- Many thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014, according to a plan cooked up by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. That's a problem, because we're scheduled to invade Brazil, that year. Or maybe Mali.
- A group of eleven GOP governors wants too have a little sit-down chat with President Obama about this health-care plan of his. We know how we'd like it to go; it's not going to go that way.
- North Korea may be able to get a satellite into orbit, but experts say that reliably launching rockets, and using them to blow stuff up on-purpose, is still years away.
- Julian Assange says that people's willing embrace of social media creates a "turnkey totalitarian state" that even unsophisticated regimes can exploit. Damn, I'm going to re-Tweet that.
- Humans may have started making cheese 7,500 years ago. Lactaid had to wait a bit.
- John McAfee arrived in Miami after being deported from Guatemala, which he entered when fleeing Belize. It's better than watching Amazing Race.
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