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International Society of Supervillains Takes on The World Superhero Registry

insignis.jpgIt appears that the ISS's evil is confined to mockery. For now. International Society of Supervillains: The ISS Takes on: The World Superhero Registry
by Doktor Maxwell von Puppykicker the Third We have met the enemy, and he is retarded. In case there was ever any doubt as to whether evil is truly better than good, we offer you this, the world's largest online database of existing "superheroes." Here are some highlights:
Insignis I am proud of the Team. I am also just as proud of my city, which is why I fight for her.
A quick test to see if you can get away with referring to your city as a "she". 1. Are you Frank Miller? 2. If so, then are you the Frank Miller who wrote Dark Knight Returns but had not yet written The Spirit? If the answer to any of the above questions is no, then congratulations! You're a complete and total psychopath!

May 07, 2009

Rupert Murdoch thinks people will pay for news online

Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content - CNN.com

What do *you* think?

"We are now in the midst of an epochal debate over the value of content and it is clear to many newspapers that the current model is malfunctioning," the News Corp. Chairman and CEO said.

"We have been at the forefront of that debate and you can confidently presume that we are leading the way in finding a model that maximizes revenues in return for our shareholders... The current days of the Internet will soon be over."

Murdoch said the experience of the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal had proved that charging for content could be made to work.

The real reason newspapers are failing -- Narcissism

Newspaper Narcissism : CJR

An interesting theory from the CJR. In a nutshell, they claim that papers have been chasing awards, fame and fortune but completely ignoring the duty to inform their readers.

American journalism is in trouble, and the problem is not just financial. My profession is in distress because for more than a decade it has been chasing the false idols of fame and fortune. While engaged in those pursuits, it forgot its readers and the need to produce a commercial product that appealed to its mass audience, which in turn drew advertisers and thus paid for it all. While most corporate owners were seeking increased earnings, higher stock prices, and bigger salaries, editors and reporters focused more on winning prizes or making television appearances.

Some long-term reporting projects have been undertaken, and multiple-part series published, simply because they might win prizes. Over the past ten years, The Washington Post has won nineteen Pulitzer Prizes. But over that same period, we lost more than 120,000 readers. Why? My answer, unpopular among my colleagues, is that while many of these longer efforts were worthwhile, they took up space and resources that could have been used to give readers a wider selection of stories about what was going on, and that may have directly affected their lives. Readers have limited time to spend on newspapers. The number has been twenty-five minutes, on average, for more than thirty years. In short, we have left behind our readers in our chase after glory. . . .

My hometown, making me proud again

Police: Man tried scam after crash killed 4 teens

Authorities say a Michigan man tried get a business owner to give him a free lawn mower by pretending to be the father of a girl killed in a crash.

David Randazzo of Roseville has been charged with a false pretenses count.

Four youths ages 15 to 19 were killed March 16 when their car was crushed by a van in Roseville, near Detroit. Police say the van driver's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and she has been charged with murder.

Three guards at Florida prisons tasered kids on "take your children to work day"

Two other Florida prisons zapped visiting kids with stun guns - St. Petersburg Times

Two more state prisons have acknowledged incidents in which guards zapped visiting children with handheld stun guns, bringing to three the number of facilities where the unapproved demonstration was used on "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day."

On Friday, the Department of Corrections said that several kids visiting Franklin Correctional Institution in the Panhandle on April 24 were shocked by a guard who was demonstrating what corrections officers do at work. On Tuesday, the department revealed that children visiting Indian River Correctional Institution in Vero Beach and Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown were also zapped with 50,000-volt electronic immobilization devices.

. . .

The Department of Corrections did not release the number of children, or their conditions or names. But Matthew Foster, an attorney for one of the children who was injured at Franklin, said that more than six children were shocked at that facility.