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Brickbats

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

San Diego police responding to a domestic disturbance call went to the wrong address. When the homeowner, Ian Anderson, opened the door, his service dog came up behind him. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other stepped back, drew his weapon, and shot it.

In China, some urban residents complain that the millions of elderly women who gather to square-dance in public areas across the country each day are noisy and a public nuisance. So the national government has introduced a list of 12 approved dances. It says it will issue further regulations on when and where the dances can take place.

Pupils at North Primary School in London, England, made pinhole cameras to watch a solar eclipse. At the last minute, the school forced them to watch the event on television, saying some religions object to directly viewing an eclipse. When pressed by local media to say exactly which religions would object, officials refused to answer.

You aren't supposed to ride a bicycle on the footpath. But a Lincolnshire, England, police officer wasn't content just to remind Sophie Lindley, 4, and her father of that fact. Dale Lindley says the officer threatened to confiscate the bike, reducing his daughter to tears and forcing him to carry her—and the bike—the rest of the way to school.

Alain Philippon of Quebec faces up to a year in prison and a $25,000 fine for refusing to give Canadian customs officers the password to his smartphone.

Stratton Meadows Elementary School in Colorado suspended Elijah Thurston, 6, for one day after he pointed his finger at another student and said, "You're dead." An administrator also spoke to him to make sure he knows what "dead" means.

A grand jury has refused to indict a Victoria, Texas, police officer who used his Taser on a 76-year-old man after stopping him for an expired vehicle registration. The police department fired Nathanial Robinson after an internal investigation found three different policy violations during the stop. Robinson says he'd like to get his job back.

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, placed Arvind D'Souza under preventive detention for 14 days for "spreading the word of Christianity." Some locals accused him of trying to forcibly convert people—by handing out free Bibles.

Officials at Park Elementary School in Pennsylvania had agreed that Kaitlin Montgomery, 10, could use the faculty restroom because the nearest student restroom is up a flight of stairs and the girl has trouble walking. The local teachers union responded by filing a complaint, saying its contract says the restroom should be used by school employees only.

25 Years Ago

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

"Despite the headlines, we seem to be moving, albeit slowly, to reclaim a more individualist vision...More importantly, people from across the political spectrum are beginning to recognize the unintended, and decidedly unpleasant, consequences of sticking everyone in boxes and granting benefits to whomever seems the most victimized or yells the loudest."
—Virginia I. Postrel, "Sticky Labels"

"An almost Victorian denial of complicity—of woman's emotional stake in the relationship—is a big feature of the date-rape oeuvre. Man is entirely predatory; woman is entirely passive, a hapless victim, there by accident."
—Stephanie Gutmann, "'It sounds like I raped you!'"

"Indeed, when a case can be made for a religious exemption to a given law, the law itself should be deemed suspect. If it is possible to allow prostitution or drug taking for religious reasons, why not for other reasons as well?"
—Jacob Sullum, "Sex, Drugs, and Religion"

—July 1990

Black Market Movies

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
North Korean "notels"

ATF Backs Down

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Ammo ban scrapped

Unions vs. Uber

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
U.N. gender bender

Netflix Neutrality

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Oops, never mind!

Compliance Costs

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
The Obamacare burden

Real Silk Road Crimes

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Biting Bitcoin

Model Legislation

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Make them eat cake

Tethered by the FAA

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Drone regulations

Frat Vindication

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Rape report unravels

Apparel Menace

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Faulty zipper recall

Shot in the Back

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
The killing of Walter Scott

Hillvetica

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

Hillvetica

On Sunday, April 12, Hillary Clinton debuted her presidential campaign logo: a letter H shot through with a red arrow. Parallels were immediately drawn to everything from hospital signage to the Cuban flag to the storefront of a U.K. grocery chain.

But one man saw more. The next day, designer Rick Wolff turned out a rough sketch of a font based on the logo, which he named "Hillvetica," after the popular font Helvetica.

Wolff tweeted a picture of the alphabet, then—when the demand for a useable version of the font became clear—a quick note asking which of the crowdsourcing platforms would work best to raise a few hundred bucks to turn his drawings into a computer-readable font using the Glyphs app. He quickly settled on GoFundMe, and pulled down the needed cash in a matter of hours.

And so the expensive, ponderously designed campaign logo was felled by the forces of crowdsourced satire in 72 hours. Too bad we'll all still be staring at the logo for the next 500 days—and quite possibly the following four years.

The Coffee Table Book of Doom!

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
Do more people mean more trouble for the planet?

The Secret Scam of Streetcars: How to Sell a 100-Year-Old Technology as the Future of Transportation

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:00

Meet the Thighmaster of urban public policy: streetcars.

Municipal politicians across the country have convinced themselves that this costly, clunky hardware can revitalize their flabby downtown economies.

That includes the fearless leaders of America's capital city. The D.C. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade trying to erect a streetcar line in the up-and-coming neighborhood of H Street. The project has been an epic disaster, perfectly demonstrating how ill-suited streetcars are to modern urban life.

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Produced by Rob Montz, who also hosts. Camera by Todd Krainin. Graphics by Jason Keisling and Meredith Bragg. 

Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:00
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his iconic role in this wasteland of a sequel.

Corporations Have Become Hollywood's Go-To Villians

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:05
Give me a break

Deferring to Congress, Roberts Takes Over Its Job

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:01
The chief justice saves Obamacare by rewriting the law.