November 28, 2004 | 9:28 PM ET

No bells or whistles, just links in this entry as I catch up from the long weekend.

One of the most jaw-dropping lines in blog history:

"Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered..."

...And a jaw-droppping story to match.

Woman sues AmEx for giving her credit beyond her sanity.  (Also NY Metro)

The stories behind Ukraine election fraud claims

Related: Blue state, Orange state

Belmont Club stays abreast of the the UN Food for Oil scandal.  They're mainstream media links, but somehow this still doesn't feel like a mainstream media story.

"This is our most desperate hour.  Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!”

UK music sees record album sales  (That's record sales, not record albums. Almost no one sees any record album sales anymore.)

China's most powerful revolutionary is named bo ke.

$800 bucks a month to blog.  No, not just for being clever.

Communism: Threat to Liberty

You may have missed Buy Nothing Day.  Not to be confused with "No one else can buy anything either" Day.

Glenn publishes an extensive list of support-the-troops Web sites.

Declaration of Independence Not Banned

We don't need no compensation.  Um... actually...

I didn't realize the folks camping on the street in Kiev were doing so in the snow.

" This list contains the "Top 1000" titles owned by OCLC member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe."

U.S. campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev  With all these groups overseeing other countries' elections, how is the U.S. not a shining beacon of electoral order and propriety.

November 24, 2004 | 4:48 PM ET

The stuff of legends

Bob Schaffer from Blackberry to blog.  Includes one of the most exciting lines I've read in a while:

GETTING QUITE SERIOUS NOW. OUR EMBASSY'S PHONES ARE DOWN AND WE'RE NOT SURE THEY'RE AWARE OF THE NEWS OF RUSSIANS...

The Denver Post has further updates.

More clicking brought me to the reporting of Veronica Khokhlova (who it turns out is a regular contributor to the eminently clickable The Morning News) and expat Le Sabot Post-Moderne and his wife TulipGirl, and ultimately The Periscope, where the links are so plentiful I stopped keeping track of what I was clicking.

Dolphins save swimmers from shark attack.

But don't count on dolphins to save you from the coming Armageddon.

Speaking of alarmism, a lot of bloggers are linking to this billboard story.  I understand what they find scary about it, but I think there's still a healthy amount of dissent and independent thinking to keep things from going that far.

Speaking of dissent.  If you see people facing the wrong way when you watch the inauguration, you'll know what it's all about.

However, even having clicked this I'm not sure I'll know what it's all about if I see a lot of people in grey sweat suits.

The TSA may have finally found the line between security and privacy that Americans are not willing to cross.  (Also the Times yesterday)

The Friends of Iraq blogger challenge

Grand Rounds is a relatively new collective effort at a weekly round-up of posts from medical blogs.  I prefer to use this space for more specific recommendations, but after clicking three of the links on the list, I decided to just point to the whole thing.

Today's video of the day is more animation than video.  The idea is that you are part of a collective consciousness that is attempting to draw a picture without any communication other than a keyword.  I was interested to watch the animation of past drawings, like this one of a house.  Longer deeper explanation here.

Yesterday we read the opinion that Japan is more futuristic than the U.S.  Today we find this list of things China does better.  Presumably the things the U.S. does better go without saying.

Commuter Click:  It's David Sedaris, just print it up and read it.

Isn't Viral and Buzz Marketing Association an oxymoron?

Telling genuine art from fakes  (But does it work on accounting?)

" The dancer diverted the boy's attention..."

D'oh!

Geek corner:

That's what I clicked.  What'd you find?

November 23, 2004 | 6:15 PM ET

Today begins with further support for Gillmor's maxim  (My readers know more than I do.):  Tony Lemley writes:

There was a presidential yacht.  USS Sequoia (AG 23) was commissioned into the US Navy by Herbert Hoover and served some 45 years as the presidential yacht until being auctioned off by Jimmy Carter in 1977.

I was initially confused by this satirical error page.  The blogs I found referring to it aren't in English, so I couldn't quite grasp the context until I saw this one with an excerpt of a letter signed by Leslie Kopp of the National Geographic Store.  Ah HA!  Persian Gulf... Farsi blogs... It's the Iran v. National Geographic story !  And there's a petition.

Speaking of petitions.  I don't know how seriously the target organizations take these online petitions because clearly some of the signers are jokers, but as a way of understanding a perspective, it's interesting to read through a few pages of them.

Jesse James Garrett points out that Christmas shoppers of the future (also known as Japan) can comparison shop by camera phone.

Some people feel a particular affinity for technology, but sometimes I have to wonder if computers really are our friends:

No wonder some people are pleased to embrace the past.

One other tech link I clicked today: a possible photo foiler?

