Sunday

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The B-52's on New Year's Eve!

CNN: New Years Eve 2006 "The B-52's & Key West Drag Queens"



B52s-Dance This Mess Around (SNL 1980)


RELATED: Dance This Mess Around Lyrics

B-52's record with New Order producer

The B-52's "Mesopotamia" (Manhattan Click Remix)

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AUDIO FLASHBACK: Mighty Dub Katz - Just Another Groove (I think that we should get back together)

1997 - Eurotracks Remix

Mighty Dub Katz: MySpace

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Saturday

"Gay in 2006: The Ins, Outs, and In-Betweens"

This is the only "list" that Andy will be publishing this year, he may have missed a few disclosures here and there, but these are the main newsmakers in 2006 who declared that they're gay, not gay, or just not sayin'. TOWLEROAD

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Logo "When Ocean Meets Sky"

The documentary reflects on the political, environmental, and social struggles the community has faced through the eyes of the Fire Island Pines community. Logo Online

Friday

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Prince "Controversy"

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New Report Blasts FBI, Justice for Mishandling Oklahoma City Bombing Case

As for McVeigh, the report argues his "... execution should have been further delayed..." while investigators continued to delve into possibilities of involvement by terrorists associated with the New York World Trade Center bombing in 1993, as well as neo-Nazi groups, including a German national. WIVB

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Grisly Ghoul-Fest As So-Called Christian Hosts Drool Over Saddam's Imminent Demise

Yes, indeedy, folks. FOX News can hardly contain its excitment at the prospect of airing the video of Saddam Hussein's execution. One can almost see the saliva dripping from the mouths of the various hosts. NEWS HOUNDS


Brian KILLmeade - Fox & Friends

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Another faux celebrity distraction - Danny Bonaduce badmouths John Conner

Apparently Conner, a former Republican and conservative, believes that the Bush administration at best knew about the impending attacks of 9/11 and did nothing, or at worst had something to do with the planning. He has researched and documented his theories extensively. He approached Bonaduce, a recognizable celebrity of sorts, at a sidewalk cafe and asked his opinion. When Bonaduce learned Conner's viewpoint he let loose a stream of profanity and insults that belied the large crucifix that hung around his neck for his Factor interview. NEWS HOUNDS

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Tom Tom Club "Genius Of Love"

Great tribute to James Brown at the end.

Related: Chicks On Speed "Wordy Rappinghood" (2004)

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Blogging 'set to peak next year'

200 million people have already stopped writing their blogs. BBC

Hawaiian New Year a Melting Pot of Traditions

The Pacific Ocean islands are home to a culturally and ethnically diverse group of people that have created a unique set of New Year's traditions... NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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Ice Mass Snaps Free From Canada's Arctic

A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada's Arctic, scientists said. The mass of ice broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 497 miles south of the North Pole, but no one was present to see it in Canada's remote north. RED ORBIT


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Christmas Counters Find Fewer Birds Going South

Bush Finally Wins Landslide ... As Nation's #1 Villain

George W. lost the popular vote in 2000 and won by a slim 2% in 2004, but the least-loved president has finally achieved the overwhelming victory he always wanted — one in four Americans chose him as the No. 1 villain in the whole world! Bush totally beat also-ran villains such as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. WONKETTE

Ford: 'Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Made Big Mistake In Iraq'

Bush Could Usher in a Very Dangerous New Year
Intelligence sources say President Bush -- along with Israel's Ehud Olmert and the UK's Tony Blair -- are weighing the possibility of Israeli-led attacks on Syria and Iran in early 2007, with the United States providing logistical back-up. via WRH

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Thursday

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Chaka Khan & Rufus "Sweet Thing"

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White House Says Americans Face No New Years Terror Threats

The White House homeland security advisor said Thursday that the Bush administration has heard of no terrorist plots to disrupt New Year's celebrations and advised Americans to "have a good time." AHN

Times Square crowd to be 'Targetad' on Sunday

The retail giant will distribute 30,000 pairs of 3D glasses along Seventh Ave. and Broadway, between 43rd and 47th Sts., that will transform the extravaganza's fireworks into glowing "Target bull's-eyes." NY DAILY NEWS

