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Wanna know what's wrong with our kids? Look no further...

You have got to be shitting me.

"Ally Hicks fretted over her 10-year-old son playing the hugely popular shoot-em-up videogame “Fortnite.”

It wasn’t the violence or the amount of time she was worried about. It was the result. He wasn’t winning.

So she hired him a coach. For about $50, Ms. Hicks purchased four hours of online lessons from a player she found through a freelance labor website.

For many children, “Fortnite” has become a social proving ground. More than 125 million people play it world-wide, according to its maker, mostly in a free mode pitting 100 combatants against each other until one person or team is left standing.

“There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it,” said Ms. Hicks, a project manager from Winchester, England. “You can imagine what that was like for him at school.”

Rob hopes his friends don’t find out how he upped his game. “They’ll probably think I’m cheating or something,” he said. “That’s how 10-year-old kids work.”

Until recently, people seeking help with videogames almost exclusively were adult hobbyists and older teenagers aspiring to go professional, according to businesses that contract with coaches. Now these businesses are hearing from parents who refuse to let their elementary- and middle-school-age children fall behind.

Nick Mennen was happy to pay $20 an hour for his 12-year-old son, Noble, to take “Fortnite” lessons. The dad is already dreaming of a scholarship—or at least some tournament money. (“Fortnite” creator Epic Games Inc. recently pledged $100 million in tournament prizes. Some colleges court gamers with financial incentives to join their varsity teams.)

Noble used to win “Fortnite” infrequently before he began taking about six hours of lessons a month. “Now he’ll throw down 10 to 20 wins,” said Mr. Mennen, a software developer in Cedar Park, Texas."
Winning bestows the kind of bragging rights that used to be reserved for the local Little League baseball champ. Just like eager dugout dads opening their wallets for pitching lessons, videogame parents are more than willing to pay for their offspring to gain an edge."

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jul 31, 2018, 02:17 PM (29 replies)

Canadian man finds way to game the gender confusion wars and profit

"A Canadian man in his early 20s was unhappy with the high quote he got from his car insurance company, so he decided to do something about it: he legally switched his gender from male to female.

The cunning 24-year-old resident of Alberta, Canada, first detailed his insurance stratagem on Reddit back in April, boasting that changing his gender on paper saved him nearly $1,100 a year.

'I have taken advantage of a loophole,' the man, whom called David, told the news outlet. ‘I'm a man, 100 per cent. Legally, I'm a woman.

Earlier this year, then-23-year-old David purchased a new Chevrolet Cruze and was required to get a full-collision insurance policy.

When he contacted his insurer, he was quoted $4,517. His driving record included a minor crash and a couple of speeding tickets.

‘So I ask. “Out of curiosity, how much would my premium be if I was a woman?”’ David wrote in an April Reddit post. ‘The broker comes back with a quote of $3423. Holy f***.’

Both in Canada and the US, male drivers under the age of 25 are normally required to pay more for car insurance than women because they are statistically more likely to speed and get into car accidents.

David was angered by what he perceived as gender-based discrimination and asked his insurance broker to change his gender on paper to female, but his request was denied.

Undeterred, David decided to legally change his gender with the Government of Alberta so that he could obtain a new birth certificate and a new driver's license listing him as a woman, which he could then take back to his insurer.

In order to do that, the frugal motorist learned, he had to get a letter from his doctor saying he identified as a woman.

At first, David thought that was the end of the road for his enterprise because he did not want to undergo a gender reassignment surgery, but he was mistaken: all he had to do was tell his physician that he wished to change his sex."

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 11:37 AM (5 replies)

Kei car? I want one of these.

They are cars produced exclusively for the Japanese Domestic Market. There are size and engine displacement limits (660cc), They are comically small, but look like a blast to drive. The 25 year import exemption has kicked in on some really fun looking models.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 27, 2018, 03:33 PM (4 replies)


"An Egyptian zoo is insisting it did not paint a pair of donkeys to look like zebras.

Cairo's International Garden municipal park became a target of ridicule after an Egyptian student, Mahmoud Sarhan, posted images on Facebook of the suspicious beast. Sarhan said that the zoo's two zebras were obviously painted donkeys, a view that has since been embraced by online animal experts.

However, zoo director Mohamed Sultan told a local radio station that his zebras are real, dismissing claims that they are just painted donkeys, according to the BBC.

This is not the first time that a zoo has painted donkeys to look like zebras. In 2009, a zoo in Gaza did the same thing, saying that it could not procure real zebras due to an Israeli blockade.

"The first time we used paint but it didn't look good," the zoo's proprietor told Reuters at the time. "The children don't know, so they call them zebras and they are happy to see something new."

In 2013, a Chinese zoo was criticized for trying to pass off a large dog as a lion. "The zoo is absolutely trying to cheat us," one visitor told Chinese media. "They are trying to disguise dogs as lions."

