May 15th, 2008

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A stadium completely filled with a metric asston of nekkid people. Pics.

6 gas saving myths busted. Although if you honestly ever believed any one of these myths you're an idiot and should not be allowed to breed and pass on your genes. Also, no mention of anything even remotely similar to alternative modes of transport.

15 famous / infamous top secret bases, bunkers and lairs to compete with Area 51.

The oceans are running out of fish.

20 cities / islands / countries seriously threatened by global warming.
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A phone number written out on a piece of cardboard is “the classic approach,” Fahad said, but most of the time he and his friends use Bluetooth to try to send their phone numbers directly to the cell phones of girls in the vicinity. Usually this means chasing cars containing women, but sometimes Fahad and his friends drive past the entrances of shopping malls where women wait for their drivers. It’s not easy to tell which of the black-shrouded shapes might be young women, Fahad admitted, but there are a few tricks.

“You look at the style of the abaya, the way she holds her bag,” Fahad explained. “See that one there, how thin she is, and how carefully she’s covered up her face?”

He pointed out a slight figure with a pastel handbag. Sure enough, a pair of girlish-looking sneakers were just visible beneath the hem of her abaya.

“I’d say that maybe 3 out of 10 nights of numbering,we have some success,” Fahad explained.

“You mean that 3 out of 10 nights you get a girl to talk to you?” I asked.

“No, no,” Fahad laughed. “Maybe 3 out of 10 nights we get one phone number. Getting a girl to actually talk to you on the phone is much rarer. But it happens, so we’re always hoping.”

Article: How teenage boys cruise for chicks in Saudi Arabia.

Via BoingBoing.
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BoingBoing: Bicyclists invade LA freeways

Last Friday, around 30 bicycle riders (and a few inline skaters) took to the freeways during rush hour, racing past cars stuck in traffic. According to one of the organizers from Crimanimal Mass, the aim was "to raise questions about the transportation infrastructure. In a city ruled by cars, why is it that you can get places faster on bikes?” LAist has photos of the hijinks. Link


Also, May 15 is Ride a Bike to Work day.

Also, I can get around New Delhi faster on my bike than in a car or autorickshaw. And I'm not even in shape yet. Says a lot.
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Washington Post: US Government Injecting Immigration Deportees With Antipsychotics Without Medical Reasons.

The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.

The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane.

"Unsteady gait. Fell onto tarmac," says a medical note on the deportation of a 38-year-old woman to Costa Rica in late spring 2005. Another detainee was "dragged down the aisle in handcuffs, semi-comatose," according to an airline crew member's written account. Repeatedly, documents describe immigration guards "taking down" a reluctant deportee to be tranquilized before heading to an airport.

"Involuntary chemical restraint of detainees, unless there is a medical justification, is a violation of some international human rights codes. The practice is banned by several countries where, confidential documents make clear, U.S. escorts have been unable to inject deportees with extra doses of drugs during layovers en route to faraway places."

The paper reports that one detainee was given an injection of Haldol, one of the harshest psych meds there is, and Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug. Doping detainees on the Haldol absent a medical indication of schizophrenia is utterly barbaric--and it's pretty damn barbaric even with the proper indication.

Via anarchists.

Good thing I decided to leave rather than become an illegal immigrant while waiting for my visa to be renewed / extended. I doubt it would have helped that I'm brown and was born and raised in the Middle East.