balam (Black Jaguar) is the alternate surreality to Fox and MSNBC and probably just as reliable.  Balam has uploaded close to 400 newscasts/manifestos to Youtube and his stream of consciousness raps are weirdly compelling. While toking on spliffs the size of a baby’s arm, Balam delivers disjointed (pun intended) mashups on the state of the modern world, the Mayan calendar, Hopi prophecies, conspiracy theories, Rastafarianism, Fortean pseudo-science, reggae, Islam, and a motherlode of other topics. In the thick haze of pot smoke, certain thoughts emerge with clarity while others flit around like stoned moths circulating the brushfire hanging from Balam’s lower lip. Edward R. Murrowjuana ina Babylon.

The out-of-synch audio adds to the overall strangeness of the experience.
 

 
The Black Jaguar on aliens from outerspace after the jump…

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Listen to a new interview with Brad Laner by Joseph Matheny
10.15.2010
11:50 am

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Brad Laner

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Our sister site Alterati.net has just posted this interview with yours truly on their in-house podcast Fear and Loathing on the Internet hosted by the esteemed Mr. Joseph Matheny, which was rather nice of him. Have a listen !
 

 
Fear and Loathing @Alterati

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