The Null Device

2000/11/20

It had to happen: Palestinian protest rap in Israel.

``Of all the Israeli rappers, I have the most connection with American blacks. What unites black rappers in America? That they live in criminal neighborhoods. That's Lod,'' he says. ``Also, the blacks are a minority discriminated by the white government, right? As an Arab and a minority I am discriminated by Israel, so I have a lot to write. Black rap is protest rap and mine is too.''

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If it's still Sunday in your part of the world and you're bored for want of content to read, here are two stories: one about the sad plight of fantasy-story heroes upon having returned to the mundane world, and another one:

Peter had wanted a Little Brother™ for three Christmases in a row. His favorite TV commercials were the ones that showed just how much fun he would have teaching Little Brother™ to do all the things that he could already do himself. But every year, Mommy had said that Peter wasn't ready for a Little Brother™. Until this year.

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Looks like parts of Melbourne's tram system will be overhauled. This will include banning parking from parts of the CBD, adjusting lights to give trams priority, and introducing new vehicles. If it cuts the sluggish pace of travelling by tram through the traffic-congested CBD, it's probably a good thing.

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An English Rastafarian is applying to have his guilty plea for marijuana possession overturned, on the grounds that possession, smoking and sale of the substance are articles of the Rastafarian faith, and thus must be tolerated under the Human Rights Act. If he succeeds, it could lead to many potheads claiming Rastafarianism as a flag of convenience, and to marijuana trials in Britain devolving into sessions of hair-splitting and debate over whether or not the defendant is a legitimate Rastafarian; a situation which would demonstrate the ultimate absurdity of victimless crimes. (via The Fix)

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