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This is a real thing:

The FBI says it’s time for Windows users to make sure their computers aren’t infected by an unusual virus. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are infected and will be unable to surf the Web after July 9, the AP reports. It all started when an Estonian hacker gang allegedly installed malicious software on more than 570,000 computers. Then, when those users surfed the Web, the gang rerouted them through rogue servers to other websites in order to rake in advertising dollars.

Enter the FBI, which rounded up six Estonians last November—and realized that all those infected computers would be unable to surf the Web once the rogue servers were shut down. So the FBI set up its own server system to keep those computers Web-worthy. Now the FBI says it’s tired of playing Web server (and the feds are tired of paying for it—about $87,000 so far). So Windows users out there are advised to visitwww.dcwg.org, which will show you whether you’ve been infected and guide you through a quick fix.


Try to do better the next time, Chuck.

P.S. Just want to add this eulogy from Fred Clark:

As “one of the leading spokespersons of evangelical Christianity in America today,” Colson helped to identify Christianity with a vicious, mean-spirited, and thoroughly dishonest culture war against women and LGBT people. He worked, passionately, to make that the core and the bedrock of American Christianity.

I don’t think that counts as living without scandal. I think that counts as being at the center of one of the worst scandals of this generation of the church.

The wisdom of a broken heart

Very useful piece.

Rumour has it


Howlin’ for you

Black Keys:

Where or when

Diana Krall:

Marat Sade

An old song with new resonance! Judy Collins:

Gypsie boy

Rory Block:


Sad and sweet.

Meteor shower

No good for here, since it’s supposed to rain, but maybe you can see it where you are:

The sky is putting on a free light show night. The Lyrid meteor shower is here, and it peaks in the wee hours, reports Discovery News. The Lyrids aren’t as big as the Perseids of summer or the Geminids of winter, notes ABC News, but a new moon tonight should make the sky nice and dark for optimal viewing. The advice at Space.com is pretty straightforward: Go out after midnight and look up.

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