This Day In Music: Decmber 28th, 1975

1975 - No. 1 Pop Hit: "Saturday Night," Bay City Rollers. via Billboard

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Scissor Sisters to cut £24,000 check to UK charities

Among one of the first recipients of the funds was Simon Centre in Glasgow, a charity that provides food and other items to the homeless. The charity received £1,300 from the band. EARTH TIMES

Vacationing Blairs pop up all over South Beach

The Blairs did venture out of the house Thursday. They stopped by the popular Big Pink restaurant in South Beach where Blair ordered a chicken Caesar salad and a beer. Click 10 Miami

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Morrissey to play Manchester venue's final show

Morrissey and the Smiths played the Manchester, England, venue G-Mex, when it first hosted musical performances in 1986. This weekend Morrissey will headline the venue's final show while it is still dubbed the G-Mex, with evening concerts on December 29 and 30, according to the BBC. The Advocate

Morrissey "Suedehead" (2006 Sparks Remix)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: The Smiths "Rush And A Push..."

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Music rush 'blows up' iTunes site

Online shoppers with new iPods and iTunes gift cards overwhelmed Apple's iTunes music store over Christmas. Evening Times

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Japan, Home of the Cute and Inbred Dog

“Japanese are maniacs for booms,” said Toshiaki Kageyama, a professor of veterinary medicine specializing in genetic defects at Azabu University in Sagamihara. “But people forget here that dogs aren’t just status symbols. They are living things.” NYT

"Hairspray" The Movie Opens Summer 2007

NOW, HE'S A 'PIMP'

"a young girl in nyc,"

O'Donnell wrote in a poetic, no-punctuation style she uses on her rosie.com website.

"meets a pimp
he cons her into a life of illusion
she works for him
no fun - no fucking - no life
she is owned
when she sneaks out on her own
to party the night away
he freaks
he roughs her up a bit
shames her in front of the others
teaches her to behave
for his own benefit"

via the NY POST

Rosie’s a degenerate with a death wish; Trump unloads HOT AIR

RELATED: Trump, "forked tongue publicity whore" Craig Ferguson

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VIDEO: "Best of Bush 2006"

The Best of Bush 2006 from the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

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Wednesday

VIDEO FLASHBACK: XTC "Dear God"

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Are Bush and Cheney Planning an Early Attack on Iran?

The idea of hitting Iran may make sense from the Bush-Cheney bunker, where the only consideration is not what's good for the country, but what's good for Bush and Cheney. COUNTER PUNCH

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Prince Harry to fight in Iraq war

CIA with Ethiopia vs Somalia: another US proxy war

Democrats prepare for a battle on the war Los Angeles Times

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John Edwards: not running for president until Thursday.

On Thursday, John Edwards is planning to announce what has been clear to much of the world since the end of the last presidential election: He is running for president in 2008. A similar declaration is expected shortly from Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, followed, in all probability, by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain. NYT via WONKETTE

John Edwards' MySpace Page

UPDATE: Edwards Announces Presidential Bid in New Orleans...

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VIDEO: Dana Carvey "Gerald Ford Dead"

Gerald R. Ford, Ex-U.S. President Dies What better way to remember Gerald Ford than with a smile. Dana Carvey was on the story of this former president's death a decade ago in this bit from SNL. ONE GOOD MOVE has the clip.

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Ford, Toyota in secret talks - hybrids maybe?

TOYOTA chairman Fujio Cho and Ford Motor chief executive Alan Mulally met last week but the car makers declined to comment on reports they may increase cooperation on technology. SMH

ToMoCo + FoMoCo = FUBARMoCo? Jalopnik Video

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US proposes adding polar bears to endangered species list

The United States is proposing today to add polar bears to its endangered species list in a bid to prevent the iconic species dying out as global warming melts its icy domain. TIMES ONLINE


RELATED: Bush's Bold Plans To Exterminate Bald Eagle

Fifteen Years Of Warm Weather Altering DC's Landscape: “You Could Say D.C. Is The New North Carolina”...

