Bless Me, Blog, for I've Sinned - New York Times

"Online confessors are like flashers. They exhibit themselves anonymously and publicly, with little consideration for you, the audience."

Catster :: Welcome to Catster

"Welcome to Catster, Where Every cat Has A Webpage! "

Mirror.co.uk - News - Sue Carroll

"That's the bleak prospect for every T-Jay, Lita, Amani or little Burberry and Hilfiger brought into this world by teenagers who are now part of a social tribe identified by the government as Neets, those people 'not in education, employment or training'.

They have no qualifications, no aspirations and no desire to do much else except breed. It hardly requires a fiscal genius to work out that as their number grows so does the burden they place on tax-payers."


ABC News: Alzheimer Victim Sold 11 Organs

"Alzheimer Victim Sold 11 Organs"

Livers and Kidneys and Lungs, Oh My!


ABC News: Ore. Baby Born With Extra Toes and Finger

"About two babies in every thousand are born with one or more extra digits, most commonly a small appendage beside the little finger. "

So if it's that common, why is one baby with extra digits worthy of front-page coverage on ABC News.com, and the National ID card debacle isn't?

ABC News: Bush Praises Abbas' Steps Toward Democracy

"Bush Praises Abbas' Steps Toward Democracy, Pledges $50 Million in Housing Aid for Palestinians"

Um, what about aid for people here? I can't even begin to guess how many homeless people I pass every day on my way home. But I guess since lower income people tend to vote Democratic, that's not an option...



"KITTEN WAR! Click the cutest kitten picture!"


Hypochondriac's Corner

"A SUPERFIT Royal Marine collapsed and died within days of scratching his leg on a bush while on a training run — victim of a mutated superbug one doctor described as the worst she had ever seen.
Richard Campbell-Smith, 18, fell victim to pneumonia caused by a rare strain of bacteria that produces a lethal toxin that kills white blood cells."


Especially for Our Conservative Supporters -- Did You Know About This?

"'Name me a single instance of federal agents snooping into library records!'"

Even the conservatives are beginning to see the light...or should that read "see the dark"?


the picture of everything.com


Shadowlands Haunted Places Index

"We created this page to help answer the numerous questions we get regarding local hauntings and ghosts. It is a state by state, country by country listing of haunted places."

New Zealand's leading news and information website

"Inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, two hobbit motel rooms are the latest to be built at Woodlyn Park. "

Getting Started Scrapbooking - Paper Tearing

"Getting Started: Paper Tearing"

Proof that you can learn how to do anything on the internet.


View from an Iowa Homestead: Terrible Turk

"View from an Iowa Homestead"

Pretty funny sometimes. Poke around, explore the "Highlights" section.

Planet PDF - Free PDF eBooks

"Free PDF eBooks Archive"

All the classics. Well, 60 0r 70 of them.
via Boing Boing.

Take Action: Ask Red Lobster to stop importing Canadian seafood

"Ask Red Lobster to stop importing Canadian seafood"

Most people are not aware that they are still clubbing baby seals in Canada. Sending this email to add your voice to the protest takes less than 5 minutes.

Where are they now?

"The baby from the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind"

Department of the Really Bored

"How to fake fingerprints?"

Merriam-Webster Online

"Merriam-Webster Asks: What's Your Favorite Word (That's Not in the Dictionary)?"

New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

"Two Separate Teams of Scientists Stumble Across the Strange New Animal in Tanzania"


50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod (kottke.org)

"Here are a few dozen things you can do with your iPod besides listen to music."

Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!

"Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations.
And tell your friends.

Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him 'the Anti-Bush.' "


BBC NEWS | World | Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight

"Spectators cheered as entire Cambodian Midget Fighting League squared off against African Lion "

The New Zealand Herald

"vertical residential,"


My Way News

"No one could have been more surprised than the doctors themselves. They were just hoping to relieve the symptoms of a deadly blood disorder - and ended up treating the disease itself. In nearly half of the people who took the experimental drug, the cancer became undetectable."

Country moves closer to a national ID card

"You may then be issued your license/ID that's expected to have at least your name, date of birth, sex, ID number, digital picture, address and a readable technology Homeland Security will authorize. That means the card will have a magnetic strip, bar code or radio frequency identification chip so it can be scanned.

The card also must have physical security features so it can't be tampered with, counterfeited or duplicated. Homeland Security will be allowed to determine any additional requirements, such as a fingerprint.

So, it looks as if not too far down the road things out of James Bond and sci-fi movies will be as common as the driver's license in your pocket. Think about the information you'll have to provide for it, then think about handing your driver's license/ID card over to a clerk so you can write a check, show proof of age, or even someday go into a federal building."


Judge Voids Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Nebraska - New York Times

" A federal judge on Thursday struck down Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the measure interfered not only with the rights of gay couples but also with those of foster parents, adopted children and people in a variety of other living arrangements."

Now available at WhiteHouse.org

Schneier on Security: REAL ID


This whole thing is completely insane, and the mainstream media doesn't mention it! They don't have time, I guess, by the time they finish giving us the minute by minute account of the Michael Jackson trial.

Typology Test - Politics

"To identify your typology group, we will show you a series of paired statements. Even if neither statement is exactly right, choose the one that comes closer to your views, and identify whether you feel strongly about that issue, or not so strongly."

Real ID Act

"the Department of Homeland Security will cut off your driving 'privilege,' as well as your right to escape the growing police state via plane. You'll be a prisoner in your own home, in your own country. Or you'll be forced to function as an outlaw, operating and living a precarious existence beneath the government radar. "

This is mostly a pro-gun ownership rant, but there are some good points here.


The Nattering Nabob

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.' - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54"

via Iggy

From Punk to Rap, the Varied Guises of the Hard-Rock Sound - New York Times

"The protest-metal band System of a Down performed this week at Irving Plaza in New York."


Public TV and Radio to Receive Big Grants - New York Times

"The initiative will funnel $50 million over five years to a baker's dozen of public television, radio and other media organizations. A major focus of the effort will be to spur the creation and distribution of public affairs programming, particularly programs dealing with international affairs. "

Good news.

The Smoking Gun: Archive

The Runaway Bride - this is a great letter.


Ledger-Enquirer | 05/06/2005 | Mother's call gets son in hot water

"Francois, a junior at Spencer High School in Columbus, was suspended for disorderly conduct Wednesday after he was told to give up his cell phone at lunch while talking to his mother who is deployed in Iraq, he said."

What really irritates me the most is that the Assistant Principal used the non-word "conversating".


ABC News: Foster Kids Used to Test AIDS Drugs

"Federal Researchers Tested AIDS Drugs on Foster Kids Without Basic Protection, AP Review Finds"


WorldNetDaily: Hillary gets the Catholic out of Catholic college

"A college has been stripped of its status as a Catholic institution because it invited pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to give its commencement address and receive an honorary degree. "

Actually, this sounds to me like a good thing. One less school churning out medieval philosophies.

ABC News: 'Stranger Than Strange' Dinosaur Found in Utah

"Sickle-Clawed, Feathered, Squat Dino Represents Transition From Meat to Plant Eater"


The New York Times > New York Region > Buffalo Fireman Regains Long-Lost Memories

"A Buffalo firefighter who apparently suffered brain damage in a 1995 burning roof collapse and has since been virtually silent and nearly blind had a sudden unexplained recovery on Saturday, animatedly speaking to family and friends and trying to recover a lost decade."

Army Recruiters Say They Feel Pressure to Bend Rules

"another recruiter said the incident hardly surprised him. He has been bending or breaking enlistment rules for months, he said, hiding police records and medical histories of potential recruits."

Word of the day


ADJECTIVE:1. Lascivious; lecherous. 2. Greedy; desirous. 3a. Archaic Relishing good food. b. Obsolete Arousing hunger; appetizing.
ETYMOLOGY:Middle English likerous, perhaps from Old French lecheor, lekier. See lecher."

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It...

"In the wide world of dating, there are many options."

The View Askewniverse - Kevin Smith geeks out on 'Sith'

You've been warned... "

School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon

"'I didn't know whether to laugh or cry,' school Principal Diana Russell said."


The New York Times > AP > National > Navajo Head Vetoes Gay Marriage Measure

"WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) -- The president of the Navajo Nation vetoed a measure Sunday that would have banned same-sex marriage on the Indian reservation.

Shirley said the measure also goes against the Navajo teaching of nondiscrimination and doing no psychological or physical harm to others."

Print Story: Genetic Mingling Mixes Human, Animal Cells on Yahoo! News

"On a farm about six miles outside this gambling town, Jason Chamberlain looks over a flock of about 50 smelly sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs."