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Danger Will Robinson! Information overload imminent!

While browsing through Brian Donohue and Terry McKenna’s great blog, DailyRevolution, I came across this excellent 9-minute video by journalist Maggie Jackson on the “Erosion of Attention”:

Maggie Jackson is the author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She’s really worried about the excess of information in today’s world, in particular on the internet. How can we really know what’s going on while skimming the surface? How difficult is it to go in depth to gain real understanding? Are we losing the ability to focus? She believes we are and that this is presaging a coming dark age. Wonder if I’ll be around to see it? I doubt it, but then things do move fast.

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Angry Arab Shoes!

Here’s more on the importance of flying shoes in the Arab world. The Angry Arab News Service relates the following story:

Asad Abu Khalil, a Lebanese-American professor at Stanislaus University in California, wrote in his blog that he had early childhood memories of watching his father hurl shoes at the television whenever a certain Lebanese politician appeared. “The flying shoe speaks more for Arab public opinion than all the despots/puppets that Bush meets with during his travels in the Middle East,” Khalil wrote at angryarab.blogspot.com.”

Brian Donohue on dailyrevolution.net is promoting a new model, Tight Spiral, shoe featuring an autograph from Muntadar al-Zaidi. Should sell well in the Middle East, and even here.

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Brian Donohue posts a video, Barack On Target, which shows Barack Obama’s speech yesterday in which he fights back with words like the following: I don’t care what they say about me but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough!

In another post of Brian’s, John “I’m Coming in My Depends” McCain, he provides a link to a great sequence from the Daily Show in which Jon Stuart really rips into McCain’s performances at the Republican National Convention and elsewhere. Well worth watching!

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See this elephant paint a portrait of himself:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk[/youtube]

I got the idea to post this from Brian Donohue’s post here.

UPDATE: Here’s a petition link to oppose South Africa’s plan to kill elephants.

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Brian Donohue will be marching today in Brooklyn, New York, with the Brooklyn for Peace organization. Here’s a copy of their poster and schedule.

It’s a long way from Maine to Brooklyn, NY, but hopefully we’re all in this together, in spirit when we can’t participate in body. Good luck to the marchers in Brooklyn today!! And how about that human chain set for Saturday? 😎

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Nader Explained

Here’s a fine op-ed by Bob Herbert in the NYT on the phenomenon of Ralph Nader, how great he has been, and how he could yet, however unlikely, make a difference in the upcoming presidential race. That he will take more votes from the Democratic candidate than the Republican one — John McCain — goes without saying.

While expecting, or at least hoping for, no threat of the Nader candidacy to the Democrats, Brian Donohue creates some vivid metaphors casting in relief the effect of the Nader candidacy on anyone who has an anti-corporate message.

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found in a comment on Eric Alterman’s Altercation is by Brian Donohue based on Paul Simon’s Slip Slidin’ Away. (My guess as to title. Brian doesn’t say which Paul Simon song.)

Flip-flopping away, flip-flopping awa–aay…
You know the nearer the destination the more he’s flip-flopping away…

I know a man, wants a hundred years’ war
He got swift-boated by Karl Rove
And then came back for some more.

He says “on good days, you can walk through Baghdad…
When you’re surrounded by a battalion
You can go on flip-floppin’ away…”

Flip-flopping away, flip-flopping awa–aay…
You know the nearer the destination the more he’s flip-flopping away…

Can you guess who the man is in the song? Why, it’s none other than that master flip-flopper, and not so darling of the far right, John “Hundred Year War” McCain. Easy to guess, eh?

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfKrXp-ghM[/youtube]

I was reminded of this here. Thank you Brian Donohue.

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