Random News: June 3, 2011

In case you missed these interesting stories…

Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00. Apparently the city of Riverdale, Georgia, wants a piece of property repaired, demolished or otherwise rehabilitated. Bank of America denies ownership of the property. Funny how that works. Property ownership should be clear and on record. Odd how Banks want their payments but they can’t be bothered to care for the properties with which they find themselves when everything falls apart. The Bank branch manager faces a contempt finding, though, I doubt the branch manager has the authority to make any decision about the property. That person is being subject to incredible amounts of stress and threat of jail because his/her employer failed to represent and take care of him/her. Sad, really.

A Beautiful Day. Talk about dumb luck.Pick up a hitchhiking Bono on the side of the road, get back stage passes to U2. Pretty cool.

Pushy sales pitch leads to arrest. Apparently these entrepreneurs need to find another market for their product. For some reason, I am always intrigued by stupidity of this level. Even in Athens, someone called the police to complain about pushy pot dealers. Perhaps he should take some business classes and learn how to target his market better. Wow!

Witness Credibility Measured By Jury, Not Media. A ticket fixing scandal damages credibility, i.e. believability, of officers involved in a DWI in the Bronx, NY. This case may not be a sensational murder or a spectacular show trial, but the result serves as an example for anyone willing to pay attention. The thorough discussion of jury deliberations would serve as informative for people who are quick to jump on the “send ’em all to prison” bandwagon. Simply because an individual is arrested does not mean they are guilty. These jurors indicated that the officers’s testimony was inconsistent, the jurors questioned the officers’ ability to tell the truth. These issues cannot be adequately addressed by media who seek headlines, not truth. Verdict in latin means truth. The media, who sensationalize crime, seek readers, not truth. The wider public would do well to remember that.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Having worked as a criminal lawyer for more than 10 years (both prosecutor and defense attorney) the story and suffering of Jaycee Duggard falls squarely into the category of “the truth is stranger than fiction.”

Don’t know much about economics. The segmentation of all concepts annoys me. I truly don’t know much about economics but the reports that reduced job growth makes the economic growth sputter seems one sided. The U.S. economy does not exist in isolation. Perhaps something about the economy, say increased gas prices during last month or increasing food prices, prevented more job growth. No one looks at the economy as a whole, no, our attention is focused to headlines that look at limited statistics in isolation without looking at the entire picture of the economy or quite frankly using common sense to find a broader answer.

Isn’t it just too damn early for this mess? Really, announcing candidacy for president in the 2012 election in early June of 2011, Mitt Romney. Covering the other talking heads who might be diminishing the spotlight for the guy declaring his run for presidency. Sarah Palin and Rudy Guiliani on speaking tours or at least media spotlight speeches. Do these people have real jobs? Why are funding this lunacy?

USDA’s new food guide, I guess. Still not clear why the government should tell us what to eat and how to eat, but the USDA’s new icon for telling people what to eat makes more sense than the revamped weird food pyramid. Again, less processed more real food in it’s original condition. Duh!

Not my fault, blame the job. In the era of abdication of responsibility, the LA Times presents the following headline “Too fat? Blame Your Job.” Really? How about take responsibility! Besides, I encounter many obese people who do not work, collect disability checks, and generally do not do anything to care for  themselves. The study shows that sitting all day creates a problem for workers. Good point. Though, my back tells me when I’ve been sitting too long and I expect most other people suffer from the same or similar issues. Here’s my suggestion: buy a standing desk (very expensive) or purchase an Ikea Bistro table (they sell 2 seater or 4 seater versions) and use that as an alternate standing desk. Much more cost effective and good for the body. Just do yourself a favor, don’t BLAME your job. Take responsibility for yourself. You are the only person who can take care of yourself.

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