Archive for January 14th, 2008

Eli’s Obsession With The Spam & Ask.com

I got some more lewd spam today, I’m sure you’re all thrilled. From Sheree Dewitt and Miranda Mata, respectively, in Subject / Body format:

BillyBodypartWalloping / JeanineWideDick

DickWhoppingBenny / TremendousPhallusTricia

I have to say, I am just not finding this marketing strategy to be very enticing.

In other lurid news, my blog is the #3 Ask.com search result for electric vagina men!

Hopefully this post will vault me to #1, making me King of the Electric Vagina Men! Soon I shall build my mighty Electric Vagina Empire, and you will all bow down before me! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

3 comments January 14th, 2008 at 10:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google,Spamoptikon

The Last Indian

The Washington Post has a truly amazing and poignant story about a mysterious and reclusive Amazon Indian who is apparently the last member of his (unknown) tribe, as well as a couple of other Amazon tribes which have only a handful of members left. This is partly due to Brazilian landowners’ encroachment on their territory, and even more so due to the landowners’ deliberate efforts to wipe the Indians out so they can take more of their land. The Brazilian government does not exactly cover itself in glory either.

It’s long, and there’s too much fascinating stuff for me to even attempt to excerpt, so I’ll just urge you all to read the whole thing. I promise you won’t regret it.

January 14th, 2008 at 08:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Corruption/Cronyism,Environment

Dispatches From Earth-2

In case you hadn’t noticed, the media and political establishment seems to dwell entirely in a strange parallel alternative universe, which bears only the most superficial resemblance to the real one. And sometimes one of its members says something that really drives that point home perfectly. This is one such example, from an Adweek story about how poorly integrated blogs and political campaigns are:

“The jury is still out on whether the blogs can compete with the credibility, accountability and longevity of television over the last four decades,” says David Mercer, a Democratic political strategist who has worked on five presidential elections, including the 2004 John Kerry and the 2000 Al Gore campaigns.

Amazing. I’ll concede the point on longevity, but credibility and accountability? There are hobos with more credibility and accountability than television. Clearly, the universe Mercer is speaking from is one where Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and Keith Olbermann are anchoring the Big Three networks, and Fox News doesn’t exist at all. Either that, or a universe where the blogosphere is all conservative…

Democrats, I’m begging you: Please do not employ any consultants who believe that television is any kind of honest broker.

January 14th, 2008 at 06:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Elections,Media,Politics,TV,Wankers

Me In 20 Years

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I will totally rule. Take that, Carl!

January 14th, 2008 at 06:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Technology

Krugman Vs. Obama, Round II

Krugman is still underwhelmed by Obama… as am I:

Suddenly, the economic consensus seems to be that the implosion of the housing market will indeed push the U.S. economy into a recession, and that it’s quite possible that we’re already in one. As a result, over the next few weeks we’ll be hearing a lot about plans for economic stimulus.

[Krugman is generally appalled by the Republican plans – tax cuts for the rich! – and the pathetic state of contemporary political reporting]

On the Democratic side, John Edwards, although never the front-runner, has been driving his party’s policy agenda. He’s done it again on economic stimulus: last month, before the economic consensus turned as negative as it now has, he proposed a stimulus package including aid to unemployed workers, aid to cash-strapped state and local governments, public investment in alternative energy, and other measures.

Last week Hillary Clinton offered a broadly similar but somewhat larger proposal. (It also includes aid to families having trouble paying heating bills, which seems like a clever way to put cash in the hands of people likely to spend it.) The Edwards and Clinton proposals both contain provisions for bigger stimulus if the economy worsens.

And you have to say that Mrs. Clinton seems comfortable with and knowledgeable about economic policy. I’m sure the Hillary-haters will find some reason that’s a bad thing, but there’s something to be said for presidents who know what they’re talking about.

The Obama campaign’s initial response to the latest wave of bad economic news was, I’m sorry to say, disreputable: Mr. Obama’s top economic adviser claimed that the long-term tax-cut plan the candidate announced months ago is just what we need to keep the slump from “morphing into a drastic decline in consumer spending.” Hmm: claiming that the candidate is all-seeing, and that a tax cut originally proposed for other reasons is also a recession-fighting measure — doesn’t that sound familiar?

Anyway, on Sunday Mr. Obama came out with a real stimulus plan. As was the case with his health care plan, which fell short of universal coverage, his stimulus proposal is similar to those of the other Democratic candidates, but tilted to the right.

For example, the Obama plan appears to contain none of the alternative energy initiatives that are in both the Edwards and Clinton proposals, and emphasizes across-the-board tax cuts over both aid to the hardest-hit families and help for state and local governments. I know that Mr. Obama’s supporters hate to hear this, but he really is less progressive than his rivals on matters of domestic policy.

Sigh. How depressing is it that our two most viable choices for our Democratic nominee are Hillary Clinton… and someone to the right of Hillary Clinton? Sadder yet, I think “to the right of Hillary Clinton” is gonna win.

January 14th, 2008 at 11:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Economy,Edwards,Elections,Media,Obama

Eli’s Obsession With The Yahoo

Alas, the Google has de-listed my blog as a result of its getting hijacked by a porn spammer a while back – hopefully this will only be temporary. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this truly inexplicable Yahoo search:

mike huckabee pardon keith richards detroit economic tax plicy

Man, I would love to know just what kind of story they were trying to find with that one…

January 14th, 2008 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Monday Media Blogging

I’ll just go with Pink Tentacle’s description:

…[H]eavily armed gas-masked clones battle giant machines that assemble themselves from trash and set out to cleanse the planet by blasting everything to smithereens.

What more could you want?

January 14th, 2008 at 06:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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