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No CNN, Airplanes Are Not A 'High-Risk Environment'

September 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM | by | ()

Apparently there aren't any cute blond girls who've gone missing overseas lately, so someone at CNN got assigned to write up this tripe:

On a recent Southwest Airlines flight, a man dropped his pants and exposed himself to the female passenger sitting next to him, then punched her, according to an FBI affidavit. The plane was in midair, and the naked man reportedly grew angrier, screaming uncontrollably and shaking his fist in the air... 'Now people are more hyper-vigilant on what occurs on aircrafts,' said Ron Koziol, assistant section chief for the FBI's violent crimes unit, who calls airplanes a 'high-risk' environment.

Did you hear that? He shook his fist! Not only did he shake his fist, but he shook it in the air! If you continue reading this Woodward and Bernstein-like expose, you discover that there are 80 similar incidents every single year. We did some back of the napkin number crunching and concluded that, if you board a plane every morning for the next 365 days, you have a .00001% chance of seeing something that we have to deal with every single night on the way home from the bar.

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English-Language Editorial Staff Quits Riga Paper, Launches Rival

Where: Riga, Latvia
September 12, 2009 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

When I graduated from college back in (gulp) 1992, I packed my bags and moved to Riga, Latvia (pictured) to work at an English-language newspaper called The Baltic Observer. The Observer was an ambitious young paper launched by a handful of Latvian-Americans, Latvian-Canadians, and Latvian-Latvians a year earlier, and I was proud to be a part of it, chasing down stories about politicians, dissidents, and anybody doing anything interesting in the three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

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Fluffed Objects of Mass Destruction

April 24, 2006 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

In certain circles, mentioning the city of San Francisco is simply shorthand for people with too much time on their hands, none of which they spend working, showering, or eating foods manufactured by Kraft. While we think that is the point of living in California, and strenuously disagree when anyone refers to the city in derogatory terms, it's hard to explain away the following video.

A few months ago, San Franciscans--one thousand of them--came together in front of the Ferry Building to participate in the first annual meeting of the San Francisco Pillow Fight Club . And by participate, we mean beat each other senseless with pillows. Think of it as flash mobs (which were just invented by a Harper's editor anyway) with goose down. Isn't this all very 2003?

Related Stories:
·   Hundreds Attend Mass Pillow Fight [SF Chronicle]
·   My Crowd [Harper's]