Monday, December 28, 2009

Briefly seen and quickly noted 

[] When I'm 86, I hope I'm still able to create a scandal like this...
India Governor, 86, Resigns After 3-Woman Sex Tape

The 86-year-old governor of a southern Indian state resigned a day after a television news channel broadcast a tape allegedly showing him in bed with three women... [NY Times]
Why do foreigners get all the interesting political sex scandals?

[] Having a spritual crisis? Maybe you should reconsider your choice of religion for the new year.

[] More rules making life even more miserable for flyers...
Commercial airline passengers may not rise from their seats during the final hour of their flights, according to new government rules announced by some airlines yesterday.

Airline passengers are also barred from having any personal belongings on their laps -- not even a paperback novel -- during the hour before landing. In that time, all personal belongings must be stowed in carry-on bags and stay off-limits to passengers. Passengers landing at JFK yesterday after long international flights said attendants locked the bathrooms and wouldn't even let children use the facilities during the hour before landing... [NY Post]
It's almost as if, now that the government owns so much of the auto and bus-manufacturing industry, it doesn't want you to fly any more.

[] Musical performance of the week: What English sounds like to people who don't speak English, via a 1970s-style song-and-dance number sung by Italians in English gibberish. More entertaining than a lot of musical numbers I do understand.