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Will Borat Flop?

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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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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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.

The right is spinning this as a sense of humor, but come on, the guy takes viagra and doesn’t even own up to it. It is not like he was taking illegal prescription drugs.

The Media Crunch

RUSH LIMBAUGH: ‘HOW DID BOB DOLE’S LUGGAGE GET ON MY AIRPLANE? I TOLD MY DOCTOR I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION’…AUDIO – .MP3
AUDIO – .MP3

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Today in not-really-news: a community college professor wrote a physic question involving Conoleezza and a watermelon. The Wingnuts are up in arms. You know – the leftist agenda to undermine everything that is good about America. Here is the question:

Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300 -foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second. The height of the watermelon above the ground t seconds later is given by formula h= -16t2 + 20t + 300

a. How many seconds will it pass her (she’s standing at a height of 300 feet) on the way down?

b. When will the watermelon hit ground?

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Because of his myspace.com page…

Baptist college expels gay student – Yahoo! News

The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., has kicked out a sophomore because he revealed he was gay on his MySpace.com page, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The university has a policy that says, “Any student who engages in or promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles (including sex outside marriage and homosexuality) may be suspended or asked to withdraw from the University of the Cumberlands.”

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War on Easter

It had to happen… from the always informative WorldNetDaily:

A media company that produced a best-selling documentary asserting that Jesus Christ never existed today launches its “War on Easter,” encouraging volunteer atheists to plant copies of the film “The God Who Wasn’t There” in churches across the United States.

Dubbing the effort “Operation Easter Sanity,” Brian Flemming, a self-described “former Christian fundamentalist” and president of Beyond Belief Media, hopes to covertly place 666 copies of the documentary in churches by Easter Sunday, April 16. The number 666 is the biblical mark of “The
Beast,” which also is the name of another film by Flemming set for a 06-06-06 release.

By the way, what other Christian holiday has more clearly pagan roots than Easter? Even the name is pagan.

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