Really great piece. “Does living in New York — or, for that matter, being Jewish (as the bulk of the Gawker staff is) — necessarily qualify one to speak with any authority on Jewish matters?”
“Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government’s health care system.”
“A U.S. health agency has made research subjects of people in tiny Mossville, Louisiana by repeatedly monitoring dangerously high levels of dioxin in their blood while doing nothing to get the community out of harm’s way, residents say.”
“the World Wildlife Fund’s financial support of a nature reserve here on the Rio Negro is either part of a laudable attempt to conserve the Amazon jungle — or the leading edge of a nefarious plot by foreign environmental groups”
“The plan has stirred opposition from some Navajos who regard the $3 billion proposal as a lethal “energy monster” that desecrates Father Sky and Mother Earth and from environmental groups that fear global warming implications from its carbon dioxide
“The day I won the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) endorsement for the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota, it was the first question out of the shoot. “Aren’t you a Muslim?” “Will you be the first one in Congress if you win?”
“Getting in touch with your inner Angelina Jolie… The so-called voluntourism industry, which sends travelers around the globe for a mix of volunteer work and sightseeing, is generating almost as much praise and criticism as the goodwill ambassador herse
“U.S. Hindu organizations are urging presidential candidates to denounce the protesters who disrupted the Senate as the first-ever Hindu opening prayer was being delivered this month… the prayer placed “the false god of Hinduism on a level playing field
“The South African publisher of “Tintin in the Congo” said it would not release an Afrikaans translation of the comic following complaints of racism, local media reported Saturday.”
“Most involve litigants or witnesses who speak Spanish or Russian, or Chinese and Vietnamese. But increasingly, the requests from lawyers, judges and the court’s assignment office are for speakers of languages she’s never heard of.”
“Mr. Combs, known as Diddy, videotaped a help-wanted ad on the popular video Web site hoping to find a helper to replace his former assistant, who did everything from holding his umbrella in the rain to playing chaperone to his hip-hop group Da Band.”
A must-read. “Then he admitted, “You’re right. We don’t pitch to bloggers of color.” And here’s the money quote: “We just don’t know what to do with them.”"
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