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11 Apr 2011 16:10


World: More on France’s veil ban: Who does this help, really?

  • Protests over French veil ban: As we mentioned earlier today, France has banned the full-faced Islamic veil (imposing a fine of 150 euros for violators), which is provoking some understandable dissent. A question for France: For a Muslim who wears the veil, how is this anything but crass discrimination? And for somebody without religious faith, how is this anything but the government fining people for their fashion choices? Any way you slice it, it comes out awful. source

24 Mar 2011 15:15


World: Want to hear the most depressing thing ever? Us neither!

  • before Thousands upon thousands of Egyptians rallied at Tahrir Square, engineering an overthrow of Hosni Mubarak by peaceful protest. It was a grandly inspirational moment, one that we all watched with exhilaration.
  • now The military-led Egyptian government just approved a law imposing an enormous fine or prison time for inciting protests that interfere with “public or private work.” Well, it was certainly nice while it lasted. source

17 Aug 2010 20:59


Music: Erykah Badu naked + hype + annoyed city of Dallas = Tiny fine

  • $500 the size of Badu’s fine for taking off her clothes for a music video last winter; she also got six months probation for the act
  • huge the amount of free publicity she got; the fine was worth it, and the city of Dallas is completely idiotic to miss this point source

30 Apr 2010 15:17


World: Belgians to Muslim women: Lose the veil or get a fine (or jail time)

  • $35 maximum size of the fines the country will be handing out
  • seven number of days women could go to jail for wearing them source
  • » The explanation: According to Belgian officials, the law isn’t meant to be discriminatory, but instead is meant to ensure public safety by making it easier to see the faces of people in public places. As you might guess, human rights groups aren’t buying that.

24 Apr 2010 12:45


Offbeat: Man jokingly puts kids on Craiglist; police don’t get the joke

  • Joshua Stagnitto must be regretting his sense of humor. The Brockport, N.Y. resident, 24, put his two children up on Craigslist as a joke. Unfortunately for him, someone who saw the posting called child protective services, which turned the case into something of a criminal nature. He could face a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. This is despite the fact that, well, the kids are staying with their mom and aren’t in any danger of getting taken away. source

21 Oct 2009 10:23


Offbeat: The music industry has nothing better to to than fine singing ladies

This woman, who we’re sure has a wonderful voice, was told by Britain’s Performing Rights Society that she could be fined for singing at work. They’ve since apologized. source

12 Oct 2009 20:32


Biz: Citigroup didn’t keep its eyes on shady trading, gets punished

  • $600,000 fine for sucking source

06 Oct 2009 10:30


Tech: If you want to pay us to big-up a product, do it before Dec. 1

  • $11,000 fine for bloggers who don’t disclose source

13 Sep 2009 20:59


Sports: Serena Williams on-court anger cost her a pretty penny

  • $10,500 fine – and more could be coming source

07 Sep 2009 09:52


Offbeat: Sudanese lady fined (not beaten) for wearing apple-bottom jeans

  • They were too tight for the authorities. A Sudanese journalist, Lubna al-Hussein, walked away with approximately 40 fewer lashes than she could’ve gotten after wearing clothing too indecent for their tastes. She was fined instead, but because she chose not to pay the fine, she’ll be spending a month in jail. A fair price to pay for wearing tight pants, if you ask us. source