Drinking the Kool-Aid: A (Partial) 2006 Directory

The listing below includes scores of examples of the use of the phrase “Drinking the Kool-Aid” in 2006. The subdirectory will direct you to the various categories in which they appear.

Business

Hot money hunts metal, speculators fire up trading
by Suzanne McGee, Originally published in the New York Post, May 24, 2006

As the prices of gold, copper and other metals catapult to record levels, some Wall Street wise men are estimating that commodities prices may be goosed by as much as 50 percent by hot-money hedge funds and bubble-hunting speculators.

“Everyone has drunk the Kool-Aid,” said Bill O’Grady, director of futures research at A.G. Edwards in St. Louis, who said as much as $90 billion of institutional and individual assets may now be invested in commodity index funds, exchange-traded funds tied to gold, and other related products.”

Enron case was flimsy
by David Olive, Toronto Star. May 26, 2006

[T]he behaviour and public and private comments of Lay and Skilling during their entire time at Enron suggested they had drunk so much “get-rich-quick” Kool-Aid from the roaring late-1990s boom that they had not sobered up enough even by the fall of 2001 to recognize that Enron’s continued existence was imperilled. If they were playing a con game, and in significant degree they were, they managed to con themselves. (Lay, nearly broke, had to rely on family members to post his bail yesterday.)

Businesses Have Nothing to Fear But Fear itself
by Tom Potterfield, NH Business Review, May 26, 2006

Awash in managers, bereft of leaders, too many companies have become constipated by a technocratic mindset that confuses efficiency for effectiveness, tool kits for craftsmanship, scapegoating for accountability, preventing errors and defects for delivering a superb product and experience to a customer. It is why the “Big 3″ automakers, despite years of force-feeding the quality management Kool-Aid to their employees and suppliers, continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on product recalls and continue to lose market share.”

Pass the Kool-Aid, Please
by Lydia Loizides, Media Technology Futures, June 28, 2006

So I ask you, why have we been clamoring over the impact of DVR? Shouldn’t we be celebrating the possibilities that VoD offers brands? More importantly, have I just drunk too much of my own Kool-Aid? You tell me.

Glide: An alternate view
by  Rafe Needleman, C/NET News, July 11, 2006

The ambitious online suite Glide Effortless has gotten glowing press, including some here at CNET. With the release of two new Glide applications this week, a word processor and a calendar, I thought I’d try it out and see what the fuss is about. Unfortunately, the Kool-Aid Glide CEO Donald Leka fed me wasn’t appropriately spiked, because I can’t make myself love the suite — although I do love what it aspires to.

Switching from Windows to Mac
by Robyn Peterson, PCMag.com, July 11, 2006

I wasn’t born with a Mac in my hands, but I grew up drinking Apple’s Kool-Aid. Lots of kids had imaginary friends, some played Little League or lusted after scout badges, but my childhood revolved around a boxy, and what now seems to be excruciatingly inadequate, Apple IIe.

Keeping BT Fed And Watered
by Steve Smith, Media Post Publications, July 21, 2006

Netplus marketing CEO Robin Neifield has executed as many BT campaigns as almost anyone in the business. A big believer in the effectiveness of the format, she started incorporating BT techniques four years ago for a mix of performance-oriented clients that include retail, e-commerce, and catalog firms. But don’t drown in the Kool-Aid, Neifield warns even the most devoted fans of this technology.

Staying Parallel
by Vik Bangia, GlobeSt.com, Corporate Real Estate, August 7, 2006

For an industry that has nothing to do with auto repair (we’re not talking about retail here), service providers do talk a lot about alignment. If you read the marketing material, you’ll notice the concept of aligning real estate and business goals is of paramount importance. You’d think we all drank the same Kool-Aid.

The Next Big Thing: ‘Kool aid’-style business service management
by Denise Dubie, Computerworld, San Francisco, September 11, 2006

A holistic way of tackling application and infrastructure issues was one of the main topics discussed at a recent BMC user conference. HealthSouth invested in BMC products and “drank the BSM Kool-Aid”, Foy says, to evolve IT operations from responding to issues reactively to a department that used consistent processes and managed services across some 1,200 network devices and 650 production servers. Committed to getting results within 90 days, HealthSouth worked with a systems integrator, used processes laid out within BMC’s product sets and dedicated two staff members to making over the department’s approach to infrastructure management.

