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Kicking against the pricks
The Japanese never ceases to amaze...
"I recently asked my girlfriend if she'd kick me, but she looked at me as though I was some sort of weirdo,' he says. "All I can do is watch the videos. The more painful it looks, the more excited I get."


Report: Iraq sees Saddam’s doubles
"A German television network says it has made a scientific study of 450 photographs of Saddam Hussein and concluded there are at least three doubles posing as the Iraqi president."
Story includes very cool pic of several Saddams in a speedboat on the Tigris.
Numbers game
Instapundit writes: "50,000 PEOPLE ARE DEMONSTRATING IN LONDON AGAINST WAR: Though the press accounts probably won't make a lot of this point, that's less than 1/8 as many as demonstrated against a ban on fox-hunting last weekend."
Well, The Independent does just that, but has a rather more favourable comparison than Glenn's:
"Up to 350,000 people marched in London yesterday against military action in Iraq. And they were not the 'usual suspects'"
"The Stop the War Coalition's aims were self-evident, and the demonstration was merely the latest in a series it has mounted since before the US went into Afghanistan. But it had never drawn support like this before, and the scenes along the Embankment, where the wait to get moving lasted up to three hours, could be compared only with last week's effort by the Countryside Alliance. September, it seems, has become the marching season."
UPDATE: Here is a Guardian article on the counting of demonstrators.
UPDATE II: Instapundit quotes me as saying: "Uh... the date was chosen because of the two year anniversary of the Al-Aqsa intifada." I have to say that I'm not absolutely sure that this is the case in the UK, but it was so for the demo in Oslo.
Brand Wars
I found this game via Remco. It's a good idea, but I didn't bother to finish my game...
Most disgusting fetish this week
I hope this story is as true as the rest of Weekly World News...
Google Voice Search Demo
Has anybody tried this? It sounds quite cool.


The Sept. 11 Anniversary: Two Weeks Later
From the Onion: "WASHINGTON, DC—It seems hard to believe that a fortnight has already passed, but this Wednesday, the nation will come together to commemorate the two-week anniversary of the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks."


US military bases attacked in Afghanistan
"Two US bases in Afghanistan came under attack on Wednesday, just hours before ceremonies to commemorate the attacks on the United States last September 11. No damage or casualties were reported from a rocket attack on an airfield used by US Special Forces in the eastern town of Khost nor from an attack by a gunman on Bagram air base, the US military headquarters in Afghanistan."
Via Remco Brink.


Many dead in Indian train crash
Railway officials were quick to blame the naxalites of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War. However, the police and the Prime Minister say it was a result of a lack of maintenance of the bridge. The naxalite angle is of course perpetuated in Norwegian news...


Bertelsmann to drop online books and music
"Bertelsmann, the privately owned German media group, is considering the outright sale or closure of its online books and music operations - the second largest in the world - in the latest phase of its restructuring."