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46. Small business co-owner. IT Professional by trade.

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Pretty disgusting and racist prom proposal from Florida

http://www.timesonline.com/zz/news/20180423/florida-students-racist-prom-proposal-references-picking-cotton

Noah Crowley’s sign said, ‘If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom.’

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — A Riverview High student is under fire after using a racist sign to ask his girlfriend to the school’s prom.

The sign, reading, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom,” made the rounds on Twitter Sunday night. The proposal was conducted by 18-year-old student Noah Crowley, the district confirmed. Riverview students found the image on the female student’s Snapchat, with a caption of two heart-eye emojis, implying that she was excited about the request. The Herald-Tribune did not identify Crowley until confirming that he is an adult.

By Monday morning, various Twitter posts had already received hundreds of retweets and favorites. One student tweeted out the image with the comment: “he seems to not know about America’s history. RACISM IS A PROBLEM. definitely should not be allowed to go to prom!!”

School district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker confirmed Monday morning that Crowley attended Riverview and the sign was under investigation by the school district. She said administrators have been speaking to the student and his parents on the phone since Sunday evening.

A robocall was sent to Riverview parents Monday morning, administrators said.

″(The post) was racial in nature, and administration became aware of it last night,” said acting Riverview principal Kathy Wilks in a call to parents Monday morning. “Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.

“We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. Our guidance counselors and administrators are available for any student who wishes to speak to someone regarding the issue. Riverview High School has a wonderful student population, and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another.”

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 23, 2018, 04:09 PM (20 replies)

Had to return one of our Microsoft Surfaces yesterday

About 2 weeks back a firmware update failed and ever since it began having random BSOD's (Blue Screen of Death). Stranger still, none of them would generate a memory dump or event, so there was no way to diagnose what was going wrong. I tried doing a factory reset Saturday, which also failed at 96% completion. When I did manage to get it back up when you clicked on Start, nothing happened.

We decided to stop messing with it and just bring it back to the Microsoft Store. I have to say the customer service was great. They just handed us a new one, no questions asked.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:25 AM (2 replies)

If you really wanted to mow down a crowd, this would be the way to go

Posted by Currentsitguy | Sun Apr 22, 2018, 05:01 PM (12 replies)

Pretty much sums it up

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 20, 2018, 05:59 PM (1 replies)

Damn! Just almost accidentally killed myself. Double dose on insulin.

I got wrapped up in a work project and mindlessly redosed myself with insulin after lunch. I was sitting sill at my desk and didn't realize I was slipping into hypoglycemic shock. I stood up and almost hit the floor. Tested my blood sugar and I was 45!
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 20, 2018, 04:35 PM (11 replies)

I wonder how many people died over this?

If any did, she should should be at least charged with negligent homicide, if not manslaughter.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-texas-emergency-operator-jailed-hanging-thousands-calls-151446574.html

"(Reuters) - A former emergency operator in Texas was convicted of hanging up on thousands of 911 calls and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation, prosecutors said.

Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty in Houston on Wednesday of systematically hanging up on people trying to report emergencies, the office of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement.

A jury found Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor.

Williams had worked at the Houston Emergency Center for about 18 months, ending in 2016. She drew supervisors' attention for a high number of "short calls," or those that last fewer than 20 seconds, the statement said.

A database at the center also records who disconnects a call - the operator, the caller or both. Data showed that Williams hung up on thousands of calls, including reports of homicides, robberies and speeding vehicles.

Williams told prosecutors she often hung up because she did not want to talk to anybody at those times, the prosecutors' statement said."

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 02:50 PM (6 replies)

And you thought Big Tobacco and Big Oil were bad. Lookout for Big Pasta.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/pasta-barilla-science-funding?utm_term=.lrN5M31X2#.ua95EDqzN

"Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta
Facing pressure from the low-carb movement, Barilla and other companies are funding and promoting research that argues pasta is healthy.

