Earth Observatory Newsroom: New Images - Flooding in New Orleans

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, much of New Orleans is under water in the top satellite image, taken on August 30, 2005, at 11:45 a.m. CDT by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite."

Discover Music - Pandora

"Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask:
Can you help me discover more music that I'll like?
Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.
We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you."

Well, they didn't have anything for the first two artists I searched (Paul Thorn, Ian Moore), but they did have Ozomatli.

Tempest brews over quotes on Starbucks cups

"Starbucks says it was hoping to inspire old-fashioned coffee-house conversations when it introduced a campaign this year featuring the words of notable Americans on its coffee cups.
But at least a few of those words are sparking more discord than discussion.

A national Christian women's organization is accusing the Seattle-based coffee maker of promoting a homosexual agenda because of a quote by author Armistead Maupin, whose 'Tales of the City' chronicled San Francisco's homosexual community in the 1970s and 1980s."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: -For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind!

"On March 13, Bush reversed his previous position, announcing he would not back a CO2 restriction using the language and rationale provided by Barbour. Echoing Barbour's memo, Bush said he opposed mandatory CO2 caps, due to "the incomplete state of scientific knowledge" about global climate change.

Well, the science is clear. This month, a study published in the journal Nature by a renowned MIT climatologist linked the increasing prevalence of destructive hurricanes to human-induced global warming.
Now we are all learning what it's like to reap the whirlwind of fossil fuel dependence which Barbour and his cronies have encouraged. Our destructive addiction has given us a catastrophic war in the Middle East and--now--Katrina is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children"

I love it! We can even blame Dickless Dubya for Katrina! What a great time to be a liberal!



Ha! Has he suddenly become a tree-hugging liberal? All that vacation is making his brain spongy! Next thing you know, he'll be on stage with Eddie Vedder, wearing Birkenstocks and chanting "All we are saying...is give peace a chance!"

ABC News: Think Like Letterman, Win College Tuition

"Aug. 30, 2005 - Are you a socially conscious skateboarder? Are you left-handed or an overweight New Englander? Is your last name 'Zolp'?
Not to sound like the narrator in a late-night infomercial, but if you answer 'Yes' to any of those questions, thousands of dollars in real college scholarships may be yours. "


Morning-After Maneuvers - New York Times

"Just when we thought that the Food and Drug Administration had run out of excuses to avoid ruling on whether the morning-after pill should be made available without a prescription, the agency found yet another lame reason to delay."

The Truth About MySpace

They've got it pegged!

Operation Yellow Elephant

"Operation Yellow Elephant
It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?"

Cats In Sinks

These are way too cute, of course. Here's a sample:


BBC NEWS / US anti-war grans face no charges

"US anti-war grans face no charges

Charges have been dropped against five elderly anti-war protesters who tried to enlist at a US military recruitment centre, a city prosecutor has said.
The women aged between 65 and 81, who belonged to an anti-war group called the 'raging grannies of Tucson', had been charged with trespassing.
They entered the Arizona centre in July asking to go to Iraq instead of their children and grandchildren. "


Brigitte Bardot calls for halt to use of puppies as shark bait

This is horrifying.

Secret Renaissance Ingredient Found: Glass

"WASHINGTON Aug 25, 2005 - How did paintings by Tintoretto and other Venetian Renaissance artists get their special glow? Using an electron microscope, Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, discovered one of their secrets: tiny bits of glass the artists mixed with their pigments. "

Wired 13.09: Reinventing Television

"Reinventing Television
We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a Special Report from Jon Stewart."

Interview with Jon Stewart.
Jon Stewart for President in 2008!

BeastieBoys.com - Official Beastie Boys Web Site

A Cappellas to make your own personal remixes.

The Sneeze - Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions.

"MythBusters is easily one of my favorite shows on TV. If you've never seen it, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman use their years of special effects experience to scientifically put urban legends to the test-- and blow up a lot of stuff in the process."

Interview with Adam Savage.

Murdoc Online: "It's called courage"

"I received this as a comment on a post noting Juan Cole's theories about the murder of Steven Vincent. It's from Vincent's wife, and she thinks, well, I'll let you read for yourself. I'm posting it here in its entirety, and it's worth every bit. All emphasis is mine: "

I haven't been keeping up with this story at all, but this is definitely worth reading.

