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Weekly news roundup, stolen from Harper’s via Boing Boing

James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his role in the discovery of DNA, said that while he wishes everyone were equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” Lynn Cheney announced that her husband and Barack Obama are eighth cousins. “Every family,” said the Obama campaign, “has a black sheep.” A New York man was arrested after wearing a stolen Rolex watch to his parole meeting,an Ohio woman stood accused of digging up her ex-boyfriend’s grave and stealing his ashes, and a Virginia woman was fined for attacking a Comcast store with a hammer after the company cut off her phone and Internet connections. ”I smashed a keyboard, knocked over a monitor and I went to hit the telephone,” she said. ”I figured, ‘Hey, my telephone is screwed up, so is yours.”’ A New Jersey woman sent 80,000 cans of Silly String, which can locate trip wires, to U.S. troops in Iraq; a military spokesperson thanked her but admitted that soldiers don’t use as much Silly String today as they did at the beginning of the war. Forty-nine percent of New Jersey residents admitted they’d rather live somewhere else. Taku the killer whale died unexpectedly at the San Antonio SeaWorld, 5 of the world’s 350 remaining Asiatic Lions were found dead next to an electric fence in India, and the curator of the Rotterdam Natural History Museum asked the public to donate pubic crabs, claiming that their population was dwindling as a result of Brazilian waxes. ”When the bamboo forests that the Giant Panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction. Pubic lice,“ he explained, ”can’t live without pubic hair.”

Harper’s Magazine

Boing Boing

How dare the world make me write about government spending?

Isn’t the whole point of a bureaucracy to keep this stuff from happening? I never thought I was very good at math, but perhaps I could have had a career as a government accountant. It’s just play money anyway. I feel like government officials and heads of state must have some real currency that they don’t tell us about. We’re all chumps for trading goods and services for paper dollars, while they know that only glass beads or cinnamon or something has true value. Why else would they offer a trillion bucks for Baltic Avenue?

The U.S. State Department is unable to account for most of $1.2 billion in funding that it gave to DynCorp International to train Iraqi police, a government report said Tuesday.

“The bottom line is that State can’t account for where it went,” said Glenn D. Furbish.

Of course it can’t. This reminds me why I like to take my car when Darren and I go to appointments together. Loose change always falls from his right pocket into the space between the passenger seat and the car door. On Saturday Big Wis and I were excited to find three quarters there before we went to the park.