It’s What’s Going On
by Jim Smith, Tire Review Online, 5 Oct 06

By and large, tire companies are a lot better ‘business partners’ than they were 20-odd years ago when I first broke into this industry. Back in the day, there were some obvious differences between marketers.. Some are victims of their own Kool-Aid and firmly believe they can do no wrong. Some think dealers are out of touch or out to get them. Others don’t seem to notice. And that is a shame.

Perspective: A day in the high-tech life
by Eric J. Sinrod, C/NET News, October 18, 2006

Do you ever feel like a robot, responding on mindless autopilot to a constant and wide array of wired and wireless stimuli? Information technology is good; information technology is great. (Yes, I have sipped the IT Kool-Aid.)

Avoid the Bank Stock Kool-Aid
by Mike Larson, Money & Markets, October 20, 2006

Is it some weird cult thing? Maybe everyone on Wall Street should start wearing gray jumpsuits and perfectly white sneakers . because it sure seems like all these so-called experts have had too much of the “crazy” Kool-Aid.

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Politics & Public Policy Issues

When Terry Met Peggy
by Bruce Reed, May 3, 2006

Failure to Launch: What do you get when you mix a Bush 41 speechwriter with a Sunday celebrity from Fox? Well, if Peggy Noonan and Terry Bradshaw had a grown son together, he might sound a lot like Tony Snow. To paraphrase Stevie Wonder, baloney and irony go together in perfect harmony.

It’s too early to predict whether these talents will combine for greatness or disaster. But so far, the results look promising. Asked by Cox News whether he would be frank with the president, Snow delivered this gem:

“They want people to express their opinions. You’re not coming here to drink the Kool-Aid. You’re coming here to serve the president. And at this particular juncture I think what you want is as much honest counsel as you can get.”

Planners intent on roads to nowhere
by Tony Kumura, North County Times, Escondido, CA, May 4, 2006

To Supervisor Horn and the other San Diego County supervisors, don’t make us swallow the flawed thinking of building more roads like purple Kool-Aid. Stop trying to divert commuter traffic onto rural areas and neighborhoods like Las Posas. Expand Twin Oaks Valley Road to immediately solve the area traffic congestion today.

Battle Lines Thicken In Rt. 50 Corridor
by Dan Telvock, Leesburg Today, Leesburg,VA, May 5, 2006

“If development really fixed all of this, our roads would be better and our taxes would be lower,” McGimsey said. “I’m not drinking that Kool-Aid.”

Putting an Iraqi face on the fight: U.S. goal: Turn battlefield over to Iraqis by year’s end
by John Koopman, San Francisco Chronicle, May 21, 2006 (page 4)

Maj. Michael Motley, 37, of Spring Lake, N.J., leads a Mitt team that works in Fallujah with the 2nd Battalion, considered one of the best in Iraq. It owns battle space in the northwest corner of the city. The Mitts and Pitts will be the last Americans out of Iraq, if everything goes the way the U.S. planners hope. “I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid on the Iraqi army,” Motley said, indicating he was on board with the project. “This is the way we’re going to finish this up.”

Kim, Aggie and cowboys
by Simon Hoggart, The Guardian, May 24, 2006

John Reid arrived to speak to the home affairs committee at the Commons. He was followed by a flock – it seemed like several dozens – of officials from the Home Office. He looked like a cult leader shepherding his followers into a compound, where he would soon invite them to drink Kool-Aid.

Drinking the Kool Aid
by Andy Prutsok, Suffolk News-Herald, Suffolk,VA, May 24, 2006

Does anyone else find the blind faith that so many people seem to place in our government (whether national, state or even local) the least bit disturbing?

I know I do. I believe government is inherently evil and if left to its own devices it will trample the rights of citizens and spend money like a drunken sailor. We should never give government the benefit of the doubt.

