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Month January 2011

Do Not Use Reflection

(via Yimmy’s Yayo)

Bookshelf

Série de photographies 110 x 160 cm Tirage jet d'encre sur aluminum

(via The Bookshelf Project)

Guardian: Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir up against satirical unknowns

Benedicte Page, Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir up against satirical unknowns, Guardian (UK), Jan. 11, 2011, at 22.

When it comes to telling the story of Donald Rumsfeld’s life, facts have often seemed stranger than fiction. And now readers will be given the choice between the two, when a novel depicting the abduction of the former US defence secretary is published next month – on the same day as his own political memoir.

Rumsfeld’s book Known and Unknown is out in America on 8 February, and is said by publisher Penguin to “pull no punches” in its inside look at the Bush administration, 9/11 and the Iraq war.

Its title refers to the infamous comment, criticised by many as gobbledegook, the defence secretary made at a 2002 Nato press conference concerning the absence of evidence that Iraq was supplying terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.

The Identity of “Banksy” eBay auction

The Identity of “Banksy” – eBay (item 260720844294 end time Jan-19-11 07:22:22 PST

If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of “Banksy”.

I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details.

The winner of this auction is the only person I will ever share this information with. The piece of paper will say his name, nothing more.

I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as “Banksy”.

Ebay previously ended this auction because I was selling something that was not “tangible”. It is now tangible.

Bug Affairs

Everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t want to know) about bed bugs: Hugh Pennington, Bug-Affairs, London R. Books., Jan 6. 2011, at 8.

Much attention has been paid to their method of reproduction. Males mate preferentially with recently fed females. The male sexual organ, called the paramere, has a sharp point, which the male bug uses to penetrate the abdominal wall of the female. Sperm are injected into the abdominal cavity. This process is sometimes lethal; repeated matings reduce the female lifespan. This sexual conflict of interests has been of great interest to evolutionary biologists.

Males attempt to mate with any moving object the size of a fed female, including juvenile bugs and males who have sucked blood. But in these cases they dismount quickly – good news both for the male, who doesn’t waste his sperm, and for the mountee, since penetration would quite likely have perforated his guts to mortal effect.

Illegal Alien Invaders!

Legislative leaders in at least half a dozen states say they will propose bills similar to a controversial law to fight illegal immigration that was adopted by Arizona last spring, even though a federal court has suspended central provisions of that statute.

The efforts, led by Republicans, are part of a wave of state measures coming this year aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.

Legislators have also announced measures to limit access to public colleges and other benefits for illegal immigrants and to punish employers who hire them.

Next week, at least five states plan to begin an unusual coordinated effort to cancel automatic United States citizenship for children born in this country to illegal immigrant parents.

[A leader of that effort is Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican state representative from Pennsylvania. At a recent news conference, Mr. Metcalfe said his goal was to eliminate “an anchor baby status, in which an illegal alien invader comes into our country and has a child on our soil that is granted citizenship automatically.”]