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In coming up with the topic for this week's SNLC, it occurred to me that, in spite of the name of this diary series, on very few occasions has the subject actually been about a individual loser, as such (besides your humble loser diarist, of course).  However, tonight, I buck that trend.  No, it's not about the Florida State University alum scumbag who pretended to be Paul Krugman, as rec'd here.  Rather, it's about a different scumbag, one across big pond east (which is undergoing massive stresses affecting the US East Coast, as you all know), exposed by a source I normally wouldn't cite.  More below the flip....

The UK scumbag in question is named Martin McCann.  His act of scumbaggery was to register the domain name Amywinehousefoundation.com, in the wake of the July 23 death of the singer Amy Winehouse, just hours after Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, announced plans to establish a charitable foundation to assist drug addicts.  McCann was exposed by Emily Nash and Gordon Smart of (brace yourself) The Sun (sorry) here.  (Yes, The Sun is a Murdoch-owned paper, but Nash and Smart got this one right, so credit where credit is due.)  The report starts also that:

'McCann also paid £160 to register the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ltd with Companies House on August 2, despite having never met her or Mitch.

The Sun tracked him down after ex-cabbie Mitch revealed how he was forced to return donations to fans because he was unable to set up a bank account in that name.

He tweeted: "We have to put pressure on this d***head who stole our foundation name. Our solicitors are all over this but it takes time."'

It may be of amusement that The Sun report omitted 3 letters from the one word, but The Guardian, which is where I first saw this story (and which has the link through to The Sun's article), left the missing letters in the full quote, which are "ick", of course.  (Or maybe it's not so amusing, if one regards this as a right-leaning paper vs. a left-leaning paper.)

To show what a loser and a jerk McCann is, read this bilge from him, cited by Nash and Smart:

"I'm not exploiting anything yet. I've just bought some domain names. Anybody could have....I'm not ashamed or embarrassed. Detach yourself from emotions and think business.

"He is making every effort to hijack this charity to satiate his own needs for the charity. She's not the only Amy Winehouse in the world."

Please note McCann's use of the word "yet".  But McCann isn't the only jerk out there regarding similar domain-name squatting, as reported by Sean Michaels in The Guardian here:

'Mitch's trouble with names and pranksters is evidenced by existing website registrations. Amywinehousefoundation.org.uk is currently registered to a "sghuk", of Cheshire, who bought it on 16 August 2011. Amywinehousefoundation.com has also been purchased, and amywinehousefoundation.org was registered by Hertfordshire's Anthony Webb-Jobes on 31 July 2011.'

Of course, none of this would be an issue if Amy Winehouse had taken better care of herself, so that she'd still be alive now.  But things didn't turn out that way, of course.  And likewise, from a detached, legalistic point of view, what McCann did was not illegal.  Immoral, cruel and hurtful to Winehouse's family, yes, undoubtedly.  But that's not the same thing as illegal, of course.  The tenor of the comments, however, shows that the population at large, or at least those who bother to comment on either The Guardian's site or The Sun's site, is clearly overwhelmingly against McCann.

So there you have it, namely two recent cyberspace losers who have recently tried to exploit famous people:

(a) the FSU liar out to swiftboat Paul Krugman,
(b) Martin McCann trying to make a £ off of Amy Winehouse.

I'll leave it to you to vote in the poll (all 8.6 of you) to judge who's the bigger loser.  However, hypothetical question: how many of us, if given the opportunity to do to Br--tb-rt or B-ck the Bigot what the FSU-grad slimeball tried to pull on Krugman, would say no, or denounce a left-leaner who would try to do that?  And, here's a sad prediction: the FSU grad will get hired by a wingnut think tank, or one of the teabagger bigot organizations, with a fat salary.  Right-wing lying has its benefits, sad to say.  No progressive who did what the FSU-liar did would be able to get a job anywhere.

With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week.....

