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Brazilian clown wins seat among the politicians

Posted on October 10th, 2010 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


Brazil’s incoming Congress decided from weekend elections will have to make room for a colorful new member: a professional clown who won the most number of votes of any of them.

Tiririca, a 45-year-old television humorist whose real name is Francisco Oliveira, scooped up 1.3 million votes in Sunday’s polls to represent Sao Paulo, the highest number of votes for any federal deputy across the country.

His TV campaign ads, featuring him dancing around in a tiny hat and multi-colored outfit with a cheesy smile, were easily the most irreverent spots in the lead-up to the general elections.

"It couldn’t get any worse. Vote for me," was his campaign slogan, which were followed by a number of riffs tapping into public cynicism about politics.

"What does a federal deputy do? I have no idea — but vote for me and I’ll let you know," went one of his ads.

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BP pays Feinberg and firm $850,000 a month

Posted on October 10th, 2010 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


BP is paying Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm, Feinberg Rozen, $850,000 a month to administer the company’s $20 billion oil spill compensation fund, Bloomberg reports today.

Thus far, BP has paid out more than $2.5 million for the firm’s work. It will continue to pay the same monthly rate until the end of the year, when it will review the contract. The money does not come out of BP’s oil spill compensation fund, Bloomberg says.

The revelation, which came in a report by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, is sure to dredge up lingering questions about Feinberg’s independence, as well as the transparency of the claims process.

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Airplane, minus all the jokes

Posted on October 10th, 2010 at 8:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. That is exactly like Zero Hour, the dramatic film that “inspired” Airplane.