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Selection from the_guardian Oct. 22nd, 2003 10:14 am
Bill McGuire: Geophysical events that could damage the planet
Analysis: Global geophysical events, such as huge tidal waves or volcanic super-eruptions, could devastate the planet - so why doesn't anybody care, asks Bill Maguire

Bush administration blow secret agent's cover to justify war
Who outed Valerie Wilson as a CIA secret agent? Clue: her husband, Joseph, had just criticised the Bush administration. Julian Borger talks exclusively to the man who may have started a new Watergate

And now, from our "taking the piss" department:

From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 22nd, 2003 - 02:28 am (Link)
./~it's the end of the world as we know it
and I feel fine ./~
From: flewellyn
Date: October 22nd, 2003 - 02:44 am (Link)
Well, I don't know about other world leaders, but George W. Bush probably doesn't care for the same reason he doesn't care about global warming, AIDS, poverty, or pretty much anything else: he believes the world is going to end soon, and that he and his rich buddies, the "Elect of God", will be raptured into heaven while the rest of us go to hell.

In fact, he may be looking forward to just such an occurrence! Never underestimate the capacity for stupidity in dogmatic believers.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 22nd, 2003 - 02:45 am (Link)
I never knew 'rapture' could be a verb.

"Sorry Jeb, I can't come to the ranch this weekend, I'm rapturing!"
From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 22nd, 2003 - 03:35 am (Link)
they keep getting it wrong about this 'mix the letters up and the brain still parses it' thing. It only really works properly if the letters at the beginning and end of the word, and the length of the word, remain the same. It also works best if it's only a few words in an otherwise correctly spelt sentence, as the brain can work out the 'missing' words from context.

This sneetnce sitll reads fialry creally.

Htsi nestencece si rahtter roome fiddifuclt.
From: conflux
Date: October 22nd, 2003 - 05:23 am (Link)
To my dyslexic brain the second one made more sense.