On Monday, a new documentary on The Yes Men, a group of pranksters who lampoon corporate behavior, will premiere on HBO, Reuters reported.[1]  --  The film will open in theaters in October....


A student hoax won a 5,000-euro prize from Paris Match last week.  --  The popular magazine was taken in by a photo essay on student poverty in France, the London Independent reported Saturday.[1]  --  Guillaume Chauvin and Rémi Hubert of the École supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg revealed the hoax at the prize ceremony at the Sorbonne, reading a statement saying that they wanted to make a "powerful artistic gesture" attacking the "voyeurism" and gullibility of the press.  --  The jury gave them the trophy and the check anyway, but Paris Match later blocked payment.  --  A TV interview with the students has been posted on the France 3 website.[2]  --  In another interview, this one with L'Express, translated below, they said they were "look[ing] for a way of upsetting the supposed objectivity of photography."[3] ...


In his inimitable way, Jon Stewart cut this week to the heart of the debate in the Obama administration over whether to prosecute U.S. officials guilty of violating U.S. and international law forbidding torture.  --  "This is our conundrum," Stewart said, after invoking the post-WWII Japanese war crimes trials) conducted by the United States government in 1946-1951 that led to 920 executions from among the more than 5,700 individuals indicted.[1]  --  "Do we prosecute government officials for sanctioning the techniques our enemies had once used on us that we deemed brutally immoral, or acknowledge the breaking of laws but give our officials a temporary insanity defense for what were probably good faith attempts to protect a scared-***less population — and while we're at it, belatedly apologize to the Japanese guys that we killed."  --  "Is there an E-card for that, by the way?  Actually, I think there is.  It's a cat in a cowboy hat dancing very slowly. . . ."