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NYU Prof Launches Experiment in ‘Open-Source’ Journalism

It’s called NewAssignment.net, and the idea is for everyday citizens to fund specific reporting projects that will be assigned to professional journalists. This could be the birth of an entirely new paradigm in reporting: professionals and amateurs working together in a truly networked way. Check it out.

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Washington State Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Bigots are delighting at this blow against tolerance. Massachusetts is now the only state still extending full marriage benefits to homosexual couples.
On an intellectual level, it’s interesting to read the logical flights of fancy that judges have to make in their opinions to codify this kind of hatred into law.

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A Sea Change in Bush’s Thinking on Iraq?

Don’t miss this observation by the Washington Post’s Dan Froomkin: “President Bush and national security adviser Stephen Hadley yesterday for the first time publicly acknowledged the momentous shift in the role for U.S. troops in Iraq, from fighting terrorists to trying to suppress religious violence.”

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Coke: cocacola.com; baby: vetitice.demon.co.uk / illustration: Blair Golson

US Airways to Sell Ads on Air Sickness Bags

Seriously, we’re not making this up: ads on barf bags. You have to wonder: How do you value the publicity that comes from associating your product with vomit? (above picture a Truthdig spoof)
And if it works, we’re suddenly one step closer to the advertising hell depicted in Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”

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Ignorance is Strength
From stampandshout.com

Half of U.S. Says Iraq Had WMD’s

According to a new Harris poll, about 50% of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. This is up (up!) from 36% last year.
We can only hope, perhaps naively, such a moment represents a low-water mark ... that (with apologies to Fitzgerald) we are face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate with our capacity for ignorance.

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Airbus

Europe’s Hijack-Proof Plane

Airbus, Siemens and dozens of other European companies are working on a system that would reroute control of hijacked aircraft to the ground.  The system would then safely land the plane at the nearest airport.

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Tesla electric car
From the L.A. Times

No Gas, But Zero to 60 in Four seconds

The Tesla company’s new all-electric car can go 250 miles off a 3.5-hour charge and hit speeds of 130 mph. And although at $100,000 apiece, they’re not ready for the masses, the Teslas represent a huge leap over GM’s 1996 all-electric model, and offer a glimpse of things to come.

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The Real Miami Vice

In connection with the new Colin Farrell / Jamie Foxx movie, the L.A. Times interviewed a real-life veteran of Miami’s vice, intelligence and narcotics squad. Interestingly, it seems the situations on the TV show weren’t that far off the mark.

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Yoism
From yoism.org

Divine Inspiration From the Masses

The “open source” programming movement, which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to collectively make a better product (like Wikipedia entries), has grown beyond its software roots to embrace religion. The holy texts of “yoism” shun the wisdom of high priests and rely instead on teachings that evolve online organically.

Open-source programming’s organizing principle has been embraced in medical research, engineering—even religion

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Sex in Space
From Vanna Bonta via MSNBC

Complications in Space Sex

Experts tell MSNBC that “new devices and data would be needed to hit the zero-G-spot.” But an author who has written about the topic says space sex would be “the killer app of space tourism, because every couple…is going to want to try this.”

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