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Blog: Filmi Geek
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Dir. Sachin Kundalkar It must be unusual for a movie to make the year's best lists of many thinking critics, and at the same time the year's worst lists of equally many others. Sachin Kundalkar's Aiyyaa was nothing if not... Continue »
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Blog: Seth's Blog
For someone outside the US, the visceral connection with football seems mysterious. You can understand a lot about the future (and past) of marketing once you understand how the sport turned into a cultural touchstone. Tribes -> TV -> Money... Continue »
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Blog: Laugh Tracks
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It’s finally here -- Election Day is tomorrow! 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Matt Wuerker depicted the campaign trail very accurately in his political cartoon today. After what feels like eons of political advertisements, campaign fundraising, debates and speeches, we have made it to the last 20+ hours of this 2012 presidential election. The race has been an ugly fight with multiple blunders, missteps and slipups on both candidates’ accounts. A few campaign highlights/lowlights: April 4, 2011 -- Obama formally announces his re-election campaign. June 2, 2011 -- Romney formally announces his candidacy. July 13, 2012 -- Obama delivers his “You didn’t build that” remark, speaking about how successful businesses use both personal ingenuity and public support. Sept. 17, 2012 -- Romney’s “47 percent” comment is released to the public, referencing his estimate of the percentage of people who will vote against him, regardless of his efforts. Sept. 11, 2012 -- The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, takes place, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. Oct. 3, 2012 -- The first presidential debate occurs with Obama appearing to lack any sharp retorts. Oct. 16, 2012 -- Romney delivers his “binders full of women” comment during the second presidential debate, referencing his search for qualified female Cabinet candidates during his term as Massachusetts governor. This is one of the closest national political races in recent history. According to the Nov. 5 Gallup Poll, Obama and Romney are essentially tied in campaign ratings. Obama runs with a 58 percent lead and Romney trails close behind with 54 percent. With numbers as close as these, every vote counts. Many Americans are contemplating whether or not they should cast a ballot. I want to offer you a column by Donna Brazile that will help quell any of your reservations. Click here to read the latest Donna Brazile column. The great American voting machine is only effective if we all fulfill our civic duty, so I encourage you to get out there and vote. Have a great Election Day. --Julia Continue »
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Blog: SAJAforum
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A new book, published in India, looks at the work of foreign correspondents in South Asia. "Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting on South Asia" is edited by Simon Denyer, Reuters bureau chief in New Delhi; John Elliott, president of... Continue »
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THE ETERNAL ROMANTIC Rajesh Khanna must have known exactly how his obituary would read, regardless of the circumstances of his life and death. In arguably the most poignant farewell speech in Indian film history, Khanna's Anand, the eponymous hero of the 1971 film, prophetically intoned from a tape recording after... Continue »
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One person who has to be relieved that London's Olympics are over is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for more than six weeks fighting extradition to Sweden and waiting for... Continue »
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I doubt this will surprise anyone, but it's worth noting that recent research finds: political representation functions reasonably well for the affluent. But the middle-class and the poor are essentially unrepresented (unless they happen to share the preferences of the... Continue »
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Blog: AltJapan
Last updated Mar 17, 2011 10:35 am local time (9:35 pm EST) Current situation as of morning of March 17. Tokyo radiation level remains within normal range. JSDF helicopters attempted four successive water-dumps over reactors #3 and #4. The condition... Continue »
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Blog: Seth's Blog
You have probably noticed the big banner ads with Jimbo Wales' smiling face on them... they show up whenever you visit Wikipedia, the single most useful destination online. The question: why are they there? After all, if Wikipedia ran Google... Continue »
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Blog: Seth's Blog
Some industries (like book publishers and analgesic makers) believe that they best serve their audience when the product is available everywhere. It's pretty rare to find a book that's only available in one chain of bookstores, or a pain reliever... Continue »
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Blog: Seth's Blog
Free isn't always generous. Free can be a legitimate marketing strategy, an ultimately selfish way to increase sales. Once you spread your ideas (and free is the best way to do that), there are all sorts of ways to profit.... Continue »