Herein, a post-holiday quick romp through some things that have caught our attention lately.
What's Changed? On World AIDS day, the BBC asks the question: have a half-million AIDS deaths in the U.S. in the last 27 years changed the country? The gay community, meanwhile, remains in an uproar over last month's Prop 8 vote in California, which outlawed same-sex marriage. It prompted this fellow to pen the memorable phrase "no more Mr. nice gay."
Need Help Decoding What Just Happened in India? The New Yorker's Steve Coll slices through some of the confusion.
Sex Spells Trouble. Says the Dalai Lama. But we already knew that, didn't we?
Watershed Moment. Digital sales finally surpass CD sales at one venerable record company. But I suppose we need to stop calling them record companies, now that that's a reference to technology used not just one but two generations ago.
An Eye-Opener. The Boston Globe illustrates how vanished cotton plantations in the south still drive voting patterns!
Former Brown Hocks His Heisman. Like many former NFL players, running back Charles White has had a tough go since retiring from football, though his situation seems to be particularly rough. Please include him in your prayers, if you're into that sort of thing.
The Slow Death of Alternative Weeklies & Newstands Continue. How sad this is. And this too.
Okay, Enough Doom & Gloom. We end on a high note. Tipping our hat to the latest Bond movie, now out in theatres (alas, it's not as good as most of its predecessors), we bring you a photo gallery of the famous "Bond girls." With all due apologies to his majesty, the Dalai Lama...