I just now got around to reading the comments on my cats. Poor Gogo
doesn’t always look that awful, but she doesn’t take a good picture
because she hates the flash and my camera has a slow response, so she
ends up looking demonic. Here are a couple more pictures of her. She
really is a normal and sweet cat… just not photogenic.
Above is a picture of James’ cat Socksy:
Pictured meditating is my cat Socksy, so named for the “socks” she has
on her feet. We dropped her off at my grandparent’s place a few years
ago, and she disappeared. We haven’t seen her ever since.
And finally we come to Arlo:
I’ve been a fan of your blog for quite a while now. I thought I would send in a photo of my ridiculous cat, Arlo. He has some sort of feline OCD–he constantly grooms himself & often the tongue just stays out even when he’s finished.
Thanks for such a refreshing and diverse blog site!
From The Observer:
In the past 30 years Agnes has had unprotected sex with up to 2,000 infected men. Yet she and a small number of her fellow sex workers are still free from Aids. Stephanie Nolen travels to Majengo, a slum in Nairobi, to meet the extraordinary women and researchers who are changing the history of HIV
This is the speed eating equivalent of Bo Jackson’s hip injury that ended his career with the Raiders.
A Japanese man who set a world record by wolfing down dozens of hot dogs within minutes has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training, making his next title uncertain.
Takeru â€œTsunamiâ€ Kobayashi said he can only open his mouth to make a gap the size of a fingertip after being diagnosed with jaw arthritis.
The intro story has a bit of everything in it. Child abuse, pirates, and of course, orientals finding god.
From The Economist:
THE street price of cocaine varies hugely across the world. No surprise that it is cheapest in Colombia, the world’s biggest producer of coca: at $2, a gram costs less than a Big Mac. Geography is an obvious price factor. The farther away a country from the main producers in South and Central America, and the more isolated it is, the higher the cost to traffick there. In far-flung New Zealand, a gram costs a wallet-busting $714.30.
The Fugu Plan or Fugu Plot (æ²³è±šè¨ˆç”», Fugu keikaku?) was a scheme created in the 1930s in Imperial Japan, centered around the idea of settling Jewish refugees escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, in Japan’s territories on the Asian mainland, to Japan’s benefit. The Plan was first discussed in 1934, and solidified in 1938 at the Five Ministers’ Conference, but the signing of the Tripartite Pact in 1941 , along with a number of other events, prevented its full implementation.
The plotters believed that the Jews could be quite beneficial to Japan, but also quite dangerous. Therefore, the plan was named after the Japanese delicacy “fugu”, a puffer-fish whose poison can kill if the dish is not prepared exactly correctly.
At its core, the Fugu Plan was a scheme to convince thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Jews to settle in the puppet state of Manchukuo (Manchuria) â€“or possibly Japan-occupied Shanghaiâ€“, thus gaining not only the benefit of the supposed economic prowess of the Jews but also convincing the United States, specifically American Jewry, to grant their favor and investment to Japan. The plan was based on a naive acceptance of European anti-Semitic mythology, as found for example in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.