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October 08, 2009

From our Airshow Disaster Desk: Dead Spectators, 85. Dead Pilots, 0

I thought Mojo would enjoy this, from Wikipedia's Big Book of Airshow Disasters: eject.jpg Sknyliv airshow disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred on 27 July 2002 when a Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 of the Ukrainian Falcons crashed during an aerobatics presentation at Sknyliv airfield (now known as Lviv International Airport) near Lviv, Ukraine. 84 people were killed immediately, and an 85th person died from injuries at a hospital. In addition, over 100 people were injured. The crash remains the world's worst airshow accident to date.... The aircraft, flown by two experienced pilots, entered a rolling maneuver with a downward trajectory at low altitude; having rolled upright once more the aircraft was still descending rapidly and the left wing dropped shortly before the aircraft hit the ground, at which point the crew initiated ejection. The aircraft flattened out initially, skidding over the ground towards stationary aircraft, striking a glancing blow against the nose of an Il-76 transport aircraft before beginning to explode and cartwheel into the crowd of spectators. Both pilots survived with minor injuries from the ejection and landed just a few feet away from the transport aircraft.

October 05, 2009

Soon there will be a McDonald's in the Louvre

Royale With Cheese: McDonald's Set To Open Branch In Louvre
The French arm of McDonald's may no longer be the target of local farmers and gastronomes who attacked it in decades past. But next month, the chain will ask the French if they'd like frites with their Mona Lisa, as it prepares to open a branch at what could be called Ground Zero of French culture: the Louvre. As one art historian said, the move represents "the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odours in the context of a museum." France is now the largest McDonald's market outside of the U.S., with over a thousand outlets throughout the country. But the chain's plans to open a restaurant in an underground food court near one of the museum's entrances has brought long-simmering concerns to the surface. As reported in the Daily Telegraph: Didier Rykner, head of The Art Tribune website found the idea "shocking." "I'm not against eating in a museum but McDonald's is hardly the height of gastronomy," he said, adding that it was a worrying mixture of art and consumerism. "Today McDonald's, tomorrow low-cost clothes shops," he said.

October 01, 2009

GOP councilor would rather abolish police force than see it unionize

GOP councilor would rather abolish police force than see it unionize | Raw Story Ladies and gentlemen, the law and order party.
A conservative politician in Georgia is telling his hometown police force to stop looking for the union label, or find new jobs. Erick Erickson, the managing editor of RedState.com and a city councilor in Macon, Georgia, has called for the abolition of Macon's police force if it votes to unionize. The Macon Telegraph reported on Monday that some 130 police officers on the city's municipal force want to unionize because of "officers bearing the burden of rising insurance costs, a loss of incentive pay and the city not having a pay scale." "I’m thinking I’ll have the City Attorney draft me legislation to dissolve the police department and contract with the Sheriff to provide public safety services," Erickson wrote on the blog Peach Pundit.

September 28, 2009

In his new book, Douglas Coupland plagiarizes ZeFrank

ze's page :: zefrank.com: douglad coupland rips off the earth sandwhich While I loved Generation X when I was fifteen, I've thought every book Coupland wrote after was a bit crap. This just solidifies that notion. Ze asked Coupland to include some attribution, but Coupland refused. What a hard-charging douche. Is there anyone on the internet that would be a worse person to mess with? Ze Frank built up enormous stockpiles of good will during his year-long The Show. Coupland should know better than to fuck with that.
[In the linked video] starting at 3:43 and again with a DEMO at 4:54 - the earth sandwich is also featured in his new book. there is a tiny credit on the bottom right after the demo - but it is still infuriating - do you think i could get away with doing something he did VERBATIM and them putting a tiny credit? it would be one thing if he extended the idea, or commented on it, but he simply repackages it to sell his book. the attribution is weak at best, and feels like he was using what he considered to be the bare minimum to get away with it.