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November 3, 2012
millionpuppetmarch:

Here’s the official Million Puppet March route map! See you in DC on 11/3

So this is apparently happening right now.

millionpuppetmarch:

Here’s the official Million Puppet March route map! See you in DC on 11/3

So this is apparently happening right now.

13:21 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
thedailyfeed:

As it turns out, Big Bird is a registered Democrat. Well, at least the guy in the suit is.

Caroll Spinney, the 78-year-old puppeteer behind the 8-foot-tall bird, is also very active at the polls.
“He’s very consistent. He votes in not only municipal and gubernatorial races,” said Suzanne Woodward of the Registrar of Voters Office in Woodstock, Conn.. “He votes in just about every election we have. Even referendums.”


Ironic, considering the piece we just read titled “Big Bird is a Republican.”

thedailyfeed:

As it turns out, Big Bird is a registered Democrat. Well, at least the guy in the suit is.

Caroll Spinney, the 78-year-old puppeteer behind the 8-foot-tall bird, is also very active at the polls.

“He’s very consistent. He votes in not only municipal and gubernatorial races,” said Suzanne Woodward of the Registrar of Voters Office in Woodstock, Conn.. “He votes in just about every election we have. Even referendums.”

Ironic, considering the piece we just read titled “Big Bird is a Republican.”

(via thedailyfeed)

10:07 // 2 years ago
October 9, 2012
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.
A statement from Sesame Workshop • Requesting that the Obama campaign desist in airing an ad featuring Big Bird. Despite leaving the first presidential debate with strong winds at his back, the singular Mitt Romney line that has endured in the days after was his insistence that he’d cut funding to public broadcasting, which President Obama characterized as him “going after Big Bird.” This isn’t the only Obama ad that’s rankled some folks recently, either – a recent ad attacking Romney’s honesty used footage of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, which the network has asked to be stopped. source
19:14 // 2 years ago
May 31, 2012
reuters:

In 2003, it transpired that US intelligence services had tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib with music from Sesame Street.
Human rights researcher Thomas Keenan explains: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.”
“The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably some of the worst torture that they faced.”
Stunned by this abuse of his work, Christopher Cerf was motivated to find out more about how it could happen.
AL JAZEERA: Sesame Street music used at Guantanamo
[Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton]

A low point for humanity.

reuters:

In 2003, it transpired that US intelligence services had tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib with music from Sesame Street.

Human rights researcher Thomas Keenan explains: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.”

“The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably some of the worst torture that they faced.”

Stunned by this abuse of his work, Christopher Cerf was motivated to find out more about how it could happen.

AL JAZEERA: Sesame Street music used at Guantanamo

[Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton]

A low point for humanity.

9:51 // 2 years ago
March 9, 2011
I have been seeking to push Big Bird out of the nest for over a year…it’s time for Big Bird to earn his wings and learn to fly on his own.
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) • On the departure of Vivian Schiller, the now-former CEO of NPR — as well as his push to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR. He wrote the legislation to defund the organizations. “We can no longer afford to spend taxpayer dollars on non-essential government programs,” Lamborn said, and Schiller’s departure “only strengthens my resolve to eliminate all federal funding for NPR and its parent organization.” Fair enough, but cut the Bird some slack, eh? He’s just an innocent bystander!  source (viafollow)
22:18 // 3 years ago