Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

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Chelsea Clinton, scion of a former president and a possible future one—and more recently, vice-chair of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation—has announced she's pregnant, according to CNN's Robert Yoon.Read more...

Open Thread: WTF, Sports Division

Since it’s that kinda day, here’s Spencer Hall at SB Nation: … There are a lot of ways to control people. You can control their money, and how they get it. You can control where they live. You can control who they can and can’t talk to, and sanction them for that. Finally, you can [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Mother Pardons Her Son's Killer Seconds Before His Execution

An Iranian man was seconds away from being executed for stabbing a young man to death, when the victim's mother unexpectedly pardoned him and saved his life. Read more...

Thursday Evening Open Thread: But They So Meant Well!

Looking down the road that is paved with only the best intentions, Sam Biddle at Valleywag says “Techies: Just Leave Homeless People Alone“: Last year, the tech community was stunned by the realization that teaching a homeless man to code did not solve the larger issues of homelessness and American income inequality. Now, they’ve regrouped, [Read more...]

The Real Death Panel

Richard had a happy healthcare reform story earlier. Here’s a sad one. It’s okay with Florida’s wingnut state legislature if working people die due to lack of healthcare. It’s not that these upstanding Christians actively want folks like 32-year-old mother of three Charlene Dill to collapse and die on a stranger’s floor because she couldn’t [Read more...]

Timely

Ebola is an awful disease. The worst strains kill about 90 percent of the people who catch it. Hospitals have no useful treatment and it usually shows up first in hospitals with poor facilities, so medical staff often figure prominently in the second wave of cases. Sadly still know not enough about where it comes [Read more...]

Guantanamo & the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

ETA: Hat tip to commentor NotMax for this link. Carol Rosenberg, at the Miami Herald, still slogging away on the Gitmo beat: GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the CIA to give defense lawyers details — names, dates and places — of its secret [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Astroturf Everywhere

Intuit, makers of TurboTax, orchestrated a “grassroots” campaign of citizens who were upset at the thought that they could file convenient, pre-filled tax forms instead of spending time and effort entering financial details into tax preparation software. At least Intuit’s people were real, though duped.

Photographic proof

Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and spied an opportunity to snap me. Name suggestions welcome :-)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez RIP

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Dead at 87. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read any of his books, but a friend used to quote from Love In The Time Of Cholera to me all the time. This space reserved for your ad.