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Kim Cattrall
From Craig Blankenhorn / HBO / N.Y. Times

The Taming of a Slur

The N.Y. Times reports that the word “slut” has gone the way of “queer” and “pimp” before it—from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall’s portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” (h/t: Huff Po)

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Brangelina
From univision.com

Brangelina’s Next Project: Mariane Pearl Movie

Angelina Jolie will star as the wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in an adaptation of her book “A Mighty Heart.” Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt will produce the film, and Michael Winterbottom (whose “The Road to Guantanamo” is in theaters now) will direct.

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Bombs in Lebanon
AP Photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Humanity Lost in Lebanon

As Israeli warplanes ravage Beirut in retaliation for Lebanon-based Hezbollah raids, a prominent Beirut-based blogger decries being made a “pawn on the board of an imaginary game.” He is “infuriated that such risks and actions can be taken with absolute disregard of the lives that are at stake, the lives of the people that make a country what it is.”

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Belated Justice: Army Cancels Halliburton Contract

We’re a bit late to this story, but we couldn’t let it go un-blogged.
HUURAH!

  • You know the old saying: You can overbill some of the government agencies all the time, all the government agencies some of the time…but you can’t, apparently, charge $45 for a case of soda and get away with it forever.

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  • Paper Drops Coulter’s Column

    An editor at the Cedar Rapids Gazette said that conservative readers felt she was misrepresenting their views.
    May a thousand newspapers follow suit.

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    Green Antarctica
    AFP/ Craig Potton

    Expert: Trees Could Grow in Antarctica Within Century

    Due to global warming, the icy continent could revert to how it looked 40 million years ago—with bushes and trees, an environmental expert told an international scientific conference.

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    Tom Cruise lampooned on
    From E! Online

    ‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup

    The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself…. (more)

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    Vanatu Man
    From AFP/ Marc Le Chelard

    Vanuatu Is World’s Happiest Country, Study Finds

    The AP reports: “The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published measuring people’s wellbeing and their impact on the environment.”

    Zimbabwe came in last of the 178 ranked countries. The U.S. came in at a dismal 150th. Of the G8 industrial powers, Italy scored highest at 60th.

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    Mikhail Gorbachev
    From ABC News

    Gorbachev: Americans Have ‘Winner’s’ Disease

    The disease is “worse than AIDS. It’s called the winner’s complex,” the former Soviet leader said in an ABC News interview. “You want an American-style democracy here [in Russia]. That will not work.”

  • Gorbachev railed against Cheney and Rumsfeld, calling them “hawks protecting the interests of the military ? shallow people.”

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    Zinedine Zidane
    From Canal Plus

    Head-Butting Soccer Star: Opponent Insulted My Family

    According to the AP: “Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying Wednesday that he was provoked by harsh insults about his mother and sister.”

  • Watch the interview (in French, no subtitles)
  •  

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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