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Daily Show Clip Show to End March

As I am taking exams this week, I have spent most of my time studying, but as part of some downtime, I figured I would put up a few good videos from some recent episodes of The Daily Show.

Enjoy

Dany

Here is an interesting accumulation of clips to show how the Tea Party movement came smack dab into mainstream news. I hope those that have strong feelings about government action keep protesting and keep making their voice heard, even when I disagree with their political views
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With Senator Chris Dodd recently unveiling a new financial reforms legislation, (which may or may not actually have any teeth, it’s hard to tell at this point) Jon Stewart acts out just how we absurd the actions of some companies were to bring us to this point where we need some new rules to be laid out. I know our government works slowly, but I can hardly believe that it has been about 2 years already without any meaningful law changes to try and stave off another financial collapse
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Lastly, I have 2 clips revealing just how sad, absurd and hypocritical the Catholic church hierarchy has been. It amazes me that with these sorts of scandals that good Catholic people still donate money into this organization
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March 30, 2010 3:21 am Posted by | clips, DC, economy, Law, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Tech Roundup for the Week, Roger Ebert’s New Voice, US National Broadband Internet, Apple vs Google and even Nanomicrochips Inside Living Cells

There were a few interesting technology related stories I came across while sifting through Engadget recently, so I thought I would share what I found.

First, Roger Ebert, one of the most profound and prolific film reviewers in history has had many medical problems of late, thankfully he is still with us and reviewing films again, the problem is after all his health ordeals, he was left without a lower jaw and unable to speak… until now with some interesting help from CereProc. Here is the Engadget article, but just watch the video below, it’s hard to deny that this is an amazing step forward in science:

Recently, the FCC submitted its National Broadband Plan (download the pdf) to Congress, which includes a laundry list of goals for the next decade, essentially to provide access for “every American” to “robust broadband services,” meaning 100 million US homes with “affordable” access with 100MBps download and 50Mbps upload speeds, which sounds wonderful, but let’s see what their definition of affordable turns out to be. Here is the Engadget story with the reactions from Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Google and Comcast executives.

The above illustration is from Daniel Adel of the New York Times and it adds to the hyperbole around the idea that Google and Apple chief executives that were once close are now at war, iPhone/iPad vs Android. Here is the Endadget article that goes into the details.

Lastly, it looks like we’re on the road to implanting microprocessors… or in this case even smaller nanoprocessors into living cells. At this point, current research has been able to obtain 90% cell survival after such a dramatic procedure. It will be interesting to see where this ultimately takes us in the coming decades. Here is the Engadget story along with the original research article by Gómez-Martínez R.

Enjoy

Dany

March 18, 2010 9:43 pm Posted by | apple, art, cartoons, clips, crazy celebs, DC, economy, Law, movies, nature, newspaper, politics, science, software, technology, vaporware, Verizon, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

This Week in the Daily Show for March 11th, 2010

There were a lot of interesting clips this week, from The Daily Show but I saved the best (and longest) for the end, a 3 part extended fully web-exclusive interview.

Enjoy The Daily Show this week.

Dany

Iraq may be a confusing and complicated place, but I don’t remember any election where some of the candidates running for office were killed being called a success… I guess until now?
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Jon Stewart interviews Harry Markopolos, the extremely angry investigator who sent letter after letter trying to inform the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about Bernie Madoff for years before his $60+ billion dollar scandal came to the press. He has a new book No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller. Maybe he would make a good head of the SEC?
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Liz Cheney may want to publicize the identity of Justice Department lawyers who represented terror detainees, which on its own, sounds fine to me, but demonizing them with a scary commercial making them seem like evil people and even branding them The Al Qaeda 7 is just wrong. There are tons of reasons to hate lawyers, the fact that they may defend people you don’t like, even if they are potential terrorists should not be one of them.
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Virginia is for lovers… unless I guess you are gay. It may be getting harder and harder to be gay and work or be gay and go to college now in Virgina.
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Glenn Beck‘s interview with disgraced NY Representative Eric Massa did not go exactly as he expected, but at the same time, there were a ton of things that Rep. Massa said that I never thought I would hear come out of a politician’s mouth.
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After all the news scandals have come out about NY Governor David Paterson, I am very surprised that he is still in office, but at the same time, I guess if President Clinton could remain in office after years of scandal in the press, nothing is impossible. Can we please just throw all the dirty politicians out of NY State government though? It is getting embarrassing to be from such a corrupt state, although I’ll always love being from NYC.
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Vice President Joe Biden goes to the Middle East to try and jump start the peace process again now that the Palestinians finally agreed to come back to the bargaining table, then Israel announces more settlement projects on the same day… can we stop giving Israel so much of our money every year for such an insult and for wasting Joe Biden‘s time?
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Jerry Seinfeld comes on The Daily Show to promote his new show The Marriage Ref. It sounds like a great way for a panel of comedians and celebrities to make fun of problems in peoples marriages and each other… that actually like a pretty good show idea.
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Lastly, a great interview… well, more a heated half hour conversation between Jon Stewart and Marc Thiessen, the writer of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. I don’t agree with the inflammatory nature of Mr. Thiessen‘s thesis, but at the same time, I don’t think my opinion is as far from his as I expected it to be.
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March 14, 2010 2:22 am Posted by | books, clips, comedians, DC, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, New York, NYC, Palestine, politics, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Muppet Newsflash – Beaker’s Ballad and some extras