Standing up for civil liberties and keeping the power of government in check is the definition of patriotism.

Marty Kaplan: The Bush Stops Here
by Marty Kaplan, The Huffington Post, May 28, 2006

Low poll numbers must be Kool-Aid. Apparently W now thinks he’s Harry Truman. Reaching past Richard Nixon, the Republican predecessor whose cellar ratings and contempt for the law he most resembles, Bush told West Point graduates on Memorial Day weekend that actually he has a Democrat for a Doppelganger.

Good riddance, but dire torment remains in Iraq
by James Klurfeld, Newsday, June 9, 2006

The headline-grabbing news of the past 24 hours is the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. It is, no doubt, a very positive development. But anybody who believes that al-Qaida is at the root of our problems in Iraq is still drinking the poison-spiked Kool-Aid that the Bush administration has been pushing from the beginning of the Iraq misadventure. The poisoned Kool-Aid I refer to is the contention that al-Qaida is behind all our problems in Iraq. Or that Iraq is the key battle in the fight against terrorism. It just isn’t so.

Doctors should not feel put out over tort reform
Editorial, Macon (GA) Telegraph, June 18, 2006

Like many of their sick patients, intelligent doctors wanted to believe a diagnosis of hope. They wanted to believe there was a cure for their escalating malpractice insurance disease. They drank the Kool-Aid and fought the good fight, only to watch any benefit from their lobbying efforts go to insurance charlatans and their legislative partners.

Oil Crisis Flows Deeper than Pump Prices
by Byron Williams, The Huffington Post, June 27, 2006

As you read this piece look around and see just how dependent you are on oil. The plastic cup from which we drink, the keys on the computer from which we type, or the produce that sits on our tables are all oil dependant. We can continue to drink the Kool-Aid of immigration and same-sex marriage debate, but neither issue stands to impact the nation as does escalating oil prices along with the increased global competition.

O’Reilly’s memory lapse: claimed he has “never said liberal America wants the USA to lose in Iraq”
Media matters for America, July 20, 2006

Summary: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claimed he has “never said liberal America wants the USA to lose in Iraq.”Media Matters for America has found numerous examples in which he has asserted that very thing. O’Reilly retorted that he has “never” made such an accusation. He advised the viewer to “lay off the Kool-Aid” and “stay off the dishonest websites.” (Inlcudes video with “Kool-Aid Alert”)

Royal Mess
by Rick Bell, Calgary Sun, August 4, 2006

Didn’t [Alberta Prime Minister Ralph Klein] tell us in ’93 he listened and he cared? Didn’t he say he was a man of the people who cut his teeth in working-class taverns? Didn’t Calgarians drink his Conservative Kool-Aid, applauding his actions long after his policies favoured the privileged more than the working stiff and the poor?

Debt-cutting scars city
by Rick Bell, Calgary Sun, August 30, 2006

[T]he city holds the bag and catches all the grief from citizens who can’t bring themselves to criticize their beloved Tories, no matter the level of incompetence. In fact, if you attack the province the same souls complaining about conditions will turn and label any critics tax-and-spend liberals. The Conservative Kool-Aid is mighty strong.

On Point: 9/11 Kool-Aid
by Vincent Carroll, Rocky Mountain News, August 10, 2006

The conspiracy theorists boast Web sites elaborating their complicated theses. They cite scientific experts to explain why the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center building looks an awful lot like a deliberate demolition; why fire and airliner impact alone could not bring down a steel-framed skyscraper; why the failure to produce the airplanes’ black boxes from the rubble is so darkly suspicious, and so on, and on… “Traitors” like me do indeed have a hard time swallowing that particular mix of Kool-Aid. To us, in fact, it bears a remarkable resemblance to swill.

Watching Lebanon
by Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, August 21, 2006

Bush’s strongest supporter in Europe continues to be British Prime Minister Tony Blair, but many in Blair’s own Foreign Office, as a former diplomat said, believe that he has “gone out on a particular limb on this” – especially by accepting Bush’s refusal to seek an immediate and total ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. “Blair stands alone on this,” the former diplomat said. “He knows he’s a lame duck who’s on the way out, but he buys it” – the Bush policy. “He drinks the White House Kool-Aid as much as anybody in Washington.” The crisis will really start at the end of August, the diplomat added, “when the Iranians” – under a United Nations deadline to stop uranium enrichment – “will say no.”

