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February 8, 2009
When No One Understands You, Chocolate Is There
According to legend, Einstein was eating chocolate when he came upon the theory of relativity. These sites are all about chocolate and candy in general. Chocolate Obsession. Hyperbole? Maybe. Just a little. Ok, a lot. Chocolate does have a lot to offer, though. It is a one of a kind food characterized by a truly unique and intense flavor. The idea of Jim's Chocolate Mission came after a discussion with friends about the greatest chocolate bar. Was is the Wispa? Galaxy? Clark? The Chocolate Review is most likely to review English chocolate because that's where they're from, but they also do imports. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:28 PM PST - 39 comments

Headbang Hero aka Headache Hero
"For the first time in history a wireless motion-sensing wig is used as game controller." SLYT via Kotaku
posted by Rinku at 8:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Evolution and Emancipation
Darwin the abolitionist. "The theory of evolution is regarded as a triumph of disinterested scientific reason. Yet, on the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, new research reveals that Darwin was driven to the idea of common descent by a great moral cause." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 8:31 PM PST - 24 comments

Radical Graphics
Radical Graphics you can use in your flyers against the system.
posted by - at 7:45 PM PST - 30 comments

Goodbye, Blossom Dearie
American jazz singer Blossom Dearie dead at age 82. American jazz singer Blossom Dearie died Friday in her Greenwich Village home after a long illness. For most, an acquired taste. Her voice and phrasing had a way of drawing you in, taken aback by how soft and gentle she sounded. I think it was New Yorker critic Whitney Balliet who said her voice wouldn't reach the second story of a doll house. [more inside]
posted by paddbear at 2:27 PM PST - 66 comments

Forgiving Student Loan Debt Would Stimulate Economy
Forgiving student loan debt to stimulate the economy is an idea that seems to be gaining some ground recently. There's a petition, at least two facebook groups, and call to contact your senators and representatives.
posted by sero_venientibus_ossa at 12:15 PM PST - 322 comments

hehehehehe
Ladies and gentlemen, would you please rise for the Grouch Anthem? (Background)
posted by grobstein at 11:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Where We Do What We Do
Where We Do What We Do is a gallery of the places where we work.
posted by jon_hansen at 10:06 AM PST - 33 comments

Major investigation launched into care and treatment of mentally retarded men
Henry's Turkey Service is a Texas-based company that for 34 years has employed dozens of mentally disabled men to work in an Iowa turkey processing plant. The state fire marshall shut down the mens residence over the weekend due to "deplorable" conditions. Now the investigation continues into civil rights and other violations. [more inside]
posted by justlisa at 9:22 AM PST - 27 comments

alternative currencies
Hard up for cash? Roll your own :P [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 8:32 AM PST - 36 comments

15104
Braddock, Pennsylvania has been classified as a "distressed municipality." This may be an understatement: From a high of around 20,000, its population has dwindled to below 3000, many of those people unemployed. Braddock's is a landscape so grim ("a mix of boarded-up storefronts, houses in advanced stages of collapse and vacant lots") that it was selected to serve as a backdrop for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel, The Road. Its mayor, John Fetterman, considers Braddock “a laboratory for solutions to all these maladies starting to knock on the door of every community.” [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:06 AM PST - 93 comments