I would characterize this collection of “shocking but utterly true FACTS” a cross between one of those bathroom readers, Ripley’s believe it or not, and Mad Magazine (Sorry Cracked Magazine). I grew up on both Cracked and Mad which might explain a lot about my psyche and why I liked this You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts by the editors of Cracked.com.
There is a lot of humor;
“Back in 1993, PC Professional columnist Lisa Holst decided to prove that you could make up anything on the Internet and people would believe it. She did this by putting together some utterly ridiculous ‘facts’…Holst’s email was forwarded from inbox to inbox.”
It is rare that I find a short, well-written, interesting, and informative book that I can read in one sitting. Thanks to authors Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom for achieving that goal with The Starfish and the Spider. Brafman and Beckstrom make a strong case for the positive aspects of leaderless organizations (the Starfish) as opposed to more traditional top down entities (the Spiders). In a nutshell when you lop the “head” off of a spider it is dead, however when you try the same with a starfish you find there is no head and if you cut it up you end up with more starfish. Starfish are decentralized.
The new, open media has allowed virtually anyone to produce their own media outlet. For less than ten dollars you can register your domain name at GoDaddy, set up a WordPress account and be on your way. It’s getting the audience that is the tough part. (By the way thank all of you for continuing to read FramingTheDialogue! – tell your friends) If you have ten or twenty million dollars you can start your own cable network like Al Gore’s “Nobody Knows The Name Network” or Oprah’s “O” network. Even for big names like Oprah and Gore getting the audience is still the rough part. Neither of them has done particularly well.
Now that the celebrations are over since we “took back” the House of Representatives a stark new reality is taking place in Congress. Rather than cede the “Lame Duck” session the progressives (both Republicans and Democrats) have decided to try to run the table and pass all sorts of legislation. Unfortunately extending the “Bush” tax cuts seems to be pretty low on the legislative agenda.
The mascot of our local school district happens to be a dog. Needless to say there aren’t many sports games played that the famous song by The Baha Men isn’t blared over the loudspeakers ten years after the song was popular and 9.5 years after it was tolerable.
The “dog” in this post is none other than our esteemed VP, Joe Biden. For the life of me I cannot understand why he is not kept under wraps. Even the lame-stream media cannot smother all of the things that come out of his mouth. Maybe his freedom is part of a “contrast” strategy whereby Obama looks bright and measured by comparison. A more likely scenario is that by shooting off his mouth, BHO can always jettison him before the next presidential election in favor of a more “suitable” running mate. By “suitable” I mean Hillary (she is famous for wearing pants suits).
I may be on the cusp of hitting it big or hit the “tipping point.” I came across an explosive White House document as I searched the Internet earlier in the week. I wasn’t sure whether to publish it as I don’t have a lot of money to defend myself from Big Brother. This document has the potential to bring down politicians at a very high level.
This single page document seems to outline the strategy as the White House and the Democrats pursue their transformation of America. The ingenuity of the document is its flexibility as it can be modified and adjusted to fit multiple goals. I had seen similar documents, but they were in chemistry books and dealt with waste treatment. You can be the judge whether this constitutes “waste treatment.”
I was watching the Today show this morning not out of choice, but out of love. My wife likes to watch it and I was with her this morning. I am not sure why she does not ask me to leave the room as I always feel the need to comment on their embedded bias. They are not overt about their bias; I am pretty sure that they probably do not even recognize it.