Kool-Aid drinking Republicans
by Joseph Farah, “Between the Lines,” WorldNetDaily, Grants Pass, OR, August 26, 2006

I’m not going to pretend that Bush is something he’s not – a good leader following the Constitution, defending the country and standing up for American principles. I’m not going to drink that Kool-Aid. Not now. Not ever.

State senator counters Jeb’s endorsement
by Bill Cotterell, Fort Myers [FL] News-Press, August 28, 2006

[Florida State Sen. Alex] Villalobos was stripped of the Senate majority leader’s job late in this spring’s session for not supporting [Gov. Jeb] Bush in his efforts to relax the class-size constitutional amendment and restore tuition vouchers for students. Argenziano joined the handful of Republicans voting with the Democrats to block the governor, saying she could not “drink the Kool Aid” and follow party orthodoxy on those issues. Argenziano referred to [Miami-Dade School Board member Frank] Bolanos as “the light-weight, Kool Aid-drinking toady poseur. . . . Just what we need to make good public policy: Another blind follower.”

Democrats Are Going For Broke
by Ken Hughes, Theconservativevoice, Kernersville, N.C., August 31, 2006

Rumor has it Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel have already ordered their coronation robes and crowns they’re that convinced they’ll take back the house in November, could it be their crystal ball’s clouded with Kool-Aid. How many elections have there been the media made predictions one way and voters went the opposite way.

Do You Feel Safer?
by Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2006

Five years after 9/11, the Bush administration has run out of troops, ideas and political capital. But there’s still plenty of Kool-Aid in the White House fridge. That’s why President Bush was able to assure us this week that “America is safer” after five years of the war on terror. we need to address the political grievances that drive ordinary people to support terror in the first place. Not interested? Fine, have some more Kool-Aid. Just don’t try to make the rest of us drink it too.”

Will Western civilization survive television news?
by Terry Garlock, The Citizen.com, Fayetteville,GA

I get it that far too many Americans have become addicted to the spiked Kool-Aid called TV news, a medium tailored to agenda-driven reports that paint our President as the enemy.

Get everyone to drink the Kool-Aid
by Rory Satran, Editorsweblog, September 29, 2006

Traditional newspapers and online news have historically been opposing forces in the media world… Perhaps the future of news lies in the complete integration of print and online. Michael Riley, editor of Virginia’s Roanoke Times, shared his paper’s success with print and online integration in the Spring 2006 Nieman Reports. Riley espoused the need for total cooperation between the print and online sides of a newspaper, to the point where there is no longer any distinction between the two. Riley thinks that newsrooms should “Get everyone to drink the Kool-Aid.” That is to say, break down the barriers between print and online in a major way. Be brave and be democratic. The ideal is for a new journalistic hybrid to emerge, one that combines the speed and plurality of the Internet with the rigor of print newspapers…

So, yes, we should get everyone to drink the Kool-Aid. But maybe just a sip.

Neo-conservatism: the anatomy of groupthink
by Abukar Arman, Originally published in Tikkun Magazine, Berkeley, CA, October 1, 2006

In his essay titled “Drinking The Kool-Aid”, Col W. Patrick Lang who is a former defense intelligence officer describes a daunting case of paranoia- based “groupthink” that is prevalent in Washington and warns against a dangerous trend that is driving the current US foreign policy in high speed and without brakes, so to speak. Thanks to the Neo-conservative movement.

Today, according to Col Lang, people in high places who are entrusted with national security and public interest are by their own admission confessing to have “drank the Kool-Aid”- a phrase referring to the Jonestown tragedy but euphemistically confessing to joining the Neocons.

