Daily Archives: September 8, 2013

Oddest story of the day (so far)

dancingJob applicants forced to dance as their interview. Not part of the interview – the interview.

After researching the company and preparing thoroughly (he’d applied for 300 jobs since graduating) he arrived with his game face on, ready to talk corporate strategy. However, he was told that to get the job, he’d need to compete in a “dance-off.”

From The Mirror:

“I think everyone initially thought it was a joke. But they were serious. All professionalism went out of the window. I’d spent the past week researching the company and looking forward to being able to express myself and talk about what I love doing. But I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable. I ended up dancing to ‘Around the World’ by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers.”

The worst part? He didn’t get the gig.

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RFK Jr. is ready to assume public office – in New York

rfkjr2Sex diaries published: this heroin junkie, anti-vaccine idiot (a junkie scared of needles? How droll) screws everything he can snare, and keeps a record of his conquests – clearly, he’s  entitled to follow in the  tradition of Nelson Rockefeller, Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer. And of course, his Uncle Teddy.

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For the reader who demanded more discussion of real estate, here’s news of an apartment vacancy

Public Enemy no. 3,465,971

Public Enemy no. 3,465,971

SWAT team kills 107-year-old man. “Hey, the game was about to start, what were we supposed to do? Miss the kickoff?”

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening.

“On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th.

When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave the residence, for their safety, and approached the door to the bedroom where Isadore was supposed to be.

When officers announced themselves, Isadore shot through the door at them. No officer was hit or injured by the gunfire. The officers retreated to a safer area and supervisors and additional help were called. Supervisors began negotiating with Isadore as soon as they arrived. S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) was also called out.

Negotiations continued for some time and when S.W.A.T arrived, negotiations still continued. … S.W.A.T. inserted gas into the room, after it was evident negotiations were unsuccessful, in hopes Isadore would surrender peacefully. When the gas was inserted into the room, Isadore fired rounds at the S.W.A.T. officers that had inserted the gas from outside a bedroom window.

Shortly afterwards, a S.W.A.T. entry team, inside the residence, breached the door to the bedroom and threw a distraction device into the bedroom. Isadore then began to fire on the entry team and the entry team engaged Isadore, killing him.

107-years-old? The cops could have literally waited this old man out for years, if necessary. No hostages, no one else in danger, just a deep need to get home in time for supper.

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The decline of US influence around the world

 

Barry's really cool Harvard dorm poster

Barry’s really cool Harvard dorm poster

Of course it’s happening, but that’s all part of the plan. Obama has defined himself as an anti-imperialist from his earliest days (all the way back to when he served as Bill Ayers’ cabana boy), so the collapse of our “Imperial” power is  a feature, not a bug. I don’t think he’s clever enough to have consciously planned this, but I’m certain he’s pleased with the result his bumbling confusion has brought about.

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States.

The Soviet Union crumbled jurisdictionally: In 1990-1991, one country became the 16 formerly constituent republics of that country, and except perhaps for Belarus, none of them show much disposition to return to the Russian fold into which they had been gathered, almost always by brute force, over the previous 300 years.

The cataclysmic decline of France, of course, was the result of being overrun by Nazi Germany in 1940. And while it took until the return of de Gaulle in 1958 and the establishment of the Fifth Republic with durable governments and a serious currency, and the end of the Algerian War in 1962, and the addition of some other cubits to France’s stature, the largest step in its resurrection was accomplished by the Allied armies sweeping the Germans out of France in 1944.

What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing that could not eventually be put right. But for this administration to redeem its credibility now would require a change of direction and method so radical it would be the national equivalent of the comeback of Lazarus: a miraculous revolution in the condition of an individual (President Obama), and a comparable metamorphosis (or a comprehensive replacement) of the astonishingly implausible claque around him.

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Well darn, darn, darn!

But it's two, it's two I twell you!

But it’s two0, it’s twoo, I twell you!

Record year for ice growth in the arctic.

There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, the equivalent of almost a million square miles.

In a rebound from 2012’s record low an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores, days before the annual re-freeze is even set to begin.

The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year, forcing some ships to change their routes.

A leaked report to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seen by the Mail on Sunday, has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century.

If correct, it would contradict computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming. The news comes several years after it was predicted that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013.

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Liberals explained: blood clots

(Volvo) LImousine Liberal

(Volvo) LImousine Liberal

Brazilian man develops  pathological generosity after suffering stroke, brain loss.

“Yes, it is true that Mr. Pedronas gives away his own money”, Dr. Francis X. Fudrucker explained to FWIW, “and as yet, we have no explanation for why Democrats in your country give away others’. I suspect it has something to do with Brazil and America being on opposite sides of the equator – like water drains clockwise where you are, and counter-clockwise here, you know? It still ends up down the drain, of course.”

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Sorry, ladies, but if you run into a cow with loving on her mind, you’ll just have to call campus police or lie back and enjoy it

Attack of the killer bovines

Stop killer bovines now

University bans gun instruction classes: “If it saves the life of just one cow, one horse, it’s all worth it”, Dean says.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports * that the cancellation of an NRA Basic Pistol Course was achieved by the ]los Angeles Community College] district’s hasty adoption of a “Rule 2420,” introduced by board of trustees member Scott Svonkin. The rule prohibits all firearms on campus, other than those carried by law enforcement personnel and those used for “theatrical performances.”

We’ll let Svonkin explain it for himself. “The one thing we wanted to prevent was Pierce College being the Wild Wild West. . . . By preventing guns on campus, I wanted to prevent people who took the class from shooting a horse or cow on campus.”

Attorney C.D. Michel has filed suit on behalf of the safety class’ instructor. As Michel details on his website, Svonkin freely admitted that his rule was targeted at the NRA. “Recently the Board of Trustees found out that on two of our campuses we had classes about guns being taught for the community with the support of the NRA,” Svonkin said during a radio interview. “We did not want community members coming on campus to an NRA-supported class, if they were going to bring guns to demonstrate for these people from the community on how to use guns.”

In a separate interview, Svonkin added, “I believe that the NRA’s goal is to promote gun ownership, and that guns lead to death. So, not having the NRA teach classes, not having the NRA classes on our campuses, is a good thing . . . . I’m much happier with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department protecting our students and our staff and our faculty than having some random person who took a three-hour class and thinks that they’re Dirty Harry.”

Michel notes that the background section of Svonkin’s rule attempts to justify the ban on the grounds that “[t]he presence of firearms, even when nonoperational and in the instructional setting, lends itself to the potential for panic and fear.” But, as Michel further notes, since 2008, the NRA course has instructed over 660 students, mostly female, without injury or incident or anyone erupting into “panic or fear.”

Svorkin did not explain why the exception to his rule, allowing actors to bring guns on campus and point them at each other, would save the lives of our hoofed friends, or not cause panic and fear among fellow students.

*”Advocates say fatal gun accidents have plunged over the past two decades largely because of gun-safety training. Deaths that occurred during gun cleaning or other mishaps fell from 1,489 in 1989 to 600 in 2009 — a record low, according to the National Safety Council.”

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