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The 2nd Anniversary of Katrina

By August 29, 2007

Daniel Rothschild as an informative piece on the 2nd anniversary of Katrina, the first of three to delineate three myths about the rebuilding efforts in Katrina. Today’s myth: “The main impediment to rebuilding the Gulf Coast is a lack of … Read More

Preparing to Protest China

By August 29, 2007

In preparation for next year’s Olympics, the Chinese government has made a concerted effort to crack down on “chinglish." Now it is confronting the more serious problem of reducing the incredible amount of pollution in Beijing. Considering that these developments … Read More

Brazil to Subsidize Sex-Change Operations

By August 29, 2007

Good news for Brazilians seeking a sex-change: your national health care system has you covered. The Brazilian government is, in fact, opposed, claiming that it doesn’t have enough money to pay for the operations (the Ministry of Health estimated that … Read More

Low-cost Flights Now Offered by the Vatican

By August 29, 2007

Was it inevitable? As of Monday, the Vatican has its own airline. Of course, this isn't your usual commercial undertaking; it's a practical response to spiritual matters.  Sounding a lot like a CEO (or is it the CEOs that sound … Read More

Matt Drudge, “failed bar mitzvah”, needs Hillary Clinton

By August 28, 2007

NY Mag writer Philip Weiss has a long piece on Matt Drudge. It is weird to find the portrait of Drudge–which paints him as barely educated, possibly gay, probably libertarian, and conspiratorial to his core–so fascinating, if only because (as … Read More

Young and Looking for Religion

By August 28, 2007

Jason Zengerle has a really worthwhile piece posted at TNR online (subscription required, I think) in which he details the growing number of converts to the Orthodox Church in the US, a large number of which are former Evangelicals. He charts a … Read More

“Classic Crackpot” Sues Insensitive Reviewer

By August 28, 2007

PZ Myers, blogger and science writer for Seed, is being sued 15 million dollars by Dr. Stuart Pivar for panning Pivar's book (okay, twice). The Panda's Thumb reports: The plaintiff of the case is none else than Dr. Stuart Pivar, … Read More

Dangerous Books and the Prison System

By August 28, 2007

The Texas Department of Corrections is afraid its prisoners will get ideas.  After reading Dave Zirin's book, "Welcome to the Terrordome", Texas death row inmate Kenneth Foster, who was sentenced for abetting a murder, wrote Zirin a letter detailing his … Read More