Saturday, January 13, 2007

Air Force Sergeant in trouble for posing for Playboy photos


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The Snoop Next Door - ratting out online
"Bad parking, loud talking -- no transgression is too trivial to document online. Our reporter on new Web sites for outing fellow citizens."


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South Korea mandates websites to require real name registration
"If comments or postings on such websites are not registered with real names, the information minister can order the operator to redress the problem. Up to 30 million won in fines will be levied if the operator does not comply with the order, the ministry said."


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New video proves that not all conspiracy theories are automatically false
"New footage of Saddam Hussein's body is calling into question what really happened. There are several variations in his appearanc in this video from the others that have been seen so far, leading people to believe there may be more to this story than we realize."


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SNL TV funhouse: The New Adventures of Mr. T


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Daily Box Office for Friday, January 12, 2007
Quick rundown: (1) Stomp the Yard did great, exceeding expectations. (2)Alpha Dog did fairly well in limited distro, maybe a bit above expectations. (3) Primeval performed about at the expected level, i.e. below average, with a weak average per theater. (4) The Dreamgirls expansion didn't generate the kind of surge they had hoped for. (5) Arthur and the Invisibles bombed completely, failing to take in even a million dollars! (6) Pan's Labyrinth is not on the list, but it was completely sold out for the entire weekend here in Austin, and looks like it might generate some heat for a Spanish-language arthouse film!


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Rice criticizes Boxer's comment about personal price in Iraq war
Senator Boxer did not find a very elegant way to word the argument, to say the least, but she is expressing something which is in the hearts of many Americans. I have often said that I would not oppose my son's participation in any military adventure to which the President will send his daughters to fight elbow-to-elbow with my boy. To me, this is a litmus test for a leader's belief in a cause. All wars have grave risks. The question is whether the purpose of the war is so important as to justify those risks. I may be wrong, but I am not convinced that President Bush would have felt the same way about the war in Iraq if his daughters had been drafted into front-line units, whereas I believe FDR and Lincoln would have felt the need to press on with the same strategies even if they had had sons on the ground at Gettysburg or Normandy, because they felt their wars absolutely necessary, even at the cost of great personal sacrifices.

Reader comment: "Actually, Lincoln's son, Capt. Robert Lincoln, was in the war. To be sure, he was a staff officer, but in an advanced headquarters (Grant's, actually). Lots of staff officers got shot up in that war, and he had applied for a combat position, but the Army denied him. (If he were to be captured, the enemy might try to use him as a bargaining chip.)"

Another reader comment: "Rice v. Airhead: FDR had two sons I know of in the military in WWII. One was a destroyer Capt., just about the most dangerous assignment in the fleet. The other, James Roosevelt, was a Marine Raider, second in command of Carlson's Raiders (2nd Marine Raider Battalion). So, yes, it could be said that FDR believed in the war."


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Naked women in body paint
This is brilliant stuff, but you don't want to get caught viewing this at work.


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Complaints? Where there's wool, there's a way
"researchers at Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon State University have been experimenting with ovine hormonal balances in order to persuade homosexual rams of the error of their ways. It seems they've had 'considerable success' with injecting hormones into the rams' brains. Suddenly the lads are playing the field and crooning a couple of choruses of 'Embrace me, my sweet embraceable ewe.'"


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Sony to Include Portable Movie Files on Blu-Ray DVDs
"In a move that runs against what has always seemed to be a deep-seeded paranoia about piracy, Sony told Bloomberg that they plan to start including portable files on Blu-ray disc to let users copy movies to laptops and other portable electronics."


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The Pirate Bay hopes to buy Sealand and set up servers there.


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Your own Supervillain Hideout (aka Tailrace Tunnel of Niagara)
"Behind the raging horseshoe falls of Niagara there lurks a dormant monster, a century old tunnel painstakingly laid brick by brick." (With pictures.)


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'Titanic' director's new film set for '09
This will be Cameron's first movie in 12 years! It will be a semi-animated Sci-Fi film


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Reclusive "Mockingbird" author attends show
"Reclusive author Harper Lee attended a high school play based on her book, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' on Wednesday, then met with students who appeared in the production."


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Colbert: iPhone Gets the Double Wag of the Finger
"It has given the nerd community the most collective wood since Princess Leah in the bronze bikini."


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Celebrity Cellulite, Including Britney and Christina Aguilera
Nobody is immune. Maria Sharapova is in the article. She's 6'2". 130 lbs, and a world-class professional athlete. If she can get cellulite, I suppose anyone can.


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The Old Farmer's Almanac Online - The original Farmer's Almanac since 1792


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20 things we don't know about the iPhone
Perhaps the most important question of all: "Prices quoted by Jobs -- $599 for the 8GB model and $499 for the 4GB phone -- are the discounted prices that require a two-year Cingular contract. Will it even be possible to buy an iPhone without a wireless contract and without a specific wireless carrier?


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