Speaking of paparazzi, how about stalking U2 through New York City?  (I mean stalking in jest.  You can't really stalk someone who is engaged in a massive publicity stunt driving on the back of a truck through a city.  "Tracking" or "following" would probably be better words, but then I don't get my nice segue from the previous item.)

Most readers who count their blessings this Thanksgiving season can at least be thankful that they don't have the number 1 worst job in science.

Speaking of "the season," we note that the holidays are also the season for an increase in the suicide rate.  Dooce reminds readers of the seriousness of depression.

Could this be a sign of a shift away from the trend of fire breathing pundits?

Some readers are bound to see this as a backhanded compliment to the United States.  Others may see it as some well deserved EU bashing ( which has a receptive audience).  Or maybe the  point is that everywhere sucks.

I don't have a video of the day today but I have the next best thing, a slide show of the day.  You may have seen the slideshow before because it's been around for a little while, but what's new to me is this detailed explanation.

Some bloggers today point to this argument that war coverage would be more balanced if there were embedded reporters with the insurgents as well as with U.S. troops.

Also in the category of "balance" and "both sides" comes this page of text book stickers meant to level the "it's just a theory" playing field.

Commuter Click:  How much would you pay to quote Radiohead?

Alternate Commuter Click (There is a good argument for printing this out rather than making yourself blind reading it off the screen.  However, on the printed page you can't follow the links, so I'll qualify this one as an "alternate" Commuter Click.):  Arthur Chrenkoff has made a regular feature of compiling good news from Iraq.  Many people criticize the media for being too negative, whether reporting on the war, the president, the state of the nation, or the news in general.  But, as Jon Stewart once pointed out, no one cares about the truck that isn't on fire.  But if it isn't the news media's job to play moral booster, whose job is it?  Maybe it is yet another natural role for blogs.

November 22, 2004 | 5:03 PM ET

Today's Commuter Click and leading the pack of must-click links today is Kevin Sites writing his own story in his own words on his own blog.  I would love to know what the NBC News folks think of their man telling his own story on his own site.  This is a truly unique event.  (If you have trouble getting his site to load, we have a reprint on this site, here .)

Oliver Willis draws attention for his Brand Democrat campaign.

Boing Boing pairs Brad Stone's Newsweek piece with a Slashdot thread on being prepared to go home for the holidays to repair your parents' computer.

An exchange between Hugh Hewitt and Turkeyblog brings to my radar an issue that has been percolating for what I gather is a few weeks.  There appears to be a movement afoot to give Target a hard time about not allowing the Salvation Army to solicit in front of their stores.  What is it about Target that makes them such a ... well... target?

Speaking of French, this time for real, Glenn throws his considerable weight at the story of French soldiers shooting civilians in the Ivory Coast.  Though there is online video associated with the story, it is way too graphic to recommend in this space.  You would do just as well to follow the story through the non-video links Glenn offers.

The story of President Bush "rescuing" his Secret Service man is the subject admiration and derision in the blogosphere.  In one of the more interesting posts on the matter, Outside The Beltway posts two accounts of the event for comparison.  Daily Recycler has the video which is not too graphic to recommend, but also isn't quite interesting enough to be the video of the day.

Interesting enough to be the video of the day.

Speaking of animals doing human things, did you know there's a hermit crab housing shortage?

Last week we saw Josh Marshall dogging the story of "the DeLay Rule."  This week he stays hungry and dogs the story of an almost unnoticed insertion in the budget bill to allow tax snooping.  The story stretches across multiple posts, but this is probably a good place to start if you want to follow along.  The latest is here.

And speaking of things slipping into the budget bill unnoticed, how about a presidential yacht?  While I understand the perspective of the outraged, I also have to wonder, why isn't there already a presidential yacht.  U.S.S. 1?

What's offending people today?  ( Story )

20,000 march for peace against terror.  But that's not enough for a lot of Dutch citizens rallying behind the idea of a moratorium on non-Western immigration.  I don't know about you, but were it not for blogs (and the links they point to) I wouldn't know anything about Theo van Gogh or these related stories.

The passion of the Christians:  What would Jesus play?

Related:  Christian subculture, how deep does it go?

Gallup: Third of Americans say evidence has supported Darwin's Evolution Theory; Almost half of Americans believe God created humans 10,000 years ago

Bloggers ignore the lead of the story and highlight what is arguably a more alarming point of controversy:  What can be arguably interpreted as the decision to dumb down the paper to expand readership.  American news consumers apparently can't pay attention all the way through the articles and need more pictures to hold their interest.  No mention of the possibility of printing the news on shiny objects or doughnuts.

Related:  Other decisions aren't going over so well either.

The Weblog Awards are like any other awards event, which is to say, not particularly meaningful, but the nominations are always a good place to see what's being recommended by the Web at large.

That's what I clicked.  What'd you find?

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