Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Civilization in Decline
The Associated Press uncovered details of a consciously-hidden 2005 NASA survey of pilots about the safeness of commercial air travel, and, basically, you’d soil your pants if you knew . . . . . The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is out there somewhere between California and Hawaii, still growing (3m tons of mostly-plastic trash, 2x the size of Texas).

The Human Condition Today
The Taiwanese military officially abandoned its Theory Y experiment in management style: No more hugging the draftees . . . . . A super-conscientious sex offender in Springfield, Ill., feeling the urge coming on again, doused the desire with a, uh, fillet knife.

NOTW Lite
A Michigan physician and his teenage son figured out a chemical test to bust smokers who lie about it (which is a good thing, I suppose, but the story’s here mainly because the smoking-test kid’s name is "Ashray") . . . . . Awesome in Norfolk, Va.: pillows spill on the Interstate, trucks drive over them, popping them open, feathers all over the place!

Good Enough for Gov’t Work
This looked at first glance like a hack of the CIA website, but, no, it's apparently what the Counterterrorist Center thinks is a good idea: a Ghostbusters-type logo to, y'know, make Americans feel more secure. [link from Wonkette.com, via Copyranter blog]

Professor Music’s Weird Links
It’s supposedly a new-age-type technique for helping the mentally-imbalanced by "re-setting the brain," but despite the quasi-medical backstory, it looks to Yr Editor like a glorified Three Stooges punch (not that there's anything wrong with that). But y’all let me know if it works for you.

Erroror
The Bogota dog owners did not actually pay the $350k ransom, which completely removes the reason for including the story in NOTW Daily yesterday. Sometimes, Yr Editor reads a story in one place (not online, or online from an inconvenient source), writes it up, and then grabs a link to give you guys, assuming that the linked story’s details will match the details that I already "knew," but occasionally they don’t.

Newsrangers: Steve Passen, Gerald Sacks, Steve Miller, Scott Langill, Mark Swofford
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