I love the TED stuff, especially since it’s all on youtube in h.264 now, so it can be watched on AppleTV in HD I’ve spent so much time on there. TED-surfing is second only to wikipedia-surfing as a time waster.
BTW, the use of ‘protest’ as meaning “to assert, avow, affirm” isn’t new language. OED says that use of ‘protest’ goes back to 1440. And to use ‘protest’ to mean “To assert publicly, make known; to proclaim, declare.” goes back to 1533 (with Thomas More, interestingly).
So yeah, I guess it has two meanings. “To object to (an action or event); to challenge or contest; (also) to make the subject of a public protest or demonstration.” is first seen in 1887.
I had to open a very dusty book to get that info.