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lime -- Friday, June 03, 2005 -- 12:16:19 AM

Posts here show up on the front page. This is still in development, so you can still make mistakes. Don't panic--with one exception, Cal and Lime will be forgiving.

The Exception: DO NOT POST COMMENTARY OR RESPONSES IN THIS THREAD! If you forget--and everyone does sometimes--just delete your post. If we have to delete it, Cal will probably be cranky about it. Don't be obtuse.

Eventually, portal posts will be anchored to a thread for responses. For now, if you want to discuss or respond to a portal, just take your responses to the relevant post. Apologies for the occasional duplication of effort, but over time this will be much better than the news/breaking news/discussion craziness that existed before.

Posting Recommendations:

  1. Make sure the title is meaningful--ideally, the title of the article. The link text can either be a subheading, or something like NY Times Article, AP Story, or whatever.
  2. Include text--it can either be commented or italicized. Eventually, Lime will standardize this so don't worry.
  3. If you don't know how to stop an image from bleeding, don't use images. Ask in the HTML Help thread or check the help files for more assistance--but you do need to have enough text to cover the image.
  4. At this point in time, you can't edit the Title, so be careful. That will change.
  5. PLEASE AVOID PERSONAL OPINIONS. Try and keep it objective text for now.
  6. NO BLOG PIMPING. This will change; Lime and I are thinking about how to give bloggers a way to publicize their work, so hang tight for now.
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winger -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 02:11:57 AM -- 9 of 1556
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

If at first you don't succeed, probe, probe again
related link: NASA gives go-ahead for mission to Mars

Washington: NASA gave its approval for a 2007 mission to Mars in which a vehicle will probe for signs of water and life in the Red Planet's arctic zone, the US space agency said in a statement.

As part of the 386-million-dollar mission, a vehicle known as "Phoenix" will be launched in August 2007 and should arrive on Mars in May 2008, NASA said.

winger -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 04:11:31 AM -- 10 of 1556
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

Bluetooth Ache
related link: New hack cracks 'secure' Bluetooth devices

NewScientist.com news service - Cryptographers have discovered a way to hack Bluetooth-enabled devices even when security features are switched on. The discovery may make it even easier for hackers to eavesdrop on conversations and charge their own calls to someone else’s cellphone.

TAFKA -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 05:34:55 AM -- 11 of 1556
That moment when you have so much shit to do that you decide not to do any of it

Forget about the shuttle, let's take the elevator.

lime -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 08:15:21 AM -- 12 of 1556
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Literary Map of Manhattan
related link: literary map

This flash map has 73 different literary locations marked, including this one, from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing:

I live at 25 West 68th Street. It's an old apartment building. But it's got one of the best elevators in New York City.
CalGal -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 03:40:15 PM -- 13 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Terrorists 10K, U.S. Army, 2K
related link: Terrorists Killing 20/day in Iraq

Interior Ministry statistics showed 12,000 civilians killed by insurgents in the last year and a half, Jabr said. The figure breaks down to an average of more than 20 civilians killed by bombings and other attacks each day. Authorities estimate that more than 10,500 of the victims were Shiite Muslims, based on the locations of the deaths, Jabr said.

CalGal -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 04:58:51 PM -- 14 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

The Republican Charlie Young
related link: From Jenna's Ex to a Presidential Jeeves

Part Sherpa, part butler, part air traffic controller, Mr. Gottesman, 25, is the president's personal aide. It is a job steeped in the minutiae of carrying Mr. Bush's Altoids, Sharpie markers and hand sanitizer, and in the delicacy of handling the check on the rare occasions when the president eats out. Mr. Gottesman also keeps track of the paper flow to the president, logs all his meetings and phone calls, and questions senior aides about grammar and phrasing in Mr. Bush's speech texts.

lime -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 05:38:45 PM -- 15 of 1556
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Blagg Blogg
related link: blaggblogg.blogspot.com