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 06:25:17 PM PDT

  •  so, from here..... (4+ / 0-)
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    Showed up at volleyball the other night, only to see one other person there.  Extra dumb on carbon footprint on me, driving there for nothing.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 06:26:24 PM PDT

    •  sorry to hear that (4+ / 0-)

      Will more show up the next time?  I know you enjoy playing even though you get hurt.

      I have trouble trying to think of a loser story as you know.

      We left the cave on Thursday and made 12 stops which is pretty good for using gas.  We have sometimes been able to make 14 or 16, but I guess we average at least 8 whenever we go out.

      This time, a stop with three of our grandbabies was the high light.

      It gets me out of the rocking chair.  :)

      Best wishes!!!

      I am thinking of all those in the path of the storm and hoping things do not go as badly as it sounds like it might.

      We have had trees down in various winter storms or summer sheer winds and I sympathize.

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:05:10 PM PDT

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      •  true enough about our East coast friends (4+ / 0-)
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        I have relatives and friends in NYC, for example, and I wonder how they're all doing.  I haven't checked FB yet for my one friend in NC.  My parents, brother & sister-in-law aren't on the coast, but I'm sure the coming rains will lash their area, if they're not getting nailed already.

        With the volleyball thing, I guess it wasn't that bad, since at least I could just go home and crash.  (Did you notice that I forgot to override the tip jar here?  Loser me there.)

        Good that you got time with the grandkids.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:09:49 PM PDT

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  •  just watched doctor who (4+ / 0-)
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    mid-season premiere.  

    loser story:  haven't seen the kids since wednesday morning - i'll get them back on sunday morning at 8am though!  hooray!  

    have laundry and dishes and stuff to do, and a couple diaries to write.  

    •  Hi (4+ / 0-)

      I am always glad to see you.  Kids will be in school soon, I guess.  

      I hope they like their teachers.

      Best wishes!!!

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:18:06 PM PDT

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    •  so how was DW? (4+ / 0-)
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      Given how out of touch I am with Doctor Who, after my youthful devotion to it, I wonder how it's doing, although I did see one David Tennant serial once on a plane trip.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:35:14 PM PDT

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      •  teh awesum! in lol speak ;-) (3+ / 0-)
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        a bit confusing me.  

        •  the newest Doctor, if memory serves..... (3+ / 0-)
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          .....is Matt Smith, but again, 3CM is way out of touch.  Of course, given all the books and CDs I need to read before I drop, Doctor Who is well on the back burner.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:32:02 PM PDT

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          •  I guess they wanted fresh and pimply (3+ / 0-)

            for the new Who.  Which is fine.  I had hoped that they would pick (it was the rumor for quite a while) Robert Carlyle, who played a fantastic Hitler in the CBS madeforTV Hitller: Rise to Evil.

            There's an interesting story about that film, too.  CBS made it, spent a lot of money on it, scheduled to show it, and then took so much grief from right-wing critics, who accused CBS of making a transparent Bush=Hitler analogy that CBS brass, decided to bury the film.  It was shown one time with no promotion and hasn't been reshown anywhere that I know.  The only way to see it is to buy it or watch it on Youtube.  Which is a shame -- it's absolutely incredible.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

      •  I love the David Tennant Doctor Who special (3+ / 0-)
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        that was done for the Proms.  I love the looks on the faces of the kids in the audience as he tells them to enjoy music.  (And the looks on the faces of the adults too. )

        And his "composition" seems to be played by SLSO before every concert.  :)

        I don't think I've ever embedded a video on the new version of Kos so I hope this works:  


        •  just found on YT.... (3+ / 0-)
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          .....this video from the 2010 Doctor Who Prom:

          If you keep going in sequence, and can deal with the background "scratch" from the person's uploading the videos, it looks as though you can experience the whole Prom on YT.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:24:51 PM PDT

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        •  Weird (3+ / 0-)
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          It showed up in preview.  

          Oh well, you found it anyway.

