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BRIGHT IDEAS Wednesday, November 26
David Van Vleet asked for certain supposedly public records in Tacoma, Washington, and was forced into federal court when the city turned him down. Van Vleet wanted data from the city licenses of strip club employees (dancers’ stage and real names, date of birth, etc.) so he could pray for them individually, by name, to make his appeals more effective. In October, Judge Ronald Leighton denied Van Vleet a temporary restraining order against the city.
WE SAVED YOUR LIMEY ASS IN WWII Wednesday, November 26
The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., apologized twice in August, first a tongue-in-cheek “apology” for England’s War of 1812 attack on the White House and then for making that “apology” in the first place — because of a backlash on Twitter from Americans complaining the jokey “apology” was “offensive.”
REGGAE Wednesday, November 26
I-Wayne’s style of reggae draws comparisons to the halcyon days of the genre’s ’60s and ’70s eras. Born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, Jamaica, I-Wayne (pictured, smoking a …
THE POWER OF ONE SENSITIVE SOUL Wednesday, November 26
Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker was turned away from Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, in September by a guard who said a school official sent word that Baker wasn’t allowed in to discuss his daughter’s class schedule until he changed into civilian clothes — because “a student” might be offended by his military uniform. The Rochester school superintendent later apologized.
Steve Soifer, CEO of an international support group for people with “shy bladders,” excoriated DirecTV in November for its series of commercials featuring Rob Lowe, whose “awkward” character in one ad stands at a urinal and says, “Fact: I can’t go with other people in the room.” Soifer says the ad ridicules a serious problem — and compared it to “making fun” of a man missing an arm or leg.
WEIRD Patriotism Wednesday, November 26
November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreüde”
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Wednesday, November 26
Whether you consider them interactive entertainment, a colorful addiction, a gateway to Satan (repent, World of Warcrafters!) or simply a great way to escape from reality, video games have become a …
BIG BALLIN' Wednesday, November 26
Jaguars provide the fans with a cornucopia of emotions: failure, disappointment, faint glimmers of hope, blinding fury, Shad Khan yacht jokes … and while they’re at 1-and-10 so far this …
For his sophomore effort 10 years ago, writer/director Jonathan Glazer struck more controversy than pay dirt with Birth, an odd but fascinating film about a woman (Nicole Kidman) who comes to believe …
PISCES: November 26-December 2 Wednesday, November 26
“Dogs don’t know where they begin and end,” writes Ursula K. Le Guin in her book The Wave in the Mind. They “don’t notice when they put their paws in the quiche.”
 
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