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Month: August 2003 (Page 1 of 3)

Che Guevara: The Image

Che Guevara: The Image
The image of Che–staring off into the distance, looking determined and serene–is everywhere in Ecuador. It’s on tee shirts (mostly worn by gringos) and frequently seen as grafitti. This interesting article examines the popularity of the visual icon. After all, Che and Fidel Castro were buddies, but we don’t see Fidel’s image everyhere–the Cuban dictator, among other things, hasn’t had the good grace to die young.

The Onion: Richer but Less Funny?

The Onion: Richer but Less Funny?
I’m glad the Onion is now profitable. But the publication’s much less funny than it used to be. Seems to have been getting progressively more boring over the last six months. But maybe it’s just me.

Email vs. RSS

Email vs. RSS
Is email dying? Is RSS the next great communications channel?

Pirates Persued by Patrols; Poachers of Patagonians will Pay!

Pirates Persued by Patrols; Poachers of Patagonians will Pay!
BBC: “A trawler suspected of fishing illegally for the endangered Patagonian Toothfish in the Australian fishing zone off Antarctica is being escorted back to Australia after a three-week chase.”

“The Mendacity Index”

“The Mendacity Index”
“Which [recent] president told the biggest whoppers?” From Washington Monthly (which, by the way, is an excellent publication).

Great White Sharks Breaching

Amazing photos of the legendary killer beasts shooting up out of the water (via TMN).

MIT’s OpenCourseWare Project

Wired reports that MIT now puts all of their course materials–“every lecture, every handout, every quiz”–online for free. And students around the world are taking advantage of the project.

On Tattoos and Sex Change Operations

Jack Handey writes: “Something clicked in my head, and in my gut or maybe my uterus.”

“Satan’s Little Helpers”

“How the Devil Uses the Liberal Media to Manipulate Society.” No word on whether or not that compelling screed was penned by the Alabama “Ten Commandments Judge” or one of his supporters.

Checking in on Ecuador

Checking in on Ecuador
The international relations analysts at newley.com, enjoying the luxuries of American life and simultaneously suffering pangs of nostalgia for dear sweet Ecuador, read with interest that about a thousand Indians and union workers marched through Quito yesterday. They were protesting Ecuadorian prez Lucio Gutierrez’s economic policies, which include higher taxes meant to satisfy the IMF.

NarcoNews.com’s Luis Gomez argues that Gutierrez’s problems with Ecuador’s indigenous population are due to his ties to America: “Ecuador�s Guti�rrez, Washington�s new puppet, splits with the Pachakutik Movement.”

In other news from latitude zero, the perpetually volatile Tungurahua volcano, outside Banos, began belching ash and gas last night.

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