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The only nation on earth that Americans can point to and say, “Well, at least we didn’t do that.

Via Andrew Sullivan, Michael Lewis’s Vanity Fair article about Iceland’s economic meltdown: Global financial ambition turned out to have a downside. When their three brand-new global-size banks collapsed, last October, Iceland’s 300,000 citizens found that they bore some kind of … Continue reading

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Dr. Zaius escapes from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

King 5 News is reporting that the Woodland Park Zoo has been locked down following the escape of a DeBrazza’s monkey. Update: And, before I even finished typing this, word comes that they’ve caught him. Pity, it would have been … Continue reading

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And here I thought the proposed Seattle shopping-bag tax was onerous

From today’s New York Times: Just last month New Delhi passed a preliminary ban imposing a five-year jail term or a 100,000-rupee fine, about $2,055, on anyone caught carrying or handing out plastic bags. No word on whether this counts … Continue reading

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To quote Yogi Berra, “No one goes there anymore. It’s too crowded!”

Photo caption from this New York Times article about a supposedly frightening trend in Indonesian publishing: “In Solo, a cluster of publishers have issued Islamist texts, which do not sell well but popularize radical ideology.”

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Snow in the United Arab Emirates…

(Via Rachel Maddow): Dateline Ras al Khaimah — Snow covered the Jebel Jais area for only the second time in recorded history yesterday. So rare was the event that one lifelong resident said the local dialect had no word for … Continue reading

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Guardian SF book list meme

For those who, like me, are procrastinating this morning: The U.K. Guardian has published a series on “1000 novels everyone must read,” which I first learned about from my favorite Research Maven. The full list of books is here. Now … Continue reading

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Today’s alternate universe dispatch

A pop quiz for those of you who haven’t already seen today’s Times editorial page. Can you name the world leader who wrote the following? “The basis for the modern State of Israel is the persecution of the Jewish people, … Continue reading

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Your tax Euros at work

From today’s New York Times, “Art Hoax Unites Europe in Displeasure“: Why didn’t anyone realize right away that there was something seriously weird about the new piece of art in Brussels? The piece, an enormous mosaic installed in the European … Continue reading

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Bangkok highway patrol adopts Scary Clown concept

From yesterday’s Times: Starting out his new administration, the already embattled prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva — the fourth prime minister this year — made a promise to his people last month, ‘I will prove that once again Thailand can be … Continue reading

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When you hear that William Gibson died…

…be aware that it’s the 94-year-old playwright, not the 60-year-old science-fiction writer.

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