          •  it's scary/sad to think that..... (3+ / 0-)
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            .....there's enough material on YT that one could spend days on end watching material, even someone like me with not-very-populist tastes.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 09:34:06 PM PDT

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            •  The funny thing about youtube is (3+ / 0-)

              that it seems to be in some exponential type of growth curve right now in terms of content and quality.  I've been surfing youtube for music clips heavily for the past year, and just in the past year, the past 13 or 14 months to be more exact, the amount of classical music content, the quality of the clips, etc., has grown by huge leaps and it's still on-going.

              •  one also wonders how much the site has.... (1+ / 0-)
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                .....purged complete movies uploaded in multiple segments.  Given how much data space YouTube takes up, it would be scary enough to know how much space the good stuff occupies, never mind the dreck.  A while back, the 2008 Last Night of the Proms was available on YT, as was Haitink's 2008 CSO Mahler 6.  Both are now gone.

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:37:40 AM PDT

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                •  Not necessarily in "segments" either. (1+ / 0-)
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                  Many users (Yours Truly being an example) have been around and earned enough mojo to have the ability to upload clips longer than 15 minutes.  Now, 15 minutes by itself is interesting because just last year, the max was 10 minutes per clip.  Now it's 15, and for us super-uber-Youtubers, it's unlimited.  You can find some 90 minute long uploads of entire Mahler symphonies, for example.  A year ago, a multitude of 8 minute clip segments was the best you could expect.

                  BBC doesn't seem to be the strictest third party content owner.  Some, like Disney, are absolutely relentless about searching and destroying rogue Disney uploads.

                  I don't think disk space is a major issue with Youtube.  I suspect they have more difficulties providing enough bandwidth.  They are allowing high-def uploads now with much higher max megabytes per upload than they did last year.  I bet somebody at Youtube did his homework and thought ahead about their need for scaling up to meet increased demands, because they seem to be doing a championship job of it, so far.

    •  Waiting for iTunes (4+ / 0-)
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      to have New Who available for download.   Hopefully tomorrow.  Most of the time I don't mind not having cable, but every once in a while I find myself wishing for it.   Interestingly, no one I know who HAS cable has BBC America.  Not sure why.  

      I've also wanted to watch the new BBC show The Hour - so I downloaded the first couple of episodes from iTunes tonight and watched them.  Dominick West using his real accent - a bit jarring for the first few minutes.  But then I stopped thinking of him as Jimmy McNulty.

      •  the press that I've read about "The Hour".... (4+ / 0-)
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        .....tries to make it as the Brit equivalent of Mad Men.  Not being an aficionado of MM, I'm certainly not qualified to make the comparison, although I can understand the general parallels, i.e. 21st-century look back at a more 'conservative' time, from our more 'enlightened' perspective.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:42:03 PM PDT

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        •  I've only ever seen one episode of MM (4+ / 0-)
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          so I can't compare.  The period look might be similar.  But The Hour is in the late 50's and I think MM is in the early 60's.  And The Hour is about television news and MM is about advertising.  

          I enjoyed the first two episodes.  There are only 6 episodes in the season.   The plot is a lot like the plot of Broadcast News (I think that was the name - Hollie Hunter and William Hurt?).    But that's ok.  

          •  have to confess that I've never seen..... (3+ / 0-)
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            ......Broadcast News (ducks for cover).  I guess it's the whole retro-thing about looking back at the 1950's and 1960's that's kind of the trend now in pop culture.  This might have to do also with how The Help is getting a lot of buzz (haven't seen it yet, just the trailer a while back).

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:54:53 PM PDT

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            •  You should watch it (3+ / 0-)
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              it was good.  And prescient.   My favorite scene is between Jane (Hollie Hunter) and Aaron (Albert Brooks) where he's telling her not to fall for Tom - the empty suit who is now the anchor man:

              Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't take it wrong when I tell you that I believe that Tom, while a very nice guy, is the Devil.

              Jane Craig: This isn't friendship.

              Aaron Altman: What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I'm semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing... he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance... Just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women.

          •  Yeah, Mad Men is a style trip. (3+ / 0-)

            The stories are eh, okay to good.  What makes it interesting is the in-depth 60s executive culture look that they gave it.  Being somebody who grew up on stolen Playboys when I was a kid, I knew right away exactly what they were trying to do.  They seem to be striving less for 60s realism and more for the Playboy cartoon image of executive life.

