News Round up – 26 August 09

Man Jailed 3 Months for DWBM – Driving With Breath Mints?

Source
May’s life was turned upside down when he was unable to bond out. While in jail for three months, he lost his job, was evicted from his apartment and his car was auctioned off. May was released from jail once the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office sent a letter stating that the test results confirmed there were no illegal substances.

Obama to Reappoint Federal Reserve Wizard Bernanke

CNBC
President Barack Obama will nominate Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, keeping him on the job of guiding the world’s largest economy out of its deepest downturn since the Great Depression.

One crime solved for every 1,000 CCTV cameras, senior officer claims

See? We’re not going to miss them. Now pass the rifle..

Telegraph
A senior Scotland Yard officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, warned police must do more to head off a crisis in public confidence over the use of surveillance cameras.

DCI Neville said officers need to improve their results to make captured images count against criminals.

He said there are more than a million CCTV cameras in London and the Government has spent £500 million on the crime-fighting equipment.

But he admitted just 1,000 crimes were solved in 2008 using CCTV images as officers fail to make the most of potentially vital evidence.

Illegal downloaders to have internet connections cut under new government plans

Telegraph
Mr Timms said that proposals previously considered by the Government to simply restrict the internet connection speed of persistent offenders did not go far enough, and would be too slow to implement.

Instead, he proposes that alongside measures to block access to illegal downloading sites and throttling connection speeds for repeat offenders, persistent filesharers should also have their internet connections terminated.

Nanny Obama signs Tobacco Bill banning flavoured cigarettes

Politics Daily
Clove cigarettes are officially history. So are “light” cigarettes and your favorite Marlboro billboard next to KinderCare.

Monday in the Rose Garden, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the responsibility to regulate tobacco products.

* FDA regulations will supersede weaker state laws, a major expansion of federal power;
* The bill bans the words “light” or “mild” in tobacco advertising, as well as any words that give the impression that one cigarette is less dangerous than another;
* It bans flavored tobacco products, like clove or cappuccino cigarettes (yes, they exist);
* It requires companies to submit a complete list of ingredients in the tobacco, paper, filter and other components, and allows the FDA to require the removal of any additive it says is dangerous;
* It requires this list of ingredients to be placed on all labels, which will itemize chemicals added to tobacco products;
* It restricts tobacco marketing to children, such as tobacco billboards near schools.

The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities

TorrentFreak
Today, Stockholm’s district court took action to completely remove The Pirate Bay from the Internet.

The court ordered the site’s major bandwidth supplier, Black Internet, to disconnect TPB from the Internet or face penalties of 500,000 kroner ($70,600). The ISP complied, saying that it had no choice but to uphold the law.


Drug experts (Meddling splodges of shit) advise ban on Spice

Guardian
The government’s drug experts today advised the home secretary to ban Spice, a herbal smoking mixture thought to be as strong as some strains of skunk cannabis.

The decision, which the home secretary, Alan Johnson, is expected to endorse, marks the first official move to curb a burgeoning market in “legal highs”. Sales of herbal drug substitutes that contain neither tobacco nor cannabis have grown rapidly through a network of online sites and backstreet “head shops”.


Britain’s EU budget contributions to rise by 60 per cent

Daniel Hannan
I’m delighted that Philip Hammond, the Shadow Chief Secretary, is turning his formidable mind to the matter of how quite how much British taxpayers are handing over to Brussels (hat-tip, Open Europe). He draws out attention to the fact that our net contribution will rise by an eye-watering 60 per cent next year, from £4.1 billion to £6.4 billion. The increase is a consequence of Tony Blair’s decision to abolish the rebate (which I’ve always found deeply suspicious: see here) as well as of the devaluation of sterling.

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In other news, some people really are absolute tit-headed morons.

Guardian
The advertisement centres on the word “market”—a word that eastern Europeans/Russians pronounce “meerkat”—using talking CGI-animated meerkats. The sole point of this African animal’s appearance is, it seems, to highlight the idea that east Europeans cannot pronounce the word market properly when they speak English. It struck me how racist it was to parody what is now a significant part of the British population in this way. It also occurred to me that were the ad to use stereotypical Indian or Caribbean accents in the same way it would never be allowed on TV.

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