Read These Now or the Chinese Will Destroy the Black Truffle

Pope says Vatican will excommunicate women priests. (Telegraph)

The Myanmar Junta is a cesspool: "The Myanma Ahlin newspaper, a government mouthpiece, said cyclone victims from the hardest-hit areas could get by without foreign handouts."

"A leading gay rights organisation has been ordered to dissolve itself by a court in Turkey. A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleged that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality." (Pink News)

Jeff Gannon and McLellan. (The Princess Sparkle)

VIDEO: Vatican's Pagan Tomb Reopened. (NG)

Obama distances himself from another clergyman. See Liss' post for the problem.

"Texas overstepped its authority when it removed some 460 children from a polygamist ranch last month, the state's Supreme Court said on Thursday." (Reuters)

Op-Ed: Some Historical Perspective on the FLDS. (Digital Journal)

"Star Trek" theme composer Alexander Courage dies.

The Chinese are EVEN affecting the Perigord black truffle. Do you know what is tasty? Truffle oil drizzled over potatoes fried in DUCK FAT.

On the 17th of each month, the Eames Office will host an event in honor of Charles Eames's centennial year. (Eames Gallery)
Parents say sex education went too far inside the classroom full of 8th-graders at Fort Herriman Middle School. Suzanne Johnson told us, "She explained how the teacher talked about masturbation. Girl masturbation, boys, the wrong ways … the right ways to have sex, the wrong ways to have sex. How long to make it last. I mean, disgusting." "What bothered me is that, not only did we get into discussions of masturbatory activity, but we got into explicit descriptions of homosexual acts," Smith said. (KLS)

Looking Tired Or Angry May Have More To Do With Facial Aesthetics Than How You Feel. A little Botox will make that go away.

Scientists Hold Seance For Supernova.

E. coli bacteria-run computer solves math puzzle. (Discovery)

La Scala to stage Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth'.

A new tell-all about the White House.

Need Lasik? Do it yourself!

When I am not using school learnin' to masturbate properly, I listen to something called music while I compile the morning readings. This evening/early morning, (DAMN YOU INSOMNIA!) I am listening to the new album, Ana Hina, by Natacha Atlas with the Mazeeka Ensemble. The cd is only available in the UK right now, but Amazon has it available as a mp3 download. I guess I am a terrorist because she sings mainly in Arabic. Oh well... The Guardian describes the album as:
She starts with cool, mature reworkings of songs made famous by the Lebanese diva Fairuz and the Egyptian star Abdel Halim Hafez, with her controlled, slinky vocals matched by a tight, gently rhythmic backing. Then she moves on, bringing a Middle Eastern edge to the folk song Black Is the Colour, before adding Latin influences on La Vida Callada and brassy swing on the cheerful El Asil. It's a mature, varied and entertaining set, and it promises to transform her career.

Atlas often does her version of classics; from I Put A Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Mon Amie La Rose by Françoise Hardy to James Brown's Man's World. Her rendition of Black is the Color does not disappoint. I am a happy Amazon shopper. And no DRM. The tubes are miraculous sometimes. HA!

Here is Natacha Atlas' version of Whatever Lola Wants from the movie of the same name.

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