After years of debates
, notoriously contentious
, and the looming specter of a civil rights lawsuit
, a federal mediation agreement between the Town of Hamden and the City of New Haven, Connecticut resulted in the removal of a 10-foot chain-link fence that separated New Haven's West Rock public housing projects from Hamden's Woodin Street neighborhood for nearly half a century. NYT's Benjamin Mueller reports: In Connecticut, Breaking a Barrier Between a Suburb and Public Housing
. [more inside]
Dog Surprises Officer After Being Freed From A Fence
If you are feeling sad this will cheer you up, but it also may make you cry (SLYT Post).
Auto-Tune the News #10
. The Auto-Tune folks come out with their next tune, and, like most of their ouevre
so far, darn if they don't make Congress sound catchy
. Sing about that turtle fence, Hoekstra baby!
Beyond the Lanes
is a website devoted to using old bowling balls for art. Paul Livert
is an artist who likes to add metal to old bowling balls. Giant Rosaries
made of bowling balls. Bowling balls can be used to demonstrate scientific principles, as in this huge Newton’s Cradle.
Nowata, Oklahoma boasts a bowling ball fence.
Bowling balls also make useful cannon balls
, as well as durable dog toys.
Severed hands and feet, yarmulkes blown off of heads, sides of human torso dripping blood like beef in a butcher shop -- and a cell phone.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has never allowed footage like this to be seen before, but now they have decided to publicize it on their website to push for the construction of the new security fence
, the existence of which is an outrage
to many Palestianians. Truth as propaganda. [Caution: WMP, and the most graphically violent images I've seen since the infamous photo of Vietnamese kids running from napalm, and the execution of Daniel Pearl.]
Israel calls it a Separation Fence.
Others refer to it as the Apartheid Wall.
Whatever one calls it, and however one justifies it, there is no doubt that this barrier swoops many kilometers into the West Bank, claiming valuable water sources and arable land for Israeli settlers, destroying Palestinian homes and communities
in the process.
Utah politics you don't know whether to laugh or cry.
From Paul Rolly's column in the Salt Lake Tribune
"The Republican state convention delegate was discussing with a prominent Utah GOP elected officeholder the issue of immigration when the delegate whined that a fence should be constructed to span the entire USA-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.
"What happens when they climb the fence?" asked the politician.
"You electrify it," said the delegate. "Then they won't touch it."
"But what if they touch it? You would let them die?"
"It would be their choice," said the delegate.
"What about a mother with a baby strapped to her back? You would let the mother and the baby die?"
"It would be the mother's choice to kill that baby," said the delegate.
"Then you're in favor of abortion?" asked the officeholder.
Lo! Behold the power of the internet!
That'll teach the guy to put sharply-worded messages on his own property. The nerve of some people.