January 24th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Oxford English Dictionary for Britons


Free limited access to the Oxford English Dictionary for Britons

Tom sez, "In conjunction with a six-part series showing on the BBC at the moment, the Oxford English Dictionary is allowing free access to the full dictionary with all the fascinating citations and etymologies." While this is deeply cool, there are two genuinely sucky caveats: one, this will vanish when the show finishes its first season and two, the OED is using whacky IP-address filtering to try to limit this to Britain. Cos, you know, people outside of Britain aren't interested in speaking English. Link

Chris Keeley

The Bush Administration Has "Decided Simply to Violate the Law"

NSA Expert Jim Bamford on Domestic Wiretapping: The Bush Administration Has "Decided Simply to Violate the Law"

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006


The Bush administration has launched a public-relations offensive to defend the National Security Agency's eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. We speak with James Bamford, author of several books on intelligence, including the first book ever written about the NSA. Bamford is also a plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit that charges the spying program violates Americans' rights to free speech and privacy under the first and fourth amendments of the Constitution. [includes rush transcript]


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John Galliano drinks DMT smoothies

John Galliano drinks DMT smoothies, creates crazy gothy Dior line

Snip from NYT report:

"John Galliano sent out his models in skirts splashed with fake blood and painted skeletons, with crosses round their necks, to the sound of whips and clanking chains in a dramatic opening to Paris fashion week on Monday. 'Red is the new libertine ... Dior is the new erotica,'' read the blood-red information sheet handed out at Christian Dior's spring-summer 2006 haute couture collection."
Link to UK Vogue report, Link to Vogue photo set, link to NYT story.


posted by Xeni Jardin at 05:35:11 PM

Chris Keeley

98 percent of that book is false" in its descriptions of how Hazelden works.

Treatment Description in Memoir Is Disputed </nyt_headline>

To Oprah Winfrey, the power of James Frey's memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," lay not in whether the author really spent three months in jail, as he claimed, or whether he lost a lover to suicide.

Rather, she said in her now-famous call to CNN's "Larry King Live" on Jan. 11, where Mr. Frey defended himself against accusations that he falsified significant parts of his life story, it was the author's story of recovery, a rebirth that took place within the walls of an addiction treatment center, that provided "the underlying message of redemption" that resonated with her.


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National Review Online: Democratic 'non-filibuster'?

Word is that Democrats will stage a talk-a-thon on the Alito nomination when it reaches the Senate floor. The nomination is expected to be approved by the Judiciary Committee this morning, and Majority Leader Bill Frist is expected to move it quickly to the floor. But now it is also expected that Democrats will push for extended debate on the issue, with every Democratic member taking the floor to stretch out debate in what will amount to a non-filibuster filibuster.
But one Republican source says this morning that the GOP plans to "accommodate them without delaying the vote." By that, the source means that Frist will likely keep the Senate open very late to allow Democrats to talk into the night. And then Frist will file for cloture, and unless Democrats choose to filibuster the nomination, which seems highly unlikely, there will be a vote. "Judge Alito will be Justice Alito" before the president's State of the Union address next Tuesday, the source says.