Entries from June 2007

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLV

Watch it because now I’m off to Walla Walla. Be back tomorrow.

Categories: People and Current Events

West End, Spared Again

Times Online – Police find second London car bomb Police were tonight investigating a second car bomb in London. A vehicle parked in an underground car park near Hyde Park has been found to contain a device. An area stretching from Marble Arch to Hyde Park corner had been closed off since this afternoon and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Jooooooooos Killed Mickey!

AP: In the final skit, “Farfour” was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a “terrorist.” “Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added. Good grief.

Categories: Entertainment

Norway: Now Just Like Egypt!

Oy. LGF – Norway Cracks Down on Female Circumcision Yesterday: BBC – Egypt forbids female circumcision Good job, Norway! Keep trying, and maybe someday you’ll be just like Senegal!

Categories: People and Current Events

The Origins of the Domestication of Humans

The Times – Animal House<br/> Cats have a longer and stranger pedigree than dogs, and even humans Cats are curious. Worldwide they are the most numerous pets of humans. Yet their origins were lost in mystery, if not the shrubbery – until today. Now we report that Oxford scientists have finally cracked the origin of […]

Categories: Catblogging

Treasurable Chuck

The Times – Bring the Prince into the Cabinet right away<br/> Thunderer: Godfrey Barker Now this is not just remarkable, it is royal. Public bodies sit paralysed, and the Prince of Wales acts. In the darkest part of Ayrshire lurks Dumfries House, a mid-18th-century miracle thrown up for the Marquess of Bute by Robert Adam, […]

Categories: Art and Literature

I Should Be In the Friggin Security Services

Times Online – London car bomb ‘packed with nails and gas’ London escaped what could have been its worst terrorist attack this morning when a car bomb packed with nails, gas canisters and containers of petrol apparently failed to detonate outside a popular West End nightclub hosting a ‘ladies’ night’. Hint: Despite this, it wasn’t […]

Categories: War and Peace

Eeeeeeee

BBC – Egypt forbids female circumcision The new ban cancels out a provision that allowed the operation to be performed by qualified doctors in exceptional cases only. But the death of a 12-year-old girl in Upper Egypt a few days ago triggered an angry barrage of appeals from human rights groups to both the government […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Whole Chorus Just For Me

The Times – Paean of praise to the ginger-ninjas<br/> When Titian-haired Ginny Dougary wrote a choral piece celebrating redheads, it brought home to her how much ‘gingerism’ there is in England The e-mails from the choir built up to a great clamour in the days leading up to the Overture Weekend – the grand-scale reopening […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Silly-o

Opinion Journal – Who’s Really ‘Sicko’<br/> In Canada, dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week. Humans can wait two to three years. BY DAVID GRATZER It’s not simply that Mr. Moore is wrong. His grand tour of public health care systems misses the big story: While he prescribes socialism, market-oriented reforms are […]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLIV

Today’s Shoe: <br/> click to enlarge (and get second frame) I don’t usually like to upload comic strips, but after seeing this, I just had to: Israellycool – Not-So-Fair Weathered Friends If you select Israel, a list of cities is displayed, which includes:<br/> • Abu Shusha, an Arab village that has not existed since 1948<br/> • Akbara, […]

Categories: Business & Media

Breaking Sense from Two Years Ago

The Times – At last some sense: medicine for poppies<br/> The Taleban aren’t going to like this . . . by Rosemary Righter At last, huh? Here’s her own newspaper September 6, 2005, and The Telegraph May 8, 2006. Britain leads a £1-billion-a-year international programme to eradicate illicit opium production in Afghanistan by destroying farmers’ poppies and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Think They Already Lost That War

Here’s our politicians being helpful again. From The Japan Times: The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday demanding an apology from Japan over the sexual exploitation of women in the Asia-Pacific region by the military during the war. ninme deletes the rant And speaking of helpfulness: Liberal Japan – […]

Categories: History

As Opposed to When

Daniel Drezner – China Inc. is developing a bad brand image As a country develops and moves up the consumer supply chain, they generally acquire a reputation for making high-quality goods (think Japan and South Korea). What’s interesting is that China seems to be moving in the opposite direction. I think they’ve always had a […]

Categories: Business & Media

Misogyny Blogging

Phib’s asked me (and a couple other ladies) a question: CDR Salamander – Misogynistic blogosphere? Is there an undercurrent of misogynistic behavior in the blogosphere? One that the anonymity of the medium encourages? I would love to hear what FbL, Bookie, and ninme have to say about it. Err, yes. This is something I’ve thought […]

Categories: People and Current Events