Monthly Archives: February 2006

Japan bans the sale of second hand electronics

Japan bans the sale of second hand electronics Take that, terrorists! By Nick Farrell | the Inquirer THE JAPANESE government has a novel plan to rid the world of terrorism. It is banning the sale of second hand electronic gear. … Continue reading

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Defensive measures

Defensive measures The Economist Should the European Union have a defence budget? AS A rule, the European Union doesn’t do defence. At most, it messes around at the margin. In 1999, it promised to set up a 60,000-strong rapid-reaction force. … Continue reading

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WWIII or bust: Implications of a US attack on Iran

WWIII or bust: Implications of a US attack on Iran by Heather Wokusch “This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous… Having said that, all options are on the table.” George W. Bush, … Continue reading

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Planet’s Population to Hit 6.5 Billion

Planet’s Population to Hit 6.5 Billion A population milestone is about to be set on this jam-packed planet. On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:16 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the population here on this good Earth is projected to hit 6.5 … Continue reading

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Non-Dairy Whipped Topping? That was Rich.

Non-Dairy Whipped Topping?  That was Rich. Robert Rich, inventor of frozen non-dairy topping, died on February 15th, aged 92 As sales presentations go, the one Robert Rich gave in Long Island, New York, in the summer of 1945 was one … Continue reading

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Through a Lens, Darkly

By JAMES WOLCOTT | Vanity Fair Screening a new documentary, Why We Fight, and The Unrecovered, a meditation on 9/11, the author examines what they reveal about American fears, power, and grief Every documentarian with integrity to spare should enshrine … Continue reading

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Sweden’s ‘Depressed’ Hell’s Angels face probe

Sweden’s ‘Depressed’ Hell’s Angels face probe The Local (Sweden’s News in English) They might not look like sensitive sorts, but seven out of ten Hell’s Angels in Stockholm are on sick benefits with depression, Stockholm’s police commissioner Carin Götblad told … Continue reading

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So, how’s it going, eh?

So, how’s it going, eh? CBC News The relationship between North America’s two largest countries may have been a bit testy as the 20th century wrapped up and the 21st began. But compared to the 18th and 19th centuries, it … Continue reading

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100 year old Corn Flakes

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes turns 100 years old in 2006. 100 years ago, the Kellogg brothers changed the way North Americans and the world ate breakfast. From the Kellogg’s web site: “In 1906, W.K. Kellogg entered the cereal business, as American eating … Continue reading

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U.S. Secretly Reclassifies Unclassified Documents

U.S. Secretly Reclassifies Unclassified Documents By SCOTT SHANE | New York Times WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 — In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available … Continue reading

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Flu pandemic would kill 1 in 20 Canadians

Flu pandemic would kill 1 in 20 Canadians Conference Board of Canada report warns country ill-prepared by James Gordon | The Ottawa Citizen An “imminent” flu pandemic would kill one in 20 Canadians and grind the manufacturing industry to a … Continue reading

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No Snickers, It’s Healthy Chocolate

No Snickers, It’s Healthy Chocolate Seen at Doggy Style: Mars Inc., the company that makes Milky Way, M&M’s, and Whiskas cat food, is about to launch heart healthy chocolate. Called CocoaVia, the dark chocolate is high in flavanols, an antioxidant … Continue reading

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$1 garage sale score: treasures in an old Skippy jar

$1 garage sale score: treasures in an old Skippy jar Mister Jalopy bought this glass peanut butter jar filled with nifty little treasures at a garage sale for $1, and expertly photographed each item individually. Says Boing Boing: “A dirty … Continue reading

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Artists paint derelict buildings Tiggeriffic Orange

Artists paint derelict buildings Tiggeriffic Orange An “underground artist gang” in Detroit is painting the city’s many derelict buildings “Tiggeriffic Orange,” in order to decorate the landscape. They call the project “Detroit. Demolition. Disneyland.” “The artistic move is simple, cover … Continue reading

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