Archive for August, 2008

NBC, why didn’t we see this on the air?

Beijing – Five pro-Tibet activists unfurled a banner spelling out “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese in bright blue LED “throwie” lights in Beijing’s Olympic Park. The five were detained by security personnel after displaying the banner for about 20 seconds at 11:48 PM August 19th.

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Beijing – Five pro-Tibet activists unfurled a banner spelling out “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese in bright blue LED “throwie” lights in Beijing’s Olympic Park. The five were detained by security personnel after displaying the banner for about 20 seconds at 11:48 pm August 19th.

So, NBC was willing to show us CGI imagery that, we are told, mimicked reality, but wouldn’t dare offend the host nation by showing the image above, which is not doctored. I know these were sports “reporters”, but so much for journalistic integrity. Tim Russert would have mentioned this.

Via BoingBoing

Edit: after the jump, see a quick video of the sign up and being taken down!
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Seek the truth: Is California the only state paying attention?

Just thought I’d point you to a great piece over at The Consumerist. If you don’t read it ever/often, you can check out their feed to your right. The piece in question includes these fun facts about the increased competition in the California telecommunications market since price restrictions were lifted in 2006:

Here are just a few of the ways competition has benefited consumers:

* AT&T no longer lets you make five free 411 calls per month. Now it costs $1.50 for local numbers and $1.99 for all others.
* Verizon won’t let you make four free 411 inquiries anymore. Now they charge $0.95 for local listings and $1.50 for all others.
* AT&T boosted the price of daytime calls by 34%, evening calls by 93%, and nights and weekend calls by 233%
* Call waiting is now 86% more expensive.
* Keeping your name out of the phonebook now costs 346% more.
Carey
The Consumerist

The myth of the free market is sadly quite strong. Consider this post the first salvo in my effort to eviscerate that myth.

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Where ‘dat Joe Biden?

Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!

'Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!'

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