There’s an article over at Gawker by writer John Cook (seriously, go read the entire things…it’s fascinating) where he claims to have watched a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. The details are interesting, the evidence seems pretty infallible and judging by Ford’s behavior at public events and his propensity for insanity, not entirely implausible.
Unfortunately, the person who has the video wants six figures for it and, despite John Cook flying to Toronto to watch the video, refuses to give it to anyone for less. Hopefully he doesn’t sell it back to Ford, because I’m sure this is something that the public would want to see and for authorities to investigate. I mean, it’s not like Rob Ford has exactly been the greatest mayor of all time or even done anything substantial since he’s been in office.
So, TMZ, we’re looking at you. You should fork over the six figures. Lord knows it would be a pretty big story for you to break and you’re known to have some pretty deep pockets.
In the meantime, enjoy the crazy Taiwanese animation of Toronto’s crack-pipe mayor.
“If his smoking, drinking, fighting, bad driving, and colorful racial comments didn’t bother Toronto voters, crack smoking probably won’t either.”
Okay, so this isn’t going to work to get all your points across. You can’t just go about posting tantalizing pictures of men to win all your arguments. That’s just not how life works because, unfortunately, life is incredibly unfair.
But if you’re a female working in a male-dominated field where pictures of scantily-clad females bombard your eyes on a daily basis, then this method might work for you. Which is exactly what one female employee at Hawken developer Meteor Entertainment did.
She says that their office featured a poster of a half-naked female mechanic which she definitely did not enjoy looking at. Her CEO Mark Long, however, loved the poster. So, to make her point, she hired artist Sam Kirk to make a second poster, this time of a barely-dressed male mechanic looking all sexy and stuff named “Bro-sie the Riveter”. They snuck into the office and hung it up, thinking themselves quite creative but unsure about what the reaction would be.
CEO Mark Long, however, loved it as well. He tapped the prankster on the shoulder and said:
That was a brilliant prank. You called me on exactly the bullshit I need to be called on. I put up pictures of half-naked girls around the office all the time and I never think about it. I’m taking you and Sam to lunch. And after that, we’re going to hang both prints, side by side.
Though funny, just remember that if you should do this, you won’t actually be getting rid of the sexy female poster. You’ll just now have the option to ogle at Bro-sie as well.
In an Op/Ed piece for The New York Times titled “My Medical Choice“, Angelina Jolie reveals that she had a double mastectomy earlier this year after discovering that she carries a mutant form of the BRCA1 gene, which increased her risk of breast cancer by up to 87%. She then had a preventative double mastectomy and had the tissue in her breasts removed and replaced with implants.
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
Until now, she has kept this private from the public. Now, she hopes that with the Op/Ed piece, she will inspire others to be proactive about their health as well.
But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action. . .
I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
On an American Airlines flight from LA bound for JFK, an emergency stop had to be made in Kansas City after a woman reportedly refused to stop singing Whitney Houston songs and posed a threat to passengers and crew for her unruly behavior.
According to Kansas City Int’l Airport spokesman Joe McBride, the belligerent woman “was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew. There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.”
The woman was shortly released from custody, but denied further service on American Airlines and had to make separate travel arrangements to JFK. According to an official, the woman blamed the episode on her diabetes.
Diabetics, if you plan on traveling, you may want to carry around some snacks so you don’t fall into a hypoglycemic episode and start singing top 40 hits in a small, metal trap flying through the air.
So, what if I told you that you had two options when it came to working more than your typical 40 hour work week? Let me present them to you:
Option 1: You work more than 40 hours in a week. Your employer pays you overtime, which is time and a half for every hour over that you will receive on your next paycheck.
Option 2: You work more than 40 hours in a week. Every hour that you go over is then put into “comp time” or compensatory time, which you can use later on like paid vacation time.
Both sound pretty good, right? Does one sound better than the other? Would you prefer to work for overtime pay or would you prefer to have some time saved up for the summer where you can say, “See you later, job! I’m spending a month in Europe!”
A new bill entitled “The Working Families Flexibility Act” was passed in the House of Representatives, backed and pushed by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. The act, she said, is aimed towards creating more flexibility for working moms and dads who would prefer to have time off instead of overtime pay to spend more time with their families. “As a working mom, this bill is personal to me,” Roby said. “I understand the time demands on working families, including children’s activities, caring for aging parents or even a spouse’s military deployment. It only makes sense that our laws governing the workplace catch up to the realities of today’s families.”
Despite passing in the GOP-led House, the bill will most likely fail in the Democratic-led Senate and the Obama administration has threatened a veto should it reach their desk. Why would this seemingly positive bill face death in the Senate and a potential veto? Because it faces a whole host of problems when it comes to worker’s rights and putting the power of employer’s rights into an employer’s hands.
What the act doesn’t address, as it currently stands, is the fact that employers will be able to dictate when employees would be allowed to take their “comp time”. That means that if the time you request isn’t convenient for the employer (much like paid vacations), then they can deny your request. In addition, what happens when an employer files for bankruptcy or you go past the allotted 160 hours that you can stockpile under the bill? Well, I suppose in layman’s terms, you’re shit out of luck.
These reasons are most likely why unionists, the AFL-CIO, and many hourly/working class people oppose the bill. An employer could very well “request” that you use comp time instead of overtime and an employee who is working from paycheck to paycheck would be hard-pressed to turn that down for fear of retaliation. It’s happened to me personally, after saying something about working 7 days in a row, 12 hours each day, though conveniently split between two weeks to avoid overtime pay. After saying something to management, my schedule the next week was for a single four hour shift. Their explanation? “We didn’t want to overwork you, since you couldn’t seem to handle it.”
So, does the comp time benefit the employee or the employer more? Can this bill change to better keep the working force safe? Or is this simply another big business tactic meant to trample on the 40 hour work week? Or maybe this bill really is meant to try and help people balance their lives between family and work with an alternative pay system?
Who are we kidding? This is politics. Nobody actually cares about the regular people.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and real life most interesting man in the world [NSFW], lost a bet in 2010 to AirAsia’s Chief Executive Tony Fernandes on whose Formula One racing teams would finish ahead of each other. Branson, who shaved his legs but not his beard, donned red lipstick, fishnet stockings, and slipped on the bright red skirt to begin his shift as an air hostess for the six hour flight between Australia and Malaysia.
Ultimately, Branson was fired for his “rubbish” hostessing skills after he dumped orange juice into Fernandes’ lap. All in all, Fernandes rated his skills as an attendant a 1/10. You can check out more photos from the flight here.
I suddenly want to be a billionaire. Or at least be friends with Richard Branson.
Jeff Bliss, the high school student who unloaded on his teacher this week, does an interview with WFAA Dallas’ Jason Whitely and reveals the reason why school is so important to him and whether or not he regrets his outburst in class.
Turns out, Bliss’ mother is also a teacher. Which would make her Mrs. Bliss…a bit reminiscent of someone else, no?