the show: 03-21-06

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(the commentary: 03-21-06)

Tuesday, March twenty-first. Ten days away from my birthday. I'm not lonely, please be my friend as we try to get to second base with the world of knowledge.

In local-local news this morning I overheard this conversation between two elderly ladies: "The world is falling into darkness." "Yeah. You wanna pretzel?" Also in a recent study by me, it was found that I get pissed off when people don't have their money ready in line for the deli.

Wired.com reports that until yesterday visitors to Amazon.com that typed in "abortion" into the search engine would receive a prompt that said "Did you mean 'adoption'?" Spokeswoman Patty Smith said the prompt came about because "adoption" and "abortion" are the same except for two keystrokes. Like "cats" and "tits". Visitors to Amazon that type the word "abortion" into the search engine will continue to see the words "adoption" and "pro-life" in the related searches category while visitors that type the word "adoption" will not see the word "abortion".

(sings) Sports Racer, racing sports! What's your Power Move?

Tom Cruise will be speaking on the Yahoo campus as part of the "Influential Speakers Series".

A new bill in Congress, called the Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006, would require that all web sites that create content that is harmful to minors as their primary business would have to move to a new top level domain, the .xxx domain. This is supposed to make it easier for parents to use filtering software so that their kids don't find out that they have tiny, tiny genitalia. This "put all the porn in one place and hide it" strategy has been proven to work, as no child has ever discovered the box of Penthouses that Dad hid in the closet, including me.

Time magazine has a cover story called "Are kids too wired for their own good?", another attempt to shoehorn conversation about rich online digital culture into the question of good versus bad. In the article Jordan Grafman, a cognitive neuro-scientist, says "Kids that are instant messaging while doing homework, playing games online and watching T.V., I predict, aren't going to do well in the long run." Yeah but Jordan, you grew up to be a nerd.

AOL had announced plans to start charging for email using the Orwellian-named "Goodmail" technology. Besides the obvious benefit of making profit, the technology will also reduce the amount of email that spammers, non-profits and poor people can send.

Supreme Court Calendar!

Up tomorrow: Garcetti versus Cheval - are public employees' complaints against their superiors protected by the First Amendment? Tune in to find out the action. The Supreme Court today ruled that a two pack a day smoker will get fifty million dollars in damages. I might start smoking again, but not for me, for the financial future of my family.

In a speech last night on the war in Iraq, Bush used the city of Talafar as a sign of success in Iraq. I told you he woooould. The bummer is, according to a Washington Post article, Al Qaeda has started to come back into the city again. They've started to kill Shi'ites and Sunnis who cooperate with the Americans and, last Wednesday, they killed a truck driver because he worked with the Americans. A local resident was quoted as saying "The city will turn back to how it was before the battle within two months." In an upcoming speech president Bush is expected to use Los Angeles as an example that racial tensions no longer exist in the United States.

This is Ze Frank, thinking so you don't have to. Treat yourself to a cookie today.

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