If the NYTimes.com most-emailed list was curated by Aunt Mabel, Digg.com’s ‘top news in all content’ list is probably generated by her 20- (or 30-) something nephew: a Twittering, iPhone wielding, card-carrying member of Generation Wii. Here’s what this dude (we’ll call him Kevin) and the rest of Diggnation have been Diggin’ in the past week:
Kill a Kid? Take the Day Off — A Michigan journalist highlights a Dallas, Texas story on his blog. “Here’s another appalling story of how the police get treated one way and civilians quite another,” he wrote. “Dallas cop does 70 in a 40 mph zone without his lights or sirens on, hits a kid on a bike and kills him. His punishment: A day off from work. Without pay, I’m sure.” Digger mablung admits: “If that was my child I would be in prison right now for killing that cop.”
Hulu’s Glorious Free Days Are Officially Numbered — Gizmodo’s story on News Corp. pushing Hulu to start charging for content in 2010 has the Diggers’ eye rolling at media companies who want them to pay money for their entertainment. “Torrents will be faster in 2010,” wrote WeirdEdsel. Orbish comments: “Well ***** you, I’ll just read a book!”
Pro-atheism Ads: Sean Hannity Defames New Yorkers — Subwaysights.com, a New York–based site checking out underground things, highlights Mr. Hannity’s argument that intolerant leftist New Yorkers are O.K. with atheists buying subway ads but would be outraged if Christians did the same thing. “The problem with this thinking is that Christians have been putting up pro-Christianity ads in the subway for years and nobody cares,” they note. Diggers get into a morality vs. mortality argument in the comments (?). Buggstarr writes: “i live in NY and i’m fine with this. We see crazier things daily.”
44% Of Americans Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized — A recent Gallup Poll’s results are reported on at hailmaryjane.com. Support for the legalization of marijuana “is at an all time high in the US” (ha!). Top comment from chicagojack: “56% are not smart.”
Medical marijuana could lead to full legalization — Another article blazing up the chart. This one is from MySanAntonio.com, posted by Digger RobertWright with the note: “Even conservatives are saying, ‘Why not?’ Drug war has failed.”
Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years — The decline in Barack Obama’s popularity since July has been the steepest of any president at the same stage of his first term for more than 50 years ago, according to the U.K. Telegraph. Quetz7 says: “He started with 69% approval, no way in hell that was going to stick unless he managed to fix the economy, end the war, cure cancer, and end unemployment all in the span of a few months. Let’s be realistic, guys.”
Top 6 Internet Technology Epic Fails — Next Generation Online’s Web site chronicles some major tech crashes over the years, spurred by Microsoft recently losing data of their Sidekick users. Remember when Gmail went down? The horror! Most of the Digg comments seem to be lamenting the use of the phrase “Epic Fail” in the title. One sighs: “Does anyone else wince nowadays when you read/hear ‘Epic Fail’?”
Gamers Rejoice! Legendary Civilization Is Coming to Facebook — Mashable reports that one of the best known video game franchises of all time, Sid Meier’s Civilization, will get a Facebook version under the name Civilization Network. Tacopop says: “this is going to revolutionize time wasting.”
WTF: Man Arrested for Being Naked in His OWN HOME – A Fox TV D.C. affiliate reports on a man who says he was making coffee in the nude, but was then arrested after a neighbor saw him. “Yes, I wasn’t wearing any clothes but I was alone, in my own home and just got out of bed. It was dark and I had no idea anyone was outside looking in at me,” he told reporters. The neighbor was apparently walking her son to school and says he deliberately exposed himself twice while standing in glass windows and doorways. Oops!
Nat’l Sec. Network Slams Cheney: “Incompetent War Fighter” — A HuffPo article rounds out this week’s list. This report is on retired General Paul Eaton, senior adviser to the National Security Network, who has hit back hard at Dick Cheney a day after the former vice president criticized the Obama administration again for “dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.” ThsGuyRightHere has a thought: “When did we as a nation decide that being a Republican automatically grants you superior knowledge of all things military, war, and defense related? Enthusiasm is no substitute for knowledge or talent.”
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