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Space

+ - Mike Smith (Bubbles) leading the Race for Space

reovirus1 writes: Mike Smith, the character Bubbles on the Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys is leading the
  Race for Space
  contest that will send one lucky reader into space. Throughout the series, Bubbles often talks about his love for space and his lifelong desire to become a spaceman someday, but his poor eyesight has always prevented him from even owning a drivers license. Its a fictional show obviously, but Bubbles desire to go to space on the show was actually born out of my love of space and rocketry. It has been a hobby of mine since I was 5 years old. If I win this chance to go to space, I intend to shoot a documentary of the entire process leading up to the flight, in hopes of inspiring a new generation of young people to become involved in space exploration.

Comment: If you could have anything you wanted... (Score 3, Interesting) 318 318

If the president came to you and said, "We have a national emergency. We need this to become a viable form of energy as soon as possible. You have the entire resources of the nation available. I will use my executive powers to make it happen. Whatever resources, funding and people you need..." What kinds of things would you ask for? How long with the entire backing of a nation and the political will to make it happen would it take?
Privacy

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria? 425 425

AustinSlacker writes "An Iowa school district's lunch program asks children as young as 5 years old to memorize a four-digit PIN code so it can monitor what they eat in the school cafeteria - prompting some parents to claim it's an unhealthy case of 'Big Brother.' An over reaction by parents or an unnecessary invasion of privacy?"
Advertising

Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding 130 130

An anonymous reader writes "Product placement to promote your brand just isn't enough any more. These days, apparently, some companies are resorting to anti-product placement in order to get competitors' products in the hands of 'anti-stars.' The key example being Snooki from Jersey Shore, who supposedly is being sent handbags by companies... but the bags being sent are of competitors' handbags as a way to avoid Snooki carrying their own handbag, and thus potentially damaging their brand."

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