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Sean O'Kane, The Verge • Fri 2018 Sep 7, 11:10am

…The news of both departures came hours after CEO Elon Musk smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Tesla’s stock price dropped as much as 10 percent Friday morning…

What th…?
Oklahoma Flag
Skiatook OK Journal • Sun 2018 Sep 2, 1:25pm

Headline: Oklahoma beer distributors expanding operations to meet demand

Isn't that, you know, how it works?
ChiCom Flag
War News Updates • Sun 2018 Feb 18, 12:45pm

China's Donation Of A New Headquaters For The African Union Was Fitted With Hidden Microphones And Compromised Computers…

Who would have ever suspected the ChiComs would do such a thing? I'm shocked.
Shocked, I say!
Kara O'Neill, Mirror (UK) • Fri 2017 Oct 20, 11:21am

KFC only follows 11 people on Twitter…

All five Spice Girls, and six men named Herb. An inspired recipe!
Stacy Liberatore, Mail (UK) • Sat 2016 Oct 29, 8:32pm

The 'close door' button on your elevator is a scam!…

Bare Naked Islam • Thu 2016 Sep 29, 12:42am

Somali Muslims lose religious discrimination lawsuit against JBS Swift Meat Packing plant in Omaha…

Rick Wells, NewsOn6 • Wed 2016 Jul 6, 7:09pm

All-day breakfast places are not that unusual, but a new one that just opened in Tulsa is a little surreal…well, let’s make that “cereal.” …Bowl-n-Spoon, Oklahoma's first cereal bar. … Pajama-clad wait staff …30 kinds of cereal and 20 toppings.…

Recently reported that Millenials don't like breakfast cereal because cleaning up a bowl and spoon is too much work - what if they actually have to go out to eat? So much work!
Dapandico, Weasel Zippers • Sat 2016 Jun 18, 8:49pm

…A U.S. used car dealership in New Hampshire is offering an unconventional bundle with the purchase of a vehicle: a free assault rifle.

Hagan’s Motor Pool in Rochester, New Hampshire is running a “Buy a Car, Get an AR” promotion for select vehicles, offering AR-15 semi-automatic rifles as a bonus.…

Citing Tech Times
Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart • Fri 2016 May 20, 8:59pm

…Target CEO Brian Cornell pegged the downturn in the company’s fortunes to the cold weather as opposed to anything the company itself is doing or not doing.…

It certainly couldn't be ignorant folks at the top!
Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart • Fri 2016 May 20, 12:29pm

In 2013, everyone agreed that Michael Turner saved the life of a teenaged girl who was attacked in a Pennsylvania Target store. Now, Target is suing him.…

Because polysexual bathrooms weren't financially self-destructive enough.
Fox Business / Dow Jones News • Fri 2016 Apr 29, 11:11am

Caterpillar said Thursday it will close five U.S. plants and shed about 820 positions as the construction-equipment maker continues to scale back its production and workforce in response to falling demand.

The cutbacks are part of a strategy outlined by the Peoria, Ill.-based company in September to trim its workforce by about 10,000 positions and close or consolidate about 20 facilities through 2018.…

Shoshana Weissmann, Weekly Standard • Mon 2016 Apr 18, 3:05pm

In Austin, Texas "Fight for 15" protesters advocating for a $15 minimum wage swarmed a Taco Bell flooded to talk to workers about their cause. Instead of receiving support, the workers told them to leave.…

Video 0:22 shows economic idiots celebrating their stupidity.
Jeff Wells, MentalFloss • Mon 2016 Apr 18, 11:56am

…RC has had loyal fans throughout its more than 100-year history. Its roots go deep in the south, where drinking one with a Moon Pie is a blue-collar tradition that’s still popular today.… RC also has a presence internationally, in countries such as Estonia, Thailand, and Iceland. It’s currently one of the top-selling soda brands in the Philippines. But the number of RC drinkers could have been much, much higher.…

Extensive history report also shows the effects of government regulation and industry manipulations in affecting consumer choices.
Dylan Love, Business Insider • Fri 2016 Apr 15, 12:13pm

… Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast-food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs. …robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." …"can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour." …will offer "custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem." …"device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them."

And becomes economical the more governments push for high minimum wages. Article from August, 2014. • Thu 2016 Mar 24, 11:30pm

1. Don't mistake your vocation
2. Select the right location
3. Avoid debt
4. Persevere
5. Whatever you do, do it with all your might…

Paul Bois, Truth Revolt • Tue 2016 Mar 8, 9:45pm

…Due to the high volume of customers, the drive-thru lines at most restaurants have grown increasingly long and unpleasant for patrons and Chick-Fil-A is now turning to innovations to smooth the journey along. An average Chick-Fil-A will serve as many as 95 cars from noon to 1 PM.

