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Thursday, May 18, 2021

I imagine the Intelligent Design/creationism advocates are galvanized over the latest theory of human/primate development: That early human and chimpanzee ancestors may have interbred after their evolutionary split, raising the possibility that the modern human race is something of a hybrid species.

I guess it’s always been hard to stray from your roots.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 10:42pm
Category: Science, Society
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The poll numbers are in the gutter, but Karl Rove and Laura Bush are convinced that folks still like Dubya — just not his Presidential handiwork.

Which brings about an interesting contrast with the prior Administration:

[Marist Poll's Lee] Miringoff said this spin was sort of a reverse of the line the White House gave when President Bill Clinton faced poor poll numbers at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“The notion then was, ‘You may not like him, but he’s doing a good job,’” he said. “Now it’s, ‘He’s not doing a good job, but you like him.’”

It’s always about the spin.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 10:23pm
Category: Politics
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Wednesday, May 17, 2021

China is quickly catching on to this whole capitalism thing. Especially the most important part: Taking vacations. Pent-up desire to see the world via charter tours resulted in 31 million overseas tourists from the Middle Kingdom, a growing trend that is expected to transform the global tourism and leisure industry.

Of course, the Chinese are following in the footsteps of by-now familiar en masse Asian globetrotters:

The last nation to burst on the world travel scene with similar speed and force was Japan, which was enjoying an explosion of prosperity in the 1980′s. Suddenly Japanese could be seen everywhere, especially groups of middle-aged tourists wearing caps and brandishing the latest camera gear, and led, inevitably, by a Japanese tour guide hoisting a flag so that people would not get lost.

The industry responded by placing Japanese-style slippers and bathrobes in hotel rooms, along with Japanese-language television channels. Japanese-speaking staff members also became de rigueur at hotels and fashionable shops. All that for roughly 17 million overseas visits.

The adaptation to Sino sensibilities is already well underway, in some unexpected spots. Karl Marx’s hometown of Trier, Germany is a magnet for Chinese tourism, and the locals have responded to the influx with Chinese language signage.

I can’t wait to see Disneyworld’s Mandarin version of the “It’s a Small World” ride…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/17/2006 10:49pm
Category: Political, Society
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no longer valid?
When I started using Rice University’s Trackback Validator plugin for WordPress back in October, I knew it wouldn’t work forever:

I’m not fooling myself that this is a permanent solution. At some point, spammers are going to figure out how to beat this; I can’t imagine it’d be that hard to scrape permalinks, post them to a site, and then send forth the trackback. But until that happens, this’ll do.

Well, it took them half a year to figure it out, but tonight it happened: I received a spam pingback (spingback?) from a spam blog, and the Validator let it through clean. Which it should have, because indeed, the splog sent its pingback the way any pingback is sent: Via a post that contained a valid permalink to my targeted blog posting, obviously obtained via an automated scraping program.

In short, this is exactly the way to beat the fundamental method that Validator and similar spam filters use to identify spams. Which means that this level of protection is dead, or will be soon enough.

So, I’m going to have to go with something else, unless I want to login to a few hundred spingbacks every day. The obvious choice is Akismet and/or Bad Behavior. Of course, it may be tough to get up-to-date version of those plugins for the version of WordPress I’m running, which means I might have to bite the bullet and upgrade to WP 2.x. Which I’d like to avoid, because upgrades tend to cause headaches for this ol’ blog (and I have even less time to deal with that sort of mess these days than I used to).

I guess this new strain of pinging attack is related to the general rise in malicious comment/ping spam that’s been affecting blogs far and wide. Just this past week, Gary Said, Dustbury, and MemeMachineGo! have written about the uptick of digital sludge heading their way. Looks like the spammers are working overtime. Maybe they’ll eventually overwhelm every legitimate website in existence, and put us all out of our misery.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/17/2006 10:16pm
Category: Bloggin'
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Tuesday, May 16, 2021

My trusty traffic stats have been telling me that quite a few wayward visitors to this blog have been hunting down pictures of Diora Baird in Esquire Magazine.

I’d assumed it would be in the same Esquire that I subscribe to. But no — in fact, Ms. Baird is featured in the May issue of Esquire UK, the sister British edition of the Hearst publication.

