January 2010 Link Round-up; Highlights and Lowlights

Well due to the success of my 2009 link round-up I decided to make it a monthly think. So again, this link dump will feature content created in January 2010 and some older content which I just happened to come across this month.

The case against 5 former Blackwater guards was dropped after it was horribly mishandled by the prosecuting team. And I do mean horribly. <The Wall Street Journal>

The Mets were weird when they were good. <The Big Lead>

Avatar almost had to raise their MPAA rating. What I am a talking about? Why a deleted Na’avi sex scene involving those tentacles of theirs. <Filmdrunk> (more…)

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Donations To Haiti Relief – What’s Real? What’s Efficient?

I got it in my mind to make a small donation to Haiti relief efforts, but I didn’t want to simply find the nearest paypal button associated with the word “Haiti” and send off my money. I wanted to avoid a scam, obviously but more than that I wanted to put the money in hands who would use it wisely in relief efforts and not see it swallowed up by administrative or fund-raising costs. I personally don’t want to pay for a TV spot asking for more money. I also figure a few other people might find themselves in my situation so I decided to provide highlights of my research. (more…)