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Buy haunted dolls on eBay

Get Off The Internet | Soon the doll apparently became bolder. It no longer seemed to require Marlene’s company to move about the house. In the still hours of the night, the servants would often wake to the sound of hollow, pattering footsteps.

The wonderful folks over at Get Off The Internet!! have dredged up some eBay listings for haunted dolls. Here's an example, please click through for the others.

This particular doll is Rhiannon. She is a witchs delight. Rhiannon has been customized to be a revenge doll. I sometimes get bored doing good deeds and embrace my dark side. MANY have wronged me and I love revenge and justice as much as anyone else. You do not need pins like you would use on a voodoo doll to use her. In order to have satifaction with Rhiannon, You must tell her the full name of the person that has made you so full of hatred and anger. Ask her for justice. Rhiannon is VERY beautiful and bright. I chose a doll that looks lovely and innocent but don’t let it fool you. If you have observed her photos she looks very angry. Just sit back and enjoy the show, once you’ve told Rhiannon about who did what. You cannot ask for something severe to happen. It won’t. She’s designed to make your enemys life miserable with one unfortunate event after another but will not cause death or serious bodily harm [ maybe just an ugly rash or impotance]. She can be kept anywhere my high bidder would like. Rhiannon has long dark brown hair and amber eyes. Her dress is a creamy white color with lace detail and matching hat. Rhiannon measures about 10 inches and is SMALL. SHE IS NOT A TOY! MY AUCTIONS ARE PRIVATE AND YOUR IDENTITY WILL NEVER BE REVEALED .

Dr. Who fans recreating lost episodes for new generations

Doctor Who Fans Use YouTube to Save Show's Past | The Underwire from Wired.com

When the fourth season of BBC1's new Doctor Who premiered Saturday, its loyal fan base made it the United Kingdom's most-watched show of the day.

Now, fans around the world are using YouTube to restore episodes from the show's distant past once thought lost to the BBC's own carelessness.

After premiering in 1963 and piling years' worth of taped episodes in the BBC archives, the keepers of the vault decided Doctor Who was taking up too much space. So, multiple episodes from the early to mid-1960s were destroyed. Occasionally, a recovered tape will surface somewhere in the Beeb's sphere of influence, but fans agree that some stories will never be recovered in their entirety.

Mike Sterling on how to write Dr. Doom

Mike Sterling's Progressive Ruin

Well-written Doom, by Mark Waid:

Poorly-written Doom, by Brian Michael Bendis:

The 110 books necessary for the perfect library

110 best books: The perfect library - Telegraph

Well, as decided by the Telegraph.

Protests shutdown Olympic torch relay

Protests halt Paris torch relay early - Yahoo! News

PARIS - Organizers canceled the final leg of the Olympic run through Paris after chaotic protests Monday, snuffing out the torch and putting it aboard a bus in a humiliating concession to protesters decrying China's human rights record.

Worried officials extinguished the torch and placed it on the bus five times throughout the day as protesters tried to grab the torch and block the relay. At least two activists got almost an arm's length away before they were seized by police.

Another protester threw water at the torch but failed to put it out before being taken away.

And in San Francisco, where the torch is due to arrive Wednesday, three protesters wearing harnesses and helmets climbed up the Golden Gate Bridge and tied the Tibetan flag and two banners to its cables. The banners read "One World One Dream. Free Tibet" and "Free Tibet."

Clinton fires chief advisor

Clinton's Chief Strategist Steps Down - washingtonpost.com

Penn had been a polarizing figure within the Clinton campaign for months because of his personality as well as his strategic vision, but his departure came as a result of another continuing controversy -- the conflicts of interest that resulted from his representing major clients as president of Burson-Marsteller, the giant public relations firm, while working for Clinton.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Penn had met with Colombia's ambassador to the United States to discuss promotion of a free-trade agreement, one that Clinton opposes. Penn apologized Friday for an "error in judgment," and the Colombian government responded a day later by firing Burson-Marsteller.

Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton, were furious with Penn for going to the meeting, campaign officials said. Trade has been a divisive issue in the Democratic race and a particularly significant one in Pennsylvania, the next state on the primary calendar. The senator from New York has pledged to take a "timeout" from free-trade agreements until their impact on the United States becomes clearer.