(lengthy discussion of Jonestown follows)

Livin’ the life aquatic
Columbus Ledger Enquirer, 8 Oct 06

The news from Washington, D.C., gives new meaning to the term “bassackwards.” . It’s just further evidence that the whole world’s gone nuts. And the fact that the Potomac flows through our nation’s capital could explain a lot. Maybe our national leaders have been drinking the water. Maybe that’s what the critics mean when they say the politicians up there “drank the Kool-Aid.”

Ted Turner can’t choose sides in the War on Terror
by Jessica deGraffenreid, Family Security Matters, October 10, 2006

Once again Ted Turner has turned to the Kool Aid to help him frame his thoughts about America and his patriotism toward her. For someone to whom America has allowed and given so much, it is mind boggling that he still needs to contemplate the President’s words: You are either with us or against us.” If Turner needs to think about that, he needs to put that Kool Aid DOWN.

I drank the “We’ll show them!” kool aid in 1992
by gensec, Redstate.com, October 18, 2006

I’m one of those Republicans who threw away my vote in 1992, because I believed Bush 41 was betraying the Reagan Revolution.

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Sports

WWE Legends: Demolition
by Eric Schomburg, Originally published in American Chronicle, May 7, 2006

From a wrestling fan’s perception, if anyone believes that Demolition was a “clone” or an emulation of the Road Warriors is DEAD WRONG. Of course at that time it could have been the idea or even a feigned attempt to emulate the Road Warriors, but they were certainly not a ripoff of the Road Warriors, or the WWE”s version of the Road Warriors. Anyone who says that Demolition was a Road Warriors ripoff is, to quote Eric Bischoff, “drinking their own Kool-Aid and living in their own vacuum.”

On Mother’s Day, 1 Sports Mom Looks Back
by Sheila Norman-Culp, Originally published by Associated Press, May 13, 2006

Once your child reaches high school, you have drunk the Kool-Aid. You are so deeply enmeshed in the sports tribe that its value system parallels your own.

Reality may be tough to swallow for FSU baseball team
by Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat, May 22, 2006

The cupcake schedule of February and March was accompanied by plenty of Kool-Aid. And a lot of us drank it. At the midway point of the regular season – a 14-8 victory over North Florida – FSU was averaging 9.5 runs per game. FSU hit five homers in that game for a total of 39 at mid-term. That was just 16 shy of the entire 2005 campaign. Two starters were hitting over .400. No starting pitcher had a defeat. And the defense was solid despite youth at key spots.

Kool-Aid all around… [Coach Mike] Martin, for one, remains hopeful with expectations and goals still high. And the only Kool-Aid he knows about is the kind he might sip with his grandson.

Who’s the Best RB in the NFL?
Seahawks Huddle, May 27, 2006

4) Clinton Portis – I’m drinking the Clinton Portis kool-aid mainly because he is still very young (24) yet has proven a lot. I know this maybe a little high but I am impressed in how he is becoming a bigger and stronger RB.

NASCAR Closer To Reality In Kitsap
seattlest.com, June 2, 2006

It looks like supporters of a NASCAR track in Kitsap County made some progress this week after selling state Reps Adam Smith and Norm Dicks on the whole thing. [A] News Tribune article makes it seem like those two are chugging the Kool Aid:

Smith said the proposal from International Speedway Corp. could finally provide the region with a major sports tourism draw somewhere other than King County.

And more importantly, he said, it would generate more out-of-state tourism dollars than Safeco Field, Qwest Field or any other sports venue in the state.

Purple-powered Cats
by Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona, June 5. 2006

Everything about Northwestern is purple, right down to the color of Gatorade the team drinks in the dugout.

They call it “Kool-Aid.” After beating UCLA 3-1 to become the darlings of the Women’s College World Series on Sunday, these Wildcats can call their beverages anything they like.

“Everyone’s starting to drink the purple Kool-Aid,” senior Jamie Dotson said.

ACC the top conference? We’ll wait and see
by Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsLine.com, June 16, 2006

The ACC is the best conference on the planet.

You missed the news? You were one of the few, apparently, who didn’t drink the complimentary Kool-Aid last month in Amelia Island, Fla. The conference used its spring meetings as a propaganda platform.

