– The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the U.K.’s ban on political advertising on radio and television does not violate freedom of expression. Yeah…it doesn’t make any sense to me, either.
– New York City bureaucrats want to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the city to 21. Surprisingly, this was not Michael Bloomberg’s idea.
– Police in the U.K. are alarmed by a group of self-proclaimed “pedophile hunters” who pretend to be teenage girls online in order to ensnare would-be sex offenders in To Catch a Predator-style stings. Most alarmingly, no one in the group seems to understand what a “pedophile” actually is. (Hint: they’re not interested in teenage girls.)
– A New Zealand man has been sentenced to three months in jail for downloading Japanese cartoons depicting “young-looking” elves and pixies having sex. Anti-child porn activists claimed that such images could encourage people “to migrate from there to the real thing.” So…molesting real elves and pixies?
– A study published this month in the Journal of Religion & Health reportedly found a correlation between religious beliefs and mental health–specifically that people who believe in an “angry, vengeful” God are more likely to suffer poor mental health. (Of course, this doesn’t imply causation.)
– And finally, the 10 least realistic anti-drug PSAs of the ’80s and ’90s.