“Radioactive Tuna Reach U.S. Shores” sounds like a SyFy Original Movie or or MST3K plot. But it’s a real headline.

This headline sounds like something from a movie on MST3K.

Of course, in the real world, the tuna are less likely to grow wings and fly around the beach, killing surfers and bikini-clad sunbathers before they make their way inland, knocking down the Hollywood sign on their way to the tense battle with the US Army in and around Downtown Los Angeles.

“Radioactive Tuna Reach U.S. Shores” sounds like a SyFy Original Movie or or MST3K plot. But it’s a real headline.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2012/05/radioactive-tuna/

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SOPA: The Car Analogy

Imagine that a group of people who don’t drive much, don’t understand how cars work under the hood, and have never studied traffic engineering decide that they’re going to stop speeding by requiring that cars automatically slam on the emergency brake and lock the controls the moment they exceed the speed limit – or the moment someone reports that the car has exceeded the speed limit.

Note that I didn’t say anything about turning the engine off, or putting it in neutral. Or only doing so in places where the speed limit is properly posted. Or worrying about whether there’s a car behind them that will have to slam on their own breaks to prevent a pile-up. Or actually checking that the car really is speeding before acting on the report.

Now imagine that criticisms and objections raised by actual drivers, the auto industry, traffic engineers, highway planners, and city planners are all dismissed as speeder propaganda.

That’s basically what’s going on with the “anti-piracy” bills being discussed in the House (SOPA) and Senate (PIPA/Protect IP).

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Last night, while waiting in line for Sherlock Holmes, saw a guy walk away from…

Last night, while waiting in line for Sherlock Holmes, saw a guy walk away from the box office, stop, and say, dripping with indignation, “Is *this* the line for the f***ing movie?!” (There was, of course, a sign saying “Sherlock Holmes 7:20.”) Somehow, everyone in our group managed to resist the temptation to respond immediately with “No shit, Sherlock.”

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