Archives August 2007

Another way the Internet brings people together

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

There’s a song by the Bobs called Naming the Band, in which the narrator, an aspiring heavy-metal musician, laments that “names with meaning and attitude aren’t easy to find”. Well, now they are.

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Paranoia in full flour

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Boston Police Department, which took such heroic efforts to save our city from illuminated cartoon characters, has some competition:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled ...

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Gender and shopping

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The second part of the Boston Globe’s series on a Somerville doctor who got a male-to-female sex change begins thusly:

At age 52, Deborah Bershel made her first trip to the mall. It lasted nine hours. It was July 2006, and there was barely a rack of clothes in the Burlington Mall that she ...

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Bar sinister

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Ha`aretz, covering the eviction of some Jewish families from an illegal settlement in Hebron, quoted Gershon Bar-Kochba, one of the residents who tried to resist eviction. The name also appeared in this New York Times article from 1989: “Gershon Bar Kochba, a seminary student from Hebron, was suspected of leading a group who opened ...

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