meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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Perplexical “meehawl”

So I noticed that there is now a relatively highly pageranked page that for some weird reason has “meehawl” at the top of it that links to something odd.

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Two Irelands

Ireland has one of the highest rates of poverty among developed countries, ranking third highest in the 2005 United Nations Human Development Index* … Some 18% of children leave school early, 15% leave school...

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Flight of the Dubs

U2 [is] to relocate its music-publishing business from Ireland to the Netherlands in order to shelter its songwriting royalties from taxation … Ireland’s finance minister announced a ceiling of $319,000 on tax-free incomes, and...

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Does This Make My Nose Look Big?

Considered an indicator of self-awareness, mirror self-recognition (MSR) has long seemed limited to humans and apes. In both phylogeny and human ontogeny, MSR is thought to correlate with higher forms of empathy and altruistic...

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War On Biodiversity

Julie MacDonald … has been deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks since 2004 [making] decisions on protecting endangered species [and] has repeatedly refused to go along with staff...

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A City Of Ghosts

The commotion in the streets — goods spilling across sidewalks, traffic snarled under a searing sun — once prompted the uninitiated to conclude that Baghdad was reviving. Of course, they were seeing the city...

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Web 2.0 Out Of Beta

Both MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a Web-tracking service. The number of unique U.S. visitors at MySpace fell 4% to 47.2 million from 49.2 million in August, and the...

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Seeing Without Hearing

Someone who sees without hearing is much more uneasy than someone who hears without seeing. In this there is something characteristic of the sociology of the big city. Interpersonal relationships in big cities are...

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Skid Row Cooties

Image Detective Tricia Hauck finished a burglary investigation at Pete’s Café and returned to the Central Division station near Skid Row. Her left foot started to feel uncomfortably warm. She wondered if it had...

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Hot Zone

If you are an American admitted to a hospital in Amsterdam, Toronto, or Copenhagen these days, you’ll be considered a biohazard. Doctors and nurses will likely put you into quarantine while they determine whether...