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The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned - Atlas Obscura
It turned out the hunters would rather amputate a live animal’s tail than take a healthy rat, capable of breeding and creating so many more rats—with those valuable tails—out of commission. There were also reports that some Vietnamese were smuggling foreign rats into the city. And then the final straw: Health inspectors discovered, in the countryside on the outskirts of Hanoi, pop-up farming operations dedicated to breeding rats.
economics  idiocracy  vietnam  history 
may 2019 by whip_lash
Ad Scammers Need Suckers, and Facebook Helps Find Them - Bloomberg
Affiliates once had to guess what kind of person might fall for their unsophisticated cons, targeting ads by age, geography, or interests. Now Facebook does that work for them. The social network tracks who clicks on the ad and who buys the pills, then starts targeting others whom its algorithm thinks are likely to buy. Affiliates describe watching their ad campaigns lose money for a few days as Facebook gathers data through trial and error, then seeing the sales take off exponentially. “They go out and find the morons for me,” I was told by an affiliate who sells deceptively priced skin-care creams with fake endorsements from Chelsea Clinton.
facebook  advertising  marketing  idiocracy  socialnetworking 
march 2018 by whip_lash
West sent lizards as nuclear spies, claims Iran defense official – Ars Technica
The senior military advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed in a press conference in Tehran today that Western nations had deployed reptiles as nuclear spies. Agence France-Presse reports that Hassan Firuzabadi, previously chief of staff of Iran's military, justified the recent arrest of environmentalists by claiming that the West had used scientists and environmental activists to spy on Iran's nuclear program by deploying lizards that could "attract atomic waves."
iran  idiocracy  foreignpolicy  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
'Peter Rabbit' angers parents for portrayal of a food allergy - Business Insider
"Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit's archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way," a statement from the company said, according to the New York Times. "We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize."
movies  idiocracy  apology  culture 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Stanford paper says rent control drives up San Francisco rents - Curbed SF
“Landlords whose properties were exogenously covered by rent control reduced their supply of available rental housing by 15 percent.”

california  economics  idiocracy 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Pub warned after DJ played Peppa Pig theme tune when police officers walked in - Wales Online
The bar’s DJ played the Peppa Pig theme tune and made snorting noises when police visited in October this year.

As a result North Wales Police applied for a review of the pub’s licence and the restriction of opening hours.

britain  freespeech  idiocracy  police 
january 2018 by whip_lash
After balk from New Hampshire, all 50 states on board for FirstNet, AT&T’s network for first responders - Dallas Business Journal
In awarding the contract, FirstNet pledged a performance-based $6.5 billion to AT&T during the first five years. Over the course of the 25-year deal, AT&T will invest $40 billion to building and maintaining the network.

It also received 20MHz of valuable 700 MHz spectrum. While first responders get pre-emption during times of high service, AT&T can use the network toward its commercial purposes—a major selling point in an industry where infrastructure comes at such high costs.
idiocracy  corruption  boondoggle 
december 2017 by whip_lash
FirstNet Is a $47 Billion Emergency-Response Network That’s Already Obsolete - The Atlantic
FirstNet is in such disarray that 15 years after the problem it is supposed to solve was identified, it is years from completion—and it may never get completed at all. According to the GAO, estimates of its cost range from $12 billion to $47 billion, even as advances in digital technology seem to have eliminated the need to spend any of it.
boondoggle  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting a Monorail - Motherboard
The same goes for Las Vegas: Why would anybody pay $5 per person to ride a monorail in the sketchy back alley of the Strip, when splitting an Uber or Lyft with friends would likely cost about the same, or less? It’ll take at least another $100 million or so to find out.
monorail  transportation  boondoggle  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Trump says Mueller's Russia probe angered and strengthened his base - Business Insider
But while Trump said he expected Mueller would treat him "fairly," his remark about how the investigation had galvanized his supporters is perhaps a better indicator of why Trump may have taken firing Mueller off the table, for now, as it suggests he is aware of, and confident in, his allies' ongoing campaign to undermine and discredit the special counsel.
politics  crime  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Vin Diesel named 2017's biggest box office draw - BBC News
Film fans spent more money on tickets to see Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot than any other actors in 2017, box office data shows.

film  movies  business  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
When Picking Apples on a Farm With 5,000 Rules, Watch Out for the Ladders - The New York Times
“Instead, the result will likely be more of what we’ve experienced over the past few decades as regulations have ratcheted up,” he said. “More of our fruits and vegetables will be grown by large domestic producers who can afford to comply with the regulations — at the expense of smaller competitors — and by produce farmers abroad.”
regulation  law  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Emotion shapes the diffusion of moralized content in social networks (PDF Download Available)
Here, we show that the expression of moral emotion is key for the spread of moral and political ideas in online social networks, a process we call “moral contagion.” Using a large sample of social media communications about three polarizing moral/political issues (n = 563,312), we observed that the presence of moral-emotional words in messages increased their diffusion by a factor of 20% for each additional word.
socialnetworking  sociology  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Border groom passes federal background check, turns out to be convicted drug smuggler - The San Diego Union-Tribune
“The agents are upset, feel like they were taken advantage of, feel like they were duped,” said Joshua Wilson, vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613. “Turns out we provided armed security for a cartel wedding.”

