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The Weekend Desk Report

By Natasha Julius

It's kind of hard to keep up with all the headline makers, but we'll do our best this weekend.

Change Watch
Innovation and Creativity saw small rallies this week, but markets remained largely ambivalent. Analysts note that investors are leery about backing new energy when Status Quo and Same Old Same Old have been such solid earners.

The Birds and the Bids
Tokyo this week went Oh to O with Chicago in trying to wow the IOC's toothless evaluation committee. Members of the committee were apparently "very impressed" with the capital city's plan for a compact, green-aware, well-funded Games in 2016. Chicago quickly countered that our Summer Games would be way more bird-friendly.

If Pigs Could Fly...
Humanity would be so totally fucked right now.

Working.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week declared that a recent wave of violence in Iraq shows just how well the current US-backed government is doing. Also a rousing success? Six-way talks with North Korea.

Fame Game
Producers of reality TV series "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" moved quickly to replace Rod Blagojevich with a less-hirsute version of himself after the former Illinois governor was predictably barred from participating. Show runners hoped to recruit Blago's Springfield replacement to appear trapped in the jungle with an odious bunch of snakes, but soon realized Pat Quinn has already played that game and, apparently, lost.

Burn This
Finally this week, it turns out sometimes the physical embodiment of patriarchal oppression isn't so damn bad after all.



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Posted on April 25, 2009


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