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You might like to look into the music offered by sumatrae, in giving thanks - and funds - to the hospital which has been treating his daughter's early-diagnosed leukaemia without charge. Make a donation, and he'll match it, plus the CD of your choice.

Ooh. A little leak brings us (finally) Google Earth for OS X. It does appear to work. ^_^

By way of ibneko: The end of the period? 'In 2006, a new oral contraceptive called Anya, developed to "put women in control of when or if they want to menstruate," is expected to hit the Canadian and U.S. markets. [...] Early findings report that Anya is just as effective in preventing pregnancy as traditional oral contraceptives (98 per cent). And as an added bonus, since Anya provides a steady stream of hormones, it promises to quash a woman's usual cyclical fluctuations, virtually wiping out all the irksome symptoms of PMS.'



AP Photo/Stockton Record, Michael McCollum :: A riparian brush rabbit is released on Faith Ranch along the San Joaquin River Wildlife Refuge Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, near Vernalis, Calif.


Advocates within the American Psychiatric Association are considering whether homophobia, racism, and similar extreme bias may qualify as a diagnosable condition.

Via ducktapeddonkey, Eastpak's cautionary tale against disturbing giant pandas in lust (1.6MB).
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's quite a fascinating article (as, for that matter, is the one about "Anya" - the notion of being "period-free" is not exactly uncontroversial), citing exemplary cases. Prejudice is surely a deeply-rooted aspect of emotion, and one to which almost all of us subscribe, to a greater or lesser extent, but usually, that's under intellectual control. But emotions are so easily exploited, in certain circumstances - politicians are all too well aware of that, hence their routine use of PR agencies; applied psychology. (I really should send you a copy of the two seasons of Absolute Power sometime. It stars Stephen Fry as co-leader of an effective PR agency, wherein they're posed seemingly intractable PR situations, and we witness the progression from problem to solution, all too effectively.. it's quite sharply written, and Stephen Fry is perfectly cast as someone able to exude whatever plausibility the situation demands)

And to quote Wallace, "they're breeding like.. well.. rabbits!" (I do hope you've seen Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Brilliant. Not sure when it's due on DVD, but it's destined for my collection, unquestionably)

To make a subtle change to an old joke:

If it becomes an accepted definition, then homophobes could call in sick: "Nope, still homophobic. Can't come to work today!"

And if they ever find a cure for homophobia, I hope they can cure fundamentalism some day too... :-/