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March 16th, 2007 · No Comments · Apple, Books, Climate Change, Culture, Internet, iTunes, Language, LGBT, Media, Music, News, Politics, Science, Tech, TV

Big Sun

  • Worldwide, the winter of 2006-2007 has been the warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to a new government report.
  • A variety of desperate schemes to save the planet from global warming are being considered by NASA and other organizations — including a man-made volcano that spews sulfur into the atmosphere; a “sun shade” consisting of a “cloud of small frisbee-like spaceships”; seeding the ocean with iron to boost the growth of algae and plankton; and a forest of artificial trees to help filter CO2 out of the atmosphere. Meanwhile, sales of Hummers and virgin (unrecycled) toilet paper continue unhindered.
  • After a stern talking-to from the Human Rights Campaign, Hillary and Obama finally force their mouths to say the words: being gay isn’t immoral.
  • A man who contacted a woman he raped in 1984 to apologize as part of his Alcoholics Anonymous program has been given an 18-month prison sentence.
  • Rahm Emanuel tells Democrats to stay away from that Stephen Colbert character, no matter how many pints of Americone Dream he offers them to climb into his station wagon. As pointed out in this Kos Diary, it’s not the first time Rahm has given other Democrats questionable advice.
  • Former Congressman Harold Ford sells out to Fox News. I’m with BooMan: this makes me actually glad Ford lost his Tennessee Senate race last fall.
  • The word wiki makes it into the OED. Congratulations, Hawaii!
  • Is the Internet name system in danger?
  • A new service called TuneCore makes it easy for artists to make their music available via the iTunes store and other online music services.
  • Apple releases Mac OS X v10.4.9.
  • Rare Beatles footage to be available through a digital download service called Wippit. The fly in the soup: North America is excluded from the deal.

Photo Credit: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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