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New from China: dirty chopsticks

Now dirty chopsticks picked up in China scare - Yahoo! News

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest is a string of food and product safety scares.

Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet food to medicine, tires, toothpaste and toys. Officials raided the factory and seized about half a million pairs of recycled disposable bamboo chopsticks and a packaging machine, the Beijing News said.

The owner, identified only by his surname Wu, said he had sold the recycled chopsticks for 0.04 yuan a pair and made an average of about 1,000 yuan ($130) a day.

Wu, who had no license to sell the goods, said he had sold 100,000 pairs a day when business was good.

"No One Important Was Hurt . . ."

11 hurt at Tom Cruise film shoot - CNN.com Intrepid...

Librarians bitchslap the New York Times

library_mofo: The New York Times just doesn't get it.

First, they ran a story in which people made the preposterous claim -- a claim that was uncontroverted anywhere in the article -- that because of the current state of legal publishing (there are two big, and a handful of niche publishers), the publishers' "control of publishing court rulings subverts the original intent of the framers of the Constitution by making the nation’s laws difficult to obtain by those outside the legal profession... [the project's backer] said his intent was to make federal and state court decisions available to a population that cannot afford the subscription costs".

He goes on to say, "Legal codes and cases are the “operating system” of the nation, ... The system only works if we can all openly read the primary sources,... It is crucial that the public domain data be available for anybody to build upon.”

Excuse me?

They are already publicly available. Virtually every county in the nation has at least one public law library, and every law library attached to a publicly run law school is also open to the public. A large number of private law schools also serve the public. Anyone can walk in and have access to the library's holdings (including the case reporters and statutes), and get expert research assistance from a law librarian. I ought to know -- in my work, I have helped a huge number of members of the public find the laws, cases, and legal forms they need. It was my job to do so, and they didn't pay a dime, save for photocopies and taxes.

August 21, 2007

San Francisco declared best city for singles

#1 San Francisco-Oakland - Forbes.com

We're number one!

25% of adults didn't read a single book last year

One in four read no books last year - Yahoo! News

One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.

They also found that liberals read more books than conservatives who read more books than moderates.

I wonder how many Americans didn't watch a single movie last year?

Dairy farmer accused of giving cattle hormone to woman to force miscarriage

Dairy farmer accused of giving cattle hormone to woman to force miscarriage

GALENA, Md. — A dairy farmer hoping to induce a woman he impregnated to miscarry gave her a soda containing a cattle hormone sometimes used to force abortions in cows, police said.

William Stanley Sutton III, 25, added ProstaMate last week to a soda he gave to 21-year-old Lauren Ashley Tucker, according to documents charging Sutton with reckless endangerment, assault and poisoning.

Tucker felt sick to her stomach and vomited after drinking the 20-ounce soda that "tasted nasty and burnt her throat,'' according to court records. She went to the hospital Aug. 9, and the hospital reported a possible poisoning to police.

(Via Warren Ellis)