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New York Seeks to Brand Drunk Drivers With “Scarlet Letter” Licence Plates

According to an article appearing in Friday’s edition of the Binghamton, NY-based Press and Sun Bulletin, Nick Spano (R-Westchester) and Tom Libous (R-Binghamton) proposed a legislative measure which would punish repeat DUI offenders by forcing them to purchase and display alphabetically and/or numerically coded license plates to facilitate police surveillance. Though the New York State branch of the American Civil ... Read More »

Newly Homosexual Fruit Flies Join Sexuality Debate

I read a Reuters story earlier today that might be making some headlines soon. Basically, a new study of the effects of simple genetic manipulation on fruit flies in the current issue of Cell has evidentially shown that sexual orientation can be altered in the species. What interests me about the story is the debate I anticipate emerging out of ... Read More »

Review: Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932; DVD 2004)

So, MGM has finally acknowledged its deformed son and re-released Tod Browning’s macabre classic Freaks (1932) on DVD. Widely banned until its popular rediscovery during 1960s and heavily cut to appease only the harshest and most influential of the film’s many critics, the mutilated version of Freaks (the original “director’s cut,” as it were, evidentially vanished) has hobbled and waddled ... Read More »

Time Magazine Ranks the All-Time Top 100 Movies

Let the debating begin. Suggested first comment: “How did Finding Nemo make the list while ______ did not?” I say, where’s Jules Dassin’s brilliant Night and the City? Also, more Bergman please! Here’s the list, in alphabetical order: Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972) The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959) The Awful Truth (1937) Baby Face (1933) Bande à part ... Read More »

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Read by Norman Dietz

I finished listening to Norman Dietz’s excellent recording of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Saturday. Ironically the novel’s closing words faded just as I passed the huge Huck Finn’s Warehouse billboard looming over the commercially- and industrial-dense outskirts of Albany. It was a sign. Literally. I will have to re-read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as soon ... Read More »

Burgeoning Sex Trade Entices “Normal Danes”

COPENHAGEN – According to Monday’s edition of the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, “completely normal Danes without criminal backgrounds” have begun “buying and selling foreign women into prostitution.” As a result, the Chinese and Albanian mafias have made significant inroads into the Northern European nation. Troels Oerting Joergensen, Denmark’s Chief Criminal Inspector, reportedly told the newspaper that “over this past year ... Read More »

How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To the Center of a Human?

There are times when I look back at my childhood and wish I’d watched much less television. I mean, I’m pretty sure I could have found something more enriching to do than watch reruns of Rerun visiting “Roge” on What’s Happinin’? or, sadly enough, on the spinoffed sequel, What’s Happinin’ Now? N’ertheless, I did spend those long hours, chin in ... Read More »

New Trial Slated For German Internet Cannibal

BERLIN-Armin Meiwes, the German computer technician convicted of murdering and consuming a man he met over the internet, will be retried, since many consider his conviction too lenient. The 41-year old man, who claims to have fantasized about cannibalism since early childhood, was convicted of manslaughter in January 2003 and sentenced to eight and one-half years behind bars. What continues ... Read More »

When Preaching to the Choir Isn’t Enough

So, there’s a big deal being made over this Norwegian rap group, Gatas Parliament. Basically, IFILM has posted what claims to be a music video the Norwegian government has banned for advocating direct violent action against the George Bush. Evidentially these fellows have been trying to raise money to hire a hitman to assassinate the president. They’ve had a bunch ... Read More »