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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Julian Assange, as Viewed by Older People

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Julian Assange, as Viewed by Older People

Julian Assange
They have this fear of all technology, of anything new, and this just adds to it. Some of them understand a little bit, are competent sending email and know not to use Internet Explorer, but you cannot forget that they grew up when newspapers ruled, and televisions had tubes. Deep down there is a little bit of awe there, this Internet stuff, at the back of their minds, is like magic.

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Black Harvard-Yale Alums = Gangbangers?

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Black Harvard-Yale Alums = Gangbangers?

Racial profiling has hit the Ivy League. Again. A party for black Harvard and Yale alums at a Boston club was shut down last weekend because the club owner was afraid that a long line of black people outside could “attract the attention of local gangbangers.”

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For Adam Parfrey, Publishing the Unabomber’s Book Is All In a Day’s Wor

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For Adam Parfrey, Publishing the Unabomber’s Book Is All In a Day’s Work

On a brilliant, sun-dappled October afternoon, Adam Parfrey, one of the nation’s most provocative publishers, is in his front yard frolicking with his dog Loki—a beast of an animal, half malamute, half King Kong, named for a Norse god connected with fire and magic.

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Swastika-Branding Case First To Be Charged Under New Hate Crimes Law

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Prosecutors in Farmington, NM have said that after three men finished their shifts working at a local McDonald’s this past April, they “shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, placed it on a heated stove and branded the symbol on the arm of the mentally disabled Navajo man.”

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Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, 40, will read from “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”

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A disease dissected

Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, 40, will read from “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”

Why call this a biography of cancer? I felt I was writing not about something, but about someone. We write biographies in order to understand, to decipher the psyche, to enter the personality. In a sense, we’ve been trying to do this with cancer for nearly 4,000 years.

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7 Rock Songs Exploited for Commerce and Conservatism

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7 Rock Songs Exploited for Commerce and Conservatism

When political songs are used to hawk goods and right-wing agendas, the song can get ruined by association.
Since the U.S. government doesn’t support artists like most first-world countries, musicians are increasingly filling their duckets with cross-promo deals from companies. While outside-the-mainstream artists and the towers of commerce have historically had a tenuous relationship, in the choked-income era of the mp3–where it’s increasingly difficult for even prominent groups to make a living off recorded music–more and more musicians have been letting marketers use their tunes for a check.

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Rep. Todd Akin: The Pilgrims Came To America To Flee ‘Unbiblical’ Socialism In The 1620′s

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Today, millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. To mark this holiday, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to explain its history. At one point, he opined, “It might be helpful to think back and say there’s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims.” He explained that they were “a group of people who were willing to change the system, to think of different ideas.” Akin continued, “They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn’t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the 1620s”:

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The US of A breaks the Soviet Record

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The US of A breaks the Soviet Record

Even for the humble among us who try to avoid jingoistic outbursts, some national achievements are so grand that they merit a moment of pride and celebration:

US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United
States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign:
nine years, 50 days.

On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this
South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling
attempt to build up a socialist state.

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What Horror Movies are Supposed to Do

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What Horror Movies are Supposed to Do

Horror movies are there to make you feel something so that you can come out forgetting about your boring miserable life. It is, in that respect, exactly like porn. Porn exploits loneliness and sexual frustration, horror movies exploit your fear of death, of being trapped, of disfigurement and cruelty.

This is how you tell the real horror movies from the fakes. Freddy Krueger is not a real horror movie villain. There is nothing there to fear but a cartoonish death at the hands of a ludicrous bad guy. These movies are there to go “boo” and shock you, not to tattoo themselves onto your brain the way true horror movies are designed to do.

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Deep sea punk worm sucks on marine snow

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Deep sea punk worm sucks on marine snow

Say hello to a newly discovered sea worm that looks like it’s sporting a bristly mohawk.

During a series of submersible dives to depths of 3000 metres in the Celebes Sea, researchers found 16 of these swimming worms. The new species, Teuthidodrilus samae, has a dizzying array of tentacles and sensory structures on its head (see picture below) and was described today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

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