Isn’t that always the way? Underappreciated in her native land, Baird has to go to Europe for exposure. (Of course, she did do Playboy, along with Guess ads and countless other print/video work Stateside; but let’s focus on the moment…)

Baird’s made a habit of making interview fodder of her most prominent natural assets, and stays on that train in this feature:

“I’ve tried everything to make my boobs look smaller,” she said. “Duct tape, running bras, you name it, and guys still figure it out.”

Yeah, we’re funny that way. WMDs, Osama, Jimmy Hoffa — untraceable mysteries. But a pair of home-grown 32DDs? They’ll be zeroed-in on within seconds — duct tape be damned!

I happened to find a newsstand that stocked the imported issue. At eight bucks, it ain’t cheap. But the above photo should be enough of a convincer.

And in case it’s not, here’s the actual cover image:
covered, baird-ly
Don’t say I’ve never done anything for you, maties.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/16/2006 11:47pm
Category: Celebrity, Publishing, Women
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The media wags are buzzing over the rumor of a high-level shake-up at Time Magazine, with new editor-in-chief John Huey allegedly putting incumbent managing editor Jim Kelly in the bullseye.

It wouldn’t be a shocker, Kelly’s solid stewardship notwithstanding. A new regime is often compelled to sweep out the old and bring in a new crew.

What would be a shocker: Replacing Kelly with Tina Brown, the most buzz-worthy editorial luminary of the current era. New York Magazine is reporting a long look from Huey at Brown, and an announcement could come as soon as this week.

Installing anyone who hasn’t come up through the Time Inc. ranks to the mag’s top operational spot is jarring enough. I guess going with Brown would be the way to really register on the mediascape’s Richter scale. With the unstable state of newsmagazines, it’s a move that could pay off tremendously.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/16/2006 11:28pm
Category: Celebrity, Publishing
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Monday, May 15, 2021

A little-remembered phase of Mark Twain’s life is his four months on assignment for the Sacramento Union newspaper in the Sandwich Islands, dispatches from which were later collected in “Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii”.

I like the idea of America’s greatest writer looking for the perfect wave:

You heard right, Huck: America’s greatest writer took a wooden surfboard and paddled out to wait, as he had seen naked locals do, “for a particularly prodigious billow to come along,” upon which billow he prodigiously wiped out.

“None but natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly,” he wrote.

Is it good or bad that he never incorporated the experience into “Huckleberry Finn”? Picture Huck and Jim surfing down the Mississippi…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 11:27pm
Category: History, Publishing
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hatin' on ya
It’s a certainty that Dave Chappelle will get another television gig eventually, on Comedy Central or elsewhere.

But even if he doesn’t, he’s assured himself of immortality in the medium, just on the strength of his turn as Silky Johnson in the outtake sketch, “The Time Haters”:

“We are the Time Haters. We traveled all the way back through time — to call you a ‘cracker’.”

I cannot watch that bit and not laugh myself silly.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 10:48pm
Category: Comedy, TV
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Yes, O.J. Simpson is keeping busy these days. He’s starring in “Juiced”, a direct-to-DVD “Punk’d”-like ripoff.

The highlight/lowlight: A filmed prank where he tries to sell the infamous ’94 white Bronco.

I must say, O.J. is employing some rather unorthodox methods toward locating the Real Killer…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 09:41pm
Category: Celebrity, Comedy
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Sunday, May 14, 2021

If Tokyo’s customary barrage of audio-visual sensory assault isn’t enough for you, “media immersion pods” allow you to consume massive amounts of media for hours on end — alone or in pairs:

According to Mr. Isshow, Japan’s “petit iede,” or little runaways, come for downtime, free lattes and smoothies, and, at some branches, showers. They use the places as trial separations from home — staying a few hours, overnight or a few days, long enough to scare their parents. (A “night pack” allows use of the pod from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. for about $10; some places sell toothbrushes and underwear too.) Periodically the management will remind a customer that the cafe is not a hotel, but above all Bagus respects people’s privacy.

On a recent afternoon, at around 5:30, I visited the Gran Cyber Café in the Shinjuku neighborhood for the first time, to read e-mail and visit a news site or two. Checking in, I was assigned to pod 16-A.

