May 6th, 2010

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Transvestites and hair help contain oil spills.

The BP Deepwater oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being contained with the help of transvestites and hair salons.  For almost a decade, the San Francisco organization Matter of Trust has been collecting hair from barbershops, salons, and pet groomers, and volunteers stuff it into donated pantyhose and nylons.  The hose is tied off in "hair sausages" and made into booms that are strung around oil spills, where they effectively absorb the oil.  With nylons out of style with women, though, the largest source for them (aside from the manufacturers) is transvestites.  Fortunately for Matter of Trust, San Francisco has a large population of them.

NPR article.  (Not the Onion.)
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Coyoty buys a Lodge cast-iron 5 qt. dutch oven and skillet combo.

After hearing the praises of cast-iron cooking for so long, I decided to get a Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron 5 qt. dutch oven and skillet combination from Amazon.  I'm looking forward to seeing how well it cooks as opposed to the anodized aluminum skillet I've been using.  When rinsing it, I saw how well it was pre-seasoned when the water beaded and parted like the Red Sea when I set it aside to dry.  Now if only my work schedule will ever let me use it.
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School sent students home for wearing American flag shirts on May 5.

Officials at the Morgan Hill Unified School District say that the staff at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California exceeded their authority when they sent five students home for wearing American flag bandanas and shirts on May 5, or Cinco de Mayo.  The students were given the choice of removing the bandanas and turning the shirts inside-out to hide the flag, or be suspended, or be sent home.  The students refused to remove the flags, but didn't want to be suspended, so they went home and told their parents, who were outraged.  The Live Oak staff told the students and parents that Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican heritage day and that the flags would be offensive and incendiary to the predominantly Mexican-American student population.  (Isn't "Mexican-American" redundant?)  One student said, "They said we could wear it on any other day... but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today."  The district told the school to back down and let the students wear the flagged clothes without punishment.

MSNBC article.