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Saturday, March 20, 2010



No Kidding: Cost of Laughter Index Up 3.4 Percent

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 04:50 PM PDT

The Cost of Laughing Index -- a compilation of 16 leading humor indicators -- is up 3.4 percent over last year. Novelty glasses alone are up 40 percent. WWGD? (That's Groucho.)

House Of Labor Marches With Immigrants

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Immigration reform appears to be moving forward and so does health care reform with the support of the Hispanic Caucus. The complicated relationship between the forces fighting for immigration reform and the labor movement have been on display this week.

Google search becomes visual and personal

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Google has fingers in many pies such as e-mail, blogging, video, instant messaging, social networks and mobile phones.

The B Button: A poem about Mario

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 04:10 PM PDT


Dr. Horrible 2 Will Be A Movie

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:30 PM PDT

"That's their plan," he reiterated when asked whether a feature-film was indeed the preferred format for the sequel. "I don't know of what scale. They're talking all options, because they made the first 'Dr. Horrible' in five days on no budget at all — that was its intention."

Mozilla Labs builds add-on to bring address book to Firefox

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Mozilla Labs is developing a new contacts add-on that will integrate an address book into the Web browser and make it possible for users to share their contact data with Web services.

Zombie Flow Chart

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:20 PM PDT

There is no such thing as safe harbor from Zombies. Over the years they've infiltrated peaceful towns, ominous mansions, space, and even Nazi Germany.

100 Must See Movies: The Essential Man's Library

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:10 PM PDT

Some of the movies speak poignantly about what it means to be a man. Others give examples of true manliness in action. Some are lessons in how not to be a man. And others are simply entertaining movies that are just plain manly.

The Onion: Pope Forgives Molested Children

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:10 PM PDT

"We must send a clear message to these hundreds—perhaps thousands—of children whose sinful ways have tempted so many of the church's servants into lustful violation of their holy vows of celibacy. The church forgives them for their transgressions and looks upon them not with intolerance, but compassion."

That's No Moon... That's A Bunch Of Free-Floating Debris

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 03:00 PM PDT

If analysis of new images of Jupiter are to be believed, the planet may have found itself with a new ring recently, which may answer the question of what happened to disappearing moon S/2000 J 11

Britain's rarest wildflower returns from the dead after 23y

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 02:50 PM PDT

It is the most mysterious wildflower in Britain, the strangest, the rarest, the hardest to see, and it was given up for lost. But like a wandering phantom, the ghost orchid has reappeared.

Man Beats Neighbors Door with Hoe for Stealing His Cookies

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Florida authorities said an 80-year-old man was arrested for attacking his neighbors' door with a garden hoe because he thought they stole his cookies.

ACORN out of Money, on Brink of Bankruptcy, Two Leaders Say

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:40 PM PDT

Over the last 6 months, at least 15 of the group's 30 state chapters have disbanded and have no plans of re-forming, Acorn officials said. The California and New York chapters, two of the largest, have severed their ties to the national group and have independently reconstituted themselves with new names.

Japanese Researchers Turn Mosquitoes Into Flying Vaccinators

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:40 PM PDT

A group of Japanese researchers has developed a mosquito that spreads vaccine instead of disease.

Unemployed in 2009? You may be overlooking this tax credit

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:20 PM PDT

If you were laid off during 2009, worked for minimum wage, had a temporary or part-time job — heads up, particularly if you have children younger than 18 to support. Unlike many types of write-offs, the Earned Income Tax Credit could bring you a refund of more than you paid in federal taxes.

Online Dating Liars: Why They Do It

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:20 PM PDT

Do you believe that the guy or girl on the dating site, telling you their salary is $70,000. a year is telling the truth, or isn't as young as they say.....

The Most Polluted Places on Earth (Graphic)

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:10 PM PDT

A report naming the most polluted places in the world makes for depressing reading. While the world's developed nations are known for being the most polluting, they can afford the cost of reducing greenhouse emissions. But, developing nations who also produce lots of carbon but do not have the resources to counter-balance their emissions.

EFF Testifies in Congress on Government Transparency

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Foster transparency, force accountability, and fight needless secrecy -- we need to keep fighting for honest disclosure.

The Stats behind Illegal Drug Use in Europe

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 01:00 PM PDT

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has released a study of the real state of the drug problem in the EU. In the report, users today rarely restrict their drug use to one single substance.

First Child in the World Undergoes Stem Cell Transplant

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 12:30 PM PDT

A ten-year-old British boy has become the first child in the world to undergo a revolutionary windpipe transplant. The landmark operation involved injecting the scaffold of a windpipe, taken from a dead donor, with stem cells from the boy before implanting it in his throat.

Firefighter Can't Extinguish Flame of Passion - In His Pants

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 12:30 PM PDT

Innocent until proven guilty, yes, but Alton, Illinois firefighter Jeffrey W. Manns has been accused for the third time since 2005 of exposing himself. Manns is already fighting a different charge from 2007, when he allegedly flashed a female police intern at a car wash.

Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday apologized personally to victims and their families in a letter to Irish Catholics, but did not refer directly to immediate disciplinary action.

Boba Fett and Jennifer Aniston Star in a Romantic Comedy

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 12:00 PM PDT

A really funny faux movie poster for an upcoming Jennifer Aniston and Boba Fett romantic comedy. Probably a step up from George Lucas' last few films.

Michael Moore: Bart Stupak, Has Neither a Uterus nor a Brain

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 11:48 AM PDT

Hey, Bart. If you really want to reduce abortions, ask yourself this: Why does godless France, where abortion is nearly free (it's covered by their universal health insurance), have 20% fewer abortions per capita than we do?

As Gamers, are we to blame for review scores?

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 11:40 AM PDT

There is no spoon. - When you start complaining about a Meta score while also complaining about the state of the review system, take a long look into the mirror and realize: I'm part of the problem.

Everyone Has A Price .. Even a Chicken (Comic)

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 11:10 AM PDT

And that's how you do business.

Final Fantasy XIII Breaks Franchise Sales Record

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Even despite some controversy, Final Fantasy XIII is selling well. Square Enix sent word today that the RPG has sold more than a million units in North America, in the five days following its March 9 launch. This makes it set the record for the best first-week sales in Final Fantasy history.

Tea Partiers Admit They're Dumb In Final Health Care Protest

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 11:00 AM PDT

On March 16, Tea Partiers gathered (in disappointing numbers) in front of the Capitol building for their final protest against health care reform. Also in town, appropriately, was Barnum & Bailey's circus. Averse to facts, no one interviewed could cite evidence for their false beliefs about the proposal and said they get their facts from Fox & Beck

Drug Treatment Could Sharpen Adult Brains

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:50 AM PDT

Tests in mice show potential for reversing the slowdown in learning that comes with puberty...

Palm: this is your survival guide

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:50 AM PDT

Oh Palm. Just a little over a year ago your future seemed so bright, so renewed. You walked away from CES 2009 reborn, held aloft by a completely innovative new mobile operating system, a striking piece of hardware, and a feeling amongst the press and investors that you were back in the game and playing to win....

BA Unite strikes: Unions in final talks but passengers still

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:20 AM PDT

As hundreds of striking crew launched picket lines at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Unite claimed that dozens of planes were starting to stack up at airports as a result of the strike.

Judge rejects offer to 9/11 workers, orders new deal

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:10 AM PDT

A Manhattan judge Friday tore up a $575 million settlement agreement for Ground Zero heroes and sent the lawyers back to renegotiate a better deal for the ailing workers.

Wanted: Fake Employees

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:00 AM PDT

As the layoffs keep piling up; it may be a while before a lot of people get back to full-time work. For many professionals, there's a stigma around doing odd jobs like mowing the lawn or cleaning houses. Filmmaker Jeremy Redleaf has done the impossible of making odd jobs seem cool with his webshow Odd Jobs & job-listing site OddJobNation.com .

Cops may lose focus, but they always get their man [PIC]

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 10:00 AM PDT

We're no photography critics, but the Kentucky cops who busted the man may want to review the focusing section of their camera's instruction manual. Especially considering that the perp in question was collared for sexual abuse of a minor (it's always good to know what those guys look like).

Stairway to Heaven: Great or Overrated?

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:50 AM PDT

"Stairway to Heaven" is, whether you like it or not, the most popular rock song of the past forty years (at least as measured by radio airplay). The song's very popularity has caused some (rather harsh) critics to slag it off mercilessly. It's overrated, they say. It's words are nothing more than "corny medievalism."

Beautiful...powerful...feminine.. WHAT THE...!!!???

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:40 AM PDT

Indian temple decorations and design

Singing Fishermen Land Record Deal | News.com.au

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:40 AM PDT

The Fisherman's Friends have signed with Universal Music - whose roster includes Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Take That - for an estimated Stg1 million ($1.66 million), news reports said........

Obama makes good on hockey bet: Harper gets his beer [w/vid]

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:20 AM PDT

PM Stephen Harper has finally scored his Olympic hockey beer from President Barack Obama. The US Ambassador to Canada delivered a case of Molson Canadian to Harper, making good on Obama's losing bet that the American men's hockey team would win gold at the 2010 Olympic Games. Harper says he will donate his winnings to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lead poisonings linked to Indian spices, powders

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:20 AM PDT

Boston researchers have linked lead poisoning in four local children to imported Indian powders and food spices, and follow-up tests found some ceremonial powders and spices sold in local specialty grocery stores contained detectable amounts of the toxic metal

Massive Protest Against UK Anti-Piracy Bill

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT

As Feargal Sharkey, head of UK Music, speaks of his confidence that the massively controversial Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the general election, the Open Rights Group has revealed that in the last 3 days more than 10,000 outraged citizens have written to MPs demanding a debate on the issue.

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