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New 'Intelligent Falling' Theory

"TOPEKA, KS�As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held 'theory of gravity' is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling."


Flying Nun

"BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian nun's acrobatic and indecorous dancing with a missionary during the Catholic World Youth Day in Germany over the weekend earned her a reprimand from her mother superior, a Belgian paper said Tuesday. "


"Do you think that Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a son killed in Iraq, should have the right to speak against the war?
_Yes _No _Undecided"

Isn't it sad that this is even a question?
Via Dad.


ABC News: Gov't Proposes New SUV Fuel Standards

"ATLANTA Aug 23, 2005 - The Bush administration proposed new fuel economy standards for pickup trucks, minivans and some sport utility vehicles on Tuesday, calling upon automakers to make modest improvements to gas mileage amid rising prices at the pump. "


Gay Sperm Donors

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the health and safety of donor recipients. At least that's what FDA spokesman Eleanor Nicoll says about the FDA's ban on gay sperm donors unless they have been celibate for five years. A similar argument was used to justify banning gay blood donors in 1985. "

The sad thing is, this doesn't even surprise me.

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists,

and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn't speak up because I wasn't Jewish.

Then they came for the trade unionist,

and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant,

Then they came for the homosexuals,

and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a homosexual,

Then they came for me,

and by that time there was no one left to speak for me."

Martin Niemoeller, German Lutheran Pastor

The Unabomber Quiz

" The Smoking Gun offers this interactive quiz, developed from documents contained in Kaczynski's federal court file in Sacramento, California. Last year, during a court-ordered competency review, Kaczynski was subjected to a battery of psychological tests, including the venerable Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The 567-question true-or-false test has been used for years to assess everyone from job applicants to criminal defendants. "

Take the test. See if you're as crazy as your ex says you are.

The Stepford Wives revisited

"women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy"

Wait a minute - isn't that one of the selling points they've been using in all this crap? Carrying on about improved rights for women?
This guy just proclaimed on national television that the rights of approximately 54% of the population "are not critical"!

Via Iggy, who's still rampaging through the month of August.



"Plastic Surgery Obsession: Meet the Real-Life 'Ken' Doll "

Clay Aiken: Official Store

Clay Aiken Thong

ABC News: Synthesizer Innovator Robert A. Moog Dies

"RALEIGH, N.C. Aug 22, 2005 - Robert A. Moog, whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound and opened the musical wave that became electronica, has died. He was 71. "


Animal Planet :: Panda Video Cam

"You are watching live images of Mei Xiang, a giant panda, and her newborn cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The cub was born at 3:41 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Zoo keepers were happy to see Mei Xiang cradling and cuddling her cub only two minutes after its birth. "


Via Iggy. He's got a lot of interesting stuff posted today, so rather than me linking to each one individually, just go there and see for yourself.



The Nattering Nabob: "There are vigils for Cindy Sheehan taking place around the country tonight at 7:30, sponsored by moveon.

Can you join us? You can find a vigil near you by clicking this link:

Vigils for Cindy Sheehan
7:30 PM :: Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Via Iggy.


Welcome to NK News

"NK News is a searchable database of North Korean propaganda. This site contains nearly every article published on the KCNA's website, in English and Spanish, since Dec 2, 1996--over 50 MB of hard-core Stalinist propaganda! And each article written in that unique and indelible style of the KCNA. "


Walken 2008 - Official Website

"Christopher Walken for President 2008"

He appears to be serious.

Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.com

"Australian Shane Willmott is training three mice, named Harry, Chopsticks and Bunsen, to surf small waves on tiny mouse-size surf boards at beaches on the country's Gold Coast. The mice are put through rigorous bathtub training and then some have their fur dyed when it is time to hit the beach. "


Happy Story of the Week

"Teens operate on dead cat, saving kittens

Two teenagers performed a caesarean section on a dead cat they found along a New Brunswick road, saving two of four kittens."

Hobo Nation: Kings and Queens of the Road

"Hobo Nation: Kings and Queens of the Road"

Interesting photos.

