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Blumenthal: Colbert Spoke Truth, not Truthiness, to Power

Sidney Blumenthal says Stephen Colbert delivered the “most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps,” so it’s not surprising his routine was met by silence by the journalists in the room.

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Purity Ball Entrance Fee: Intact Hymen

States like Colorado are holding dances in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. (Never mind that abstinence pledges actually increase risky sexual activity.) You won’t believe the creepy anti-sex scripts the fathers read.

  • Blog entry on the phenomenon
  • Blog entry with actual scripts
  • Purity Ball website
  • Damning study on abstinence pledges
  • Bill Maher’s reaction to the study

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    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

    The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
    (thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    American Pie's 'warm apple pie' scene
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    Teen Sex Comedies, Seriously

    Literary rock star Dave Eggers’ magazine The Believer does a cover story on how 1980s teenage sex comedies “reflect a larger human and cultural failure to ... integrate sexual desire into regular life.”

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Zacarias Moussaoui
    From terrorismcentral.com

    Moussaoui Gets Life for 9/11 Role

    The so-called 12th hijacker escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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    Morning Glory Seeds Making Trippy Comeback

    Teenagers are rediscovering the hallucinogenic potential of the flower seeds. Internet advice sites abound, and hospital trips are up.

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    Potato Chips
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    Lay’s Chips to Use Healthier Oil

    In an industry-rocking move, the nation’s leading potato chip manufacturer will reduce saturated fat by switching from cottonseed oil to sunflower oil.

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    U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

    Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Soda Sales Will Stop in Most Public Schools

    The nation’s largest beverage distributors have agreed to remove the sugary drinks from school vending machines and cafeterias. Bill Clinton brokered the deal.

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    Mexico’s Fox Will OK Drug Decriminalization

    The Mexican president will sign a bill that drastically weakens penalties for possession of personal amounts of drugs like pot, coke, ecstasy and acid. But local judges can still detain or deport those found with the drugs.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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