      •  I Have BBC America on Slime Warmer (4+ / 0-)

        or some provider that might rhyme with it, in the NE Ohio area on what (when we signed up) was called enhanced basic cable.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:04:27 PM PDT

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    •  I'd love to see Doctor Who (3+ / 0-)

      I missed the previous season and this one.  I just refuse to watch them out of order, and unless they have another marathon I can DVR to catch up, I'll just have to skip it.

  •  No loserly stories from today (4+ / 0-)
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    but my whole life has been somewhat loserly the last 5 months - at least on everything but the work front.  Work's been busy busy busy.   At last coming up for air and having time to comment instead of just quickly skimming.

    I went over to the Symphony box office on the first day that single tickets were for sale and bought tickets for all three Stephen Hough concerts.  I felt like a groupie.  The only other person I've ever done that for is Bruce Springsteen. :)

    If I win the lottery maybe I'll quit my job and follow him around the world and go to all his concerts.  Hough, I mean.  Not Springsteen.  Although I could do both ...

    •  Stephen Hough had one appearance this.... (2+ / 0-)
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      .....summer at The Proms, this concert.  Did you hear it?  It was broadcast on Symphonycast recently, and you still have time (I think) to give it a listen here.  Have you met SH in the CD selling queue at Powell when he's been here?

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:59:15 PM PDT

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  •  My Loser Story's Half a Billion Years Old. (3+ / 0-)
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    Worm tissue somewhere between 2' in from the entrance and 5' in from the exit.

    You'd think they'd have finished the debugging by now, but n-o-o-o-o-o-o-o.

    Well there's still enough good news, including flame-broiled prime beef, wild-caught fish, and broth enriched long grain & wild rice, and world oceangoing sailboat reporter Geraldo Rivera who as a result can be a very reality-based live hurricane reporter, now stationed in downtown NYC. Don't tune in yet, wait till tomorrow early when the ship hits the fan and give him a minute or two. You may want to avert your eyes considering the content of the Fox "News" crawls.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:12:04 PM PDT

    •  nice culinary stuff there (3+ / 0-)
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      I'll give Geraldo a miss, thanks :) .  Still, if you know what I mean, I hope that nothing bad happens to him in downtown NYC, and by implication.....

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:28:25 PM PDT

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  •  if i rec the post and your TJ, but don't read em, (3+ / 0-)
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    till later, it will be like saving the last few pieces of that smoked bluefish for a dreamy midnight snack...

    so i have, and will now get back to work.

    losers are just as good as geezers and wonks, and derps and dorks. i just love 'em a little more.

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:10:11 PM PDT

  •  I just want you all to know that fucksponge.com (2+ / 0-)
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    is still available for only $11.99 at Godaddy.  I checked it myself a couple of days ago.  

    Why?  Well, I have been reading Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends series, and enjoying the in depth research he did into Goth patois.  Words like "Fucksocks!"  (Which is like, "oh no!")

    And then a couple of days ago, I invented my own word.  Out of the clear blue!  Like genius!  I was talking in a post about how we need to get David Koch to debate Warren Buffet over how much income tax they should be paying.  And I remarked (and even now I can still remember how easily the word came to me) "We could even let that fucksponge Chris Wallace moderate it."

    And just like that, the word FUCKSPONGE was spawned.  It's interesting in a number of ways.  For instance, I have absolutely no need to define it.  It's self-defining!

    Just to be sure, I checked it up with a google search.  Nope.  No fucksponges out there.  But wait, that's not good enough!  So I went to Godaddy, because the real test of whether a word is new or not is if somebody has registered it.  Nope -- it was available in all top level domains.  That's the absolute proof, if any was needed, that I am the father of the Fucksponge.

    •  problem is that you can't say that..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....on the radio.  Intertubes are another matter, true, but not everyone reads DK.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:23:54 PM PDT

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