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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Obama’s lizard-like teeth

Barack Obama has been honoured by having a newly discovered prehistoric lizard named Obamadon gracilis.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Talk radio is as real and honest as professional wrestling? The defence of those radio announcers involved in hoax phone calls has centred very much on the claim that everyone does it as stations the world over follow the great example of the industry in the United States. Which makes me wonder about this other example of how the US broadcasting system works.

On the Tabletmag website last year there was a revealing look at Premiere On Call, a service offered by Premiere Radio Networks, the largest syndication company in the United States and a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, the entertainment and advertising giant.

“Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service,” read the service’s website, which disappeared as this story was being reported . “We supply voice talent to take/make your on-air calls, improvise your scenes or deliver your scripts. Using our simple online booking tool, specify the kind of voice you need, and we’ll get your the right person fast. Unless you request it, you won’t hear that same voice again for at least two months, ensuring the authenticity of your programming for avid listeners.”

“The actors hired by Premiere to provide the aforementioned voice talents sign confidentiality agreements and so would not go on the record. But their accounts leave little room for doubt. All of the actors I questioned reported receiving scripts, calling in to real shows, pretending to be real people. Frequently, one actor said, the calls were live, sometimes recorded in advance, but never presented on-air as anything but real.”

Prudent people. The hesitancy of people about taking on debt continues. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported this morning that the trend series for the value of total personal finance commitments fell 0.2% in October compared with September. Revolving credit commitments fell 1.1%, while fixed lending commitments rose 0.5%.

The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total personal finance commitments fell 0.9%. Fixed lending commitments fell 0.9% and revolving credit commitments fell 0.8%.

Teeth like a lizard. Barack Obama has been honoured by having a newly discovered prehistoric lizard named Obamadon gracilis. In naming Obamadon gracilis, one of nine newly discovered species reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists combined the Latin “Obamadon” for “Obama’s teeth” and “gracilis,” which means slender.

Reuters reports Nick Longrich, a palaeontologist at the school in New Haven, Connecticut as saying “the lizard has these very tall, straight teeth and Obama has these tall, straight incisors and a great smile”.

Sick of end of year lists and best of awards? It’s that time of year again when desperate scribes turn to lists and awards to fill their column inches but do they amuse or annoy readers? As my space filler for the day I’ve got a little survey to find out your answer.

Do you find end of year lists and best of awards:
  • fascinating, can’t get enough of them!
  • annoying, please stop doing them!
  • Somewhere in between, I don’t want to look but I can’t help it!
CLICK HERE to provide your answer.

And one for the fascinated. And if you among those who find such things fascinating fun and have not yet taken part in our version of Time’s person of the year survey. There are just two days to do so before the magazine announces its choice. The tally so far:


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2 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Obama’s lizard-like teeth

  1. klewso

    Are these prank calls anymore than Candid Camera – without the camera?

  2. Kevin Tyerman

    Pushing agendas through talkback radio. How quaint!