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Solange Magnano: Former Miss Argentina Dies From Cosmetic Buttocks Surgery
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has
died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her
Solange Magnano, a mother of twins who won the crown in 1994, died
of a pulmonary embolism Sunday after three days in critical condition
following a gluteoplasty in Buenos Aires.
Close friend Roberto Piazza said the procedure involved injections and the liquid "went to her lungs and brain."
"A woman who had everything lost her life to have a slightly firmer behind," he said.
I know, I know; it's a tragedy. The woman died, and needlessly so it would appear. But, it's still funny in one of those "don't let this be you" kind of ways. Gluteoplasty? Really? Baby wanted more back? Eat a lot of Cheetos, fried chicken and ice cream and you'll get the same result without having to shoot killer goop into your bottom.
And, no, this should not be covered under the public option.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Adam Bauer has nearly
400 friends on Facebook. He got an offer for a new one about a
month ago. “She was a good-looking girl. I usually don’t accept
friends I don’t know, but I randomly accepted this one for some
reason,” the 19-year-old said.
He thinks that led to his invitation to come down to the La
Crosse police station, where an officer laid out photos from
Facebook of Bauer holding a beer — and then ticketed him for
The police report said Bauer admitted drinking, which he denies.
But he did plead no contest in municipal court Wednesday and will
pay a $227 fine.
A cursory glance through Facebook photos yields immediate examples of kids drinking beer. Conveniently, most Facebook profiles include birth dates with years. Add it up and it will cost you about $227, at least if you're a student at UW La Crosse. And doesn't that suck.
The article allows that the local police justify their actions, saying...
“Law enforcement has to evolve with technology,” Iverson said.
“It has to happen. It is a necessity —not just for underage drinking.”
Consider that next time you decide the beer bong pictures taken before the football game are ever so hilarious and must be shared with the Facebook universe. Even more, consider that you don't even have to post those pictures. If one of your friends does, and then tags you in the photos, you may end up like hapless Adam Bauer.
One thing I was wondering, though, is how can they prove it's actually beer? Last time I poured an O'Doul's into a glass, it looked just like Budweiser. Of course, the legal fees to have some attorney argue that will easily exceed the $227 no-contest plea.
Skip on past if this is old news to you, or if you think making fun of other people just for the way they look is uncouth and improper. But sneak a peak at some of the pictures first, just for laughs.
I first heard about PeopleOfWalMart.com shortly after it launched in August. Pretty simple concept, as outlined by the site's authors/editors/laughmakers...
People of Walmart was founded in August of 2009 by three friends and roommates after an inspirational trip to Walmart.
Let’s face it; we all have seen the people who obviously don’t have
mirrors and/or family and friends to lock them in a basement, and they
all seem to congregate at Walmart. It’s not everywhere that you can
shop for milk at 10 a.m. next to a 400lb mother of 6 wearing a pink
tube top, leopard tights, and hooker heels. Where else can one go to
pick up underwear at 3 O’clock in the afternoon and spot the greatest
mullet of all time paired with a mustard stained wife beater (which
only accents the extreme amount of body hair) and camo pants that were
actually used in Vietnam.
The site has its fans (over 46,000 on a FaceBook fan page), and the guys who run it post some of their fan email, like this one from "Jackie"...
I (unfortunately) work at a Wal-Mart in Ohio, and heard about the site
from one of my co-workers. It is so funny, and sadly true. We get some
real winners in there, but you already know that! lol Keep up the good
work, and maybe my co-workers and I can get some good pics for you.
Summer is over though, so no more short shorts. Thanks for the laughs! [Note: smiley face provided by Jackie. I try never to do that here.]
On the flip side, some don't se the humor at all, like Tracy, who feels "icky" after visiting...
I’m only one regretful reader, but your website is not sharply witty or clever, just cruel and childish. i hope you don’t consider yourselves edgy underground internet comedians because you’re not. who knows what you’re really like, but from reading your site, you sound like a bunch of sexist, arrogant meatheads. no offense. i just feel kinda icky after visiting it.
