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Can I borrow a thought? More and more, the internet is being filled with instant news updates from different social networks and services, but the Thoughts social network is truly one of a kind. Instead of just reporting the news, they give you real opinion and make you think about the news.

When you sign up for the Daily News social conversation network you simply select what type of information you would like, such as sports, politics or business. When you select the categories you're interested in, you will automatically get updates via blog posts and email with the latest "news thoughts" as they happen.

The great thing about this network is that you aren't just being spoon fed news. You are given the news and then you get to discuss it with other people in the community. You could call it a debate, but it's more mature and sophisticated than just a debate, it's a logical and reasonable discussion about current events.

In the world of 24/7 news channels and the internet just shoving information down your throat all the time, a social conversation site like this is a big step in the direction of civilized discourse.
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Dubai gets refrigerated sand for rich people



The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in Dubai so the filthy rich holidaymakers don't burn their feet on the scalding hot sand.

The revolutionary beach will sit next to the new Palazzo Versace hotel and will include a system of heat-absorbing pipes built under the sand and giant wind blowers, designed to keep tourists cool in the searing 40-50C heat.

The hotel, which is due to open late next year or early 2010, will be controlled by thermostats linked up to computers and feature a cooled swimming pool. However, the city's continued expansion will also add to its huge carbon footprint. Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44 tons of CO2 a year.

Despite the environmental fears, Versace says the beach will be environmentally sustainable. Soheil Abedian, president of Palazzo Versace, said: 'We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on. This is the kind of luxury that top people want.'

A source added: 'The super rich want pure luxury. They don't want to walk on scalding sand.'A British firm, Hyder Consulting will oversee the project, and it is hoped the 10-storey hotel will help attract some of the 800,000 Brits who visit Dubai each year.
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Doctor cuts off man's penis, gets upset he has to pay for it



Surgeon Naum Ciomu was operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper. He cut off Radonescu's penis and then chopped it up into small bits on a nearby operating room table. He then ran out of the operating room. The injustice? The union objects to a court judgment imposing 100,000 in damages to pay to reconstruct the man's penis from tissue in his arm.

It appears that it is not a crime to chop up a person's body party (even if the initial amputation was a mistake). The union is outraged because doctors in the country make little money as it is and Ciomu has already been punished enough after having his medical licence suspended.

They insist that he cut off the penis by mistake and then 'overreacted' due to stress in his life. Here is my favorite qoute from Vasile Astarastoae, Vice-president of the Romanian Doctors Union: 'Ciomu's case is a dangerous precedent for all Romanian doctors. In future doctors may have to think very carefully about what work they undertake.'

If this will make doctors think "very carefully" before cutting off the wrong body part and chopping it up into small pieces, I'm okay with that.
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