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I hate to be the bearer of late and redundant news, but this is too smile-making to assume you've all seen it already:


We haven't won the war, but winning a battle feels nice, doesn't it? Here is the Metafilter thread on this, which has the most informative discussion about the decision that I've seen yet. It was posted earlier today, before the decision was announced.

New York Times article with a briefer summary of what this probably means.

The Big Picture takes on same-sex marriage. Some beautiful pictures. Ignore the comments.

More links that I've been collecting over the past few weeks days:

Cordoba House, a Muslim community center whose founders' values include rejection of religious extremism, has come under attack; right-wing pundits and politicians are using it in a cynical attempt to capitalize on anti-Muslim sentiment, turning it into the "ground zero mosque." There are so many ways to respond to this: It's not a mosque and not even visible from the site; Muslims are not our enemies and in fact suffered and died on 9/11 as well; there is already a mosque as close to ground zero. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has responded to the outrage in a speech defending freedom of religion.

Those scanners that the TSA promised can't store the "nude" pictures they take of you? Actually, the U.S. Marshals now admit to saving tens of thousands of those pictures.

In 2004 then 19 year old Sara Reedy was raped at gunpoint. Six months later, she was jailed for false complaint. Today, a federal appeals court reinstated her lawsuit against the police detective who orchestrated her arrest. (Another MeFi link)

Probably everyone has already seen this, but here is Rachel Maddow's wonderful take on the difference between a democracy and a constitutional democracy: we don't get to vote on rights.

Iroquois Lacrosse Team was not able to compete in world championship because the British government did not accept their passports.

North Korean football team shamed in six-hour public inquiry over World Cup. The team's coach has apparently been forced to go into construction work.

A motorcyclist has been charged with wiretapping and faces up to sixteen years in jail for videotaping a police stop in which a plainclothes police officer approached him with his gun drawn and yelling.

Big cats on catnip


Mar. 5th, 2010 07:28 pm
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
Wait. You're telling me I don't have anything due immediately, now that I've finally made it through that stack of things to do? I has free time? ... ohmygod what do I doooo.

Holi 2010 at The Big Picture

The music video for OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass. Contains one amazing Rube Goldberg machine. This made me want to watch Pythagoras Switch.

A History of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things. Never get Botox, Obama.

Daily-updated photostream of pictures of North Korea

Human Cat Perch

Craig Ferguson interviews Stephen Fry Linked to Metafilter because it's broken into four parts.

Public Lectures at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Neutra Face: An Ode on a Typface. Nerdy typography remake of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"? I'll take one!

And some more serious stuff:

Selling Food Stamps for Kid's Shoes: Due to short time limits on welfare, some people only have their food stamps as a source of income and are forced to sell them to pay for other needs.

Cities Shortening Yellow Traffic Lights for Deadly Profit. I really am not surprised. My hometown recently added stoplight cameras to a couple of major intersections, and my first thought was that it's such a temptation for abuse.

The Best of Journalism (2009): One dude's opinion on what were the best stories of last year. Agree or disagree, it's an amazing collection of things to read.


Jan. 9th, 2010 02:25 pm
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Korea: Photographs of the country by a US Army Photographer from 1945-46.

You'll probably enjoy it if you just enjoy the pictures and captions and ignore the comments where racist nationalists take them as proof that Korea was uncivilized before being colonized by "greater" powers. (Because, of course, bare breasts = uncivilized.)

Lady Gaga Barbie Dolls: Also a Flickr set. What a specific hobby.

No, a nearby supernova won't wipe us out: the Bad Astronomer posts about the recent misinformed fears about being fried.


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