November 25, 2001

Surrounded on all sides

Surrounded on all sides by religious interolance, these two men prove that you can staunchly maintain your faith under an oppressive regime and still be an utter a-hole.
posted by Hildago at 9:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Just Wave The Flag, And Nobody Gets Hurt.

Just Wave The Flag, And Nobody Gets Hurt. On Friday, Oct. 26, two Secret Service agents, along with Durham police investigator Rex Godley, came to [A.J.] Brown's apartment. Special Agent Paul Lalley, who did most of the talking, spoke first. "Ma'am, we've gotten a report that you have anti-American material, or something like that, in your apartment," he said, according to Brown. Then the female agent asked if they could come inside. The "anti-American material"? A poster critical of George Bush.
posted by at 9:21 PM PST - 45 comments

U.S.' first Afghanistan conflict casualty may be C.I.A. operative "Mike"

U.S.' first Afghanistan conflict casualty may be C.I.A. operative "Mike" Time magazine's Alex Perry reported from the scene outside Mazar-i-Sharif that at least one American, whom he identified as "Mike'' and said belonged to U.S. special operations forces, was missing and presumed dead after prisoners began firing smuggled weapons. If the man was confirmed as a soldier, it would be the first known U.S. combat death in Afghanistan since Washington began attacking Taliban forces -– although it is suspected that "Mike" is a covert CIA operative.
posted by marc-hamilton at 8:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Hockey fights.

Hockey fights. Hockey fights. Hockey fights. Hockey fighters. Videos of hockey fights. Email list about hockey fights. Hockey Fights Cancer.
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Dot-Com Is Dot-Gone, and the Dream With It

Dot-Com Is Dot-Gone, and the Dream With It A New York Times article on the dot-com-crash. "Each day, the old idols seem to fade further into the dim past, barely recollected in a country where the languages of "revolution" and "warfare" are no longer just business metaphors. This is the next step after the bursting of the dot-com economic bubble — the bursting of the cultural bubble, the end of the nerd as a crossover hit, of the I.P.O. zillionaire as role model to college students." I agree that our country is in the beginning of a cultural revolution; starting with the dot-com crash last year and accelerating with 911. Am I alone or does anyone agree?
posted by Oxydude at 7:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Annoyance or Invasion?

Annoyance or Invasion? Sure, most of this information is available when you do a WHOIS search on someone, but does anyone else think that this site is putting a little bit too much information out in the open?
posted by almostcool at 7:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Channel 4 (in the UK)'s 100 Greatest Films of All Time.

Channel 4 (in the UK)'s 100 Greatest Films of All Time. Star Wars at Number 1 - it's a great film, but is it really *that* great? This is not the only recent poll to place it there. (Sorry - the link's a little flaky at the moment - I'm sure they'll sort it out.)
posted by jonpollard at 5:36 PM PST - 38 comments

"Has time come for Old Rubber Lips to fade away?"

"Has time come for Old Rubber Lips to fade away?" While US's Jan Wenner personally gives Mick Jagger the Rolling Stone 5 star classic rating, the UK's Guardian/Observer slams him, finding "...the failure to sell Jagger to a contemporary pop audience is intriguing..." What is going on.
posted by Voyageman at 4:44 PM PST - 32 comments

P.J. O'Rourke's Finest Moment:

P.J. O'Rourke's Finest Moment: National has just re-released his classic 1979 article, "How to Drive Fast On Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink". This was long before he became the sedate, Republican C.E.O. of the Sofa he is today. Is it still funny today? Or only to us nostalgic boomers who remember the spirit of 79?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Rodney Dangerfield Suffers Heart Attack:

Rodney Dangerfield Suffers Heart Attack: As this article illustrates, the man is a national treasure - here's hoping he makes a swift recovery.
posted by ryanshepard at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Human Embryo Cloned.

Human Embryo Cloned. Brave new world, or dawn of the master race? Again, law is way behind technology. Is the march unstoppable? Here's the "inside story". Scientific American also weighs in with a story written by the scientists.
posted by owillis at 1:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Rising Sea Level Forcing Evacuation of Tuvalu.

Rising Sea Level Forcing Evacuation of Tuvalu. "During the twentieth century, sea level rose by 20-30 centimeters (8-12 inches)." The 1,196 tiny islands of the Maldives are "barely 2 meters above sea level". "In 2000 the World Bank published a map showing that a 1-meter rise in sea level would inundate half of Bangladesh's riceland." Here are EPA and NASA sites on the sea level. (NASA? They may be promoting justification to colonize other planets ASAP!)
posted by mmarcos at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Military Justice is to Justice as Military Music is to Music.

Military Justice is to Justice as Military Music is to Music. Alan Dershowitz in The Village Voice: "A long-term resident of the United States who President Bush believes may have aided a terrorist can now be tried in secret by a military commission and be sentenced to death on the basis of hearsay and rumor with no appeal to any civilian court, even the Supreme Court."
posted by adrober at 11:44 AM PST - 29 comments

MIT's Erotic Computation Group.

MIT's Erotic Computation Group. "By developing advanced sexual appliances and techniques, we seek to broaden the range of human amative expression and heighten our potential for sexual gratification." Good to see that at least some people are doing research that will benefit all mankind.
posted by Eloquence at 11:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Boring Business Systems.

Boring Business Systems. Yes, it's a slow day.
posted by swift at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

The US’ World War II Monument is expected to open in 2004. The 7.4 acre monument has been roundly criticized as both “seriously flawed” and “off-key”. Apart from these critiques, I wonder if the US memoralizes too many wars and not enough peace.
posted by raaka at 4:16 AM PST - 26 comments

Life of some immigrants, after 9.11.

Life of some immigrants, after 9.11. As you might imagine, it just sucks. For more proof, just ask these Israeli Jews. Should immigrants just get used to it, or will things get back to normal, eventually?
posted by Rastafari at 12:43 AM PST - 13 comments

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