PETA: The Swordfish On The Plate In Front Of You Is Actually A “Sea Kitten.” How Could You!?!

November 16, 2008

Sea Kittens/Peta

“Today’s commercial fishers use massive ships the size of football fields and advanced electronic equipment and satellite communications to track fish. These enormous vessels can stay out at sea for as long as six months, storing thousands of tons of fish onboard in massive freezer compartments. Commercial fishing has become a big business…commercial fishers kill hundreds of billions of animals every year—far more than any other industry.”

Oh, PETA. Excellent cause. And so well-argued. Fishing is such a “big business” in the United States these days that the average fisherman brings home $28,280 a year and works in the occupation with the highest rate—by far—of fatalities on the job in the entire country. Commercial fishing is so gargantuan, in fact, that in 2007, it contributed just $34.2 billion to the United States GNP, which I think doesn’t even warrant it a single percentage point.

But hey, cute fishie graphic. I myself like my sea kittens grilled and marinated with rosemary and basil-infused olive oil. Preferably fresh out of Nantucket Sound. Oh wait! There’s only one commercial dragger left there. Damn.

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PETA: The Swordfish On The Plate In Front Of You Is Actually A “Sea Kitten.” How Could You!?!

November 16, 2008

Sea Kittens/Peta

“Today’s commercial fishers use massive ships the size of football fields and advanced electronic equipment and satellite communications to track fish. These enormous vessels can stay out at sea for as long as six months, storing thousands of tons of fish onboard in massive freezer compartments. Commercial fishing has become a big business…commercial fishers kill hundreds of billions of animals every year—far more than any other industry.”

Oh, PETA. Excellent cause. And so well-argued. Fishing is such a “big business” in the United States these days that the average fisherman brings home $28,280 a year and works in the occupation with the highest rate—by far—of fatalities on the job in the entire country. Commercial fishing is so gargantuan, in fact, that in 2007, it contributed just $34.2 billion to the United States GNP, which I think doesn’t even warrant it a single percentage point.

But hey, cute fishie graphic. I myself like my sea kittens grilled and marinated with rosemary and basil-infused olive oil. Preferably fresh out of Nantucket Sound. Oh wait! There’s only one commercial dragger left there. Damn.


Teddy Huffstodt Has Been Seriously Marked Down

November 10, 2008

Andycomeau-2Remember Andy Comeau from the awesome if slightly overindulgent and now-canceled HBO series Huff? He played Hank Azaria’s schizophrenic brother, Teddy.

Andycomeaukmart-3And now he’s in the new Kmart Christmas commercial! Fun times!


CNN’s Rick Sanchez, The Most Irritating Name in News

November 10, 2008


I missed this last week, but take a gander at CNN’s most grating anchor, Rick Sanchez, inviting Joe the Plumber on the air and then reading the spottier parts of the man’s credit report—including details of his outstanding medical bills—out loud on the air.

Rick Sanchez, quoted last fall in a flattering New York Observer profile:

“I know it sounds a little hackneyed,” he said, “but defending the little guy is hard these days, and it’s not something that anybody wants to do, and I do it because—not just because I’m a minority—but because I frankly feel what it’s like to be these people who are really downtrodden right now, you know, to be a Mexican immigrant. Because I know what it’s like to be poor.”

Which is probably why the CNN anchor behaved so compassionately in 1990 when he ran over an intoxicated pedestrian (who happened to be a carpenter and later died of his injuries) while driving under the influence in Miami:

“Though Sanchez says he tried to aid Smuzinick at the scene of the accident and flag down motorists, eyewitnesses claim the anchorman ignored the injured man and loudly told police and bystanders that blood tests were pointless, and would hurt his public image.” [Miami New Times]

Sanchez would later be successfully charged with DUI. Some issues with the working man, Sanchez? Or are you just a really big asshole?


Pandora Radio Tweaks Business Model Ever So Subtly

November 7, 2008

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“While some stations display ads on their website, Pandora hasn’t done itself any favors by offering desktop clients and a wildly popular iPhone application that rake in millions of users without so much as a single ad.” [ArtsJournal, 8/16/2008]

So much (hopefully) for that particular rumor of death. There really is nothing more offensive than a bubble-gum pink ad campaign, though.


Ex-Radar Employees May Be Too Classy To Say Anything…

November 6, 2008


…but luckily I don’t have that same problem. THIS IS UTTER EXCREMENT.


Damn, It’s Hard To Remain Objective About This Guy. Also—Barack Obama Says ‘Fuck’ Too!

November 6, 2008

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“The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, ‘I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective’.‘” [Newsweek] (Itals all mine.)