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Low-Fat Ice Cream Uses Cloned Fish Blood Proteins

Appetizing news from the N.Y. Times: “New industrial processes, including one that involves a protein cloned from the blood of an Arctic Ocean fish, have allowed manufacturers to produce very creamy, dense, reduced-fat ice creams with fewer additives.”
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Profits up 40% at Shell, 36% at Exxon

No need for creative accounting at these outfits: It’s good to be an oil company these days.

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Tour de France Winner Flunks Drug Test

Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which Landis claims is either a mistake or the result of natural bodily processes. He was tested after his near-superhuman comeback win on an Alpine stage of the race, which the New York Times called perhaps the greatest single-day push in Tour history.
If this accusation proves true, Wheaties may have to find a new cover boy.

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Al Qaeda Calls for Holy War Against Israel

The terrorist group’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al Zawahri, called for Muslims to rise up against Jews in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

  • Already, over 250 Iranians have heeded the call, and are headed to Lebanon via Turkey.

     

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  • 56% Want Deadline for Leaving Iraq

    According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, 56% of Americans support a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  Of that group, more than half support a withdrawal even if it leads to insurgent control of the country.

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    Deadliest Day for Israel in Lebanon

    More than 100 Hezbollah fighters staged a fierce ambush on Israeli ground forces entering a Lebanese border town, killing at least eight Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, 24 Palestinians were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

  • Looking to make sense of the roots of this carnage? Read Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges’ new Dig, “Israel’s Barrier to Peace.”
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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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    Barf Bag ads
    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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