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Scientists in Baltimore, using federal grant money, have been using sludge made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods, ostensibly testing whether it might protect children from lead in the soil. Yet not only were the families not informed of the source of the sludge, but no medical follow-up was done.

Tell me again, folks, how Reverend Jeremiah Wright was "crazy" when he suggested that AIDS might have been engineered by the government as a weapon against black people? I don't believe he's correct about that, mind you, but gee...where might he have gotten that idea?
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Ceci n'est pas une April Fool.
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I've been thinking about the hoopla around the Democratic primary, and I've got a question.
Cut for those who hate politics )
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The group "Improv Everywhere" often performs amusing and bizarre stunts in public, to the puzzlement and delight of onlookers. This time, though, I think they've outdone themselves: they staged a 'randomly-burst-into-song' musical in a mall food court.

Truly, there has been, and will be, no finer moment in human history.
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Apparently, Dane Cook is attempting to beat Dave Chapelle's "endurance record" for longest "comedy" set.

Dane Cook has broken a Laugh Factory endurance record set less than a month ago by Dave Chappelle.

In what is becoming a heated battle between the two comedians, Cook told jokes at the Sunset Strip comedy club for 7 hours, beating the record Chappelle, 34, set at 6 hours and 12 minutes in December.

Cook went on stage Tuesday and continued until nearly 7 a.m. Wednesday, and at one point even sent out for food to keep the audience fed and happy.


In related news, the CIA has announced that "7 hours of Dane Cook attempting to tell jokes" will replace waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation, and sensory deprivation as their new "extraordinary interrogation" methods of choice.

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay are reported to be feeling "nostalgic" about the previous techniques, with some going so far as to offer to waterboard themselves.
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So, I heard Robert Jordan died.

And all I could think was, I wonder if his funeral will drag on and on, growing ever more complex and hard to follow, until it eventually becomes so turgid and slow that everybody leaves?

Edited to add: I don't mean to mock his death, of course. It's never good when someone dies. Okay, except for really evil bastards, but Jordan of course was nothing close to that. I just had the thought, and thought it was kind of amusing in itself.
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Apparently, the latest "official story" about the VA Tech shootings is that the gunman was "made" to do it by a young woman who broke up with him/cheated on him/wouldn't give him enough attention/whatever.

At least, that's how they're spinning it.

Do I need to say what an absolute travesty it is that they are even implying that this young woman was somehow responsible for, or provoked, or "sparked", this massacre? Even the barest implication of it is monstrous.

(Never mind that she did not, after all, have any prior relationship with the shooter.)
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Yet again, this year, we're hearing the right-wingnuts spouting off about how the "secular humanists" and the "liberal elite" are making war on Christmas by saying "Happy Holidays", as if this was some crime. Right wingers are adamant that somewhere, there are "secular humanists" and "ACLU types" who are trying to oppress Christians.

Ignoring the fact that it's hard to oppress a majority that controls most of the wealth and power, I have a message for those right-wing idiots who are still going on about "War on Christmas":

People, please.

We know that you conservatives like to speak in code words, but you're not fooling anyone. You haven't been fooling anyone for some time now.

We know full well that when you say "secular humanists" or "liberal intelligentsia" or "urban elite", you mean "Jews", okay? Give up the pretense already.

And while we're at it, stop saying "welfare mothers" or "illegal immigrants", and just say "blacks" and "Hispanics". We know you hate them too, so stop trying to be coy.
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My favorite wheelfairy, [livejournal.com profile] achanchinou, is having an art sale!

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ3QQsassZblankpixelQQsbrsrtZd

She was hopin' I would pimp her stuff again, so here goes. Buy today! :-)

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