Charlton Heston has died

Charlton Heston, 84; actor, Oscar winner, played grand figures - Los Angeles Times

Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson and went on to become an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, has died. He was 84.

Heston died Saturday at his Beverly Hills home, said family spokesman Bill Powers. In 2002, he had been diagnosed with symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's disease.

He may have been a right-wing lunatic, but the man made soem damn fine movies.

Kung-Fu Hustle: Sing vs. The Beast

Kung Fu Hustle: Sing vs. The Beast

Kung-Fu Hustle is an odd and wonderful film. At its core it is the perfect live-action kung-fu cartoon. It's an artifact from a parallel dimension where Looney Tunes and Bruce Lee mated culturally and produced a rich and flavorful new genre. Shaolin Soccer is also from this glorious universe next door. As I suspect is Stepehen Chao himself.

Best moments:
3:31, when Sing gets a boost from the eagle.
4:45, the motherfucking Buddhist palm attack

April 06, 2008

On the shortsightedness of suburban planning

Calculated Risk: Maricopa: Do It For the Children

Ideally, a growing city will negotiate with developers to reduce the impact that new residents will have on the area; it might offer the builder smaller setbacks from the road in exchange for providing space for a school or widening roads. But at the beginning of Maricopa’s growth, the city was unincorporated, and all these negotiations were made by a three-person county board of supervisors that was working from rural zoning codes dating back to 1962. As a result, in those early years, decisions about Maricopa were driven by the concerns of developers, who left little space in their plans for business or commerce — just lots and lots of houses. They created blocks of identical homes, because it was more efficient to build with as little variation as possible. They built sidewalks on only one side of the street to save money. They happily left space in subdivisions for playgrounds and five new elementary schools, which they thought would help bring in the young families they were targeting, but they did not leave space for parks for older kids or for a high school. . . .

By the time Maricopa became a city, though, almost half of its land was owned by developers. In 2005, the local school district appointed a superintendent, John Flores, who began pleading with the developers for space for a high school (for a while, Maricopa schools were admitting 300 new students every month). But it was to no avail. Amy Haberbosch, Maricopa’s former director of planning, told me that developers believed high schools lowered property values; she said one developer told her he’d rather build a jail on his property than a high school. . . .

This is a graph of subprime loan foreclosures

The New York Times > Business > Image > The Impact of the Subprime Mortgage Squeeze Across the U.S.

April 05, 2008

The running of the Olympic torch was invented by the Nazis

BBC NEWS | Europe | The Olympic torch's shadowy past

The Olympic torch is being welcomed this weekend in the UK as a symbol of the sporting spirit, uniting people around the world in peaceful competition.

But the idea of lighting the torch at the ancient Olympian site in Greece and then running it through different countries has much darker origins.

It was invented in its modern form by the organisers of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

And it was planned with immense care by the Nazi leadership to project the image of the Third Reich as a modern, economically dynamic state with growing international influence.

The new British coins are gorgeous

The New Designs Revealed

As you can see in the image to the right, the Shield of the Royal Arms has been given a contemporary treatment and its whole has been cleverly split among all six denominations from the 1p to the 50p, with the �1 coin displaying the heraldic element in its entirety. This is the first time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins.

The new designs will enter circulation gradually throughout the year. It is normal practice for banks to order coins from the Royal Mint to satisfy public demand, which fluctuates over the course of the year. The current coin designs will remain in circulation and as legal tender for the foreseeable future.

*Thanks, Riley!*

Graph: Job growth during the Bush, Clinton presidencies

The Bush jobs record - Paul Krugman - Op-Ed Columnist - New York Times Blog

Points to notice:

1. The official recession may have been short, but the employment recession of 2001-2003 was anything but

2. The administration’s habit of counting job gains since August 2003 is revealed for the cheap trick it is

3. Even during the good years, job growth under Bush was slower than the average under Clinton

Quiz: How well do you know your rock lyrics?

And Great Lyrics Quiz Rock Roll The by Matthew Baldwin - The Morning News

Could you recognize a song if the complete lyrics were listed alphabetically?

10.

a and answer are bring brother brutality but can ’cause conquer crying don’t dying escalate everybody far father find for going got hair hate here i’ll is judge know lines long love loving many me mother need not of on only our picket punish see signs simply so some talk tell the there’s they thinks to today too us war way we we’re we’ve what’s who with wrong you

Answer after the jump. Click through for the whole quiz.