6/30/2005

Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages

"MADRID, Spain (AP) - Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote."

Molly Ivins

"I think we have alienated our allies and have killed more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein ever did. "

Guardian Unlimited | One in six countries facing food shortage

"One in six countries in the world face food shortages this year because of severe droughts that could become semi-permanent under climate change, UN scientists warned yesterday. "

Fetch?

Morty visits Dr. Saul, the veterinarian, and says, "My dog,
has a problem."

Dr. Saul says, "So tell me about the dog and the problem."

"It's a Jewish dog. His name is Irving and he can talk,"
says Morty.

"He can talk?" the doubting doctor asks.

"Watch this!" Morty points to the dog and commands: "Irving,
Fetch!"

Irving, the dog, begins to walk toward the door, then turns
around and says, "So why are you talking to me like that?
You always order me around like I'm nothing. And you only
call me when you want something. And then you make me sleep
on the floor, with my arthritis. You give me this fahkahkta
food with all the salt and fat, and you tell me it's a
special diet. It tastes like dreck! YOU should eat it
yourself! And do you ever take me for a decent walk? NO, it's
out of the house, a short pish, and right back home. Maybe if
I could stretch out a little, the sciatica wouldn't kill me
so much! I should roll over and play dead for real for all
you care!"

Dr. Saul is amazed, "This is remarkable! What could be the
problem?"

Morty says, "He has a hearing problem! I said 'Fetch', not
'Kvetch'".

6/29/2005

skippy the bush kangaroo

"skippy the bush kangaroo"

"jon stewart says 'when i want news, i turn to cnn...and they turn...to...skippy...the bush kangaroo.' "

The Jewish Blog

"The Jewish Blog - Because we all think alike."

"While all jews think alike, we do not think the same things. What we share is a belief that back and forth discussion is the best method for dealing with the universe. Specifically, we are almost always open to the idea that someone or something may have a new helpful perspective we would otherwise be unaware of."

EC Brown: MP3 links archive

EC Brown: MP3 links archive

This is by far the most interesting of the downloads sites so far. It's actually a list of links to other sites, but they've got them broken down into very specific genres - i.e. Far East, Klezmer, Judaica, Medieval/Renaissance Revivalist, Bagpipes, Electronica, French Folk, House...and with mini-reviews of each site.

n u g s . n e t | phish mp3, grateful dead mp3, phil and friends, download mp3, nugs.net

"featured downloads: (even) more shows from the nugs.net archives...
Download Dave Matthews & Friends, Keller Williams, Phish, Grateful Dead,
The Radiators, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Little Feat, and more"

SugarMegs Audio @ Terrabyte Station...You Enjoy MySite ><>-~

"The Collection
Windows media streaming, almost 3,000 shows with new shows added daily.
Click here to select and listen."

Free live shows, your standard hippy stuff, some reggae, some Stevie Ray Vaughn. Lots of Grateful Dead, but lots of other stuff, too.

Internet Archive: Text Archive

"Welcome to the Open-Access Text Archive.
This collection is free and open for everyone to use."

Downloadable books. A lot.

Internet Archive: Software Archive

"The Software Archive is designed to preserve and provide access to all kinds of rare or difficult to find, legally downloadable software titles and background information on those titles."

Internet Archive: Feature Films

"This collection houses a number of classic public domain feature films and shorts, now available for viewing and downloading at the Internet Archive"

Free downloads

Internet Archive: Film Chest Vintage Cartoons

"These classic animated cartoons from the 1930's and 1940's are from the Film Chest collection, a leading source of film and video programming and stock footage. All these cartoons have been transferred from original 35 film prints and digitally remastered. The collection includes classics such as Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Porky Pig, The Three Stooges, and others. For more information see Film Chest"

Free downloads.

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

"Welcome to Moving Image Archive"

This and the next few posts are free, legal downloads. Audio, Video, and more.

Internet Archive: 78 RPMs

"This is a collection of 78rpm records released in the early part of the 20th century contributed by Archive users.

Artists include Ada Jones, Caruso, Eddie Cantor, Edison Concert Band, Harry MacDonough, Len Spencer, Paul Whiteman, and many others."

