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Tuesday Open Thread: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, George Harrison with Spanish Subtitles Edition

A little music for your enjoyment:

If you have any news to share, or simply to say hi, comments are open below the fold.

And remember: This is an Open Thread. ("No biting" - this means you, not just the knucklehead to your left. No, your ~other~ left.)

 

Live Action On Abortion - Real Facts, Dissecting the Anti-Planned Parenthood Video

This is an excellent reality-based video by a young Romanian videographer named Christina Rad. Hat-tip to Moby over in the Opinions Unrestrained forum at DelphiForums for posting where I'd find it, and to Stephen at DelphiForums for his initial post on it.

From Moby's post:

Cristina Rad is a young Romanian woman who has independently read the Bible, the Koran and other books on religion. As a result, she became an agnostic, then took the final step to atheism. She's been releasing some pretty intelligent videos discussing various related subjects for about three years. She's got a sense of humor and has fun with her filming and editing skills, sometimes playing multiple characters, dancing, etc.

Thanks to Stephen over at Here Is the News for posting about her.

We need more people to wake up and see through the Right's bullsh!t. Watching more of Christina Rad would be a helpful way to start...as well as a very entertaining and educational one.

Watch and learn...and pass it on:

Cool, eh? -- Yeah, I think so too. Totally Rad, in fact. ;)

 

Good-hearted Fun, With A Sinister(-esque) Google, By The Vacationeers

If you like a good mental twist on reality, you should check out The Vacationeers on YouTube. They've got a lot of good stuff, including a semi-sinister take on how Google's manifestation into almost every aspect of life could become - well, if not the stuff of nightmares, then the stuff of the Twilight Zone. Or maybe the Outer Limits.

Hat-tip NathanNewman of Daily Kos, whose diary You're Not Google's Customer -- You're the Product brings another, different perspective to the pervasiveness of Google.

Part 1, "The Googling" - Google Maps

Part 2, "The Googling" - Google Moon

 

Continued after the jump. Three more videos embedded...

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Monday Night Open Thread: Elephant Art, Thai Elephant Conservation Center Edition

Good evening. It's Monday, 31 March 2011. There's only about an hour left to this calendar day on the East Coast of the United States as this entry is typed, so it's not a bad time to stop and reflect on the day's events.

What's new in your world?

For this evening's brief bit of "infotainment" here's an elephant - painting elephants on canvas:

In the comments below, share any news or tidbits you might have, or may have learned, from your day. Remember, this is an Open Thread.

Hat-tip to Starshadow of Delphi Forums for the video.

A Video From Protect Our Elections: Justice Thomas and False Statements

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From ProtectOurElections.org,

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January 24, 2011- Today, we asked the Justice Department to bring criminal charges against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for making false statements on his Financial Disclosure forms every year since 2003 by falsely swearing under criminal penalty that his wife Virginia had no income. Justice Thomas signed these forms under oath after certifying that the information in them was true and accurate.

Virginia Thomas worked at the Heritage Foundation from 2003 through 2007 and earned at least $120,000 each year according to the foundation’s Form 990s. She is now working for Liberty Central in a paid position according to its CEO Sarah Field. Last Friday, Common Cause wrote to the Administrative Office of the Courts about this matter as was reported by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

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On a different, yet perhaps not too dissimilar a note, check out their call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the use of secret money to influence elections. And remember, Common Cause has called into question whether Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia were ethically challenged by their involvement in the Citizens United ruling -- a ruling that Virginia Thomas may have benefited from:

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Justice Thomas' wife also may have directly benefitted from her husband's vote in Citizens United. In the months leading up to the decision, Virginia Thomas founded conservative organization Liberty Central, which used $500,000 in undisclosed money to support Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections. In addition, for several years Thomas failed to list hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife earned from the conservative Heritage Foundation on Supreme Court financial disclosure forms.

Federal law requires a judge to "disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned," or when "his spouse…has a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy…or any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding," says Common Cause. Neither Scalia nor Thomas did so in Citizens United.

