Here's a good lesson for anyone thinking about asking for a raise. In his biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," author Ashlee Vance tells us what happened when Musk's assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked for a big raise after working for him for 12 years.
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Someone at the BBC is in trouble with the boss. During a news broadcast where anchor Sophie Raworth is talking about the game of cricket, a more interesting video is playing on a screen in the background, watched by a BBC employee who was slumped in a chair wearing headphones. A half-dressed woman peels off her shirt, and then proceeds to take off her black bra. The BBC's 3.8 million viewers got an eyeful – if they happened to look towards the left of the screen.
According to The Sun:
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“The employee is on borrowed time when bosses catch up with him. You can’t get away with this sort of stuff anymore.”
Andrew Allison, of The Freedom Association, which wants to axe the BBC license fee, said: “I’m surprised the BBC hasn’t got internet filters to stop staff doing this sort of thing. I bet they get them now.”
Bemused viewers took to social media. Zane Jawad tweeted: “@BBCNews why is there a porn video playing behind one of your news anchors during a report?”
Another user wrote: “Did I just see boobs on News at Ten?”
A jackass jogging down Putney Bridge in London pushes a 33-year-old woman out out of his way and into oncoming traffic. A bus has to swerve to avoid hitting her. According to
, the bus stopped and passengers helped the woman, who had minor injuries.
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Officers said the jogger ran the other way across the bridge around 15 minutes later and the victim attempted to speak to him, but "he did not acknowledge her".
An appeal has been launched for witnesses or anyone who recognises the jogger in the CCTV.
The jogger is described as white in his early to mid-30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair.
He was wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark blue shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Even infants are seduced by the smartphone. Watch this baby throw a tantrum with kicking legs and loud cries every time an adult takes away the phone. Once the phone is returned, all is immediately well in the world again. Read the rest
People are 113 times more likely to catch a cold when they're on an airplane, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Environmental Health Research. Why? Because the inside of a plane is a cesspool of germs, that's why.
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Up until now, Russian and other foreign bots have been chummy with Trump and the GOP on social media, with "nearly half of the president’s followers appearing to be fake or spam accounts," according to Newsweek.
But over the last 48 hours, these bots have begun to change their tune. According to Newsweek:
Russian-linked bots and trolls have caused a surge in use of the hashtag #ResignPaulRyan on Twitter over the last 48 hours, just as the Republican speaker of the House was returning to his hometown of Wisconsin for a month-long respite from Washington, D.C.
A monitoring dashboard established by the Alliance [German Marshall Fund’s Alliance For Securing Democracy] noted the uptick Monday morning. It coincided with surges in the use of other hashtags by Russian bots, including #TrumpTV, #Magnitsky, #Fake and #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion.
It hasn’t been a common occurrence for the Alliance’s dashboard to pick up on Russian bot activity targeting members of the GOP since the site was first launched last week by former FBI special agent Clint Watts. But Ryan wasn’t the only member of Trump’s party to face countless bots demanding his removal. A campaign calling on the president to fire National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster received widespread support from bots and trolls over the last several days using the hashtag #FireMcMaster, eventually getting picked up by some right-wing fake news sites that seem to have the president’s full attention, including Breitbart.
Nice time to go on a 17-day vacation.
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Last week a car was stopped for speeding near San Jose, CA. The officer, from the Campbell Police Department, asked for a license and registration paperwork, but when the passenger, who was on his way to work, went to get paperwork, which was under his seat, the cop pulled out his gun and told the man to keep his hands where he could see them. He then called for backup. This video shows the passenger trying to talk some sense into the officer, telling the cop he was only trying to get what the officer had asked for, but for the nine minutes that was caught on video, sense doesn't make sense to this frightened cop.
“Wow,” the passenger says in the video, laughing. “We’re looking for the f—ing paperwork, bro. Oh my God.”
“I understand that,” the officer replies. “Don’t move, all right?”
The passenger sounds indignant as his hands remain on his lap. “Why are you still pointing that gun at me, bro?” he asks the officer. “Why are you still pointing the gun at me, though? Record this sh-t. Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro? My hands are right here.”
“I understand,” the officer says.
“No, you don’t understand,” the passenger protests, as the officer tells him to relax. “No, I’m not going to relax. Get the f—king gun off me.”
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On live CNN TV this morning Mexico's former president Vicente Fox did it again – he colored Trump's wall with the F-word and then had all sorts of other gem-like things to say about Trump. CNN's Alisyn Camerota was talking to Fox about current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's even demeanor last January when talking to Trump about the wall (leaked transcript here).
Camerota: Do you think the president of Mexico should have been more forceful in saying it's never gong to happen?
Fox: Well you can use my word – we will never pay for that fucking wall.
Camerota (suppressing nervous smile): "I apologize to our morning audience for the salty language this morning. Perhaps I should have taken that offer for the five-second delay."
Other fun Fox quotes from the interview:
[About Trump] "He's always lying to the American people."
"That's incredible that the United States people is accepting a president that doesn't want media...he's trying to shut them down...that's the attitude of a dictator."
"Trump has to learn that the US is a democracy."
"How can we trust a US president that lies every minute of the day?"
