The Joy of Google Bombing
Everyone knows that typing miserable
failure into Google
brings up the official White House biography of 2004 presidential
hopeful George W. Bush (hoping to finally be elected in 2004, that
is). The story of the White Houses Google bombing
made the BBC news and brightened just about everyones Friday
last week. Google bombing is quite simple: get enough websites using
the right key words to link to a particular page, and bingo!Dubya
like a deer in the headlights!
Heres what you do. For miserable failure, include
the following code somewhere in the <body> section the html
of your webpage:
Got that? Now, kids, lets hone our newfound interactive activism
skills with a few exercises. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Ted Koppel, Talking
A subspecies of the talking
hairdo epithet used to describe superficial newscasters.
In the Democratic Presidential Debate on 9 Dec 03 ABCs Ted
Koppel got slammed when candidate Dennis Kucinich turned Koppels
When do you pull out barb around, blasting Koppel and
the media in general for preferring to focus on endorsements, polls
and money instead of substantive policy issues. Kucinich made an
ass of Koppel and garnered sustained applause (full transcript here),
but the following day the injured comb-overs network struck
back, announcing that they would no longer cover Kucinichs
[Update 17 Jan 04: It worked! Koppel is now
the Google's number one talking comb-over. Now, how about skewering
CBS's "eye" logo with "closed
eye" or "see
no evil" in response to the network's refusal to air the
Pay" ad during the Super Bowl? Seems that CBS's parent
company Viacom is too busy lobbying the White House and Congress
to raise the limits on media consolidation which they've already
EPA, Salad to gag
to gag on</a>
George W. Bush issued a gag order on the Environmental Protection
Agency in April 2003 from publicly discussing its findings on perchlorate
(a rocket and missile fuel component) content in the nations
winter lettuce crop.
Verteran radio interviewer Studs Terkel had me in stitches with
his apt description of Dubya as a Bertie Wooster. To
be fair, P.G. Wodehouses fictional Bertie was merely a bumbling
child of privilege (always being saved by his resourceful butler
Jeeves), and not nearly as mean-spirited at Dubya.
Fox News Wholly
The verdict on Fox News suit against Al Franken, and presumably
on the networks coverage itself. Actually, we can skip this
exercise for now, since wholly without merit already
brings up page after page on Frankens (and the courts)
humiliation of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly.
Prince of Darkness: So many possibilities: Bush, Cheney, Richard
Perle? You decide...
11 December 2003