Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday that it is not illegal to secretly photograph underneath a person’s clothing — a practice known as “upskirting” — prompting one prosecutor to call for a revision of state law.
The high court ruled that the practice did not violate the law because the women who were photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude.
”A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” wrote Justice Margot Botsford of the state Supreme Judicial Court. Read the rest of this entry »
The Military Channel became the American Heroes Channel late Monday, and General Manager Kevin Bennett says that will broaden its mission. “Heroism transcends the battlefield,” Bennett told TV critics recently. “We will honor those who serve our country with courage and distinction in any number of other ways as well,” said channel President Henry Schleiff. “It can be firemen. It can be policemen. And those who don’t even necessarily wear a uniform, but whose actions inspire all Americans.”
That’s an encouraging premise, because the word “heroes” has been both narrowed and badly overused in recent years. That dilutes its significance when it is legitimately deserved.
It has become a well-intended, but too-easy automatic description for anyone in a uniform — even those who don’t seek or want the tag.
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What outsiders say about the U.S. will strike an American as very true, very strange, or both. Here (with some help from Google Translate) are some travel advice gems from around the world.
From Latin America:
It’s probably best not to drink the water. “There are strict laws regarding Hygiene eating places that must be met, so that restaurants and even street stalls are safe. In some areas you can take the tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere and is most recommended.”
Americans’ social boundaries are very inconsistent. “Things like “We should get together sometime” doesn’t really mean anything, unless the same people keep mentioning it to you.”
“During a party at your house, don’t be surprised if Americans will just walk up to your fridge and help themselves.” Read the rest of this entry »