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Spain gets first glimpse of PM's goth daughters

The United States State Department got a crash course in the perils of social networking over the weekend.

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero and his family posed for a picture with Barack and Michelle Obama at the U.N. What the Zapateros didn't know was that the picture would be posted online to the State Department's Flickr page. This wouldn't normally be a problem, except that the people of Spain have never seen any pictures of the prime minister's daughters before.

Spanish Goths/Punks approve of the picture because, well, let's say the girls appear to shop at Hot Topic. (Asunto Caliente?)

Spanish media was conflicted over the photo, many of them published it on the front page; however the state-owned news agency, EFE, did not run the photo. EFE said, "They should not have their personal rights prejudiced by the prime minister's decision to take them to New York."

The prime minister's office was trying to get all of the photos down, claiming he tries to keep his children out of the public eye. A noble cause, it seems there should be some middle ground between the Spanish case and this.

Photo via Gawker.

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How is Family Guy a threat to the Bolivarian Revolution?

Venezuela banned an airing of Family Guy last week after Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami took offense to one episode in which the family dog, Brian, leads a movement to legalize marijuana. (Whole episode here.)

Stations that still air canine-cannabis propaganda will be fined, according to El Aissami. Hugo Chávez's government doesn't have much of a taste for U.S. cartoons. Last year The Simpsons was also deemed unsuitable.

"The government considers it to be a series that isn't appropriate for that time [11 am] because it isn't appropriate for children," said Elba Guillen a spokeswoman for the privately-owned Venezuelan station Televen.

The station avoided getting fined for airing The Simpsons by replacing it with a much more family-friendly show.

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