Australia does not seem to be governed by the same sense of political correctness that exists here in America. Recently there was an uproar about a talent show in which white performers in black face and Afro wigs impersonated the Jackson Five. Now Australian horse racing officials set up a race for entertainment at a meeting planning the Victoria state annual carnival. What could be wrong with that? The Midget Cup consisted of three men, each with a midget dressed as a jockey riding piggyback, running a 50 meter course. So now there is another hue and cry about insensitivity and offensiveness. I wonder who will next be offended in the spirit of 'harmless fun' . http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091014/od_nm/us_racing_australia
A few months from now a new computer is coming out called the Spacebook which is a dual screen laptop. It's made by a company called Gscreen. It will be able to run Windows 7 (which comes out October 22nd). The price of it is expected to be under $3000.
A 22 year old German journalism student who, apparently, was not well trained in travel etiquette was injured today. Upon being kicked off of a train because he did not have a ticket he became upset. So he did the most mature thing he could think of and mooned the rail staff. But, he got too close to the closing doors allowing his pants to become caught. The young man was then dragged approximately 200 meters along the platform and on to the tracks. Fortunately a quick thinking passenger pulled the emergency brake. Cuts and bruises were the worst of the lucky guy's injuries. Then again he might not be too lucky, he's facing charges due to his actions and the delays they caused. He may also face monetary penalties. He has said he is sorry though, so hopefully he's learned something here. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091012/od_nm/us_germany_bottom
Paul Di Filippo
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