7/31 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Steve Monaco has this week's Monday Movie Quiz at Couch Pundit.

THESE DAYS

The U.S. Army recently discharged a highly regarded Arabic linguist, Sergeant Bleu Copas, who was the target of an anonymous email "outing" campaign, bringing the total number of Arabic language specialists dismissed under the gay ban to at least 55.

Coal-burning utilities are passing the hat for one of the few remaining scientists, Pat Michaels, Virginia's state climatologist, skeptical of the global warming harm caused by industries that burn fossil fuels. [via Digg]

The government's crackdown on media indecency could prevent World War II veterans from sharing their stories in an upcoming TV documentary series by Ken Burns, Paula Kerger of the Public Broadcasting Service said.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Oren Goldberg left his job as the listings coordinator for City Pages to trek through Central America. Read about his being robbed at gunpoint and other adventures at The OG Diaries.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

A cake made out of meat [via b3ta]

Polish posters of American movies

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I have never heard the song 'Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, 'HEY 19.'"

-- "You, Me & Dupree" star Owen Wilson, responding to Steely Dan's accusation that the film plot was lifted from their 2001 Grammy-winning song "Cousin Dupree"


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