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Star Wars? Fabulous!

Scrape, scrape, scrape -- oh, is that the bottom? George Lucas planning Star Wars stage spectacular | The Australian
JUST when it appeared that George Lucas had finally laid to rest his epic saga of Jedis, Wookies and Ewoks, he has announced that Star Wars will return as a stadium experience. The Times has learnt that Lucasfilm has authorised Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a retelling of the story that will combine excerpts of the film with live orchestral accompaniment.

The Pyjama People

Pyjama police fight Shanghai's daytime love of nightwear - Yahoo! Canada News
SHANGHAI (AFP) - Community leaders in Shanghai are trying to break up the love affair of some city residents with walking outside in their pyjamas, state media reported Friday. ADVERTISEMENT The Rixin neighbourhood committee in the city's northeast has begun a campaign to discourage residents' longstanding habit of wearing pyjamas out of their bedrooms and on the streets, the state-run Youth Daily reported. "We're telling people not to wear pyjamas in the street because it looks very uncivilised," community official Guo Xilin was quoted as saying.... But some residents still argue wearing pyjamas is perfectly acceptable. "Pyjamas are also a type of clothes. It's comfortable, and it's no big deal since everyone wears them outside," a retiree surnamed Ge was quoted as saying.
No one has told these people about sweatpants?

Many insisting Obama not black

People stuck in their unresolved racist mindset cannot square the circle that an admirable, affable, successful man can become President of the United States and -- under the rules of White supremacy -- be unworthy due to his inferior blood. We got a ways to go. The Raw Story | AP: Many insisting Obama not black
Obama has said, "I identify as African-American — that's how I'm treated and that's how I'm viewed. I'm proud of it." In other words, the world gave Obama no choice but to be black, and he was happy to oblige. But the world has changed since the young Obama found his place in it. Intermarriage and the decline of racism are dissolving ancient definitions. The candidate Obama, in achieving what many thought impossible, was treated differently from previous black generations. And many white and mixed-race people now view President-elect Obama as something other than black.

Early Parkour - A clip from the film Gizmo

Early Parkour - A clip from the film Gizmo

December 13, 2008

On the highly-trained cartel assassins of Mexico

In Mexico, Cartel Assassins of Increasing Skill - washingtonpost.com

In Mexico's chaotic drug war, attacks are no longer the work of desperate amateurs with bad aim. Increasingly, the killings are being carried out by professionals, often hooded and gloved, who trap their targets in coordinated ambushes, strike with overwhelming firepower, and then vanish into the afternoon rush hour -- just as they did in the Huerta killing.

The paid assassins, known as sicarios, are rarely apprehended. Mexican officials say the commando squads probably travel from state to state, across a country where the government and its security forces are drawing alarming conclusions about the scope and skill of an enemy supported by billions of dollars in drug profits.

"They are getting very good at their jobs," said Hector Hawley Morelos, coordinator of the state forensics and crime laboratory here, where criminologists and coroners have been overwhelmed by more than 1,600 homicides in Juarez this year. "The assassins show a high level of sophistication. They have had training -- somewhere. They appear to have knowledge of police investigative procedures. For instance, they don't leave fingerprints. That is very disturbing."

December 12, 2008

Detroit's newspapers are also collapsing

Talking Points Memo | Moving Very Fast

The publisher of the Detroit Free Press, the country's 20th largest paper by weekday circulation, is expected to announce next week that it will cease home delivery of the print edition of the newspaper on most days of the week, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking.

The publisher hasn't made a final decision, said this person, but the leading scenario set to be unveiled Tuesday would call for the Free Press and its partner paper, the Detroit News, to end home delivery on all but the most lucrative days--Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On the other days, the publisher would sell single copies of an abbreviated print edition at newsstands and direct readers to the papers' expanded digital editions

Airport parking lot guard caught breaking into vehicles, stealing laptops

SFO night watchman gets 4 months for breaking into cars

What I'm wondering is: who leaves their laptop in their car overnight at the airport?

A 24-year-old night security guard at San Francisco International Airport has pleaded no contest to auto burglary for breaking into cars and helping himself to laptop computers, navigation devices, cell phones and cameras, authorities said today.

December 11, 2008

This is an Official Ad for Jawbone Bluetooth Headsets?

YouTube - Hot Asian Girls Beat Down White Guy...