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January 8, 2008
Tarantula photos
Rick West takes very nice photographs of tarantulas.
posted by Upton O'Good at 11:39 PM PST - 25 comments

The 'advantage' of 'low human rights'
Only China can destroy socialism. Qin Hui, one of the country's most important public intellectuals, argues "China's rampant state-dominated, welfare-lite capitalism could so undercut competitors that it could threaten the social democratic traditions that underpin the West." [As ever, via.]
posted by Abiezer at 11:14 PM PST - 26 comments

The end of net nuetrality.
FCC to investigate Comcast's traffic-management practices. The AP and the EFF both have confirmed that they do interfere with some certain file sharing technologies. Previously.
posted by Mr_Zero at 8:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Elephant Man
Huang Chuncai poses before his second tumour operation. (slideshow) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:47 PM PST - 43 comments

How do you like them apples?
Pomme Chan makes rococo nouveau illustrations, with a felt-tip/vector art feel. Roughly 60 images to explore through navigation on the left.
posted by klangklangston at 5:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Bloody Diamonds
The Hope Diamond glows red when exposed to ultraviolet light. In itself, this is an interesting way to determine the provenance of a particular gem. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria at 2:50 PM PST - 55 comments

The Science Fiction Artwork of John Harris
John Harris's science fiction artwork is stunning. Much of it attempts to capture scale and the hugeness of relative comparisons in the universe. From the book Mass that looks at his work: "From skyscapes to lost cities, planetary bodies to megalithic structures, Harris's concepts are truly colossal, conveying not just the sheer scale that the edifices of future-fantastical technology might attain, but also the awesome-ness, even terror, of their presence." His work has graced the covers of many science fiction books, which you may have recognized. Interestingly, there's no wikipedia article about him.
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Texas Taxes Titties
The poll tax caused massive rioting in the UK. Will the pole tax move Texans to do the same? There's an interesting class-war aspect to the story. The bill specifies that the revenue generated will support sexual assault prevention programs, though the bill's legality is being litigated.
posted by aerotive at 2:35 PM PST - 51 comments

Meat?
Mannequin, Fake Boobs and Real Meat in a Swing. Fake hand, holding a real heart. Self-portrait, with octopus. Mannequin with real tongue. Unborn pigs on a meat background. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Patton Oswalt Eats At KFC
Comedian Patton Oswalt has gotten a lot of mileage out of KFC's Famous Bowls ("a failure pile in a sadness bowl."); after years of mockery, he finally tries one for himself, and writes about the experience.
posted by jonson at 2:26 PM PST - 91 comments

Angry White Man
Angry White Man. The New Republic examines the archives of Ron Paul's newsletters.
posted by empath at 12:53 PM PST - 284 comments

How much for that nukie in the window? Boom. Boom.
Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistleblower under a gag order, recently spilled part of the beans to the Sunday Times. Considering the seriousness of the allegations: moles have infiltrated top US nuclear research facilities; the moles have sold US nuclear secrets to foreign governments; all of this behavior has been aided and abetted by top government US officials in exchange for bribes; you might think a US media outlet would be interested in the story. You'd be wrong. Now it seems she has named names. [more inside]
posted by ryoshu at 12:21 PM PST - 60 comments

Plastic People
Plastic Lenin chilling in Antarctica. Plastic Jesus riding on the dashboard of my car. St. Joseph, helping you sell your house. Aztec cocaine mule busted at Logan Airport. Colonel Sanders in Tokyo. Santa Claus in Turkey. Ronald McDonald in Bangkok. Muffler Men all over the place. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:44 AM PST - 15 comments

"One sheds one's sickness in books." D. H. Lawrence
Books that heal: bibliotherapy banishes vexations of soul. Maybe.
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

So How Evil Were They?
"Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us." There are pictures and videos of kittens to soften the blow.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 11:29 AM PST - 57 comments

You don't see that every day
Prisoner 547 is a Rabbit in prison. He shares a cell with another Rabbit, a Frog and a Chicken. It is visiting day. In Japanese. One episode of many. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 10:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Urban[e] Renewal
Postcards from Our Awesome Future. [via] An art exhibition stemming from the minds of Packard Jennings (whose illustrations have appeared in Adbusters) and Steve Lambert (of Anti-Advertising Agency fame); using San Francisco's infrastructure as a model for improvement, the duo answered the siren call of Objectivism through an arcology devoid of “...budgets, beauracracy [sic], politics, or physics”. [more inside]
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

It's Slinky, It’s Slinky
Amazingly Nostalgic. Veniamin's even got an AWESOME website.
posted by gman at 9:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Evolution of an artist.
Evolution of an artist.
posted by loquacious at 6:17 AM PST - 66 comments

Best history blog awards 2007
The Academy Awards of the history blogosphere have been announced for 2007. The newest edition of the Cliopatria Awards is now out.
posted by stbalbach at 5:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Soupy Norman
If you don't live in Ireland, you may be missing out on the inimitable Soupy Norman. YT, with more of the series here. [more inside]
posted by fcummins at 12:01 AM PST - 23 comments