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  1. Guybrush

    The Myth of the Noble Mob Leader

    So LA Times reports on the ongoing drug war in Tijuana, Mexico. By all accounts, it’s a sanguine affair, with beheadings, involuntary acid baths and wanton killings the rule of the day. Reading the article, what strikes me the most is the way in which the supposed mob leader – one Teodoro...
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    An actual take-no-prisoners peeping Tom! Any ground for alarm?

    Rumour had it our neighbourhood had one on its hands last fall. It was all hearsay, though. A friend of a friend of a friend ... Turns out the grapevine was right! See, a couple of days ago, my next-door neighbours – two darling co-eds! – were just about to go to bed when they made a grisly...
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    Liberal Creationism, or: Yippee, It’s Bell-Curve Time Again!

    I did actually revisit the Bell Curve discussion earlier this month, thanks to this old interview with Charles Murray (such great enunciation!). But that’s neither here nor there. This new Slate series I have been reading is interesting since the writer, William Saletan, is an avowed...
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    The Death Penalty – What’s All the Fuzz About?

    Everyone gets so animated whenever this topic is talked over, and personally I’m at some difficulty to see why. I’m against it, but not really passionately, I cannot say. The two main objections to it I can think of at moment are as follows: 1. If all of the countries in the West were to agree...
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    Mazzy Starr Ball Room

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    Obama Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Politics and sultry R&B = match made in heaven. The new single is a bit blech, but as the people behind this were also behind that ‘Box in a Box’ song, I think it’s fair to say that they are on a roll. <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie"...
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    Rebus Time!

    What songs am I thinking of? 1. + = Wedding classic __________________________________________________________________________ 2. + + = Hipster classic
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    Is Justin Timberlake a Product of Cumulative Advantage?

    This article in last week’s New York Times Sunday Magazine is very interesting, I think. It seems to debunk a few popular myths about hit records and the conditions that create them. I’m posting it here in full as it probably will go Select soon.
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    Karl Rove = Master of Ceremonies

    Not for the feeble-minded. God, that token black guy looks really awkward. Karl Rove at the WHCD (It starts at 1.38)
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    Timbaland vs Janne Suni

    Ha ha, this is hilarious. The fun starts at 1.04. <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TLWOa5vP-fU"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TLWOa5vP-fU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"...
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    The Language Thread

    Since I have been itching for one. 1.) I found the list below on some site (probably Wikipedia—as always) after having seen ‘septuagenarian’ in writing. I wonder which of these are commonly used (if any at all), and, if so, if they are considered overly formal. Is it the same as saying someone...
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    Study: College Students Get an A in Narcissism

    Study: College Students Get an A in Narcissism I think these are interesting results, and I definitely recognise these attitudes from my own experiences. On the other hand, self-depreciation can be tedious too. I guess this development is, at least tangentially, related to the phenomena...
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    Young Brutes

    I just read this review of Norman Mailer’s The Castle in the Forest, in case you are wondering why I’m googling for pictures of mass murderers. :eek: The Hitler picture I had never seen before—very eerie. Stalin: Hitler in 1908: This site has more pictures (including oodles of Dubaya...
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    Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans

    Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans A great non-profit site hosting thousands of high resolution pictures, mostly from the 50s and backwards. Here are two samples to give you an idea:
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    Rapidshare

    I will go out on a limb here and guess that perhaps something in the region of 99 percent of Rapidshare's bandwith usage is either illegal or semi-legal. That may be a hefty estimate but the numbers are doubtless breathtaking. The company itself is, of course, perfectly aware of this fact and so...
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