To their credit, the site operators do have limits...
...we do not wish to poke fun at people who, through no fault of their
own, are handicapped. Absolutely NO pictures of someone mentally or
physically handicapped will be added to the site…we aren’t complete
I especially like the disclaimer...
We would also like to stress that we are in no way liable if you get
your ass beat by Bubba when he catches you taking his picture.
Is it wrong to laugh, out loud, while looking at this site? Maybe. But, honestly, at least half of these photos beg the response: "WTF were you thinking when you left the house?" It's not a matter of trying to see oneself as an elitist looking at the great unwashed masses (although it may boost one's own self esteem knowing these folks are out there). It's just fucking funny. I'm sorry. Yes, I think it's funny. The captioning is often the best part.
Need some visual proof? OK then.
Caption: How cute and cuddly are those stuffed...OH MY GOD!
Caption: It’s like those shorts are managing to cover nothing and everything at the same time.
Caption: Well the bleach from earlier obviously didn’t do the trick because I still see this…. I’m switching to Drano.
I am so going to hell, if there was one which I am betting there is not. Meanwhile, i have to go pour bleach in my eyes.
Those books you "buy" from Amazon to be downloaded to your Kindle device apparently aren't quite so much yours as the hard copies they also sell. Kindle users found this out when the nice folks at Amazon used the direct connectivity of the devices to delete certain titles that were the subject of a copyright claim.
What makes this remote removal of the books most ironic is that one of the titles was George Orwell's tale of a world totally controlled by "Big Brother," 1984.
As Wall Street Journal writer Geoffrey A. Fowler notes on his blog, this does beg the question: Am I buying the book or just buying the right to read it?
Whether it occurs again or note, the incident raises a question: can
a company legally take back such a purchase? “In essence, Kindle is
licensing you access to the book,” said Peter Brantley, director of the
San Francisco-based Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library. “It
is a purchase, but you are actually not owning the book in the same way
that you go to the book store and own it.”
Books in the real world are covered by a notion of copyright called
the “first sale” doctrine, which allows a purchaser to do pretty much
whatever he or she wants with the book–including reselling it or
lending it to a friend.
But digital books–especially if they’re sold as part of access to a
networked system such as Amazon’s Kindle Store and Google’s online
books collection–don’t necessarily fall under those same rules. “We
have not matured our understanding of copyright to work in a digital
environment in way that provides a set of protections and meets
people’s expectations for how we use digital content,” said Brantley.
Even though Amazon credited customers for the price paid, not everyone was happy with the way the situation was handled. And competitor Sony was quick to point out that they have never reclaimed or removed purchased material from customers. Easy for them to say, since they don't have the direct connectivity, as Fowler notes...
Competitor Sony did not miss a chance to point out that sales are
“final” on its Reader. “Sony has never remotely deleted a downloaded
title,” a representative for the company said. (Of course, since the
Sony Reader device doesn’t have wireless access, it would have to be
plugged into a computer in order for the company to gain access.)
As Mashable reports, an Amazon spokesman insists they won't sneak into your Kindle and remove content if this situation arises again.
These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform
by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books…When we were
notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies
from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded
customers….We are changing our systems so that in the future we will
not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.
United Airlines is one of many so-called legacy air carriers that have hit the skids. In my estimation, they have fallen the farthest. I personally avoid them -- and their Chicago O'Hare hub -- at all costs.
Musician Dave Carroll spent nine months wishing he had steered clear of United's unfriendly skies. The airline's baggage handlers trashed his guitar as he watched from his seat on the plane. He then had what can only be described as a complete customer service cluster-fuck.
Carroll, being a musician and all, decided to apply his creative talents to the problem. He came up with this:
As of this writing, the video has had 641,937 views and 10,867 people have given it an average rating of five stars. 5,610 people have left comments... few of them very favorable to United.
