Man fined for stuffing 13 people in a Volvo.
Big news story today in Wales about a man fined and banned from driving for driving around Llandudno with 12 passengers in his Volvo. There's a handy little film attached so you can see just how difficult this is. Great to see license fee money being used for such hard-hitting investigative journalism like this, silly season's come early. Giving the current fuel costs in the UK, expect to see more of this OTT car pooling.
posted by Dio
on Jun 24, 2008 -
Should Michael Reagan be free to say this
on syndicated radio? Should Mark Dice be free to say this
(NSFW audio) on his website? [more inside]
posted by an egg
on Jun 14, 2008 -
Thirty-six years after
the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
recommended that "simple possession" of pot be decriminalised, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has introduced a bill
, co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), to remove federal criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams (about three-and-a-half ounces) of marijuana and the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce (28.3 grams). Drug reform advocates
lit up hailed
the legislation as "an important step toward bringing federal law into line with scientific fact, practical reality and public opinion." Is America, at long last, having a collective moment of sanity?
posted by kliuless
on Apr 20, 2008 -
"A show created by Geeks for Geeks, covering topics that Geeks like to talk about." This is one of my favorite podcasts out there, most topics they cover are talked about in a very smart manner with lots of philosophy and moral quandaries thrown in, and they have gone on to get some great interviews with various people in Geek culture including Christina Hendricks, who plays Saffron from Firefly, and its Producer, Lisa Lassek
(Christina is the sister of one of the geeks), Orson Scott Card
, George R.R. Martin
, Forrest J Ackerman
, Garrett Wang
, and the man himself Joss Whedon
! [more inside]
posted by Del Far
on Mar 25, 2008 -
If burying Old Blue or Fluffy in the backyard just doesn't seem good enough, don't worry, for anywhere between $6,000 and $128,000, you can have them mummified old school style.
Or if having to leave them on display in the living room while you leave the house seems just too hard, you could always wear them.
Or of course you could always just have them turned into diamonds.
posted by Lutoslawski
on Mar 20, 2008 -
- "a brand new beta site for uncensored, user-powered news. CNN built the tools, you take it from there. All the stories here are user-generated and instant: CNN does not vet or verify their authenticity or accuracy before they post. The ones with the "On CNN" stamp have been vetted and used in CNN news coverage."
posted by blue_beetle
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Everyblock has launched.
It's local news culled from (any and all available) services, including photos, news, restaurant inspections, classified ads, and civic announcements. Sounds pretty dry, but looking at my old neighborhood in San Francisco
, there's a wealth of hyperlocal information that you can't get in one place. They're currently in three major metro areas of the US with many more to come -- their launch announcement
has more. This site was spearheaded by Adrian Holovaty
, a pioneer of the intersection between journalism and computer science, and winner of a $1million grant
last year to build such sites.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 23, 2008 -
Got Questions About the News? Ask AP (Associated Press)
All you have to do is "send your questions to newsquestions(at)ap.org, with "Ask AP" in the subject line. Then keep an eye out for installments of the new Q&A column, where you'll finally get some answers"... maybe... if they feel like it. Instant Analysis: No threat to Ask Metafilter.
posted by wendell
on Jan 10, 2008 -
The media begins to awaken.
Recently, Tom Curley, the President and CEO of Associated Press lashed out at the absurd conditions surrounding the detention of Bilal Hussein
. After being detained for over 18 months
, the US Military has finally decided to charge him, but nobody can say for what, or when, or why, or what evidence might be brought forth. Strangely, Mr. Curley writes this without a hint of the irony present in being caught in the net of lies, deception and constructed memory hole that the media has participated in the creation of. Playing patsy comes back to bite. AP hosts a timeline of articles
posted by petrilli
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Microsoft buys stake in Facebook. Microsoft
has paid $240m (£117m) for a 1.6% stake in Facebook
that values the hugely popular social networking site at $15bn (£7.3bn). Facebook spurned an offer from Microsoft's rival Google
, which was also keen to invest the site.
Microsoft will also sell internet ads
for Facebook outside the United States as part of the deal that took several weeks of negotiating. Mark Zuckerberg
started the online social networking site in his Harvard University dorm room less than four years ago. [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis
on Oct 25, 2007 -
Amusing Ourselves to Depth: Is The Onion our most intelligent newspaper?
: "While other newspapers desperately add gardening sections, ask readers to share their favorite bratwurst recipes, or throw their staffers to ravenous packs of bloggers for online question-and-answer sessions, The Onion has focused on reporting the news. The fake news, sure, but still the news. It doesn’t ask readers to post their comments at the end of stories, allow them to rate stories on a scale of one to five, or encourage citizen-satire. It makes no effort to convince readers that it really does understand their needs and exists only to serve them. The Onion’s journalists concentrate on writing stories and then getting them out there in a variety of formats, and this relatively old-fashioned approach to newspapering has been tremendously successful."
The article is based on the premises of the late media critic Neil Postman
, especially from his book "Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business."
posted by amyms
on Oct 20, 2007 -