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Koreas Hope to Reunite for Olympics

Despite the fact that the two countries are still officially at war, North and South Korea will make a joint bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, where they hope to compete as one country. While the rest of the world has a meltdown over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the South seems determined to resolve its differences peacefully.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Hillary the Panderer

Arianna Huffington takes Hillary Clinton to task for continuing her vote-hungry triangulating campaign against video game indecency.  In case you missed it, last year Hillary got all bent out of shape over a hidden sex scene in a game called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”  She didn’t seem to mind the initial release of the game, which allowed players (17 and older) to commit mass murder in graphic detail.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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How to Beat Wal-Mart

Stacy Mitchell chronicles the successful campaigns of community activists around the country who’ve taken on retail giants and won.  The key to victory is “getting people to see themselves not just as consumers, but as workers, producers, business owners, citizens, and stewards of their community.”

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nytimes.com

Bush Stalls on Iraq Report

With Tony Blair by his side, the president was careful on Thursday to laud the Iraq Study Group’s report, but maintain his stance on troop withdrawals and diplomacy.  In particular, Bush said he would not compromise on preconditions for talks with Syria and Iran.

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seasite.niu.edu

Playboy on Trial in Indonesia

The editor of the Indonesian version of Playboy magazine is on trial for indecency in the world’s most populous Muslim state. The magazine contains no nudity, but the prosecution cited the “inviting expressions” of the underwear-clad models as one of the reasons it is asking for the maximum penalty of 32 months.

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Israeli PM on Iraq Report

Responding to the Iraq Study Group report on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said talks with Syria were not possible, and that President Bush wasn’t interested in speaking to Damascus either: “I can only say that the opinions I heard from the president and from all senior administration staff on the Syrian issue are such that he did not see a feasibility in talks….”

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Conservative Rabbis Issue Gay-Friendly Ruling

A panel of Conservative rabbis has approved a relatively gay-friendly interpretation of Jewish law, paving the way for ordinations of gays and same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


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austinchronicle.com

Critics Have No Love for Grandpa Cheney

Dick Cheney is going to have another grandchild soon, this time from his openly gay daughter Mary (at left above).  While the vice president expressed his joy at the announcement, advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum took the opportunity to sound off, with social conservatives bemoaning the horror of a fatherless childhood and gay rights groups pointing to Grandpa’s history of hypocrisy on the issue.

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Gates Confirmed by Senate

Robert Gates has been confirmed by the Senate with enormous support.  While much has been made of Gates’ “fresh perspective” on the war, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pointed out that it is the president who structures policy. And this president is notorious for selectively listening to advice.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


In Norway Stripping Is an Art Form

An appeals court in Norway ruled in favor of the owners of a go-go bar in Oslo who had refused to pay taxes on entry fees on the grounds that striptease dancers are stage artists like sword swallowers and comedians and deserve the same status.  According to the BBC report, the court ruled that “[s]triptease, in the way it is practised in this case, is a form of dance combined with acting” and should be exempt from the value-added tax.

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