Global Warming: Rising Seas creates 70000 Climate Refugees

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The plot thickens for Hemingway's cats

Literary legend's six-toed legacies live on in Key West — much to the dismay of some. The fight over the felines has grown to include the USDA and the courts. USA TODAY

Amazon Sees "Best Ever" Holiday Sales In 2006

Amazon also said it shipped more than 99 percent of its orders in time to meet holiday deadlines, with as many as 3.4 million units shipping out on a single day. AHN

Apple Tops Amazon.com Bestseller Lists

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now"

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Tuesday

Apple Retail outshines Tiffany & Co.

Apple’s stores have hauled in annual sales per square foot of $4,032, compared with Best Buy’s $930, Neiman Marcus’ $611, and luxury store Tiffany & Co.’s $2,666. INFINITE LOOP

Apple opens new retail store in Taiwan ipodnn

Apple wins a design patent for iPod MacNN

This is Apple ... Hold Please The Mac Observer

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"Dubai Real Estate Developer Plans Ipod Building"

If you thought that the oil lamp building in Guzhen, China was weird, a real estate developer in Dubai (where they plan some of the most strangely scaled development projects in the world) is planning an $800 million tower inspired by the iPod, called the iPad. via TOWLEROAD

Dangerous flaws crop up in Vista

Getting all excited to deploy Vista in your agency? You might want to think again. The New York Times reports that researchers and hackers are finding serious problems with "the last Windows." ZDNET

VIDEO: NYT's David Pogue on Windows Vista

Audubon Society "Strongly Supports Wind Power"

The issue of bird deaths caused by wind turbines still creates knots in the stomachs of many treehuggers: despite evidence that harnessing wind energy has a relatively light impact on birds with proper planning and siting, opponents of new wind projects consistently conjure up images of wind turbine blades coated in blood and feathers (or at least turbines surrounded by avian carcasses). TREEHUGGER

Wikiasari: The Search Engine Wikipedia Style

Jimmy Wales, the man who created Wikipedia, is planning to enter into search engine market with the financial help from the biggest online retailer, Amazon. PLAYFULS

Global warming claims tropical island

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true. Melbourne Indy Media

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A Rush to Save Waikiki, a Vanishing Icon

Along the sandy sliver that is Hawaii's world-famous Waikiki Beach, waves sometimes reach all the way across the beach to touch solid land. RED ORBIT


Click To Zoom Waikiki Beach via Google Earth


Waikiki At Night

Peace on Earth ... and in snow

Evidence of Gary Truesdell's Christmas wish stands in front of his South Lake Tahoe home. TDT

US Death Toll In Iraq Surpasses 9/11 Death Toll...

At least 36 Iraqis died Tuesday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. Separately, the deaths of six U.S. soldiers pushed the American toll beyond the number of victims in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. YAHOO NEWS

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Prayers and perseverance, the Asian tsunami remembered

Thousands of people joined in Indonesia's largest- ever tsunami drill on Tuesday as nations across Asia remembered the moment two years ago when devastating waves crashed into coastlines and killed 230,000 people. IHT

Powerful quake strikes off Taiwan Today CNN

Nepal's Mystery 'Buddha Boy' Reappears

A mysterious teenaged boy believed by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Buddha has reappeared in eastern Nepal after vanishing for nine months, a witness and a television channel said on Monday. AOL NEWS

Fox News: Rosie O'Donnell More Charitable Than Billionaire Donald Trump...

Rosie, as it turns out. Her For All the Kids Foundation gave away $1.9 million in 2004-2005 to children’s charities all over the United States. This is pretty remarkable, and something I didn’t know about it until I looked it up. The foundation benefits groups that help at risk kids, and even put a big chunk of change toward rebuilding a Head Start center in New York. FOX NEWS

Donald Trump Sues to Prove Size Does Matter ASL

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Christmas Day Tornadoes Cause Widespread Damage

Several tornadoes that formed during a line of violent storms in Florida on Christmas Day destroyed homes, cut power to thousands of families and injured several residents, according to Local 6 News.

