Michael Moore’s Moment

That, and other news, on today’s Political Panorama.

To say the least, Michael Moore’s “Sicko” has drawn very good reviews and reams of publicity, but will people go see it? After all, last week’s “A Mighty Heart” skidded at the box office after a wave of favorable attention.

As Slate reported on Tuesday, The Weinstein Co. is waging a political-type campaign in getting moviegoers into seats, using “robo-calls” to inform potential audiences to see the film and “send a message” to the Bush administration. Callers are targeting Democratic activists, apparently to really make a splash on opening weekend. A similar strategy was used for “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The results? I hear that of some 40,000 calls, 45% say they will go see it; 22% say they will see it at some time, just not this weekend; and 11% are undecided.   Undecided? They show up in every poll.

Clooney Cash: George Clooney says that $9.3 million has been raised for Darfur in an effort led by himself and stars of “Ocean’s Thirteen” as well as producer Jerry Weintraub. More than half of the money already has gone to various charities.

The Deal on Debate:
Democratic candidates face each other again this evening at a debate at Howard University, with Tavis Smiley as the moderator.

Coulter Continued: The Edwards campaign continued to make the most out of Ann Coulter’s attacks (obsesssion?), with John Edwards sitting down for a pretty lengthy interview on “Hardball.” Among other things, Edwards called Coulter “crazy” and he got some sympathy from Chris Matthews, who has gamely managed the sideshow. Said the host, “I think Elizabeth may have made one strategic error last night. That’s assuming that she could get Ann Coulter to express shame.” The whole incident, of course, has helped Edwards raise cash in the final days of the second quarter. But he and his wife Elizabeth deny that they planned for it that way. As Elizabeth pointed out, it was not she that planned Coulter’s appearance on “Good Morning America” on Monday, the event that started the latest skirmish.

Bruce on Fred: Bruce Willis calls his one-time co-star Fred Thompson “a wonderful candidate.”

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  1. Markus Smith says:

    According to ABC news, similar devices were used at the republican national convention in 2004. Now it’s a advertising tool.
    ———————
    How Cults and Organized crime could hurt if not kill with audio spotlight, Joseph Pompei’s “new” commercially available sound “thrower”. See http://www.holosonics.com
    Various ways to hurt someone (possibly even kill someone) with audio spotlight
    Notice how these crimes coexist with “litte” crimes to help hide a semi-expensive murder using audio spotlight, and a
    gang of people with not much else to do, many trianed in psychology, and acting (computer hacking and spyware too)
    1. Point the device out your 2 story window and call people racial names, and make reference to their actual
    surroundings, and clothing, to make it more realistic. This can be used in and around drug dealers to create violence. An introduction can even be given to a group of street people about another, simply by transmitting “John has on the bergendy jacket” (substitute the victims actual name) to introduce the victim to a pack of well beaten up homless drug addicts. You may increase the probablity of getting this person beat up or even shot. These drug dealers could be angered further by suggesting to them (still pointing it down from window ledges, working in groups, working with cell phones) that each other had found their lost drugs on the ground or stolen their drugs. It may surprise you how easily some of these people are angered in run down homless areas, espiecally when they have been kept all night, by the device in question, if the rooftops, or 2nd story windows are available). Much smaller versions of this are most liekly available, a person could even “hide out” in the bushes and do this to someone, or from a parked car) if they were “skilled” enough, while they slep outside on a parkbench, for example)
    2. Pointing at the window. Pointing the device at the window (if you can get a clear and “hard to notice” shot at the window)
    can keep a person up for weeks at a time (unless they find good enough ear plugs). This can lead to job loss, which in turn can lead you to living in a run down , drug infested area, which can bring you closer to being murdered with audio spotlight.
    3. Moving in beside someone – The sound can be cast through holes in the walls. If you really want to kill someone with audio spotlight, and they live in an apartment, you may have an easier time, makeing someones apartment hellish for them with psychological abuse, in front of mirrors and in the bathrooms is a good place to try to break someone with psychological abuse. It is also true that this sound reflects, so if you have a decent scemeatic of the house (upstairs apartment) you can point the sound from the hole (that must be disguised, in many cases) to bouce around “somewhat”. video survielance
    can also be done through the hole, and in turn make the psycholigcal abuse more effective. Hidding the hole is most likely easiest in the corner of the cieling, or behind anything that patrudes out from the wall. All of these variables narrow down the possibility of killing someone with audio spotlight. Meaning never touching them psysically.
    4. Taking over the WORKPLACE is very difficult, may involve a break in (or a dress up repairman scam), and a device placed into a high corner, at the right angle for above cubbie hole walls, and possibly discuised as something else, like a “wierd” survielance camera with a radar like back (when their tech is more low tech). Make sure to look in the work place for obvious looking “radar” shapes. In a large “high tech” office, this may just fit in normally and go unnoticed. Often a rumor could be spread through the office about what it was for, but most liely this radar is going to have no owner, and the detachment of it’s transmitter, will be an early warning sign for them, becuase the handshaking signal will be broken.
    5. Moving violent homelss people to an area (another different run down area) may, sickly enough be accomplishable with a “bread crumbs” trail of drugs, like crack cocaine, and a couple of dress ups, like crack heads, in which the rumor is spread to them that the other “fake homless people” that lived on the other coner or location were always dropping all kinds of crack. This could be even done through a gang member junkie , paid to go do drugs with the more violent junkies, supplying him/her with the drugs to make friends, and lieing to them telling them that there was a reason to move to a location , for example, drugs were found on the ground often there. This would be made real by dropping real drugs, or hits of crack there) to try to coax a set of violent druggies to a certain location, in which the murder victim lived. Then you can execute the audio spotlight crimes.
    6. Taking over a speaker in a radio could most liekly fit a version of the “audio spotlight” if shelf speakers were in a room, but were not often used. A an attached radio
    or stereo could be broken, by a break in, and the audiospotlight “mini” placed into the old speaker.

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