Wouldn’t the sentence ‘I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign’ have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?

Judge Says Executions Violate Constitution. The assault on the death penalty continues:

‘A U.S. district judge in New York ruled yesterday that the federal death penalty is unconstitutional because it creates “undue risk” of executing innocent defendants, the latest sign that DNA exonerations of death row inmates have begun to affect the way courts and legislatures think about capital punishment.’

This ruling is based not on the usual ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ foundation but due process concerns. Washington Post

Staggering AIDS Report From U.N.:

‘The global AIDS epidemic has only just begun, reaching proportions once considered impossible in the world’s most affected countries, the United Nations says in a devastating report released Tuesday.

HIV is spreading at alarming rates in Eastern Europe and Asia and “now outstrips even the worst-case scenarios” projected by epidemiologists tracking the deadliest disease in human history, the report says.’ Wired

Why Toshiba won’t sell you the coolest laptop around: “I’ll go out on a limb and claim that without advances in speech or handwriting recognition, a laptop’s footprint can’t get substantially smaller than this and still remain usable. You can’t get any smaller without shrinking the keyboard to the point where you can’t touch-type.” Slate


…but at Home in a Britannia All His Own: “The mutability of identity, the way people can slip in and out of personas to fit the occasion and confound and mollify others, is exactly what engages (british novelist Hari) Kunzru in his recently published first novel, The Impressionist. The book tells the story of Pran Nath Razdan, born in early 20th-century India to an English father and an Indian mother, and his cunning efforts to obliterate his past and make a life for himself in a world in which he has no natural place.” NY Times