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Hundreds of thousands buy same shoe as one hurled at Bush

Bloomberg.com: Europe

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The shoe hurled at President George W. Bush has sent sales soaring at the Turkish maker as orders pour in from Iraq, the U.S. and Iran.

The brown, thick-soled “Model 271” may soon be renamed “The Bush Shoe” or “Bye-Bye Bush,” Ramazan Baydan, who owns the Istanbul-based producer Baydan Ayakkabicilik San. & Tic., said in a telephone interview today.

“We’ve been selling these shoes for years but, thanks to Bush, orders are flying in like crazy,” he said. “We’ve even hired an agency to look at television advertising.”

San Francisco is tired of receiving the nation's homeless

S.F. blames out-of-towners for endless homeless problem

States all over the country send their homeless here to be dealt with. Maybe that isn't fair?

Facing a crippling budget shortfall, officials at San Francisco's homeless agencies are proposing a radical idea - take care of the city's own first, and require newcomers to show proof of residency for aid.

"If a homeless family living in San Francisco doesn't get shelter, and somebody just off the bus does, it doesn't seem fair," said Trent Rhorer, director of the Department of Human Services.

San Francisco has a long, proud history of reaching out to those who are homeless. This idea is bound to generate vociferous political debate and heated objections from homeless advocacy groups.

. . .

"Since January of 2004 (when Gavin Newsom took office), we have housed 5,186 homeless people," Kayhan said. "We have built close to 3,500 homeless units, with another 445 to be built next year. And we know that 90 percent of those we have put in housing stay housed."

December 19, 2008

Things'll be a little quiet around here

Hey there Mojonauts, Net Spiders, and Avid Readers,

Thanks for all of your time and comments this year. It's much appreciated. We here at Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), Newswire, & Cutelove 100% just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that things will be a bit quiet around here until the New Year as we go about the country making merry in our mystery van, solving crimes and helping estranged parents reunite with their wayward children.

The Almanac(k) will continue apace: the Giant Squid runs a tight ship over there.

If we don't come to your town in our battered van with our personable dog sidekick please allow us this moment to wish you a happy time in this most stressful of years.

Regards,
The staff of the PMjA

December 18, 2008

SEIU Praises Obama's Pick For Labor Secretary

TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Labor Leaders Hail Obama's Pick For Labor Secretary

Obama's choice of California Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, which was confirmed to us by a Democratic official, is thrilling labor officials, and more than compensates for unease about Obama's economic picks and his initial delay in picking someone for the key labor post.

"It's extraordinary," SEIU president Andy Stern said in an interview with us a few moments ago. "On every issue that's important to us, she has stood up for an America where everyone's hard work is valued and rewarded."

. . .

Although there's a proud tradition of interest groups rushing to praise officials once they're appointed, Stern outdid that with some truly extraordinary praise: "She probably will be the labor secretary that has been on more picket lines and rallied more in support of workers rights than potentially anyone in American history." Stern added that she'd been on the forefront of battles on behalf of farm workers and hiking the minimum wage.

Photo Gallery: The Best Photos of 2008 (part 2)

2008 in photographs (part 2 of 3) - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Burger King getting into the meaty cologne business

Burger King’s scent of love now flame broiled - BostonHerald.com

Burger King is hoping to be known as more than “The Home of the Whopper.”

This weekend, the fast food chain rolled out “Flame,” a new men’s body spray billed as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”

And an informal survey by the Boston Herald found that there are men out there who’d wear it - even one who seemed to be named after a meat.

Why does the NSA keep failing?

Schneier on Security: James Bamford Interview on the NSA

The problem is that NSA was never designed for what it's doing. It was designed after World War II to prevent another surprise attack from another nation-state, particularly the Soviet Union. And from 1945 or '46 until 1990 or '91, that's what its mission was. That's what every piece of equipment, that's what every person recruited to the agency, was supposed to do, practically — find out when and where and if the Russians were about to launch a nuclear attack. That's what it spent 50 years being built for. And then all of a sudden the Soviet Union is not around anymore, and NSA's got a new mission, and part of that is going after terrorists. And it's just not a good fit. They missed the first World Trade Center bombing, they missed the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, they missed the attack on the U.S. embassies in Africa, they missed 9/11. There's this string of failures because this agency was not really designed to do this. In the movies, they'd be catching terrorists all the time. But this isn't the movies, this is reality.

