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SWIM FOR YOUR LIVES

December 26, 2005 kim lien 0

Attention, Manhattanites and Floridians and half of the US: prepare to swim! You have no time to escape 20-foot sea rises, according to an NYT review of Mariana Gosnell’s […]

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MAJOR SETBACK

December 26, 2005 kim lien 0

Lefties are angry that US citizens aren’t being spied upon: OK, if the Boston Globe is right, the story about the student at U-Mass Dartmouth is wrong. […]

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KERRY PACKER

December 26, 2005 kim lien 0

Kerry Packer, Australia’s richest man and one of the nation’s most colourful and visionary business leaders, has died at 68. UPDATE. John Howard: “Of all the impressions that […]

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A GOOD YEAR FOR FREEDOM

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

Merry Christmas to … the world: This week, Freedom House released its survey for 2005. The survey grades each country (from a best of 1 to […]

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CLEAR NEED IDENTIFIED

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

“It is clear,” writes Molly Ivins, “ we will need to practice hard on our credulity in the future.” Good advice, especially to everybody who believed […]

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BUON FIGLIO

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

A charming Christmas tale—involving Liliana Cavani, Nazis, a Naples brothel, Alexandra King, Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, the Internet, two languages, three currencies, and a son’s […]

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O.C. & STIGGS

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

Tod Carroll and Ted Mann’s Utterly Monstrous, Mind-Roasting Summer of O. C. and Stiggs was published by National Lampoon in 1982. It’s a nihilist-comic riot I first read at […]

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INTOLERANCE MAPPED

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

The SMH publishes a map of Sydney racism: Residents of Mosman and Woollahra have joined those in the Sutherland Shire as among the Sydney people least […]

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REALITY BESPOKEN

December 25, 2005 kim lien 0

Soon it will be impossible to ridicule these people, seeing as they do such a fine job of it themselves. Here’s Professor Juan Cole: The story […]

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLES

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

Andrew West reveals his inner conservative. Or maybe it’s his outer conservative, considering the subject matter. And Anonymous Lefty continues his slow drift to the right: Another person there […]

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CAN’T BLAME HIM

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

Sadness in Seattle: Counselors have been made available to Seattle Center employees who may have witnessed the most recent suicide, which occurred Friday when an 84-year-old […]

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DAILY LOSS

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

Love this line from Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of popular US satire site Daily Kos: “They want to make me into the latest Jesse Jackson, but I’m not […]

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NEWS BRIEFLETS

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

* Congratulations to Donnah on two years of pure cracker goodness. This is still one of the funniest posts you’ll ever read; and, if you missed them the first […]

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RESIDENTS “LOST”

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

Blue staters are mysteriously vanishing: Massachusetts [blue] lost residents for the second year in a row, new federal Census estimates show, underscoring an accelerating population shift from the […]

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GOVERNMENT DOES GOOD

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

When Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer discovered that $18,000 of taxpayers’ money was about to be wasted showing several films—including The President Versus David Hicks, […]

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LITTLE REDS BOOKED

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

Molly Ivins and James Carville lied to the American people! Well, not really, but they did repeat information that was later shown to be false—which is the same thing, if […]

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O BONZA TREE

December 24, 2005 kim lien 0

We don’t celebrate Kwanzaa in Australia. Instead, we revel in Bonza, a day of traditional Australian cultural pursuits: songs, film, poetry, filling in applications for arts grants, and […]

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MUGABE PIERCED

December 23, 2005 kim lien 0

Not sure how believable is this Zimdaily report, but there’s no harm in hoping: A billy goat did some rough, instant justice to the President when […]

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STATE OF PLAY

December 23, 2005 kim lien 0

George W. Bush: up. New York Times: down. UPDATE. Other trends are also encouraging: The Liberals and Nationals have moved within striking distance of breaking Labor’s stranglehold on state power, […]

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BEACH RAGE CONTINUES

December 23, 2005 kim lien 0

Two Australians innocently driving along a beachfront road this week were menaced by men, possibly of Middle Eastern appearance, who pursued the pair before ramming their car […]

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ECO-CONSCIOUS ARE ECO-HARMERS

December 23, 2005 kim lien 0

The Guardian warns again of the environmental threat posed by trees: Neutralising your carbon emissions is becoming the must-do activity for the eco-conscious citizen. But now an […]

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POLLUTION TO THE RESCUE

December 22, 2005 kim lien 0

It isn’t easy keeping up with all this global warming nonsense. Now pollution is a good thing: Cutting air pollution could trigger a greater surge in […]

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COMMENT SCRUTINISED

December 22, 2005 kim lien 0

An interview with Mother Sheehan: Q: You feel like you were mistreated by the press? A: They got hold of everything I’ve ever said and scrutinized it so […]