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Monday

Earth

AUDIO: Magnit ft. John Denver "Jingle Bells" (Angel's "Electro" Version)

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

"The Johnson's - 1946"

White Christmas "Sisters"

VIDEO FLASHBACK: L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead [1991]

Sunday

"The Year of YouTube"

Within one year, YouTube has become one of the most popular and influential sites Web sites. Even Andy Warhol couldn't have predicted just how many people could be famous for 15 minutes over the past 365 days. AOL NEWS

Number One Dance Hits of The 80's

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Inner City "Good Life" (1989)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Pet Shop Boys "Heart" (1988)

VIDEO FLASHBACK: The Smiths "Girlfriend in a Coma" (1987)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Communards "Don't Leave Me This Way" (1986)

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Saturday

PHOTO: Jordy, Yvonne & Lara "American Bandstand" (1985)


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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Grace Jones "Slave To The Rhythm" (BBC 1985)

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas" (1984)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams" (1983)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: ABC "Poison Arrow" (1982)

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: MTV First Day Broadcast (1981)

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Friday

Watch the B-52's on New Year's Eve!

CNN: New Years Eve 2006 "The B-52's & Key West Drag Queens"


The B-52's will be on Anderson Cooper's CNN New Year's Eve Broadcast. The broadcast will happen between 11p and 1am and the B's will probably be on around midnight live from their show in Atlantic City. B-52's Official Website
Check back Monday for the video clip.

B52s-Dance This Mess Around (SNL 1980)


RELATED: Dance This Mess Around Lyrics

B-52's record with New Order producer

AUDIO: U2 "New Years Day" (2007 Electro Mix)

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Christmas Eve Bonfires Light up Louisiana Levees

Santa Claus and churchgoers traveling to midnight mass should have no trouble finding their way along Louisiana's levees this Christmas Eve. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Canada's cutting-edge energy model

Prince Edward Island aims to generate 30 percent of its energy needs from its own renewable resources by 2016. CSM

Giant squid caught on video by Japanese scientists

Toyota-Zilla Releases 2007 Global Sales Projection, Lays Waste To GM

The number one super-best awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun issued 2007 global sales projections last night that'll more than likely mean they'll be the number one super-best awesome automaker in the whole world. JALOPNIK

AIR AMERICA Station SAVED in Madison...

The planned change to Fox Sports Radio, announced three days after the Nov. 7 election, had sparked outrage in Madison, a city long known for its liberal activism. Clear Channel said the station, WXXM-FM, had struggled to attract advertisers despite high ratings and a sports format would be more profitable. AP

Two AM stations make switch to Latino music Boston Globe

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Trump Blames People Like Rosie For Iraq War

Last night, the Donald phoned into "Larry King Live" from a phone on his private jet, and continued to bash his newfound enemy by comparing Rosie's claims that Donald went bankrupt to the "lies" that got the U.S. involved in the war in the Middle East. TMZ

RICE: LIVES INVESTED IN IRAQ “WORTH IT”... HuffPo

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Nativity Scene Features Mary Cheney's “Immaculate Conception”...

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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Lynne Cheney doesn't understand the "fuss" over Mary's out-of-wedlock lesbian love child: "Well, I think that it's just very lucky for me that I enjoy being a grandmother and I get to do it for the sixth time. Dick and I both very much looking forward to this new baby." via TOWLEROAD

VIDEO: James Dobson distorts research...again!

Thursday

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Sabrina Johnston "Peace In The Valley"


Click To Play: QuickTime
The classic Sabrina Johnston dance hit from 1991 still sounds great today.

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Leopard Mac OS X 10.5 Screenshots

AeroXP and ThinkSecret have posted galleries with screenshots from the latest seed of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard is expected to be released in "Spring 2007"). MAC RUMORS

"Happy Holidays!"

"Miya" - NYC 2002

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VIDEO: "Silent Night, War at Christmas"

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GOP Rep: “Stability In Iraq Ultimately Depends On Spreading The Message Of Jesus Christ”...

"Stability in Iraq," Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) allegedly claimed, "ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior." RAW STORY

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Mamma "The Mother of All Search Engines"

Mamma.com collects only the top results from the best search engines on the Internet.

