31 10 10 - 05:17If there is a God, he is a troll -- or at least, His news agencies are:
A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years.
The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.
The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job. - AP
OH HAI, Mr. Rich First World Company. Here in the third world, we get vast popularity points for portraying victimhood. That is, after all, how we got to third world status. Much like your urban poor, we are certain we are oppressed and that it's someone else's fault if things go wrong for us. So now here's a lawsuit and look, our judge wants to get re-elected or maybe even move up as a popular politician. So the rabble surges, he makes a grand pronouncement -- it's just about fucking Science now -- and off we go.
Ten months from now, when the wooden heads of the crowd have forgotten, this will be overturned on appeal. Each Brazilian will pay an additional $0.007 for the privilege of having this trial and having it be in the news, and McDonald's will donate $25,000 to a Brazilian home for lost children which will spend it on medications, 90% of which will promptly be stolen. World keeps turnin'
Rubin is at the center of a deepening rift between the world's two biggest Jewish communities â the American and Israeli. Religious life in Israel is dominated by the strict ultra-Orthodox establishment, which has growing political power and has become increasingly resistant to any inroads by the more liberal movements that predominate among American Jews.
Many Americans â whose faith is seen by the ultra-Orthodox as blurred by intermarriage and fading adherence to tradition â are feeling rejected and unwelcome. - AP
Americans would like to believe that because we fought all our wars for "freedom," people anywhere on earth should welcome us with open arms no matter how neurotic, flaky, schizoid and dumbed down we are. To modern Americans, religion is a box on the census and something you participate in as convenient; to Israelis, who are surrounded by their enemies, religion is the cornerstone of a civilization that's both of a more ancient and future type: the organized civilization.
In this style of existence, there is no American-style buffet-style pluralism where you pick whatever is convenient. There's a right way of doing things, with multiple interpretations, but they need to be realistic ones. And there's a united fight for survival in which your heritage, customs, language and culture are your uniform.
When Hillary Rubin immigrated from the U.S. to Israel, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and descendant of a famed Zionist visionary felt that she had finally arrived in her true home.
But now that religious authorities are questioning the 29-year-old Michigan native's Jewish pedigree and refusing to recognize her marriage, she's having second thoughts.
Some American from the outer Michigan suburbs, steeped in 29 years of our advertising that tries to be "the nice guy" to everyone and everything, has no idea what struggle is. She has no idea what ethnic conflict is. While Israel might be a paradise, entering paradise might require that she leave behind her preconceptions -- preconceptions made in a hell where there is no value, truth is not widely recognized so is irrelevant, and a backward lifestyle where you pick what's convenient and do it, instead of picking what's right and forcing it to become convenient.
Israel is at the forefront of Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations," which appalled liberals, but pointed out that integrated societies -- where heritage, culture, language, customs and values are if not uniform/monocultural at least very closely aligned, not a melting pot at all -- are our future. During the drunken years of industrial wealth, we let the proles run wild with their dream that everyone is basically the same. The reality of the situation is (of course) more complex, and groups that formed evolutionarily are realizing that they're a tiny minority, and just about everyone else wants to invade, take their stuff, kill their men and rape their women.
Jews, North Asians, and Western Europeans are all in this same boat.
But we live in this fantasy world where everyone's just the same, and with our zippy internal combustion engines, we'll make everything right according to our neurotic armchair view of the world:
Hundreds of protesters who blame U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal for Haiti's widening cholera epidemic marched on a rural military base Friday to demand the soldiers leave the country.
Experts say the disease was likely imported. Until this month there had not been a diagnosed case of cholera in Haiti as far back as records go in the mid-20th Century, said Claire-Lise Chaignat, head of the global task force on cholera control at the World Health Organization. The disease is pandemic in parts of Africa and Asia.
Cholera is endemic in Nepal and the country suffered outbreaks this summer. The current troop contingent arrived in shifts starting Oct. 9, after the outbreak in their home country and shortly before the disease broke out in Haiti. Cases have been concentrated down river along the Artibonite. - AP
Score one for the UN. We'll all be kumbaya together, or go down with high fevers and watery diarrhea, at least. Delusion breeds real-world consequences, but no one at the UN was thinking of that. They're thinking instead about how Super Size Jesus Buddha they all are for selflessly giving, helping, the poor inky people who can't build a house that withstands an earthquake and seem to prefer their food flavored with feces. That makes them perfect pity targets, and then we get pity target points for helping them, which helps us get laid in UN-approved soulless modern plastic discotheques (I assume the UN only likes entertainment from that lovely idealistic promiscuous 1970s era).
And finally, for your daily LOL, is Barack Obama doing what he said George Bush did -- using a convenient terror attack to rally the troops:
President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser says U.S. officials "have to presume" there might be more potential mail bombs like the ones that were pulled off planes in England and the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Al-Qaeda must be hiring potheads to come up with these new schemes, and if anyone's too stoned to join al-Qaeda, there's always white house PR.