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

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Reconquista

I have a suspicion that in a few hundred years the idea and creation of Israel (as a homeland for expatriated people of many different ethnicites sharing a common class of religious behaviours categorized...

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Chocolate Cleansing

“Be gone by evening prayers or we will kill you,” warned one of four men who called at the house of Leila Mohammed, a pregnant mother of three children in the city of Baquba,...

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Stem Cell Problems

An interesting snippet in Nature demonstrated that increasing the expression of the p53 tumour suppressor genes can lead to accelerated ageing in lab mice. This is an important result. The conventional answer as to...

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Axis of Approachable

A classified National Intelligence Estimate on North Korea, which was circulated among senior [US] officials earlier this year, concluded that the North had probably fabricated the fuel for more than a half-dozen nuclear weapons...

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No Batteries Required

Des sent me this: Shlomo, a Leeds Human Beatbox with a techno flavour. Apparently, beatboxing is enjoying some kind of retro boost and the UK even has at least one booking agency devoted solely...

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Not His Finest Hour

I saw a reference to a rather detestable HP Lovecraft poem, On the Creation of Niggers, but unfortunately the only extant verses I could find were slightly incorrect versions on Nazi sites like stormfront.org....

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Brazil Image Problem

A four-day spree of violence in Brazil’s financial capital has killed more than 80 people, including 39 law enforcement officers … Authorities called the attacks an unprecedented assault against public security in Latin America’s...

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The Naked Lunch

Growing, processing, and shipping one calories worth of [organic] arugula to the East Coast costs fifty-seven calories of fossil fuel. The growing of the arugula is indeed organic, but almost everything else is late-capitalist...

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Introverse

The reason Second Life bugs me is not the fact that it slows my computer to a crawl, that most of my fellow characters are impossibly thin girls with overinflated breasts, or that most...