November 25, 2003
More Media Strangeness
In an article about Malvo's trial on MSNBC, I found something interesting. About 3/4 the way through the article, there's an interactive dialog box that you can click on. There are 14 tabs, indicating the 14 shootings that occurred, which are linked to Malvo. Each one you click on gives you information about the shooting, the time, where it occurred. Here's the strange part. If the person being shot at was killed, it gives a picture, and their name. If the person survived the shooting, it only lists the age. It wouldn't have struck me as odd, except for the fact that EVERY single person killed had a picture with their name. What about being dead makes it okay to print the picture? What about surviving makes it taboo to show a picture or name? Is it only because the victims names wouldn't appear on public record?
The County of Los Angles wins the stupidest policy award. Apparently someone was offended that computer parts use the terms Master/slave when refering to such things as hard drives. The terminology is also commonly used in communications networks where one device will transmit data (the master) and others do nothing but receive it (the slaves). Guess if I ever run for political office, I'll have to kill all those with whom I played Cowboys and Indi...erm Native Americans. I suppose Cops and Robbers would be out too, maybe it should be Law Enforcement Professionals and Justice Challenged Individuals Who Have Authority Issues.
November 20, 2003
There was a story up on MSNBC yesterday about the blackout in the northeastern part of the country in August. The title displayed on the main page was "Blackout report faults FirstEnergy" Today, its listed in the Business section with the title Blackout report finds no single cause. While the title of the linked article still blames FirstEnergy, they changed the menu option. Any one else think that someone from FirstEnergy complained to MSNBC, or have I watch Conspiracy Theory one to many times....?
November 12, 2003
Christmas Present Anyone?
For a puny 9.5 million dollars, you can buy me my own satallite. Any takers? I'll let you drive it every once and a while!
November 10, 2003
FUBAR Legal System
First, the story . Now for the lazy, 9 illegalimmigrants are suing Wal-Mart for discrimination, claiming they didn't get benefits and overtime pay. First, here's a quote showing how much they made per week:
The plaintiffs say they worked at least 56 hours a week and were not paid time and a half for overtime, hours worked beyond 40 a week. They say they were paid $350-$500 a week.;
At $350 for 56 hours, that works out to $6.25 an hour, $500 for 56 hours is $8.92. You'll notice that both those are over minimum wage, so they're not getting screwed there. However the illegal workers should still be getting time and a half for work done. Personally, I don't think $8.92 an hour is bad for cleaning up a store, and I would be surprised if there was a huge difference between the illegals pay and "authorized" workers. If there is a big difference, then the contractor is paying its employees way to much in my opinion.
From what I understand in the whole Wal-Mart/Illegals thing, the workers worked for a contractor which Wal-Mart paid to clean its stores. Wal-Mart should not be liable for anything in pay disputes between the contractor and its(contractors) employees, even if they did know the contractor was employing illegals.
While I believe that foreigners (legally and illegally) in the country should be protected by our laws, persons who are in the country illegally should not be able to SUE over such things as labor laws. If they aren't allowed to work here in the first place, yet manage to find someone willing to employ them that should be good enough.
Last, while I think we should focus on employing US citizens, employing illegal immigrants doesn't hurt the economy in any way. If anything, they will work for less than any American because its a job and money, both things which they probably didn't have where ever they came from in the first place. They will spend some of money in America (all of it if they aren't saving it for friends/family still in other countries).
November 05, 2003
Yeah, its a little old but I never actually watched the footage (3.5MB). It seems to me that the guy got to walk a long ways before anyone did anything! Even the news story on it says the off-duty deputy who finally tackled the guy was around a corner! I know the gunman basically used up all his bullets in the attorney, but still, you'd think at least one of the camera/sound/reporter/other people on the street would have been in good enough shape to take down the shooter! Looking at the video, its not like the gunman was an ex-Navy Seal.
This just increases my contempt for the newsmedia. To me, it looks as if they would have followed the guy around for hours, just to see where he was going. I can see it now, a new series on Fox! "Watch this button-down, Oxford-cloth psycho, stalking from office to office with an Armalite AR-180 carbine gas-operated semi-automatic, pumping round after round into colleagues and coworkers." all while we follow 2 feet away getting exclusive coverage!
November 04, 2003
This story makes me wish I had a bluetooth cellphone, and lived in an area where other people had one. www.bluejackq.com describes how to go about bluejacking. All the fun I could be having, spoiled by living in the middle of no where :^/