Taxing the air we breathe may be coming to Washington state. Yes, the insane taxing of every behavior is rising to a whole new level with the proposed "bike tax" in Washington.Read more »
A year and a half ago, we wrote about some Italian seismologists who were being tried for manslaughter after a risk assessment they wrote up, in which they concluded that a series of small earthquakes along a faultline wasn't that serious, and the risk of a big earthquake was not that high. About a week later, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck, destroying a bunch of buildings and killing over 300 people.Read more »
A man who stopped for 73 seconds to read a parking sign has been fined £110.
Mike Housden, 64, from Wimbledon, was driving through Raynes Park when he stopped outside Lloyds Bank cash machine on Coombe lane for 1 minute 13 seconds to read the sign and determine what parking restrictions were in placeRead more »
The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos. The "South-Park"-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the cartoons, First Amendment rights advocates say the move is an "extreme abuse of power."Read more »
It’s a new one in the annals of city government. The cash-strapped Bloomberg administration has mounted a “sting operation” against city beekeepers — ticketing a Douglaston man an unbelievable $2,000 for not watering his beehive.Read more »
Baltimore Hands Out First Trans-Fat Citation... Trans-Fats Banned In 2009.Read more »
PHILADELPHIA — A kerfuffle over cupcakes in the City of Brotherly Love has dessert lovers sour on Philadelphia's confusing business regulations.Read more »
Watch your mouth, California. The nation's most populous state is asking its 38 million residents to stop using four-letter words for an entire week beginning Monday.Read more »
As of September 1, it won’t be illegal to possess flavored cigarettes, but it will be illegal to sell them. As a result, clove cigarettes, which have been imported from Indonesia and sold in the U.S. since 1968, and cigarettes flavors like cherry and chocolate mocha are about to become a controlled substance.
Philip-Morris—the tobacco giant who controls fully half of the U.S. cigarette market share—had its tarry hands all over the passage of this legislation.Read more »
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