Well, it's been a couple of days since we had any of that good old-fashioned Maggie's Farm-style California bashin', so let's git right to it!
Pictured: average California highway after the daily earthquake
How bad is it in California?
How bad are the budget problems in California?
Besides foreclosures, California faces bad mosquito season
California's bad chemistry
California's bad karma
California's 'bad girls' now have triple the nation's fat rate
Wow, this schadenfreude stuff is great! And let me give you folks a little search engine tip: You type in the words "california bad", you hit the jackpot!
Turning our attention to Dr. Mercury's prestigious "Most Insipid Article of the Week" award, it wasn't even close:
Star Wars fans ask NASA to build a hyperdrive
Uh, that's why it's filed under 'Science Fiction', fellas.
Because even a...
Trip to Mars Would Turn Astronauts Into Weaklings
This does raise one, probably naive, question, however. What about that big "rotating drum" idea, as portrayed in '2010' and other space flicks, where centrifugal force creates an artificial gravity. Does centrifugal force not work in space? Sorry for my ignorance, but we didn't do any space projects in shop class and my parents couldn't afford to send me to space camp.
Unbelievable! A murder takes place on live camera, everyone knows who the likely suspect is, and the police do... nothing?
Eagle Gang Allegedly Kills Sibling on Web Cam
Officials have not said conclusively what happened, but all signs point to murder. Based on their notes, the likely suspect is the biggest and most aggressive of the Eagles, although there are no plans at this time to press charges.
What a disgrace!
So, time to flip on my headline time machine. I'll set it to grab a New York Times article ten years in the future. Let's hope it's some good news this time!
Breaking: Radioactive Boars on the rise in Germany, climate change to blame
Just Rewards Dept.
A week ago I linked to an article about a news corporation called Stephens Media that had hired a hit man to go after bloggers quoting articles from their newspapers and sue them for copyright infringement. Hey, anything to make a buck, right?
Under the heading "turnabout's fair play", here's a site that offers a Firefox "boycott" add-on that bars the browser from going to any Stephens Media site. There's also info for Chrome in the comments, and IE can do it, although (as I recall) it's a painful site-by-site process, whereas the other two can use the pasted list of sites. Kudos to you guys.
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