The headlines were a fettuccine fanatic’s dream. “Eating Pasta Linked to Weight Loss in New Study,” Newsweek reported this month, racking up more than 22,500 Facebook likes, shares, and comments. The happy news also went viral on the Independent, the New York Daily News, and Business Insider.

What those and many other stories failed to note, however, was that three of the scientists behind the study in question had financial conflicts as tangled as a bowl of spaghetti, including ties to the world’s largest pasta company, the Barilla Group.

Over the last decade or so, with the rise of the Atkins, South Beach, paleo, and ketogenic diets, Big Pasta has battled a societal shift against carbohydrates — and funded and promoted research suggesting that noodles are good for you.

At least 10 peer-reviewed studies about pasta published since 2008 were either funded directly by Barilla or, like the one published this month, were carried out by scientists who have had financial ties to the company, which reported sales of 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in 2016. For two years, Barilla has publicized some of these studies, plus others favorable to its product, on its website with taglines like “Eat Smart Be Smart...With Pasta” and “More Evidence Pasta Is Good For You.” And the company hired the large public relations firm Edelman to push the latest study’s findings to journalists.

None of these studies reported anything negative about eating pasta. And that’s not necessarily incorrect. Pasta, in moderation, is a staple of the healthy Mediterranean diet. But health experts say that consumers should be skeptical of the findings of any single study, and should know that the pasta industry is only funding science because it sees an upside.

“The purpose of these studies is not to do basic science about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet — those are very well-established,” said Marion Nestle, a New York University emerita professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health who tracks how the food industry funds science. “The purpose of this is to sell more pasta.”"
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 02:46 PM (5 replies)

Anyone know of a MeTV live stream?

The signal is too weak for me to pick up, and my service does not offer it.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 01:13 PM (2 replies)

Loon drives from Ohio to the CIA with wig, gun and $100,000 cash

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2018/04/woman-charged-with-bringing-loaded-gun-to-cia-headquarters/

"WASHINGTON — A woman who drove into the CIA headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia, with a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash while wearing a wig is being held without bond.

Charging documents said Beth Huth drove her white Kia Soul onto CIA property in Langley last Friday afternoon past signs restricting access and warning against possessing weapons or ammunition.

According to an affidavit filed by CIA security protective service officer Michael Szczepanik, a CIA security protective service officer asked Huth for her badge — instead she produced a handwritten note.

The officer asked Huth if she was able to speak, and she nodded yes.

Asked if she was carrying anything illegal, Huth nodded yes, and reached for her black handbag resting on the passenger seat.

The officer ordered her to stop and write what she was searching for. She wrote “Gun.”

“I looked inside the handbag and found a loaded 9 mm pistol with four rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round of ammunition in the chamber,” the officer wrote. “The safety mechanism for the loaded weapon was not engaged.”

Also found in the car were directions printed from a website that instructed how to drive from Ohio to “Langley, McLean, Virginia.”

Huth is charged with one count of possessing a weapon at a federal agency.

In U.S. District Court, in Alexandria, Tuesday, prosecutors said Huth suffers from mental health issues and is a flight risk, reported The Washington Post. Huth was wearing a wig when she drove to the CIA, and had a passport and $100,000 in cash.

Huth was ordered held without bond, and is due in court for a status hearing May 1."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 11:21 AM (52 replies)

Poor tortoise with a cracked shell has happy ending

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-injured-tortoise-20180418-story.html

A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego is recovering after veterinarians used screws, zip ties and denture material to make repairs.

San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the 90-pound male African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard.

He says it was found Sunday after falling over the wall while escaping a dog.

DeSousa says the animal's shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians repaired it Tuesday in a three-hour operation.

The $4,000 cost is covered by the county's Spirit Fund. The tortoise will live with a rescue group.

DeSousa says it will take a year to heal, but the 35- to 40-year-old tortoise could have many more decades of life.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 19, 2018, 11:18 AM (3 replies)
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