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December 20, 2009

Facebook campaign makes 15-year-old RATM single the UK Christmas No. 1 2009

rage-against-machin_794395c.jpgPretty amazing. This calls into question the methodology of how music popularity is measured and proves social media to be -- in limited contexts -- scary powerful. What is a Christmas No. 1? "Christmas number one singles are those that are at the top of the UK Singles Chart on the week before Christmas Day." Rage against the Machine beats Simon Cowell to UK Christmas Number 1.
If you needed more proof of the weight behind social media, this is it. Rage Against the Machine have just had their first UK Number 1. They got it thanks to an extraordinary Facebook campaign, beating X-Factor winner Joe McElderry. The successful single, Killing in the Name, was released over 15 years ago. RATM spent nothing on marketing and yet they made it to Christmas No.1. Whatever your opinions of Rage Against the Machine, Simon Cowell, Facebook or Joe Mcelderry, this has been a great show of social media strength. In taking the title for 2009, Killing In The Name also sets two new landmarks, becoming the UK’s first download-only Christmas number one and notching up the biggest one-week download sales total in British chart history. A week ago X-Factor Winner Joe McElderry appeared to be a Shoo in for Christmas No.1. Every year, for four years, the Winner of X-Factor has been number one at Christmas. But this year Jon and Tracy Morter , of Essex, who decided to set up a protest campaign on Facebook and promote Rage Against the Machine as a possible contender.
UK Christmas No. 1 Singles: 2000: Bob The Builder - 'Can We Fix It?' 2001: Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - 'Somethin’ Stupid' 2002: Girls Aloud - 'Sound Of The Underground' 2003: Michael Andrews feat Gary Jules - 'Mad World' 2004: Band Aid 20 - 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' 2005: Shayne Ward - 'That’s My Goal' 2006: Leona Lewis - 'A Moment Like This' 2007: Leon Jackson - 'When You Believe' 2008: Alexandra Burke – 'Hallelujah' 2009: Rage Against The Machine – 'Killing In The Name'

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Better Evidence for Seeing 'Yes We Can' as a Threat

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December 16, 2009

Howard Dean declares Senate healthcare bill terminally fucked

This country has a big problem, and this catastrophic failure is only a symptom. The future of the republic is at stake. Count on the bloodsuckers and our cynical, sociopathic corporate rulers to ride its cooling carcass on a chute straight to Hell. Dean says kill the Senate health bill: report | Raw Story
WASHINGTON -- Following the jettisoning of both the public option and the Medicare buy-in provision, one of the nation's leading progressive voices on health care reportedly said Tuesday that the Senate bill is no longer worth supporting. "This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate," former Gov. Howard Dean told political reporter Bob Kinzel of Vermont Public Radio. Kinzel relayed the news to The Plum Line's Greg Sargent, and the full VPR interview will air at 5:50 pm today. "Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill," he said.

December 09, 2009

Harry Shearer -- "The War Model Failed, So Let's Keep It Going"

He's so understated that it's easy to forget Harry Shearer is the smartest guy in most rooms. Podcast: Le Show. Twitter: LeTwits. The War Model Failed, So Let's Keep It Going - Harry Shearer
We are at a moment where it's possible to see the utter and complete failure of the war model as applied to what happened to America on 9/11. Other countries have eliminated serious terrorist threats, most recently Italy and Germany in the 1970s, with rough but relatively sane policing, as India is hoping Pakistan will do now. Only the United States thought a ragtag band of fanatics was deserving of the ultimate honor (in their eyes): a declaration, of sorts, of war. Republicans, at least, are being consistent, raging against trials for KSM and friends, demanding the president send every soldier requested by McChrystal. It's the Democrats, as feckless as they were during the 2002 Senate "debate" on Iraq, who are role-playing. Look what happened when John Kerry suggested, during the 2004 campaign, that the war model was misguided. What happened? He shut up about it. Conspiracy theorists will suggest, based on the Senate report, that letting bin Laden walk was a deliberate choice to prolong the war. All that is really possible to know now is that we're in Afghanistan for a while, in deep, and bin Laden isn't. Well done, gents. Well played.