Getting A Grip
“Omar Kelly on Miami Hurricanes,” Ft. Lauderdale [FL] SunSentinel, September 7, 2006

Those who follow me for a while know I’m not a Kool Aid drinker. I’m not a CEO lover or hater. I usually just give it to you straight as I see it, and the truth is things aren’t as bad as Monday night’s 13-10 loss have made them seem.

Did You Drink The Kool Aid?
by Darren K. Carlson, Big Red Network, LincolnNE,  September 12, 2006

“Did you drink the Kool-Aid?” It’s a question, along with some variants (“He didn’t drink the Kool-Aid”, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid”) that I’m hearing more and more these days. It’s popping up everywhere from corporate in-speak to political talk radio. I hear it most often in the context of college football.

If somebody really likes a team or a pick, then they “drank the Kool-Aid”. I get that it is a catchy metaphor for complete commitment. In fact, it may even surpass “I’m all in”, as the buzz phrase of the day if the poker craze ever wears thin. But, when you stop and consider the context of that phrase for a second, it really is inappropriate or concerning. And, that concern may never be greater than during this week, when more and more Husker fans gulp the Kool-Aid liberally, believing NU has a chance to beat USC.

Bad opener puts GM Savage in line of fire
by Roger Brown, Originally published in Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 13, 2006

So, what are those loud scrubbing and shuffling sounds you’ve been hearing around town in the 72 hours or so since the Browns’ embarrassing season-opening loss to New Orleans? Well, the scrubbing sound is that of numerous area pundits and fans – full of overly optimistic visions of the Browns as a .500-caliber team – now furiously trying to wipe off those brown-and-orange moustaches from deeply drinking the team’s Kool-Aid before the season.

The No. 2 team in the nation is coming? Count me in
by Ricky Nelson, The Advance Titan, September 21, 2006

It could be wishful thinking, but I’m drinking the Oshkosh football Kool-Aid this week.

Pass the Kool-Aid
by David Vecsey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 25, 2006

OK, if I hear you guys correctly, you’re saying that the Thrashers defense is so much improved that the team can withstand a moderate dropoff in offensive production and still be a playoff team. If you guys believe it, then I’ll believe it, too, I guess. I trust your opinions.

Army football sideline smack
Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record, October 01, 2006

You must be drinking from the same vat of Kool-Aid as those cadets who thought Army had a couple of cupcakes on their schedule. There are bad games, and then there are games where you give up 31 points in the first half. Flat doesn’t even begin to cover it.

U-M could bring Smith’s demise
by Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press, October 1, 2006

The Wolverines’ 28-14 triumph pushed those already lapping up the Blue Kool-Aid another step closer in their comparisons between this edition and the 1997 co-national champions.

Brady and Cassel: Two wild ‘n crazy guys
by Steve Krause, Daily Item, Lynn, MA, October 9, 2006

Oh, those crazy New England Patriots. The team that is often accused of being so bland and so colorless that it’s obvious everyone drinks from the same vat of Kool-Aid sure knows how to have frat house fun behind the scenes.

Florida Fans Are Living The Urban Myth
by Jay Coulter, AOL Sports, Oct 12, 2006

It’s pretty fun to watch these Florida fans drink the Kool-Aid. They beat a decent LSU team at home and now they think they’re headed to Arizona in January. Never mind, that Alabama had them on their heels for three quarters or that they struggled against Kentucky. How long will it take the Gator “faithful” to start booing Chris Leak Saturday night? You can bet if they fall behind early, they’ll turn on him faster than Steve Spurrier left town. After all, Florida used to be somebody. Now pass the Kool-Aid.

Patriot Fans Spoiled? Some Are
by Stan Jaksina, PatsFans.com, October 14, 2006

Spoiled fans? Yes, there are some, unfortunately; many just don’t get it. Some might think I’m just a kool aid drinker, but if looking at this with knowledge and perspective means that, so be it. If others wish to complain and miss the parade, it’s their loss. Drink up, in years, not only will there might not be kool aid, but water might be scarce as well.

