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  Chinese Homeowner Stands Her GroundMarch 26, 2007 12:32 Yikes... look at the photo in this article...

For weeks it has drawn attention from people all across China, as simple homeowners stared down the forces of large-scale redevelopment that is sweeping this country, blocking the preparation of a gigantic construction site by an act of sheer will.

Chinese bloggers were the first to spread the news of a house perched atop a tall, thimble-shaped piece of land like the Mont St. Michel, surrounded by a vast excavated ditch. Newspapers dove in next, finally to be followed by national television broadcasts.

The story of the "nail house," as many here have called it because of the homeowner's tenacity, like a nail that cannot be pulled out, has a universal resonance in a country where developers are seen to be in league with officials and where both enjoy unchallenged sway. Each year, China is roiled by tens of thousands of riots and demonstrations, and few issues pack as much emotional force as the discontent of people who are suddenly uprooted and told they must make way for a new skyscraper, golf course or industrial zone.

  Israeli envoy recalled after being found tied up with bondage gearMarch 13, 2007 19:33 Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after police found him drunk, naked and tied up with sex bondage paraphernalia in the garden of his residence.

The envoy, Tsuriel Raphael, identified himself to police after a rubber ball was taken out of his mouth, according to Israeli media reports. An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Zehavit Ben-Hillel, said he was removed from his post because of "behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat", and not because his activities were unlawful.

Mr Raphael, who was single and in his 50s, had served in San Salvador for six months on his first ambassadorial appointment. Prior to that posting he was deputy ambassador in Madrid and had been director of the Israel Information Centre in Jerusalem.

It is the second incident involving an Israeli official posted abroad this year. The head of the Israeli Defence Ministry Mission to Europe, David Dahan, was found dead in the Seine near Rouen in January.

It was later established that Dahan had committed suicide and no foul play was suspected.
  NASA Sacks Nappy-clad AstronautMarch 07, 2007 21:31 I'm very proud of our space program, having worked at the Kennedy Space Center and watched many successful launches, but the hillarious headline above marks the lowest point in our illustrious space history. Let's tell the astronaut corps to live up to our high expectations. Their purity and strength should be an example that rises even above that of our presidents.
  Nasa Lacks Funds To Find Killer AsteroidsMarch 06, 2007 04:18 NASA officials say the space agency is capable of finding nearly all the asteroids that might pose a devastating hit to Earth, but there isn't enough money to pay for the task so it won't get done.

The cost to find at least 90 percent of the 20,000 potentially hazardous asteroids and comets by 2020 would be about $1 billion, according to a report NASA will release later this week. The report was previewed Monday at a Planetary Defense Conference in Washington.

Congress in 2005 asked NASA to come up with a plan to track most killer asteroids and propose how to deflect the potentially catastrophic ones.

"We know what to do, we just don't have the money," said Simon "Pete" Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center.

These are asteroids that are bigger than 460 feet in diameter -- slightly smaller than the Superdome in New Orleans.