"George & George"

George Bush, Sr. gently squeezes the arm of George Clooney and judging by that look on his face, the Sexiest Man Alive is thinking... via Perez Hilton

Jeb Bush Quips 'I Have No Future'

The shadow of President Bush seemed to loom large over his younger brother on Wednesday, as the outgoing Florida governor ruled out any plans to return to elected office. AOL NEWS

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1975 - Maurice Sendak's "Really Rosie" (Music by Carol King)

Video: Round 2 — Trump versus Rosie

It's Winter Solstice today - the World's Greatest Holiday

Today, December. 21, 2006, marks the solstice—the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The precise moment of the 2006 solstice will be December 21, 2006 at 7:22 P.M. EST (Dec. 22, 00:22 UT). GLOBAL SURF NEWS

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Wednesday

Top Ten Happy Stories of 2006

At HappyNews, they have spent the last several weeks talking about the Top 10 Happiest Stories of the Year. Although that sounds like fun, the world abounds with happy news and picking just a few stories is tough. HAPPY NEWS.Com

VIDEO: Eurythmics "The Miracle of Love"

"The miracle of love will take away your pain..."

Britain, Israel, US to 'vanish'

Ahmadinejad's comments were the latest salvo by the deeply religious president against the West and Israel. He has repeatedly predicted that Israel is doomed to disappear. NEWS 24

'IRAN NOW NUCLEAR POWER'... via Drudge

Holy Warriors Set Sights on Iran

US Ponders "Show Of Force Against Iran"

Bush can't kick habit of military might

No money to treat 9/11 workers, $3 billion a week to fight Iraq? via WRH

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VIDEO: Trump To Rosie "You're Sued!"

Earlier this afternoon Trump announced he is filing suit against the TV talk show host. "She says things that come to her mouth, she's not smart, she's crude, she's ignorant and to be honest I look forward to suing Rosie," he told our cameras. "I'm gonna sue her and I look forward to it. She's really very dangerous for the show." ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

See Rosie & Donald's Clips: HOT AIR

"i will let u know if the donald sues me
or if kelli leaves me for one of his pals
dont u find him charming"
ROSIE's BLOG

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"Disco Years"

The definitive visual diary of the New York club scene in the seventies, Disco Years presents an astounding collection of photographs from America’s premier nightlife photographer, Ron Galella. AMAZON.COM

"Mile High Mess"

Denver International Airport is virtually closed. The DIA website reports United Airlines has cancelled all inbound and outbound flights while Frontier and other airlines are cancelling some flights. ACCU WEATHER BLOGS

More Photos: The Denver Post

Toyota VP steps up to defend GM record on electric cars

Do you remember the old saying about statistics? Tell me which side of the argument you're on and I'll give you the statistics to prove you're right. Well the same thing applies to documentary movies. AUTO BLOG GREEN

Who Killed The Electric Car? Trailer or DVD

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The Pet's Rights

Gay men and lesbians have long fought for justice, equality, and compassion. After all, they know what it's like to be treated unfairly regardless of race or sexual orientation—or maybe even species. ADVOCATE.COM

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Attacking Obama

The onslaught of attacks from the punditry class on Barack Obama hasn't even really got off the ground yet, but they've already managed to be disgusting just the same. Crooks & Liars

Senator Clinton on the “View”

Mrs. Clinton sidestepped questions about her vote on Iraq and whether she would vote for Senator Barack Obama if he were the Democratic presidential nominee. “You know, I’m just going to wait and see how this all develops,” she said. NYT

Video: Behar clarifies her Hitler comment on “The View”

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Genetics of eye colour unlocked

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their understanding of the genetics behind human eye colour. BBC

VIDEO: Dangerous Muse - "The Rejection" (Promo Only Remix)

VIDEO: Martin Solveig "Rejection"

POY Vey! Stephen Colbert Reminds Time That He Got There First

Here's the clip from last night's show, before Stephen moved on to more important matters, like interviewing Deepak Chopra. HUFFPO

VIDEO: The Daily Show "Miss USA"

Sean Penn Shocks Many With His 'Cum Stain' Speech In New York...

