Maine rocks.

Maine rejects Real ID Maine overwhelmingly rejected federal requirements for national identification cards on Thursday, marking the first formal state opposition to controversial legislation scheduled to go in effect for Americans next year. Both chambers of the Maine legislature approved a resolution saying the state flatly “refuses” to force its citizens to use driver’s licenses… Continue reading Maine rocks.

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Bah humbug, part 2: Bush wants to take away employer-based health insurance

I’m just apalled by the health care situation in this country. It’s pretty rare that political issues hit home to me quite so obviously, but we need some kind of real single-payer national healthcare system now. Or, since the “right now” part has already expired while writing this, as soon as bloody possible. A little… Continue reading Bah humbug, part 2: Bush wants to take away employer-based health insurance

Bah humbug, part 1: AIDS group claims Viagra causes increase in HIV infections.

AIDS group to sue Pfizer over Viagra ads Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:02am ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major U.S. AIDS treatment group plans to file a lawsuit on Monday that accuses drug giant Pfizer Inc. of illegally promoting recreational use of its blockbuster impotence pill Viagra. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) told Reuters it… Continue reading Bah humbug, part 1: AIDS group claims Viagra causes increase in HIV infections.

Beware undead hamsters.

A post on Making Light tracks BBC “obsession” with hamsters, and this one story caught my attention: Hamster back from the dead Three-year-old Claudia had gone to the great cage in the sky. Or so it seemed. For despite being buried in her makeshift coffin three feet below the ground, the plucky rodent was determined… Continue reading Beware undead hamsters.

Wacky Russians?

Woman Survives Being Locked Up in Barrel and Thrown Into Sea by Jealous Husband A Russian banker sealed his wife in a barrel and threw her into the sea when the couple were on vacation on Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine, the Pervaya Krymskaya newspaper reports.

Today’s roundup: Travel edition.

City Settles Flour-Filled Condom Lawsuit (AP) PHILADELPHIA A woman who was arrested and jailed for three weeks on drug charges for what turned out to be flour-filled condoms has settled a lawsuit against the city for $180,000. Scorpion bites man repeatedly on plane to Vermont A scorpion bit David Sullivan on the back of his… Continue reading Today’s roundup: Travel edition.

Toys for geeks with too much money.

Nikko’s nerdtacular Star Wars R2-D2 gear These are probably the greatest gadgets I’ve seen at all of CES. Massive high-def televisions and supercharged gaming PCs are great, but they can’t compare to products fashioned to look and act like the galaxy’s greatest astrodroid. Electronics company Nikko, best known for its remote-controlled cars, have announced a… Continue reading Toys for geeks with too much money.

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“[It] could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history”

This is why I’m glad I bought my new laptop BEFORE Vista came out… indeed, pretty much *right* before they started shipping the “free upgrade” coupons: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt Executive Summary Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called “premium content”, typically HD data from Blu-Ray and… Continue reading “[It] could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history”

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