mexico  government  law  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Texas brewers headed to state supreme court in fight over distribution rights | GuideLive
In 2014, Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas), Revolver Brewing (Granbury) and Live Oak Brewing Co. (Austin) sued the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission, saying a newly passed law related to who could sell a brewery's distribution rights was unconstitutional. The mandate, which passed in 2013 with a bundle of other beer regulation reforms, said breweries may not accept payment for contracting with a distributor, but that a distributor could get a payout if it sold those same territorial rights to another distribution company.

Last year, a judge served victory to the breweries. But on Dec. 15, the Texas Third Court of Appeals reversed that decision.
bureaucracy  idiocracy  beer 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Happy Lover of Liberty ... - Volokh Conspiracy :
Most people who know me, I think, will tell me that I'm a pretty cheerful guy. I stay that way by calibrating my expectations.
law  government  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
He Stole $100 Million From His Clients. Now He’s Living in Luxury on the Côte d’Azur - Bloomberg
Whether by luck or design, Gaglio’s actions have resulted in a remarkably light punishment, and they’ve illustrated how confused the European criminal justice system can get when enough borders are crossed. The Gaglio affair isn’t the biggest Ponzi scheme on record, but it might be the most galling. It strengthens a sense in Europe that financial criminals can be more sophisticated than the government agencies policing them. And it’s a reminder that the continent’s jurisdictions are more than just lines on a map. They’re seams, and people like Fabien Gaglio appear to be expert at exploiting them.
fraud  europe  france  crime  law  bullshit  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Bitcoin Swings and Tax Glitches - Bloomberg
The rough idea is that if you have $50,000 of state tax liability, that is no longer deductible from your federal taxes -- but if you instead donate $50,000 to the state, that is deductible from your federal taxes as a charitable donation, and if the state reduces your taxes by the $50,000 donation then you come out ahead.
taxes  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers | Technology | The Guardian
I look forward to the day that this industry is too uncool for commies to even apply for.
culture  technology  idiocracy 
november 2017 by whip_lash
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants | Reveal
The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.
drugs  prison  slavery  idiocracy 
november 2017 by whip_lash
Naturally brown-haired Osaka student sues government for forcing her to dye her hair black | SoraNews24
Lawyers for the defense argued that, “For example, even blonde foreign students are required by the rules to dye their hair black.”
japan  idiocracy 
october 2017 by whip_lash
The Altwork Station | The new way to work
the world’s first workstation designed for high-intensity computer users.
desk  ergonomics  office  idiocracy 
october 2017 by whip_lash
Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook • The Register
Airsoft. Britain is an idiocracy. The good end of the gene pool migrated to America or other colonies centuries ago.
idiocracy  britain  guns 
october 2017 by whip_lash
The Straight Dope: Why are there so few kinds of cutlery?
St. Peter Damian was a notably vigorous detractor: witnessing a Venetian princess using a two-tined protofork to bring food to her mouth, Peter condemned with horror “the luxury of her habits” — i.e., that “she deigned not to touch her food with her fingers.” When the princess died of the plague, Peter blamed her dinner-table vanity.
manners  culture  catholicism  idiocracy 
september 2017 by whip_lash
Gropers To Gropees: Shut Up And Take It, Or Hit The Road | Popehat
Throughout my career — both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney — I’ve observed a consistent inverse relationship: the more petty a government officer’s authority, the more that officer will feel a need to swagger and demand that you RESPECT HIS AUTHORITAH. Your average FBI agent might search your house based on a crappy perjured warrant, invade your attorney-client emails, and flush your life down the toilet by lying on the stand at your mail fraud trial. But he doesn’t feel a need to vogue and posture to prove anything in the process. He’s the FBI. But God above help you when you run into the guy with a badge from some obscure and puny government agency with a narrow fiefdom.
tsa  idiocracy 
november 2010 by whip_lash
Bill would nuke Visa cards, Adwords, DNS records for pirates
The bill allows the US Attorney General to target "Internet sites dedicated to infringing activities" both inside and outside the country, obtaining a court-ordered injunction against them if they have "no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than" sharing copyrighted files without authorization.
idiocracy  copyright 
november 2010 by whip_lash
Poll: 4 in 5 Support Full-Body Airport Scanners - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
Americans have differing views on two potentially inconvenient and invasive practices that airports could implement to uncover potential terrorist attacks, a new CBS News poll shows. Americans overwhelmingly approve of the use of full-body digital x-ray machines - a new technology in use at some airports in the U.S. Most, meanwhile, do not approve of racial or ethnic profiling - a practice not in place.
security  politics  idiocracy 
november 2010 by whip_lash a blog about stocks » Blog Archive » Gold ATMs
Gold ATMs which dispense gold coins and bars, with updated gold prices every 10 minutes, will be in Las Vegas casinos soon.
gold  bubble  idiocracy 
november 2010 by whip_lash
ThinkProgress » Amidst National Islamophobic Upheaval, Arizonans Protest Mosque That’s Actually A Church
A new dome-like structure near 19th Avenue along Interstate 10 in Phoenix is the Light of the World church, a nondenominational Christian church hoping to modernize traditional worship services, a church spokesman said

