links for 2011-03-02

  • Ever wondered what human breast milk would taste like in a delicious frozen snack? Well, you're going to have to keep on wondering, because local government officials have confiscated a London shop's supply of "Baby Gaga" ice cream, after two complaints from the public, the AP reports. The Westminister City Council says it's waiting for guidance from Britain's Food Standards Agency on whether it's okay to sell edibles made from other people's bodily fluids. It's also testing the ice cream to address health concerns.
  • About 500 protesters gathered outside Camden Town Hall to voice their anger over cuts ranging from £80m to £100m over three years. Of this, £35m will be cut this year from a net figure of £286.4m.

    Police stopped demonstrators from gaining entry to the building but no arrests were made.

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    Pensioners in Camden protest over cuts

    Ahead of the vote, Labour Councillor Sarah Hayward said: "We're on the side of the people who are protesting, but the power councils have to refuse to make cuts is limited."

  • Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, and 50 Cent have come under fire for the times they played private shows for family members of Muammar Qaddafi, though so far they've stayed mum on the issue. However, the guilt has overwhelmed Nelly Furtado: "In 2007, I received 1million from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy," she confessed over Twitter. "I am going to donate the $." Still, nothing will ever erase the look on Qadaffi's face as he watched her perform "Maneater," we'd imagine. [RS]
  • There was a wild period — roughly 520 million years ago — when life, for no obvious reason, burst into a crazy display of weird new fantastic forms — producing creatures in shapes never seen before or since. Consider this animal, the newest fossil discovery from Jianni Liu in China. She calls it "the walking cactus."
    Reconstruction of Diania cactiformis.
    Nature

    This is not a plant, not a sculpture. It was a live animal, with no eyes, what may or may not be a head, mostly a gaggle of limbs, armor-plated, covered in thorns, attached to a stomach.

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