Posts Tagged ‘Nanny State’

Bozeman, Montana city job candidates required to share all email and social networking passwords.

June 21, 2009

“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” the City form states. There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.

Why anyone would want to work for the city of Bozeman after being notified of this requirement is beyond me.  Pathetic.

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The English have rednecks, too? Proof: camper racing

May 3, 2009

How’d something this fun ever get approved in the Nanny state?  Coming to a KOA near you……

No, officer it’s still not a crime to film the police. Seriously, call dispatch and ask.

April 14, 2009

From our UK cousins.

Being loaded and forcibly kissing other attorneys is no way to go through life, son. Err..sorry, judge.

January 14, 2009

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You’re a real f***wit, drunk judge tells lawyer
by ROSS MCGUINNESS – Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A drunk district judge was thrown out of a courtroom after she forcibly kissed a solicitor and swore at a prosecutor.

Esther Cunningham drank brandy before appearing as a solicitor to represent her cousin in a dangerous dog case.

She told an usher to ‘f*** off’ and called the CPS lawyer ‘a f***wit’, the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal heard.

Six months later, the 54-year-old was drunk when she taught students on a legal course, the tribunal heard.

Cunningham, of Grantham, Lincolnshire, accepted she had a drink problem and blamed it on personal problems.

She admitted bringing her profession into disrepute two years ago and was suspended for six months with £6,200 costs.

Via Metro

Creepy Canadian government “anti-accident” commercials.

November 7, 2008

These are so scary I pulled my touke down over my eyes.  A collection of 5 commercials put out by the Canadian government under the “Prevent It” campaign to raise awareness of common accidents.  Putting ketchup on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and attending a Barenaked Ladies concert strangely absent.

UK University Offering the Following Course: “Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way”

September 12, 2008

The UK’s first Jedi course teaching personal development through a Star Wars syllabus will open to students at Queen’s University in Belfast from November.

According to its publicity material, the course, Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way, teaches the real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks.

It also claims to examine the wider issues behind the Star Wars universe, like balance, destiny, dualism, fatherhood and fascism.

The university says it hopes to attract young Star Wars fans and introduce them to education through open learning.

No prior qualifications are required and the blurb informs students that light sabres are not provided.

Via ABC

Zero Tolerance Policy on Display: Boy Suspended for Using Broken Pencil Sharpener

September 11, 2008

Boy suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

“We’re always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we’re going to be reasonable,” he said.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A 10-year-old boy here has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff’s report.

It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child’s small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.

The boy — a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student — cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school’s assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff’s report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

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“2081”-A dystopian future where we’re all equal thanks to the prohibition of talent and innovation

August 14, 2008

From our friends at Students for a Free Economy

Based on the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, 2081 “depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal…”

Satellite images of an ordinary day in Britian

August 11, 2008

A new tv series, Britian from Above, started running on the BBC last night.  The show utilizes satellite images to show how Britons travel and communicate.  The images below will be used in the series.

Presenter Andrew Marr takes to the skies by plane, helicopter, microlight and even parachute to give viewers a bird’s eye view of landmarks across the UK.

The programme uses satellite data and the latest computer generated imagery to demonstrate how Britain keeps moving – tracking the planes that enter our airspace, the ships that cross the English Channel and the cars that travel our streets, all in the space of a single day.

More at The Daily Mail

Telephone exchange activity over part of the UK

A satellite image over the UK showing aircraft flight paths activity

London Taxi activity

Internet activity in the South of England

UK movie theaters to phase out popcorn

August 10, 2008

What’s wrong w/you Brits? Also, does movie popcorn in the UK come with sugar on it? Over here, across the pond, we Yanks love the movie popcorn, except with butter….

LONDON (AFP) – The credits are rolling in Britain for the time-honoured cinematic tradition of munching popcorn at the movies — a newspaper reported Sunday that increasing numbers of cinemas are banning it.

A combination of health-conscious cinemagoers rejecting sugar-coated popcorn and disgust at its distinctive smell is steadily spelling “The End” for the snack in some arthouse cinema chains, the Observer reported.

It quoted Daniel Broch, the owner of the renowned Everyman cinema in London’s upmarket Hampstead district, who recently bought 17 more venues.

“I will de-popcorn every new venue I acquire,” he said. “It has a disproportionate influence on the space in terms of its overwhelming smell, the cultural idea of it and the operational problems created by the mess it produces.

“I’m not saying no popcorn is better than popcorn,” he added. “But I am saying there is no way in which it fits with the culturally sophisticated brand I wish to sell.”

The Picturehouse Cinema, a chain of 19 cinemas across Britain, will experiment with popcorn-free screenings in September.

“Popcorn is a contentious issue. Lots of people absolutely hate it and have asked us to ban it, so we’re going to do exactly that,” the group’s head of media, Gabriel Swartland, told the Observer.

“If it’s a success, and I’ve no reason to suspect it won’t be, we’ll roll it out across all our cinemas and make it a permanent fixture,” said Swartland.

But other cinemas which tried to go popcorn-free found customers demanded it.

“Audiences in three venues… began asking for popcorn, so we provided it,” said Richard Napper, the marketing director of the Curzon chain.

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