July 14, 2009

Backfill for the News Hole


"Check out this image: see that tiny speck of light, inside the blue circle? That's Earth, as seen from the vantage point of Saturn. We are so much smaller even than that." -- Discovery Space: Twisted Physics: In Praise of Insignificance

Sottomayor and yet another of "those compelling life stories of which I'm heartily sick."

Financial Crisis Comes Full Circle As Bank Sues Itself

Sarah Palin and the Scum of the Earth @ The New Ledger "If there is a lesson to be learned from Sarah Palin’s withdrawal from public office, it is this: if you want to take out a female politician, you go after her children."

fatasshillary.gifIt ain't over until the fat-assed lady senator picks your pocket. Ex-NY Senator screws Death Dwarf Mayor. And it hurts: Bloomberg Slams Clinton: She Stabbed NYC In Back Bloomberg shocked, SHOCKED, that a Clinton would lie.

End Times for Christian America? Reports of death premature, eternally.

Happy days are not here again: The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think

How celebrity eats the brains of Americans: American Thinker: Jackson Idolatry and the Conservative Response

Booty call @ Roissy in DC Fat Or Not Fat? Complete with Declare Your Race polls.

"Would you like cheese curds on french fries with gravy with that?" Word Around the Net explores odd items from McDonalds around the world.

How Features Graduate from Gmail Labs The addition of a new Gmail feature illustrates Google's unconventional approach to product development.

Sounds like Washington DC today:

Well, every city begins as a slum. First it's a seasonal camp, with the usual free-wheeling make-shift expediency. Creature comforts are scarce, squalor the norm. Hunters, scouts, traders, pioneers find a good place to stay for the night, or two, and then if their camp is a desirable spot it grows into an untidy village, or uncomfortable fort, or dismal official outpost, with permanent buildings surrounded by temporary huts. -- Kevin Kelly, The Choice of Cities

Google, China, the Singularity, Moore's Law, and the US. Five Unstoppables " .... but eventually every unstoppable slows down, even if they don't vanish, and they usually don't."

Long wait for a big book (tome) (publication) (volume) (folio).... Forty-year wait for new thesaurus The final tome would contain over 230,000 categories with 800,000 meanings.

Mister Magoo of the CIA: Mission Impossible, Or At Least, Too Tough For Panetta

Meanwhile, far out in the Pacific under Easter Island....

A team of experts recently discovered a six-kilometer-long lava cave system on Easter Island thought to have been used as a refuge by the island’s inhabitants during the 16th century. The team confirmed it is the largest cave on the island and the 11th-largest in the world in terms of area.

Elsewhere: Ant mega-colony takes over world

Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination.


Posted by Vanderleun at July 14, 2009 11:12 AM
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