Michael F. Jacobson: The Man Who Killed Sparks

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From Sorry I Missed Your Party:

Michael F. Jacobson is the head of a nonprofit organization called the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which lobbies for stricter food and beverage regulations. The CSPI convinced five states’ attorneys general that the combination of energy and booze in Sparks was dangerous, and the attorney generals brought a lawsuit to MillerCoors. MillerCoors settled and agreed to take the energy ingredients out. You can read the CSPI’s press release about it here.

SIMYP suggests a letter writing campaign.
To be honest, some of the shit we ingest should have warning labels and calorie counts posted, but this Michael F. Jacobson guy sounds like a bit of a tight-ass who could benefit from drinking a few Sparks himself. From Wikipedia

Jacobson is a vegetarian and sits on the national board of the “Great American Meatout.” He has said that “CSPI is proud of finding something wrong with practically everything.” Jacobson and his organization have criticized a wide variety of foods and beverages as unhealthful. He and CSPI frequently use colorful terms to emphasize their oppositionn to certain foods. What has been called the “food cop glossary” includes Fettuccine alfredo- “heart attack on a plate,” salt – “the forgotten killer,” sugary soft drinks – “liquid candy,” movie theater popcorn -“Godzilla of snacks,” fondue – “fondon’t,” ice cream – “coronaries in cones,” double cheeseburger – “a coronary bypass special,” appetizers – “the most treacherous territory on a restaurant menu,” Starbucks’ Venti Caffe Mocha with whipped cream – “a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup,” Ruby Tuesday’s Fresh Chicken & Broccoli Pasta – “angioplasta,” Chipotle Chicken Burrito – “tortilla terror,” and Cheesecake Factory’s Chris’ Outrageous Chocolate Cake – “factory reject.”

Sure, Sparks is fucking nasty and, yes, terribly unhealthy. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to turn our tongues and livers orange drinking it. FREE SPARKS. We can make our own decisions, Michael.
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New Neko Case Single

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Neko Case has a new record coming out March 3 and Anti has just made the first single available for free download. It’s called “People Got A Lotta Nerve” and we like what we hear. Plus, if you add it to iLike, ANTI will donate a buck to Best Friends Animal Society.

Today, we are especially happy to bring you “People Got A Lotta Nerve,” the first single from Neko Case’s forthcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3), because for every blog that reposts the song and/or iLike user who adds it to their profile, Neko Case and ANTI- will make a cash donation to Best Friends Animal Society. The promotion will run from January 13 to February 3, 2009. Five dollars will be donated for every blog post and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile. Details and instructions after the break.

DOWNLOAD: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve (MP3)

The Daily Footprint 01/13/09


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New York Inauguration Parties

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Where’s the excitement? We know Obama is about to give his historic inauguration on Tuesday, but we should be celebrating an even more important event. After 8 excruciating years, George Pig Fucker Bush will no longer be terrorizing our constitution and the world at large. Yahoo! So, where are the parties?! We’ve dug up a few, but so far it’s pretty slim pickens. On Sunday, get things started at Glasslands:

On Sunday, January 18th, 2009 a fundraising event is being held at Glasslands in Williamsburg to raise money for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project. The mission of the Memorial Project is to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by leading a project to create a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. We want to use this event to remind people that without the tireless efforts of civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr., (as well as those who came before and after him) we might not able to celebrate Obama’s historic inauguration. So let’s party in honor of the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s dream!

Then, on Tuesday Galapagos is organizing a bus trip to watch the inauguration together on the National Mall. We’re told a few tickets remain.
Also, BAM is offering a free screening of the event. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.
There’s also a free screening here in Harlem.
Closer to home, Vivian Girls, Fucked Up and Pissed Jeans will be rocking a raucous blow-out at Market Hotel. This show promises to rule.
TimeOut has more listings here, but nothing that exciting.
Surely, we’re missing something, so let us know in comments.

Hot Lava + Mixel Pixel at Death By Audio

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Hot Lava, c/o Mark Iantosca
Saturday night’s show at Death By Audio was cozy and effervescent, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it. Hey Willpower, Math the Band, and Hologram, all graced the stage with hours of ridiculously catchy indie pop. But our undeniable faves were Hot Lava and Mixel Pixel.

While Brooklyn’s own Mixel Pixel injected the room with their signature brand of computer-disco dance music, they projected equally bizarre video footage and animation on stage. Meanwhile, Hot Lava (who trekked up from their hometown of Richmond, VA) were all handclaps and smiles. The band drew a dense crowd of onlookers who bopped around to their songs about computers, like ‚”Apple+Option+Fire,” as well as other favorites such as ‚”Blue Dragon,” and even a peppy cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s ‚”Mr. Blue Sky.”
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Mixel Pixel
More pictures after the jump, if you please…..

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The Beast's 50 Most Loathsome People of 2008

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Normally, we find listicles pretty lazy, but the Beast’s year end wrap-up of 2008’s worst people is a gem. The list is spot-on and the writing is hilarious. Case in point, #29 Mary Matalin:

Charges: Surgically mortified face creates the impression of a barely passable ‚”earthling” mask worn by an insectoid alien…. Matalin has served in more unholy positions than Jenna Jameson. To this day, Matalin simply denies the well-documented story of Atwater’s deathbed repentance, which is not surprising considering her main skill is obscuring reality. Matalin’s main contribution to undermining the truth and bolstering closet racism this year was publishing World Net Daily plagiarizing lunatic Jerome Corsi’s Obama Nation, a collection of blatant falsehoods that didn’t come close to meriting its non-fiction categorization, in her role as ‚”Editor” of Threshold Books, a conservative imprint that inestimably diminishes Simon and Schuster’s prestige by its simple existence. Matalin called the book, riddled with easily debunked lies, ‚”a piece of scholarship,” claiming it ‚”does not set out to be a political book,” while Corsi himself said ‚”the goal is to defeat Obama.”

We were happy to see that neck-choker-wearing hack M. Night Shyamalan made the list. And here’s our #1, Hank Paulson. (Their number 6)

6. Hank Paulson
Charges: From Chief of Staff for original Mayberry Machiavelli Lee Atwater to Adviser to George W. Bush, Counselor to Dick Cheney and member of the best sales team in history, the White House Iraq Group, Matalin has served in more unholy positions than Jenna Jameson. To this day, Matalin simply denies the well-documented story of Atwater’s deathbed repentance, which is not surprising considering her main skill is obscuring reality. Matalin’s main contribution to undermining the truth and bolstering closet racism this year was publishing World Net Daily plagiarizing lunatic Jerome Corsi’s Obama Nation, a collection of blatant falsehoods that didn’t come close to meriting its non-fiction categorization, in her role as ‚”Editor” of Threshold Books, a conservative imprint that inestimably diminishes Simon and Schuster’s prestige by its simple existence. Matalin called the book, riddled with easily debunked lies, ‚”a piece of scholarship,” claiming it ‚”does not set out to be a political book,” while Corsi himself said ‚”the goal is to defeat Obama.”
Exhibit A: ‚”This is a crime and — and he did not commit a crime. He had a mis-remembrance of when it was that he heard about it, but clearly he’s not one of the guys that revealed it in the first place, which the revelation of such was not a crime.”
Sentence: Sex with James Carville.

Go read the whole damn thing. It’s hilarious so we’ll forgive them for not including Michael Bay, who should be on every most loathsome list.
A special thanks to rumproast for the hat tip….. go vote for them. They are in the running for best small blog over at the Weblog Awards.