Zebras and donkeys, despite both bearing a resemblance to horses, are different species. Donkeys are popular beasts of burden in developing countries and were domesticated millennia ago. Zebras, meanwhile, are primarily known for their black-and-white stripes.

Zebras also have black snouts, according to one expert. They are also larger and less donkey-like than the animal in the viral photo, and do not have smudged stripes. "
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jul 26, 2018, 12:53 PM (1 replies)

Loon removes herself from the gene pool

"Oksana Shachko, one of three co-founders of the FEMEN movement, has committed suicide in her Paris apartment, after two previous attempts.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Paris, FEMEN gained international fame for its topless protests against sexism, prostitution, political corruption, religious institutions, homophobia and other social issues. After fleeing Ukraine in 2013, the organization has since branched out to several other countries.

Shachko, 31, was one of the group's most famous faces among the group - which call their form of protest "sextremism"; listed on the FEMEN website as "female sexuality rebelling against patriarchy and embodied in the extremal political direct action events."

At the beginning, the members of the group used bikinis or covered their nipples with adhesive tape. It was precisely Oksana Shachko, in August 2009, who first discarded the bra during a demonstration in Kiev. In October 2010, Shachko showed her buttocks in front of a public toilet to protest the shortcomings and shortages of this service. "It was just an experiment, but later we understood how powerful it was," she said in 2015. -El Mundo

A statement on the FEMEN website reads: "Yesterday, July 23, they found Oksana's body in her apartment in Paris, according to her friends, she left a suicide note. Rest in peace the bravest and most vulnerable, Oksana Shachko has left us... We mourn together with their family and friends and await the official version of the police."

During Schachko's first major rally, FEMEN used the slogan "Ukraine is not a brothel," in protest of the country's sex industry.

In 2013, FEMEN protester Alexandra Shevchenko stripped to the waist to protest an amused Vladimir Putin who was touring a trade fair in Hanover alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel. Putin took the whole thing in stride, while Merkel appeared a bit shocked."

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jul 24, 2018, 12:43 PM (43 replies)

I'm home!

Man it feels so much better to be out of the confines of the hospital. Waiting on the Urologist to call back for the exact time but the catheter comes out early next week (really it is the thing that is keeping me mostly bolted to a chair. TOO CREEPY FEELING!) My wife is taking a few days off to get the house all prepped for me. She had planned to do so over the weekend, but my early discharge took us all by surprise. In 10 days the staples come out. After that is is just learning to deal with this damn colostomy until things heal enough for everything to be reversed. Considering the rapidly advanced rate of my rebound I suspect it will be much faster than predicted.

As it is I've gone back to work, albeit on a light load. It doesn't take a lot of physical effort to administer the network and pick up the phones. I won't be running any cabling or moving equipment any time soon, but it's better than feeling like a total invalid.

I'll post over in tech about what I learned about having a streaming video service at hand while laid up in the hospital.

Afterthought: Supposedly I am supposed to be just getting out of bed at this point, not be discharged.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 20, 2018, 10:22 AM (13 replies)

I think I am going home today edit: I AM going home today.

Doctors are baffled at my rate of progress. Supposedly I am not supposed to be out of bed yet. I would have rather had this urinary catheter out before but they won't keep me until next week just for that. So long as I have a reasonable supply of pain meds (they cut through my abdominal wall and it hurts like hell to clear my throat) I should be fine.

I am tired of sleeping in a chair. Home will be good for my recovery.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jul 19, 2018, 09:10 AM (19 replies)

can someone explain to me the difference between butter and whipped cream?

My current hospital diet has me up to white toast. Well yesterday they brought it to me with grape jelly, which I despise.I asked for butter which they denied, which they claim is due to fat. I'd buy that if they hadn't also brought me a bowl of jello smothered in whipped cream and a glass of whole milk. They almost implied that fat and oil are somehow added to butter in the manufacturing process. Does nobody know how foods are made today>
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 07:28 AM (19 replies)

No. No I do not trust our intelligence agencies

Ever since the days of Wild Bill Donovan they have been a power unto themselves, with no real responsibility to the American People, or with any real oversight whatsoever, despite what any laws or regulations say.

They have their own agenda and it has little to do with anything other than their own power and control. There was a time when the political Left warned about this, and rightfully so. Those days are long gone. Now they are in an unholy marriage with the Establishment Powers That Be, along with the career Right and every other multi-generational political family mover and shaker. Kennedy, Clinton, Bush, etc. There is no difference, and if you believe there is, you are completely under their sway.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jul 17, 2018, 09:41 AM (15 replies)

Well I am out and alive...

4 hours on the table. I will see her today nt I was apparently a complete mess inside. Multiple fistulas, involvement with both m bladder and intestine. Portions of both had to go. I'm on some really good drugs right now, so I'm not in any really bad pain.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sat Jul 14, 2018, 07:49 AM (12 replies)
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