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State Department Boasts of 'Bringing Peace' to Syria

Blog post also praises United States for 'winning fight against violent extremists'

(Newser) - Everyone's entitled to a bit of boasting now and again, but a year-in-review State Department blog post appears to have veered into overstatement territory on Syria, Politico reports. Authored by spokesman John Kirby, the DipNote post , entitled "Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments of 2015," combines the recently trending... More »

College Chief Goes Off on 'Narcissistic' Students

Oklahoma Wesleyan U's president tells students to 'grow up,' stop playing victim

(Newser) - If you're planning on attending religious services at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, don't expect any "trigger warnings" before the sermon. That's the message of university President Dr. Everett Piper, who went off in a recent blog post on "self-absorbed and narcissistic" students who he says play... More »

Ex-Hooker Blogger Is Cancer Researcher

London's 'Belle du Jour' finally spills identity

(Newser) - A former London hooker whose blog posts have been turned into books and a popular British TV series has finally revealed her identity as a scientist who works in a hospital on kids' cancer research. Dr. Brooke Magnanti, 34, has been writing under the pen name "Belle du Jour"... More »

Shooter Drew Attention With Internet Posts

Hasan equated suicide bombers with heroes: federal sources

(Newser) - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the man who killed 12 today at Fort Hood, had been on federal law-enforcement authorities’ radar for months after Internet postings about suicide bombings and the like. AP sources say the feds are still trying to confirm that the Army psychiatrist authored, in particular, a blog... More »

China Orders Websites to Register Names of Users

Once-anonymous posters must register with true identities for 'social responsibility'

(Newser) - The Chinese government has quietly instructed news websites there to require new users and commenters to log on under their true identities, the New York Times reports. Netizens in China have long resisted the so-called “real name system,” which the government claims engenders “social responsibility” and greater... More »

Old Gray Lady Grabs Obama by the Ear

Krugman, Friedman, Dowd, Rich, editorial board all pile on prez

(Newser) - The Obama administration bore an avalanche of criticism this weekend from the usually friendly New York Times. Influential columnists Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman, and Maureen Dowd—plus the paper’s editorial board—all piled on a president who “is increasingly overwhelmed, and not fully appreciative of the... More »

LiLo's Dad: Sam Is 'Destroying' Her

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan’s girlfriend, Samantha Ronson, gets no love from LiLo's dad, the New York Daily News reports. Michael Lohan said in a recent blog post he thanked “God for Lindsay's freedom from Samantha's bondage,” but “since Samantha has once again weaseled her way back into Lindsay's... More »

LiLo: I'm Just Like Britney

Starlet not exactly full of holiday cheer in MySpace post about public trials

(Newser) - In a rambling post on her MySpace page, Lindsay Lohan says she’s “going through a lot right now,” just like Britney Spears did. LiLo praises the “amazing” Brit for chasing her dreams despite publicity and other distractions, then recommends the pop icon’s album to fans,... More »

Blogger Keeps Quake in Focus

Chinese graphic novelist tells stories from the disaster zone

(Newser) - A Chinese graphic novelist determined to keep the aftermath of last month's earthquake on the front burner is using her new blog to get the message out, and fellow citizen journalists on the other side of the world are catching on. "We love you, Coco Wang," a blogger... More »

The 7 Types of Blog Posts

Be upset, buy something, or prove just how dump people are

(Newser) - As vast as the Internet is, every blog post can be summed up into pretty much one of seven basic types, explains Lore Sjoberg in Wired:
  • Be upset! "Terrible things are happening in one of the following: the world, the web, or a TV show you really like."
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