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Russia Prepares For Armageddon • Glenn Beck More Admired Than The Pope

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• Russia's space agency chief says he's entertaining the idea of sending out a spacecraft to blast an asteroid that may be headed for the earth. But relax: NASA puts the chance of impact at just 1 in 2500. •


• Scientists in Australia have tagged dozens of great white sharks and will be tracking them via text message in order to alert swimmers when a shark wanders near. Jaws just got a lot more high-tech. • In response to criticism regarding the attempted terrorist attack on December 25th, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said: "our defenses should never have allowed this individual to board a plane bound for the United States. The administration is determined to find and fix the vulnerabilities in our systems that allowed this breach to happen." • This might just be the scariest thing you will read today: One doctor's account of fighting a new, drug-resistant strain of HIV. Doctors estimate that the resistance rates have climbed to about 5% in the past few years, with some high-risk populations showing resistance rates of as much as 80%. • Thanks to the Indian government, George Orwell's birthplace will be preserved. Although non-governmental groups had been promising to renovate the dilapidated building for years, no progress has been made until recently, when the Bihari government stepped in. • Someone has created a word cloud out of the underwear bomber's posts on an Islamic forum. It includes - in large letters - "Allah," "good," and "people," and other many unsurprising entries. • And the editors over at Talking Points Memo have weighed in on the politicization of the terrorist attack and the decision not to try AbdulMutallab in a regular court. • A New York woman is suing a restaurant after a taxidermy moose head fell off the wall and onto her head. She claims to have lost cognitive skills and suffered from neck pain, dizziness, and embarrassment. • Good news, caffeine junkies: Coffee is good for you! Not only does it make you (mostly) coherent at painfully early hours, it also can protect against type II diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and cavities. • Americans have figured out that they can avoid long lines and unflattering florescent lights simply by shopping online. According to an annual report, customers were most happy with their experience holiday shopping at websites like, Macy's, and the Gap. • The United States Postal Service has released a list of commemorative stamps for 2010, which includes things like the Hawaiian rainforest and Sunday funnies, as well as people (everyone from Winslow Homer to Katharine Hepburn). • Our country is fucked: According to the Gallup poll on the most admired figures (mentioned earlier today), Glenn Beck is more admired than the Pope. And he is almost as admirable as Nelson Mandela. • A Vermont judge has ruled that the birth mother of a 7-year-old girl must transfer custody to her former lesbian partner. He stated that since Lisa Miller denied her former partner access to their daughter, custody should be changed. Since they had the child together, Miller has renounced homosexuality and moved to Virginia. • Two foxes delayed flights out in Minnesota when they somehow made their way onto the runway. Sadly, the foxes did not make it out alive. •

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sarah.of.a.lesser.god (aka Mrs. BrutallyHonestHobbit)

Our country is definitely fucked. But I can't admire Benedict XVI after moving to beatify and eventually canonize Pius XII.