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Australian TV Show Censured for Hypnotizing Viewers
08.22.2009
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TV show A Current Affair has landed itself in hot water with the broadcasting regulator for trying to hypnotise viewers.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that ACA breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice by “broadcasting a program that was likely, in all the circumstances, to be designed to induce a hypnotic state in viewers”.

The segment, titled Think Slim, was broadcast on Channel Nine in October 2008.

The program’s host, the reporter and the man who conducted the hypnotherapy all told viewers the segment would contain hypnotherapy which ended up lasting about a minute.

ACMA said through a press release that Nine had breached the code.

“The remarks made throughout the segment, in addition to the actual short hypnotherapy session that concluded the segment, clearly indicate that the segment was intended to induce a hypnotic state in viewers and help them lose weight,” the statement read.

Nine also breached the code by not responding to a written complaint by a viewer.

Nine has told ACMA has circulated the findings to all relevant staff and will reference in training sessions scheduled for September.

ACMA is satisfied with the response and will continue to monitor Nine.


Update:  Here’s a link to the video: Hypnotise your way to weight loss  (Thanks nekospecial!)


ACA hypnosis


(via Steve Silberman)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.22.2009
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Film Buffs To NASA: You Suck!
08.21.2009
02:51 pm
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Never underestimate the wrath—or letter-writing determination—of a pissed-off film fan.  According to Scientific American, those pot-stirrers at Government Attic made what they thought was an innocent FOIA query: what do the residents on the International Space Station (ISS) do, like, for fun?

Well, they asked, NASA answered.  American booksellers seemed okay with the contents of the ISS library—everything from Dickens to Dan Brown—but the list incensed movie buffs, particularly the ominous-sounding Shooting People, a UK-based collective of independent filmmakers.  “Our members would like to see Harold and Maud [sic] rather than Harold and Kumar, that Man on Wire replace Man on Fire,” Shooting People’s James Mullighan wrote to NASA.  Spelling errors aside there, James, I totally agree with you. 

But, in a further sign that the demand for indie fare has, errr, cratered, NASA’s William Gerstenmaier explained that they don’t dictate the onboard selections?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.21.2009
02:51 pm
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C-3PO Catches R2D2 Smoking
08.21.2009
12:02 pm
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Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.21.2009
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Celebrity Perfumes: Who Wants to Smell Like Carlos Santana or Gene Simmons?
08.20.2009
05:08 pm
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imageDid you know that Carlos Santana has his own perfume? (He’s got two actually, one for women and man’s cologne) Or Kiss? Michael Jackson even had six different kinds! Antonio Banderas, too. Hell, even Alan Cumming has his own perfume! WHO wants to smell like Alan Cumming? It doesn’t make any sense! The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman have their own colognes, not to mention Austin Powers (it’s called “Mojo” and smells like someone pissed on candy). Above is an amusing vintage clip from MTV circa 1996 about some hits and misses in the celebrity scent sweepstakes. Seems that no one wants to smell like Prince and MJ’s scents weren’t that popular either…. and boy did they pick a bad name for Anna Nicole Smith’s fragrance, eh?

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.20.2009
05:08 pm
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Eight-year-old boy becomes youngest person in the world to wing-walk
08.20.2009
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imageTiger - “yes, that is my real name” - Brewer took to the skies on the wing of his grandfather’s biplane at 11am and returned to ground about 25 minutes later.

Speaking afterwards, Tiger said: ‘It was amazing flying on the wing but very windy. I feel brilliant to be the world record holder.’

The London-based youngster is the grandson of Vic Norman, who operates the only formation wing-walking team in the world.

Grandfather Vic said: It was wonderful to fly Tiger, it meant so much to have him on my wing - he was a natural’.

His mother, Zoe, had been very relaxed at what her son wanted to do.

‘My siblings and I have all grown up doing all sorts of weird things and I wouldn’t let him do it if I didn’t think it was perfectly safe,’ she told Sky News Online.

‘He’s with my father and I trust him absolutely.’

As for Tiger himself, he earlier described himself as ‘excited, and a teeny bit nervous - and happy.’

‘I’ve stood on a biplane but I’ve never flown on one,’ he said.


Young Tiger On A High After Record Wing-Walk


(via Arbroath)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.20.2009
12:11 pm
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Freaky Optical Illusion
08.20.2009
01:53 am
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They’re hollow! Sikhote says, “We produce dogs, cats, wolfs and other animals and people. All items are high quality painted by Russian artist Avakyan and other St-Petersburg full time professional artists. Can be made by porcelain, wooden carvings and gipsum.”


Thanks Winslow Robertson!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.20.2009
01:53 am
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Concert Hands: Evil Device Forces You to Play Piano
08.20.2009
12:00 am
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Concert Hands:

The great thing about the Concert Hands is that it enables anyone who has ever dreamed of playing the piano, but just never had the patience to take years of lessons, to now achieve that dream. The Concert Hands has been tested on people from ages 8-80 with incredible results. ‘It?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.20.2009
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Buying Bob Guccione, One Piece At A Time
08.19.2009
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Poor Bob Guccione.  The Penthouse publisher and Caligula auteur had his Connecticut mansion seized last week and its contents put up for auction.  One of the items sold off was the golden calve below.  Leftover set dressing from Caligula, possibly, but still—how often does life reward you with on-the-nose symbolism like that?!  No stranger to Foster Kane-like ostentation, The Penthouser was also apparently fond of marble commodes and whale teeth.

Long on the losing side of the print vs. internet wars, Guccione is, though, donating the auction’s proceeds to Green Demolitions, an oddly-named non-profit that supports programs for people recovering from various addictions.  And for those of you still with me here on the “irony train,” yes, on the list of Green Demolitions’ treatable addictions, sexual addiction is listed 5th.
 
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In the Huffington Post: Guccione’s Strangest Auction Items

In the NYT: On The Block, A Glimpse Of The Lifestyle Of Bob Guccione

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.19.2009
04:41 pm
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Wacky Japanese Meth Warning
08.18.2009
04:36 pm
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I spotted on Japan Probe this possibly Reefer Madness-inspired bit of anti-meth propaganda.  If it looks hastily assembled, it’s not surprising: The Japanese government released the video shortly after beloved singer and actress, Noriko Sakai (aka Nori-P), was arrested on “suspicion of possessing stimulant drugs.”
 
Nori-P’s #1 iTunes Hit: Aoi Usagi

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.18.2009
04:36 pm
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Tim and Eric: We’re All Riding In Our Minivan
08.16.2009
12:06 pm
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Here’s some old guy synthpop madness courtesy of Tim and Eric.  Kraftwerk’s got nothin’ on these dudes!


Minivan Highway EL Remix

Tim and Eric

Thanks Gord Fynes!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.16.2009
12:06 pm
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