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Viral Video: Czech President Pen Caper (and Inevitable Facebook Campaign)

A video of Czech President Vaclav Klaus sneakily pocketing a fancy pen at a signing ceremony has, of course, continued to rack the views on YouTube.

And–also, of course–there is now a Facebook campaign to send him more pens.

Klaus, who does not seem to get the profound silliness of the Internet, has declared that pens are for the keeping when it comes to official duties.

All true, but his stylus caper looks pretty hysterical when set to music, as it was by this Czech television news program:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald