Massive multi-player online games baby!

Five grand is on the table, that’s $5,000!!! in a contest to Design an MMOG.

The idea, according to an article in the Washington Post, is to promote democracy with a massive multi-player online game:

a competition to develop a game that promotes international goodwill toward the United States, a kind of Voice of America for the gamer set.

Enter the contest at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Virtual Worlds web page here. Also, check out their Games and Public Diplomacy blog here.

Prizes of up to 5 grand to create a veritable virtual exchange program extolling democracy and fun? Who’s in?
George W. Bush
ummm… Helloooo?!??? Anyone there????

Congrats White Sox

soxtAs strange as it feels being a die-hard Cubs fan…. here’s to the Sox for bringing a World Series to my hometown for the first time in forever.

They truly play baseball like its meant to be played – unbelievable to see 4 pitchers go the distance in this day and age.

I hope they beat whichever unworthy National League team comes to town.

U.S. fakes Al-Qaeda Letter

As if it wasn’t obvious enough that it must be a joke, when FoxNews actually posted it as a downloadable .pdf on their website.

On the subject of fakes, MSNBC reports of CNN’s Allison Barber admitting that she drilled President Bush through questions before his Pentagon teleconference briefing (VIDEO – .wmv, QT .mov.

Olbermann on the photo-op (video – .wmv)Could the CIA’s new clandestine spy operation already have revealed a product of their own fraudulence?

Live from Stockholm its…

Al Gore!!! Gore has nothing but nice things to say about Mr. Prez on his trip to Sweden.

What would be happening if he won in 2000?
“We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people,” Gore said. “We would be a different country.”

David Brooks finds written material from Harriet Miers. Imagine non-lucid statements such as this from the pen of a Supreme Court Justice:
“We must end collective acceptance of inappropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism.”

Fafblog gets the beef on Harriet Miers straight from Georgie’s mouth (satire).

Today’s doofus column (although I like it in principle)… Richard Cohen in WaPo, pleading Patrick Fitzgerald to please just let it go!
Fitzgerald might not indict anyone for the illegal act he was authorized to investigate, but some other one — maybe one concerning the disclosure of secret material. Here again, though, this is a daily occurrence in Washington, where most secrets have the shelf life of sashimi.

In other words… who cares anymore (these 9 major publications think “scooter cares about miller“) – there are much ways we can nail Rove, Cheney Rumsfeld et al. So Ms. Huffington, if you would please stop bashing and get on with the matters at hand?!? I mean, perhaps we can all justify retirement after a couple months in jail because we got fucked over by the administration. Some have gotten much worse for buying into the government’s leaks and the pentagon’s leads.

Perhaps the NYC subway plot was a hoax. How would Dan Rather report this? Isn’t just about everything that pops up on the front page (ahem… Iraqi constitution?). What Sunnis agreed to what now?!?!?

Lets get into the recent university campus terror scares and bomb squad / FBI events. First, we had the Oklahoma suicide-by-exploding-backpack outside the football game. This week in bombs on college campuses: UCLA, Georgia Tech. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin is thinking conspiracy, and a corporate law professor at UCLA is glad the FBI is chillin in Westwood.

Unicef bombs the Smurfs gets an internet home. Here’s the video, from CrooksandLiars.

Like a box of chocolates … Marc Cooper‘s on the week gone by in LA Weekly:
President Bush?s much-vaunted ?big speech? on Iraq last week went over like a Mars bar in the diabetes ward.

Now at the bottom, the TOP STORY in world news today – the suicide of Syria’s former top man in Lebanon… just before he’s investigated for the assassination of the Lebanese P.M.
Bush: Syria may pose risk to ‘peace in the Holy Land’

Cover your eyes – the poll of polls reveals that only 30% of Americans feel the country is headed in the “right direction.”