“A NASA working group hosted a discussion this week to ask: Who owns the moon? The answer, of course, is no one. The Outer Space Treaty, the international law signed by more than 100 countries, states that the moon and other celestial bodies are the province of all mankind. No doubt that would irk all of the people throughout the ages, like monks from the Middle Ages, who have tried to claim the moon was theirs.”
Despite the meaningless accessorization and vague metrosexuality of the promotion, it’s probably going to be a great publicity stunt. At least, unless one of the douchebags overdoses on coke in the bathroom while trying to take a stewardess from behind, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in St. Louis where every passenger will be body-cavity searched. Then it would be a terrible publicity stunt.
Either way, it beats the hell out of a wheelbarrow race on the quad. Or getting paddled by another dude.
Not all speech is protected by our First Amendment.
For instance, I could not incite other tumblrs on my tumblr to kill another tumblr, as that would be inciting illegal conduct (i.e. murder).
When it comes to elections, there are laws that regulate the content of election ads (if you go back and re-read my post, there is a reference to the election law). I could not raise money through a non-profit and run an ad that blatantly insinuates that McCain is a member of the KKK because his casual friend who lives down the street is a member, and do we really know the real McCain? This type of ad would be election specific, but it would raise no legislative issue; its purpose would be aimed at smearing McCain.
The ad at issue doesn’t just “talk badly” about someone. It tries to smear Obama by deeply stretching the truth in an effort to make Obama look like a terrorist, and it violates election law.
Believe me when I say that The Government is on your side on the issue of restricting speech in regards to federal elections.
Dear The Government:
Is there any way you can move the election up a few weeks? These partisan hacks and political types are quite humourless, and I’m growing tired of them.
Well that went smoothly - no significant environmental problems, no catastrophic protests, and no terrorist attacks, as many had predicted. However, there were some hiccups at the Beijing Olympics. I kept a running account of them:
Opening Ceremony: fireworks were digitally enhanced.
Opening Ceremony: Child singer was lip syncing because the real singer was not “very cute”
Opening Ceremony: Games organizers launched 1,110 cloud-seeding missiles shot from 21 areas surrounding Beijing before the opening ceremony. The missiles contained silver iodide which caused rain in those areas rather than over the Bird’s Nest.
Underage Gymnasts: He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan are all disputably underage. The IOC instructed the FIG to look into the gymnasts ages, but I haven’t heard much since.
Media Coverage: China roughs up media coverage of protests.
The Dedication of the Synchronized swimmers – While watching synchronized swimming, the announcers described team China’s training: the athletes are removed from their homes at age 12 and are sent to live at the training facility. Their lives revolve around the sport, and they receive education at the facility. The announcer described the story of one athlete who asked for the weekend off. Her coach asked her why she needed the weekend off: Because she hadn’t seen her family in 12 years. “That’s true dedication to her sport, to go that long without seeing her family” gushed the announcer. Dedication?!
American Death: The first happened during the first day of the Olympics. The father-in-law of the Men’s Indoor Volleyball Coach was stabbed at noon at the Drum Tower, a popular tourist site.
Another American Death: The other death actually happened prior to the Olympics, on August 4 but was mysteriously covered up. A woman, an Olympic volunteer from Chicago, fell down manhole on the sidewalk and died. Who removed the manhole? Over 24,000 manholes were stolen from the streets of Beijing and sold to scrap metal dealers trying to meet increased demand during the Olympic building boom. During the Olympics, another volunteer posted the details of the woman’s death in a blog. That post was replaced within a few hours with a benign description. Authorities claimed she had fallen from a train or fallen through the roof of a building.
Mr. Tang: A journalist ran a story last week about land disputes going on in Beijing. She immediately received menacing phone calls from a man refusing to identify himself other than Tang (“you haven’t met me, but you know what I do”) who demanded to know where the journalist lives and who were the people profiled in the story.
One World One Dream: I’d say this photo depicts the situation best.
“…football jerseys are not meant to be worn as civilian clothing. Even NFL players look stupid in them if they’re forced to wear them without shoulder pads (watch any Peyton Manning game intro montage if you don’t believe me). But some jerseys look even dumber than others. And that brings us back to the Vikings jersey. I love my team. I really do. But I defy you to find any man who looks good in a purple mesh jersey. It isn’t possible…”—