Thursday, December 13, 2012

Interesting post on energy consumption in the U.S.

Monday, December 3, 2012

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sexiest man alive Kim Jong Un? Oops! Chinese media gets fooled by the onion

One hot dictator Beijing

Mistaking an Onion spoof for actual news, Chinese media reported this week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been named “sexiest man alive.” The Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily ran a 55-photo slide show of Kim in various poses on its website, accompanied by this quote from the Onion article: “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.” Chinese media routinely praise the North Korean regime, so it’s not surprising the newspaper failed to recognize the sarcasm. It took the slide show down after being widely mocked in the international press.