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Archive for October 1st, 2005

A Wolfie in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted by glasscastle on 1st October 2005

It’s starting to look like the Nwe York Times hit on a genius solution to boost sagging circulation – raise the price and piss people off. Appearantly operating on the “Forbidden Fruit” theory of economic motivation, by removing Dowd, Krugman and Kristoff from free circulation, they have made them hipper, infused them with the allure of the larcenous. A look at the Technorati top ten searches today include “Maureen Dowd”, “A Wolfie…”, Paul Krugman, John Tierney and Bob Herbert. The best watermellon in the world is stolen watermellon.

At least that’s the theory. Reading these jokers on the sly the past few days we have not noticed a significant upgrade in content. Perhaps the Times should have waited until they had a bunch of particularly brilliant columns in the can, before putting up the toll booth, just to convince people it was worth it.

Of course, columnists are supposed to be topical so canned stuff probably wouldn’t have worked. You can’t expect them to produce the good stuff on demand like trained animals. But they could have done somethng with performance-enhancing drugs. Just a thought.

Here is a link to today’s forbidden fruit, A Wolfie in Sheeps Clothingby Mme Dowd

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Sacrilege or Sacrament?

Posted by glasscastle on 1st October 2005

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish bookmaker Paddy
Power was fending off the wrath of Christians in overwhelmingly Roman
Catholic Ireland on Friday over an advert depicting Jesus and the Apostles
gambling at the Last Supper.

The billboard posters, on display in the Irish capital, adapt Leonardo
da Vinci’s famous painting of the event to show Jesus with a stack of poker
chips, Judas with 30 pieces of silver and other apostles clutching hands
of cards.

"There’s a place for fun and games," says the caption.

Father Micheal MacGreil, Jesuit priest at St Francis Xavier’s Church in
central Dublin, branded the advert "grossly inappropriate and vulgar."

"This is an insult to the religious sensitivities of a lot of people
and should be withdrawn immediately," he told Reuters.

"To abuse this image, which is central to Christian beliefs, in a
vulgar advertising campaign is totally and grossly inappropriate and Paddy
should apologize to the people." Paddy Power acknowledged it had taken
a "load of flak" over the advert.

from Reuters

Funny, when they did it here, nobody seemed to mind.  And
they say Americans are a religious people….

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