The big difference here is that when they were focused on the Soviet Union, the Soviets communicated over dedicated lines. The army communicated over army channels, the navy communicated over navy channels, the diplomats communicated over foreign-office channels. These were all particular channels, particular frequencies, you knew where they were; the main problem was breaking encrypted communications. [The NSA] had listening posts ringing the Soviet Union, they had Russian linguists that were being pumped out from all these schools around the U.S. . . .

December 17, 2008

Chrysler to shutter factories for one month, blue collar workers get no pay but white collar are unaffected

Think Progress -- Chrysler to shut down all 30 plants for a month, but ‘white collar workers’ will keep regular salaries.

Chrysler announced today that it would shut all 30 of its North American plants for a month, starting this Friday. ABC News reports that while 46,000 union workers will be shut off from their regular paychecks, the “white collar” management will continue to receive their salaries:

These [UAW} workers will not be receiving their regular income. There will be an unknown number of white collar workers who will not be working as well, but the expectation is that they will continue to receive their regular salaries during this time.

The Secret Origin of Little Batman

Calamity Jon, Save Us!

The sight of Baby Batman trying to learn how to ride a bike while wishing he had parents is completely heartbreaking.

Doctors like this give the entire profession a bad name

"Shut up and push." - Feministing

Whatever happened to "First, do no harm"?

According to a civil suit filed Monday, Skol arrived at the hospital at about 4 a.m. Her usual doctor was out of town, so Dr. Scott Pierce filled in. The lawsuit alleged that Pierce showed up at Rush four hours later, and when he did, he allegedly reprimanded Skol for not calling before coming in. The lawsuit claims he said there was not enough time to administer pain medication.

The suit also accuses Pierce of telling a nurse that Skol got the pain she deserved because she had not called ahead.

"Sometimes pain is the best teacher," he allegedly said.

Skol says the doctor gave her an excruciating vaginal exam in the middle of a contraction. Then, although she was not fully dilated, she claims Pierce instructed her to start pushing.

When Skol or the staff questioned his methods, Pierce told Skol, "Shut up, close your mouth, and push," according to the suit.

Obama chooses anti-gay, anti-choice pastor for inauguration ceremony

Obama picks anti-gay, anti-choice pastor for inauguration ceremony - Feministing

[Rick] Warren, despite being considered a nicer-and-friendlier "new evangelical," equates same-sex marriage with incest, says Christians who work for social justice are basically Marxists, and is staunchly anti-choice. (He recently told Steven Waldman of Beliefnet that he believes he is obligated to lobby the president to end abortion rights, but not to stop the use of torture.)

So many pro-choicers, gay activists, and progressive Christians worked their asses off to elect Obama, which makes Obama's decision to give Warren a platform at the inauguration a real fuck-you. I can't even handle the irony that Warren's appearance will be immediately followed by Aretha singing "Respect" and "Someday We'll All Be Free."

What's that? You're tired of the same old Xmas recordings

the leather canary: 'tis the season...

Then click through and check out these 200+ mp3s of Xmas songs by an amazing range of artists, from James Brown to Belle & Sebastian, Otis Redding to Merle Haggard.

The Face of my Nightmares #2: The Hungry Stones

grinding.be -- Stoned Smiles

Scientists discover the G-spot

Ecstasy over G spot therapy - life - 17 December 2008 - New Scientist

Emmanuele Jannini at the University of L'Aquila in Italy discovered clear anatomical differences between women who claim to have vaginal orgasms - triggered by stimulation of the front vaginal wall without any simultaneous stimulation of the clitoris - and those that don't. Apparently, the key is that women who orgasm during penetrative sex have a thicker area of tissue in the region between the vagina and urethra, meaning a simple scan could separate out the lucky "haves" from the "have-nots".

Even better, Jannini now has evidence that women who have this thicker tissue can be "taught" to have vaginal orgasms. Ultrasound scans on 30 women uncovered G spots in just eight of them and when these women were asked if they had vaginal orgasms during sex, only five of them said yes. However, when the remaining three were shown their G spots on the scan and given advice on how to stimulate it, two of them subsequently "discovered" the joy of vaginal orgasms. "This demonstrated, although in a small sample, the use of [vaginal ultrasound] in teaching the vaginal orgasm," Jannini says.