Alastair Leithead, BBC News, New Orleans
“Hurricanes don’t just hit, they hang around, and from here in New Orleans it feels like Isaac is hanging around longer than most…
First light here in the high-lying French Quarter revealed little about the extent of the flooding – it will be hours before a proper assessment [...]
Apparently 96 yr old former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro’s not-so-excellent checkpoint adventure (on the way to his birthday party in Tucson, as per his driver) wasn’t the first up-close-and-personal interaction he’s had with border officials:
An outspoken opponent to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 ”œpapers please” law, Castro recalled the other two times he had to [...]
Reposted from 2008….plus ca change….. -nymole
The True Cost of War
Aida Edemariam | Feb. 29, 2008
The Guardian – Fitful spring sunshine is warming the neo-gothic limestone of the Houses of Parliament, and the knots of tourists wandering round them, but in a basement cafe on Millbank it is dark, and quiet, and Joseph [...]
Spinner – Tim Hart, a founding member of the British folk revival group Steeleye Span, passed away on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at his home on La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands. He was 61. Hart had been diagnosed with lung cancer and spent the year in the U.K. undergoing treatment before returning to [...]
Pauline Chen, MD | April 17 (snips)
NYT – Not long ago I finished reading the 1992 memoir “The Puzzle People” by Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, regarded by many as one of the fathers of transplantation.
Beginning with his childhood in LeMars, Iowa, Dr. Starzl describes his education and training under some of the legendary [...]
After they heard Obama gave AIG another huge wad of their money, they knew it was time- nymole
The Onion – Drawn by a strange force they could neither resist nor describe, millions of Americans reportedly dropped what they were doing today and, acting as if by instinct alone, gathered into one massive nationwide [...]
Did you know that The Agonist is divided into three parts? I say this because over the last few months we’ve had a significant influx of new readers. So, here’s the grand tour:
One part is the Front Page, where you are now. But there are two other parts of the site that are equally [...]
A cautionary fable to watch while you’re waiting … ~nymole
Voting machines elect one of their own as President
It’s no longer possible for the bank executives who brought us this all-consuming financial crisis to plead “No one could have seen it coming!” Even the mainstream media are on to this falsity. They are publishing top ten lists of the perpetrators who caused the financial crash, and the now-celebrated few who predicted it, among [...]
A federal agency has joined some of the nation’s biggest landlords in trying to repeal stronger safety requirements for new skyscrapers that were added to the country’s most widely used building code last year, arguing that they would be too expensive to meet.
The new provisions, which include requiring tall office buildings to have more [...]
BBC -Images from Google Earth have confirmed that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction. Wild deer also display this behaviour – a phenomenon that has apparently gone unnoticed by herdsmen and hunters for thousands of years. Many species – including birds and salmon – are known to use the Earth’s [...]
Ahmadinejad in talks with Iraqi PM Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad entered Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday, an official in Maliki’s office said. American military officials said they were not involved in security measures for Ahmadinejad, adding that everything was being handled by the Iraqis.
Travellers interested in visiting Cuba are being advised to go now before an invasion of American tourists begins
TimesOnline – Tour operators believe that the US travel embargo of Cuba could be lifted in the wake of this week’s announcement that Fidel Castro is stepping down – ending a ”œgolden era” of tourism to the [...]
Dr. Clinton Rubin, director of the Center for Biotechnology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is reporting that in mice, a simple treatment that does not involve drugs appears to be directing cells to turn into bone instead of fat.
All he does is put mice on a platform that buzzes [...]
An Italian fashion chain has stoked controversy with an advertisement featuring a naked anorexic woman. The ad, which is intended to raise awareness about eating disorders, is timed to coincide with Milan fashion week.
Back in 1992, photographer Oliviero Toscani caused controversy around the world with his pictures of a man dying of AIDS which [...]