Apropos the whole, "ZOMG, muslims taking over the country" argument, a little perspective. Also, Little Italy here in Cleveland is just one of the many conclaves (Little Slavia, Croatia, Moscow, etc) here where I live. And lets not forget the Amish. (pointed at from Dan) And I'll also remind you of the whole "We gotta make English our National Language before we all have to learn Spanish/Japanese/Chinese," hysteria. Fear, it's a powerful motivator for short term gains.
My own industry brushing up its image. I'm an ink-on-paper kind of guy. Don't get me wrong, I also love the intertubies. I was an internaut before there was a web ("Gopher, Everett?" "No thank you Delmar, part of a gopher would only arouse my appetite, but not bed her down."). And I'm really jonesing for an iPad or Touch, but paper is such lovely tech (yes, paper is high-tech, so is ink, btw). Our brains (as in all human brains) respond to it in a fundamentally different way than it responds to a screen. And, no, acquaintance with the substrate isn't an issue here, it's a part of our visual cortex and how it processes signals. e-Ink was supposed to change the game, but we're finding out it didn't bridge the gap as much as we thought it would. Your eyes are quite the high-definition scanning device, even if our visual perception is lower rez.
Also, using the web to generate more paper waste. Well, not really. Actually it's a pretty interesting idea, a great marketing tool, and a fab service. All designed to sell Neenah Paper (because once you proof it on the paper, of course you're going to buy that paper).
Of somewhat relevance to my recently penned short "Grace," the Brain Coprocessor. I haven't had time to read the whole article, but, yeah, my story talked a lot about that, including a brain to external computer interface. In the story, no necessarily such a good thing. (kind of a bookmark to myself to finish reading it at a slower pace - grokked from Jay Lake).
Also, thinking of my short stories, LolThulhu. Bwahahaha. (grokked from Stewart Sternberg, I believe).
Well, we all can't be perfect. That's an article on some Tea Party candidates (or, "supported by the Tea Party") and their connections to government spending, as in, the money they have received from the government and taken credit for.