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Kids are basically awesome

MyLifeIsAverage - Life is pretty normal today
Today, I attended a co-worker's wedding. A little boy who looked about 6 was coming down the aisle and he took two steps, stopped, and turned to the crowd (alternating between bride's side and groom's side), put his hands up like claws, and roared. Step, step, ROAR, step step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. The crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. The little boy, however, was getting more and more distressed from all the laughing and was almost crying. When asked what he was doing, he sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear."

If Newspapers Were Stores, Would Visitors Be “Worthless” Then?

If Newspapers Were Stores, Would Visitors Be “Worthless” Then? This is a wonderful article outlining phase two of the big media war with Google. In this case, the author is incensed by the Wall Street Journal saying that online visitors are "worthless" because they read one story and leave. The author here does a fantastic job of showing a) how the Journal is wrong, and b) how they could easily target their ads better to achieve what they want. I love love love articles that offer solutions.
Let’s say a newspaper executive opens a store. They put some story headlines up in their shop window. Now one of those old fashioned newskids comes along. You know, the type that you’d see in movies selling papers on the street. Let’s call the kid Google. Google reads the headlines and then scampers off down the street, shouting out to people things like “Senate’s debating health care!” or “1 out of 4 homeowners are in the red!” Some of these people are interested. They ask this Google kid for more information, and Google sends them back to the news store. At the store, the news exec owner greets visitors by asking them what the hell they want. Perplexed, they visitors say they heard about these stories and wanted to know more. The exec shouts at them. “Get the hell out of my store, you freeloader! This is for members-only. We don’t need riff-raff like you in here.” That’s a hell of a way to run a business, don’t you think? But it’s pretty much how News Corporation execs seem to view the world. . . .

November 24, 2009

That census worker who was found hanged with FED written on his chest? It was suicide.

Police: Sparkman Committed Suicide, Made It Look Like Murder For Insurance Scam | TPMMuckraker So say investigators.
Census worker Bill Sparkman committed suicide and deliberately made it look like murder as part of an insurance scam, Kentucky state police have concluded. State police, working with the FBI, said at a press conference moments ago that Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide. It appears Sparkman hoped that the scheme would benefit his son, Josh Sparkman. The elder Sparkman was found dead in September in a rural part of Kentucky, hanging from a tree with a rope around his neck and the word "Fed" written on his chest, his hands and feet bound and duct tape over his mouth. Police said today that Sparkman's wrists were bound in front of him, in a position from which he could easily have wriggled free.

China executes two for poison milk scandal

China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scandal
China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday, the only two people sentenced to death in a scheme to water down infant formula with an industrial chemical that left at least six children dead and sickened more than 300,000. The contamination of the milk power with melamine was one of China's worst-ever food safety scandals, and Beijing is eager to prove it has responded swiftly and comprehensively to eliminate the problem — one in a string of food safety scares. When the scandal came to light in September 2008, there were accusations that the government had prevented the news from breaking until after the Olympic Games in Beijing ended. Dairy farmers and the middlemen involved in the scam conspired to increase profits by watering down milk and milk products before they sold it, fooling inspectors testing for protein content by adding melamine — used in the manufacture of plastics and fertilizers. Melamine, like protein, is high in nitrogen.