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January 3, 2009

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Today in Completely Ludicrous Headlines

December 18, 2008

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Did You Hear The One About The White Teacher Who Bound Two Of Her Black 7th-Grade Students And Made Them Crawl Under Desks To Demonstrate What Slavery Must Have Been Like?

December 5, 2008

“During a Nov. 18 seventh-grade history lesson on slavery, the teacher, Eileen Bernstein, who is white, selected two black students—one of whom was 13-year-old Gabrielle —taped their hands and feet, and had them crawl into the space under a desk to simulate what it must have been like for slaves transported in ships’ holds during the voyage to America.

In retrospect, the teacher ‘realizes that that was not a good choice and we’ve rectified the situation in terms of not using that simulation again,’ [principal Avis Shelby] added.” [The Journal-News]

Thank God the school has taken measures to ensure that teachers don’t USE THAT SIMULATION AGAIN. For chrissakes.


Dear Darlings Doree and Krucoff: Guess What? You’re Both Wrong About Sheila McClear.

December 3, 2008

Which is excellent! For the aforementioned recently laid-off Miss McClear, that is. Who says? Why, the New York State Department of Labor, in its concerted two-year effort to crack down on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors!

To wit:

UI and Independent Contractors: If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter how the relationship is described by the person engaging the services. For example, if an employer issues individuals a 1099 form rather than a W-2 form, the workers may still be considered employees. Even if the workers sign a statement claiming independent contractor status and waiving any rights as employees, or if they are required to obtain a DBA in order to work for that employer, those individuals may still be considered employees under the law. The Unemployment Insurance Law provides that no agreement by employees to waive their rights under the law is valid.” [NYDOL, itals all moi.]

The irony. Really.

[Gawker: How To Tell If You're A Freelancer Or An Employee]

doree:

Sure, Sheila wasn’t fired. But she also wasn’t, technically, an employee. Gawker staffers are all contractors and as far as I know she will not be eligible for unemployment.

youngmanhattanite:

Oh, can we stop saying Sheila was fired? It’s a layoff. Read the rest of this entry »


PETA: The Swordfish On The Plate In Front Of You Is Actually A “Sea Kitten.” How Could You!?!

November 16, 2008

Sea Kittens/Peta

“Today’s commercial fishers use massive ships the size of football fields and advanced electronic equipment and satellite communications to track fish. These enormous vessels can stay out at sea for as long as six months, storing thousands of tons of fish onboard in massive freezer compartments. Commercial fishing has become a big business…commercial fishers kill hundreds of billions of animals every year—far more than any other industry.”

Oh, PETA. Excellent cause. And so well-argued. Fishing is such a “big business” in the United States these days that the average fisherman brings home $28,280 a year and works in the occupation with the highest rate—by far—of fatalities on the job in the entire country. Commercial fishing is so gargantuan, in fact, that in 2007, it contributed just $34.2 billion to the United States GNP, which I think doesn’t even warrant it a single percentage point.

But hey, cute fishie graphic. I myself like my sea kittens grilled and marinated with rosemary and basil-infused olive oil. Preferably fresh out of Nantucket Sound. Oh wait! There’s only one commercial dragger left there. Damn.


PETA: The Swordfish On The Plate In Front Of You Is Actually A “Sea Kitten.” How Could You!?!

November 16, 2008

Sea Kittens/Peta

“Today’s commercial fishers use massive ships the size of football fields and advanced electronic equipment and satellite communications to track fish. These enormous vessels can stay out at sea for as long as six months, storing thousands of tons of fish onboard in massive freezer compartments. Commercial fishing has become a big business…commercial fishers kill hundreds of billions of animals every year—far more than any other industry.”

Oh, PETA. Excellent cause. And so well-argued. Fishing is such a “big business” in the United States these days that the average fisherman brings home $28,280 a year and works in the occupation with the highest rate—by far—of fatalities on the job in the entire country. Commercial fishing is so gargantuan, in fact, that in 2007, it contributed just $34.2 billion to the United States GNP, which I think doesn’t even warrant it a single percentage point.

But hey, cute fishie graphic. I myself like my sea kittens grilled and marinated with rosemary and basil-infused olive oil. Preferably fresh out of Nantucket Sound. Oh wait! There’s only one commercial dragger left there. Damn.


Teddy Huffstodt Has Been Seriously Marked Down

November 10, 2008

Andycomeau-2Remember Andy Comeau from the awesome if slightly overindulgent and now-canceled HBO series Huff? He played Hank Azaria’s schizophrenic brother, Teddy.

Andycomeaukmart-3And now he’s in the new Kmart Christmas commercial! Fun times!


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