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Elephant fetus
The Daily Mail

Animals Pictured in the Womb

Using a cutting-edge array of 3-D ultrasound scans and tiny cameras, a British production team has produced images of the entire gestation process of many different animals, like this developing elephant (above). The images are to air on National Geographic next month.

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3,709 Iraqi Civilians Killed In Oct., U.N. Says

It’s the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion. That’s more than 100 people killed per day, often after being tortured.

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Bush and Maliki
huffingtonpost.com

An Awkward Rendezvous

President Bush is set to travel to Jordan next week for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The event might be a bit uncomfortable for the pair, now that the Iraqi government has responded to the flirtations of Iran and Syria.

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Whitmann
newyorktimes.com

Lieberman Hires Political Opportunist

We can’t say we’re surprised that Joe Lieberman has chosen as his spokesman an ideological acrobat—the only Jew ever to serve as chief lobbyist for the Christian Coalition.  The New York Times describes Marshall Wittmann as “a Trotskyite turned Zionist turned Reaganite turned bipartisan irritant turned pretty much everything in between….”

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Altman
latimes.com

Robert Altman Dead at 81

The auteur filmmaker behind “MASH” died of complications from cancer.  An unconventional artist, Altman was nominated for five best-directing Academy Awards over the years, and won an honorary statue this year.

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U.N. Says 39.5 Million People Have HIV

It’s spreading fastest in Eastern and Central Asia and Eastern Europe, but almost two-thirds of the world’s cases are in sub-Saharan Africa. “AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria make up the deadliest triad the world has known,” said the U.N.‘s Kofi Annan.

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College GOP’ers to Offer Caucasian Scholarship

From a Boston University paper: “Looking to draw attention to what they call the ‘worst form of bigotry confronting America today,’ ” the school’s “Republicans are circulating an application for a ‘Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship’ that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.”

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French going unwed
From Molly Moore / The Washington Post

More French Couples Going Unwed

Marriage rates in France are about 45 percent below U.S. levels. Whence the trend? Theories: This (French) generation’s nearly universal rejection of religion, and a massive migration to more independent-friendly urban areas.

  • Despite warnings from religious conservatives, society hasn’t crumbled in tandem with marriage rates.
  • Also, out-of-wedlock births are up in the U.S.—and not only to teens, but to mothers choosing to put off marriage.

  • Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Fox Preps Conservative ‘Daily Show’

    Fox News Channel is teaming with Joel Surnow (the creator of “24”) to create a right-wing version of “The Daily Show.”

  • With the Dems in power, this might actually be a good thing; it could force the weakest links of the party to acknowledge and deal with their myriad failings.

  • Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Bruno

    Liked Borat? Get Ready for Bruno

    Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat) has secured a salary in excess of $30 million for his next film, in which he will portray Bruno, the gay “voice of Austrian youth TV,” who mercilessly mocks denizens of the U.S. fashion and entertainment industry.

    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


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