Penn was Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award at the Creative Coalition ceremony in New York when he called for the impeachment on President George W Bush. EW

Tuesday

73% of US Military is OK with gays serving openly

Seventy-three percent of US military members would accept openly gay and lesbian service members being in their units, according to a new poll released by Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center. Over one in five respondents to the survey said they know for certain that someone in their unit is gay or lesbian. The survey was conducted of both combat and non-combat units, according to a statement issued by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and obtained by PageOneQ.

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Haircut 100 "Fantastic Day"

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Gas mizers flunk crash tests

Subcompact cars that offer great fuel economy and low price points didn't fare well in IIHS crash tests. The Nissan Versa did receive the institute's top rating but officials say none of the cars tested provided stellar protection. AUTO BLOG GREEN

Listen to the Mike Malloy Show LIVE on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 146 @ 9PM ET

Mike Malloy profiled on Salon.com"For nearly 20 years, Mike Malloy has been making talk radio like this: caustic, abrasive, inventive, confrontational and resolutely left of center. It has won him admirers and awards, and it has cost him jobs. At a time when the very genre of talk radio is widely seen as synonymous with strident conservatism, his career both ratifies and belies that premise. "view the Salon article

Listen to Monday night's show, a classic: MP3

VIDEO: Scissor Sisters "Land of A Thousand Words"

The iPhone Is Here – Delivered By Linksys, Not Apple

iPhone has finally been launched and not by Apple, as everyone expected, but by Linksys, a company owned by Cisco. Rumors that Apple is considering producing a mobile phone inspired by the iPod have been around for a year now. PLAYFULS

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Avoid Extended Warranties

Last year, profits from warranties accounted for all of Circuit City's operating income and almost half of Best Buy's, say analysts. They figure that profit margins on contracts are between 50% and 60%. That's nearly 18 times the margin on the goods themselves. For example, a four-year contract on a $3,000 flat-panel TV costs about $400. Best Buy gives its insurers $160 and keeps $240 for itself. DAILY KOS via WRH

VIDEO: This Week In God - Samantha Bee (12/18/06)

Hawaii to tourists: Can the cigarettes

Hawaii, known for its fresh ocean air and pristine beauty, has implemented one of the nation's strictest no-smoking laws. YAHOO NEWS

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Holiday Gift: EPA Allows Millions of Pounds of Ozone-depleting Chemicals

"There is enough methyl bromide sitting in railroad tankers and other storage depots to take care of every farmer with a real need for it," said David Doniger, policy director for the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "With the ozone layer in such serious trouble, the EPA shouldn't allow chemical companies to make even more." YUBA NET

13 US States Sue EPA to Lower Permissible Level of Airborne Particles


PHOTO: Ozone, soot pollution rising over Asia

Al Gore Caught Warming Globe To Increase Box Office Profits

Vapour trails? That's what THEY want you to think

There is growing speculation that the chemtrails are deposited by unmarked planes flying from the USA, seeding the sky with chemicals - possibly in a bid to supress global warming, to trap pollution or for some sinister military purpose. CHESIRE ONLINE/UK

CHEMTRAILS or VAPOUR TRAILS? Chesire, England 11/06


via Drudge
Freak Warmth seen lingering into early January...
81 DEGREES AT SAN ANTONIO...
76 WASHINGTON, DC...
71 DELAWARE...
Spain set for warmest year on record...

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52 new species found in Borneo's 'Lost World'

Among them are two tree frogs, a whole range of plants and trees and 30 brand new types of fish including a tiny one less than a centimetre long and a catfish with an adhesive belly that allows it to stick to rocks. DAILY MAIL

Monday

Get a new look for your desktop with Mandolux


RELATED: "The Largest Collection of Free Background Textures" GR Sites

How to: Digitize your Cassette Collection

The next time you have an afternoon free, dig out that old box of cassette tapes you squirreled away in the basement. It's time to resurrect your collection of Phil Collins albums, Stephen King audiobooks, and other treasures of the 80s. With a few simple tools and your PC, you can turn these forgotten jewels into digital audio files that will live forever. LIFEHACKER

