July 27th, 2005

hell's kitten

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Your news update for today this week now.

A high school journalist goes undercover to find out just how far recruiters will go to enlist teens.

A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say.

Instead of going through months or years of surgeries, procedures, hospital visits and other agonies associated with end-of-life illnesses, he started thinking seriously about ending life on his own terms and with his own hands. Susan Stern's movie documents his life and his decision .... There's also the issue that in western culture, death in old age is not seen as an inevitable next stage; it's a grievous defeat that should be battled at all costs.

In honor of Tony Blair, I have revised Gandhi's famous dictum to read: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they co-opt your issue and pretend it was always theirs, and then if you don't get all muddled, you still might win." But here's the catch: it won't look like victory.

Denver voters this November may be asked whether to make the use of marijuana legal in some instances.