This blog is full of rants about everyday things, including the suggestion board at Whole Foods ("Since when did you become Zagats Guide to what tastes good? You smell like hot garbage, Sierra Nevada and patchouli."), a book review of the Bible ("So then we get to the New Testament, telling the story of my man JC, and while a lot of it was pretty sweet (water into wine? for shizz), it seemed pretty redundant to me. I mean, Luke pretty much nailed the story of Jesus by his ownself, so I don't really see why Matthew, Mark and John had to crowd onto the bandwagon and cramp the nigga's style."), and movies you should not be quoting, ("I wish you jackass "office comedians" would just go back to posting "Dilbert" and "Cathy" comics outside your cube, like you did before this movie came out. Ignoring you used to be so much easier.").

Badger -- Saturday, June 04, 2005 -- 08:56:43 PM -- 16 of 1556
I shall find selfness when I am standing on the corpses of my enemies.

Basra re-opens for tourist business
related link: The 'Venice of the East' tried to regain its tourist magnet status.

"Basra declared itself open to foreign visitors this week but instructed them to be vigilant, dress like locals and hire armed escorts. "Then there is a 70% to 80% chance you will be OK," beamed Abdul Razuqi, the head of the tourism office in Iraq's second city."

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 06:05:31 AM -- 17 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Tay Sachs Makes You Smart!
related link: Researchers Say Intelligence and Diseases May Be Linked in Ashkenazic Genes

The Utah researchers have built on this idea, arguing that for some 900 years Jews in Europe were restricted to managerial occupations, which were intellectually demanding, that those who were more successful also left more offspring, and that there was time in this period for the intelligence of the Ashkenazi population as a whole to become appreciably enhanced.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 07:17:10 PM -- 18 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Saddam could face 500 charges, but will be tried on only 12
related link: USA Today article

Saddam Hussein could face up to 500 charges at a tribunal, but he will be tried on only 12 well documented counts because prosecuting him on all would be a "waste of time," the prime minister's spokesman said Sunday.

 
 
 
 
 
 Saddam keyrings for sale.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 07:32:50 PM -- 19 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Swiss say "Oui!" and "Ja!" to EU
related link: ABC News article

A narrow majority of Swiss voters approved joining a European Union passport-free zone, abolishing checks on the country's border by 2007, according to final results from a two-issue national referendum Sunday.

....

About 55 percent of voters favored joining the EU's passport-free "Schengen" zone, indicating that the Swiss favor closer integration with the EU of which Switzerland is not a member. That mean Swiss customs controls would remain in place.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 08:14:44 PM -- 20 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

2 Detained in Aruba in Missing Teen Case
related link: AP Article

Authorities in Aruba detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago while on a high school graduation trip, the attorney general said.

ADVERTISEMENT Caren Janssen called the men "suspects" in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, but declined to provide further details. The men, who were not among the three described Saturday by police as "persons of interest," were being interrogated Sunday morning.

...

Police also planned to conduct forensic tests on a bloody mattress found on a beach in eastern Aruba. The mattress was found in thick brush at Grapefield beach, deputy police chief Gerold Dompig said.

lime -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 01:38:27 AM -- 21 of 1556
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Monkey Business
related link: monkey economics

Experiments at Yale with teaching monkeys how to use money lead to monkey bank robberies and monkey prostitution, proving the old saying, "The love of money is the root of all evil," applies to rest of the primate world as well.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 06:28:05 AM -- 22 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Police nab 80-year-old prostitution madam
related link: USA Today article

Police made a surprising discovery when they busted the alleged madam of a prostitution ring called "August Playmates": The woman running the show was an 80-year-old grandmother.

Authorities arrested Vera Tursi last month during a sting operation to crack down on prostitution rings posing as legal escort services. Police say Tursi ran the business from her two-bedroom apartment, taking $60 of every $160 she charged clients for one hour with a call girl.

