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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Tuesday Morning News

Posted by on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Actually Skewed Polls: Gallup is taken to task for surveys that favored Romney, while Nate Silver says that the pollsters who got it wrong were the ones who “put their finger on the scale.”

Eight Businesses: Screwing over their employees because Obamacare. For example, "Darden Concepts, the parent corporation of Red Lobster and Olive Garden, may start using more part-time workers who would likely not be eligible for employee-sponsored health insurance plans."

Silly House Republicans: One hundred members have sent a letter to Obama opposing the nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State. That appointment can only be ratified or blocked by the Senate.

The New 520 Bridge: quotes an anonymous "former inspector" who says it's "a disaster waiting to happen."

Microsoft Data Center: To be fueled by feces.


Hewlett Packard: They paid $10 million for a company that cooked its books. "HP is avoiding calling it a fraud, but it said there were 'serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation PLC.'"

Awwww: The Seattle Weekly has its very own "What You're Not Wearing" series.

Texan Clown: Insists that states seceding from the union "is a deeply American principle."

A New Movie on Melting Glaciers: The initial goal was to place 25 cameras that filmed glaciers for three years, during every hour that there was daylight. Via Sullivan:

"I never imagined that you could see glaciers this big disappearing in such a short time," they say.


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Bauhaus I 25
@21 - The problem is that Wal-Mart offers prices poor, struggling people can't resist (and I know the arguments about the cost of low prices). I boycotted them for years and one Saturday I went with my sisters and saw what they charge for toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. as compared to a drugstore or a grocery. I saved maybe 30-40%. I'm afraid it would take something really bad - on the scale of blowing up the Statue of Liberty to make room for a superstore - to keep people out of Wal-Mart (and even that wouldn't do it for some), but people can find a reasonable facsimile or even something cheaper than a Darden restaurant. They can even eat at home. The only thing cheaper (price-wise) than Wal-Mart in many cases is shoplifting which I don't advocate.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM · Report this
“There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.”
—Ron Paul

Abraham Lincoln disagreed with you on this point, Ron. Actively working to destroy the union is pretty much the definition of treason. Also, it is interesting that you think that having a president who was chosen by the majority of the electorate is not as "responsive" as one that doesn't.
Posted by Proteus on November 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 23
I remember how dull things were back before The Stranger invented street fashion. In 1810.
McGee 22
These states should not only be allowed to secede we should make a reality show about it. It could be called "Starving Dummies."
Posted by McGee on November 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 21

It's like the boycott of Wal-Mart over their labor practices. I haven't set foot in one in almost ten years, and it was only the one time. Easy peasy.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 20
Thanks, Dom, for the info about Darden. I missed it. Those of us who want the Affordable Healthcare for America Act to succeed need to stay informed with regard to companies trying to fuck this thing up. Boycotts are an excellent tool, and I believe there are enough of us supporters out there to make an impact. The important thing is to get the word out on those trying to throw wrenches into this wonderful new machine.

Shame on Darden and the like! And frankly? This would be an easy boycott staying out of Olive Garden and Red Fucking Lobster.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM · Report this
MrBaker 19
@17, he's a job creator.
Posted by MrBaker on November 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 18
@15: Never saw an easier boycott. Denny's sucks, Dairy Queen is mediocre at best, and Red Lobster and Olive Garden are both awful.

If you are like me and will not be visiting these places anyway, consider sending their corporate headquarters/franchisee a letter saying that because they are punishing workers for the election results (or just treating them like shit anyway), you will not be visiting their place, and you will tell everyone you know never to go there.

@16: Would that be all the mocking of Microsoft, or all the times I wanted to bash my past PCs because the operating system was an unstable, bloated piece of shit?

Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Fnarf 17
That Leo Apotheker was a pretty shrewd operator. He paid $12 billion for $3 billion worth of company, as a result of which he was dumped by HP, earning something like $13 million in total compensation for eleven months' work -- including a $3 mil bonus, even though HP lost $30 billion in market capitalization during his tenure -- and leaving them with this now shell of a company. Now that's some top-notch CEOing!

The worst thing is, Autonomy is Tottenham Hotspur's shirt sponsor. I have to walk around with this bogus company's logo on my chest. And I thought Mansion was bad.
Posted by Fnarf on November 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
NotSean 16
The Microsoft bashing is really tiresome.
Posted by NotSean on November 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
yucca flower 15
RE: Screwing Employees Out Of Health Insurance

Boycott. Simple as that. No more money for employers who treat labor like sh*t.

No more Denny’s/Dairy Queen, no more Red Lobster and Olive Garden, no more Papa John’s pizza, no more Applebee’s, don't stay at Westgate Resorts, and eff Murray Energy.
Posted by yucca flower on November 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Dominic, how could you write up the morning news without noticing today's blow job piece by CASEY MCNERTHNEY, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF, "Hempfest opens Seattle store and office"?

I think this is my favorite part of the piece:
When Hempfest began in 1991, "I think a lot of people didn't take it seriously," McPeak said Friday. "And now I think the federal government takes legalization very seriously."
Posted by Time Must Be Fluid: How Else Do We Alter The Past So Easily? on November 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Knat 13
Yes, truly there is nothing more patriotic than to throw a hissy fit because you didn't get your way. To take your ball and go home. What a troll.
Posted by Knat on November 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 12
@7 It's like you're reading my mind.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM · Report this
stinkbug 11

Can you please have Mudede write up a review of John "on the run" McAfee's new blog:
Posted by stinkbug on November 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
r.chops 10
Didn't SW have a person-on-the-street fashion column years before the Sfranger? Where What When or something like that.
Posted by r.chops on November 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
Galloping Gertie soon to be replaced by Sinking Soozie.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
plus the HP link is wrong.
godam dom you moron didn't you read the post that said it isn't cool to be stoned at work dumbass?
Posted by ReeferDumbness on November 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
RE: Businesses having temper tantrums about Obama's re-election:
What a bunch of sore loser crybabies.

RE: Republicans opposing Susan Rice.
Same as the comment above. They're lashing out at nothing... cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Are republicans going to sabotage their own election chances in the next cycle AGAIN?? Do these people never fucking learn?

RE: Ron Paul suggesting secession is "American."
Nope... I guess these people never do fucking learn.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 6
Microsoft fueled by shit...well I think we already knew that
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
pragmatic 5
@3 Also, your HP story is wrong. It was a $11.1 billion acquisition, and they're taking an $8.8 billion impairment charge for it.…
Posted by pragmatic on November 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 4
Why are the mayor, governor, Inslee, so deafeningly silent on the 520 matter?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 3
Got it, guys. Thanks.
Posted by Dominic Holden on November 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 2
@1: I think it was intentional.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 20, 2012 at 8:32 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 1
Um, that would be Susan Rice, Dom, not "Race."
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on November 20, 2012 at 8:26 AM · Report this

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