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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 11.08.11

11/8/2011 11:30:55 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, global black market, China, Amos Oz, birth control, abortion, media, Staff


Why did Congress reaffirm our bland, meaningless national motto?


If you’re having trouble finding the right words to say something colossally stupid, you can always lean on The Week’sBad Opinion Generator.”


Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world’s fastest growing economy—and its future.


Amos Oz, the author of “Fanatics Attack” (Nov-Dec issue of Utne Reader) talks to The New Republic about the commingling of politics and literature.


What would New York—or, rather, Neu York—look like if Germany had won World War II?


The nighttime light of cities could be a new target in the search for extra-terrestrial life.


The literature of Occupy Wall Street includes visiting writers and a People’s Library.


On election day, Mississippians will vote on whether “personhood” starts at the moment of fertilization. If passed, the amendment will outlaw abortion as well as IUDs and other forms of birth control.


The 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2011.


Can’t wait for your next box of Thin Mints? “Girls Scouts Release Lip Balms to Torture Cookie Fans,” reports Jezebel. 


Linger on, your pale, laser-enhanced blue eyes. A new medical treatment can permanently turn brown eyes to blue.


A bicycle with records on its wheels lets you spin your favorite vinyl while you pedal.


Earl “Fatha” Hines—perhaps the greatest jazz pianist of all time—gives 11 priceless piano lessons in this video gem.

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