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Disney, the Academy and Co Paves the Way Against Vodou

Posted by invizweb on March 7, 2010

Tonight Disney’s  the Princess and the Frog is up for an Academy Award.  It is too bad the Academy probably did not read up on what the real critics had to say about the film.  The following is from an article written by Jason Pitzl-Waters on the Wild Hunt blog: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tweets Give Race-Baiting Hoaxster a ‘B’ for Effort

Posted by invizweb on November 4, 2008

By Sarah Lai StirlandEmailfor WIRED



Thanks to an unattended Twitter widget, a website intended to promote the work of 50 young Republican volunteers became an unwitting showcase for the mockery of one group member Friday, when it emerged that the volunteer faked a macabre attack on herself and tried to pin it on a nonexistent Obama supporter and mugger.

Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old college student and McCain volunteer, admitted on Friday that she made up a widely reported story about being mugged by a so-called big black guy at an ATM in Pittsburgh. She falsely told police this week that her assailant became enraged after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car, and proceeded to scratch a backwards “B” — for “Barack” — on her face. It now appears the mark was self-inflicted, and police say it’s expected to heal completely.

Todd was one of the members of a group called 50 College Republicans that has been publicizing its activities through a blog and Twitter feed on a website called Life in the Field. The volunteers’ tweets carried the hashtag “#litf08.”

On Friday, commenters started using the tag to broadcast their disgust, causing the sarcastic tweets to be automatically displayed on the Republican site.

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Did the U.S. Prep Georgia for War with Russia?

Posted by invizweb on August 12, 2008

Nathan Hodge wrote for Wired:

Georgia and Russia are careening towards war. And the U.S. isn’t exactly a detached observer in the fight. The American military has been training and equipping Georgian troops for years.

The news thus far: Georgia, which has been locked in a drone war over the separatist enclave of Abkhazia, has launched an offensive to reclaim another breakaway territory, South Ossetia. Latest reports indicate that Georgian forces are laying siege to Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital. And Russia, which has backed the separatists, is sending in the tanks.

So why should we care? Oh, just the prospect of a larger regional war that could drag in Russia – and involve the United States as well. Since early 2002, the U.S. government has given a healthy amount of military aid to Georgia. When I last visited South Ossetia, Georgian troops manned a checkpoint outside Tskhinvali — decked out in surplus U.S. Army uniforms and new body armor.

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Viacom Knows What You’ve Watched

Posted by invizweb on July 3, 2008

Jacob Sloan @ Disinfo write:

Google has been ordered to hand over all of its electronic data on the videos watched by users on YouTube to Viacom. The data, which is 12 terabytes in size, includes records of every video watched by every user, including the user’s login name and IP address.

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