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Vatican declares fresh Death all around. It seems the Vatican is telling people in countries with high AIDS infection not to use condoms, because the virus is small enough to pass through the porous latex. The World Health Organization believes condoms do reduce the risk of AIDS transmission. To which the Vatican's Cardinal Trujillo replied: "They are wrong about that... this is an easily recognisable fact."
posted on Oct-9-03 at 8:49 AM

Weblogging, the fad most poplular amongst teenage girls, is dying. The "blogosphere" will number ten million souls by the end of 2004, but almost all of them will be dead.
posted on Oct-8-03 at 8:34 AM

Link Dump. Links for those running out of links. Includes a random link function.
posted on Oct-6-03 at 8:53 AM

A heartbreaking death. Police in Shreveport, Louisiana shoot an unarmed man eight times in nine seconds.
posted on Jul-30-03 at 9:27 AM

What threat to the Bush administration are you? A fun, partisan quiz.
posted on Jul-19-03 at 8:56 AM

The jig is up. Robert Jospeh, a top aide to Bush national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, worked with Dick Checny's office and "insisted" the uranium intel be included in Bush's State of the Union speech.
posted on Jul-18-03 at 6:34 AM

Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers in Jail. This is the story of the middle man that doesn't want to die.
posted on Jul-17-03 at 5:43 AM

A bad seafood salad would have crippled the global auto industry. "Doesn't that new Nissan Maxima look like a larger-scale Saturn Ion? Could the Kia Sorento be a Lexus RX 300 in disguise? Doesn't the face of the Nissan Z look like that of the Toyota Celica (and its taillamps like those of the Lexus SC 430)? Is that the new Bentley — or the new Hyundai?" The sudden similarities in automobile design.
posted on Jul-12-03 at 9:13 AM

The Future is Now. "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face… was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…"
posted on Jul-9-03 at 2:55 PM

U.S. troops looted and vandalized Iraqi airport. More rape and pillage from British troops. Is this standard fare for tired troops?
posted on Jul-7-03 at 9:46 AM

Flame on. Bloggers gain libel protection .
posted on Jul-1-03 at 6:55 PM

Over 2000 wealthy tax payers paid no tax in 2000. Meanwhile, states are plunging into budget deficits. Perhaps the tax cuts are meant not to spur the economy, but to defund social programs?
posted on Jun-27-03 at 6:19 AM

German propaganda. "Who is Adolf Hitler? The man from the people, for the people! The German front soldier who risked his life in 48 battles for Germany! What does Adolf Hitler want? Freedom and food for every decent working German! The gallows for profiteers, black marketeers and exploiters, regardless of religious faith or race! Why is Adolf Hitler not allowed to speak? Because he is ruthless in uncovering the rulers of the German economy, the international bank Jews their lackeys, the Democrats, Marxists, Jesuits and Free Masons! Because he wants to free the workers from the domination of race! Working Germans! Demand the lifting of the illegal ban on his speaking!"
posted on Jun-25-03 at 1:57 PM

No Tax Relief for Married Poor. Because they, presumably, are not American.
posted on Jun-23-03 at 2:43 PM

The Post-It Gallery. Sketches and drawings on a favorite 3M media.
posted on Jun-16-03 at 6:53 AM

Blue collar whimsy : art crime. After viewing abstract sculptures by John Chamberlain crafted with materials such as crushed automobile parts, a group of electricians created their own work and placed it alongside Chamberlain's. Is this mad for real? Class warfare? "This was something that wasn't mistaken as a work of art by anyone other than the electricians."
posted on Jun-14-03 at 9:47 AM

Is lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense? A study in law regarding the current political situation in US politics warmongering.
posted on Jun-7-03 at 6:53 AM

For those concerned about loss of Liberty in the United States: a look toward China. Four young friends who met on Bejing University campuses to discuss their progressive politics and posted occasional essays on the Internet have been sentenced to long prison terms, accused of "subverting state power."
posted on May-29-03 at 2:45 PM

Quoram busting Democrats tracked as terrorists. Disagree with the majority Party, and Homeland Security may like a word with you.
posted on May-15-03 at 9:47 AM

For fans or inhabitants of San Francisco, USA. The great San Francisco bubble, life in America's last great progressive cocoon. What about New Orleans? Or Vancouver (CA)? My Miami?
posted on May-10-03 at 7:02 PM

