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Dr. Who Dalek Found in Pond

(As opposed to the other kind of Dalek, naturally.)

via [livejournal.com profile] telophase.
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I nearly posted earlier because SFGate.com had written about Yahoo's compliance with Chinese authorities using the headline "Yahoo 'Just Following Orders,'" but by the time I reloaded a bit later, it had been changed to the substantially less biting "Yahoo: Just Obeying the Law."
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Headline in The Hayward Daily Review: Some American Muslims back suicide attacks
Article content (By Kim Vo, MEDIANEWS STAFF): "The majority of American Muslims are moderate, middle-class immigrants who disapprove of extremism, but 15 percent of the younger generation believe suicide bombings are sometimes justified to defend Islam, according to a survey released Tuesday." (Figures based on a Pew study)
Slightly earlier study that considered all Americans, not just Muslims: 24 percent of Americans believe that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "often or sometimes justified." (CSM)

As pointed out by MeFi, but I went and looked up the numbers myself, because the first story, which I read today, made no mention of the other study. And look what they chose to highlight, when there's lots of other stuff in the story.

Contextless, inflammatory reporting: It's the American way.

Link stew

May. 10th, 2007 02:15 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] mactavish noted that a) that LJ Mojo memoid? The values were random, which explains a lot. b) if you posted it in your journal? You might want to go delete it, because according to the assweasel who created it, the graphic has now been replaced by goatse. (If you don't know, don't ask, just try to delete it without looking at it. :p).


So apparently the *other* Japantown hotel (as opposed to the one we got married in) is going to become a Japanese-pop-culture-themed hotel. Could be interesting, could be awful

I think that could actually encourage the former Radisson (the one we DID get married in) to keep its traditional Japanese elegance/art & antiques theme, as a counterpoint, and hopefully improve/spiff up things a bit. They really need to put in a couple of ryokan-style tatami-and-futon suites. That would be awesome.


Really awesome business cards from around the world, including pop up, rubber, and metal cards. Obviously, most of these would cost a fortune, and some would really be too funky for many situations, but they are really creative and interesting to look at. (Okay, the last one is really tacky, but would be funny if a movie or book character used it.)


For all of you librarians and used-book-buyers: a neat MetaFilter post on weird things found in books, with several links plus other examples of odd bookmarks in the comments.


Best headline ever? Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo. Bwahahahah! Ahem. Via [livejournal.com profile] wcitymike_rss.


Finally, good news: The Toshiba laptop repairs I was concerned about were all covered under warranty, except for the latch, which we opted not to have fixed. If you don't live within easy driving distance of a Toshiba repair facility, though, I would seriously consider not buying a Toshiba Satellite M55. The number of things that have gone wrong with it is pretty impressive.
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The following phrases have been found in Chronicle headlines on SFGate.com in the last day or two: "arson school," "molest charges," "maul couple."

No, no, no.

And no.

These headlines may be short on character count but they're also very difficult to read and understand quickly. (What are they saving, anyway--pixels? Cheaper than ink last time I checked...)

This is why I encourage my English students to read things other than newspapers, or if they must read newspapers, to keep in mind that the headlines are terrible examples of English. And I'm not even objecting in terms of violating grammar rules (such as dropping articles, which is frequent). No, I'm objecting because of the lack of clarity and comprehensibility.
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I love how being honest about your lesbian relationship is more of a sin to this Catholic parish priest than hiding your use of birth control or lying about having non-marital sex. (And yeah, as alluded to in the story, I *still* really don't understand why these women would stay in such a church, any more than I understand Log Cabin Republicans or the Congressional Hispanic Republican Caucus or ... I know some of you feel otherwise, so please don't smack me. :p I know it's none of my business whatsoever; I just don't get it.)

I don't even know what to say about this: an unoccupied rental house was stripped of everything after a spurious Craig's List ad invited people to take whatever they wanted. There's so much wrong there I don't know where to start. (Also, the Chronicle's front page link identifies the home owner as a man, when she's clearly a woman.)

They also have a story linked from their front page with the mysterious headline of "Pomo tribe helps arson school."

And there's the CHP officer who pulled over an Iranian-born woman and is accused of berating her with ignorant racist bile such as "Do you know what happened on Sept. 11? It's people like you who killed all of our people!" (she was admittedly speeding, and admittedly tried to get out of it, but still).

And Newt Gingrich calling bilingualism a "ghetto," more or less. I'm not interested in K-12 education as a career, but I am fascinated by how blowhard politicians and ordinary citizens using their "common sense" are allowed to dictate educational policy in much of the country (when the actual educational RESEARCH indicates that bilingual education, when possible, can really help students advance in both English and other academic subjects).

Right, maybe I should go get that coffee and some fresh air now.
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Headline: God, Darwin clash again in Kansas (Reuters)

My mental image of this is totally awesome.

AP Headline

Jan. 1st, 2007 07:47 pm
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"Spears Falls Asleep in Vegas Nightclub"

Wow.

Gee.

I'm glad they alerted me.
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Katrina Report Rips the White House Anew (AP)

That's gotta be intentional, right?

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