Over the years I have heard of many stupid lawsuits levied against corporations. Don’t get me wrong, I see many corporate giants as being completely evil – not all – but many and thus my following comments are not to be taken that I am defending the corporations at all – in fact if I could hammer a few I would coughHALIBURTONcough. The lawsuits that I am the most amazed with are the ones where the person filing suit was clearly an idiot and didn’t want to take responsibility for his/her own actions. McDonald’s fast food chain is near the top of the food chain for getting hit with these – another happened just today.
This story tells us about a Manager of a McDonalds who just won a lawsuit to the tune of $17,00 for gaining weight while working at McDonalds. My favorite article quote? “The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.” FORCED TO SAMPLE THE FOOD! I want to see the McDonalds document stating that all managers must taste all the food every day! SHOW IT TO ME.
I couldn’t better sum this next one up so I just included the wikipedia bit on it.
“In 1992, Stella Liabeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, sued McDonald’s after she suffered third-degree burns after she spilled hot coffee that she ordered at one of the company’s drive-thrus. a.k.a. the “McDonald’s coffee case”, is a well-known product liabilitylawsuit that became a flash point in the debate in the U.S. over tort reform after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who burned herself with hot coffee. The trial judge reduced the total award to $640,000, and the parties settled for a confidential amount before an appeal was decided. The case entered popular understanding as an example of frivolous litigation;ABC News calls the case “the poster child of excessive lawsuits.” Trial-lawyer groups such as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and other opponents of tort reform sometimes argue that the suit was justified because of the extent of Liebeck’s injuries.”
What was wrong with that? The story goes that the woman bought a cup of HOT COFFEE that came in a Styrofoam cup which she so delicately places BETWEEN HER THIGHS while she was driving. Turns out the movement of the car as well as the movement of her thighs caused said fragile cup to crumple between her thighs effectively burning her less than happy place. My problem here is that she IS FUGGIN STUPID. Who puts a Styrofoam cup of lava between their thighs even if sitting perfectly still? They paid her?
Takinga quick stab at McDonalds themselves take a look at the wikipedia page I already referenced – basically they are evil bastards. My favorite? “The company waged an unsuccessful 26-year legal action against McDonald’s Family Restaurant which was opened by a man legally named Ronald McDonald in Fairbury, Illinois in 1956. Mr. McDonald ultimately continued to use his name on his restaurant, despite objections by the franchise.” Apparently the man isn’t allowed to use HIS OWN NAME.
Apparently this year is setting a record for Political spending and advertising – apparently it is also setting a record for lying, deceiving, cheating, and just plain old mean rhetoric. There are a couple political investigation groups that NPR has been working with lately to investigate most of these wild claims made by someone about someone else or about themselves. NPR has had them on their show several times a day for the last couple of weeks and I have yet to hear any of them say “yep that ad was totally accurate!” NOT ONE.
Today on NPR (reoccuring theme here I know) some show they have was going to have some professors of ethics on to talk about this and how its unethical. I can’t make that up. Politicians? Unethical? In America? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!
This rocked. I really have no comment besides kudos to the team over at The Onion on the Today Now show. I wish that real television was as good a production quality as The Onion. For whatever reason I couldn’t embed it – I fail.
Favorite quote? “Spray his rancid ejaculate” and this is about a bird. We here at BB will post anything folks – anything.
“You don’t count.” I say this often. Normally I get a raised eyebrow, some people even get offended, and in both of those responses I see that they do not understand what I am saying. I am not being offensive and I am not putting them down. “You don’t count.” is actually a compliment is sheep’s clothing. When I say that to someone I am really telling them that in the context of what we are discussing their perspective, meaning who they are, is not a factor. The best way to illustrate this is through examples and interpretative dance:
My father recently moved from California to Kansas. Prior to leaving he made a request to the owner of the business where is P.O. Box is located to forward his mail. My father even paid the man. He has yet to receive his mail. He is livid that someone would do that to him. “If I said I was going to do something I’d do it damn it!” I replied thus “You don’t count. He doesn’t care about you or your mail. Your own perspective and what you would do if you were he is irrelevant.”
Often we here at Blinkinblogs come up with a business or product idea and then dismiss it with a “I’d never buy that!” Again, “You don’t count.” applies. You may not buy it but the 3.1 million people who purchased a pet rock probably would.
Recently a politician became famous for his political party, and slogan, “The Rent is Too Damn High Party.” Basically no matter what question you ask him he says “The Rent is Too Damn High.” The irony here is that he is correct in his assessment that in fact Rent is Too Damn High – nobody can dispute that – however he has yet to offer a single way to change that. Again, “You don’t count.” Anyone can whine about a problem, its those that are willing to solve the problem that are useful.
My niece, who had a prominent modelling career in front of her, chopped her hair off, colored it with random colors, uses that fake tanner crap that turns people orange, and now has 22 tattoos. Her modelling gigs have gone to zero and she has no idea why. “You don’t count.” Models needs to be clean, smooth, and not marred at all – once you undo all those things you are no longer a model – you are just a wannabe.
My boss will look at a website design and say that he hates it and can’t imagine how they make any money with it. “You don’t count.” You may hate something, anything, and may never use it – but guess what – someone will.
So if someone tells you that you don’t count they may not actually be being mean to you – in fact they may be complimenting you that you – or they maybe saying that in this situation you just don’t apply.
