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Mike Todd has posted a photo that's even more adorable than the Poor Man's adorable kittens.

(Be prepared to say, "Awwww.")

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Stockholm, we have a problem

So how can this funky Nerf mattress they're constantly advertising be both a "Swedish sleep system" and be "originally designed by NASA"? Last I checked, NASA was not Swedish.

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Via Blah3.com I spent some quality time listening to this completely downloadable compilation of songs protesting the war in Iraq.

I found many of the songs agreeable enough. Some were witty, some were insightful. But I couldn't really put my finger on why these songs weren't quite satisfying until later, when I got in the car and Philly's dinosaur rock station, WYSP, played Guns N' Roses' "Civil War" followed by U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday." I think maybe I'd rather hear someone sing "I'm angry" than sing "I'm right."

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A funny/scary flash animation from the ACLU. I know, the ACLU isn't really known for "funny" — but they ought to do more stuff like this.

(I forget where I got this link. We'll say it's via Cursor or maybe Buzzflash.)

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Just plain scary and not at all funny:

An accident on I-95 Sunday night had me threading my way to work by the back roads along the Delaware River. Marcus Hook, Pa., is the kind of town where even small children know how to "shelter in place." Stretches of U.S. 13 there look like some nightmare vision out of William Blake or Fritz Lang.

And, not to be too Annie Jacobsen about it, I couldn't help thinking that the entire area is one big potential weapon of mass destruction. Some combination of monstrous intent, bolt cutters, C4 and an easterly wind could turn Claymont and Chichester into synonyms for Bhopal.

Just what the hell does Tom Ridge do to justify his salary?

  • Mithras

    Stretches of U.S. 13 there look like some nightmare vision out of William Blake or Fritz Lang. … I couldn’t help thinking that the entire area is one big potential weapon of mass destruction.
    When I was but a wee Mithras, I got on the wrong SEPTA train toward Wilmington that dumped me on the side of the tracks in Marcus Hook next to a gas stack in the middle of the night … in winter. On the other hand, the place has produced some good, angry punk rock.
    As for spending money on hardening domestic targets like chemical plants, money which we don’t have due to a combination of tax cuts and the Iraq misadventure, I have one question: Why do you hate America so much?

  • Teaflax

    The material in Tempur was developed by NASA, but the “sleep system” itself was developed in…wait for it: Denmark.
    Go figure.

  • HP

    Teaflax, are you sure? I thought NASA developed the Swedish Astronaut Bed in preparation for the first manned trip to Lars.


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