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Andrew Sullivan is a wonderful blogger. His ability to uncover the obvious in a world where the great majority of folk seem to be affected with cataracts is very hopeful. To catch a bit on McCain, click on The Atlantic.

Woman dies of Leptospirosis

Just received the following email from a friend: This is Serious! This incident happened recently in North Texas. A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday. The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the can ...

Contesting Cinco de Mayo: Cultural Politics and Commercialization of Ethnic Festivals, 1930-1950

By José M. Alamillo Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles   "Cinco de Mayo is not just a fiesta anymore, the gringos have taken it on as a good sales pitch. Back then we used the fiesta to accomplish something and made it work for La Raza," remarked Frances Martínez during a personal interview (Martínez 1999). As a longtime organizer of Corona's Cinco de Mayo celebration, Martínez ...

We don’t need no water…

"A blessing or a curse?" Sometimes a wildfire just has to do its thing. It's nature's way of cleansing the land, making it fertile again where it has become a lot of stagnant growth, overcrowded with weeds and briars, and drying out the soil. When we dedicate lives, and time, and resources to trying to contain it, we forestall the process of healing. Some would argue that holding off the inevitable allows ...

The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users

By ADAM COHEN In 1993, the dawn of the Internet age, the liberating anonymity of the online world was captured in a well-known New Yorker cartoon. One dog, sitting at a computer, tells another: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Fifteen years later, that anonymity is gone. It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on you. Technology companies have long used “cookies,” little bits of tracking software slipped onto ...

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