Apparently in France people are rioting because retirement age is being raised to 62 from 60. Think about that. You now have to be 2 years older to retire – best part? To show their displeasure in this action by the government the French, many of whom are IN HIGH SCHOOL, have decided to destroy their own neighborhoods and cars! I can see how one might think that will make a positive difference – burning, pillaging, and general carnage all being very proper ways to sway the political argument.
Let us consider a different aspect of the issue. You, a hard working citizen, feels that the government, people you voted to govern you, has now come up with a way to screw over your future. In your grand wisdom you figure the best way to tell them so is by destroying your own neighborhood creating an environment where the very government you are angry with can now exact MARTIAL LAW against its citizens. Furthermore your decision to destroy things has led to many businesses being closed until further notice – so that you and other citizens can’t be paid for your honest days of work.
We all get Spam, LOTS OF IT. I rarely read the email SPAM I get, preferring instead to read the crap comment SPAM we get here on Blinkinblogs. Lately I have been really enjoying those. The part that cracks me up is that the comment SPAM has to be getting posted by a BOT of some kind as the content of the SPAM never meshes well with the article they have tried to attach it to. I digress. This morning, at my office, I received a SPAM email that I receive at least twice daily and yet have never read – in the past I just glanced at it and deleted it forever. Today was different my friends, I felt that I owed it to the idiot sending it to me to at least peruse his fine work.
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Apparently I am a slacker. I apologize for not having a new post in several days as I was literally on the road driving cross country. So what did you and I miss in this wonderful journey we are taking together? Strap in kiddies, uncle Thraxxus will take you on a wild ride through the universe.
It turns out that Banks are not only corrupt bastards who believe that they are above the law but that they are also willing to prove that in grand form. NPR has been talking for the past few weeks about the foreclosure process being seriously FUBAR in America – but oh wait, it gets better! Apparently banks, when asked for notes and titles, can’t actually produce them! Why? They don’t have them and never did. So the question remains – who owns your house?
The political race in America is totally out of control! How? This last year Congress passed a law that allows corporations to dump as much cash as they want into the political process. The result? One news station reported showing 24 political ads per hour. Analysis by many political experts showed that many of those ads are false information aimed at disarming the populace. Nice.
It turns out that the NFL may not be active next year. Why? Apparently the poor owners who make next to no money at all want the players, and not just the cities the teams are located in, to burden the cost of stadium upgrades. Apparently anyone but the owners themselves really. The players are holding their collective middle fingers in the air and soooooo KABOOM. First it was the NHL, then MLB…..sigh.
President Bush is still a douche bag – what of Obama? Better speaker – spends even more money. Bad guy? Who really knows?
Driving across country on the I40 is a lot like driving red hot rivets through your scrotum – but less exciting.
A discussion I had yesterday revealed to me that the top ten musicians in modern times are all gay. I don’t know how true that is but to all you anti gay people – go to hell. Talent and sexual orientation have nothing to do with each other. You go Elton!
Slacker is actually a streaming radio station online – a friend of mine architected it! check it out.
A recent study conducted by Caravaggio suggests that nobody reads nor likes Blinkinblogs. I never did like that guy. Son of a #$@%@#!!
Things you like to eat kill you. Thing you don’t like to eat kill you. the very act of breathing oxygen in kills you.
Lists, like this one, are irritating to read and prove nothing.
Screw you with a rubber duck. Have a nice weekend!
1. Ph.D.s awarded in this country are increasingly to Foreign Nationals
2. American Primary School Students were scored as “having the most pride” in an International Scholastic Review
3. While not scoring in the Top 10 in any other category for a 1st World Nation
4. India is producing Scientists on an order of magnitude greater scale per annum than America
5. Urban schools don’t have the necessary resources to offer even a basic education
6. Suburban schools have the necessary resources to offer a solid basic education but the majority of students don’t prioritize education
7. American popular culture is now focused upon school bullies and ending the sad effect of “bullicide”
8. American popular culture should be focused on championing academic achievement above all else
9. This new focus which would assist in reducing the social cues associated with bullying causes and triggers
10. Don’t eat at a restaurant that employs people who can’t spell “Angus”
We all know about the concept of Global Warming – I mean how can we not right? It is everywhere afterall. Al Gore made Billions on the idea – sure he was spreading a message that he said he thought was important – but he did also pocket somewhere in the billions of dollars on the subject too.
Well apparently there are these things called Scientists – not too sure what they are – but it appears that they do this thing called Science – not sure what that is either. Well the Science that these Scientists have done recently has to do with something called The Water Cycle, which apparently has something to do with water. Well these Scientist things apparently are under the impression that The Water Cycle is not where it is supposed to be – and apparently it hasn’t been for years.
The result, again according to those weird Scientist things, is that the world’s oceans and rainfall is a bit off kilter. You may want to read what these Scientists are arguing because to me it was all just a bit too complicated. I mean Science? Who has ever heard of such a thing?
I am looking forward to the movie Waterworld becoming a reality – with Zombies!
This film looks to be super cliche – and I don’t mind at all. Sometimes we need a throwback to simpler times – ninjas, cowboys, hot women, swords and guns. Besides it is an East meets West sort of film – Geoffrey Rush is in it for pete’s sake!
My inner child is excited – my adult side knows this movie will suck. I will see it when it comes out.