The return of debtors’ prisons

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More than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who don’t pay all manner of debts, from bills for health care services to credit card and auto loans.

Breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars because of a medical bill she didn’t pay– one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn’t owe. “She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn’t have to pay it,” The Associated Press reports. “But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs.”

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Sao Paulo Fire Destroys One Of The Largest Collections Of Dead Snakes

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A HUGE collection of snakes were destroyed.
Police in Sao Paulo were yesterday investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one of the world’s largest collection of dead snakes. The 85,000-strong snake collection, used by scientists to develop vaccines and medicines, was destroyed with an estimated 450,000 spider and scorpion specimens when fire swept through the Butantan Institute’s archive.

Fabulously Funny Facebook Fan Pages


By now, you probably know there’s a Facebook fan page for just about every subject under the sun, even for people who hate that everything has a fan page. Even so, you’ll probably be surprised by just how specific some of these fan pages can get. To that end, here’s a collection of some of the weirdest and funniest fan pages around…


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Green My Cycle


A Touchy Subject

A friend of mine told me that while she was a student at Bennington College in Vermont, sea sponges were popular alternatives to tampons and pads. I should have gone to Bennington. It was organic shrooms, not sea sponges, going around at UCSB!

Now that I’m no longer in the dark about the sponges I’m researching information on brands being sold. I’ve found a thriving eco market of alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Remember when Kotex made us think ultra-thin maxis were revolutionary? What were we thinking? Some women are even making their own organic pads and selling kits for you on the web.

If you can handle the added labor of reusables, here are a few options out there:

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Sketchory: Shareable Collection of 250,000 Sketches


Art, art, and more art!

Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped, Nikolai Kordulla and Dominik Schmid have just released a nifty new website called Sketchory. The site features over 250,000 sketches (cartoons, scribbles and other fascinating artwork) that you can copy, remix, embed, view as animation and so on.

The sketches use Creative Commons license, so you’re free to use it even in commercial settings (say, create a book of sketches – with a maximum of 1,000 images).

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IBM Unveils Innovations That Will Change Our Lives In The Next Five Years


Unveiled today, the third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years.

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WEEE Man Symbolizes Each Persons Environmental Waste

WEEE Man Symbolizes Each Persons Environmental Waste 


People around the United Kingdom have been in for a big surprise. A seven meter three tonne metal man has been wandering in their midst. Who (or what) is he and why is he here? Is the Earth about to stand still? Hardly, but like Klaatu he brings a message to which we should really listen!

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