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The Humorous and the Dangerous

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almost 5 years ago

Oh, I love this quote by an unnamed (Is there any other kind?) Saudi adviser: "The orders are not to go physically into Yemeni territory," he said. "We don't want to get bogged down there or inflame any local sensitivities, if there are any, against us." Yeah, right? Local sensitivities in Sa'dah ...

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Who Shot Major Hasan?

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almost 5 years ago

Who shot Major Hasan? It sounds like the title of a bad Simpsons episode, were the storyline not so tragic. But what unfolded last week at Fort Hood followed a predictable cable-news-friendly narrative. An “evil” gunman goes on a rampage and would have done more damage were it not for a “heroic ...

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Bon Envoyage

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“The historic political transition underway in Tokyo is rattling Washington and has produced a puzzling rigidity in an administration known for its capacity for reaching out to the world. President Obama's visit to Asia offers a much-needed opportunity to calm and energize the U.S.-Japan ...

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Nessie? Balls

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Delving into the depths of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness scientists were hoping to discover the secret of the monster alleged to dwell in it. Instead what they discovered was even more hideous than a monster – 100,000 golf balls. “The discovery illustrates an alarming report released from the Danish ...

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Plane Stupid

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Dan Wayne Gryder was jailed yesterday after he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault following an incident which police officers claim Gryder attempted to run them over with a small aeroplane. “Griffin police investigator Bryan Clanton tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the 48 ...

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Arming Hezbollah?

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“The Israeli military on Wednesday released documents and photos it said proved Iran was behind a huge shipment of weapons Israeli navy commandos intercepted last week,” reports Associated Press. Israel claims that a cargo ship seized by its troops was carrying 500 tons of Iranian-made weapons ...

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American Tease

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“America may have just lost burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese to Paris. The 37-year-old Michigan-born performer (née Heather Sweet) finished a run at Paris’ Crazy Horse and has purchased an apartment there (it’s also the home of boyfriend Count Louis Marie de Castelbajac). LA’s ‘mini skirts and UGG ...

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Brown Pelican

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After a hundred years of special protection the brown pelican has been removed from the endangered species list, according to federal officials. The bird’s population has reached more than 650,000 in North and Central USA since the threat of hunting has waned. “The brown pelican is a fixture in ...

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Unstylish Exit

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“Lou Dobbs wasn't the only right-wing populist to attempt a dramatic CNN exit last night. Unfortunately, he's the only one who succeeded, because former Miss California and Christianist poster girl Carrie Prejean can't even throw a proper on-set hissy fit,” reports Gawker. While on the show Carrie ...

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1.8m Ugly People

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A global dating service called BeautifulPeople.com has turned away 1.8m people for being “too ugly” in the two weeks since its launch. Apparently Brazil has the best acceptance rate for men and Sweden has the best acceptance rate for women. Just 24 per cent of American men have been accepted and 37 ...