In these kinds of cases, the law asks: Would a reasonable person who was aware of the situation question Scalia and Thomas's impartiality in the Citizens United case?

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This looks like it certainly bears further investigation, and may help answer the question whether our Supreme Court Justices are above the law, or servants of it.

Wise Words -- Vincent Price on Prejudice

Hat-tip Becca of DelphiForums.

Wise words about the danger of prejudice from the Master of the Macabre himself, Vincent Price:

Wise words, indeed.

Baby, It's Cold Outside -- New England Braces for Holiday Blizzard

Folks along the east coast of New England are hearing more and more from their local weather stations about a possible blizzard due to blow in on Sunday -- in the Boston area, a "blizzard warning" has been issued effective from noon Sunday until early Monday evening.

The large-scale snow-storm -- which still has a chance of missing the area, or scaling back in size, duration and scope -- would certainly count as a harbinger of the arrival of a real New England winter.

Be safe out there, folks, if you've got to be out and about. If you're in New England, in an area affected by the storm, and if you are staying in, stay warm.

And to all, the countdown until New Year's eve has begun -- are you ready for 2011?

Podsafe Christmas Open Thread

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Today is Christmas Day, for those who celebrate the holiday. In the spirit of the un-traditional, here's another Jonathon Coulter song, a la the video talents of Mike "Spiff" Booth.

Enjoy!

Today's OT is brought to you by Spiffworld and features a video by Mike Spiff Booth and music by Jonathan Coulton.

"Merry Christmas" Open Thread, Chiron Beta Prime Edition

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Merry Christmas, from your seasonally mellow and somewhat deranged Open Thread (and friends) here on ePluribus Media. :)

Today's OT is brought to you by Spiffworld and features a video by Mike Spiff Booth and music by Jonathan Coulton.

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on News and Objectivity

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Sometimes, someone says what needs to be said -- there's more to the truth than the objective idealism of "fair and balanced" which Fox News has turned into a catch-phrase for "partisanship" and propaganda.

In the Special Comment delivered on 15 November 2010, Keith Olbermann talks about the News Media and it's abhorrent record.

Give it a listen.

Comments are open, and welcome.

"I Remember..."

The following video expresses why I'm not voting Republican this year. And I'm not voting for the Tea Party, which is a Republican-supported creation of Libertarian billionaires designed solely to help whittle away potential opposition to GOP candidates.

The YouTube video, called I Remember, cites many of the reasons that a vote for putting -- or keeping -- any member of the Republican party in any position of power is a vote against the best interests of the nation.

Watch, and remember:

 

 

Hat-tip Leslie of DelphiForums.

 

It is nearing the end of Silly Season - Bring on the Crazy

There has been a lot of recent news on violence and even the typical dirty tricks of the campaign season, but the BBC was kind enough to document some of funny crazy, the things that candidates and campaigns have done that are so crazy you have to laugh at them:

US elections 2010: Craziest campaign moments

There are few more more compelling political spectacles than an American election. It seems that each cycle, the public is treated to more and more entertaining gaffes, one-liners and downright strange behaviour.

It's hard to forget John Kerry wind surfing or Michael Dukakis's adventures in an armoured tank. Sarah Palin's joke in 2008 about the difference between a pit-bull and a hockey mom (lipstick) was rated hilarious by some and cringe-inducing by others.

But have this year's political antics reached a new level of craziness?

Here are nine memorable moments.

Below the fold is a little bit of music you can use to accompany your reading pleasure.

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A BS Nontroversy - Mosque at Ground Zero

From Sam Seder we get a not so safe for work commentary about the right wing creating controversy for political campaign fodder and, even worse, the Anti Defamation League's contortions on this issue:

"That's Bullshit" with Sam Seder: Pointing out Bullshit so you don't step in it. This week, Sam calls Bullshit on the right wing anti American whines about a Muslim community center slated to be built 2 blocks from Ground Zero and especially the hypocrisy on the part of the Jewish Anti Defamation League.

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