When the Onion and reality merge – film studies graduate worries over how his parents will pay off his student loans
The Los Angeles Times’ Chad Terhune reports that Covered California, which Obamacare proponents have held up as a rare example of a functioning state health care exchange, provides names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of customers who did not ask to be contacted.
“[Y]our contact information was provided to me by Covered California since your application is not yet finalized, however, you have been determined as eligible by Covered California,” an email sent to one outraged Californian began.
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee told the paper that the unwanted contacts were necessary because the exchange, which claims to have signed up 80,000 people in insurance plans and qualified another 140,000 for Medicaid, is falling behind in its enrollment goals.
“I can imagine some people may be upset,” Lee offered.
Home Depot customer finds herself glued to toilet seat. Product demonstration gone awry?
GA. According to an incident report filed at the Banks County Sheriff’s office, a woman found herself glued to a toilet seat after using the restroom at the Home Depot store in Banks Crossing last week. Someone allegedly put glue on every toilet seat in the women’s restroom. Unfortunately, the woman didn’t realize this until she was already stuck.
Emergency medical services personnel were called in to help remove the woman from the toilet. She was then transported to a Gainesville hospital where she received treatment.
The store manager found a brown paper sack in the restroom containing a bottle of Loctite GO2 glue, a product that not only boasts of durability, but also versatility.
A new orange roof makes their weekend place “look like a Barratt house”, sniffs one dowager. I had to look that up – a Barratt Home refers to Englands largest builder and is not, except, perhaps, in the dowagers’ mind, connected with the Borat.
To my eye, the tiles look like a Ludawici product which here in humble Greenwich is considered a premium feature, not a detraction. In any event, the royals are in the process of screening the house, and its roof, from public view, so the neighbors will not have to be offended for much longer. Of course, human nature being what it is, I’m sure they’ll continue to seethe, just knowing that behind those walls is a pile of bad taste. Perhaps it would help if they considered that things could be worse:
- Beauty-salon staff should get “$10 to $60 each, giving most to those who give most to you, plus possibly a small gift.”
- Day-care providers should get tipped “$25 to $70 each, plus a small gift from your child. If only one or two providers, consider higher range amount.”
- Garage attendants should get “$10 to $30 each, to be distributed by manager.”
Federal prison population up 27% in 10 years. Something’s wrong here. I’d like to see percentages for how many prisoners are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses and violation of parole stemming from that first crime. I suspect that we’re housing an awful lot of drug addicts at huge expense for very little result.
UPDATE: JRH, the intelligent liberal on the comment pages (that’s a compliment, JRH), sends along a link to an excellent article on the rethinking going on on this issue. Republican conservatives and libertarians are leading the charge, although of course, some liberals have been there all along. Maybe it’s like Nixon going to China: everyone expects the ACLU to have some wooly-headed, soft-on-crime position on prisons, but if conservatives are joining in that pressure for reform, the average person may think there’s more to it than just flooding the streets with evil predators. I hope so.
Thanks for the link, JRH.
First men became enamoured with grooming regimes, but now it seems the metrosexual man has started talking in a more feminine way too.
A new study has revealed that modern men are starting to ‘uptalk’ by rising in pitch at the ends of sentences.
The speech pattern is associated with young women from southern California, notably Clueless lead character Cher Horowitz, but is now common amongst younger people.
Scientists came across the finding when they were trying to investigate the difference between uptalkers making a statement and asking a question.
Uptalkers are stereotypically parodied as insecure, shallow and not very clever females.