Monday, April 14, 2008

BREVITAS

A MOTTO FOR OUR TIMES

Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. Despite being observed by CCTV cameras, elusive grafitti artist Baksy managed to create his latest - and biggest - work to date under the cover of darkness. Yesterday the scaffolding gang returned to remove all evidence - again without the camera operator stopping them.

Judging by the success of the Seattle Police Department's unconventional campaign to recruit officers from New York City, the cops in New York are itchin' to leave. In fact, the Seattle PD was so overwhelmed by applications from NYC cops that it had to quit accepting them. One officer in New York even says he's going to wait outside the testing facility in case someone else doesn't show up. And all Seattle had to do was throw up a billboard, pass out some fliers, and take out an ad in the New York Post. The whole campaign was really simple -- just an image of a Seattle PD badge, the phrase "A Job Like No Other," and an Internet address. Oh, and it probably doesn't hurt that Seattle police make about twice what NYC officers earn. In a city that costs half as much to live in. And Seattle will pay $5,000 toward the cost of moving.

Close to 200,000 poor families in 15 cold-weather states - in every Northeastern state except New Hampshire - can thank controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for helping them heat their homes this winter. The Venezuelan-controlled oil-refining company, Citgo Petroleum Corp., donated 45 million gallons of free home heating oil this winter . . . Venezuela's offer of free oil this winter came as the U.S. economy was slumping, federal assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program had dropped and home heating-oil prices hit a record high at more than $3.50 a gallon. .

The 1908 Ford Model T went at 25 miles per gallon. As of 2004, the average fuel economy of cars and trucks was 24.6 miles per gallon.


BRITISH TV EXPLAINS OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Eurostar reported a 21.3% increase in passenger numbers today as the opening of St Pancras International station and debut of a high-speed link through south England lured more passengers to the cross-Channel train operator

People should not be criminalized for the file-sharing of copyrighted material if they are not profiting from doing so, the European Parliament has recommended.

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