Since the distinctive dome shape went up, church leaders said they have received phone calls from concerned neighbors who’ve mistaken the building for an Islamic mosque.

On Wednesday, church officials hung a sign reminding people they’re Christian congregation. “We’re trying to let people know that we’re Christian and our churches are modern,” said Uzieo Martinez.
islam  idiocracy 
november 2010 by whip_lash
Broadcom co-founder faces drug, securities charges -
Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III was indicted on federal narcotics charges that... he slipped ecstasy into the drinks of business associates, maintained a drug warehouse and concealed his illegal conduct with bribes and death threats.
june 2008 by whip_lash
My Way News - In Miami, Spanish is becoming the primary language
Librarian Martha Phillips, 61, believes those who speak Spanish will continue to have more opportunities and she doesn't think that's necessarily fair. Phillips said...she's concerned that the area "will be like a branch of Latin America."
immigration  idiocracy 
may 2008 by whip_lash
Schumer to fight new Bush high court picks - Carrie Budoff -
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington.
congress  law  politics  idiocracy 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Mugabe's price cuts bring cheap TVs today, new crisis tomorrow | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Zimbabweans are shopping like there's no tomorrow. With police patrolling the aisles of Harare's electrical shops to enforce massive government-ordered price cuts, the widescreen TVs were the first things to go, for as little as £20.
corruption  economics  Africa  idiocracy 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Salt Lake Tribune - Skeptical jury awards just $2 for parents' pain over son's improper removal by state
"Folks, you don't get damages just because your constitutional rights were violated," Bates said. "This isn't 'The Price Is Right.'"
law  idiocracy 
july 2007 by whip_lash
States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote - New York Times
Rhode Island is among a growing number of states grappling with the question of who is too mentally impaired to vote.
voting  elections  idiocracy 
june 2007 by whip_lash
The magic numbers - The Boston Globe
Purveyors of the psychic arts worry as Salem's city leaders look to expand the witchery marketplace
economics  politics  idiocracy 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Shrek not so droll in Quebec
"The donkey is the main character we don't understand here in Quebec,"...He's using Parisian slang that we just don't get."
language  business  idiocracy  canada 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Ohio School Fears Cuts Will Rewrite Its Success Story - New York Times
Many of the teachers who have developed the academy’s curriculum through trial and error are likely to lose their jobs to teachers with more experience because the teachers’ union requires layoffs to be made according to seniority.
education  idiocracy 
june 2007 by whip_lash
New York taxi licence hits record price - Yahoo! News
The price of a licence to operate a New York taxi cab hit a record $600,000 (303,000 pounds) in May, according to a lending company which financed the purchase.
cars  nyc  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
No window desk? That'll cost you $33M, she says in suit
A Connecticut secretary who suffers from the "winter blues" is suing her ex-employers for $33 million, claiming they wouldn't give her a well-lit desk with a window view.
law  health  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Petition to ban McJob label |
MPs have thrown their weight behind efforts to have the word "McJob" taken out of dictionaries.
Britain  politicallycorrect  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Why Bush hasn't been impeached |
While there is a logical case to be made for impeachment, this is possibly the worst article I've ever read. On any subject. Ever.
politics  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Egypt: Fatwa allows breast-feeding among adults | Jerusalem Post
Al-Azhar University, one of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions, ordered one of its clerics Monday to face a disciplinary panel after he issued a controversial decree allowing adults to breast-feed.
islam  weird  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Venezuela giving Danny Glover $18m to direct film on epic slave revolt | News | Guardian Unlimited Film
Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti.
movies  venezuela  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.
politics  democrat  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Venezuela seizes last private oil fields - Yahoo! News
President Hugo Chavez's government took over Venezuela's last privately run oil fields Tuesday, intensifying a power struggle with international companies over the world's largest known single petroleum deposit.
chavez  venezuela  idiocracy 
may 2007 by whip_lash

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