From Yahoo! News:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.
“I think â€” I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where â€” I’ll have them get to you.”
The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.
In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain as living an outlandishly rich lifestyle â€” a bit of payback to the GOP for portraying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an elitist, and for turning the spotlight in 2004 on the five homes owned by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.
A judge has denied a Warner Bros. motion to dismiss 20th Century Foxâ€™s lawsuit over Warnersâ€™ right to make a film based on the graphic novel “Watchmen.”
Ruling is potentially a huge victory for Fox, which could wind up as a profit participant in the film, and could cost Warners millions considering the filmâ€™s box office prospects. However, Foxâ€™s legal team says it isnâ€™t looking for monetary compensation and instead wants to prevent the big-budget film from being released altogether.
(via Gerry Canavan)
The Streisand effect is a phenomenon on the Internet where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized. Examples are attempts to censor a photograph, a file, or even a whole website, especially by means of cease-and-desist letters. Instead of being suppressed, the information sometimes quickly receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across the Internet, or distributed on file-sharing networks. Mike Masnick said he jokingly coined the term in January 2005, â€œto describe [this] increasingly common phenomenon.â€ The effect is related to John Gilmore’s observation that “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
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From Scientific American:
If you havenâ€™t heard already, the Bigfoot claim from last week is debunked â€“ the supposed Sasquatch in the freezer box is just a costume, according to admissions from its alleged finders, Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton.
In an additional bit of fraudulent behavior on their part, a posting on Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.â€™s Web site claims that these men from Georgia have now run off with an undisclosed sum of money advanced to them by the company.
Now that this Bigfoot ballyhoo is wrapping up, ScientificAmerican.com called up Jeffrey Meldrum again to get his reaction about how the whole thing went down. Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University in Pocatello, and has studied the Bigfoot phenomenon in depth.
Secularism means food and fireside, roof and raiment,
reasonable work and reasonable leisure, the cultivation of the
tastes, the acquisition of knowledge, the enjoyment of the arts,
and it promises for the human race comfort, independence,
intelligence, and above all liberty. It means the abolition of
sectarian feuds, of theological hatreds. It means the cultivation
of friendship and intellectual hospitality. It means the living for
ourselves and each other; for the present instead of the past, for
this world rather than for another. It means the right to express
your thought in spite of popes, priests, and gods. It means that
impudent idleness shall no longer live upon the labor of honest
men. It means the destruction of the business of those who trade in
fear. It proposes to give serenity and content to the human soul.
It will put out the fires of eternal pain. It is striving to do
away with violence and vice, with ignorance, poverty and disease.
It lives for the ever present to-day, and the ever coming to-
morrow. It does not believe in praying and receiving, but in
earning and deserving. It regards work as worship, labor as prayer,
and wisdom as the savior of mankind. It says to every human being,
Take care of yourself so that you may be able to help others; adorn
your life with the gems called good deeds; illumine your path with
the sunlight called friendship and love.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Secularism” (1887)