Porn actors must wear protective goggles during shoots: California safety standard was another of Mark’s top postings – landing at a similar intersection of government – sex and stupidity. (Police awfulness crops up again and again in our most well-read items: Lars Forseti’s Unarmed man flags down LAPD seeking help. They shoot him in the head – lurks close to the top 10)
Cory Doctorow left London for Los Angeles this year and made no bones about why he left the U.K. In “my family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we’re going” he charts the growing unpleasantness of Britain’s capital city and its diminishing appeal to anyone who isn’t very well-off.
His blogs post linking to Consumerist’s GM says you don’t own your car, you just license it and to Annalee Newitz’s Gawker item exposing the details of Ashley Madison’s sad, bot-powered shakedown of lonely arseholes (‘only 1,492 female-profile users ever checked their messages, compared to 20m men’.) were also hits.