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Being smart is for pretty people, too!

Being smart is for pretty people, too!

09/02/11 06:50PM

JC Penney removed this shirt from its website yesterday after it sparked huge negative public outcry.If the shirt itself wasn't bad enough, the online description read, "Who has time for homework when there's a new Justin Bieber album out? She'll love this tee that's just as cute and sassy as she is."But because of pressure from the public, JC Penney has apparently realized that telling little girls their looks are far more valuable than their brains and they should leave the thinking to the boys, might not be a good idea.The apology:J.C. read more

The Week in Geek

09/02/11 05:47PM

If your brain is still in one piece after watching that, here are some geeky things I came across this week...The Birth of the Nerd explained.Evolution explained with a single line.An accurate scale model of the solar system on a single web page. Blink and you might miss EVERY SINGLE PLANET.Speaking of planets, NASA's "Eyes on the Solar System" launched today. You are now free to move about the solar system.And if you're craving a little real life exploration, hit the backyard and look for this supernova.I saved the best for last. read more

Morning Maddow: September 2

09/02/11 08:22AM

John Boehner will give his own jobs speech.Democrats fire a salvo to preempt war over infrastructure spending.Small business owners tell McClatchy that regulations and taxes aren't killing them.Rick Perry pushed a bill that could be very lucrative for his doctor/donor.Mitt Romney wants to be seen more as Gilligan and less as Thurston Howell.AP: the risk to nuke reactors from earthquakes is bigger than previously thought.Because you're dying to know: what Sarah Palin will say tomorrow. read more

Day of Destruction, Decade of War

09/02/11 12:45AM

Tonight we watched the first installment of the Day of Destruction, Decade of War documentary. The clips from tonight's airing are in the regular TRMS video player and in the right margin of this blog, but they're also being collected here, where you'll also find links to Richard Engel's documentaries, "Tip of the Spear" and "War Zone Diary 2008," and Rachel Maddow's documentaries, "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" and "The McVeigh Tapes." read more

Your face here

Your face here

09/01/11 02:17PM

Remember the good old days of 2009 when you could just mint your own money? Ever since the FBI busted Bernard von Nothaus's "Liberty Dollar" operation we had to say good-bye to our Ron Paul coins and settle for boring old legal tender. Luckily, a small Italian town is picking up right where Nothaus left off.Mayor Luca Sellari of Filettino, Italy recently opened his own independent mint. read more

When you're on top there's only one way to go

09/01/11 12:45PM

Last night Melissa shared a somewhat depressing chart showing the United States' global rank in terms of quality of overall infrastructure. The chart is from page 52 of this report (pdf), but the source is this World Economic Forum report (pdf). Visually it's distressing enough, but if you're the type of person to be proud of your country, infrastructure is the sort of thing you'd take pride in. read more