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Johan Söderberg and the fine folks from Atmo, whose Bush/Blair lip-synching Endless Love clip was linked here twice before,1,2 have been producing similar politics inspired video clip-art for a segment titled Read My Lips (Real Media/Quicktime) broadcast on Kobra, a Swedish TV show. [via: N!kkes] For those who fancy such fun with real audio, DIYmedia has a collection of MP3 files of "translations of popular politicians as made by audio collage artists from around the planet."
posted on Mar-23-03 at 9:22 AM

Musical Intifadah is an alternative approach by a Dutch-Palestinian physician who goes by the online handle DocJazz. Many of his songs are available for download and streamed at his website.
posted on Nov-9-02 at 11:55 PM

The brilliant Cecily Kidd put together a few URLs discussing Title IX and the funding disparity between male and female sports. "[M]ale athletes receive $133 million more in athletic scholarships than female athletes." In one of the few sports where men and women compete (against each other) on the same field and with the same (or similar) equipment: motor sports, where men are no more rewarded for being muscular or women penalized for any female physical attributes; women have not only competed, but won against men. Shirley Muldowney has won four Top Fuel championships, Angelle Savoie has won two Pro Stock Bike championships, Jutta Kleinschmidt won the Paris-Dakar rally, Shawna Robinson won the poll with a track record in 1994 Busch race at Atlanta, Sarah Fisher is the most popular driver in IRL and the cute and lovable Danica Patrick recently won at the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at Long Beach. So why can't these women get a steady sponsorship deal and a regular ride as a driver? Why do they always have to be 'something more'?
posted on Jul-2-02 at 11:55 PM

A few rather mundane numbers have turned into international chart toppers by being blessed as the 'official song' of the FIFA World CupTM or being on the 'official album' and getting airplay as the theme songs for local TV broadcasts. I think this trend started during Italia '90. Neither I, nor FIFA can remember any official songs from Mexico '86 or Spain '82. While Anastacia's Boom is this year's FIFA designated 'official song;' I like Tejano singer Jennifer Peña's upbeat Vamos al Mundial, the theme song for Univision's World Cup broadcast. What's the theme song of your local World Cup broadcast? Is it any good?
posted on Jun-25-02 at 11:58 PM

The Garden of Allah, at times, does not reflect the first images that come to mind. It is the title of an amazing 1904 Robert Smythe Hichens book that spawned not one, or two, but three movies, including a 1936 Marlene Dietrich classic; and inspired a 1918 Maxfield Parrish painting. In a seemingly unrelated coincidence a famous contemporary Hollywood hangout spot was also called The Garden of Allah; razing of which prompted Joni Mitchell to sing: "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." [Gossip] Journalist Sheilah Graham wrote a book on this Hollywood landmark where once her love interest F. Scott Fitzgerald lived. I don't think Don Henley drew from any of these two for one of the two original songs in his 1995 Actual Miles album or its controvertial video.
[ In order: I heard the Joni Mitchell song, without knowing of its inspiration, and then in the span of a few months saw the replica of the Hollywood landmark and came in contact with the original Parrish painting. I eventually read the Hichens book. I have yet to see the movies or read the Graham book.]

posted on Jun-21-02 at 11:58 PM

Math owie! Was math in distress during its awareness month? Discuss. [Inspired by moz of TPK.]
posted on Apr-28-02 at 11:56 PM

Those looking for a new writing challenge post NaNoWriMo, can sign up to write an "original Indian movie idea," and try to win $4,000 for five pages of work. Based on the last two Indian movies I have seen, here is a collection of online resources for ideas and inspirations for the next aspiring Bollywood screen-writers.
posted on Dec-15-01 at 3:23 AM

Holiday season comes to all, including those without an Amazon wishlist. New York Cares has a Secret Santa program where volunteers pick up letter(s) from [a] child(ren) from homeless shelter(s) and buys them gifts requested in the letter(s). There is a similar program in Charlotte, N.C. The Chicago Bar Association co-ordinates one such program in Chicago with the USPS. Salvation Army runs the effort in Annapolis. While not quite giving toys, Canada Post organizes a letter from Santa program. I am sure there is something similar near where you live.

[As G-d/Allah would have it, this year both the eighth night of Chanukah and Eid-ul-Fitr, the feast celebrating the end of fasting during the month of Ramadan, will fall on December 16th. An $18.00 gift can feed "a month's worth of nutritious lunches for an Ethiopian child in Israel." There are also other Israeli/Jewish charities. There are various Muslim charities and organizations that help the poor and war-torn Muslim women, children and orphans around the world.]
posted on Nov-30-01 at 9:29 AM

Northern Alliance Fighters Enter Kabul. It's almost over.
posted on Nov-12-01 at 7:13 PM

Now that American media have shifted its focus on the bombings in Afghanistan with their objectivity being molded by federal 'requests,' some of the more mundane information may never get any airtime or ink here in the U.S. Panorama, a German TV service, have broadcast a wide angle video of the 'jubilant Palestinians' that support articles published in Spiegel and Stern magazines stating that the clip was staged. The news of FBI lying to the media to justify detaining a Saudi man for three weeks was buried in a blurb in page B-4 in Thursday's Times.

