Novelty coffins inspired by the accomplishments of the deceased, like this airplane coffin, are traditional among prominent Ga families in Ghana, Africa. Link Discuss (via MeFi)
The terrorists have already won. A blogger's 70-year-old mother is visited by the CIA when her son ships the grandson's xmas gifts to her ahead of their visit. The Feebs want to know why she's taking delivery of a large, ticking box (it was the battery-powered Tonka truck, whirring). Link Discuss (via Meerkat)
Monty Python's Terry Jones critiques the War on Terrorism.
However, finally the 'War on Terrorism' is achieving its policy objectives. Osama bin Laden is looking haggard. We may not have caught him or brought him to justice but, at the cost of thousands of innocent Afghan lives, billions of dollars of US citizens' money and the civil liberties of the Free World, we have got him looking haggard.Link Discuss (Thanks, Simon!)
More evidence of the power of patents to stimulate innovation. The inventors of a fast and accurate HIV test have exclusively licensed the patents in the US to companies that provide slower, more expensive, less accurate, more profitable tests. These companies are using their license to keep the technology out of America, so that they can continue to profit from their inferior technology. Link Discuss (via Plastic)
Revolting criminal gets 20 years. This Florida man prank-called women and impersonated a doctor, talking them into mutilating their nipples and genitals. The link below is to the newspaper story on his sentencing, but if you've got a strong stomach, go have a look at The Smoking Gun, where they've got court documents detailing the crimes. I can't imagine anyone being convincing enough over the phone to convince the party on the other end to mutilate herself -- if this were a horror novel, no one would believe it. Link Discuss (via Plastic)