President Obama Is, Like, Really Cool And Stuff

Hipness is what it is. And he’s got it. Watch him walk. Listen to him talk. See the body language, the expressions, the clothes. He’s got attitude, rhythm, a sense of humor, contemporary tastes… Obama used his personality — the smile, the jaunty stride and the hip-hop verbiage — to disarm critics, charm supporters and …

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North Korea – No Smiles, And Not Much Else Either

No warmth, nothing to buy, no transport, no hope. The joys and triumphs of socialism … Documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve visited North Korea posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. Despite 24-hour surveillance by North Korean minders, he was able to take some remarkable photos of  Pyongyang and its people. Photos can be viewed on the …

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Clinton: Renewed Violence In Iraq A Good Sign

Hmm… Hilary Clinton said that the Iraqi government had “come a long, long way” and that the bombings were “a signal that the rejectionists fear Iraq is going in the right direction.” Perhaps not such a good sign if you are one of the people who has been killed or injured. It is just as likely …

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Scientists And Ethicists Growl At Cloning Doctor

The objection is not that Panayiotis Zavos claims to have cloned human beings. Others have done that. Nor is it that he claims to have made hybrid human-animal clones by putting human DNA into cow eggs. Others have done that. As far as the medical establishment is concerned making human clones, even human animal hybrids, is fine as …

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Queenslanders Cleared Of Flu, But..

Tests on two Queenslanders thought to have contracted Swine Flu after visits to Mexico and the US are negative. New strains of flu emerge every year. What is worrying about this apparently new version of swine flu is not the transmission rate, which is about average, but the fact that it is so deadly – …

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I Want My Global Warming

Still raining on Kangaroo Island, which is great – we have no mains water, only what we catch and store ourselves. The tanks are starting to fill. They were virtually empty five days ago, and are now at about one third of capacity, which is pretty good for one weekend. What is not so cool is that has …

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