Why the WGA fights

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Like two day old herpies… the SCABS emerge (WGA strike news)

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Phony Craigslist Ad Uncovers Real Scabs

This Craigslist ad went up Monday night, “Network television situation comedy seeks non-WGA humor writers to write scripts for weekly network series during the current strike. Salary negotiable.”

Turns out the ad was phony and placed by a reporter for the New York Press. Some 80+ responses came in within 24 hours. “It’s a funny/sad expose of the willingness of young, desperate comedy writers to break into the tv business, on the backs of striking union members,” the paper’s editor-in-chief David Blum said. Some applicants:

Hi! What series would I be scabbing for?

Hello: I am a scab.
But I’m funny.
Please send more details about this opportunity.
Don’t pick on me.
I am a scab.

Hi, I’m a comedy writer interested in learning more about your needs. Can I do it anonymously so I don’t get in trouble with the WGA or anyone else for that matter?

We’re writers of a number of comedies, including independent films, original screenplays and sitcoms… don’t feel sorry for the WGA writers one bit… thanks.

I will be a scab.


Hi, Do you require that the person is living in NY/USA? I do not live in the USA. Currently I live in Asia. I am interested in the sitcom writers job if I can do it over the Internet. I await your reply.

i’m not associted [sic] with the WGA…
who are you? information from you gets you information from me.

Hello, Let me cut to the chase, my name is [REDACTED] and I am damn fine writer…

Hi There, My name is [REDACTED] and I am a cracker-jack comedy writer with a warm, collaborative style… Personally, I enjoy traveling, long walks on the beach, harrowing weather, Dexter, and clams on the half and peppermint chicklets.

Hello, My name is [REDACTED]… I am a [REDACTED]. I am also a capable writer. I watched the strike in person and those people aren’t funny. I currently make $300-$500 a day so pay would have to be in that range… My wife has her masters degree so that means I’m smart!!!

To Whom It May Concern,
I am very interested in writing for your television network. I have an imagination that stretches extremely wide, my writing has a stylish edge to it and my wit can knife right through you.

By late Monday evening at least one applicant had regained her conscience, having applied only hours earlier for the phantom job:

Hi – I’ve been haunted all day by my response to your ad – even if you would contact little ol’ me, I just can’t do it! I have to support the guild writers! Good luck with your show.

And then there was the moral high ground of this emailer:

Does the word SCAB mean anything to you? Yes, please, let me get blacklisted before I even start, that’d be awesome.


David Kelly Was Killed

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UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly, 59, was found dead near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was named as the source of a BBC story that claimed the Government had “sexed up” a dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

This from the BBC: “After being publicly named [Kelly] told MPs he did not believe he was the story’s main source – after admitting to his managers he had met the Today programme’s Andrew Gilligan. Two days after facing MPs he was found dead, after apparently taking his own life. The BBC confirmed on 20 July 2002 that the scientist was their principal contact.”

But now new evidence suggests he was murdered, according to the UK Mirror.

Read it here

But people have been calling this murder as far back as 2004, as witnessed by the Prison Planet article found here.

Graphic taken from the website

Mars Attacks!!

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Fans of the Burton film (and I enjoy it myself), feast now upon what could have been. The following are highlights from the actual bubble gum trading card series…







For all the cards and the full, true, story of mankind’s… strike that… America’s war with Mars, click here.

PS: To Burton’s credit he got a lot of it right. Some of the best cards I didn’t post because they are scenes in the film. Still, the march of the giant insects subplot and the counter strike on Mars… mmm… would’ve been sweet.

Artist Of The Week: David DeVries

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“It was then, at age 33, that I decided to take all the lessons about color, action and detail and apply them to little kid’s drawings.”


David is taking the drawings of his neice, son and other children around him and turning them into stunning work.


What a wonderful way to creatively empower children, by giving deep value to their visions and showing them what a further understanding of craft can achieve.

He’s touring schools with his program. Please visit his site and support his work.

He can be found at The Monster Engine.