Top News Article | Reuters.com

"OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists have tracked a tagged polar bear swimming at least 74 km in just one day -- and maybe up to 100 km -- providing the first conclusive proof the bears can cover such giant distances in the water. "

ABC News: Lucille Ball Tops List of Dead Celebs

"NEW YORK Aug 12, 2005 - Lucille Ball is America's most beloved dead star. The company that developed the 'Q score' that broadcasters and advertisers quietly consult to measure a personality's popularity has done a survey that tests the reputation of performers who have gone on to that big soundstage in the sky. "

There's got to be something wrong with their surveys - Elvis is not even in the top ten, and Red Skelton is? Find me anyone under 35 who really even knows who Red Skelton is! No way!


Suicide theme park proposed for Hong Kong island : Mail & Guardian Online

"Suicide theme park proposed for Hong Kong island"

Erotic and Violent Images Cloud Vision, Study Finds

"When people see violent or erotic images, they fail to process whatever they see next, according to new research. "

All Cultures Are Not Equal - New York Times

"Go into the field that barely exists: cultural geography. Study why and how people cluster, why certain national traits endure over centuries, why certain cultures embrace technology and economic growth and others resist them. "

The Nattering Nabob

"Holy Shit.

In the category of 'Not Very Important News According To Our Pathetic News Media' we have the following item:

A Bush Campaign Official charged with Conspiracy to prevent people from voting.

And (ready?) the GOP is paying his legal bills."

Via Iggy.

My Way News

"Oklahoma man held before boarding plane with bomb

Aug 11, 1:50 AM (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man was taken into custody after he tried to carry a bomb on board an airplane on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, an FBI spokesman said."


Humpty Dumpty Stolen From Florida Home

"He was kidnapped," Fuller said. "We're waiting for a ransom demand."



The bias of this article is pretty obvious - they refer to the group NARAL as being "pro-abortion" rather than "pro-choice". Nobody is pro-abortion - Has anyone ever heary of anyone who runs up to pregnant women and encourages them to have an abortion?

ABC News: Man Thought Lost in Utah Found in Australia

ABC News: Man Thought Lost in Utah Found in Australia: "SALT LAKE CITY Aug 9, 2005 - A man thought to have disappeared while hiking in southwestern Utah has been traced to Australia, Washington County sheriff's officers said Tuesday. "

I have a feeling there's more to this story.




One Mother in Crawford - New York Times

"Ms. Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Baghdad. She says she and her family met privately with Mr. Bush two months later, and she is sharply critical of how the president acted. He did not know her son's name, she says, acted as if the meeting was a party and called her 'Mom' throughout, which she considered disrespectful."

Missing Persons / NYPD

"If you know the whereabouts or can add to the circumstances of a person classified as missing, please notify the Missing Persons Squad at 1-212-473-2042. Favor de notificar a Missing Persons Squad 1-212-473-2042"

ABC News: Dana Reeve, Non-Smoker, Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

"Aug. 9, 2005 - Just 10 months after Christopher Reeve's death, his widow Dana Reeve has learned she has lung cancer."

Blogger Twins: Help Us Get Cast on The Amazing Race

"The primary reason for wanting to be on the show is to win the money, and the primary motivation for winning the money is so we can afford to build our mother a wheelchair-accessible house. About ten years ago she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her condition has deteriorated to the point where she can no longer walk. She went broke raising five kids after our father died when we were 12 years old and had to give up her home to the bank. She deserves to spend the rest of her life in a more comfortable home. Our dream is to win the money doing something we love (travel) for someone we love (our mom)."

The Smirking Chimp

"Following is a letter by Army Sgt. John Bruhns, excerpts of which were read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) on July 19, 2005."

"As I witnessed the Shiite pilgrimage, which was a new freedom that we provided to them, they used the pilgrimage to protest our presence in their country. I watched as they beat themselves over the head with sticks until they bled, and screamed at us in anger to leave their country. Some even carried signs that stated, "No Saddam, No America." These were people that Saddam oppressed; they were his enemies. To me, it seemed they hated us more than him."

"Anyone in the Middle East who hates America now has the opportunity to kill Americans because there are roughly 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq."

"On Oct. 31, 2003, the people of the Abu Ghraib area organized a large uprising against us. They launched a massive assault on our compound in the area. We were attacked with AK-47 machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. Thousands of people took to the streets to attack us. As the riot unfolded before my eyes, I realized these were just the people who lived there. There were men, women and children participating. Some of the Iraqi protesters were even carrying pictures of Saddam Hussein. My battalion fought back with everything we had and eventually shut down the uprising."

