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Act American!

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John Landis: Monsters In The Movies

John Landis: Monsters In The Movies

Filmmaker John Landis, director of the classic An American Werewolf in London and a slew of other great films, is a connoisseur of monster movies. In fact, he has just written a history book on the subject, titled Monsters In The Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares, with chapters on vampires, werewolves, space monsters, and, yes, zombies, [...]

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a “data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us [...]

MLK Mugshot

MLK Mugshot

Nice story from This American Life... Girl: Dad, what’s Christmas? Dad: That’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Girl: Who’s that? The father was not particularly religious, so they went out and bought a children’s Bible and read stories about the early life of Jesus. The girl loved the stories. She was particularly [...]

Mitt Romney got a bestseller by demanding bulk-purchases of his books in exchange for lectures

Mitt Romney got a bestseller by demanding bulk-purchases of his books in exchange for lectures

Former GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney got his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness onto the bestseller lists by taking his $25K-$50K speaking fees in the form of discount orders for his book, according to a report in Politico: The hosts ranged from Claremont McKenna College to the Restaurant Leadership Conference, many of whom [...]

Las Vegas Slots vs Voting Machines infographic

Las Vegas Slots vs Voting Machines infographic

It's easier to rig an electronic voting machine than a Las Vegas slot machine, says University of Pennsylvania visiting professor Steve Freeman. That's because Vegas slots are better monitored and regulated than America's voting machines, Freeman writes in a book out in July that argues, among other things, that President Bush may owe his 2004 win [...]

Arizona State Student Loses Scholarship After Starring in Porn

Arizona State Student Loses Scholarship After Starring in Porn

Meet Elizabeth Hawkenson. She's just your everyday girl-next-door / Arizona State University undergrad with an interest in geography and liberal arts. But all is not as it seems, for today, Hawkenson is making headlines after allegedly starring in an Internet porn video (NSFW). Her involvement in the adult film caused her to lose a $32,000 [...]

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Does Hollywood know how to be evil or what? Just as the President is denouncing Iran and China for censoring the Internet, the MPAA is rushing through a bill to create an Internet blacklist here at home. American ISPs would be required to block any domains that host too much copyright or trademark infringement. The bill is so careless and [...]

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

Big Corn wants to change “High Fructose Corn Syrup” to “Corn Sugar”

The US Corn Refiners Association has petitioned the FDA for permission to change the name "High Fructose Corn Syrup" to the much more innocuous-sounding "Corn Sugars." This comes as 58% of Americans say they are concerned about HFCS's impact on their health. HFCS is a heavily subsidized industrial byproduct of the corn industry, and is [...]

Tonoharu: Excellent graphic novel about an English teacher in Japan

Tonoharu: Excellent graphic novel about an English teacher in Japan

It took me a long time to get around to reading Tonoharu: Part One, Lars Martinson's graphic novel about a young American who gets a job as an English teaching assistant in a small Japanese town. I'm so glad I did, though, because its incredibly good. It reads like an autobiography. Martinson actually did work in Japan as an English teacher, [...]