Papa John's founder used N-word in meeting about how he could avoid further PR disasters

Papa John's founder John Schnatter stepped down as CEO late last year after making remarks about football players which led to it being anointed the "official" pizza of white supremacists, "cultural libertarians" and the rest of them. What next for Schnatter? Using the worst racial slur during a conference call intended to help him avoid further public relations disasters.

On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online. He responded by downplaying the significance of his NFL statement. “Colonel Sanders called blacks n-----s,” Schnatter allegedly said, before complaining that Sanders never faced public backlash. Schnatter also reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died.

He's a yeast infection crawling over a company that can't get rid of him, occasionally shedding flakes on the product. Read the rest

Uber HR chief resigns in racism scandal

Liane Hornsey, Uber's HR chief, quit Tuesday after an investigation into racial discrimination found she "systematically dismissed internal complaints" about racism there.

The allegations raise questions about Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s efforts to change the toxic culture of the firm after he took over in August last year from former CEO Travis Kalanick following a series of scandals.

Khosrowshahi praised Hornsey in an email to employees, which was seen by Reuters, as “incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working.” He gave no reason for her departure. The allegations against her and Uber’s human resources department more broadly were made by an anonymous group that claims to be Uber employees of color, members of the group told Reuters.

They alleged Hornsey had used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman, and had denigrated and threatened former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John, who left the company in June.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as a midnight snack.

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PayPal threatens to sue a cancer victim for dying, a "breach" of its rules

PayPal sent a legal threat to a woman who died of cancer, telling her that her death breached its rules and warning her of court action to come.

Lindsay Durdle died on 31 May aged 37. She had been first diagnosed with breast cancer about a year-and-a-half earlier. The disease had later spread to her lungs and brain. PayPal was informed of Mrs Durdle's death three weeks ago by her husband Howard Durdle.

He has now received a letter ... It said that Mrs Durdle owed the company about £3,200 and went on to say: "You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased... this breach is not capable of remedy."

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35mm footage of London's King's Road in the late 1960s

The golden age of 20th-century fashion, filmed in old-school HD. A new transfer would doubtless be even better. Read the rest

Florida cop accuses Burger King of putting dirt on his burger. It was seasoning.

Tim McCormick, a cop in Fort Myers, publicly accused a local Burger King of serving him dirt on a burger. But after an investigation, the "dirt" was found to be the burger seasoning.

Fitzpatrick said that after the officers watched the video they determined that nothing inappropriate had happened to the food cooked for McCormick.

So what was it?

As part of the prep process for cooking the meat, Fitzpatrick said, there is a salt and pepper blend applied to the food. He said it is possible that the spice mixture, as well as the flame-broiled grilling process itself, may have left particles the officer thought was dirt.


McCormick, posting under the Facebook name of Mac O'Durham, added that he noticed that his receipt had block letters with the word POLICE on it, something he said he had never noticed in previous visits.

But the restaurant has more receipts:

"Every one of our guests we ask 'May we have your name to better serve you?'," he said.

In this instance when the server asked McCormick for his name he simply said "officer." When the clerk didn't understand and asked him to repeat his name, McCormick said "police officer."

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Lions eat poachers

Three poachers who broke into a game reserve this week were eaten by lions, reports Newsweek. Read the rest

Man brandishes gun at immigration rally

Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment Saturday after pulling a gun on protestors gathered in a Huntsville, Alabama park to support immigrants. He shouted "Womp womp" and sang "Ice Ice Baby" to little attention before pulling out the gun. He was then chased off by those he sought to intimidate, according to reports.

Gun, gun, gun, gun!” someone shouted in video published by WAFF 48 — just as Holder-Joffrion was praying for the nation’s strength.

Panicked shouts drowned her out, and the camera turned from the priest to Sealy, about 15 feet from the gazebo, brandishing what appeared to be a pistol at the crowd.

Most people dropped. “I got down on my face on the other side of the gazebo right here and just cried, I was so in shock,” rally organizer Ava Caldwell told WBTV.

Raw Story reported finding a Facebook profile by his name "full of extremist conservative propaganda," but it's been deleted. The Huntsville Police Department would like to remind "the public" that you cannot bring firearms within 1000 ft. of a protest.

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Woman bitten while hand-feeding shark

A woman who fed a shark by hand was bitten by it, reports ABC News. In what ABC News described as a "shocking" video but which is in fact a completely unsurprising video, the woman is seen leaning over and extending a tiny morsel of meat to a shark, which chomps the food and thereby her fingers.

She didn't lose her finger, but she did have to go to the hospital to get it treated for an infection.

There were warnings not to feed the sharks.

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Bizarre CCTV footage of gas station shoplifters

In this footage from a gas station in Edmonton, Canada, two young ne'erdowells wheedle, wrangle and wrestle with a cop who, all said, appears to be having almost as bad a day as they do. And from there, the story makes less sense even as it attains extraordinary power and meaning.