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I'm always exhausted after ordering at Starbucks. Not only are there a million different ways to make a coffee over there, but you need to know all of their code words to get the exact coffee you want. Tall (which means "small"). Venti. Trenta. Frappuccino. Americano. Flat white. Skinny. Dry. Bone dry. Etc etc. And now there's more to add to the list: Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist.
Decoded, a Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist consists of: "Congo coffee, slow-steeped as cold brew and served on draft through a nitro tap, then infused with a sweet and savory malted fennel black pepper syrup. The beverage is topped with a layer of honey cold foam and finished with a sprinkling of cracked pink peppercorn and a bamboo skewer of natural beef jerky made with grass-fed beef," according to Starbucks.
But the drink, which sounds more like a tasty dinner appetizer, is only offered at the Seattle Reserve Roastery, and as a specialty cold drink, it might not be around for long.
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Some guys at work have been feeding a huge spider that has been living inside a piece of web-covered equipment for a year.
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To combat what Trump perceives as "fake news" in the mainstream media, he's launched his own propaganda, er, I mean "news" show on his Facebook page. Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law who is married to his son Eric, plays the part of news anchor.
"This is a president who is putting America before himself," she says in her first "newscast."
"I bet you haven't heard about all the accomplishments the president had this week because there's so much fake news out there," she said. "The economy is booming, ladies and gentlemen."
According to Buzzfeed:
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A Google search shows mainstream media outlets did cover the stories she recounted, such as Trump donating his salary, a new Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, and economic growth. But they also reported on the turmoil within the White House, the failure of his party to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the president's tweets saying that he wanted to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
Trump's abrupt reversal of Department of Defense policy was a dominant news story in the mainstream media last week. BuzzFeed News reported that the White House did not have a plan for its implementation, how the news seemed to stun military leaders, and how the news was received by trans veterans.
Those stories were not included in Lara Trump's news update...
She first promoted what will apparently be a series two weeks ago, encouraging the president's 23 million followers on Facebook to tune in every week.
"We're going to bring you nothing but the facts — stay tuned," she said.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went from losing his job to losing his life yesterday, although lucky for him the latter was just a mistake. Harvard Law School, where Scaramucci earned a degree, accidentally – unless it was a prank (to which they won't comment) – marked him as dead in their updated alumni directory.
According to The Washington Post:
The blink-and-you-missed-him former White House communications director is listed as deceased in the new Harvard Law School alumni directory, which arrived in alums’ mailboxes the very week that “The Mooch” became the most talked-about guy in politics. An asterisk by the 1989 graduate’s name indicates that he was reported dead since the last directory, which was published in 2011.
“Regrettably, there is an error in the Harvard Law School alumni directory in the listing for Anthony Scaramucci. We offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Scaramucci. The error will be corrected in subsequent editions,” a Harvard spokesperson told The Washington Post.
Needless to say, it's been a very bad week for The Mooch.
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As a nervous slider myself, I really empathize with the two timid women who are having trouble moving down the slide, which is at a waterpark in Mexico. And then along comes a human torpedo. Ouch! Read the rest
Some krafty inmates at Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama came up with a clever trick that got them out of jail. They "painted" a number with peanut butter over an outside door, making it look like an inside cell door, and then fooled an inexperienced jail guard into unlocking it for them. The 12 men then skippy'ed out in a jif, using blankets to help them climb over the razor wire fence and scutter in all different directions.
According to Time:
The sheriff said the inmates "went off in every direction," but all but one were captured within eight hours, and the sheriff said he hoped the last prisoner would be back in custody by the end of the day Monday.
The 11 were arrested without violence, and the only person seriously hurt was an inmate who sliced his thumb climbing over the fence, the sheriff said.
The fugitives were between 18 and 30, facing charges ranging from disorderly conduct to attempted murder.
A manhunt continued for the last fugitive, Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, of Cordova, who had been jailed on charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. That search was getting some airborne help from a state helicopter.
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Last night the GOP had another failure – this time to pass the "skinny repeal bill," which lost to a 51-49 vote. John McCain's "no" was the night's big surprise vote, with audible gasps – as well as some clapping from the Democratic side – which you can watch and listen to here. Read the rest
Two days ago the Boy Scouts of America held their national Scout jamboree in West Virginia, and as is tradition, they invited the president of the United States to give a speech. But of course the current president is like no other the country has had to endure, and it's not so surprising that his speech was inappropriate and weird. Inappropriate and weird as in lines like, "The hottest people in New York were at this party. A lot of successful people were there. And I was invited to the party, I was very young...”
So today the Boy Scouts Chief Scout Executive, Michael Surbaugh, released a letter of explanation and apology, which in part reads:
"I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program."
But honestly, I'm not sure why he's apologizing. Shouldn't that come from Trump himself?
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No wonder Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David did such a great job impersonating presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last year on Saturday Night Live. The two are apparently related, perhaps as distant cousins.
According to NBC News:
Sanders is a "third cousin or something," David told reporters at a Television Critics Association event on Wednesday. The comedian, who impersonated the senator on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2016 election, said he learned about the genealogical connection while filming an upcoming episode of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots."
"I was very happy about that," David said, according to Variety. "I thought there must have been some connection."
We're still waiting to see how Sanders feels about his new extended family member.
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