When online forums go bad. When Erick Erickson, editor in chief of the conservative Web site RedState, wrote a post that called anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan a “left-wing media whore,” he expected angry feedback. He didn’t, though, expect commenters at Daily Kos to post his contact information, including his work phone number. Site moderators removed his information, but not before Erickson received a number of ominous phone calls and email messages, including one from a writer who threatened to “rape my wife and unborn child.” — Politico
Cake Wreck. Our absolute favourite website discovery of the week – a website which celebrates the art of cake decoration gone horribly, horribly wrong. Wonderful pictures, and you can even submit your own cake wreck. — Cake Wrecks
Dizzy France. Are the political fortunes of Nicolas Sarkozy on the turn? The embattled French president has certainly had a good week. He got a package of constitutional reforms passed by just one vote, and the Senate approved an economic modernisation law that will all but bury the 35-hour working week. He’s hosting a visit by Barack Obama and for good measure the album of his wife, Carla Bruni, has shot to number one in the pop charts. Bonnes vacances, Monsieur le Président! — Financial Times
New Zealand takes their barista to the Olympics. If this wasn’t published by the ABC we’d think someone was pulling our leg. New Zealand’s Olympic team are taking no chances when it comes to getting a good cup of coffee at the Games, and have brought their own barista to Beijing to satisfy athletes’ caffeine cravings. — ABC
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