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: A Flock Of Seagulls "I Ran"

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Iran , Russia Making Prophetic Move To Dominate Middle East

Iran, with the help of Russia, is making a strong and fast move toward becoming the dominating force in the Middle East, a clear and present danger to Israel, Europe and the United States. WDC

Iran to replace dollar with euro

Neocon insider: Bush administration wanted Israel to attack Syria HOT AIR

The Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2006 C&L
#6. Iran and Israel Hold Secret Talks

Highest-Ranking Female Officer Killed In Iraq Was Escorting FOX's Oliver North and Newsweek Journalist…

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Living Coral Reefs Provide Better Protection from Tsunami Waves

Healthy coral reefs provide their adjacent coasts with substantially more protection from destructive tsunami waves than do unhealthy or dead reefs, a Princeton University study suggests. RED ORBIT

Penguins offer evidence of global warming

The first Adelie penguin chicks of the season -- black fluffballs small enough to hold in the hand -- started hatching this month, and the simple fact that there are more of them in the south and fewer of them further north is a sign of global warming, scientists say. REUTERS

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Britney Spears Named Worst Celeb Dog Owner

Last year's "worst" winner - Paris Hilton - wound up second this year.

In cause you're wondering, Oprah Winfrey tops the list for best dog-parenting skills. WISTV

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Rupaul "Santa Baby"

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VIDEO: "Jingle Cats"

"The most trippy video ever seen by man, this video was created when a cat lover ate drank one gallon of liquid lsd." via Lady B

Air America Radio close to getting sold

Jaime Horn, a spokeswoman for the New York-based network, said the company had reached a tentative agreement with a buyer - signing a letter of intent - but a final deal was not in place. She declined to identify the buyer. GUARDIAN UNLIMITED

After Bankruptcy Filing, Recriminations Fly at Air America New York Times

Franken May Parachute From Air America Streaming Magazine

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VIDEO: Behar compares Rumsfeld to Hitler on “The View”

In the context of discussing who should have been Time’s person of the year. Joy’s suggestion: Angelina Jolie. via HOT AIR

VIDEO: Clooney On Darfur The Crisis

Dec. 18: The "Today" show's Ann Curry talks with the actor about his recent visit to the U.N. and his efforts to influence the governments of Egypt and China to help in the region. TODAY SHOW

Sunday

VIDEO: SNL "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" (12/16/06)

Powell Opposes Surging More U.S. Forces Into Iraq, Says There Are ‘No Additional Troops’ To Send

Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he did not support surging tens of thousands more troops in Iraq, a plan that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) supports and that President Bush is expected to carry out. “I have not seen a case that persuades me that [Iraqi security] would be better” with more forces, he said. THINK PROGRESS via C&L

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'Don't worry, it's not as bad as it looks,' Bush reportedly told friend

"Don't worry, it's not as bad as it looks," President Bush reportedly told a friend depressed by the ongoing "unpopular" war and GOP woes, according to an article in Sunday's Washington Post. PRISON PLANET

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VIDEO: Matt Damon 'Send The Bush Twins to Iraq'

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U.S. Troops Should Leave Country, But How Will America Then Keep Control of Oil Fields?

Advising the Bush administration on how to deal with the Iraq fiasco, the report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group urges the president to clarify that Washington does not seek to control Iraq's oil. COMMON DREAMS

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bob Dylan "Masters Of War"

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First Civil – War

When does a rebellion become a revolution? That’s easy — when it wins. When does an uprising attain the level of an insurgency and qualify as an insurrection? That’s harder to answer because the meanings of those synonyms flow into one another. William Safire / NY TIMES

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Is Apple on the verge of another revolution?

With about three weeks left until Steve Jobs takes the stage at Macworld San Francisco, iPhone rumors have gotten a little out of control. If you believe everything you read, the entire hour and a half will be devoted to the anticipated device, and it’ll cost as little as $249 and as much as $649. SPYMAC

Gizmodo says iPhone to be released Monday

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TIME: Person of the Year "YOU"

..and the iMAC?

