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Conservative witness compares mandatory census to torture
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2466908.html

Sun City and zoning out children
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/us/29children.html
revolution in the retirement home
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/the-revolution-comes-to-rossmoor/Content?oid=1077002

billionaires behind the Tea Party: Rupert Murdoch, David and Charles Koch
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html

radioactive decay rates changing with the sun?
http://news.discovery.com/space/is-the-sun-emitting-a-mystery-particle.html
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/august/sun-082310.html

drink water before meals, lose weight
http://www.economist.com/node/16881791
how to tell your boss is lying
http://www.economist.com/node/16847818

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/technology/25brain.html

military tribunals show their flaws. 15 year old threatened with gang
rape, been held for 8 years
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/28/us/28gitmo.html

Palin attacks Scott Brown
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/08/palin_alaska_wo.html

"deconstructionist" museum architecture
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2466587.html
http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/2616533.html
Thomas Mayne San Francisco Federal Reserve building, "green" building
built without air-conditioning, and a failure as an office building
http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/San_Francisco_s_Green_Building_Nightmare_5428.html
Gehry's Stata building at MIT. Leaks, cracks, backs up
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stata_Center
Other Gehry problems
http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/2616533.html?thread=49180117
Bilbao problems
http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=827&type_id=2#

Iran media call French first lady 'prostitute' for objecting to a woman being sentenced to stoning for adultery.

China's state enterprises growing
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/world/asia/30china.html
Orange County not so rich, white and Republican
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/us/politics/30orange.html
California's most Republican county debates raising taxes to save only
hospital
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129305280
deepwater oil drilling taking new risks
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/business/energy-environment/30deep.html



"papers please". Border checks on US trains
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/nyregion/30border.html

'The patrol says that answering agents’ questions is voluntary, part of
a “consensual and nonintrusive conversation” Some passengers agree,
though they are not told that they can keep silent. But others, from
immigration lawyers and university officials to American-born travelers
startled by an agent’s flashlight in their eyes, say the practice is
coercive, unconstitutional and tainted by racial profiling. '

'To others, it evokes travel through the old Communist bloc. “I was
actually woken up with a flashlight in my face,” recalled Mike
Santomauro, 27, a law student who encountered the patrol in April, at 2
a.m. on a train in Rochester.

Across the aisle, he said, six agents grilled a student with a computer
who had only an electronic version of his immigration documents. Through
the window, Mr. Santomauro said, he could see three black passengers,
standing with arms raised beside a Border Patrol van.

“As a citizen I’m offended,” he said. But he added, “To say I didn’t
want to answer didn’t seem a viable option.” '

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thomasyan
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
You've seen that Satoshi Kon has died, and wrote a good-bye letter? I have a link to the latter in a recent post.
mindstalk
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know who he was, though I liked Tokyo Godfathers. Still haven't seen Perfect Blue. Anyway, thanks.

http://www.makikoitoh.com/journal/satoshi-kons-last-words
lindseykuper
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
There were border patrol checks last time I rode an Amtrak train. I was asked if I was a U.S. citizen, I said yes, and the agent moved on. Some people were grilled a lot more, and far as I can tell, it was entirely on the basis of appearance and accent. It was strange and scary, and I'm glad this article was published.
mindstalk
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
I think I had it once or twice on Greyhound, in Ohio. Though my memory wants to say DEA not INS... not searching us, but yeah, stopping the bus and guy with flashlight going down the aisle.

Land of the free!
lindseykuper
Aug. 31st, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
For me, it was this spring at Havre, MT, a town of fewer than 10,000 people close to the Canadian border. I hadn't realized this before the trip, but this has been going on for a long time. There's a fascinating and horrifying article from The Nation that describes what goes on there. Thanks for reminding me of this -- I actually have a lot more to say about it, and I will, sometime.
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