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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The State of the World: Less Interesting When Not Discussing Comics

Surprise to no one, a class action lawsuit against Maple Leaf foods has been filed in Ottawa on behalf of 300 consumers. As of this writing, a dozen deaths have been linked to the bacteria listeriosis, but only half of those directly linked to the strain found at a Maple Leaf plant in Toronto. Company representatives have yet to comment on the lawsuit.

In other meat related news, Windsor police and a grocery store manager chased down an area man who tried to leave a grocery store with half a dozen t-bone steaks shoved down his pants. See, that's the sort of heartwarming crime you only hear about in smaller cities.

Giving you more ammo to defend your Liberal Arts degree to your parents, a report from the Conference Board of Canada says culture added 3.8 per cent to Canada's GDP last year. Or, to put it another way, $46-billion. The report attributes the growth to Web 2.0ish stuff like prosumers and digitial co-creation.

Well, if he's about to accept the nomination, this probably doesn't surprise anyone: three men with alleged connections to white supremacist groups arrested in Denver [site of the Democratic National Convention] with bags full of rifles and a telescopic sight.

Freakishly amazing 11-year-old plays Rush's prog-rock masterpiece YYZ by herself on an organ.

American Idol announces they're adding a fourth judge this season: bringing gender balance to the table, quietly shuffling Paula out or taking away even more time from the contestants? You tell me.

The greatest birthday cake ever [via BoingBoing].

Remember how dismal things felt in the first week of the Olympics? Remember how self satisfied we got in the second, 18 medals later? Is 15th place overall something to be celebrated? Maybe not.

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