Law enforcement officials say Tursi admitted her role in the business, saying she took it over a few years ago from her daughter, who had died. Police say Tursi told them she needed money to subsidize her Social Security checks.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 06:45:11 AM -- 23 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Financial Aid Rules for College Change, and Families Pay More
related link: NYTimes article

The New York Times did an analysis of the formula on middle-class incomes in more than a dozen states to see whether families would have to spend a greater part of their income and assets before qualifying for financial aid than they did five years ago. Though the effects of the formula changes vary from state to state, The Times found that families with the same earnings and assets as in 2000 would typically have to pay an extra $1,749 before clearing the eligibility bar for financial aid in 2005, after adjusting for inflation.

Julie C. -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:25:33 PM -- 24 of 1556

Vaccines for Ebola, Marburg Viruses
related link: Scientists Race to Find Vaccine for Ebola, Marburg

Scientists have developed vaccines that protect against the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. They hope to test the vaccines -- successful in experiments with monkeys -- on humans in two to three years. The viruses are at the top of experts' list of bioterrorism threats.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:39:12 PM -- 25 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Russell Crowe Arrested in NY Hotel
related link: CNN Article

Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York and charged with assault after allegedly throwing a telephone that struck a hotel employee in the face, according to police.

Officers said the New Zealand-born actor was expected to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court later on Monday.

"He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia," said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. "He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:42:20 PM -- 26 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

High Court Allows Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Users
related link: NY Times AP Report

Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors' orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug.

Skip to next paragraph Background: Arguments on Marijuana Case The decision is a stinging defeat for marijuana advocates who had successfully pushed 10 states to allow the drug's use to treat various illnesses.

Justice John Paul Stevens, writing the 6-3 decision, said that Congress could change the law to allow medical use of marijuana.

The closely watched case was an appeal by the Bush administration in a case that it lost in late 2003. At issue was whether the prosecution of medical marijuana users under the federal Controlled Substances Act was constitutional.

Under the Constitution, Congress may pass laws regulating a state's economic activity so long as it involves "interstate commerce" that crosses state borders. The California marijuana in question was homegrown, distributed to patients without charge and without crossing state lines.

Stevens said there are other legal options for patients, "but perhaps even more important than these legal avenues is the democratic process, in which the voices of voters allied with these respondents may one day be heard in the halls of Congress."

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 05:29:06 PM -- 27 of 1556
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

'Spamalot' and 'Doubt' Win the Top Tony Awards
related link: NY Times Summary

"Spamalot," which opened in March to generally good reviews and torrid sales, won three Tonys in all, including one for Mike Nichols's direction, his sixth Tony as a director. Mr. Nichols practically apologized to fellow nominees for his victory. "I guess you're thinking, age before beauty," he said. "Me, too." Sara Ramirez, meanwhile, won best featured actress in a musical for her work as a buxom Lady of the Lake, a star-making turn that featured Ms. Ramirez stealing scenes from her male co-stars: Tim Curry, Hank Azaria and David Hyde Pierce.

It was also a good night for "Doubt, a Parable," John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about suspected child abuse in a Roman Catholic school. It picked up four Tonys, including best play, best direction (Doug Hughes) and best actress in a play, Cherry Jones, who portrays an accusing nun.

Bill Irwin, meanwhile, whose role is that of a long-suffering and sharp-tongued professor in the revival of "Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,' " was a surprise winner in the best leading actor in a play category. Out of breath and beaming, Mr. Irwin thanked his cast, his producers and his family, before exhorting people to come to the show. "This is Broadway!" he said. "We do this every night."

winger -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 12:21:42 AM -- 28 of 1556
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

Give back our wimmin folk!
related link: Russians who wed foreigners should be exiled?

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians who marry foreigners could be exiled and stripped of their citizenship under a bill being drafted by a group of members of parliament, a deputy said Sunday.

"Our women, the most beautiful and best in the world, are going abroad. By doing this, they are wasting the most valuable thing we have -- the gene pool of our nation," Kuryanovich told Ekho Moskvy radio.

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