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Bush IPOD publicity stunt backfires?

Bush publicity stunt backfires? It says in this Herald Tribune article that George Bush gets music to his iPod from a friend. Otherwise known to us lowlife pirateers as p2p filesharing! How cool is that. Maybe he’ll help pass some laws that gives the rest of us immunity from procecution so we can headbang to Garth Brooks while playing golf without feeling so darn guilty. :)

White House Letter: ‘Boomer rock’ keeps Bush’s heart in tune: “The president also has an eclectic mix of songs downloaded into his iPod from Mark McKinnon, a biking buddy and his chief media strategist in the 2004 campaign. Among them are “Circle Back” by John Hiatt, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” by Joni Mitchell and “My Sharona,” the 1970s song by The Knack that Joe Levy, a deputy managing editor in charge of music coverage at Rolling Stone, cheerfully branded “suggestive if not outright filthy” in an interview last week.”

It looks like the original source of this article is The New York Times

A sampling from President Bush’s iPod; some songs were selected by Mark McKinnon, the chief media strategist in the 2004 campaign:

John Fogerty, “Centerfield”

Van Morrison, “New Biography,” “Brown Eyed Girl”

John Hiatt, “Circle Back”

Alan Jackson

George Jones

Alejandro Escovedo, “Castanets” Joni Mitchell, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care”

The Gourds, “El Paso”

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, “Swinging From the Chains of Love”

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “The House is Rockin’ “

James McMurtry, “Valley Road”

The Thrills, “Say It Ain’t So” The Knack, “My Sharona”

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On September 7th, 2003, President Bush announced on national television that he was going to ask the Congress to grant him an additional $87 billion dollars for the fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2004, to continue the fight on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since before then, to the end of September, 2007, the United States has dedicated approximately $315 billion dollars to the cause.

87 billion is an impossible amount to comprehend. Or it was, until http://87billion.com came along and did it for us!

Scary and sad, yes, but also a great example of how designers can help people understand extremely abstracts concepts (like money and war).