I loved 16-A the instant I saw it. I closed the door, slipped into a low-slung leatherette seat and surveyed the all-you-can-eat tech feast, which includes VHS and DVD players, satellite and regular television on a Toshiba set, PlayStation 2, Lineage II and a Compaq computer loaded with software, all the relevant downloads and hyperspeedy Internet. In the nearby library were thousands of comic books, magazines and novels. On the desk was a menu of oddball snacks, like boiled egg curry and hot sandwich tuna.

The atmosphere is airless and hot, with a permanent cloud of cigarette smoke. Over all the effect is of a low-wattage, low-oxygen casino.

Dude. I’d better never visit Tokyo. Being a hopeless media-overload junkie (example: I’m currently typing this, checking out other websites, watching a hockey game on TV, glancing at both the New York Times and Daily News, and browsing through the iTunes Music Store), I’d probably just touch down at the airport and then make a beeline toward the nearest Bagus Gran Cyber Café.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/14/2006 09:11pm
Category: Media, Society, Tech
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Steve McQueen‘s last two movies were The Hunter and Tom Horn. Both were released in 1980, the year of his death.

Now, a quarter-century later, his dream film project may finally make it onto the screen. “Yucatan” is the recently re-discovered action-adventure storyboard outline that McQueen was never able to make happen, but is now making the Hollywood rounds.

McQueen envisioned it as a cross between The Great Escape and Bullitt, but with motorcycles. (Does that sound like a prototypical pitch-session description, or what?)

What [producer Lance Sloane] found when he got the trunks to his office floored him: 1,700 pages of hand-typed material, written by Steve McQueen over a two-year period from 1969 to 1970. It amounted to a proto-PowerPoint presentation for a finished film, in which an archaeologist from the Museum of London enlists a renegade Navy diver, who works for the oil companies and races motorcycles on the “shores of the Mojave,” in a plan to explore the cenotes, caves in the Yucatan jungle that reveal underground lakes. Here, a millennium before, Mayan priests sacrificed virgins covered in gold and precious jewels, a fortune rumored to still adorn their skeletons at the bottom of these sacred wells.

The writing is filled with a reverence for nature and sympathy to the class struggle in Mexico, and there is a motorcycle chase spelled out in illustrated storyboards that McQueen planned as the most elaborate ever committed to film. In William F. Nolan’s biography “McQueen,” the actor describes the film as follows: “Our story will center on a guy who takes his cycle into the Mexican wilds on a personal treasure hunt. Naturally, I’ll play the guy on the cycle.”

There’ll be a posthumous writing credit for the King of Cool, naturally. Maybe even a vintage version of the choppers he used to love riding.

It’ll be interesting to see who assumes his starring role, should this ever get off the ground. Hopefully, Torque didn’t poison the well for future motorcycle-centric feature films.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/14/2006 08:33pm
Category: Movies
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it's a sign!
No, I haven’t opened up a bottling company — nor a greasy spoon diner.

If you lived in the Northeast from the 1950s through the ’80s, you probably came across a regional variety of brews called Costa Sodas, with that simple but distinctive logo. Costa Beverages was based in Newburgh, NY, and kept chugging for decades until shutting down in 1988.

Growing up in Newburgh in the ’70s and ’80s, my parents would often stock up on the Costa bottles of sugarwater. Naturally, I’d get a slight thrill out of going down into the basement and seeing a couple of rows of glass bottles, all festooned with my first name. (It’s not like I’d come across it in too many other commercial products or media.)

I snapped the above picture this morning, in Newburgh on Washington Street. How is it that a 20- or 30-year-old storefront sign is still in view? This sign is located in Newburgh’s ‘hood, where there are plenty of dilapidated buildings and run-down neighborhoods. Fact is, my old hometown, located fifty miles north of Manhattan, has been in a decades-long decline. While there are some nice areas, the inner city has prompted unfavorable comparisons to the South Bronx and other blighted areas. So it’s no surprise that a long-vacant building serves as an artifact to a company that’s been out of business for years.

While I’m not thrilled about seeing the town never-endingly mired, I’m glad I caught sight of this minor piece of nostalgia.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/14/2006 01:29pm
Category: Food, History, New Yorkin'
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Saturday, May 13, 2021

Canvas looks like a website design module that stakes out a middle ground between too-simple Blogger-like template selection and hardcore CSS codemonkeying. The “Drag. Drop. Create.” tagline says it all: Check off a few boxes, and start moving around layout elements with GUI-like ease.

