Everything is a Remix Part 4

Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, theyre interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality... the system starts to fail.

Disappearing Car Door

Tired of car doors that extend beyond the body of the car when open? Why not store your door in the floor instead?

Congress Contraception Panel Is All Male

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administrations new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administrations rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administrations actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.

And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. But the California congressman insisted that the hearing should focus on the rules alleged infringement on religious liberty, not contraception coverage, and denied the request. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision, citing frustration over the fact that the first panel of witnesses consisted only of male religious leaders against the rule. Holmes Norton said she will not return, calling Issas chairmanship an autocratic regime.

Issa also dismissed the Democrats woman witness as a college student who does not have the appropriate credentials to testify before his committee.

Q&BA: Why Spend Money on NASA?

In this episode of Q&BA, Phil Plait answers the very common question, "Why spend money on NASA when we need that money here on Earth?" There are two answers to this, actually: a short, practical one, and a longer, more philosophical one. But both give the same answer: spending money on space exploration is important, and we should be spending more, not less.

Wood Stove Sedan

Cooling the mother of invention, is said Pascal Prokop and acted. The Zurich has also installed an oven in his car, which the authorities have officially allowed. Now his old combination of two smoke pipes.

Laugh Factory: Dov Davidoff: Love Drug

Dov Davidoff (@dovdavidoff) focuses the pain of being in a relationship at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood, CA, home of the best stand up comedians.

Boyfriend Went Vegan

BWVAKTBOOM is a phenomenon that is sweeping the nation and affecting countless individuals whose partners have gone vegan.

Ad campaign from your friends at PETA.

Mr. Happy Man

Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the islands most cherished citizens.

How Hollywood Says "I Love You"

This Valentine's Day supercut is the perfect way to make the object of your affection go all gushy inside, in case you want to send it to someone you love. This was edited as a labor of love by Matthew Belinkie, who tells about how he selected and organized the clips at his website.