For our readers' further amusement and edification

+Have you heard the joke about Muammar Qaddafi coming to speak at the UN? His problems are in-tents.

+The horrible beauty of oil; and here's one from Azerbaijan -- a refinery in Baku:

+Rarely seen photos from the Soviet Union.

+"The collision of reality-show kitsch with murder and suicide inevitably places the story of this funny and now defunct show in the tradition of tales of the Hollywood fringe that stretches from Nathanial West's Day of the Locust to Joan Didion's essay "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream" to the dark weirdness of the Phil Spector trial."

+some curious coverage; maybe it would dissuade some illegal immigration?