It’s funny that customized blog/website design is still such a daunting task. I think so many people settle for cookie-cutter templates because they don’t want the headaches of page design and tweaking. So anything that makes the process more user-friendly is welcomed (as long as it doesn’t restrict things too much — a neat trick).

Designed for WordPress only, as sort of an uber-plugin.

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/13/2006 08:15pm
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A while back, I judged the ringtone-worthiness of the songs in my music collection.

I won’t have to go through that exercise again, if current trends continue: Advancing capabilities in handsets and data networks have moved cellphones from an incidental music platform to the primary delivery medium for full-length songs.

Cellphone companies are keenly aware of their growing importance in the music business. A year or two ago, they were in a weaker bargaining position, asking for permission to use songs as ringtones; now they find labels and artists coming to them with new ideas. Some artists are even cutting recordings in the studio designed as ringtones.

“There’s much better coordination now than there has been in the past,” said David Garver, executive director of marketing for Cingular Wireless, which struck an exclusive deal with “American Idol” allowing fans to download performances as ringtones. Two years ago, when cellphone music was an insignificant market, the major music labels paid little attention to carriers like Cingular, which got access only to a limited library of tunes, he said. “Now they have digital divisions that work with the carriers,” and the companies work in tandem to develop products designed exclusively for the carriers, he said.

“I used to go down there to the record store, and there was a social aspect to it,” said Michael McGuire, an analyst with research firm Gartner Inc. “You could just hang around and get recommendations.”

A further development in the digitization of the music biz. Obviously, this breaks down the album format even further, as downloadable singles have more cache in this model. It also commoditizes music more, with exclusive song releases being used as lures to lock users into particular wireless services.

Personally, I’ve found music-buying to have become a more introverted pasttime, although not via my phone. iTunes has become my one-and-only avenue for buying music; brick-and-mortar outlets might as well not exist.

Still, even though I can now join in on the phone-based music phenomenon, I won’t. Still something about maintaining device orthodoxy: Cellphone for talking (and Web, in a pinch), iPod for music. Call me old-fashioned.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/13/2006 07:41pm
Category: Business, Pop Culture, Tech
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and it feels so good
I’ve often thought that nothing short of a miraculous re-formation of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players would compel me to ever watch “Saturday Night Live” again.

But I guess a “Seinfeld” cast reunion is close enough:

[Julia] Louis-Dreyfus, who is the guest host this Saturday, was asked during a New York radio interview if she had recently seen any of her former “Seinfeld” castmates, The New York Daily News reported Friday.

“We shot something for my ‘SNL’ appearance,” she replied, adding, “Oh, I probably shouldn’t have said that. It’s supposed to be a surprise.”

“SNL” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels confirmed the worst-kept secret of the week and said the group will appear in a video called the “Seinfeld Curse,” in which none of them find success after the end of the sitcom.

I see the potential for another “Lazy Sunday/The Chronic(What?)les of Narnia” video viral phenomenon. I take it back; see the Update below

Aside from that, I was considering tuning in anyway, solely due to Louis-Dreyfus‘ guest-hosting. Fact is, she was the reason why I first started watching “Seinfeld”, and that was because she was the only cast member I recognized, owing to her “SNL” days. Had she not been on the show, I might not have keyed in on “Seinfeld” until much later.

UPDATE, 5/14/2006: Damn! I was tricked. The “Seinfeld Curse” bit was fairly lightweight. Just a couple of minutes of Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander in a throwaway filmed bit, and Jerry Seinfeld making a brief, hammed-up cameo. And no Michael Richards?? Trust me, no one’s going to be clamoring for this download; the show will have to try another time to recapture the “Lazy Sunday” magic.

Thankfully, it came and went within the first few minutes of the broadcast, so I didn’t have to suffer through the rest of the sketch sludge that defines “SNL” these days. Seriously, I couldn’t make it through the following two skits, they were so banal. I did like the Al Gore opening bit (unlike David); like everything else about this show, it went on too long, but I especially liked the “killer glaciers” part.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/13/2006 06:12pm
Category: TV
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Friday, May 12, 2021

You know how pissy people still get about having to watch commercials in movie theaters? They argue that they didn’t pay around 10 bucks to experience a TV moment before the feature presentation.

