I’m having a hard time being funny about this when mysterious forces bigger than you are shoving you around.Frustrated Carolinas resident Frederick Berlinger • Discussing learning that his residence, where he’s lived for 15 years, is not actually in North Carolina but South Carolina. The new changes are the result of modern surveyors redrawing the lines using modern tools and correcting minor errors in the original maps that stood for centuries. The changes affect the owners of 93 properties along the North Carolina/South Carolina border, some of whom are gas stations that could find the fireworks they sell illegal and the gas they sell suddenly more expensive to buy. Sucks to be them.
Borders used to be chockablock with books. It has increasingly looked less like a bookstore than a bowling alley, with its wide-open spaces. Now they’re selling children’s dolls on the front counter. It’s really pretty grim.University of Michigan history professor Jonathan Marwil • Discussing the fate of Borders, the Ann Arbor-based bookstore chain which will close its first Ann Arbor-based location Monday. We’ve been saddened by the fate of Borders, an iconically-great example of the bookstore where you get sucked in for hours, but one whose fate was sealed by being extremely late to the game with the Internet. *SOB* We’ll miss you. source (via • follow)
This means the loss of 11,000+ jobs, not to mention a major bookseller and price competitor.
We’ve been covering this topic pretty heavily over the past few months. Heartbreak.
“Indefensible”: So said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on one of the key, specific policy calls that President Obama made in his big Mid-East speech, namely that the borders of both an Israel and Palestinian’s border talks should start with on those present in 1967, before the Six Day War that saw Israel take control of the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, and the Golan Heights. This was a surprise from Obama, and one that he had to know would rankle Israeli stalwarts. Netanyahu says that such a move would hurt Israeli security, and force them to abandon settlements within the Palestinian territories. source