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One way to build traffic 

The excellent Fistful of Euros makes a shameless bid for volumes of traffic with a posting entitled Sturm, Drang and Laetitia Casta’s breasts – or – Why France bashing is a feminist issue. It’s worth a read, not least because of the title. Here’s a sample observation: “Think about it — would a genuinely feminine nation have had a painting of a topless woman on its currency?”

Wrong phrase 

Today’s Guardian quotes leftwing MP Roger Berry on chancellor Gordon Brown’s party conference speech: “It was lovely to hear my own views articulated. I felt my erogenous zone was being massaged.” Surely he means exogenous zone.


David Isenberg posts Project Censored‘s list of the ten most censored stories of the year:

#1: The Neoconservative Plan for Global Dominance

#2: Homeland Security Threatens Civil Liberty

#3: US Illegally Removes Pages from Iraq U.N. Report

#4: Rumsfeld’s Plan to Provoke Terrorists

#5: The Effort to Make Unions Disappear

#6: Closing Access to Information Technology

#7: Treaty Busting by the United States

#8: US/British Forces Continue Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons Despite Massive Evidence of Negative Health Effects

#9: In Afghanistan: Poverty, Women’s Rights, and Civil Disruption Worse than Ever

#10: Africa Faces Threat of New Colonialism

As he notes, “I think they missed a big one. When over 40% of the inhabitants of the United States still believe that Saddam Hussein was DIRECTLY involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks, then the U.S. press is not doing its job whether you call it censorship or not.”

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