Europeans Outlaw Net Hate Speech.

The Council of Europe has adopted a measure that would criminalize Internet hate speech, including hyperlinks to pages that contain offensive content.

The provision, which was passed by the council’s decision-making body (the Committee of Ministers), updates the European Convention on Cybercrime.

Specifically, the amendment bans “any written material, any image or any other representation of ideas or theories, which advocates, promotes or incites hatred, discrimination or violence, against any individual or group of individuals, based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, as well as religion if used as pretext for any of these factors.”


“Caga Tió, atmelles i torró, si no cagues bó, et donaré un cop de bastó.”

Shocking it may be, but Christmas in Cataluña has a distinctly scatological streak.

I think they do this stuff just to gross us out. Researchers in Japan have figured out a way to graft infant rat heads onto adult rat thighs – and keep the heads alive. “If kept cool while the blood flow is stopped, a transplanted brain can develop as normal for at least three weeks, and the mouth of the head will move, as if it is trying to drink milk, the team reports.”

is it really so much trouble to say “and others” rather than “et al.”?

Greatest Vendetta on Earth – Circus Stalks Reporter, PETA and others.

The things you find when researching Presidential Christmas Pardons. Also this.

Supper tonight was Aloo Samosas with Tamarind Chutney & Pad Thai.

Taj Ethnic Gourmet… hmm, Got lucky… first time buys. It looks like the website is new, too.

Linda McCartney Meals…do you really want to advertise with a dead woman on the package? A also dislike the term “vegetarian chicken”. It’ll probably confuse folks that don’t understand that the “chicken” is really tofu, and the veggie folks that don’t eat egg white.

Arseiam… some flash tutorials and source, too!. a little sound on the main page.

Dan swung by earlier today… He gave me some lovely Prezzies… A nice umbrella, a booster pack of mage knight (with three black powder units I wanted… two of which I didn’t have yet, and the third was a dwarven bombard…I can’t have too many of those. His wife made me some chex mix, and it’s quite tasty. Danny and I played two quickie 100-point games and I showed him LiveJournal… There are a couple people on my friend’s list that I know he’d hit it off with immediately if they talked.

The guy out front brought me a bottle of wine for the holidays, and Dave swung by yesterday with some cookies and a brief, friendly hello. (We’re exchanging after the holidays, because they’re visiting both sets of parents today and tomorrow. It looks like Mio’s moving out at the top of the month, so we’ll see a new neighbor soon. A pity she’s leaving… she was quiet, and didn’t cause any stress…plus my brother thought that she was cute.

I got a lovely card from Marcus and his family today, and from Grammy & Ted. $30 from the latter… Quite surprising, and welcome.