VIDEO: Chris Lake Ft Laura V "Changes"

AUDIO: Chris Lake Ft Laura V "Changes" (Dirty South Remix)

Released 9/25/2006: UNIVERSAL UK

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Climate change: So where has all the snow gone?

Climate change may kill European skiingTimes Online, UK
Even so, nerves were increasingly on edge in Alpine resorts over the possibility of no snow by Christmas.
Climate change: So where has all the snow gone? Independent
Concern over Europe 'snow crisis' BBC News
Europeans despair at resorts without snow The Australian

Where have all the parrots gone?

Nobody knows for sure how or when the wild green parrots showed up in central Brooklyn, though most accounts have them escaping from a shipping crate at Kennedy Airport in the 1960s, or even earlier, and making themselves at home. That mystery, though, is an old one. What has been worrying residents lately is where all the parrots are going. NY TIMES

Saturday

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Wham "Last Christmas"

Some homeowners are paying professionals to deck the halls

Companies like Omaha-based Brite Ideas Decorating, with 254 franchises nationwide and lights on about 40,000 homes, according to founder and president Travis Freeman. AP

Rochester Michigan puts on spectacle for shoppers, revelers

It's the city's latest effort to cement itself as a holiday attraction and keep precious holiday dollars flowing to local merchants instead of malls. Detroit News 11/28/06

Lagniappe festival lights up Rochester Oakland Press

Winterfest Boat Parade 2006 - Fort Lauderdale

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wintefest Boat Parade is celebrating its 35th year of holiday magic in 2006 with the theme "Broadway on the Waterway." SOUTH FLORIDA.COM


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VIDEO: Sarah McLachlan Singing John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"

Recorded: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006

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Friday

VIDEO: Bette Midler "Merry Christmas" (MARTHA 12/15/06)

Battlestar Galactica Pulls Best Show Honors Second Time

The American Film Institute really likes Battlestar Galactica. For the second year in a row the little cable show that could has gotten props from the AFI as one of the best shows on television. BUDDY TV

VIDEO: Whipping winds shut down bridges, railroads

The pounding storm also shut down the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the ... The extreme weather also canceled Amtrak's Cascades service between Seattle and Portland. KOMO


"Snow In Portland 12/15/06" Photo: Aimee

1.5 million lose power in Pacific Northwest...
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Storm Brings Huge Waves And Rain To Northern California

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A new spin on 'Charlotte's Web'

The new, live-action version of "Charlotte's Web" has a weight problem. It's obese with talent. BOSTON GLOBE

"Charlotte's Web": Rebirth of literary treasure Seattle Times

Sarah Mclaughlin Ordinary Miracle Oprah

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Laid Back "White Horse" (1983)

A Mustang wagon?!? Say it ain't so

Magazine reports that Ford could make four-door versions of its next-generation Mustang. CNN

Rolling Stones 'Bigger Bang' Tour Was Top Grossing

Madonna's Confessions tour came in second. STARPULSE

RELATED VIDEO: "Confessions Tour" NBC Highlights

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James Dobson Slammed for Distorting Facts on Gay Families in Time Magazine

New York University educational psychologist Carol Gilligan, PhD, today slammed Focus on the Family leader, James C. Dobson, for "twisting" and "distorting" her research in a guest column he wrote in Time Magazine. Gilligan says Dobson misrepresented her work in an effort to smear gay families while discussing Mary Cheney’s pregnancy. In a pointed letter to Dobson, Gilligan demanded that he apologize and "cease and desist" from quoting her work in the future. EDGE

Legislators in New Jersey Approve "Civil Unions" TOWLEROAD

Perez Hilton's Gay Witch Hunt Salon via Queerty

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Chanukah holds important lesson for all faiths

If anything, the eight-day festival serves to remind Jew and non-Jew alike that religious identity is assured and assimilation stemmed only when religion develops out of an environment based on love and celebration, intelligent debate and conviction. JEWISH JOURNAL

Thursday

VIDEO: The Daily Show "Al Jazeera English"

via One Good Move

Al Jazeera English is having trouble making it in the United States. The Daily Show's Samantha Bee does her best to help.

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Video: Rosie apologizes for “ching chong”