"A few months earlier President Bush made the statement "Bring it on" when referring to the attacks on Americans by the insurgency. To me, that felt like a personal invitation to the insurgents to attack me and my friends who desperately wanted to make it home alive."

Via Iggy.


Racing Pigs

"Racing pigs round a corner during a demonstration at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls, Mont., Aug. 1, 2005.
(Robin Loznak,Great Falls Tribune/AP Photo) "

CNN.com - Netroots activism arrives - Aug 5, 2005

"Netroots activism. Ever hear of it?
You will. Because this week marks its arrival as a force in American politics. It can claim the political Play of the Week.

The liberal blogs got organized.

"A hundred to 150 bloggers helped raise money, turned out volunteers, got people down to the district and emailed their friends in Ohio," said Bob Brigham of swingstateproject.com.

The bloggers raised a lot more money for the Hackett campaign than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"We raised around $500,000 from the netroots, which means we outspent the National Republican Congressional Committee and we're three times as relevant as the DCCC in terms of cold hard cash," Brigham said."

Newsday.com: Cheerleaders use chant to help police

"ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A man who left an accident scene was tracked down with the help of some cheerleaders who witnessed the crash and turned his license plate number into a cheer, police said."

Hummer Nest '05


Be sure to click on NEXT PAGE at the bottom of each page; there are 5 pages in all. 24 days from birth to flight.



"Ever wonder how to hack an elevator to own it for your trip and not be stopped on any other floors"

Test Your Restaurant IQ

"Test Your Restaurant IQ: Are Your Favorite Foods Full of Fat?"

Fun & Games

How long will you live? Lifeline Calculator

Top 10 Songs Stuck in Your Head

"Nearly 98% of people have had songs stuck in their head, Kellaris reported at the recent meeting of the Society for Consumer Psychology. The 559 students -- at an average age of 23 -- had lots of trouble with the Chili's "Baby Back Ribs" Jingle and with the Baha Men song "Who Let the Dogs Out." But Kellaris found that most often, each person tends to be haunted by their own demon tunes.

Here's the students' top-10 earworm list: "

Home & Real Estate

"It took a bunch of serious researchers from Florida State University to figure this out, so listen up. When it comes to women's hair, men like this the best: long, thick, and brown. "

Where rivers run high on cocaine -

"THE rivers of Italy are flowing with cocaine, say scientists who have adopted a new approach to measuring the extent of drug misuse. The biggest river, the Po, carries the equivalent of about 4kg (8lb 13oz) of the drug a day, with a street value of about L20,000.

Cocaine users among the five million people who live in the Po River basin in northern Italy consume the drug and excrete its metabolic by-product, benzoylecgonine (BE). This goes from sewers into the river. So a team led by Dr Ettore Zuccato, of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, estimated the use of cocaine by testing the waters of the Po for BE, and for any cocaine that had passed through the body unaltered or reached the sewers in other ways.

What they found surprised them. They calculated that for every 1,000 young adults in the catchment area, about 30 must be taking a daily dose of 100 milligrams of cocaine, which greatly exceeds official national figures for cocaine use. "

Broken Flowers - Review - Movies - New York Times

"With 'Broken Flowers,' Jim Jarmusch's sly, touching new film, Bill Murray reaffirms his status as the quietest comic actor in movies today. His voice barely rises above a murmur, and his face remains almost perfectly still, its slightest tics and flickers captured by Mr. Jarmusch's discreet, mostly stationary camera. "

Court Nominee Advised Group on Gay Rights


Judge John G. Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court nominee, gave advice to advocates for gay rights a decade ago, helping them win a landmark 1996 ruling protecting gay men and lesbians from state-sanctioned discrimination."

The Nattering Nabob

"'Approval of Bush's handling of Iraq, which had been hovering in the low- to mid-40s most of the year, dipped to 38 percent. Midwesterners and young women and men with a high school education or less were most likely to abandon Bush on his handling of Iraq in the last six months.'

He is rapidly approaching territory where only the loonie Kool-Aid drinkers still support him, and absolutely NObody else."

Via Iggy.