Internet Archive: Open Source Audio

"This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of audio, many licensed using Creative Commons licenses. Please feel free to contribute your recordings!

Browse by style: Blues, Country, Electronic, Experimental, Hiphop, Indie, Jazz, Rock, Spoken Word."

Internet Archive: Live Music Archive

"Welcome to the Live Music Archive. etree.org is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format.

The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly noncommercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists' commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community."

ABC News: Board: Teflon Cancer Risks Downplayed

"A controversial chemical used by DuPont Co. to make the nonstick substance Teflon poses more of a cancer risk than indicated in a draft assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent review board has found. "

Time to trash the George Foreman grill. :(

ABC News: NOAA Scientists Say Reports Altered

" Many scientists at NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for balancing hydroelectric dams against endangered salmon, say they know of cases where scientific findings were altered at the request of commercial interests, according to a survey released Tuesday by two watchdog groups. "

6/28/2005

The New Zealand Herald

"Just don't mention the tanks in Tiananmen Square"

Above is from New Zealand, but it's something to think about the next time you're shopping at Wal-Mart (which imports a lot of its merchandise from China - see below-)
Via an email from my dad.


"Wal-Mart estimates it imports $15 billion of Chinese goods every year and concedes that the figure could be higher -- some estimates range as high as $20 or $30 billion."

From PBS.org

Eminent Domain

"Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land."

Beautiful!

june2004hastings-mammatus

"Spectacular Mammatus Clouds over Hastings, Nebraska "

Freaky.

Techworld.com - German coder soldier cleared for refusing to write Iraq software

"German coder soldier cleared for refusing to write Iraq software"

Watch Those Changing Rules: Finish Sodas on the Platform - New York Times

"Riders like Beatrice McCants, 30, said they had faced many such occasions. Ms. McCants, who works as a newspaper distributor in Midtown, said she was riding a Brooklyn-bound No. 3 train Wednesday when a man began masturbating in plain sight. 'I thought, 'I've got to get off this train,' ' she recalled. 'Now I'm going to get a fine for that, for running from a flasher? I won't pay it!'"

The perils of NYC subway riding.

MoxieGrrrl.com

"I would rather someone was wrapped in the Constitution burning the flag than wrapped in the flag burning the Constitution."

>|| punkvoter ||<

Great video of a Bush-bashing NOFX song.

By the way, NOFX is possibly the most fun you can have at a concert. Especially now that the Ramones are gone and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is doing family-oriented reality shows on MTV (or is it VH1?)


Via Moose.

6/27/2005

Boffins create zombie dogs

"SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans."

This is every bit as strange as it sounds.


6/24/2005

Last words

"LAST WORDS.....
COCKPIT VOICE RECORDINGS, TRANSCRIPTS / AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TAPES

You will need an MP3 player to hear the recordings. Caution, may be disturbing. "

6/23/2005

ABC News: Woman Carrying $47K in Bra at Airport Sues

ABC News: Woman Carrying $47K in Bra at Airport Sues: "BOSTON Jun 23, 2005 � A Quincy woman who apparently stuffed $46,950 in cash in her bra before trying to board a plane to Texas for plastic surgery has sued a federal agency, demanding the return of her money

In her suit, Valdez said a male Drug Enforcement Administration agent told her she had a nice body and didn't need surgery and then seized the cash, claiming it was drug money."
Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Give it away, give it away, give it away now...

"WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights."

For private development. Like if one of Dubya's friends decides that your business is in a prime location, and he wants that location.

What Johnny Depp Character Are You?

I'm Sam From "Benny & Joon."

You Are Sam From "Benny & Joon."

You are very talented at physical comedy. People are in awe of your abilities. However, you have many quirks which can either win people over or completely annoy them. But you're a sweetheart through and through, and it's hard not to love you.

Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

Efficiency

"In the US, for every 100 units of energy that we introduce into our economic system nearly 98 units are wasted," according to Paul Hawken, the author of Natural Capitalism. "That's right, we are 2 percent efficient."

