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A business writer crunched some numbers on the various bailouts for our crumbling financial sector. His assessment: They cost more than the Marshall Plan, all our post-WWII wars, the Apollo moon landing, the Louisiana Purchase, and a bunch of other stuff combined! (Via Boing Boing) Are you a New Yorker..


A business writer crunched some numbers on the various bailouts for our crumbling financial sector. His assessment: They cost more than the Marshall Plan, all our post-WWII wars, the Apollo moon landing, the Louisiana Purchase, and a bunch of other stuff combined! (Via Boing Boing) Are you a New Yorker who is not going to make it down to D.C. for Obama's inauguration? A city councilman wants to erect jumbotrons in Central Park for your historical moment fix.What did you do during Thanksgiving? We spent at least an hour or two playing "Oligarchy," a Flash game that puts you in the shoes of oilmen. You plumb the depths of the Earth for black gold and make more money than required to finance a bailout!An op-ed from this weekend's Times suggests a way to sell the notion of gay marriage to the currently unaccepting black community: frame it as a health issue.The South Asian Journalists Association put together a wonderful series of webcasts dedicated to reporting and analysis of the terror siege in Mumbai. (Link goes to the first installment.)Suketu Mehta, author of the book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found offers his thoughts on why his beloved hometown was a symbolic target for last week's terrorist attack.Obama may actually be everything to everyone--including UFO fans, who want the president-elect to release files up to 60 years old detailing America's brushes with extraterrestrial life.From the GOOD Community: cyan79 calls out the 360 Paper Bottle (pictured above), a replacement for plastic drink bottles, most of which aren't actually recycled.
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John Perez was acquitted on Friday, February 21, for charges stemming from an altercation with Allentown, Pennsylvania police that was caught on video.

Footage from September 2018 shows an officer pushing Perez to the ground. After Perez got to his feet, multiple officers kicked and punched him in an attempt to get him back on the ground.

Perez claims he was responding to insults hurled at him by the officers. The police say that Perez was picking a fight. The altercation left Perez with a broken nose, scrapes, swelling, and bruises from his hips to his shoulder.

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree in New York City.

The jury was unanimous in its convictions as well as two not-guilty verdicts on predatory sexual assault charges involving actress Annabella Sciorra.

The Miramax co-founder may spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.

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Most of the animation you see these days is done by computers. It seems that we see fewer and fewer films made with stop-motion animation, a time-consuming art where objects are manipulated and photographed 24 times per second to create the illusion of motion.

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