[Notes: [1] article was referenced in The Inquirer. These two links are courtesy of Steven's USS Clueless. [2] The video link is to a 10 minute, 3.3 MB Real Media file. Jump to 7:45 and view to end. Alternative links: 1, 2, 3, 4. [3] Original German: Panorama TV, Spiegel Magazine.]
posted on Oct-14-01 at 11:31 AM

Best of Manhattan 2001, the annual guide published by the New York Press might come in handy in case you are visiting New York City to boost our tourism industry. If you already live here, you may want to pick up a free copy on your way to the subway. New York's other free alternative weekly still has their Flash powered Best of NYC 2000 along side a depressing obit to NYC's dying night life on their site. Time Out New York's city guide, and the restaurant reviews in the best 100 and the 2001 Eating and Drinking Awards might come handy for weekend plans. And if you really want to see a hidden treasure of NYC, you may want to go see the Panorama of The City of New York, a 'living model of the City,' first built for the 1964 World's Fair, at the Queens Museum of Art.
posted on Oct-5-01 at 1:21 PM

Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra kills family, self over arranged marriage dispute. Proving the astrologers wrong, who had predicted that the king would die if the Crown Prince was allowed to marry before the age of 35; the 30 year old Eton educated prince disputing over his choice of bride, killed his parents, brother, sister, and other relatives in what is labeled as the worst mass killing of royalty since the Romanovs. more.
posted on Jun-1-01 at 10:53 PM

Russia no longer has any photo-recon satellites in orbit and doesn't seem to care, New Zealand is disbanding its air force's air combat capabilities, and America is pushing for a Missile Defense Shield - Star Wars II. Make what you will of American military policies, I am just weirded out that someone out there in the targeted banner-ad world thinks I am in the market to buy a submarine.
posted on May-17-01 at 1:23 PM

NASA to send glow-in-the-dark plants to Mars. While they wait and search for native life form, NASA, in conjunction with Ferl Lab of University of Florida, is sending GM plants that would report back via their glow into the Red Planet. The good doctor has sent his babies into the heavens before.
posted on May-7-01 at 7:22 PM

Pope John Paul II apologizes for the Sack of Constantinople and other atrocities committed by the Crusaders against the Greek Orthodox as he goes on with his controversial trip to Greece retracing the steps of his namesake.
[I am gonna miss the guy when and if he passes away.]
posted on May-5-01 at 12:11 AM

Happy Birthday, Audrey :-)
posted on May-4-01 at 1:41 PM

Bad and lack of recent karma sees USA voted out of the United Nations Human Rights Commissionl; while Sudan and Sierra Leone stays on board the 53-nation commission running uncontested in geographic quota. Besides being a sign of Dubya's lacking diplomatic leadership, falling three votes short of securing one of the three seats reserved for the Western nations also means that, for the first time since 1947 America will no longer be a member of UNCHR.
posted on May-4-01 at 2:45 AM

Despite major American museums' and academia's unwillingness to host his Palestine Poster Project, Dan Walsh has continued for 20 years on his quest to educate Americans about the Palestinian culture and cause with his collection of 3,200 original Palestinian solidarity posters. He has posted about a hundred of them in the online gallery at his Liberation Graphics website. He also has a fascinating collection of Che Guevera posters as part of his Cuba Poster Project.
posted on May-3-01 at 12:15 AM

Dew gone Commie. Comrades, just in time for May Day, Mountain Dew launches their new Red Mountain Dew, second in caffeine content only to Jolt.
posted on May-1-01 at 2:44 PM

After 225 years, America finally has a National Tree. Oak won with nearly 25% of the 400,000+ votes cast over the internet in a 21 way race. Hope your vote counted.
posted on May-1-01 at 2:50 AM

Mark your calendars for next Saturday's (May 5th.) Million Marijuana March, being organized in 120 cities around the world.
posted on Apr-29-01 at 2:16 PM

While the latest chapter dates back to 1975 (ignited in 1948-49), the Sri Lankan conflict essentially stems from the answer to which of the two major ethnic groups landed first in the island some 2,500 years ago. Both sides now have websites which routinely boasts of the death tolls of the opposing group.
posted on Apr-28-01 at 11:29 PM

A collection of some amazing video clips, designed like a clip-blog. (Some clips contain explicit sexual and violent content not suitable for those not legally allowed to view such things.)
posted on Apr-27-01 at 6:04 PM

Reverend Fun dishes out church-friendly daily cartoons like this one, which are sometimes [p]funny (and at other times stale). You can also get the funnies in your PDA.
posted on Apr-24-01 at 3:21 PM

Frustrating thy tech savoir faire, the 452 Tech Challenge is a real excercise for the noodles.
posted on Apr-19-01 at 12:00 PM

