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The number 55

Today’s Blog Is Brought to You by the Number…

That’s the number of Arabic linguists who have been discharged from the Army for being gay. Fifty-five. (We missed this fact when we blogged about the latest dismissalinterview here—but it’s so shocking we felt we had to bring it up now.)
If the military were serious about winning Iraqis’ hearts and minds, it would find a way to keep most of these linguists in the service.

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Immigrants Don’t Hurt U.S. Jobs, Says Study

In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study’s technique.

  • Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper on the myths of America’s immigration debate.

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    From Boing Boing

    Mixing Explosive Liquids in a Crowd

    Like, we don’t know, but ... it may be a bad idea to combine potentially explosive liquids in trash bins near big crowds. (h/t: Boing Boing)

  • Also, John at AMERICAblog wants to know: If liquid explosives were suspected back in a 1995 plane bombing plot, why have liquids been allowed on planes since then, and now suddenly they’re not?

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  • Heat Wave Kills 140 Californians

    About 140 Californians died last month from a severe heat wave, the most casualties since 1955, when air conditioning became widespread.  Officials were left scrambling to explain the inordinately high number of deaths, unusual for a place where people are used to the summer heat.

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    U.S. Warns India of Terror Threats

    The U.S. Embassy has told India that it has information suggesting that terror attacks might occur in the political and economic capitals—Delhi and Mumbai.  The Indian government has yet to receive any specific information.  The warning comes only a month after more than 180 people were killed when a series of bombs exploded on a commuter train in Mumbai. 

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    While Feds Stall, Locals Tackle Big Issues

    In the face of stagnant federal policy, more and more localities have adopted their own measures to address the environment, stem-cell research and immigration.  Impatient for action from deadlocked Washington, cities and states have increasingly crafted their own policies regarding the major issues of the day, even reaching out to foreign leaders.

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    Israel Presses U.S. for Delivery of Antipersonnel Rockets

    America is likely to send Israel a shipment of antipersonnel rockets whose broad and indiscriminate blast characteristics could inflict civilian casualties. The State Dept. is trying to delay delivery.

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    Bush Staffer on Terror Plots: ‘This Is Going to Play Big’

    In the wake of the foiled terrorist plots to explode passenger jets in midair, a White House official told an AFP reporter on Thursday, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big” as a political opportunity for the GOP. The AFP reporter was merciless in his reporting, noting that Bush & Co. have been tarring Democrats as soft on terrorism the past few days—knowing full well that news of the terror plot could break at any moment.

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    From Rockstar Games

    Unleash Your Inner Bully

    Rockstar Games, the company that created the ultra-violent, ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto titles, brings you Bully, in which the central character either punishes or sticks up for the little guys in school. Some are worried it’s a “Columbine simulator,” but those fears appear to be unfounded.

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    Confederacy of Dunces

    OK, deep breath time….
    30% of Americans cannot say in what year the Sept. 11 attacks took place, according to a Washington Post poll. Thirty. Percent.

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