"If you doubt the 2 percent figure, consider two common energy devices, your car and a light bulb," Hawken explains. "After a century of engineering, the modern car is still in the Iron Age. Of the energy consumed, about 80 percent is lost, mainly in heat and exhaust. Of the 20 percent that gets to the wheels, only 5 percent moves the driver. Five-percent times 20 percent equals 1 percent, a level of inefficiency that means cars burn their weight every year in gasoline. In the case of incandescent light bulbs, 100 percent of the energy input to the lamp becomes heat; only 8 percent becomes light en route to heat. It's essentially a space heater that glows. "

Via an email from my dad.

6/21/2005

My Way News

"Common virus kills cancer, study finds"

The 11-Year-Old Wife - New York Times

"Early this year, for example, a doctor named Shazia Khalid reported that she had been gang-raped in a government-owned natural-gas plant. Instead of treating her medically, officials drugged her into unconsciousness for three days to keep her quiet and then shipped her to a psychiatric hospital."

Abandoned

"Future is waiting for us. With hollow skeletons
or downsized ugly creatures with bulgy eyes - it's not important.
Important thing is that there will be a footprint left.
Footprint of civilization. Cement, metal and dust not claimed by anyone.
They are eternity."

Obsessive-Compulsives Corner

"A handy, who-knew guide for 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods"

Silver polish expires? Who knew?

6/20/2005

ABC News: Brain Exercise Is Key to Healthy Mind

"There's no guarantee. But more and more research shows that some fairly simple steps can truly lower your risk of the deadly dementia. "

ABC News: Scientists Find Early Signs of Alzheimer's

"People who drink fruit or vegetable juice at least three times a week seem four times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than nonjuice drinkers, according to a study of 1,800 elderly Japanese-Americans. The theory is that juice contains high levels of polyphenols, compounds that may play a brain-protective role."

New model 'permits time travel'

"If you went back in time and met your teenage parents, you could not split them up and prevent your birth - even if you wanted to, a new quantum model has stated. "

Deep, Dark Secrets of His and Her Brains

"When Witelson began acquiring human brains, sex was the last thing on her mind."

If You're Tired of Depressing Political News -

"There are many places on the web where you can get recipes for homemade baby wipes. This, however, may be the only one which suggests making them with large shop tools. I think it adds an interesting element of excitement and danger to an otherwise mundane task. "

Someone Else's Child - New York Times

"You can still find plenty of folks arguing that we have to stay the course, or even raise the stakes by sending more troops to the war zone. But from the very start of this war the loudest of the flag-waving hawks were those who were safely beyond military age themselves and were unwilling to send their own children off to fight.

It's easy to be macho when you have nothing at risk. The hawks want the war to be fought with other people's children, while their own children go safely off to college, or to the mall. The number of influential American officials who have children in uniform in Iraq is minuscule."

Billy Jack Is Ready to Fight the Good Fight Again

"SANTA ROSA VALLEY, Calif. - It has been more than 30 years, but Billy Jack is still plenty ticked off.
Back then, it was bigotry against Native Americans, trouble with the nuclear power industry and big bad government that made this screen hero explode in karate-fueled rage. At the time, the unlikely combination of rugged-loner heroics - all in defense of society's downtrodden and forgotten - and rough-edged filmmaking sparked a pop culture and box-office phenomenon. "

Whatever happened to freedom of dissent?

"Flag Desecration resolution - H.J.Res.10

The House is scheduled to debate a proposal to amend the constitution to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag."

Via an email from my dad - not sure of the original source, and don't have time to research it today.

Libraries Say Yes, Officials Do Quiz Them About Users - New York Times

"WASHINGTON, June 19 - Law enforcement officials have made at least 200 formal and informal inquiries to libraries for information on reading material and other internal matters since October 2001, according to a new study that adds grist to the growing debate in Congress over the government's counterterrorism powers. "

6/17/2005

Public Health Advocates Cite Lack of Risk Notice on Potato Chip Bags

"Public Health Advocates Cite Lack of Risk Notice on Potato Chip Bags"

6/16/2005

Uncle Sam Really Wants You - New York Times

"Schools with kids from wealthier families (and a high percentage of collegebound students) are not viewed as good prospects by military recruiters. It's as if those schools had posted signs at the entrances saying, 'Don't bother.' The kids in those schools are not the kids who fight America's wars. "

Woman Survives Rare Internal Decapitation

"A near-fatal car accident this past January ended a lifelong career as a musician when the ligaments connecting the base of Greitzer's skull to her backbone were severed, internally decapitating her. "

6/14/2005

I Am a Japanese School Teacher - Part II

" started collecting a list of oxymorons - things about this country that seemed to directly contradict themselves. I've been here for a year and a half, and while I've been able to learn the true face of Japan, there are still aspects that bug the hell out of me."

