Thursday, October 29, 2009

Right-wing women rock | Ian Robinson | Columnists | Comment | Calgary Sun
Tom Smith

I have yet to see a pair of Birkenstock women's shoes that didn't look like part of the required uniform for police SWAT teams. Sensible shoes are one thing ... quite another to don a pair that look like they're meant for rappelling down the sides of buildings with a Heckler & Koch sniper rifle slung over your shoulder.

via www.calgarysun.com

Hmmm.

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More beastly behavior
Tom Smith


More here.  Make the male bats happier, I guess.

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Cheap Art From the Halls of Lehman Brothers at SmartMoney.com
Tom Smith

Former Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld didn't get as much as was hoped for his art collection when he put it on the block at Christie's last year -- just $13.5 million, instead of the expected $15 million to $20 million, according to news reports at the time. But this weekend, you can snap up some of the prints and paintings that lined the halls of Fuld's defunct investment house for a fraction of that.

via www.smartmoney.com

Think of it as an investment.

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Ancient “Monster” Insect Found
Tom Smith

“No other insect ever discovered has a horn like that, and there’s no animal at all with a horn that has eyes on top,” said George Poinar, Jr., a professor of zoology at Oregon State University who just announced the new species in Cretaceous Research, a professional journal.

via www.scientificcomputing.com

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BBC NEWS | Health | Swiss to tackle 'suicide tourism'
Tom Smith

It made it clear that the preference was for restrictions rather than an outright ban, saying "essentially, the Federal Council does not wish to take anything away from the current, liberal legislation".

via news.bbc.co.uk

You only need a one-way ticket.

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Parents banned from supervising their own children in playgrounds... in case they are paedophiles | Mail Online
Tom Smith

'A disgrace': Jenny Abbasi, with her children Aliyah (left), Tameena and Kareem, outside Harwoods Adventure Playground in Watford. The local council has told parents that they are no longer welcome at two play areas because they have not been vetted by police

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Detecting bombs requires special eye - The Boston Globe
Tom Smith

Military researchers have found that two groups of personnel were particularly good at spotting anomalies: those with hunting backgrounds, who traipsed the woods as youth in search of a deer or turkey; and those who grew up in urban circumstances where it is often important to know which gang controls which block.

via www.boston.com

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Mate debate: Is monogamy realistic? - CNN.com
Tom Smith

STORY HIGHLIGHTSChanging social mores, growing life expectancy prompt new questions about monogamyMating for life is within the realm of human potential, but it's not easy, evolutionary biologist saysSome people try polyamory, or having relationships with several partners at the same timeAmericans are too surprised by infidelity when it happens, author says

via www.cnn.com

Polyamory? Unlikely to last long enough to be worth learning the correct pronunciation.

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HBO Defends Larry David 'Pissing on Jesus'
Tom Smith

Last Sunday on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", Larry David's new pill has increased his flow so much it is causing him to splatter, which leads to a misunderstanding about a miraculously weeping Jesus in Maureen and her mother's bathroom. Immediately after the air time, Catholic groups came out with disapproving statements. These groups are deeming the episode as offensive and tasteless jab at their religion. The Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement, "...That's what passes for creativity these days. Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?" Donohue suggests David to quit the show while he's ahead. In a more angry tone, InsideCatholic.com's Deal Hudson said, "I don't think it's funny. Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols? If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions-Jewish or Muslim-there'd be a huge outcry. It's simply not a level playing field." While the man under attack has not responded to the criticism, HBO has released a defensive statement, telling E! News, "Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire. Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself. The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious."

via www.aceshowbiz.com

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Jury recommends death in white supremacist killing - San Jose Mercury News
Tom Smith

Johnson was convicted earlier this month in the murder of Scott Miller. Prosecutors say Johnson took Miller to an alley where two other men shot him for divulging gang secrets during a Fox TV interview.

via www.mercurynews.com

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