So imagine how riled the patrons on Broadway and other cities’ theater districts will be, when they plunk down $100 and upward, and then have to sit through a stage-performed ad for the City of London, prior to the evening’s entertainment.

“I don’t know why nobody has thought of it before, to have a live ad on stage for theater,” said [ad actor and Britcom star Pauline] McLynn, who will perform before a production of “Saturday Night Fever” at [Dublin, Ireland's] the Gaiety.

“It will be a real thrill for the people who are here, as 1,500 people are going to have been at a world first, they will be able to go home and say not only did I see a great show last night, but I saw the first-ever live ad.”

It’s a choice audience to target: Mostly affluent consumers whose eyes and ears marketers drool over getting. And they’re captive for those three minutes before the real curtain-raising.

Then again, I can see this inaugural ad placement going sour. Those same desirable targets are also fairly conservative when it comes to their entertainment experience, and probably won’t take kindly to this intrusion. I fully expect to hear reports about booing, hissing, and possibly objects getting tossed; I can’t wait!

And if the Irish crowds won’t get rowdy, maybe the Broadway rabble will. Visit London is bringing its act to New York, starting May 23rd for the evening performance of “Stomp” at the Orpheum Theater. I smell drama!

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/12/2021 09:40pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Creative
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Fat financial deals designed to snare high-flying corporate talent soon will have nowhere to hide, if the Securities and Exchange Commission gets its way. A proposal that would require publicly-traded companies to disclose how much money they’re paying their best-compensated non-executive employees is raising plenty of hackles:

The entertainment industry is abuzz over the so-called “Katie Couric” clause in a broad SEC plan for publicly traded companies to give shareholders more information about multimillion-dollar salaries. The designation comes from “Today” show co-host Couric, who is leaving NBC at the end of May to join CBS as anchor and managing editor of “The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” for a reported salary of $15 million over five years Correction from Reuters/AP: An estimated salary of $13-15 million annually for five years.

The SEC proposal — aimed mainly at prying loose more information on the pay of top corporate officers — also would force companies to disclose salary figures for up to three workers whose compensation exceeds that of its top executives.

Of course, companies CEOs, Presidents, CFO, etc. salaries already are required reporting items on the 10-K; but they’re widely seen as skeletal, base-pay figures that come nowhere near representing all the perks and extras the C-level boys get. Naturally, the SEC would like to get a truer picture of how much money is being made. The Katie Couric provision wouldn’t do this alone; I presume the rest of the proposal is calculated to unlock the secret.

While the loudest protests are coming from the entertainment industry, other companies oppose it as well.

Kellogg, the world’s largest maker of breakfast cereal, told the SEC the plan would give rival companies crucial salary information.

Disclosure of the salary of a highly paid non-executive like a salesperson “could cause employee morale issues and provide our competitors with sensitive information that could be used to solicit the employment of our salespeople,” it said.

Media companies are using the same argument.

“The disclosure requirement could have the effect that producers, talent and other individuals would prefer not to be employed by publicly held motion picture companies at all,” said Linda Rappaport and George Spera, of Shearman & Sterling, who wrote the SEC on behalf of several movie studios.

Companies would not be required to name their top non-executive earners under the proposal, but they said the identities would be easy enough to figure out.

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg also complained in a letter to the SEC that stars’ salaries have less value to shareholders because there is less conflict of interest when negotiating those amounts than in the case of executives’ salaries, which are set by members of the board of directors.

Funny, these companies don’t always have a problem citing their star-level payroll when it’s convenient. For instance, last year the Tribune Co. highlighted its first-quarter $13.5 million charge on account of the trade of Sammy Sosa by its wholly-owned Chicago Cubs baseball team. Sosa’s contract, like that of all major-league pro athletes’, was public knowledge anyway (although even there, it’s rare that much beyond the base salaries are readily known). In fact, in the sports/entertainment fields, such info is already widely disseminated, officially and otherwise. It’s a more prickly matter in other fields, of course.

Frankly, all this will do is force the accountants to get even more creative with the smoke and mirrors. But even fictionalized ledger items would be a hoot to read.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/12/2021 09:20pm
Category: Baseball, Business, Media
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Thursday, May 11, 2021

I’m not too sure how many New Yorkers are reading this blog, now that I’m also New York-based. Maybe this question will serve to smoke out some citydwellers:

How much of a balance do you typically have on your MetroCard?