Jack T. Chick. When Clowes, whose screenplay for the indie film Ghost World received an Academy Award nomination, was in college, he read 80 Chick tracts in one sitting. "By the end of the night I was convinced I was going to hell," he says. link by bb.
posted on May-1-03 at 7:30 PM

The Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS). The "engine" of the DMSS is a continuously growing relational database of up-to-date and historical data related to medical events, personal characteristics, and military experiences of all Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine service members over their entire military careers. [It] is available to all military and civilian researchers, policy makers and others with a need to evaluate the health of active duty service members.
posted on Apr-25-03 at 3:16 PM

So who really did save Private Jessica? An interesting backside to military propaganda.
posted on Apr-21-03 at 8:54 AM

A dissappearing history. The National Museum of Iraq recorded a history of civilizations that began to flourish in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago. But once American troops entered Baghdad in sufficient force to topple Saddam Hussein's government this week, it took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters.
posted on Apr-12-03 at 5:26 PM

Down on Khaki Street. Roman Coppola's ode to summer youth. Available cool with The La's, or even cooler with The Shins!
posted on Apr-7-03 at 4:32 PM

I flatter me. A run against fame. Fun with the Internet Anagram Server.
posted on Mar-25-03 at 6:58 PM

Let's open our eyes. The brands are our friends, our references. They fill our imagination, bring self-fulfilment and relief, promise well-being, efficiency, success and happiness. Beyond the myth, what is the reality?
posted on Mar-23-03 at 11:11 AM

George W. Bush is Jesus Christ. Bush delivers, he sets free. He liberates. He is the 21st century incarnation of Psalm 23. As the HAZMAT suit becomes the American burka, Bush is praying, and we will do the same.
posted on Mar-2-03 at 1:40 PM

CNN transcript is smackin' good. On Friday the 14th of February presented a transcript of Hans Blix's presentation to the U.N. Security Council concerning the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq. Comparison with other transcripts, notably that presented by the BBC , reveals that a substantial section of the presentation was omitted in the CNN version. The missing text includes descriptions of important instances of Iraqi government cooperation and presents a relatively favourable picture of inspectors' access to scientists. (via k5)
posted on Feb-17-03 at 8:22 AM

War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning. General George S. Patton famously said, "Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God, I do love it so!" Though Patton was a notoriously single-minded general, it is nonetheless the case that war gives meaning to many lives, a fact with which we have become familiar now that America is once again engaged in a military conflict. War is an enticing elixir. It gives us purpose, resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. With this generational iteration, is peace ever attainable?
posted on Feb-13-03 at 8:21 AM

The IBM 1403 Printer (1964) playing music. This may change your life.
posted on Feb-4-03 at 8:19 PM

A letter to the President. From one thing to another, so much for which to be accountable.
posted on Feb-1-03 at 6:58 PM

The Sun is Shining in the Sky. Music video as advertising, to great effect.
posted on Jan-25-03 at 6:50 PM

What the World Thinks in 2002. How Global Publics View: Their Lives, Their Countries, The World, America. A global poll from the Pew Reaserch Center. via NPR.
posted on Dec-4-02 at 2:42 PM

The Hunt for the Origin of AIDS "The notion that AIDS arose from a polio vaccine made with contaminated chimpanzee cells is far from the only theory about how the epidemic started, and it is hotly disputed. The quest for the source of the epidemic is intensifying, as researchers scour the jungle for clues and try to "walk back" the disease genetically with the help of the world's most powerful computers."
posted on Dec-1-02 at 9:12 AM

Boycott GAP. Several groups see sweatshops as dangerous and inhumane. Yet there remains rejuvenation through globalization.
posted on Nov-29-02 at 2:27 PM

Clown Crack. Pointed, political, possibly offensive cartoons.
posted on Nov-26-02 at 7:33 AM

It's fun to watch your tax dollars put politicians in office. "Cheney has been the White House road warrior this year, hauling in more than $22 million for Republicans in 74 campaign appearances"
posted on Oct-23-02 at 2:22 PM

A Chemistry Archive.
"Hello, chemist. Welcome to jail."
posted on Oct-8-02 at 1:41 PM

A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees.
"It isn't easy to say no to the president of the United States, even if he lacks the legendary persuasive powers of a Lyndon B. Johnson."
posted on Oct-4-02 at 9:26 AM

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