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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Richard Holbrooke's final words: 'stop this war;' Google corruption; and a 15-year fake doctor

By Melissa Bell
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A map of the world, drawn by Facebook connections between 10 million Facebook friends (Paul Butler)

Morning roundup:

News: Richard Holbrooke's final command

Richard Holbrooke died before his mission in Afghanistan could be completed, but the job followed him up until his last moment. The Post's Rajiv Chandrasekaran writes that when Holbrooke was sedated for surgery, "family members said, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon: 'You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan.' "


Tech word: Gawker passwords

The Great Gawker hack may have taught us many lessons: Everyone is vulnerable, 4chan has some easily excitable friends and Gawker readers need to come up with better passwords. The Wall Street Journal broke down the leaked passwords and found that despite the readers being so web savvy, the majority used incredibly simple combinations. "123456" came in first and "password" came in second in the list of the most used passwords. See the other top 50 most common passwords here. I like that "monkey" made it into the top 10.


Tech word: Google rankings fixed?

Getting your business in a top Google link on a search page has become an industry unto itself. Though Google rarely shares its full algorithm for ranking, the general belief is that the more links you have to your Web site, the better placed it will be. Well, some search sites are calling foul, saying Google is giving preferential rankings to businesses that have a Google Places page.,, and feel they are getting muscled out of good spots.


Odd-ness: Fake doctor fools hospital for 15 years

For 15 years, William Hamman trained doctors, secured millions of dollars in grants for his hospital, but never did much actual doctoring. Turns out a staffer grew suspicious, made a few calls and found out: Hamman never had a medical license.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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The policy review should be simple and quick: Time to withdraw all American troops from this wretched land and it's treacherous leaders and people. There is NOTHING the West can do to permanently get these folks out of the 7th century if they do not want to do so themselves. Pashtun man-boy love tradition is SICK!

Posted by: azumaguy | December 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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