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Cablevision vs. Fox Wed, Oct 20, 2010
I awoke this past Sunday morning to find out that my cable provider, Cablevision, was having a slap fight with Fox, and as a consequence, had dropped all programming from this major content producer, including that afternoon's Giants football game, the previous night's NLCS baseball game, and shows I enjoy like House and Fringe.  The story goes something like this:  Fox said, "Give us more money, losers," and Cablevision said, "We're totally unfriending you," and now Congress or the FCC or somebody is trying to step in and fix things.  As Wendy said, it's like parents fighting and taking it out on the kids.  Personally, I hope both companies go out of business and lose all their money and are forced to give me free cable for a year. #entertainment

Wait Wait laughs Wed, Oct 20, 2010
I've never heard a more annoying series of human laughs than on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.  Regular panelist Charlie Pierce sounds like one of those Muppets that sits in the balcony and heckles everything and everyone, Kyrie O'Connor sounds like she barely has the ability to get through a few seconds of laughter, and Amy Dickinson sounds like a chipmunk.  I'm not here to tell anybody how they should or shouldn't laugh, but seeing as how this is radio and the only physical sense I'm using while listening is my sense of hearing, it's hard for me to ignore things that are un-ignorable.  The least they could do is turn down the volume on the mics for panelists whose laughter makes my skin crawl. #entertainment