Some of these are very surprising.

I Am a Japanese School Teacher

"Ok, so I'm an assisstant teacher in three Japanese middle schools."

"You know what's kind of funny though? Some kids can't say "Good morning", but damn near all of them can ask if I have a big dick. Or, "bigu dikku" in Engrish."

Dangerrrr: cats could alter your personality - Health - Times Online

"THEY may look like lovable pets but Britain's estimated 9m domestic cats are being blamed by scientists for infecting up to half the population with a parasite that can alter people's personalities. "

The Poor Man � NBC, CNN announce merger

"CNN, the orginal cable news network, and NBC, which owns cable channels MSNBC and CNBC, announced a deal to consolidate their news organizations into a single giant news network."

Stick with this till the end. The last line is the best.

PledgeBank - Tell the world "I'll do it, but only if you'll help"

"Tell the world "I'll do it, but only if you'll help me do it!"

Cool concept, lots of topics - something for everyone. Check it out.

Word of the Day

"Procrustean

SYLLABICATION:Pro-crus-te-an
PRONUNCIATION: pr-krst-n
VARIANT FORMS:also pro-crus-te-an

ADJECTIVE:Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means.

ETYMOLOGY:After Procrustes, a mythical Greek giant who stretched or shortened captives to make them fit his beds, from Latin Procrusts, from Greek Prokrousts, from prokrouein, hammer out, to stretch out : pro-, forth; see pro-2 + krouein, to beat. "

These people do seem to have a political agenda - or just really good timing.

Wish I could remember which late-night talk show this was from!

"You know, if Micahael Jackson were black, he would have been convicted."

6/11/2005

Automotive product with a uniquely Australian name



Via Thornae

... and God Created Squid ...

"For some years, some biologists have argued that the Biblical Creation story ends too soon; there was a 7th day of creation, during which God thought about his prototypes and finally made the crowning glory of his creation here on Earth: the giant squid."

Via Thornae

6/10/2005

Pending EPA program to test pesticides on children

"The program, the Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study, or CHEERS, would pay the parent of a baby up to $970 if they expose their child to household pesticides and other toxins over a two-year period. The parents are also given a camcorder, which they can keep, to tape the child's activities and reactions."

I'm speechless. And it gets worse when you read the article.

Via JamesX

6/09/2005

Cuban Immigrants Intercepted in Floating Taxicab on Yahoo! News Photos

"A video image shows Cuban refugees in a vintage blue floating taxicab being intercepted off the Florida Keys by the U.S. Coast Guard June 7, 2005."

New Scientist Animals and us

"Sex with animals is legal in Sweden, as it is in half the states of the US. In Germany it is not explicitly banned, and in other countries the law is at best unclear. The UK takes a sterner view, with penalties of up to two years in jail.

Few animals are off-limits, it seems. Dogs and horses are the most popular, followed by sheep, cows and chickens."

Chickens? CHICKENS?!?

Via Sam

Word of the Day

"Frotteurism"

Loosely translated: Subway Creeps.

US Marine Corp recruiters resorting to kidnapping

"Just how far down is recruitment?

They've resorted to kidnapping.

No, I'm not kidding."

Holy Shit! This is just insane!

My Cat Hates You!


"Like Dubya, Peaches controls your life from his ivory tower."

From the web site "My Cat Hates You". On the lower right, you can click to preview the calendar. Very funny!

ABC News: Google Maps Make Demographics Come Alive

"SAN FRANCISCO Jun 9, 2005 - Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.
Geeks, tinkerers and innovators are crashing the Google party, having discovered how to tinker with the search engine's mapping service to graphically illustrate vital information that might otherwise be ignored, overlooked or not perceived as clearly. "

Some very cool stuff here.

