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Coke: cocacola.com; baby: vetitice.demon.co.uk / illustration: Blair Golson

US Airways to Sell Ads on Air Sickness Bags

Seriously, we’re not making this up: ads on barf bags. You have to wonder: How do you value the publicity that comes from associating your product with vomit? (above picture a Truthdig spoof)
And if it works, we’re suddenly one step closer to the advertising hell depicted in Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Ignorance is Strength
From stampandshout.com

Half of U.S. Says Iraq Had WMD’s

According to a new Harris poll, about 50% of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. This is up (up!) from 36% last year.
We can only hope, perhaps naively, such a moment represents a low-water mark ... that (with apologies to Fitzgerald) we are face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate with our capacity for ignorance.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


Airbus

Europe’s Hijack-Proof Plane

Airbus, Siemens and dozens of other European companies are working on a system that would reroute control of hijacked aircraft to the ground.  The system would then safely land the plane at the nearest airport.

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Tesla electric car
From the L.A. Times

No Gas, But Zero to 60 in Four seconds

The Tesla company’s new all-electric car can go 250 miles off a 3.5-hour charge and hit speeds of 130 mph. And although at $100,000 apiece, they’re not ready for the masses, the Teslas represent a huge leap over GM’s 1996 all-electric model, and offer a glimpse of things to come.

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Miami Vice
Courtesy Universal Pictures

The Real Miami Vice

In connection with the new Colin Farrell / Jamie Foxx movie, the L.A. Times interviewed a real-life veteran of Miami’s vice, intelligence and narcotics squad. Interestingly, it seems the situations on the TV show weren’t that far off the mark.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


Yoism
From yoism.org

Divine Inspiration From the Masses

The “open source” programming movement, which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to collectively make a better product (like Wikipedia entries), has grown beyond its software roots to embrace religion. The holy texts of “yoism” shun the wisdom of high priests and rely instead on teachings that evolve online organically.

Open-source programming’s organizing principle has been embraced in medical research, engineering—even religion

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


Sex in Space
From Vanna Bonta via MSNBC

Complications in Space Sex

Experts tell MSNBC that “new devices and data would be needed to hit the zero-G-spot.” But an author who has written about the topic says space sex would be “the killer app of space tourism, because every couple…is going to want to try this.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


Technical Virgin
Via Boing Boing and Google Video

PBS Kiddie Show Host Fired Over Sexy Spoof Videos

The PBS KIDS Sprout network has fired the host of “The Good Night Show” upon learning that she appeared seven years ago in videos called “Technical Virgin,” which dealt satirically with anal sex and masturbation. PBS’s president said the videos “undermine [the host’s] credibility with our audience.”

  • Link to the videos in question

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    Israeli Bomb Kills Four U.N. Observers

    The United Nations peacekeepers were holed up at an observation post in southern Lebanon. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was “shocked” at the “apparently deliberate targeting” of the post.

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    Condi Feels Lebanon’s Pain

    During her surprise visit with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Beirut on Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “assured a largely powerless leader that America was sympathetic to the suffering of his people, though it has stopped short of pressuring Israel to let up on its campaign against militants.” (story—quote on p. 2)

    Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


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