Etheridge Says She's Recovered From Cancer

"LOS ANGELES Aug 4, 2005 -
Melissa Etheridge is jumping back into recording and performing after spending much of the last year fighting breast cancer. The 44-year-old rocker has appearances booked for October, when her greatest hits collection 'The Road Less Traveled' is due for release.

'I would say I'm 97 percent back now,' Etheridge told AP Radio in an interview. 'It is very hard. - Chemotherapy is so hard on a person. And I would say I'm fully recovered, yeah.' "

Idiots on Parade

"'If for some reason, that's what he has to go do, I just don't want to know. As long as things are good in our house, just please, don't get caught.'"

I believe this is known as the Ostrich Theory.


Move to commercialise breast milk

"Until now breast milk donation in the US and UK has largely been confined to a handful of non-profit milk banks that collect milk on a local basis to provide it to premature and sick infants whose mothers struggle to breast feed.

But Prolacta is aiming to buy donated breast milk from independent milk banks and hospitals across the US, pasteurise it and sell it back to hospitals to treat low-birth weight babies. "

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Environmental damage seen from shuttle

"HOUSTON (Reuters) - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.

'Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world,' Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi."


"The NEW YORK TIMES is looking into the adoption records of the children of Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Judge Roberts and his wife Jane adopted the children when they each were infants.

Both children were adopted from Latin America.

Previously the WASHINGTON POST Style section had published a story criticizing the outfits Mrs. Roberts had them wear at the announcement ceremony."

Okay, I DO NOT want this guy on the Supreme Court, but this is ridiculous! This is just giving ammunition to the right-wing.

Hypochondriac's Corner

"Aug 3, 2005 -

Experts on a strep germ that's sickening people and pigs in China are baffled by reports of 37 farmers suddenly falling ill, bleeding under the skin and dying all previously unheard of with the disease.

While not uncommon in pigs, Streptococcus suis is seldom seen in people and never dozens of cases all at once raising bigger questions about whether the germ has mixed with some other bacteria or virus. "


The Infinite Cat Project - Infinite Cats 1-25

The Infinite Cat Project - Infinite Cats 1-25

Oh, hell yeah!

Minnesota Daily : Protecting women�s reproductive rights on college campuses

"Wisconsin State Rep. Dan LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, introduced this bill based on the belief that 'dispensing birth control and emergency contraceptives leads to promiscuity.' "

Top cloning experts gather in South Korea for clandestine test - Yahoo! News

"SEOUL (AFP) - Top cloning experts from Britain, South Korea and the United States working on ways to use stem cells to treat incurable diseases gathered here to kick-off a week-long secret experiment. "


the best thing ever

"the best thing ever"

Via FOUND Magazine

crack house rules

"crack house rules"

Via Found magazine.

Moving Day - Redneck Style

ABC News: Woman Allegedly Sells Favors to Elderly

"NEW CASTLE, Pa. Aug 2, 2005

Police charged a 19-year-old woman with selling sexual favors to two elderly men for $4 and $6 each. Stacy L. Kendall, 71-year-old William R. Claypool and 83-year-old Carmen A. Nocera were arrested just outside New Castle on Friday. "

A Pakistani Rape, and a Pakistani Love Story - New York Times

Published: August 2, 2005

Rapes occur in Pakistan at an estimated rate of one every two hours, and the rape itself is only the beginning of the horror. As in much of the world, the victim is frequently expected to atone for her 'sin' by killing herself, while her attacker goes unscathed."

e l e v a t o r m o o d s

e l e v a t o r m o o d s

Betcha can't watch just one!

Via Black Arts Diary.

Invisible Library

"The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound."

Via Black Arts Diary.em>

The Department Of Records

The Department Of Records

Hurry, links expire 7 days after being posted!

????????? 80-? - ????? 80-?

Appears to be a Russian site - it has a bunch of cheesy 80's videos.

eChalk colour perception: This is the most amazing optical effect in the world

eChalk colour perception: This is the most amazing optical effect in the world

This is just freaky!


"Why don't you mentor a child how to read?'

-- St. Louis, Missouri, Jan. 5, 2004 "

Get your daily Shrub-ism here!

Palin's Travels: Welcome to Michael Palin's travel website

Palin's Travels: Welcome to Michael Palin's travel website:

Around the World in 80 Days
Pole to Pole
Full Circle
Hemingway Adventure
Sahara with Michael Palin