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Easter PSA

Happy Easter Everybody. Watch your back:

How to craft poll questions to gain the #’s you’re looking for: A lesson from Fox News.

I just came across this post about a Fox News Poll by Eric Kleefeld while reading the Talking Points Memo and couldn’t help reposting.

“You’ve got to check out the questions in the latest Fox News poll. They’re hilariously loaded — so much so, in fact, they are as clear a case study as anybody could possibly want that:

(a) Poll questions can be skillfully rigged to bring about a desired outcome; and

(b) Fox News specializes in asking such questions, especially on issues that could be damaging to President Bush and the GOP.

Check out these questions, and their responses. Fox’s artful wordings elicited the exact opposite findings of other, more reputable polls on questions involving the Attorney Purge and the Iraq War:

Do you think a Congressional investigation into the dismissal of the eight federal prosecutors is a good use of taxpayer money?

Yes 39%
No 51%


Who do you trust more to decide when U.S. troops should leave Iraq — U.S. military commanders or Members of Congress?

Commanders 69%
Members of Congress 18%

Note the absence in the above question of the word “Bush.”

There’s also this little gem:

After the 2004 presidential election, the president of the left-wing Moveon.org political action committee made the following comment about the Democratic Party, ‘In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our Party: we bought it, we own it and we’re going to take it back.’ Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like Moveon.org to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?

Should allow 16%
Should resist 61%”

Rummy’s Hands

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s former interaction with the press:

Source: CBS Late Night with Craig Ferguson.

A Few Good Prosecutors

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Granma’s Mashup

You’ve heard a Ninja explain podcasts, why not an 88 year-old granma on mashups– “Now, before we get our freak on, we need to match up our beats.” (found at WFMU’s BOTB):

Mad props and prunes to DJ Sue Teller (viral marketer?); check out her-space.

S&M and Internet Dating

That title sure got your attention. So I recently started internet dating. Which is kind of funny because the first collaborative radio piece Kara and I ever did was on sex and the Internet.

Filling out the profile I realized a few things 1) Pro Tools figured prominently, 2) I mentioned my cat three times and 3) while both 1 & 2 seemed sad, I figured I could exploit this online meet-and-greet for our Song and Memory series. Hence, my profile says,

“If you have a really cool story about your most memorable song from childhood…let me know, you might go on the radio.

Really. Write and let me know. Even if you don’t add me to your hotlist.”

And it worked! Men ripped through my ethernet cable to share their most heartwrenching/heartwarming memories. OK. Not really. But I have gone on a few dates (fun, but no love connection Chuck) and found one promising Song and Memory story (it involves cheesecake, Brooklyn and NWA). I’ve also gathered sounds. Because if you date me, you date my microphone.

Date Sound #1:

Peter is a Ph.d guy who makes music videos, robots and audio software. He’s also into exploring things like abandoned subway tunnels. Rather than doing the standard bar and drinks, our date consisted of sneaking down a ladder at the end of an MTA platform. He brought his camera to film. I brought my stereo microphone to record. And no, we didn’t make out.

Date Sound #2:

Anders grew up in Sweden. He sent me this email.

“Not sure if this is a cool story, but my most favorite childhood song comes from a schlocky Swedish comedy duo called “Trazan and Banarne.” Back in the day, me and basically every other Swedish kid under age 10 would obsessively be up by 7a.m. watching two grown men in monkey suits singing with their mouths full of bananas.”

The date was standard (drinks) and the story was just OK. But now I have the sound of two Swedish men in monkey suits, singing in Swedish and eating bananas.

Which goes to show that maybe I’m not really looking for love at all…maybe all I need to be happy is good sound.

And my cat.

Effects of Drugs on Spiders

In the 1960s, Dr. Peter Witt gave drugs to spiders and observed their effects on web building:

Tequila Warning

Please, someone tell me who produced this gem:

It’s a mock ad (radio-safe) extolling the virtues of Tequila, and listing in standard pharm-ad fashion “Side-effects may include loss of money, loss of clothing, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table-dancing…” The mp3 is all over the web with filename: AlcoholWarning_MMH.mp3, but no site credits an author. Anyone?

Ninja- What is Podcasting?

Just in case some of y’all don’t know about Ask A Ninja, thot I’d post an epsiode. This one explains in precise detail the technology of podcasting: