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Monday, January 29, 2007

Accidental Protest?

posted by on January 29 at 17:21 PM

This past Saturday, more than 1,000 antiwar protesters marched here in Seattle. An organized protest. Just today, this photo popped into my e-mail box, from a friend in Germany. I have no idea where he got the photo, but it does make me wonder….


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It seems pretty unlikely that any business would put up a billboard listing it's phone number without including the area code.

Posted by doink | January 29, 2007 5:44 PM

Not in a metropolitan area like Seattle, perhaps, but in the Midwest, the South, and in the mountain West you'll see that a lot, since area code regions are so huge.

Nice photo, though.

Posted by david | January 29, 2007 5:51 PM

A quick Google shows that this is from Tucson, AZ:

Posted by Chris B | January 29, 2007 5:54 PM

It's not real. You can see the photoshop artifacts and the text is much clearer than the one above it. Also notice how there are no wrinkles in the lower billboard.

Posted by randomly | January 29, 2007 5:56 PM

Not that it matters much one way or the other, but where are these "photoshop artifacts", why would you expect the text to be similar on two unrelated billboards, and how can you be sure there are no wrinkles on the lower one given its white background? If someone were going to put in the effort, wouldn't they paste in something that registers higher than a '1' on the old unintentional irony meter?

Posted by ? | January 29, 2007 6:25 PM

Billions of dollars goes to the War effort and helping third world despots turn there country around , while we still do nothing for our own.

And that Asteroid is steadily hurtiling its way toward us while we fund stupid wars and give our money to China, to Africa, to Iraq etc, to everyone but ourselves. Theres some black people suffering in america to Sonny Bono. theres kids here who need homes to Hollywood.
After reading this its like.... Wheres the goddamn money America to rebuild and do something. Oh that 2 million in aid is nothing compared to 60 billion going into a warzone thats futile to begin with. Troops home now.

Posted by sputnik | January 29, 2007 7:04 PM

State officials have said city leaders failed to provide required documentation, which Nagin called cumbersome.

"I strongly urge you to return responsibility and accountability to the local government," he said.

Nagin's testimony comes nearly a week after President Bush drew fire for failing to mention recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast in his State of the Union speech.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat and presidential hopeful, addressed the committee, saying the president's failure to mention the disaster contributes to questions about whether the government is committed to helping New Orleans rebuild.

"I hope we get some answers to the questions today because rebuilding the city of New Orleans is not just good for the Gulf Coast or the state of Louisiana, it's good for our nation," Obama said.

Hillary/Obama 2008 lets get our priorities straight.

Save the planet- no more money for wars. spend the money on something meaningful like saving the planet.

Posted by sputnik | January 29, 2007 7:08 PM

It's obviously fake. For one thing, the text of the phone number appears to "float" above the billboard, because it isn't rotated properly.

Posted by A Nony Mouse | January 29, 2007 7:19 PM

Oh, yes. It's obviously fake for all sorts of subjective reasons. Sigh.

Posted by Skeptical of Skeptics | January 30, 2007 9:54 AM

Original source claims: "I found it on some advertising nerd website. It's not there anymore. but I remember that the picture was taken in AZ by somebody who works at"

This still doesn't prove Real vs. Fake, but the Arizona bad taste factor makes me lean a little more towards Real.

I used to live in Arizona. Churches in strip malls. People living out of Circle K's. Empty parking lots the size of football fields. It's a terrifying sprawl of suburban wasteland.

Posted by KELLY O | January 30, 2007 10:56 AM


Posted by Justin J | January 30, 2007 11:39 AM

I think it's fake, and sorta clever, but speaking as someone that's worked in art departments for 10 years now - it COULD have be real. Sometimes real photos, epecially compressed .jpeg's posted on the web, just look shitty and Photoshopped.

Posted by Dougsf | January 30, 2007 1:28 PM

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