"What we cannot talk about clearly must be passed over in silence." — Ludwig Wittgenstein

Update: Here is the story: a card declined, a suspicious clerk, a prompt policeman, and all hell breaking loose.

On Monday afternoon, a 29-year-old woman fell through the ceiling of the King Street Reddi Mart and into the store below while trying to escape police. She was arrested without further incident.

She was with a 28-year-old man who was Tasered and then wrestled to the ground by an RCMP officer and the store owner.

The man and woman, both from Edmonton, have been charged with multiple counts, including using a stolen credit card, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, attempting to disarm a police officer and resisting arrest from someone aiding the police.

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Woman robs liquor store during police training exercise

A woman from Rock Hill, North Carolina, was taken into custody shortly after robbing the Express Beverage store there. Unfortunately for her, dozens of cops were training over the road and arrived within a minute of the heist going down.

The store owner told police the suspect took cash from the register, Faris said. The owner then pulled out his phone to call police and told the woman he would not make the call if she gave the money back and left, Faris said.

The woman chose to make a run for it, Faris said.

"She left with the money on foot," Faris said.

Walden allegedly refused to identify herself to police and was taken to Piedmont Medical Center after complaining of health problems, Faris said.

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The song "Paper Planes" with the handgun replaced by a musket

Perfectly executed, just like Dogtanian at the siege of Maastricht. Read the rest

How many engineers does it take to change a lightbulb on a 1768ft tower?


It's weird to think that if he got struck by lightning a couple of feet short of the top, and you were being sent up to fetch the charred remains, you would obviously take a light bulb with you. Read the rest

Doom as an eye-melting Magic Eye puzzle

Remember Doom? Remember Magic Eye puzzles that required you to unfocus your eyes and see forever in a field of stereographic static? Now you can do both at once with OMDO, a free download at Itch.

OMDO plays just like DOOM, except every frame is a random dot autostereogram. If you don't know what that is, you should read more about it here, but the gist is that you have to either go cross-eyed or wall-eyed in order to see the game. Otherwise it just looks like a bunch of random dots.

Fraser Brown:

Not surprisingly, this is not a particularly effective or fun way to play DOOM. Depending on your favoured method, you’ll be spending the whole time with your face almost pressed against the screen, or you’ll be cross-eyed. I’ve tried both methods, along with their accompanying game modes, and I’ve yet to see more than the gun.

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Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud

The game is up for folks who enjoy pointing out that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes (and company president Sunny Balwani) inexplicably escaped serious consequences for the company's billion-dollar blood test hoax. They were charged with fraud today by the Feds.

Both Holmes, who stepped down as CEO of the financially crippled company earlier Friday, and Balwani appeared in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., for arraignment on two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.

Both Holmes and Balwani, who surrendered Friday to the FBI, were released on $500,000 bond each and ordered to surrender their passports at the arraignment, which was attended by Holmes

Theranos's blood-testing machines never amounted to much more than hacky prototypes, but the company faked its way to a $9bn valuation by secretly using competitors' traditional technology while keeping employees shushed with a threatening, cultlike corporate culture. CNBC says "Holmes and Balwani face up to 20 years in prison if convicted" but doesn't suggest likely sentencing. Read the rest

Why you don't park in front of a fire hydrant

This photo, which comes courtesy of the Hamilton Township Fire Department, shows a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. The car's windows were smashed by the firefighters and a large hose threaded through them, so that a nearby fire may be fought.

This is what happens when you park in front of a hydrant. This was taken last night at the fire on Norway Avenue in the Bromley section of Hamilton. Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.

Here's another angle of the Great Humiliation Snake of Hamilton:

Most cities will just push the offending vehicle out the way, but this is funnier and less likely to damage a fire truck's bumper. Read the rest

Government costs rise when the local newspaper dies

A study (inspired by a John Oliver segment about the decline of local newspapers) looked at data from 1,266 counties and found that the loss of watchdogs leads to less efficient government. The Guardian:

The researchers concluded that Rocky Mountain News stories had served as a watchdog agent. Without it, the spread or yield of newly issued local municipal bonds increased by 37 basis points... The researchers also looked at the Cincinnati Post, which closed in 2007. In that instance too, the median yield spread for newly issued local municipal bonds increased by about 66.1 basis points – another indication, according to the authors, that public finances suffer when a newspaper closes.

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How the Grenfell fire spread

Dozens of people were killed and injured when London's Grenfell Tower went up in flames last year. The fire spread under dangerous ornamental cladding designed to make the aging structure, which lacked sprinkers, look modern. The BBC made a set of graphics to show the terrible speed of the blaze, which leapt up through 20 apartments within 10 minutes.

A resident of flat 195 on the 22nd floor called emergency services to describe smelling smoke, but was advised to "stay inside and keep your door and windows shut".

They kept telling them to stay put for nearly two hours. 72 dead. Read the rest

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