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Carlsbad-based self-help guru Deepak Chopra is reportedly getting paid big bucks to appear in a new series of commercials for Microsoft that attempt to rebut those long-running Apple “I’m a PC and I’m a Mac” spots making fun of Windows, in which Justin Long and John Hodgman play the Mac and PC characters. In Microsoft’s comeback, Chopra is seated in an easy chair behind a desk with a wall of books in back of him and says, “I’m a PC and a human being. Not a human doing. Not a human thinking. A human being.”

Helping to recast Microsoft’s image isn’t Chopra’s only cause these days. He recently dispatched an email to his fans attacking Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee: “Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from ‘us’ pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat.” In reference to Palin, he continued, “She can add mom to apple pie on her résumé, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress.” In March 2000, a superior court jury rejected a claim by Joyce Weaver that Chopra fired her from her seminar-organizing job in 1995 after she alleged he and a colleague had sexually harassed her. “I look at these people as hyenas after my blood and marrow just because they think I have money,” Chopra was quoted as saying at the time. Based on campaign-contribution records, Chopra was originally a Hillary Clinton backer, giving a total of $4600 in 2007. On July 28 of this year, he gave Barack Obama the same amount.

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jerome Oct. 1, 2008 @ 11:13 a.m.

GOOD FOR HIM! she has cleaned so many fish she smells fishy to me. wana be the next one floppin on the bank?

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ushi Oct. 8, 2008 @ 4:48 p.m.

Chopra is a misogynist and so are many faux feminists because they are not real women; when they see one, they are sexist, they call her dumb and insult her just 'cos she looks so good, gals come on. What she did in Alaska to the economy is OUTSTANDING and if Americans knew about it, they would all want some of her apple pie. SP is charismatic and that word VIRTUE, know what it means? Experienced in governing well rather than experienced in campaigning for the past few years, she rather than BO is an object of scorn and derision. Roe v W means that every time a woman supports life in less than your version of ideal conditions, you have to hate them because it does not make you feel so good about the trips to the clinics? Your irrational diatribes are intellectual but not intelligent or appropriate. Ill mannered, they say so much more about who you are than who she is. People should be able to find out who SP is and what she has done and dark prejudices in medisa people are preventing it. Shame on you!

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