Break in pipeline causes 92,400 gallons of "processed water" to leak into the Alaskan tundra. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), this is "the biggest spill of industrial material onto the tundra in recent years." The hole in the pipeline was discovered last Sunday.
posted on Apr-18-01 at 1:59 PM

Obi Wan - We hardly knew ye. Three new biographies concur on Sir Alec Guinness' well guarded homosexual past.
posted on Apr-16-01 at 10:28 PM

Two survivors of the Auschwitz death camp are suing the American government for not bombing the death camp and are seeking $40 billion in damages. (via Fark)
posted on Apr-14-01 at 3:53 PM

In search of the real Cleopatra: an exhaustive collection of artifacts exploring the history and the myth of the Queen of the Nile is currently on display at the British Museum. It will run through August 26. (The exhibition will travel state side and be at the Field Museum in Chicago from October 20 through March 3, 2002.)
posted on Apr-13-01 at 10:57 PM

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has been advocating for women's rights in Afghanistan since 1977. The telling story is that the women are not treated any differently now than they were during either the pre-Soviet occupation, or the Soviet and their puppet governments and now under the Taliban regime. The website has some disturbing videos of the public executions mentioned in this MetaFilter thread. (I have not watched the videos.)
posted on Apr-12-01 at 6:15 PM

"These Wall Street stunners are what truly spur aggressive growth," teases Playboy in their latest attempt since failing miserably at luring a TV Analyst to bare all. [Via: The Daily Telegraph (Friday, April 06. Page 37.)]
posted on Apr-9-01 at 11:07 PM

Rooibos Tea has 50 times more antioxidant properties than Green Tea. It seems the South African brew is over taking the popular Chinese brew in the European health food/herbal tea circles.
posted on Apr-5-01 at 11:59 PM

Satellite photo shows no Chinese activity near the spy plane. Whom to trust in this crisis? The American media/govt. spin partnership that maintains that the Chinese are taking the plane apart? Or the photo? Is there any trustworthy source left?
posted on Apr-5-01 at 12:00 PM

Sub Surprize - The Sequel.
Within two months of sinking a Japanese ship (and 24 hours of a recon plane landing in China) the US Navy have angered the Japanese yet again when the nuclear submarine Chicago showed up at a Japanese port without any prior notice.

Let's make a thread to track all the recent American military mishaps.
posted on Apr-3-01 at 7:58 PM

Cheney casts his first tie breaking vote in the Senate.
posted on Apr-3-01 at 4:23 PM

P. Diddy
posted on Mar-29-01 at 6:14 AM

Ellen MacArthur (24), came in second in the Vendee Globe 2000 race circumnavigating the world.
posted on Feb-11-01 at 9:52 PM

The XFL takes to the field this Saturday.
posted on Feb-2-01 at 9:00 PM

Global women are planning a general strike on March 8, 2001, in protest of pay inequity.
posted on Jan-26-01 at 4:43 PM

In case other forms of augmentation isn't a viable option, now women can order Bloussant, "an all-natural herbal tablet, which, when taken daily will increase ... bust size by up to two cup sizes." The site also has the commercial for the product in Windows Media and QuickTime formats.
posted on Jan-25-01 at 7:28 PM

While the world was busy debating if the Playboy article was a giant step backwards for female sportscasters, Jutta Kleinschmidt became the first woman to win the Paris-Dakar Rally.
posted on Jan-23-01 at 12:16 AM

Dakar 2001 the 10,000+ km auto rally ends this Sunday. In recent years the rally has lost its luster. Even the website does not look exciting.
posted on Jan-19-01 at 10:34 PM

"Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill," says Mr. Blackwell of Britney Spears in his 41st. annual list of Hollywood's Worst Dressed. The archive of his previous lists reads like a time capsule of tinsel town's weird and wacky trends.
posted on Jan-10-01 at 1:58 PM

Feeling left out by the democratic process? Despair not. Now you can vote for your favorite artists for American Music Awards, favorite TV shows for the TV Guide Awards, or, if you are feeling extra patriotic, for America's National Tree at the Arbor Day website, and have the vote count.
posted on Jan-7-01 at 1:57 AM

National Cyber Cop Committee of India enlists teenage hackers as advisors.
posted on Jan-5-01 at 1:07 PM

The Gospel according to The Simpsons: A study finds that 69% of the episodes have at least one religious reference, while 11% of the episodes have a plot revolving around some religious issue.
posted on Jan-4-01 at 10:22 AM

Microsoft faces $5 billion race discrimination lawsuit.
posted on Jan-3-01 at 5:35 AM

2000 Moron Awards.
posted on Dec-31-00 at 9:53 AM

Flash 6 Screen Shots, for those who, unlike me, are already looking beyond Flash 5.
posted on Dec-28-00 at 7:30 AM

Eid Mubarak to all. Eid-ul-Fitr is the day of celebration marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, a month during which Muslims refrain from 'rather Earthly activities' from dawn till dusk.
posted on Dec-27-00 at 11:47 AM

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