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Dogs have owners; cats have staff

How true. Now we have proof:

Your Bi-Lingual Kitty
Adult cats, living apart from humans, have very clear communication with one another. It is spoken mostly through scent, then through facial expression, complex body language, and touch. Meowing is not part of this language. Meow-ese, it would seem, is a language developed exclusively for humans.

So why do cats have two "languages?" Because meowing is unnecessary in a cat's world. But in your world, your pet cat is dependent on you, and quickly learns that you are clearly not picking up the scent messages she leaves on your things, and you are not completely fluent in cat body language.

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Savage on Haggard and the bogus Christianist "ex-gay" movement

(Sorry for the redundancy of "bogus Christianists. And mad props to Dan Savage for that Santorum Improvised Informational Device.) Savage speaks: Read below the fold...

Science for Republicans!

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It turns out evolution happens in real time (as if it would happen in any other kind of time). From the Bradenton Herald (I quote the article almost in its entirety, in case any of the Christianists from Minnesota come back for more):

A new study of lizards in the Bahamas shows that the natural selection pressures that drive evolution can flip-flop faster than previously thought--even in months.

Man, that's even faster than the neo-cons flip-flopped on Iraq! Read below the fold...

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Shocker from Townhall: Respect for Liberal Blogs

Via Skippy, you can knock me over with a feather. Townhall:
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Florida Follies: Jennings and the ACLU Fight Back

It won't surprise you at all, but guess what's likely to be one of the last acts of the 109th Congress? eVote Fraud 'certification.' Brad's got more:
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TV to Voters: Fuggetabboudit

This doesn't suprise me at all.

•The average length of a single story devoted primarily to elections was roughly
76 seconds. By contrast, a similar national study conducted by the UW
NewsLab during the 2002 mid-term election found the average story ran 89
seconds.

• 41 percent of the election stories were aired in the final week before Election
Day.

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Banned!

I've been on the Intertubes long enough to have heard this story many times. Readers, share with us your own experience, we want to know if it's typical. I'm protecting the innocent and blanking a few details for the sake of privacy:
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Borat Not So Funny to Russians

But Bambi is ok, right? Remind me to skip the matinee in Moscow. This is a "funny" post, because Borat is a sensation and all that, but as Antony reminds us:

After the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and poisoning of a former Russian spy, the increasingly authoritarian reign of Vladimir Putin is cause for concern.

Russia: not getting better. Don't forget that; they have oil, nukes, and crazies, just like we do. Read below the fold...

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Court to Bloggers: Post Away Without Fear (Sort Of)

Thank the God of Your Choice that we've still got a few thinking judges on some courts. Slowly, but surely, the rest of American is coming to understand that there is no difference between speech from a mouth, speech on a piece of dessicated dead tree, and speech that is expressed in the Ether of the Intertubes. Read below the fold...

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Operation Dark Storm

Look, I read and watch too much sci-fi, I admit that. But is anyone else a bit disturbed by this "closed session?" Ahem, some people think Operation Dark Storm would be a very bad idea.

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Simple Questions About Bombing

So a while back I directed you all to a couple of posts about how the Taliban is basically running around, stronger and more organized than ever, despite our and NATO's efforts in Afghanistan. His Majesty the Grey One has been running a series of late, "Simple Answers to Simple Questions," and I've got one for you. Read this article, and pay attention to this part in particular:
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The arithmetic: Were thousands from Bush's gulags disappeared?

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Over the past year, we've been tracking the story of Bush's gulags, and asking ourselves how many prisoners He was keeping there. Our answer (given in early 2005 on the basis of airplane tail numbers, long before WaPo "broke" the story) was 8,500. Later in 2005, the Times estimated 14,000. Read below the fold...

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Bush Treasury Secretary: Enron Good for US Economy

Henry Paulson today said rules like Sarbanes-Oxley endanger our economy's competitiveness. Competitiveness with what, he didn't say. Read more at Reuters. Read below the fold...

New Statesman: Bush drinking again?

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It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Via Andrew Stephen in the UK's New Statesman:

Rumours persist here[In DC] (and I have heard them repeated at a very senior level in the UK, too) that Bush has actually resumed drinking; I throw this into the mix not to sensationalise, but because I have now heard the rumour repeated at a sufficiently high level that I believe we must face the possibility that it might be true.

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