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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM

The Tunnel Is Fucked: And the state officials say a trucking company with a $14 million contract on the project never should have received it, since the company's head allegedly lied about his finances to pose as a "disadvantaged business."

All Eyes on Sochi: But the migrant workers who suffered wage theft and abuse to make the Olympic spectacle possible remain invisible.

Overseas, Broncos Are Super Bowl Champs: Thanks to local religious charity World Vision's much-criticized practice of dumping unused clothing in poor countries, thousands of people are going to wind up wearing the t-shirts printed by the NFL proclaiming the Broncos as Super Bowl champions.

Yes, Catholic Hospitals Discriminate Too: The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that religious nonprofits, while deserving some special protections, can be sued for discrimination—workers in "non-religious roles should still have the right to sue their employers."

Business As Usual: President Obama's nominee for Ambassador to Argentina has never been there. He has, however, bundled hundreds of thousands of Democratic campaign dollars!

Woody Allen Responds to Abuse Allegations: And Dylan Farrow offers a swift rebuttal.

Still a Chance of Snowfall Tonight: Yay!

This Week In Surveillance: The British equivalent of the NSA launched DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks on Anonymous and set up elaborate "honeypot" traps to lure targets into actions that would "discredit" them. Vile stuff:


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fletc3her 1
How delighted the Brits must be to have their top secret presentations distributed around the world since the U.S. spy agencies are so incompetent that they allowed them to be stolen by a contractor.
Posted by fletc3her on February 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Those presentations were not stolen. The Brits still have them. They are simply information. U.S. spy agencies put their copies of that information on computers that were instructed to provide copies to a contractor.
Posted by Phil M on February 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Required reading on the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen story:…
Posted by Ruth Evershed on February 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM · Report this
So I understand the market disruption that clothing donations create. However, each time I talk with someone about the destruction of the cotton planting or spinning/garment construction industry in a 3rd world country I ask "wouldn't that land/labor/industrial capacity be better spent on food crops or higher-markup goods?" There was a get piece on the resale market of used clothing on Planet Money (the whole tshirt project was good). I found it especially interesting that much of our clothing has to be altered because our it is too big for most of the world.
Posted by Chris Jury on February 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this


Dylan was jealous of her sister Soon-Yi turning into a woman and getting the affections of her rich Uncle Woody. That's why she fabricated it all.

Posted by Ziggy Fraud on February 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
raindrop 6
I so wish I could give Theodore Gorath, Matt in Denver, 5280, and Urgutha Forka a Broncos Championship shirt.
Posted by raindrop on February 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Now here's the proper definition of "squirrelly" (also, too cute for words):…
Posted by sgt_doom on February 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM · Report this
NotSean 8
@3 Good link
Posted by NotSean on February 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM · Report this
seatackled 9
Could we just start referring to the tunnel boring machine as Christine instead of Bertha?
Posted by seatackled on February 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 10
@6 I am slightly hurt that I am not included in your list.

That t-shirt is an odd collectible that I'm strangely interested in having.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on February 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM · Report this
rob! 11
Somebody pls forward doomie's squirrel gif @7 to former Stranger intern Paul Holmes (or to papa Pete).
Posted by rob! on February 8, 2014 at 7:02 PM · Report this
venomlash 12
@10: A shirt of that nature (losing team Super Bowl Champions) was an item on the UChicago SCAV list a few years back.
Posted by venomlash on February 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
raindrop 13
@10: Don't feel hurt, I just listed the Denver boys, forgot 'Mark in Colorado' though. But yes, I'd love to have one too.
Posted by raindrop on February 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this

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