6/29: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The native language you speak may determine how your brain solves mathematical puzzles, according to a new study out of Dalian University of Technology in China. Brain scans have revealed that Chinese speakers rely more on visual regions than English speakers when comparing numbers and doing sums.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Arlen Specter, said Tuesday that he is "seriously considering" filing legislation to give Congress legal standing to sue President Bush over his use of signing statements to reserve the right to bypass laws.

Vancouver residents can now pay parking meters from their cellphones, get a text message warning the meter is about to expire, and even top up the meter without going outside.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Posts on climate change, natural resources, and energy consumption can be found at Organic Blue.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Get a good start on that first coronary: The Twinkies Cookbook

The Wet T-Shirt World Cup

Teenage Mutant Ninja Lebowski [via Boing Boing]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I think that's been a tradition for a long time."

-- Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-KY), discussing why, at the end of the day, he leaves his Capitol office, climbs into a Lincoln Town Car driven by a state trooper, and returns to the Governor's Mansion--which is just across the street

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