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Snapped today in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY:

This sends so many signals and leaves so many questions.

Like, “How many bodies of minors are in that backseat?” (I was afraid to look) and “Is it legal to upload a picture of someone’s license plate?” (According to Google, yes, yes it is.)

Categories: New York City Tags: Cars, funny, Greenpoint, License Plate, Minors, New York, NYC

Sarah Kliff from Wonkblog reports:

They find, in a 230-page report out Thursday, that as many a middle school student may have long suspected, there’s barely any evidence that most of these tests predict better health outcomes later in life.

“The committee’s review of the scientific literature revealed that studies on fitness measures for youth often were not designed to answer questions related to understanding the relationships between fitness measures and health across all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic populations.”

The committee came out especially strong against flexibility tests, things like attempting to touch one’s toes while sitting — the dreaded “sit and reach,” that has vexed many inflexible eighth graders. Due to a “lack of evidence for an association between flexibility tests and health outcomes,” it recommends against “including such tests” in any national guidelines for physical fitness testing.

Sit-ups, a measure of “musculoskeletal fitness,” also don’t fit the criteria for actually measuring that form of muscular fitness properly, the Institute reports.

All I remember is that Middle School Gym Class was fucking terrible. And that, by High School, they stopped caring and let us play Badminton all day.

Categories: things that amuse me Tags: athletics, fitness, gym class, health, middle school, physical fitness

Weird News Wednesday

Via The New Zealand Herald:

“The eel was about the size of a decent sprig of asparagus and the incident is the talk of the place,” a hospital source said. “Doctors and nurses have come across people with strange objects that have got stuck where they shouldn’t be before, but an eel has to be a first.”

It is unclear how the eel managed to be trapped inside the man. It is believed medics successfully removed it and the man was later discharged.

This blog is classy.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: butt, eel, new zealand, news, weird news

This is literally my fourth Gangnam Style post. It’s so damn catchy.

I miss upstate New York.

Categories: things that amuse me, Viral Things Tags: Cornell, Cornell University, dance, gangnam style, Ithaca, PSY, viral videos

I completely forgot about WTF Wednesday this week. Sorry, guys.

In my humble apologies, I offer a turtle eating a shrimp:

In other news, everyone has heard about the Bronx Zoo guy that jumped off the monorail into the tiger pit.

It was unclear from the initial reports whether he was suicidal, crazy, or on drugs. Detective reports now suggest crazy.

Associated Press:

Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be love and fearless.”

Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”

Also, I got a pingback on my last post from Alan.com, which is Alan Colmes’s blog. (You know, the liberal half of Blank and Hannity.) So that was pretty sweet. Thanks, Alan, or guy responsible for posting on his blog.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: alan colmes, alan.com, animals, bronx zoo, David Villalobos, news, tiger pit, turtle, turtle attack, weird news

Paul Krugman discusses the “dependent upon government” citizens that Romney refers to in the now viral Mother Jones video inside a private donor meeting:

Actually, if you look at the facts, you learn that the great bulk of those who pay no income tax pay other taxes; also, many of the people in the no-income-tax category are (a) elderly (b) students or (c) having a bad year, having lost a job — that is, they’re people who have paid income taxes in the past and/or will pay income taxes in the future.

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Categories: Economics, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 47%, economics, election 2012, gop, Mitt Romney, mother jones, Paul Krugman, politics, taxes

The ethical problem with Bain in a nutshell.

There’s apparently a few ways of taking over a company. The most common ways of doing it with the intent to bankrupt it are a hostile takeover or buying off its executives.

Mitt Romney chose buying off the executives with bonuses.

In business deals called leveraged buyouts, Bain would borrow money to buy troubled companies and then force the companies to pay back Bain’s loans. By moving the loans plus interest payments onto the troubled companies’ already deficit-heavy banksheets, this formula guaranteed the failure of the companies.

The result: All the CEOs and Bain Capital profited on the way out, while the average worker lost his or her job.

This is what happened with Ampad, a pad and paper company bought by Bain in 1992. Bain paid $5 million upfront for the company and profited more than $100 million in debt and management fees before Ampad filed Chapter 11 in 2000 and was resold in 2003.

Randy Johnson, an Ampad factory worker affected by the takeover, once wrote Romney a handwritten letter asking him to intervene and save an Indiana factory. Romney wrote back him saying that he wanted to help but his lawyers advised him not to get involved.

Green and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital quotes Mitt Romney regarding Bain: “I insisted on having almost dictatorial powers.”

So much for a man who doesn’t want to get involved.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, ampad, bain, Bain Capital, bankrupt, bribery, ceos, dictator, election, executives, Mitt Romney, randy johnson