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BoratShort answer: yes. There is too much publicity too soon. The movie only opens on November 3rd and the Borat craze has been going on for almost a month now with still a month to go.

If I were doing publicity for this, I would visit the White House on November 1st. Maybe do a Colbert or Jon Steward now.

We are going to be completely saturated by Borat by November 3rd. 

Link: Fatherland Security gets wise to Borat by Roger Moore

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Is this really the world we live in now? A Frsico, TX art teacher was fired because she took her class to the Dallas Museum of Art and the students (I am sure among many other things) saw the statue of a nude man. Imagine the horror of that. Just imagine it. Your a fifth grader and you see a nude (lets say Greek) statue. Horror, pure horror. Who knows, you might just have to turn gay.

Now you just have to make sure your child never looks into a mirror after taking a shower.

Excerpt from the story:

FRISCO, Texas — An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job.

The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee‘s contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave.

Source: DenverChannel.com

 

Now CBS is joining ABC in putting its prime-time shows online. According to Reuters, Surviver and CSI are first, followed by a new show called Jericho.

These are interesting developments and with young people drawing away from TV, this might be just the move all the networks will have to make in the long (short?) term. It’s been a long time that I heard somebody couldn’t make it to an event because it conflicted with a TV show…

From Reutersrs:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – CBS Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to air prime time television programs, including its top-rated CSI series and “Survivor” show, on the Internet for free.

The shows will include “limited commercial interruption” and be made available on its high speed Internet channel innertube the morning after it airs on the CBS broadcast network, the company said.

The move comes as traditional media companies attempt to lure a younger audience spending more time consuming entertainment and news on alternative outlets, from personal computers to hand held devices.

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Who thought I would ever write a post with that title…

From Reuter’s – also know as “Reuters’ Believe it or Not”…

Copperfield is coy about his reasons for the Fountain of Youth claim, but the man best known for entertaining with grand deception insists his archipelago also contains the legendary waters that bestow perpetual youth. Seriously.

David Copperfield Tickets“I’ve discovered a true phenomenon,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “You can take dead leaves, they come in contact with the water, they become full of life again. … Bugs or insects that are near death, come in contact with the water, they’ll fly away. It’s an amazing thing, very, very exciting.”

Copperfield, who turns 50 next month, said he had hired biologists and geologists to examine its potential effect on humans but he’s not inviting visitors to swim in or drink from it just yet.

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From the New York Times:

For today’s well-heeled venture investor, tooling around in a fancy car is just not enough.

Consider Jeff Marshall’s unusual mode of transportation. The Greenwich (Conn.) Time newspaper reported Monday that Mr. Marshall owns and flies a Soviet L-39 attack fighter jet, which burns through nearly 200 gallons of fuel per hour while in the air. (And we thought our gas bill was high.)

While not quite as grand as the clipper-ship-on-steroids recently unveiled by Tom Perkins (see last link, below), Mr. Marshall’s plane sets a high bar for playthings among the venture capitalist set.

Mr. Marshall’s flyboy call name, we are told, is “Boom Boom.” His jet flies at up to 400 miles per hour, and by Mr. Marshall’s best reckoning, it was used during the Soviet war with Afghanistan in the 1980’s.

Mr. Marshall, who works in Stamford, Conn., uses the jet to take family trips on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Vermont, but has also used it to commute two days a week to Boston, “blowing past stalled traffic on Interstate 95 below,” according to the Time.

Continental Airlines was to upgrade its homepage yesterday with a fresher looking design. Instead, this upgrade is turning out to be a disaster. Frequent flyers on flyertalk.com (one of the biggest forums for frequent flyers) are reporting that they are seeing other people’s reservations in their accounts, with the ability to change seats or even cancel the whole trip.

For a while, the whole reservations system was down and even now, the system does not recognize frequent flyer status and does not allow frequent flyers to choose seats in the premium sections.

This could have potentially disastrous consequences for Continental Airlines.

Here is a quote from flyertalk.com

This is really terrible – CO should take the site down
I just went to CO and I was logged in as someone else and I had some couple’s upcoming Aug. trip to Chicago. I could change their seats cancel their flights.

Fortunately, you’d need a password in order to really wreak havoc with some one’s credit card etc.

CO should really put the old site back up. In this litigious world, they are risking being sued if someone horses around with someone else’s reservation.

Newsweek interviews “Left Behind” coauthor Tim LaHaye. Nothing very exiting here, but I liked this snipped:

We believe that the Bible should be understood literally whenever possible

Right – sometimes it is literal – when we like it – and sometimes, it is not. God, after all, is very subtle about when he wants to be taken literally.

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