Old FBI memo: “It’s a Wonderful Life” is commie propaganda – Boing Boing

Boing Boing bring the dangers of Jimmy Stewart to our attention.

Xeni Jardin:

FBI documents from 1947 show that government officials once believed the Christmas movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was Communist propaganda. About the FBI memo titled "COMMUNIST INFILTRATION OF THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY," Blogger Will Chen writes,

I love It's a Wonderful Life because it teaches us that family, friendship, and virtue are the true definitions of wealth.

In 1947, however, the FBI considered this anti-consumerist message as subversive Communist propaganda (read original FBI memo).

According to Professor John Noakes of Franklin and Marshall College, the FBI thought Life smeared American values such as wealth and free enterprise while glorifying anti-American values such as the triumph of the common man.

Link. 1947 was the same year in which the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) began investigating suspected Communist influence in Hollywood. This led to the blacklisting of many directors, writers, and other talent. More background on that: Link.

R. Kelly makes a casting call – TV Squad

From Julia Davis at TV Squad, the best news we could possibly have at Christmas, there may be new installments to the absolute classic “Trapped in the closet” – flotsky

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R. Kelly Trapped in the ClosetChristmas came early at my house. An online casting call has been posted for a continuation of R. Kelly's hip-hop opera Trapped in the Closet.

In the summer of 2005, Kelly released the first five chapters of Trapped in the Closet as music videos, each ending with a cliffhanger, on MTV and BET. Unable to contain his genius, Kelly introduced a sixth chapter for the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005 and an additional six chapters on DVD in 2006.

Next to K-Fed's rap career, Trapped in the Closet is one of the greatest acts of unintentional comedy to be unleashed on the music-listening public in the past several years. His commentary track is comedy gold, and the chapters have been parodied by Jimmy Kimmel, South Park, SNL, MADtv, Upright Citizens Brigrade and Weird Al. Even his fans have referred to the "hip-hopera" as the "Plan 9 of music videos."

Google Drops Beta Tag from Blogger – Neowin.net

Google Blogger now not Beta, I hope this means they won’t now screw up the blogs of people that transfer to the new service. I’ve had to try to help a few people that have had that problem, and it ain’t no fun – flotsky

Google Blogger has officially left its beta tag behind. Google bought Pyra Labs in 2003 and introduce the beta version of "Blogger" last August. The Blogger web site now introduces "the new Blogger" on its main page. The new interface offers drag-and-drop template customization, permissions features for priavet blog entries, additional RSS feed options, the ability to tag posts with keywords, an updated Blogger dashboard and instant publishing. Some, but not all, bloggers that signed up before November 10 can transfer over to the "new Blogger" without losing their blogs after they sign in under the "Old Blogger" page.

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News source: Ars Technica

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Greatest cartoons of all time (video link roundup)Boing Boing

From Boing Boing, some links to some fantastic cartoons

Xeni Jardin:

Cityrag has compiled video links for a list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons as voted on by the animation industry in 1994. Here's an excerpt:

1. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
2. Duck Amuck (1953)
3. The Band Concert (1935)
4. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)

5. One Froggy Evening (1956)

The complete list is here, and it's absolutely awesome: Link.

Fears about the Ipswich Murders

I’m finding myself increasingly troubled about the way in which the investigation of the multiple murders in Ipswich is progressing. Not in terms of what the police are doing, but the way in which the media is leading its own investigation in parallel, and in public. Yesterday a man was arrested. He has been questioned four times already, but he had been interviewed by a couple of journalists over the weekend, and those interviews were published on Sunday and Monday. Now it isn’t clear how they got to him, whether they got a tip from a friendly copper, or if they had tracked him down, or whatever. It is the way in which those interviews are seemingly being used to convict him before any further evidence appears.

The police don’t interview suspects in depth in the middle of the street, with a crowd of people around them. They do it in private, two of them, and usually a solicitor acting for the suspect. They do so in order to arrive at a more reasoned theory as to the guilt or otherwise of a person. They don’t have lots of people shouting “ooohhhhh, he looks very dodgy”.

The gentleman in question is still being questioned. A second man has just been arrested. Should the first man stand trial though, having had his name and image splashed front page all over, his interview played on news tv constantly, and his myspace account passed around, it could potentially be easy to call into question if he could receive a fair trial. And that would only be the fault of the media. Regardless of his actual guilt either way, the media could end up judging, convicting, and releasing him themselves.

Finding film times very quickly on Google

Today I read a very helpful article, exploring Google’s hidden features. I particularly liked the shortcut to look up film times very quickly. However it doesn’t describe quite how to do it for the UK. So, to find your local cinema times for a film, type in “movies borat ox1”, replacing borat with the name of the film you want, and ox1 with whatever the first part of your postcode is. The first results will be the local cinemas and the times it is showing. If you are signed into Google, it will also offer to remember the postcode for you, so that in future you can just type “movies borat”.