Does former Miss America and Fox News personality, Gretchen Carlson play dumb—deliberately—for the money? I have my suspicions. After all, it’s not exactly easy for a Stanford and Oxford-educated person—as Carlson is—to really get down on the level of Steve “The Dumbest Man on TV!” Doocey, one of her co-hosts on “Fox and Friends.” I mean Steve Doocey? That’s pretty fuckin’ stupid. (He’s the Jerry Hubbard of Fox News and that’s really saying something. He even makes Rick Sanchez seem… well, less stupid).
Then again, Rep. Michele Bachmann herself was one of Carlson’s nannies growing up. (It all makes a strange, sad sense now, doesn’t it?)
Here, Carlson talks to a young boy who has had a near death experience (NDE) under anesthesia, and his father. They’ve written a book called Heaven is For Real. The takeaway? God is a very big person and he can fit the whole world in his hands, Jesus has a dazzling smile and there are no old people in Heaven. Gretchen seems to like this quaint notion. It seems to give the 44-year-old former Miss America comfort that she’ll be all raptured up there in the clouds with Jesus and the rest of the Republicans at the peak of her physical beauty. (Note that the kid doesn’t seem to buy a single word of what he’s saying, even though his father does seem to believe it, or badly wants it to be true).
Is pretending to be stupid, when you’re (probably) not that stupid the least dignified thing someone can do, even for a big paycheck? Wearing an El Pollo Loco Chicken costume is at least an honest way to make a living. Porn seems less degrading in many respects…
Via Joe My God
‘Manchester’s famous mopheads.’
Okay, you assholes, keep your filthy hands off my rock and roll!
Forget clairvoyants, soothsayers and alike, for CG artist Maxime Luère has made a short film that depicts how our lives may go - mapped out by posts and tags and pokes on Facebook. Her rather fun short, A Life on Facebook is the fictional biography of Alex Droner from his signing up, to being in a relationship, to being a “fucking asshole”, to nights out, holidays, and finding love with mystery poker Diana Houston.
With thanks to Maria Guimil
The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibbard writes:
Parents TV Council claims profanity is up a shocking percentage in primetime. (In fact, they say it’s up 69% ... snicker). While I don’t think the PTC would intentionally cook their numbers, they’re not exactly an unbiased organization about this stuff, so you have to be a tad skeptical when any activist group presents in-house research. Most interesting is the PTC’s list of words they’re objecting to (their chart, below), which expands mightily on George Carlin’s famous list of seven words you can never say on TV. Wondering: Does the Bible-based “hell” and “damn” really seem like profanity? What about “suck” and “screw”? Is bleeped profanity the same as profanity that you actually hear? (Perhaps ... you do sort of get the point). And is anybody else curious what the euphemisms were for “fuck”? And what does “other breasts” mean, exactly?
Read the article and see the full graph here.
Via Warming Glow
Here is a worthy symbolic prank for those us lucky enough to still have proximity to actual bricks and mortar bookstores. Do it !
Be part of a literary movement. Literally.
They did this to Tony Blair’s book and I think we should do the same here.
Subversively move George W. Bush’s memoir “Decision Points” to the crime section in book shops
It is going to be released
Make bookshops think twice about where they categorize our generation’s greatest war criminals.
NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
Please invite your friends to do it too!
Even humorous protests make a difference!
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.
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
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.
Thank god it turned out to be a beany baby.