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Cellar Door Weekly Distractions

January 7, 2012

Where is Samantha Power When the People of the Nuba Mountains Need Her Most?

At the dawn of the new year, some 200,000 thousands of people in the Nuba Mountains are huddled in caves and crevasses in the mountains in an effort to evade potential death at the hands of the Government of Sudan (GoS).

The Case of Eskinder Nega

On September 14, 2011, Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger, was arrested by the Ethiopian authorities shortly after publishing an online column calling for an end to torture in Ethiopian prisons, a halt to the imprisonment of dissidents, and respect for freedom of expression. The charges against him are punishable by death, and carry a minimum sentence of fifteen years in prison,1 where both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch warn that he is at risk of torture.


“We Don’t Divorce Little Girls,” Said the Judge. “But How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?” Said the Little Girl.

Little Girls Rock!

World’s largest Cesarean section rate is in China.
Hindu group ‘flew Pakistan flag to create tension’

Six members of a right-wing Hindu group have been arrested in India’s southern Karnataka state for raising Pakistan’s national flag on a government building. Police say those arrested belong to the Sri Rama Sena group.

Tamil Nadu: Hindutva Moral Police Threaten Hotels Offering Free Alcohol

COIMBATORE: Activists of a local Hindutva brigade attempted to barge into a leading star hotel in the city on Wednesday demanding to stop its plan to hold New Year party in ‘western style’. What provoked the Hindutva outfit was the announcement of the hotel that alcoholic beverages would be served free to women who accompany men to the New Year party. Police have arrested and removed 27 activists of the little-known Hindu Makkal Katchi (Tamizhagam).

MP law: 7 yrs in jail for eating beef, cops can raid on mere suspicion

Mom reunites with biological child 77 years later

For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

Migration at a Young Age is Associated with Increased Risk of Psychotic Disorders

Ernest Hemingway

The last ten years of the marriage, which began in 1946, had been marked by insult, paranoia and violence. “It is more than a year since he actually hit me”, Mary told her husband’s publisher, Charles Scribner, in 1950. An entry in her journal for October 1951 says: “E. followed me to my bathroom and spit in my face”. The information that follows is almost as startling: “Next day he gave me $200”.

Holy Sex Toys?

Christian, Jewish, and Muslim entrepreneurs have launched ‘religious’ sex-toy shops online in an effort to improve pious couples’ sex lives—and strengthen the marital bond. Allison Yarrow investigates: what makes a vibrator holy?

Advice To Sink In Slowly. Beautiful.


Pepsi Co., facing a lawsuit from a man who claims to have found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can, has an especially creative, if disgusting, defense: their soda would have dissolved a dead mouse before the man could have found it.

Watching this unfold, was definitely a distraction.

Free M.I.T. courses online

Eew II

Do we need another “Wives” reality show? The ladies in the lives of drug kingpins BMF (Black Mafia Family) think so.


[…] a company offers to search your wife or girlfriend’s panties for semen, then DNA-test it to see if she’s cheating on you. Oh, and you can also use this service on your daughter.

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