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30 July 2004 @ 09:15 am
 
"So here in one word is my new counterterrorism strategy for Kerry: feminism." -Barbara Ehrenreich

Nope, not joking: woman arrested for chewing on the Metro.

FRiDAY, FRiDAY:
* Protesters avoid the 'free speech zone' in Boston. (Courtesy Iceman.)
* Why are Colombian drug warlords visiting Congress?
* IMF admits its policies cripped Argentina.
* McCain uncovers corruption in the Air Force and Boeing.
* Senator Byrd takes on Bush. (Courtesy summer_queen, who needs a new nickname since I've officially lost the old one.)
* Oddly enough, Florida is still screwing up elections in a bad way.
* Bob Herbert discusses the administration's 'war on our cities.'
* More global warming: the Maldives may be underwater within a century.
* NBC picks up anti-death penalty documentary straight out of Sundance.
* Guerrilla drive-ins in Santa Cruz.
* The Straight Dope looks at the origin of the Tooth Fairy.

Nobel-winning scientist Crick, one of the 'fathers of DNA,' passes away.

TVGuide reports from Comic-Con. Good stuff here, including mentioning MirrorMask and The New Warriors.

M. Night Shyamalan: talent or hack? (Courtesy Regent.)
 
 
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
Wow, no eating in the metro station? Who would have thunk it?

We sort ov have a "no eating" rule on the busses here, but it is rarely - if ever - enforced.
Kunigundelilkender on July 30th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
It's a law here in DC. No eating, no drinking, no smoking. I always wonder if that includes gum but I guess it does if they call chewing "eating". Frankly I don't care about food once it's in a person's mouth. It's just the worry about them spilling it and no one cleaning it up.
Lord Multiplexer, King of Michiganmultiplexer on July 30th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
However, while DC will arrest people for eating a PayDay in a Metro station, it's okay if they fake signatures for casino slots and then mysteriously have 45 witnesses to signatures disappear off the face of the Earth.

Behold DC politics! Faboosh!
Jenexamorata on July 30th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
In DC's defense, I don't think the petitions are going to go through. AND, wonder of wonders, I don't think Barry's Ward 8 run is going to go anywhere.

That said, they're still crazy.
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
I think that is probably the issue - garbage. But when I was in DC I had a water bottle on the metro. I don't even remember seeing a "no eating" sign anywhere.

Lord Multiplexer, King of Michiganmultiplexer on July 30th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
DAMN YOUR WATER BOTTLE! Now the entire city will come to its knees!
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
Nothing boosts tourism like being shaken and patted down by the metro cops for water consumption.

"A ten dollar %$#$% ticket - why I could buy a house for that in Canada, you bastard guys!"
Lord Multiplexer, King of Michiganmultiplexer on July 30th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
With that kind of additude, you'll just let the terrorists win.
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
Or in as the current accusation goes...
Kunigunde: me-cartoonlilkender on July 30th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, you'd think they would have a large sign with a red circle & bar, but it is listed in the Metro rules. Don't you know you're supposed to stop and read the whole list of rules when you go in there?? Sheesh! Tourists! It's no wonder we have so many problems with you people!
:D
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
I would like to point out at this juncture that one ov your native sons was my escort. BLAME HIM :P

Jenexamorata on July 30th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
This one's almost as dumb as the one last summer where they arrested - and scared the crap out of - a 12-year-old girl for having some french fries in the Metro station. I mean, enforce the food rule if you want to, but let's be reasonable here folks.
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 30th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
Yar, the article mentions the little girl as well. Man, dats some crazy shit.
Kunigundelilkender on July 30th, 2004 06:42 am (UTC)
Just a warning, the MSNBC article on Shyamalan will make no sense if you haven't seen his other movies.

Now I'm glad I didn't bother seeing the Sci-Fi thing about Shyamalan. I didn't realize that he wrote/produced/whatever Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense. I liked them, but they aren't the kind of thing you go to the movies to see three times. The first time you get the suspense and the plot twist, the second time you go back to see what clues were there that you missed for that plot twist. Then I can't watch them again until I forget them. Now I know just to get The Village on Netflix.

I just realized that most of your links require us to register to read the articles :P
keep it darksnidegrrl on July 30th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
bugmenot.com will solve your registration problem!
Kunigundelilkender on July 30th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
Ah-hah! Thank you!
Bearly Awakebearly525 on July 30th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
What a great thing! Will be using in the future to cut down on ye olde spam...
PMMJ: Lionel Luthorcheetahmaster on July 30th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
Actually, I think most of his films hold up very well on repeat viewings, with one caveat. They are very well put-together, visually creative, decent scripts, etc.

But, the caveat being: the endings. He's got this pathological need to have endings like that, and really, I think it hurts his career in the long run.
Jenexamorata on July 30th, 2004 07:44 am (UTC)
Yeah. I would be so all over both Unbreakable and Signs if it weren't for the endings.
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Jenexamorata on July 30th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
You rogue candy-eater, you!
keep it darksnidegrrl on July 30th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
People who get big budget movies made in Hollywood have a talent for *something*.

I haven't read the interviews with him so I dunno if I would think he was an arrogant jerk or not. I will just say that Signs is fun to look at. IMHO.
That Guynecrocannibal on July 30th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
i suspect the metro chewer was also guilty of being sassy! (<--phil hartman voice) and also maybe guilty of being african american which is not really an arrestable offense for a metro cop if you ask me.
Kunigundelilkender on July 30th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Yes, in the article and on the radio it sounded like they were going to 'let her off with a warning' until she smart-assily told the cops there were more important crimes they should be working on.
PMMJ: King Mooncheetahmaster on July 30th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
Well, she's right.
Dr. Aculaoontzgrrl on July 30th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
You know, I think I would have been a little sassy too were I her. She had thrown away the damn wrapper and was simply chewing. And having previously been a metro using commuter I can say that sometimes when you're running late and your blood sugar is plummeting, you really need to snack on the metro. They ought to change the rule to no littering or something.
Lord Multiplexer, King of Michiganmultiplexer on July 30th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
Re: Une autre link pour toi
Now that's some good campaignin! Maybe they should include that into Bush's speech at the RNC Convention!
PMMJcheetahmaster on July 30th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Une autre link pour toi
Mercy buckets.