ABC News: Border Patrol Horses Get Special Feed

"Border Patrol Horses Get Special Feed That Helps Protect Desert Ecosystem"

Scientists: Insect Would Kill Coca Crops

"BOGOTA,Colombia Jun 9, 2005 - A group of Colombian scientists believe they've found a way to wipe out cocaine production: unleash an army of hungry moth caterpillars. But critics of the proposal say the chance for 'ecological mischief' is high. "

6/08/2005

Canada on Yahoo! News Photos

"Gregory Despres is shown in this image from television.

On April 25, 2005, Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood, a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, and brass knuckles. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons, fingerprinted Despres, and then let him into the United States.

Despres, the suspect in a grisly double murder in New Brunswick, Canada, was arrested in Mattapoisett, Mass., on April 27, 2005 and is being held in a jail there, charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (CP PHOTO/HO/WHDH-TV) "

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, has a wild-eyed stare and an insane hairdo and carries a bloody chainsaw across an international border, chances are it's a chainsaw-murdering duck! Check out the picture.

Paul Anka Is Back, 63 and Swinging - New York Times

"TORONTO, June 6 - Paul Anka knows what people will think.
Why would a teen idol turned Las Vegas crooner like him, who wrote early rock 'n' roll hits like 'Diana' and 'Put Your Head on My Shoulder,' who gave Johnny Carson his theme song and Frank Sinatra 'My Way,' release an album stuffed with 14 swinging renditions of rock songs from stylistic opposites like Van Halen and Billy Idol? "

Well, if Queen Latifah can do a jazz standards album, why not turn the tables?
Good Lord, he's covered a Soundgarden song, and it's not bad!
On Amazon -

Casey's Peace Page

"AN OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE BUSH"

"Dear George,

You don’t mind if I call you George do you? When you sent me a letter offering your condolences on the death of my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, in the illegal and unjust war on Iraq, you called me Cindy, so I naturally assume we are on a first name basis."

Via Iggy

Word of the Day

"marabout

SYLLABICATION:mar-a-bout
PRONUNCIATION: mar e-boo, -boot
NOUN:1. A Muslim hermit or saint, especially in northern Africa. 2. The tomb of such a hermit or saint.
ETYMOLOGY:French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murbi, posted, stationed, marabout, participle of rabata, to be posted, derived stem of rabata, to bind, tie."

The New Zealand Herald

"The town where books and reading are seen as luxuries"

6/07/2005

Social Security: Migrants Offer Numbers for Fee - New York Times

"TLALCHAPA, Mexico - Gerardo Luviano is looking for somebody to rent his Social Security number.

Mr. Luviano, 39, obtained legal residence in the United States almost 20 years ago. But these days, back in Mexico, teaching beekeeping at the local high school in this hot, dusty town in the southwestern part of the country, Mr. Luviano is not using his Social Security number. So he is looking for an illegal immigrant in the United States to use it for him - providing a little cash along the way."

This should probably horrify me, but in light of the current attitude towards immigration, and the whole Social Security mess, this is pretty amusing.

Equiluminance effects

"Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena"

Part II

Rapid afterimage

"Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena"

Very cool!

Pharyngula::A historian disgraces himself

"A historian disgraces himself"

IsraCast: Technology in Israel

"An Israeli Inventor has developed a breathing apparatus that will allow breathing underwater without the assistance of compressed air tanks."

Poll: Minority Groups Favor Ethnic Media - Yahoo! News

"LOS ANGELES - Nearly half the country's Hispanics, Asian Americans and other minorities prefer ethnic newspapers, television and radio to mainstream media, according to a poll released Tuesday. "

Now there's a big damn surprise.

6/06/2005

Ananova - Clothing for chickens

"Clothing for chickens - A range of fashion clothing for chickens has been launched by a group of designers working in Austria and Japan."

Internet Archive: Details: Boys Beware

"Boys Beware (1961)
Anti-homosexual film targeted at teenage boys, urging them to avoid encounters with potential molesters."

BBC - Radio 3 - Beethoven Experience - downloads

"Download all nine of Beethoven's symphonies here the day after they are broadcast. All the symphonies are performed by BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. "

jukebox - POPULAR VICTOR, EDISON, COLUMBIA RECORDINGS FRO 1900 - 1930

jukebox - POPULAR VICTOR, EDISON, COLUMBIA RECORDINGS FRO 1900 - 1930: "TURTLE'S '78 RPM' JUKEBOX"

MP3's from about 1911-1925. Free.

Bush Proclaims Black Music Month 2005

"'Black music's origins are found in the work songs and spirituals that bore witness to the cruelty of bondage and the strength of faith,' wrote the President."

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Unfortunately, I know that there are some people who will actually fall for this.

ABC News: Woman Moves to 'Diet Capital', Loses Over 200 Pounds

"She had not always been overweight, but after turning to food as an emotional crutch in her early 30s, Blech was tipping the scales at a dangerous 468 pounds. Blech didn't like the idea of gastric bypass, which creates a smaller stomach and rearranges the small intestine through surgery and costs about $26,000.

'I felt it was a shortcut,' Blech, 39, said. 'I knew I had to make behavioral changes.' But Blech's solution was almost as extreme as gastric bypass, and more than three times as expensive."

Oh my gosh, someone made the news for taking responsibility for her own behavior! You go, girl! What a nice change from all the stories about people whining that they can't help themselves, their messed-up childhoods caused all their drug, overeating, drinking, etc., problems!

SUPREME COURT RULES THAT SICK PEOPLE WHO SMOKE PRESCRIBED MARIJUANA CAN BE FEDERALLY PROSECUTED.

With the way this administration is bringing back all these antediluvian attitudes, I figure that in another 6 months, it'll be 1952 all over again. Thank god - I'm looking forward to being able to stay home all day and watch game shows while hubby supports me. And I always kinda liked those kitschy housedresses. Where are my pearls?

6/03/2005

Bush Gives The Finger

"Bush Gives The Finger"

Dept. of: Things you find on the internet when looking for something else

"Interactions of the Pineal and Exposure to Continuous Light on Organ Weights of Female Rats"

A little light reading.

Do You Suppose He's Going For An Insanity Plea?


Phil Spector Murder Trial on Yahoo! News Photos : "Music producer Phil Spector is shown in Superior Court judge Monday, May 23, 2005, in Los Angeles. A judge said Monday, he will allow four of 10 incidents of evidence in Spector's murder trial that prosecutors say illustrate the music producer's history of pulling guns on women. Spector is on trial for the Feb. 23, 2003, fatal shooting of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) "

California lawmakers kill off gay marriage bill

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's Assembly on Thursday killed off a bill that would have allowed gay marriage in the nation's most populous state."

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

"HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries."

Can a good, old-fashioned book burning be very far behind? Ignorance Rules!

6/02/2005

ABC News: Do Meth Addicts Want Your Identity?

"'The thing that is somewhat unique to identity theft is that it requires an almost absurd amount of hours and focus, which methamphetamine users have in abundance,' said Mark Lindquist, team chief of the drug unit with the county prosecuting attorney. 'We've seen methamphetamine users putting together papers that have been through shredders.'"

6/01/2005

No More Mister Nice Blog

"Samanthapettai, Jan 16 (ANI): Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion....

Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water."

Scanning for Corporate Fallout

"If you're fed up with the worst offenders in corporate America, and swear never again to buy any product from an offending company - or companies that do business with that company - your wish may soon be granted.
A graduate student at MIT has invented a 'Corporate Fallout Detector' - a handheld scanner that you can run over any product's bar code to reveal the manufacturer's history of pollution or ethics violations. The device, which is still in development, sounds a noise that corresponds to the severity of the infractions. "

Planned Parenthood Is Told to Show Children's Files - New York Times

"Planned Parenthood of Indiana has to show state investigators the medical records of some of its youngest patients, a judge ruled on Tuesday. The judge rejected the organization's contention that disclosing such records could have a chilling effect on patients across the state."

Bush Hints He Will Withhold Other Papers on Bolton - New York Times

" President Bush criticized Senate Democrats on Tuesday for 'stalling' a vote on John R. Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations, and indicated that he would not grant them access to intelligence documents they have demanded to see before allowing the confirmation to go ahead."

Living.com

All-video web site.

WFTV.com - Slideshow

99 weird photos