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April 16, 2010

Even the Hyper-New is Pretty Old Skool

Twitter Updates, the 18th Century Edition - Digits -...

April 15, 2010

Hey, @poormojo: Your Daily Minutia is Our Shared Cultural Heritage

BBC News - Congress to archive every tweet ever posted...

April 13, 2010

SF Chronicle web cartoonist wins Pulitzer

SFGate's Mark Fiore wins Pulitzer for cartoons (full list here)
(04-12) 17:15 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Fiore, whose animated political cartoons appear on SFGate.com, the Web site of The Chronicle, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning Monday. It is the first time since the category of editorial cartooning was created in 1922 that the Pulitzer has gone to an artist whose work does not appear in print. The Pulitzer jury said Fiore's "biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary" - online video cartooning.

April 12, 2010

Oh, for chrissakes--Popish priests molest kids, and who's to blame? The Jews!

Bishop 'blames Jews' for criticism of Catholic church record on...

Calculating the Carbon Hoofprint of U.S.D.A. Grade-A

Three new studies raise brand-new environmental dilemmas. - By Nina...

April 11, 2010

Dawkins & Hitchens plan to arrest Pope Palpatine

Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI -Times Online
RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”. Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.

Hipsters too cool for the census

New York's Hipsters Too Cool For The Census : NPR
Many New York City residents aren't returning their census forms. The return rate is only around 50 percent, but the lowest rate of return (around 30 percent) is the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These young, recent graduates with ironic mustaches and plaid shirts are apparently too busy tweeting to fill out a simple census form.

April 07, 2010

Attempted shoe bomber foiled by Air Marshals on United flight (UPDATED)

Air Marshals Stop Alleged 'Shoe Bomb' Attempt On United Jet to Denver - ABC News More details have emerged that suggest rather than being a bomber, the guy was actually smoking in the airplane restroom and made a douchey joke that eager air marshals chose to take seriously.
Authorities say an explosive team is on the way to the airport, and that while the presence of explosives has not yet been confirmed, they believe it was an attempted "shoe bomb." The suspect was identified by authorities as a diplomat in the Qatar embassy in Washington, Mohammed al Modadi. The FBI said the man had full diplomat immunity as the 3rd secretary and vice-consul.

Anti-vaccine paranoia leading to a resurgence of measles

Measles Resurgence Tied To Parents' Vaccine Fears : NPR
The first recognized infections — in two Canadians and a visiting American — occurred around the Olympic closing ceremonies. "Downtown Vancouver was shoulder-to-shoulder on many days of that period," notes Dr. Monika Naus of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. So far, measles has spread to 16 people in Vancouver, Naus says. Half of them are in one large unvaccinated household. The parents reject vaccination. "It's not a religious issue," Naus says. "A friend of the family who had anti-vaccination sentiments was influential in convincing them not to get vaccinated." Many parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated worry that vaccines — and the one for measles, mumps and rubella in particular — cause autism. It's a belief that persists despite years of studies and expert panels that find no scientific link. Health officials say there are growing pockets of vaccine refusers in communities across the land. The numbers are not great. But these pockets of "intentionally unvaccinated" children give the virus more opportunities to spread when it does arrive.