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corporate profiting in Iraq

I helped produce the film, and put these clips online. Sorry about the site being down, we are moving servers right now.. it'll be back within a half hour or so.

When we first found out that we wouldn't be able to show the clips, I asked this same question. How could Republicans have blocked it when Democrats control the committee, AND we'd gotten explicit permission from them to show (and distribute to each member) four minutes of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 4:31 PM on May 13, 2007

They are going to schedule a time. The hearing just happened on Thursday.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 5:12 PM on May 13, 2007

Documentary journalism? Activism?
"What's missing, however, is that people don't care enough to actually do anything about it. That's where movies like this come in."


As for the debate on accuracy.. all the source material for the stats and what not are documented on the movie's website here.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:10 PM on November 15, 2005

Here, you are viewer and producer.
I just don't understand why I can't watch it online... ?!? I spent five minutes trying to click on the site in what looked like a really cool flash video integration assuming I could actually watch the segments... I even loaded up IE thinking it might not have been designed with Firefox in mind.. but no, it's just a really slick up-to-the-minute program guide.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 3:17 PM on August 1, 2005

F*ck Big Media
(note: I'm the co-producer of Outfoxed & Uncovered)

Exactly, revgeorge.

I'm looking at this from a content producer standpoint, and am very excited about the pieces coming together. With Outfoxed & Uncovered, we've been pushing various angles on a rudimentary basis: House parties w/DVDs as a social organizing/distribution method, Creative Commons licensing of footage, bittorrent, etc.

Hopefully we can blow… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 5:55 PM on October 4, 2004

I just posted the memos on the Outfoxed website.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:20 AM on July 12, 2004

Dean Campaign and Revival of Community
Personal anecdote: I met someone through the Dean campaign, and my dad is marrying her next Friday.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 6:07 PM on December 8, 2003

I helped make the movie - the Researcher / Associate Producer. We have gotten an amazing response from people who have seen it thus far.

We had a premiere in LA a few weeks ago where hundreds of people lined up for hours outside to get in to the 500 seat theater. If anyone's concerned that a documentary like this isn't conducive to partying, think again! That crowd was booing/hissing, hooting/hollering, clapping and yelling at the screen for the entire 56 minutes.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 9:36 AM on December 5, 2003
Oh, and the reasoning for the rather strange distribution method is simply to get the movie out there quickly. Variety called it an "instant movie" -- we went from idea to DVD in 4 months. And it shows, the production values aren't exactly top notch, but it's the content that counts, and that's where the movie shines.

Frequently these kinds of things take years to get distribution, and we wanted the message to get out quickly and have a real impact on the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 9:49 AM on December 5, 2003

Scripting News is taking a break.
He'll be back. He craves attention, and that's all this stunt is about.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 1:36 PM on June 29, 2003

No one wins MoveOn primary...
The only candidate that has a 30 second spot is Dean, and it is prominently featured on his homepage and his blog. It's even in Quicktime & RealAudio formats with high & low res options.

There is also which uses technology similar to ESPN's site to download high quality video of speeches and other events while the computer is idle.

His issues page is more of a mini-site with in-depth explanations of what he would do in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:39 PM on June 27, 2003
Republicans are changing their party affiliations to Democrat at Dean events. I volunteered at two events this week, and I helped a Republican at each event switch parties on the spot. It *is* starting to happen, and I expect this trend to continue.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:36 PM on June 27, 2003

Shock the Vote!
McCain didn't get moving until he won the NH primary, then he started to gain momentum and became a phenomenon.

Dean has nationwide grassroots support a full 8 months before the NH primary, and he continues to gain momentum. When he wins NH and places second in Iowa (it'll be nearly impossible for Gephardt not to win Iowa), Dean will be a freight train.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 11:38 AM on June 19, 2003

Money makes you stupid
Argh. Sorry for all the trackback posts. If automatic trackback discovery is on, and an error is reported in doing the ping, every time you save the entry it will keep pinging the other site.

Obviously, I must make boatloads of money.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 6:44 AM on May 5, 2003

Madonna on American values.
Gay men may not give a limb for a date with her, but I bet you could coax a kidney or two out of them.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 2:28 PM on April 24, 2003

I feel safer already
From the Technology Administration website:
Nuala O’Connor Kelly joined the Technology Administration as Chief Counsel on March 18, 2002. Prior to joining TA, O’Connor Kelly served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning within Secretary Donald L. Evans’s team at the Department of Commerce.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 4:07 PM on April 16, 2003
Wired article from 6 months ago:
Schwartz also said that Nuala O'Connor Kelly, chief counsel for the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, spoke on a panel with Swire and emphasized several privacy-related accomplishments the Bush administration has made -- in particular in the area of identity theft and medical privacy.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 4:11 PM on April 16, 2003

the new canon
Gotta add Heathers.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 12:34 AM on April 16, 2003

Survivor Sucks
Say what you want about reality television, but the latest Survivor has been fantastic. The level of gameplay has really been taken to another level.

Rob is hysterical and a very interesting player. He wrote his senior thesis on "The Impact of Reality Television." Christy is deaf, and at this point, looks like she has a real shot at winning. Jenna & Heidi have taken their clothes off for peanut butter. Matthew is psychotic, but quite possibly a mastermind.

Love it.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 1:55 PM on April 15, 2003

The Grass Roots Candidate of 2004
I was at the meetup in Irvine. There were about 50-60 people there.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:23 PM on April 3, 2003

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Water was only $2 last year.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:18 AM on March 5, 2003

Messaging ogling Google lobby
It's actually pretty hard to get your search query to pop up on their screen.