For those who need a study break (ME) and those who just want to watch what the current state of the internet commenting has become, enjoy this Muppet short with one of my favorites Beaker, even though my favorite has to be either the Swedish Chef or Statler & Waldorf… since I mentioned them, I’ll put some clips from both of them too while I’m at it!

Thanks to net@night (subscribe here) for finding the video above.

Enjoy

Dany

Beaker’s Ballad

March 10, 2010 10:09 pm Posted by | clips, podcasts, technology, tv | Leave a comment

The Book of Eli Review

I just returned from a screening of The Book of Eli down here in Grenada and I was very surprised with what I found. I was able to keep myself pretty sequestered generally from what the movie was about, with my only exposure being the provocative movie posters in the NYC subway system that elicited vague religious undertones and starring Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis made me initially interested in seeing this movie. It was only as the movie progressed that I realized that the film also featured such famous names providing strong performances such as Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon and Malcolm McDowell.

The biggest thing that needs to be pointed out before anything else is the violence in this film. To say this was a violent movie does not adequately put that into words. This is a hyperviolent film, which may have been filmed in muted colors, sometimes so washed out in white sunlight in a comic book sort of way, but nonetheless, EXTREMELY violent with heads and other body parts getting chopped off, many people shot to death and an impressive array of handguns all the way through a 50 caliber machine gun and rocket launcher. So, if that’s a concern, just file this movie away, it’s not for you.

OK, one thing I’ve come to realize is that there are very few actors I can trust the judgment of, but Denzel Washington is one of those actors that almost never steers his fans wrong, seemingly unable to provide a bad performance or picking an uninteresting project, but I am surprised with how good Mila Kunis‘ performance was, maybe I shouldn’t be though considering how much I liked her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but it took her taking her hair down for me to even recognize her in this world.

The film portrays a world approximately 30 years after the world has ended… or at least since nuclear war has ravaged at least America, if not the entire world and the only modern remnants that remain from that “before” are beaten up cars, a 3rd generation iPod, some KFC wet naps and a Motorola bull horn. Denzel plays Eli, a man on a mission, very much like from an old western to head out “west” for him to complete his mission: find a safe place to bring a sacred holy book. His entire journey shows us just how far the world has fallen because of the apocalypse, the most basic needs (food, water and maybe some of the more base needs) are just about the only things worth fighting for and all that’s left is to barter for them.

As long as you can stand the hyperviolence and are interested in seeing how faith could be used either as a club or a savior, go and check out The Book of Eli. After seeing this film I wish I could be coming home to Mila Kunis right now, but I AM very glad that I’ve got my warm bed and an apartment full of all my creature comforts to come back to at least, even if my air conditioner is currently broken!

Enjoy

Dany

March 9, 2010 11:33 pm Posted by | Grenada, guns, movie reviews, movies, New York, NYC, Religion | 2 Comments

This Week in The Daily Show March 4th, 2010

After last week’s White House Health Care Summit, there are still problems with the government, but the best part is that the problems always seem funny, even when they are incredibly sad.

Enjoy

Dany

Senator Jim Bunning is the sole US Senator to object to extending unemployment benefits for an additional 30-days during this jobless recession recovery
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Jon Stewart points out some of the major corruption scandals and general bad actions from some of the better known Democratic politicians of late, from NY State‘s recent governor scandals (both Gov. Spitzer and current Gov. Paterson), NY House Rep. Charlie Rangel and some nice double speak from House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi
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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly‘s fair and balanced take doesn’t seem any more fair or balanced than Fox New’s opinion commentators and she only seems to trust poll numbers that agree with Fox News talking points… sounds fair and balanced to me!
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Here are two clips of Sarah Palin that will probably piss off comedians across the country, most spend years trying to book a comedy gig on The Tonight Show and now Sarah Palin comes onto the show and is able to do a few of her own jokes… I can’t even be mad at Sarah Palin about it either since her jokes were actually pretty FUNNY! Who Knew? I’m still worried for whenever Palin decides to run for President.
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egyn Kelly

March 6, 2010 3:22 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, DC, New York, NYC, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment