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Thursday Morning News (as the week flies by)

Breakfast in bed

Where's the Coffee?

This is it:

Senate acts to extend aid for jobless, homebuyers:

Congress has no choice but to act when there are 15 million jobless chasing 3 million jobs and 7,000 people run out of benefits every day, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Economists talk about the end of the recession, he said, but “for most Americans, it will still be some time before things start getting better.”

Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. Very bad. (h/t Susie & Joseph)

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:

  • That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. (snip)
  • That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. (snip)
  • That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused (snip)
  • Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (snip)

Then, some odd good news (for me at least)….
Low Cholesterol May Help Prevent Cancer

The findings should help ease longstanding fears that low cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of cancer, said Dr. Demetrius Albanes, a senior investigator at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and an author of one of two reports in the November issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

“These results should help dispel any lingering thoughts that low cholesterol may help cause cancer,” said Eric Jacobs, strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology at the American Cancer Society, who wrote an accompanying editorial.

The female bears at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany are going bald. And it’s not pretty.

Ned Lamont pursuing gubernatorial campaign

Connecticut businessman and former Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont filed papers Wednesday to create an exploratory committee for a statewide race, a clear step toward a possible run for governor next year.

The mysterious online town

“A colleague of mine spotted the anomaly on Google Maps, and I thought ‘I’ve got to go there,'” Roy Bayfield, who works at an area university, told the U.K.’s Telegraph. “I started to weave this amazing fantasy about the place, an alternative universe, a Narnia-like world. I was really fascinated by the appearance of a non-existent place that the Internet had the power to make real and give a semi-existence.”
He walked to what would have been the center of town, according to the tech giant’s mapping service. But found nothing but empty fields.

What a bummer: Casino: $166M Win Was Slot Malfunction

“$166,666,666.65. I was screaming … heart was beating really fast,” he said.

Casino managers came over and roped off the machine. Seebeck spent an hour deciding what he’d do with his millions. Then came the adrenaline crash.

The casino told him the Ultimate Party Spin had spun out of control, malfunctioned and he wouldn’t get any money for a malfunction. They wanted him to agree in writing, but he wouldn’t.
“They make you think you won and everyone around you that you won, and then later, ‘It’s probably a malfunction,’” he said.

And finally, House Health Care Vote Likely At 6 p.m. Saturday & AARP To Make ‘Major Announcement’ On Health Care Tomorrow, Won’t Confirm Rumors Of House Bill Endorsement

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Is Obama a space alien?

space alien obama

 


From the Chicago Tribune:

 

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration — one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: “Why don’t you show some respect?!” The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader’s origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: “Embracing change is never easy.”

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait — did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us?

Welcome to ABC’s “V,” the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president’s supporters and delight his detractors.

If Obama was really a space lizard that would explain a lot. But it would also mean the Birthers were right, and that’s just not possible.  The Birthers actually make Obots seem almost rational by comparison.

Almost.

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