If one query a second passes by, that's 86,400 queries a day. As of 18 months ago, Google received 100 million queries a day. Let's say that 30% of their queries are obscene, and won't show up on the screen. That gives you a 0.1% chance of having your query show up.

So, if you type in your query 1000 times, it'll probably show up. Just make sure it's suitable for a business audience.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 7:40 PM on January 5, 2003

Church of Scientology rewrites history.
Insomnia - Someone already thought of your idea!

There was a big controversy about 6 months ago regarding Google ads and the CoS. Google will not let people buy anti-scientology ads, or anti-anything ads. So they started blocking all of's ads.

The official Google response is:

Anti-scientology ads are disapproved per our policy of no ads that advertise "sites that advocate against any individual, group,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:35 AM on September 21, 2002

How to make money off terrorism. This outfit will...
This can't be legit. There's no yellow light on the homepage.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 3:08 PM on August 21, 2002

Yahoo Becomes Printer UNfriendly
The discontinued it because everybody was linking directly to those pages. Not as many ad views. Less revenue.

Wonder if this is a trend that will continue.

posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:43 AM on April 24, 2002

Google Answers (BETA)
How long until the Google API allows queries against the answers database?

sigh... one can dream.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:10 PM on April 18, 2002

We only had you for the spare parts.
As someone who's been lucky enough to have his life saved by bone marrow donated by someone I've never even met, I think this is the most beautiful thing in the world. The love in that family will be stunning.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 9:39 AM on April 16, 2002

I just finished e-filing my taxes and I want to tell you about it!
You're surprised that filing your taxes on the internet a few hours before the deadline was a horrible experience?
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:45 PM on April 15, 2002

Bush and Pro-Lifers call for complete ban on any clone or stem cell research.
The DNA Copyright Institute emerged last year to allow people to copyright their DNA.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:47 AM on April 10, 2002

White House Superbowl Ads
How could it be a waste of money seeing as how it sparked this fine discussion on mefi?
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 3:52 PM on January 30, 2002

The Ramones named #2 band of all time
People voting in the poll at jesseygirl's link, voted overwhelmingly (47%) that the doors were the biggest omission.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 6:52 PM on January 10, 2002

The Smashing Pumpkins' has a good review of Zwan's first show at the Glass House. The second show (last night) at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana was much better because you could see the band finding their groove. Chamberlain and Corgan were goofing off half the time - smiling and laughing. These 4 shows in Southern California are obviously about finding the Zwan sound - and last night it happened.

The second encore was incredible with Billy ecstatically yelling into the mic… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 5:19 PM on November 19, 2001

If you like Pink Floyd youll like the tribute site...
Look at the URL folks. It's at - the official site for Capitol Records. The link is the official site for the remastered pink floyd best of album, Echoes.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 6:57 PM on November 17, 2001

Weblog tools overview
Haha. I created that category on dmoz about 2 years ago. I don't maintain it anymore though, grohol does.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 8:04 AM on November 14, 2001

Big Tobacco is buying exclusive rights to lung cancer drugs.
According to Hoovers, Japan Tobacco has rights to sell Camel, Winston and Salem outside the US. They also control 75% of the tobacco consumption in Japan.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 1:39 PM on November 13, 2001

It's Friday and I hate my job!
Haiku Tunnel
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 9:03 AM on November 2, 2001

Thanks mid. With current sentiment, Congress certainly won't render this illegal. Will the "terrorists" get high-powered american lawyers to fight it in the courts? The ACLU seems to be very nervous with all the proposed legislation - hopefully they will help challenge this.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 11:13 AM on September 23, 2001
I think everyone agrees that this is a new kind of war. Now that the enemy has changed dramatically, Bush should revoke the executive order preventing assassination of foreign leaders. It probably made sense the way war used to be waged, but no longer.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 12:18 PM on September 23, 2001
Of course, louie, but what if I were labeled a "terrorist"? That's my real concern. You're assuming that the government actually *knows* the answer to that question.

We now know that the terrorists are living among their victims. So the government will be targeting people that are our neighbors. They will be put on a list. Will you?

At what point does the only requirement to get on the list become spewing propaganda similar to known… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 1:53 PM on September 23, 2001

Oracle ID
wow, bragadocchio for benevolent dictator! ;-)
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 10:31 AM on September 23, 2001

And you thought your broker was slimy . . .
The point the article is trying to make about the stock price falling before the attacks is that there was so much short selling, that it brought the prices down even before the attacks. Stock prices go up and down based upon whether people are buying or selling. If there is a lot of selling, then the price will drop. These folks were selling even as the price was falling. Meaning, they were expecting it to go down even further.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 5:57 PM on September 16, 2001

Bin Laden Denies attack was his.
Here's a random thought: What if the US knew it wasn't bin Laden? A reasonable tactic would be to focus all attention on him, all to stage a surprise attack against the real perpetrators. They want to get bin Laden anyway, so it certainly doesn't hurt to let everyone think he's the "prime suspect". After all, this is going to be a long protracted war against terrorism.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 1:12 PM on September 16, 2001

Plane crashes in to the word trade center.
CBS news is reporting that there were explosives found under the George Washington bridge.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 7:37 PM on September 11, 2001

There were more than 4 Crashes Today
US Markets will be closed Wednesday.
posted to MetaFilter by jgilliam at 3:46 PM on September 11, 2001

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