Someone sent the above picture to CNN, it was taken at the Orlando air marshal field office. As you can see, it's a dry erase board with a Jeopardy-like grid. Written in the squares are insulting references used by the field office managers for groups of passengers. Pickle smokers=gay men, our gang=african-americans, creatures=lesbians and so on. The TSA is investigating now that the picture has been on CNN and they have a clue. Perhaps the TSA should screen potential employees as vigorously as they screen potential fliers. First rule, bigots need not apply. http://eideard.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/tsa-probes-bigotry-after-cnn-and-a-whistleblower-point-it-out/
The advertisers have a winning product and presentation here--right up until the moment when they tout horse and buggy racing! Would any red-blooded young lad want to race horses, when he could race cars? That's for the girls!
The Necker Nymph is a $670,000 submersible prototype that is supposed to move through the water like an airplane moves in the sky. Sir Richard Branson, billionaire owner of Virgin, is financing the development of the Nymph for use on his private island. He intends to rent it to guests for $25,000 a week, in addition to the $88,000 the guest must pay for a 7 night stay on the Necker Belle, a luxury Catamaran at the island. The Submersible, which holds the pilot and 2 passengers, is capable of diving to 130 feet for up to 2 hours. It will be delivered for service on 2/20/2010. Branson has plans to build one capable of diving to 35,000 feet at some point. http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/01/render_of_underwater_plane_for_richard_branson.html
Two Indiana middle schoolers have been charged with two felonies each for child pornography. What horrible thing did they do to deserve such serious charges? Both the 12 year old 6th grade boy and the 13 year old 7th grade girl sent naked pictures of their genitalia to each other. So the state of Indiana is calling 2 kids child pornographers for playing 'I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours' via cell phone. Zero tolerance, put them away for years and keep their names on a sex offender list for the rest of their lives. I'm quite sure that was the spirit of the law as it was enacted to PROTECT children. Never mind the perverts, who's going to protect the children from cops with no common sense and knee jerk prosecutors who want to claim they are tough on sex offenders in the next election. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0128102text1.html?link=rssfeed
When the O'Gorman family encountered still opposition to their proposal to demolish the Edwardian house they owned and use the land for six modern properties they were probably a little miffed, or more than a little, if the name they chose to give the development is anything to go by. Having been given a green light by the local council, the O'Gormans announced that the new cul-de-sac was to be called "Pogue Muhone Court". Pogue Muhone is a phonetic English equivalent to the Gaelic "pog mo thoin", which means "kiss my ass" (Telegraph).
And if kissing ass isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to crawl through one instead? You can at a new exhibit called Grossology, which opens at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. Subtitled “The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” the exhibits also include a tour of the nose, a giant replica of human skin and an interactive experiment in flatulence called “Burp Man” (Miami Herald).
Not kissing but kicking ass are the pensioners of Bavaria in Germany, who decided not to take the credit crunch lying down. After their financial adviser, James Amburn, handed them losses in excess of 2.3 million euros, five OAPs tracked him to his home in Speyer, kidnapped him, and tortured him into faxing a Swiss bank for the money to pay them back. Instead he managed to alert the police. Mr. Amburn later confided that his four day ordeal was perhaps extended by his kidnappers having to stop a while when they ran out of breath (Mirror).
Also taking a little longer than usual were the German actors appearing in Erofeev’s satirical play “Moscow to the End of the Line”, alternatively billed as a “crazy depiction of one of the most famous alcoholic benders in world literature”. In an ill-considered attempt at method acting four of the performers decided to swap the water in the props for real vodka “as an experiment", only to fall off their chairs, and the stage, before inviting audience members to take a swig. They were later taken to hospital under a police escort to have their stomachs pumped (Guardian).
More outrage now, this time from Great Britain, where in a clear breach of their normal high standards of decorum, British mums have been seen shopping in the Tesco supermarket chain in pyjamas and slippers. In fact more outrage seems to have been directed at Tescos, who have implemented a dress code and now escort anyone so attired from their premises, than at the mums, They should all just be thankful they don’t have Walmarts, that’s all I’m saying (Mirror).
Paul Di Filippo
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