PZ Myers vs. The New York Times: Blog fight!

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PZ Myers doesn't meet the New York Times oh-so-high standards
University of Minnesota evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist PZ Myers just doesn't cut the mustard, as far as the New York Times is concerned. His offense: Daring to call out corporations for seeking to influence scientists and science journalists.

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DFL partisan Dusty Trice hangs up his blog

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The sounds you hear are the mourning cries of Michele Bachmann foes everywhere: Liberal blogger Dusty Trice, who wielded a video camera like sharp stick when it came to popping GOP balloons ahead of Election Day, is calling it quits.
Trice lampooned the always quotable District 6 Republican congresswoman on a regular basis.

"I was actually getting ready to close up shop right after the State Fair, but I was getting so much national attention from my videos that I figured I should stick around for a few more months," he says via e-mail.

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Minnesota DFL blogger responsible for satirical "Obama bucks"

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Irony and satirical content doesn't always translate so well online. And a former Anoka County DFLer is learning the hard way.

In May, Timothy Kastelein drew a cartoon dollar bill with a caricature of Sen. Barack Obama, ribs, chicken and watermelon on it. He labeled it "Obama Bucks".

And when a Republican took the image and used it for a more serious argument, the joke was quickly lost.

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Biking will kill off some Obama supporters, says Anti-Strib blogger

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The latest from the Anti-Strib blog is sure to get hardcore bikers and Sen. Barack Obama fans riled up. After recent reports of deaths and injuries due to the increasing numbers of commuters taking to their bikes for a primary mode of transportation, the Anti-Strib blog says it might help Sen. John McCain win the election.

Quotes after the jump.

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The Strib Launches "The Jimmy 'Jim' Lileks Show Program"

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James Lileks is a busy man. Not only did the conservative-friendly blogger and radio personality find time to pen a hard-hitting column for us, dude’s got his own internet “show program” at the Strib called “The Jimmy ‘Jim’ Lileks Show Program.” (We’re being told that the show is actually hosted by his twin brother “Jimmy.” Okay, fine, we’ll play along.)

In this, the premiere episode, Jimmy attends an art show in Edina in search of that timeless, elusive enigma. What is art? Watch it here. Disclaimer: we cannot reimburse you the four minutes of your life spent watching it.

Don't Google me! North Oaks, MN joins Russia and Nato in forcing action from the internet behemoth

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The residents of North Oaks, MN have successfully lobbied to have Google Maps remove images of their homes from the recently launched Google Street View feature. Turns out the good people of North Oaks (there are 4,500 of them) own their own roads and so that buggy looking Google-car committed the high-crime of trespassing when it trolled the quiet streets of North Oaks grabbing photos every which way.

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Village Voice lampoons rightwing bloggers

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This week our sister paper, the Village Voice, published a hilarious guide to rightwing bloggers, and the list includes several notable Minnesotans.

First up is James Lileks, the Strib's wunderkind-turned-scaremonger:

JAMES LILEKS (The Bleat; lileks.com)

ORIENTATION: Suburbative

TONE: Nostalgic

FUN FACT: Briefly lived in Washington, D.C. (“where I heard every voice on the globe,” and also “the world’s crossroads of disease”), in a “blaring trash-strewn enclave” where he “lived in a constant state of nervous dread.” Currently resides in a house he calls “Jasperwood,” complete with “water feature” (i.e., fountain), in a Minneapolis neighborhood that he describes as “urban.”

CANDIDATE: Undeclared, leaning toward George Wallace


HISTORY: Writer for various papers, including The Washington Post; longtime employee of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, for whom he blogs and supplies columns. Books include humorous, affectionate tweakings of ads, recipes, and photographs from the mid-20th century, which also comprised the centerpiece of The Bleat when it started in 1997, along with scrupulous coverage of Lileks’s daily routine (dog-walking, conversations with daughter, unsatisfying encounters with store clerks). Conservative themes emerged tentatively at first, with grumpy-old-man swipes at graffiti (“When I see that thicket of cryptic squibbles plastered on a sign, I want to bring back the chain gang”) and Monica Lewinsky (“I no more care how she feels about Ken Starr than I care how Al Capone felt about Eliot Ness”). September 11 exacerbated these tendencies to an hallucinogenic degree. Predicted New York would be “nuked,” compared a Chock Full O’Nuts Coffee can to “an urn from Atlantis,” and imagined his daughter attacked by Osama bin Laden (“Give me a gun; show me the cave”) and feminists (“I cannot possibly think of any good reason to ever strike a woman, unless it’s the one in the uniform who wants to pry my daughter’s arms from my neck because the state has decided all men must leave the household for the good of the People”).

MODUS OPERANDI: The Bleat remained thick with such fist-shakings until the 2006 elections, which seem to have thrown Lileks for a loop. Now, he mainly weaves weird culture-war demurrers into his ripely worded chronicles of shopping and child-rearing. So far he’s been quiet about McCain and even Hillary, but he refers to Obama as “Cool Brother,” which, given his longstanding antipathy to The Boondocks, is dispositive. Also: “Hillary and Obama; put them together, and what do you have? White. Male.”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Long, maudlin reminiscences of Ye Olden Tymes (croquets lawns, village greens) contrasted with fantasies of the Brave New Worlds affected by Hillary (forced repatriations of girlchilds and slut-servicings of Bill) or Obama (forced integration of Target, Wal-Mart).

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The Twin Cities just got nerdier

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Can't resist the pull of a good torrent? Multi-table online poker with 32 screens at once? Well, roll over Sergei Brin and tell Al Gore the news, the Twin Cities are now home to America's fastest Internet connections.

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Captain's Quarters R.I.P.

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Captain's Quarters, the influential right-wing blog run by Eagan resident Ed Morrissey, will soon cease to exist. Morrissey announced today that he'll be joining Michelle Malkin's Hot Air site as a writer at the end of this month. In five years of operating the site, Captain Ed became a darling of blog evangelist Hugh Hewitt and other conservative pundits. Lately Morrissey's been spreading hokum about the "coming Obama theocracy." Shudder! No word on whether Captain Ed will be required to keep that adorable moniker, or whether he will continue referring to his wife as the "first mate."

Boy, Interrupted: One Man's Struggle With An Eating Disorder (Web Extras)

Eating disorders destroy lives, and new research suggests that men are affected in greater numbers than was previously assumed. This week, Kevin Hoffman tells the story of Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who has struggled with the illness for most of his life.

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