I ask because I just reloaded mine to the tune of $30. At two bucks a pop for subway (and bus? which I never take) rides, I realize that shouldn’t last too long. But really, I’m walking a lot on a daily basis, and duck into the subway only if I’m in a real hurry (rare) or there’s really bad weather above ground (not really the case of late). So I’m swiping my MetroCard a couple of times a week right now, tops.

Which is why I’m slightly paranoid about having put such a relatively big sum on the card this time around. I’m thinking that it’s now going to fly out of my hand and drop down a sewer grating, jilting me out of my modest investment before I get a chance to use most of it. The fact that I pretty much never lose things like that doesn’t factor into this irrationality.

So, did I overdo it on the MetroCard refresh? Should I stick to a lower (10 bucks or so) constant balance? Maybe some NYC veterans can enlighten.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/11/2021 11:42pm
Category: New Yorkin', Question Time!
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The Bill Clinton-brokered deal to get soda vending machines pulled out of public schools is being lauded as a victory for good nutrition, and a defeat for the sugarwater conglomerates.

In reality, it’s not. And it’s not just because of the caveats to the deal that hold open the possibility of little real reduction of the machines, nor of the exemption of diet sodas.

Because the national trend is toward more consumption of bottled water and other non-carbonated liquids, at the expense of traditional soft drinks, the reduction (or even elimination) of soda options just plays to the shifting market realities. In general, kids are already eschewing Coke and Pepsi in favor of alternate drinks, which will continue to be available at school-sited vending machines.

And the kicker: The leading bottle water and sports drinks brands are owned by — yup — Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo. So the money’s still heading into the same coffers; only the product is changing.

That shouldn’t obscure the positive effects of kicking the liquid-candy habit. But no one’s getting screwed here on a profit-and-loss basis. The companies involved wouldn’t have agreed to this seeming capitulation if they didn’t recognize that they were going to still wind up winning in the end.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/11/2021 10:45pm
Category: Business, Food, Society
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How fragile is Iraqi democracy? A ringtone in the form of a Shi’ite religious chant sparked a brawl among legislators that nearly scuttled the newly-formed Parliament.

The squabble started Monday in the lobby outside Iraq’s parliament hall when [lawmaker Ghufran al-Saidi's] cellphone rang as [Mahmoud al-Mashhadani] was giving a television interview nearby, Saidi told lawmakers and reporters.

Mashhadani’s bodyguards asked Saidi’s bodyguard, who was holding her phone, to silence it, and the aide hung up on the call, Saidi said. When the disconnected caller called back, the parliament speaker’s guards attacked Saidi’s bodyguard and beat him, she said.

Saidi, who wears the head scarf of conservative Muslim women, said the Sunni guards were angered by the Shiite chant. She acknowledged that she joined the brawl.

At Wednesday’s session of parliament, when Saidi took the floor to complain at length, Mashhadani eventually ordered her microphone turned off, TV cameras shut down and the session recessed.

Some lawmakers walked out to protest what they called the speaker’s brusque behavior.

It’s a good thing none of the Founding Fathers were packing cellphones in Philadelphia. Like Thomas Jefferson needed extra incentive to clop Alexander Hamilton in the head…

Fortunately, my KC and the Sunshine Band ringtone (just ported onto a new phone, incidentally) has yet to start a riot. American democracy won’t take a hit because of my incoming calls.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/11/2021 09:38pm
Category: Politics, Tech
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bouncing baby britney
With Britney Spears confirming that she’s preggers with kid No. 2, it was inevitable that the two obvious song titles from her repertoire would do duty as headlines.

Which of the songs was more preferred by news-breakers? Quick-and-dirty Google News searches of the moment reveal:

- “Baby One More Time” ticks up 385 citations

- “Oops!… I Did It Again” brings in a mere 85 results

Not at all comprehensive, and full of overlap, I’m sure. If Brit goes for a trifecta, we can go through this all over again.

I’m thinking husband K-Fed should ditch his questionable rap career, and follow his obvious calling: Stud farming. The guy’s a freakin’ sperm factory.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/11/2021 08:54pm
Category: Celebrity, Media, Pop Culture
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