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$75,000 in rewards to catch drone operators who interfered with firefighters

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Drone operators are causing problems for firefighters in California's San Bernardino County. On multiple occasions pilots of planes and helicopters loaded with flame retardant have had to abandon their missions because they've spotted drones flying next to their aircraft. If a drone collides with a plane or helicopter it could cause the aircraft to crash.

San Berdoo County supervisors are offering three rewards of $25,000 for tips leading to the identification of operators of drones that have interfered with firefighters this summer.

LA Times reports:

Drones first became a problem in the county during the Lake fire, which ignited June 17 and burned through more than 31,000 acres of wildlands in the San Bernardino National Forest and nearby San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Low-flying aircraft were preparing to drop fire retardant over flames in the Barton Flats area when a 3- to 4-foot drone was seen buzzing between two planes. Fire officials immediately grounded the aircraft. Fire officials later saw a second drone in the area.

On July 12 — the first day of the Mill 2 fire — officials had to briefly suspend a tanker after a drone was spotted flying over Mill Creek Canyon near California 38.

And for about 25 minutes, officials had to halt tankers over the July 17 North fire, which jumped Interstate 15 near California 138 and destroyed dozens of vehicles, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

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Dunkin' CEO makes $10 million a year but $15 minimum wage is "absolutely outrageous"

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Dunkin' Donuts CEO Nigel Travis says it's just not fair that he makes $4800 an hour while his store employees make $15 an hour. To correct the situation, he thinks they should earn $12 an hour.

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Jet passengers cooperate to tie-up drunken, disruptive jackass

When a drunk man on Siberia Airlines Flight 546 from Hong Kong to Vladivostok began loudly insulting other passengers, a group of men knocked him to the ground and tied him up with seat belts and tape.

According to news reports he repeatedly threatened and lunged at a female flight attendant and slapped another passenger. He also "walked down the aisle randomly pointing at strangers and telling them he’d kill them."

He was greeted by cheerful police when the planed landed in Vladivostok.

Yogurt commercial featuring lesbian couple enrages hate group

OneMillionMoms, a hate group that defines media depictions of homosexuality as "filth" being "thrown at our children," is madder than an arsonist group at an asbestos factory. The reason? Because Chobani Yogurt is running a commercial that shows a happy lesbian couple enjoying yogurt.

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College student wants graphic novels banned: "I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography"

persepolisTara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan; The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman; and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography,” Shultz told the Redland Daily Facts Newspaper. But Shultz was provided with complete information about which books would be covered in the class. Because Shultz did not pay attention to the syllabus, she and her parents and their friends now want to prohibit everyone from reading the books at the college.

From the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:

Shultz, who is working towards an Associate of Arts in English at the public community college, signed up for English 250: Fiction because it fulfills one part of her degree requirements. She was apparently aware that the specific focus of the class was graphic novels, but she told the newspaper that “I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography.” Shultz says that Associate Professor Ryan Bartlett, who has taught the course for three terms without any other complaints, failed to adequately warn students about the books’ content. Her father Greg Shultz said that “if they (had) put a disclaimer on this, we wouldn’t have taken the course.” Tara Shultz agreed, saying that Bartlett “should have stood up the first day of class and warned us.”

Of course, Shultz and her parents did have complete information about which books would be covered in the class – the school requires instructors (p. 20) to distribute a detailed syllabus on the first day of the term – and ample time to withdraw with no effect on her grade. Fourteen other courses offered at Crafton Hills fulfill the same degree requirement as English 250. The college’s online calendar shows that the Spring semester began on January 12, and the last date to drop a course with no grade penalty was January 30. Shultz apparently brought up her objections to four out of ten books covered in the class after that date, when her only options were to complete the assigned work or withdraw with a 0.

Bonus stupidity: Tara Shultz' father wants these books yanked from the college bookstore, because “there are under-aged kids here at this campus.”

Shultz quote from the Crafton Hills College website.


Shultz quote from the Crafton Hills College website.

Filmmaker Uwe Boll blames everyone but himself for failed Kickstarter

Uwe Boll, a low-budget filmmaker who adapts videogames into movies, has a potty-mouthed message for everyone who didn't give him money on Kickstarter: "Fuck yourself... I have enough money to play golf until I'm dead."

Remembering the world's most abusive waiter

"Past steaming woks and chopping blocks and up a narrow, creaky staircase, Edsel Ford Fong -- the world's most insulting waiter -- greeted patrons with a 'sit down and shut up!' Routinely, he cussed out his customers, sexually accosted female companions, and unapologetically spilled soup across laps." -- Zachary Crockett of the Pricenomics blog (a great blog recommended to me on Gweek 147 by Olga Khazan)

Mother fined $10 for not including Ritz crackers in kids' school lunch

Manitoba Government's Early Learning and Child Care fined mother Kristen Bartkiw $10 because she neglected to include healthful Ritz crackers in her kids' school lunches. Weighty Matters has more details:

She sent her children to daycare with with lunches containing leftover homemade roast beef and potatoes, carrots, an orange and some milk.

She did not send along any "grains".

As a consequence the school provided her children with, I kid you not, supplemental Ritz Crackers, and her with a $10 fine.

Parents fined for not including Ritz crackers in kids' school lunch

Boy Scout leaders destroy ancient formation in Utah's Goblin Valley

Matthew says: "Here's a YouTube video of three men destroying a rock formation in Goblin Valley, Utah. Geologists estimate the rock formation was approximately 200 million years old, formed during the Triassic Period (Mesozoic Era)."

I wonder if the rock can be replaced? If so, these men should be made to pay for it.

UPDATE: Video of scout leader Glenn Taylor blaming park rangers for not removing the rock, forcing him and his friends to take matters into their own hands.

Boy Scout leaders destroy ancient formation in Utah's Goblin Valley

North Carolina may ban Tesla sales to prevent “Unfair Competition”

A car dealership trade union in North Carolina has persuaded the state's Senate Commerce Committee to unanimously approve a law that would prohibit automakers from selling cars.
The bill is being pushed by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group representing the state’s franchised dealerships. Its sponsor is state Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Henderson, who has said the goal is to prevent unfair competition between manufacturers and dealers. What makes it “unfair competition” as opposed to plain-old “competition” — something Republicans are typically inclined to favor — is not entirely clear.

North Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent “Unfair Competition” (Thanks, Marty!)

Newt Gingrich "puzzled" by smartphone

Newt Gingrich says:

To call this a "cell phone" or a "handheld computer" fails to capture the change that has taken place. It is a change in kind, not just a change in scale, and just as drivers of the earliest cars called them "horseless carriages", our language has not caught up.

So having failed for several days to come up with an adequate term for the device we call a "cell phone," we want to open the discussion up to you. Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it, and we'll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.

What should we call it???

(Via CN)