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September 14, 2009

Turns out Activision was able to disgrace the memory of Kurt Cobain with Courtney Love's consent and cooperation

Grohl, Novoselic Didn’t Approve Cobain’s “Guitar Hero” Avatar : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily
Love’s recent “comments” on Twitter seem to negate everything Activision’s Tim Riley told RS when we talked to him about the Cobain avatar on GH5. “Courtney supplied us with photos and videos and knew exactly what she wanted Kurt to look like,” Riley told RS. “She picked the wardrobe and hair style, which turned out to be the ‘Teen Spirit’ look, then we went back and forth over changes — some subtle, some not so subtle… She was actually great to work with. She got back with comments pretty quickly.” So it appears that, regardless of what Love has Twittered in the past 48 hours, she did sign off on the Cobain avatar and either 1) forgot she did, 2) is reacting defensively to the current backlash or 3) as Love insinuates, her ever-growing parade of lawyers and financial wizards signed off without her knowing. Either way, if you have two hours to kill, you might want to read the last two days of Courtney Love’s Twitter for a bewildering, stream-of-conscious look at the Hole singer.
Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl: Blameless and appalled.

September 13, 2009

Kos: Perpetual copyright? Not a great idea.

Daily Kos: State of the Nation
The wankers (now led by novelist Mark Helprin) are now arguing for unlimited and perpetual copyright? Really?... From Haleperin's text:
"It would be one thing if such a revolution produced Mozarts, Einsteins, or Raphaels, but it doesn't. It produces mouth-breathing morons in backwards baseball caps and pants that fall down [...]
Interesting that Helprin would cite Mozart, who hailed from a world in which composers borrowed heavily from each other, not to mention built upon existing works: Every single one of his operas were based on someone else's stories. He certainly didn't write the stories of Don Giovanni or the Marriage of Figaro. And even the music was sometimes borrowed from elsewhere. People think Mozart was the composer of "Twinkle twinkle little star", but he actually wrote 12 variations for piano of the French tune "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". In other words, one of Mozart's most famous tunes is not really his, but "borrowed" or "inspired" by an existing folk melody.
Noah Berlatsky: Read This And I Own Your Brain

September 11, 2009

Food manufacturers launch "Smart Choices" program, encourage us to eat more Froot Loops

Industry-Backed Label Calls Sugary Cereal a ‘Smart Choice’ - NYTimes.com
A new food-labeling campaign called Smart Choices, backed by most of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, is “designed to help shoppers easily identify smarter food and beverage choices.” The green checkmark label that is starting to show up on store shelves will appear on hundreds of packages, including — to the surprise of many nutritionists — sugar-laden cereals like Cocoa Krispies and Froot Loops. . . . [Harvard nutritionist Walter C. Willet] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval. “It’s a blatant failure of this system and it makes it, I’m afraid, not credible,” Mr. Willett said. . . . [Eileen Kennedy, mastermind of Smart Choices] said the program was also influenced by research into consumer behavior. That research showed that, while shoppers wanted more information, they did not want to hear negative messages or feel their choices were being dictated to them.

September 10, 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson fought to keep Confederate flag flying in S.C.; member of Sons of Confederate Veterans

Obama heckler Joe Wilson a member of neo-Confederate SCV, fought to keep Dixie flag flying in South Carolina | Crooks and Liars Rep. Joe Wilson is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Southern Poverty Law Center said it "has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign institution." One SOC faction, the "so-called Lunatics, [with] up to 2,000 members ... have removed the U.S. flag from their halls and banned the Pledge of Allegiance." Joe Wilson, as a state legislator, was one of only seven Republicans to go against their own party and vote to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over the South Carolina capitol.