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Culture and Entertainment

Fall Out Boy
by Heather Adler, Originally published by Dose.ca, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 8, 2006

[Fall Out Boy leader Pete] Wentz quickly got over the nudie shots, laughing at himself and coming to terms with the fact that he can’t ask for people to hang on his every word and crave everything he puts out and expect nobody will take it that extra, indecent step. “People in bands that expect (people not to pry) don’t know what they’re talking about,” he explains. “They say ‘I didn’t sign up for this,’ but I think the minute you’re asking people to drink the Kool-Aid with you, then you are.

New England is so confusing
by Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press, May 20, 2006

Captain Video says: “Like Bravo, once semi-high-minded A&E drank the reality TV Kool-Aid and has found success with reality shows about bounty hunters (“Dog: The Bounty Hunter”), tattoo artists (“Inked”), shrill bottle blondes with Mafia connections (“Growing Up Gotti”) and others. But don’t despair, Ceil. “Veronica Mars” dodged the cancellation bullet and will be paired with “Gilmore Girls” Tuesday nights on the new CW network this fall.

Two By Two: Spiritual musicians lead their followers to the boat
by Andy Beta, Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages, May 24, 2006

Current 93’s music is similarly chilling, tasting of hemlock and belladonna. Yet it may take a high priestess or Aleister Crowley follower to decipher songs like “This Autistic Imperium Is Nihil Reich”… or lines linking maggots and cabbage and a “Cosmic Shirley Temple.” Here’s hoping such a concoction doesn’t taste like the Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

‘Selectively popular’ flicks are oddly appealing
by Craig Outhier, East Valley (AZ) Tribune, June 18, 2006

Cult movie is such an ugly term. When we hear it, all we can think of are film buffs huddled in a basement, watching “Can’t Stop the Music” and sipping poisoned Kool-Aid. “Selectively popular” is more like it.

Clip This
by Michael Slenske, Men.Style.com, July 14, 200

For four years now, I’ve refused to join my buddies on Friendster (we’re already friends-why would I want to become virtual friends?), and more recently, fought the urge to drink the Kool-Aid that is the MySpace cult.

‘Candy’ isn’t so dandy
by Steve Persall, St. Petersburg Times, July 20, 2006

Strangers with Candy (R) (85 min.) – The fine line between stupid and clever is obliterated in this prequel to a canceled Comedy Central series that somehow keeps being referred to as a cult classic. If this is a cult, I’d rather drink the Kool-Aid.

Movie review: ‘Lady in the Water’ is needlessly complicated
by Christopher Borrelli, The Toledo Blade, July 21, 2006

It reveals a filmmaker who has lost all perspective, who’s been sipping his own Kool-Aid, who severs ties with a studio when an executive attends a birthday party with her son rather than read his script – on a Sunday.

Drinking the Kool-Aid
by Amanda Berne, San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 2006

A couple of places around town really have the cult food thing figured out — if you want to make people line up, drool and drop some cash, you have to offer a very limited selection.

The best time you’ll have at a bad movie
by Forrest Hartman, Louisville Courier Journal, August 18, 2006

Snakes on a Plane, or SOAP, is a patently bad movie. So bad that it’s destined to become a cult classic. I’m safe with this prediction because the SOAP congregation is already operating. And, Thursday night, I was willingly downing the Kool-Aid.

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
by Tommy Up, Philadelphia Weekly, August 30, 2006

Snakes on a Plane was pretty much the biggest thing on the planet until last weekend. It was everywhere. The Internets was going nuts. It was  sort of a big in-joke/experiment-this was going to be the next big thing that would demonstrate how we no longer need a quality  product if the right hype is there. And damn . the hype was there. This was supposed to signal the death of traditional advertising  for films. The Kool-Aid was there and Hollywood was sitting around to see if we drank it. Thing is, no one did.

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Miscellaneous

When Bad Things Happen to Good Postdocs
by Lincoln Webber, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 3, 2006

(Article about how to deal with oppressive postdoc supervisors)

Lesson No. 4: Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Don’t let them convince you, either explicitly or implicitly to keep silent. Make sure that you tell as many people as possible what is going on. Seek out the people who don’t like or respect your supervisor, and see if they can help.

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