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Kevin Rose supports Ron Paul, Barack Obama

As far as I can tell, Rose has never submitted any Ron Paul stories himself, though I suspect he might have voted for more than a couple of them.

The one website everyone needs to read (apart from WB of course)

I like to keep up with all the latest news and info. I'm a big fan of Digg, BBC news, NPR, CNN, all the usual suspects. I thought I was fairly well-versed on the places to get

Why League of Women Voters calls presidential debates "frauds"

The League of Women Voters is withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate scheduled for mid-October because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrat

Norman Mailer on Democracy

Norman Mailer: Democracy is a grace. Democracy is something essentially splendid because it's not at all routine or automatic. Democracy in fact on the concept, the notion t

The self-preservation argument against waterboarding

"Waterboarding reached the U.S. via a circuitous route. The Spanish exported the practice to the Philippines, which they colonized for centuries. It was then adapted by U.S. f

Spammer 1, Reddit 0

The top story on reddit right now is "VOTE UP if ouw ant GEORGE BUSH in Prison!!" It received 740 votes in 6 hours. There are several things wrong with this post:

Poem on opting out

A while back I wrote a piece on Opting out of the money economy, a topic I've long been interested in. Because of that long inte

The two-mile challenge

Bicycling for transportation is something that's important to me, so I was immediately attracted to the

Should George W. Bush write for Wisebread?

I'm not sure how many of you watch the news or read the news blogs on a daily basis. I know I can't, it's way too depressing to do every day. But when I saw that George W. Bush, ou

Great Moments In Geek History

This awesome reddit thread has got to rank up there as one of the greatest moments in Geek History. Ascii art of our beloved Fry on a retro-styled Web 2.0 website is perfection. I

Exercise (and alcohol) good for your brain

A story in the New York Times says that exercise helps human brains build more neurons (a process called neurogenesis). It also reports on some mouse studies that show that exe

Best self-portrait photo ever

Above: Astronaut Clay Anderson capturing an image of his helmet visor reflecting the international space station and the Earth. August 15th. Photo by NASA. Click for larger version. I'm a big fan of NASA's Image of the Day archives. [more]

Rolling Stone article on ethanol

In my recent post Plan for expensive fuel, I mentioned sustainable fuels in a somewhat dismissive fashion. [more]

Laughing at Ourselves elevated by Doug Marlette

When I first heard of Doug Marlette, he was an editorial cartoonist with The Charlotte Observer. He accepted an invitation to speak to high school students and personally

Only 7 days left to vote for the new 7 wonders

In case you haven't heard, and chances are that you have, there are only 7 days left to vote for the NEW 7 wonders of the world. The competition allows people from across the world

Jobs-Gore 08? The most popular Democratic ad is on the iPhone

Apple's iPhone demos are the most viewed Democratic ads on the web. iPhone's web browser demo highlights a New York Times cover story on the Democrats taking control of Congress. [more]

Poll: Would you support the Consumerist in the Dell scandal?

Update: Dell has apologized! Richard from Dell has informed us that not only is Dell apologizing to the Consumerist, but Dell will also work on reforming some of their more confusing pricing practices. Great job Richard. [more]

The Trouble With Women

HR Manager: "What's wrong with her?" Foreman: "Well, she's a woman isn't she?" This campy 1959 training film provides an interesting look at how women were perceived in the workplace 40 years ago. (Link) [more]

This guy has the best job EVER!

While surfing the web for some research on a "serious" Wisbread article (to be published soon), I ran across this guy. His "job" is to visit Irish pubs. All. Year. Long. Drinking Guinness (I'm a Guinness girl, myself). [more]

The Cost of Meat—The Personal Health Argument

This continues from "The Cost of Meat—Too High To Pay." The Personal Health Argument attempts to show that there is few, if any, benefit from eating meat. This will cover heart disease, cancer, and calcium intake. [more]