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Julia Child, chef (and spy) extraordinaire

More at early spy network released

Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States.

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Art from flotsam and beach garbage

The Japan Times Online

The studio of potter Shigeaki Higuchi faces the Pacific on the coast at Shirahama in Minami Boso City [Japan}. Between the shore and his modest atelier there’s only a local road and a line of bushes where deep-blue morning glories were already in full bloom when I visited last month. The sky was clear and the sea breeze there at the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula was a delight as the sun bore down on that early-summer day.

Peaceful as it is — and beautiful, with shirahama literally meaning “white beach” — this remote extremity of Chiba Prefecture is a well-known holiday destination located near Tateyama City.

But Higuchi, a Shirahama resident since 1979, knows another face of the popular beach: its garbage.

“One day about eight years ago,” he recalled, “I found piles of rubbish along the shore, and I was shocked. I thought that something had to be done.”

But instead of campaigning for the environment, Higuchi took an artistic approach to the problem and began collecting junk from the beach and turning it into works of art.

More of Mr Higuchi’s art is here.

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Japan has a ghost season?

Lots more at The Japan Times Online

If there are eerie goings-on in the neighborhood — and Halloween is still two months off — it could be because Japan’s traditional “ghost season” maxes out at this time of the year…

Mid-August is considered a spiritual season because of Buddhist traditions. Many honor the dead during Bon by gathering and paying respects at ancestral graves.

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I’m really tempted to make a Polish joke here…

Builders bungle train tunnel

Bungling engineers have been left red-faced after building a railway tunnel that’s too small for trains to actually fit through.

The costly mistake was only discovered when inspectors measured the finished tunnel in the Polish capital, Warsaw, and realised the roof was so low that no trains would get under it.

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It’s the Church of the Blessed Smoke, man.


A man who claims he is an ordained minister was busted with almost half a kilo of pot yesterday during a traffic stop on Hwy. 11 near Bracebridge.

“Rev.” Michel Nathier, 53, of the Church of the Universe, admitted he was smoking a joint when the OPP officer pulled him over but said he was committing a holy act. “It’s a sacrament,” Nathier said in an interview after he was released from custody with a Sept. 2 court date.

Nathier said he has about 300 followers… who believe that marijuana is the blessed plant mentioned in the Bible as the “tree of life.”


His “church” has three hundred members  and two rules: “Don’t hurt yourself” and “Don’t hurt others”. Can’t argue with that. The Rev has been arrested 10 times and has spent three years in the tokey pokey. Oh, and the pot doesn’t get you high, it “enlightens” you.

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