Here's what's happening now around the blogosphere and on the net!
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# Wife Huma Abedin returns to Washington home
# New pictures show Weiner cross dressing and 'oiled up'
# Weiner 'waiting for wife' to decide on his fate say colleagues
# Congressman believed to have flown out of New York to rehab facility
# Pelosi says 'he must go'
# Obama tells NBC's Ann Curry 'If it was me, I would resign'
# Weiner granted two weeks leave by House
THE GUARDIAN (UK) STRUGGLES TO FIGURE OUT The weird world of the lesbian hoaxers, posing the question "Why did a heterosexual, married man pose as a lesbian online on the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus?" Guardian writer Kira Cochrane concludes "it's more about power than sexual kicks." I think it's all about power too, but a different kind of power, specifically, numbers, as in "traffic" and the feeling that one's writing (blog) is influencing major mainstream media outlets. In retrospect, there should have been all kinds of red flags.
Perhaps the biggest reason "GGinD" became a hit with Western media is that the blog was so easy to access. There are probably pro-human-rights people blogging from Arab countries, but, other than going through Global Voices (and even Global Voices got punk'd) it might not be such an easy story to hunt them down in Arabic. (Or even French. I've come across many "exclusives" for this humble weblog that were gleaned from French blogs and websites).
NPR seems to like tumblr... me too!