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What a shock: Gallup finds that most upper-income Americans feel their standard of living is still rising nicely…. Wash Post: Meet the "99ers," the 1.4 miliion Americans (and counting) who have lost their unemployment benefits aftter 99 weeks.
Feministing: Vaseline launches a new skin lightening application for Facebook. Users can make their skin look whiter in their profile pictures.
A team of Stanford University researchers found the U.S. could experience constant heat waves over the next 30 years, stressing crops like corn and cotton. It would be like the kind that swept across Europe in 2003 that caused tens of thousands of fatalities.
Andy Borowitz: "Mel Gibson is like a woman-hating vuvuzela."
French parliament approves ban on burqa-like Islamic veils. In Sept. the ban will be presented to the Senate where it will most likely pass and then it’s only real barrier will be legal scholars questioning its constitutionality…. BBC: As young Africans change their sex habits, their HIV rates go down.
Magic Number 60! With Ben Nelson’s vote for Wall Street Reform,
BP STILL SINKING BP’s record for bold screwups even worse than known, major NYT report reveals. … Time mag on how the BP leak could cause Doomsday, as all life on earth ends. The culprit: methane, say some scientists. Far out?