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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-17 22:46
  Subject:   [Digg] Penn & Teller "Bullshit!", most episodes, on Google video.
  Music:George Carlin - 7 words you can't say on TV

Someone put up a nearly complete list of P&T B! episodes on Google Video here:


And I found one ep on the list that I hadn't seen before: "Profanity"

This has just got to be my favorite episode of Penn & Teller's "Bullshit!" ever. It opens up with Penn telling us that Houdini dedicated the last few years of his life to debunking "Humbug." Now, "humbug" was a rude word back then. In fact "humbug" was considered so profane in Hoidini's time that the modern day equivalent would be - you guessed it - "bullshit!"

The episode gets a lot more fun from there, including a shockingly hilarious demonstration on a poor, innocent chihuahua of how context is much more important than language, and some jaw-droppingly ignorant people who are willing to claim on-camera that the First Amendment does NOT protect an individual's right to use profanity, or other speech that may shock or offend.

I'm all for people deciding what they want and how people are allowed to act in private spaces they own. In fact, I see that as a pre-condition for real freedom. But, I also have the same freedom. I also get to decide what I consider acceptable, or not, for me. And, as it were, to "change the channel" when something offends my values.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-17 23:30
  Subject:   [MeFi] Just in time for the mid-term elections... Bush is an environmentalist!
  Mood:Yeah, right...
  Music:DJ Rove and the NeoCon Choir - Show Me A Green Dog

President Bush is preparing an astonishing U-turn on global warming, senior Washington sources say. After years of trying to sabotage agreements to tackle climate change he is drawing up plans to control emissions of carbon dioxide and rapidly boost the use of renewable energy sources.


I would hope that this move would simple make nobody happy. Because liberals find it impossible to take Bush seriously on anything, and conservatives who do believe that he's (all of a sudden) become interested in environmentalism will just be pissed off.

But don't count on that. There are a LOT of people who feverently want to believe everything Bush says, no matter how illogical and divorced from reality the things he says are, or how many times he's blatantly lied to us all in the past.
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