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The Daily Word in Olympic butts, Albuquerque bomb threats and bunker children

The Daily Word

Three American soldiers killed by an Afghan pretending to be a cop

The memorial for the Sikh temple victims is happening today.

July: Hottest. Month. Ever.

There was a bomb threat at Pro’s Ranch Market

A new early species of human was discovered

Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is supernaturally awesome.

Kissing. Butts.

You, too, can learn to speak four languages in a year.

“How does one crip walk?”

Play with Politico’s nifty swing state map

Seven missing athletes from Cameroon probably defected in London. It happens.

“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”

Sometimes you love God so much, you just wanna make your children live in an underground bunker for their entire lives.

Romani people in France continue to get merde-ed upon.

“Walking Dead” deleted zombie horde scene

Anonymous hacked Australia.

The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell does a mariachi “Golden Brown.”

Have a gooey, flaming National S’more Day!

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Rip-off Artists

I'd heard the song before, but it wasn't until the other day, sitting in my unfinished basement listening to the amazing album Pink Flag (which seems to be a music meme at the moment), that I realized the '90s British pop band Elastica directly stole its '95 hit "Connection" from Wire's song "Three Girl Rhumba."

Looking into this it seems that they stole other songs from Wire, and some from other bands including The Stranglers (Elastica's "Waking Up" bears similarities to "No More Heroes"). For this imprudence, Wire brought a lawsuit and settled out of court, but received no compensation.

A friend told me—and yes, this is hearsay—that Elastica originally wanted to cover "Three Girl Rhumba," but Wire wouldn't let them, so the band just plagiarized the song instead. Why do people blatantly steal music like that? What's the motivation?