Dec. 18th, 2011 10:45 pm
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, 69, has died

Other deaths I meant to note:

Christopher Hitchens dies at 62 after suffering cancer -- When I heard of his passing, I uttered aloud, "Oh no."

Heavy D passes away at 44 -- This happened weeks ago, but it still comes to mind from time to time.
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I know the news broke yesterday, but I haven't posted about it until now: Teena Marie passed away. I'm still in disbelief, because she was so young.

I have only one song of hers at my disposal, "Out on a Limb" as a track from the first Smooth Grooves collection. It was always one of my classic R&B favorites, one of those songs that taught me how to sing. She had an amazing voice.

two many

Jan. 28th, 2010 07:16 pm
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'People's History' author Howard Zinn dies at 87

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies -- "Humorist John Hodgman wrote: 'I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive.'"
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Evangelist Oral Roberts dies in California at age 91

Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus -- "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter--unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal."

Study: Looking young may mean living longer

Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
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Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies at 100: Intellectual reshaped field, was considered father of modern anthropology

Ancient civilization cut path to its own demise: Study: Nasca cleared forests for crops, leading to disruption in ecosystem -- Those lines are amazing, though. I'm not sure if their nonexistent descendents would believe the huge designs were worth it.

Giant crack in Africa may create a new ocean -- Speaking of images, check the one accompanying the article.

Fruit bats use oral sex to prolong the deed: Scientists say behavior represents an X-rated first for adult non-humans -- Fascinating. (Yes, there's video evidence available. Bat porn.)

By the by, I'm rather annoyed, as the posting page displays non-graphically on my dad's computer (where tonight I happen to be). However, other pages render the banner & other images fine, and my friends page looks normal.
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CNN is showing a newsclip about a company that makes beer out of rainwater. The brewery is powered by vegetable oil, apparently. The employees tout this as the making of "green beer". I generally am not impressed by green beer, whether or not it's advertised as being better for the environment. (I'm not impressed by beer at all, really.)

Last week, I didn't post about William Safire's passing. As a grammarian and lover of English, I am saddened, Mr. Safire's antagonism toward liberalism notwithstanding.

Mr. Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Some folks claim sour grapes, saying it's too early in his presidency for him truly to qualify--he just hasn't done enough, they say. However, the tone in the country (despite tea parties and yelling matches at town halls) and the world in total has improved tremendously. I'm glad that the Nobel committee has approved his vision. Also, I think this award will erase the insipid criticism that he "failed" to bring the Olympics to Chicago. The tally sheet for his international efforts has been balanced if not tilted into the black.
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Political columnist Robert Novak dies at 78 -- I feel sorry for his widow. That's the extent of my sympathy.


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