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Emily's list: World Television Day edition

Believe it or not, today is World Television Day. The United Nations General Assembly declared it to be so based on the fact that on this day in 1996, the first World Television Forum was held. While much of the world may not have the privilege of television, we Americans can't live without our weekly fix of "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Daily Show." In today's weekly credit card roundup, we celebrate wonderful, entertaining, mind-numbing television.

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  1. If you've been watching television news, you'll know that Somali pirates have been hijacking ships and demanding goods. Get Out of Debt ponders how many rewards points these pirates would rack up if they put all their booty on credit cards!  
  2. Seeking Alpha tries to assess Disney's hefty debt situation. With a recession going on (come on, can you really still deny it?), less people are visiting Disney theme parks and less people are watching Disney on cable TV.
  3. Green Panda Treehouse explains how to fix mistakes on your credit report and how really to get your free credit report. While you probably have seen dozens of FreeCreditReport.com commercials on television of a guy working in a seafood restaurant or stuck living in a basement touting the free report you will get, forget about it -- there are catches.
  4. You know how in sitcoms, in the last five minutes, there is always a touching lesson that explains the moral of the story? Free Money Finance has a blog post that reminds me of one of those warm and fuzzy moments. It's about how important it is to think about how your financial decisions impact your relationships with others. Will putting a $2,500 big-screen television on your credit card without asking your wife's permission do you any good? Not so much.
  5. The Money Hawk teaches parents how to raise children with the mindset that knowledge is power. It's OK to encourage the kids to surf the Internet or turn on the tube when it's for the purpose of education. The "Suze Orman Show" would certainly provide some better life lessons than "Yo Gabba Gabba" (has anyone else seen the "Party in My Tummy" video?). 
  6. Blogging Stocks discusses a new partnership between TiVo and Domino's Pizza that will allow you to order a pizza simply by a click of your remote control. And I thought Amazon.com One-Click Shopping was a debt disaster waiting to happen ... think about how easy it will be to rack up charges every time you see something on TV that looks good, and only need to click one button to attain it? 
  7. These days, television commercials and even television show and movie editing come in short, fast bursts for the Adderall-ridden MTV generation. This lack of attention span spills over into other areas of our life, so The Simple Dollar explains how we can convert our short-term intensity on getting out of debt into long-term.
  8. Fire Finance shares four ways you can quickly build good credit. These are legitimate, unlike the get-rich-quick commercials you see on TV (such as the "Crazy like a fox" one).
  9. And last but not least, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity lists 100 great ideas for saving money on holidays this year. Following these tips will help you avoid racking up credit card debt, or at least as much as last year. One such tip includes shopping around for a new cable television plan.

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