Monthly Archives: April 2006

Continental integration by stealth

Continental integration by stealth by Michael Byers  | the Toronto Star As Ottawa prepares to renew NORAD agreement, a bi-national panel suggests nothing less than the complete integration of Canada’s military, security and foreign policy into the decision-making and operating … Continue reading

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Looney Tunes hidden gags

Looney Tunes hidden gags The Looney Tunes Hidden Gags page has oodles of in-jokes that the animators snuck into their shorts. After you watch enough Warner Bros. theatrical cartoons it becomes obvious that the directors and animators liked to slip … Continue reading

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The Soundtrack of your Life

The Soundtrack of your Life by David Owen | The New Yorker Muzak in the realm of retail theatre. If you blindfolded Dana McKelvey and led her into a retail store, a restaurant, a doctor’s office, or a bank, she … Continue reading

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Reefer Madness

Reefer madness Marijuana is medically useful, whether politicians like it or not From The Economist print edition IF CANNABIS were unknown, and bioprospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would no doubt be hailed … Continue reading

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North Korean slaves: Russia’s imported Koretsky labour without reward

North Korean slaves: Russia’s imported Koretsky labour without reward  North Korea, for all its nuclear ambitions, is close to economic disaster, and is short of food, fuel and the simplest material goods. To pay its debt to Russia (which Moscow … Continue reading

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East Germany and Chernobyl: The Censorship of Fear

East Germany and Chernobyl: The Censorship of Fear By Miriam Schröder | der Spiegel In West Germany they were closing children’s playgrounds and distributing iodine tablets. But in communist East Germany life after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster carried on as … Continue reading

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The Case Against Coke

The Case Against Coke by Michael Blanding  | the Nation The ballroom at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, is the picture of opulence. Paintings of Greek gods and goddesses peer down from the walls, lit by two crystal … Continue reading

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While Cheney Slept

You have to be impressed by U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney’s ability to nap, even at a Press Briefing during the state visit of the leader of a soon-to-be rival superpower (or so the gang on the U.S. left would have … Continue reading

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2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant Contestants in the 2006 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant will be judged in three separate categories. These include: “Beauty” — Contestants will be judged on the quality and professionalism of their costumes, make-up and … Continue reading

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Miroslav Tichý’s home-made camera

The Micheal Hoppen Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of Czech photographer / artist Miroslav Tichý, displaying some of his hand-developed prints. His photographs were shot on his home-made camera, which in itself is a work of art. Tichý … Continue reading

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Oddball Comics

  Shaw! has launched a new site devoted to his collection of Oddball Comicswhich includes ridiculously detailed and in-depth analysis of some of the weirdest comic titles you’ll ever see. seen at Drawn!       Posted Thu Apr 20th, … Continue reading

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While Washington Slept

While Washington Slept The Queen of England is afraid. International C.E.O.’s are nervous. And the scientific establishment is loud and clear. If global warming isn’t halted, rising sea levels could submerge coastal cities by 2100. So how did this virtual … Continue reading

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Laptop Stickers

A Flickr collection of stickered laptops! (Inspiration for my Powerbook!) Posted Tue Apr 18th, 2006

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Cilantro haters unite!

Cilantro haters unite! About 15 hundred years ago, people started thinking it was cute to add loathsome cilantro to my favorite cuisines: Indian, Thai, Indonesian, and Mexican. For years, I’ve been hoping that reports would come out announcing that cilantro … Continue reading

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