(Could you move to chillout Forum please - pressed the Enter button by mistake on this section -- different keyboard this morning).
I suppose the rest of the world has always regarded California in general as something of a bit of a "strange" place - but this must be a First -- I read that they are going to BAN flat screen TV's with screens > 40 ins.
(My first reaction after initial disbelief) was perhaps the NTSC system is so horrible and grainy on large screens that nobody would buy them anyway --but there is GOOD HDTV in the US so this couldn't be the reason.
I've been in the states many times and enjoy watching sport in a Bar on a large screen.
If this is done in the name of Energy conservation - pure TOSH --California could create enough SOLAR energy to supply probably 40% of the ENTIRE USA's needs if it started on that road instead of stopping people enjoy one of the few relatively cheap pleasures left.
If the "Tree Huggers" want to be sensible -- try and get some decent and SAFE public transport in places like LA, Fresno etc etc.
Mind you California is no stranger to peculiar rules -- didn't Santa Monica actually BAN smoking cigarettes on the beach. California to ban big-screen TVs?