Skinmates

Mugshots of women who appear to be topless. This link will easily get the most hits today.

Topless? Wrapped in a towel? Sporting a tube top? We’re not sure what these 13 recently arrested gals were (or weren’t) wearing during their mug shot sessions, since law enforcement personnel were extremely careful with their photographic composition. For which, in some cases, you should be grateful.

Mandela still alive after embarrassing Bush remark

Another shining moment for dear leader:

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader’s death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.

“It’s out there. All we can do is reassure people, especially South Africans, that President Mandela is alive,” Achmat Dangor, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said as Bush’s comments received worldwide coverage.

In a speech defending his administration’s Iraq policy, Bush said former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutality had made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge and stop the sectarian violence that has engulfed the Middle Eastern nation.

“I heard somebody say, Where’s Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas,” Bush, who has a reputation for verbal faux pas, said in a press conference in Washington on Thursday.

Update:

Here’s the video.

The Mirror Test

From Wikipedia:

The mirror test is a measure of self-awareness developed by Gordon Gallup Jr in 1970. [1]

The test gauges self-awareness by determining whether an animal can recognize its own reflection in a mirror as an image of itself. This is accomplished by surreptitiously marking the animal with two odourless dye spots. The test spot is on a part of the animal that would be visible in front of a mirror, while the control spot is in an accessible but hidden part of the animal’s body. Scientists observe whether the animal reacts in a manner consistent with it being aware that the test dye is located on its own body while ignoring the control dye. Such behaviour might include turning and adjusting of the body in order to better view the marking in the mirror, or poking at the marking on its own body with a limb while viewing the mirror.

Animals that have passed the mirror test are common chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, dolphins, elephants, and humans. Initially, it was thought that gorillas do not pass the test, but there are now several well-documented reports (such as on gorilla, Koko) of gorillas passing the test. Human children tend to fail this test until they are at least 1.5 to 2 years old – mirror stage – [1]. Dogs, cats and 1 year old children, for example, usually react to a mirror in fear or curiosity, or simply ignore it, while birds often attack their own reflections.

Top 10 Laughably Bad Tech Ads

Don’t Copy that Floppy:

The tech industry has a rich and hilarious history of being unable to promote itself as anything other than unutterably dorky. Originally we were going to call this ‘The top ten worst tech ads’, but as we hunted around we discovered these are pure gold. They are shockingly bad, but you’ll derive so much pleasure from watching them it didn’t seem right to use ‘worst’ anymore.

Anyway, we’ve collected ten of our favourites — in no particular order — that made us laugh, either because they feature lycra, awful singing, pathetic old technology, Steve Ballmer or some combination of all of the above. -Ian Morris

Senate Votes to Condemn Advertisement

Finally, something that the Senate can work together doing. Meaningless chastisement of an advertisement. (And no, the Senate shouldn’t have wasted time on the Swiftboat ads either)

The Senate voted by a wide margin Thursday to condemn a controversial anti-war advertisement accusing Gen. David Petraeus of betraying the country. Only 24 Democrats, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, voted against the symbolic resolution.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), both of whom also are seeking their party’s presidential nomination, joined Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in declining to take a position for or against the MoveOn ad. Since last Monday, when the “General Petraus or General Betray Us?” ad ran on a full page of the New York Times, Republicans have launched relentless attacks on MoveOn and any Democrats who refused to outright condemn the ad’s message.

“The focus of the United States Senate should be on ending this war, not on criticizing newspaper advertisements,” Obama said. “This amendment was a stunt designed only to score cheap political points while what we should be doing is focusing on the deadly serious challenge we face in Iraq. It’s precisely this kind of political game-playing that makes most Americans cynical about Washington’s ability to solve America’s problems. By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against this empty politics. I registered my views on the ad itself the day it appeared.”