Tuesday, November 30, 2010

South African Domestic Violence Video

Okay, so it's not exactly humor, though there's fodder for some bitter satire in this tale of two situations.  It is worth a look if you haven't yet seen this South African video gone viral.  POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) set up a simple experiment and then filmed it.  First a guy played drums in a townhouse complex.  A camera outside recorded the noise levels escaping the townhouse and the neighborhood response - multiple visits to the door asking the drummer to tone it down. Then on another night, the same guy played a tape that sounded like a violent domestic fight complete with crashing and screaming.  From outside it was just as loud, just as constant, but nobody came to the door.  It takes a village alright.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Music and Movie Piracy Crackdown

The Department of Homeland Security is getting into the fight against free filesharing of copyright movies and music.  They have seized the domains and redirected them to a notice on the home page.  The New York Times reports that over 70 sites have been shut down.