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Attack of the Kodak

Reading up on the latest advisory of possible Al Qaeda airline hijackings by the end of summer, I came across this description of how the hijackers may plot to pull off another 9-11... Read more »

Affirmative interviewing

Last year the Detroit Lions pro football team fired old coach Marty Mornhinweg, and hired Steve Mariucci as the new head coach. The NFL slapped a $200,000 fine on Detroit President Matt Millen for not interviewing a minority candidate. Incidentally, Millen offered to interview five African-American candidates - all of whom turned down the interview offer because they figured the job was already locked up by Mariucci. Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. Read more »

Airline workers strike over ID card

Heathrow Airport continues to move along sluggishly as British Airways workers striked last week. Why? Management issued ID swipe-cards to be used when entering and leaving work shifts. Apparently, the union is angry that management (i.e. those doling out the paychecks) want their workers to be accountable for the length of time on the job.

Expensive federal matchmaker

The Bush Administration is pushing to spend $300 million to persude welfare recipients to get married.

Korean Teachers Union revising history

Using Iraq as the convenient springboard, The Korea Teachers and Educational Workers Union are devoting more time incorporating their anti-American doctrine into daily work lessons across a myriad of South Korea public schools, thus probably limiting time to supposedly unimportant topics such as math, science, etc. Read more »

Movie and album review - <i>Whale Rider</i>

The Whale Rider is a film from New Zealand, and has won many film festival awards in Toronto, Sundance, and Rotterdam. The story's background centers around a Maori family/tribe in which the mythology is that their first ancestor, Paikea, arrived on the back of a whale. Since then, each generation has founded a new chief in their first born son.

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Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe, a suburb of Detroit, restricts its parks to only residents of the city (unless non-residents are brought in as guests), and is also used as a selling point to draw people into moving into the city. The public city parks are maintained and funded by hefty property taxes on the residents of Grosse Pointe. Read more »

Wrist slapped in Ohio

Neal Boortz pointed out this nugget of a news-story in his Tuesday column...

A teenage girl in Ohio - driving on a suspended license - speeds, loses control of her car, and kills the four other teenagers riding in the car with her. Moreover, none were wearing seat belts.

Her punishment? Some community service.

The credit card binge

Evidently, upon leaving the parents' home to go to college, kids are getting worse in keeping a level head with credit cards and plunging into debt.

"The vast majority of students graduating from high school are ill-prepared to face even the basic challenges of financial management -- credit cards, car loans -- even how to budget," said Kim Kindschi, deputy executive vice president of Wisconsin Bankers Association in Madison.

Your tax dollars at 'work'

Mr. McSweegan has the dream job. He is a scientist at the National Institute of Health, and makes $100,000 per year. However, he openly admits he does next to nothing (cue Office Space quotes), and fills his eight-hour days "by reading, exercising and writing fiction." He should schedule some time for blogging, perhaps?
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McDonald's and the lawsuit merry-go-round

Seems after being held blame for forcing people to enter their restaurants and consume their food, McDonald's seems intent on entering the business of frivolous lawsuits.

Last month, it was announced that McDonald's is suing a Milan food critic for $25 million, claiming a poor review is hurting their business. Fortunately, critical words of fast food will likely not be enough to award the restaurant chain a dime. That's what critics do... criticize. Read more »

Album Review - Radiohead's <i>Hail To The Thief</i>

Radiohead burst onto the scene in 1993, fueled by the song 'Creep', with Thom Yorke's wrenching vocals and Jon Greenwood's guitar bursts. Both Pablo Honey and The Bends placed Radiohead as one of the most successful UK rock acts in the States during the 1990s, with songs including singles 'High and Dry' and 'Fake Plastic Trees'. Read more »

Commentary commentary

When it comes to things I like, I am a total geek. Which is to say, I enjoy listening to the commentaries on any dvds I buy. Today I listened to the commentary on Wild at Heart, the sixth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The commentary had show creator Joss Whedon, writer Marti Noxon, and actor Seth Green talking about the episode and anything else that came to mind. It was frickin' hilarious. Read more »

Chambless: "What about prostitution, drugs?"

Jack Chambless writes an opinion column for the Orlando Sentinel, and describes himself as married, Christian, and heterosexual. In this good read from July 1, he is also supportive of the Supreme Court decision on gay rights, and wonders aloud when the same privacy laws will extend to prostitution and drugs. Read more »

Movie Review: <i>The Hulk</i>

The Hulk was always a strange comic book. It got lumped in with the other superhero comics, but it was never quite like the others. Sure, the Hulk was often found beating the crap out of some supervillian-of-the-month, but, unlike the Fantastic Four or the Avengers, he didn't do it out of a sense of moral duty. He didn't do it out of a more personal sense of guilt and responsibility, like Spiderman or Daredevil. Read more »

Salute to Whit Stillman

Film-maker Whit Stillman wrote three films throughout the 1990s. They were Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and Last Days of Disco (1998). Although Last Days of Disco created a bigger splash, all three were considered independent films, Metropolitan being my favorite. Sadly, nothing seems to be in the works for a future release. Stillman's films were very dialogue-heavy and often contained wry cerebral humor in a very Frasier-like way. Read more »

Steel tariffs of '02 costing suppliers' jobs

With Bush's steel tariffs enacted last year on imported steel, the automotive suppliers have felt the pinch. While the barely-competitive US steel companies and unions cheered the intervention, the negative aftershock on the automotive suppliers (which isn't much of a surprise) have been realized.

The following article is from the Automotive News. I haven't provided a link because of the registration required, but here is the "copy n' paste": Suppliers: Steel tariffs have cost jobs
Some are shifting production overseas to avoid extra cost

By Terry Kosdrosky
June 23, 2003 Read more »

From the Department of Naughty Innuendo

...comes this amusing selection of thoroughly out-of-context quotes from the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Nothing spoilery. Here's a few samples:

"What d'you mean, I'm not brave in bed?" said Harry, completely nonplussed. (14)

"There was a groan of bedsprings, and Harry's mattress descended a few inches as George sat down near his feet.
"So, got there yet?" said George eagerly. (100)

An Onion classic

Some humor for this Wednesday: The satircal weekly newspaper the Onion had an article last November entitled "Marxists' Apartment a Microcosm Of Why Marxism Doesn't Work". I already know a few of you have read this piece before, but I figured some passers-by might enjoy it. The Onion is consistently funny in its satire on various topics and current events.

Album review: Delerium's <i>Chimera</i>

Today was the release of Delerium's new release Chimera, and being the longtime fan of the electronic duo, I made sure I stopped by the store and picked up my copy today.

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