To test new innovations, Chick-Fil-A has built three buildings dedicated to innovation and design where new products and sales can be pushed. Currently, the new model for Drive-thru being tested is having servers outside taking orders and delivering food before arriving at the pick-up window…

Kieran Nicholson, Denver Post • Thu 2015 Dec 31, 11:01pm

About 190 workers, most of them immigrants from Somalia, have been fired from a meat packing and distribution plant on Colorado's Eastern Plains for walking off the job to protest a workplace prayer dispute.… representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) negotiated on their behalf.…

CAIR, the terrorism-supporting organization that should be outlawed
Andi Berlin, Tuscon Daily Star • Tue 2015 Aug 4, 6:36pm

Fourth Avenue's farm-to-table vegetarian restaurant Food for Ascension Cafe closed up shop Aug. 1, the restaurant announced in a Facebook post. The cafe plans to reopen at their home base, the Avalon Gardens in Tumacacori.

"We discovered that there just is not enough understanding of the true meaning of 'slow food' to support what we were doing in the Café in Tucson to justify the time and energy we were putting into it," the post says…

Translation: We didn't make money.
Texas Flag
James Dunn, Mail UK • Thu 2015 May 21, 8:57pm

America's biggest ranch… goes on sale for $725million in Texas… Waggoner Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the United States spanning six counties in Northern Texas… includes the 510,000-acre ranch with two main compounds, hundreds of homes and 20 cowboy camps… hundreds of quarter-horses, thousands of cattle, 1,200 oil wells and 30,000 acres of cultivated land…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story • Fri 2015 Apr 24, 4:51pm

…“He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again…” offered her previous position, along with $2,000 in back pay, but she has mixed feelings about returning. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she said. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

BBC • Wed 2015 Mar 25, 4:44pm

US food giant Heinz is to merge with Kraft Foods Group, creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in the US.

Big Red S
Michael Cavna, Washington Post • Fri 2012 Oct 19, 3:10pm

IN THE 1930s, publishing bosses Jack Liebowitz and Harry Donenfeld paid a couple of young men $130 for the rights to Superman. … A federal judge in California has ruled that Shuster’s heirs cannot reclaim copyrights to Superman. U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright decided that those rights were surrendered 20 years ago when Shuster’s siblings reached an annual payment agreement with DC Comics and gave up interest in the Son of Krypton….

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Ben Fritz, LA Times • Fri 2012 Oct 19, 3:06pm

DC Comics' superheroes can finally team up on the big screen following yesterday's legal victory for Warner Bros. in its long-running fight over the rights to Superman. … Had Warner lost its case against the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, it would not have been able to make "Justice League" or any other movies, television shows or comics featuring key elements of the Man of Steel's mythos after 2013 unless it reached a new agreement with the estates of Shuster and co-creator Jerry Siegel.… [Well! Thank goodness they can proceed without regard to the heirs of the character's creators!! :P]

Jennifer Waters, MarketWatch • Mon 2012 Oct 8, 11:08am

first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products … which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908 … challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it … copyright holder would now want a piece of that sale. [This seems to me to be exactly the opposite of the direction copyright jurisprudence should be taking. An appeallate court upheld this??] … In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that anything that was manufactured overseas is not subject to the first-sale principle. Only American-made products or “copies manufactured domestically” were. “That’s a non-free-market capitalistic idea for something that’s pretty fundamental to our modern economy,”

Joseph Ax, Sakthi Prasad for Reuters • Wed 2012 May 30, 10:42am
…biggest collapse of a law firm in U.S. history. …Dewey & Leboeuf LLP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday night… Negative economic conditions, along with the firm's partnership compensation arrangements, created a situation where its cash flow was insufficient to cover capital expenses and full compensation expectations… [Emphasis added.] • Thu 2011 Aug 25, 7:23pm

Whole Foods co-founder, John Mackey, makes a moral defense of business in The Morality of Capitalism, a new book from the Atlas Network and Students for Liberty. "...200 years ago, 85 percent of people on planet Earth lived on less than a dollar a day, 85 percent, we're down to 20 percent now." • Sun 2011 Jul 10, 9:40pm

Albertsons LLC, which operates 217 stores in seven Western and Southern states, will eliminate all self-checkout lanes in the 100 stores that have them and will replace them with standard or express lanes, a spokeswoman said. "We just want the opportunity to talk to customers more," Albertsons spokeswoman Christine Wilcox said. "That's the driving motivation." • Sat 2011 Jul 9, 1:15pmConsumers who illegally download copyrighted films, music or television shows might see their Internet speed slowed or access restricted under an industry anti-piracy effort announced on Thursday. U.S. Internet service providers, including Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and AT&T Inc agreed to alert customers, up to six times, when it appears their account is used for illegal downloading. Warnings will come as e-mails or pop-up messages. [Just another pretense for the IPs to throttle access] • Thu 2009 Jun 25, 9:50am

banking on brick ovens for its latest success. Beautiful Brands International and Kyro Pizza are joining forces to take the Baltimore-based pizzeria worldwide. • Wed 2009 Jun 24, 3:44pmThere's no doubt the film and TV industries need to find a way to protect their copyrighted programming on the Web. But the strategy unveiled Wednesday by Time Warner and Comcast falls short of the ideal solution.