To really appreciate the song, take a look at Carroll's website. He posted the whole sad story and to read it is to know he really did get screwed by United. No surprise there. But only when he got past being mad and got creative instead did United finally wise up. Funny what a viral video can do. As is often the case, once this thing took off, the mainstream media picked it up. The LA Times put the video on their site. Yesterday he was interviewed on CNN's The Situation Room, and a part of the video was shown.
Paging Dave Carroll to the white courtesy phone. United Airlines has a call for you! And what d'ya know... they are suddenly in a mood to make things better.
"It struck a chord with us,” said Robin Urbanski, a spokeswoman with United Airlines.
Yeah. I'll bet it did. Especially with Wolf Blitzer playing the video.
"We are in conversations with (Carroll) to make what happened right
and, while we mutually agree this should have been fixed much sooner,
his video is excellent.
“It provides us with a learning opportunity we can use for training purposes.”
She said they hope to provide customers with better service.
I think it is safe to say that until this turned into a very unflattering PR problem, United was no-way, no-how going to do anything for this man. They practiced the fine art of the customer service run-around, which can be quite effective in getting people to just give up. It's kind of an extended way of telling the customer: "You aren't important to us, and we know we can ignore you, so just fuck off, won't you?"
And to think United was once what many people considered the best airline flying. Now they make Air Uzbekistan look pretty good.
The assassination of George Tiller, an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kansas has dominated the media today. Tiller was gunned down as he served as an usher inside his church. (Local news account here if this whole story slid by you.)
The story has also dominated the blogosphere. The President weighed in, and so did the founder of Operation Rescue, the anti-abortion group loosely tied to the murderer. (In fairness, the current president of the organization is trying hard to contradict the founder and back far away from this. Good luck with that).
Lots of commentary in lots of places. One place I checked had this to say:
Some right wing blogs are closing comments on threads about the
murder, and judging from the vile, sick stuff you see above, that’s
probably a good idea.
This is very, very bad craziness, at its worst. Shame on all you
people who are gloating and partying over a murder that took place
inside a church. And you call yourselves “Christians?” What the hell is
wrong with you?
I’m pleased to say that LGF did not join in this orgy of murder
celebration; we had a few over the top comments, but they were quickly
deleted, and a couple of people lost their accounts.
LGF is Little Green Footballs, a pretty respectable blog that is on the other side of the fence from Daily Kos and AMERICAblog... meaning right of center. To LGF's credit, they tried to avoid the incredible ugliness that can bubble up in comments from readers. Comments on big sites don't necessarily represent the views of the site itself, just individuals. But LGF took steps to delete hateful entries and, they also claim to have kicked out a few members along the way today. Good on them.
Meanwhile, at the hate-fest that is Free Republic, a pretty heinous blog if there ever was one, the vitriol was flying. I won't bother to publish any of the hateful, violence-inciting or otherwise incredibly asinine commentary, and I will break with Kerfuffle protocol by not linking directly to it. You can get there via LGF if you must.
Frequently, sites like Daily Kos are called out by the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh as being lunatic left purveyors of lies, nastiness and distortions. (O'Reilly once called Daily Kos a hate site on par with Nazis and the KKK.) I wonder if wither of those two men will have anything to say about what's going on in their own blogosphere backyard right now. I doubt it. Just like I doubt the right wing punditocracy will see Tiller's assassination as domestic terrorism, which by their own standards it most certainly is.
There's no shortage of hate, that's for sure. Left, right, whatever; it's unfortunate that it seems to be one of the ingredients in the exchange of views and information via the Internet. Mostly it shows up in the form of comments by readers, but it can also come from the publishers/owners of sites as well. It would be nice to think that eventually that part of blogging and forums will be cleaned up. It would also be nice if everyone in the world sent me five dollars. Neither pipe dream will happen.
Free speech isn't always pretty. Or nice. Or articulate. But everyone gets their say, such as it is.