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AP Reports the Obvious on Bush & Iraq

This story is significant not because of what it says (Bush has changed his Iraq war justifications half a dozen times) but because it comes from the purportedly neutral AP.

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Bogus Controversy Over Apple’s Building

Several high-profile blogs have been spreading a report that Muslims are offended by Apple’s new building in NYC. Problem is, the alleged anger is basically bogus. Read about the fake controversy here.

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Gay Marriage Scare Wears Thin

In the 2004 election, anti-gay ballot measures effectively drew conservatives to the ballot box, but the appeal of banning gay marriage is wearing off, polls suggest.

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Agents Interrogate Teen

Julia Wilson, a 14-year-old honor student, was removed from her class and interrogated by Secret Service agents for writing “kill Bush” on her MySpace page.  The teen said the agents’ “unnecessarily mean” questioning brought her to tears, but ultimately encouraged her activism against the Iraq war.

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From Air America

Air America Files for Bankruptcy

The progressive talk radio home to “The Al Franken Show” has filed for Chapter 11 protections. It’s going to stay on the air while it (hopefully) resolves its issues with its creditors.

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Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

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Ney Pleads Guilty, Admits Influence peddling for Abramoff

Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio is the first politician to plead guilty to charges leveled in the corruption scandal that (hopefully) will bring down the constellation of other corrupt lawmakers connected to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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American Companies Fight For Right to Bleed China

In the face of vast poverty and exploitation, the Chinese government is about to enact a labor law that would strengthen the role of unions and protections for workers.  But American corporations, eager to maintain their fiefdoms in the middle kingdom, have lobbied fiercely against the proposed legislation.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


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From consecratedvirgins.org

The 42-Year-Old Virgin

A 42-year-old Ithaca, N.Y., woman dedicated her virginity to Jesus in a Catholic ceremony so rare that even her priest didn’t know it existed. (Story or check out Association of Consecrated Virgins)

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


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From Second Life (via Popular Science)

It’s a Wonderful Second Life

Check out this mind-blowing story on Second Life, the simulated online world where people socialize, shop for actual products, attend legitimate university classes, even buy virtual real estate—using real-world money.
This head-spinning enmeshing of online/off-line interaction represents a new model for our Internet-addled society. It’s like “The Matrix” (Version 0.1).

 

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