This is scary.
Bolivia has enacted what animal rights activists are calling the world's first ban on all animals in circuses. A handful of other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well. The law, which states that the use of animals in circuses "constitutes an act of cruelty", took effect on 1 July with operators given a year to comply, according to the bill's sponsor, Ximena Flores.
Imagine, for a moment, how it might sound to turn on the news one day and hear that the head of the A.C.L.U. had vanished from his home in the predawn hours. Or, think how America might be different today if a pesky young Thurgood Marshall had been silenced using an obscure tax rule and kept out of the courts.
At around 5 A.M. on Wednesday, Chinese authorities visited the home of Xu Zhiyong, a prominent legal scholar and elected legislator in Beijing, and led him away. He has not been heard from again. Unless something changes, he is likely to stay away for a long time, with or without formal charges. Anyone with an interest in China, its economy, its place in the world, or the kind of future it will fashion, please take note: This is a big deal.
Late last year, while the country was in the midst of a generation-defining election, the financial system was about to collapse, and the Congo was on the brink of genocide, I exited the subway on Bedford Avenue to discover hundreds of drunk twentysomethings dressed as panda bears. These self-proclaimed “anarchist cyber-pandas” in skinny jeans were part of a “costumed-roving-street-party-apocalyptic-dance-rock-battle” called Pandamonium
Philadelphia has a problem with its statuary: we build lavish monuments to to the wrong people while letting the right ones go unmarked. We have statues of people who polarized us (Frank Rizzo), who could have cared less about us (Charles Dickens) or who never existed (Rocky Balboa). Meanwhile, we overlook people who logged real time here and did great things. This problem has a solution: put a big-ass statue of the title character from the movie Eraserhead, directed by former Philadelphia resident David Lynch, at the corner of 13th and Wood.
Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They're the people who wear T-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you've never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don't care.
In a move expected to revolutionize the mobile device industry, Apple launched its fastest and most powerful iPhone to date Tuesday, an innovative new model that can only be seen by the company's hippest and most dedicated customers.
Remember when you could buy barbiturates for the baby? Cover your house with asbestos? Or get heroin from the doctor? Okay, probably not, but thanks to the immortal beauty of advertising, you can take a trip back in time. Here's our pick of some of the most ironic ads in American history.
This is the latest trailer for World’s Greatest Dad, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams. It made the festival rounds to pretty good reviews earlier this year and will get a theatrical release beginning August 21st. If you don’t want to wait that long, it’ll also be available on On Demand starting this week.
You may also note that our coverage of the event was different this year, as our entire crew didn’t exactly make it all the way to San Diego. Instead, we had Scott the Intern here updating our Comic-Con ‘09 Homepage with aggregated news from around the web. The benefit to this kind of coverage is that you, our faithful readers, got a birds-eye view of what was happening at the Con, instead of just one person’s perspective. As well, it also aided in landing our finger on the pulse of what was hot at this year’s event. That leaves us in a perfect position to recap for you the films that made the biggest splash this year. We’re going to do that below, with our list of the 7 Most Buzzed About Movies of Comic-Con 2009.
Economic woes are taking a toll on marriages and relationships around the globe but the love lives of Americans seem to be most stressed by the recession, according to an international poll. Nearly 30 percent of Americans claim the recession has added stress, strained or ruined their relationship or marriage, compared to 23 percent of Canadians, 24 percent of the French and 12 percent of Germans.
2DayFM breakfast crew The Kyle and Jackie O show were left red-faced today after a lie-detector quiz about a 14-year-old’s drug and sex habits revealed that she was raped at age 12. The often controversial radio show admitted even they had crossed the line after the quiz, offering counseling services to the girl after she made the revelation.
State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.
This is what great parents do when they want to take good care of their son, giving him all he needs to grow into a cultured, social, healthy young man: A 98-inch TV mounted flush inside his bedroom's ceiling.
Wooden leg Both Travelodge and Swallow Hotels claim that they have discovered artificial limbs in their rooms after guests have checked out. In one year, between 2003 and 2004, Travelodge says 80 false limbs were left behind in its various outlets.
Palin's final speech was a thing of poetic beauty...And who does poetry better than Shatner?
As I revealed in a previous IFLTS of my devising, I'm perhaps too big a fan of the rock 'n' roll subgenre known to musicologists worldwide as Fake Beatles. I suppose it's because I'm drawn to the idea that one band can totally mimic another band's highly distinctive style to the degree that the simulation becomes a comment of sorts on the original group. And that's why I'm championing Robbie Fulks' 'Fountains of Wayne Hotline,' in which the alt-country singer-songwriter has crafted a note-perfect homage/parody of the hook-happy popsters while simultaneously twitting (and exposing) every trick in that band's book.
Yes, you all know me. you may not specifically remember my face because you and your friends were shit faced drunk. I am your Denny's Waitress. The one you hit on at 3am after the bars closed. I normally work 10pm-6am, friday-tuesday. There are certain types of people I see in my work. If you are one of them, please, go to Jack in the Box. So here we go.
Each month, we pitch a new question to our staff and readers. If you have a question you’d like us to answer, email it to us. This month we asked: What are your favorite worst movies?
It’s natural for men to check out attractive women when we see them – most of the time we can’t help it. When done correctly appropriately, a harmless glance does not call attention to the onlooker and no one notices. However, an extended ass or tit glance won’t get you very far in the dating/not pissing off your wife game, especially when caught on camera… and you’re David Beckham… or President Barack Obama.
To celebrate our 100th issue, we asked top chefs, foodies and cookery writers for their all-time quickest and simplest summer dishes
The lamp contains a small amount of mercury, but you can clean this up yourself if you do the following: