Communist Party hits Outer Space

Chinese taikonauts (astronauts) intend to establish a space branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The Chinese astronauts will carry out the same activities in space as they do on Earth, such as learning the party’s policies and debating the party’s decisions. According to the CPC constitution, a grass-root CPC organization should be established where there are three or more CPC members. China’s space branch of the CPC would be the “highest” of its kind, according to China’s original astronaut, Yang Liwei.
(Xinhua News Agency, Oct. 19, 2007)

Meniscal Tears: A Mix

This place has gone too long without any music, so HERE or HERE is some music to dance to despite a couple bum knees.

1. Midnight Juggernauts: “Shadows (Ajax Remix)” (Dystopia)
2. Hot Chip: “Shake a Fist” (Shot Down In Flames)
3. Future of the Left: “Fingers Become Thumbs” (Curses)
4. Notorious B.I.G.: “Party & Bullshit (Ratatat Remix)” (Remixes Vol. 2)
5. Matthew Dear: “Deserter (Four Tet Remix)” (Deserter Promo)
6. Scenario Rock: “Both Gotta Move On (Sebastian Remix)”
7. Pulp: “Do You Remember The First Time?” (His ‘n Hers)
8. Liars: “Plaster Casts of Everything” (Liars)
9. Blue States: “Allies” (First Steps Into)
10. Kylie Minogue: “2 Hearts (Studio Version)”
11. Muscles: “Ice Cream” (Guns Babes and Lemonade)
12. Boyz Noize: “Let’s Buy Happiness” (Oi Oi Oi)
13. Love And Rockets: “Mirror People ‘88”(Sorted! Best of…)
14. Robyn: “Since U Been Gone”

Lady MacBeth Rises From Grave to Attack Condi; Still Has Blood on Hands

A protester "attacked" Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as she arrived to testify before the House Foreign Relations Committee.

[Via The New York Post, includes video.]

Whither Azerbaijan?

"You're on, my friend. Whoever can imprison, murder, or otherwise disappear the most dissidents by November 1st gets Azerbaijan."

[Headline via The New Republic's The Plank; Photo via The New York Times]

In related news, Azerbaijan recently celebrated its Super Sweet Sixteen.

They Better Keep the Conveyor Belt


B&H Photo, world's largest/craziest conveyor-belt-equipped photo shop, is settling a $4.3 million Equal Employment Opportunity Commision suit alleging it doesn't pay/promote its few Hispanic employees as much as its Jewish ones.

Shot by karpfish on flickr

iSuck: Unemployed Bloggers Turn Local Cafe Into New Apple Store

Williamsburg, Brooklyn-- 3:30PM on a Wednesday:

14 Mac laptops in one local coffee shop.

"Internet! Internet! Internet! That's what you like to do. Read a fucking book!"

Jaguar Calling

The Washington Post has created a formula to determine the level of reputational damage to bands that lend their songs out to stooge for products.

The formula is, of course, named for Richard Melville Hall.

"Sellout Songs," or "The Moby Equation," from washingtonpost.com.

What do Bobby Brown, M.C. Hammer, and Sinbad have in common?

They're not dead... yet!

Today, Bobby Brown refuted claims that he suffered a (probably crack-induced?) heart attack.

Also today, M.C. Hammer put the kabosh on rumors that he was dead.

And in case you missed it, in March 2007 "Houseguest" star Sinbad reared his partay-ing head to let the three people reading up on the man's Wikipedia entry that day that he was, in fact, still alive.

Whew!

UPDATE: VH1's Next Season of "Where Are They Now?" To Be Called "We're Not Dead... Yet!"

Contextualizing the War on Grammar

For those of you disturbed by President Bush's latest strike in the War on Grammar ("childrens do learn"), or for those of you concerned about the state of education in the United States, this video provides some context:

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