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Tom Friedman
From brandeis.edu

A Billionaire Scion: Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman’s opinions on the Iraq war have long been proved bankrupt (here, here and most recently, here) but if you still put stock in his economic analysis about free trade and outsourcing, keep in mind that he’s the heir to a multibillion-dollar real estate fortune, and may not be speaking for the little guy. Political strategist Dave Sirota has the goods.

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Live Musical Acts, Coming to a Sim Near You

Now this is a cool sign of the times: Musicians are playing “live” concerts streamed through virtual reality environments like “Second Life.” Above, the avatar of Suzanne Vega plays in what was billed as “the first time a major recording artist performed live in avatar form.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


King Kofi
From the Huffington Post

A Right-Winger Reads The N.Y. Times

This animated feature is leading the pack at the Huffington Post’s Contagious Festival; it’s a satirical look at what conservatives see when they pick up The New York Times.

  • Check out last month’s Jury Prize (it’s the “Freeway Blogger”)

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    sex toys
    From Book22.com

    O Lord, Send Me Guidance on This Dildo…

    In what appears to be a first, an Oregon couple has set up a Christian-themed sex toy website for married pairs only. The “about” page is unintentionally hilarious. It reads, “We have prayed every step of the way for guidance on what products to offer on this site.”
    What’s that, Lord? The grape-flavored anal lube? Or the edible crotchless panties?

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Gas-guzzling Ford
    From f650pickups.com

    Kicking the SUV Habit—Finally

    Ford announced its largest production cuts in 20 years, blaming high gas prices for customers shifting away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.

  • We were wondering how long it would take Americans to wean themselves from their SUV addiction.
  • Now, if we could just get a few more of these next-generation electric cars on the road….

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenwald: Bush Acting Like a Monarch

    In an interview with Democracy Now!, constitutional lawyer and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald explains how a federal judge rejected the president’s monarchial leanings when she ordered a halt to his warrantless eavesdropping program.

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    Andrew Sullivan: Bush’s Faith and Incompetence

    Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the fundamentalism that makes it impossible for Bush to ever change course: “Faith is to the new conservatism ... what ideology was to the old leftism: an unquestioned orthodoxy from which all policy flows.”

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    Haditha Investigation Reveals Possible Coverup

    The Marines implicated in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha may have attempted to conceal evidence, according to a secret report.  Based on an investigation of the incident, the report suggests that the Marines may have tampered with their unit logbook and withheld incriminating footage captured by an aerial drone.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Sugar in the Gas Tank

    As part of its drive toward energy independence, Brazil has encouraged the use of cars that run on any combination of ethanol and gasoline.  More than 2 million of the flex-fuel cars have now been sold in the country, accounting for 77% of the market.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Apple has audited working conditions at an iPod factory in China
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Think Damage Control

    An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct.  Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage?—whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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