U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with the Myanmar junta supremo Than Shwe in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw, then flew to Yangon (Rangoon) to meet with the detained Nobel prize winner. Also, Burmese Catholics show support for the protesting monks, now held captive somewhere and being subjected to who knows what. Where are they? Oh yeah, and the arcticice cap is shrinking so quickly even pessimistic scientists are flipped out. This is the kind of thing we’d have the luxury of spending research money on it if we weren’t busy paying public servants to think of new ways to defend drunken mercenaries busy shooting Iraqi civilians. Update: Here’s the government of Myanmar’s take on all this. Guess what they call the protesters (among other things)? That’s right: terrorists. – Philip Ryan, Webmaster

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