Given all the frauds he was “interpreting” for this is very fitting, it seems to me
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.
… Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn’t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a different method to communicate.
The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” said Bruno Druchen, the federation’s national director.
But give the guy a break: have you ever tried to make sense of an Obama speech to someone else?
Via my old commuting buddy Tim they’ve finally created a bacon product that I just don’t see myself eating.
I mean, really.
No wonder I particularly like the French stuff…
Champagne widows stamped grand legacy on wine
REIMS, France – For Champagne to become the tipple it is today — popped at weddings, quaffed in casinos, sprayed by racing drivers and smashed against ships — a few men had to die.
Not just any old men. Young ones married to clever young women.
Without the widows of Champagne, mankind’s most seductive fizz might well not be what it is now. One of the world’s most famous Champagnes — Veuve (“Widow”) Clicquot — explicitly evokes the rather grim tradition. But other legendary houses — Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier and Pommery — also got their starts from tragedy-tinged widows. Then there are the many lesser-known names that still carry the widow tag, such as Veuve Fourny and Veuve Doussot.
From its bottle shape to its taste, color, labeling and even marketing, Champagne owes its uniqueness to a series of widows from the early 19th century who used the sometimes mysterious deaths of their husbands to enter the male-dominated business world. The widows became so successful that dozens of Champagnes added “Veuve” to their names even though no widow ran the house — just for its mystique and marketing value.
“Champagne is the story of widows,” said Francois Godard, scion of Veuve Godard et Fils Champagne house. “Women who lost their husbands, and then outshone the men.”
Widowhood gave these figures an independent social status in France. Unlike other women — who were the property of a father or a husband — only a widow could become a CEO.
“In the 19th century … if you’re not married you’re dependent on your father, you can’t have a bank account and you can’t pay staff. If you are married you are reliant on your husbands,” explained Fabienne Moreau, Veuve Clicquot’s archivist. “Only a widow can take this position as head of a company.”
…Widow Lilly Bollinger sealed the industry’s feminist reputation in 1941, when she took the reins from her deceased husband and rapidly expanded Bollinger internationally over three decades to the prominence it enjoys.
Bollinger was known for her bubbly wit.
“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it,” she once said, “unless I’m thirsty.“
Not being the gullible type I can scarcely believe this actually happened but I can vouch for it because, Dear Readers, it actually happened to me:
I went to Costco yesterday to buy “just one thing” and that’s all I actually bought.
The End Is Well Nigh.
via Sheila on FB, this just defines awesome: Tom Jones and Wilson Pickett
You can tell they just are having a blast and enjoy the hell out of each other.
Had me low and had me down…
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I’m always uncomfortable in a situation that may involve personal ipod touching.
I’m such a prude.
Drugged parachuting mice go for the kill versus the brown snakes
They floated down from the sky Sunday – 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam.
But the rodent commandos didn’t know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.
That’s because they were dead. And pumped full of painkillers.
… But brown tree snakes have an Achilles’ heel: Tylenol.
For some reason, the snakes are almost uniquely sensitive to acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the ubiquitous over-the-counter painkiller. If you can get a tree snake to eat just 80 milligrams, you can kill it. That’s only about one-sixth of a standard pill – pigs, dogs and other similarly sized animals would have to eat about 500 of them to get into any trouble.
Sounds like the plot of a bad Donald Sutherland movie from the 60s.
Someone around here has to maintain them
All the cool kids are doing it
(And the Marine Corps spent HOW MUCH on my electronics training…?)
It was so bad in fact that it has made me question my faith in humanity.
Here it is, Thanksgiving Day for gosh sake, and I was out running a quick beer-fetching errand which caused me to drive by a Work Out World gym in the same strip mall.
And the gym was packed.
I of course immediately rushed home and opened up a beer.
I may have to hit the bourbon soon to erase the memory.
So I call Comcast yesterday because our modem is rather antiquated and can’t provide the bandwidth that Comcast is charging me for. Their website gives a list of recommended modems and a very convenient link to order one directly from Amazon. Very smart and efficient.
Anywho, I picked out one and before I clicked “order” I called the 800 number for Comcast to double check that it would work and the installation woul be seamless. There was the usual delay as I was routed to the call center in Bangalore and then that little extra delay that tells you that you are now talking to someone wearing a headset sitting in a room with three hundred other such folks, and then this nice fellow says, in accented English that checks off every box on the Official Stereotype Indian English Form, “Hello, thank you for calling Comcast. My name is Larry, how can I help you?”
So now companies are giving these folks fake Gringo names.
What a hoot.
(Thanks to Geraghty’s Morning Jolt)
As it normally requires a lot of runway when loaded this ought to be a rather interesting take-off attempt
A Boeing 747 jumbo jet mistakenly landed a tiny airport in Wichita, Kansas late Wednesday, raising questions about whether or not the plane will be able to take off.
KAKE.com reports that the jet used to haul 787 Dreamliner parts landed at Jabara Airport instead of its intended destination of McConnell Air Force Base.
A Boeing spokesman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal in a statement that the plane had landed on the 6,101-foot long runway and that “we are working to determine next steps.”
It seems that this particular plane is a 747 LCF Dreamlifter, which is a highly modified funny looking duck.
I’d be rather curious to hear the explanation of just how they happened to land at the wrong airport.
Somewhere Jenny McCarthy wept…
Looks like somebody is channeling Daffy Duck
BERLIN—The Munich man from whom German authorities confiscated an art trove they believe includes Nazi-looted works broke his silence, saying he isn’t willing to return any of the art to previous owners, including pieces taken from Jews.
“I will not speak with them, and I won’t freely give anything back, no, no,” Cornelius Gurlitt, 80, said to German weekly Der Spiegel of reports that government officials are working to negotiate settlements for many of the works. “When I’m dead they can do with them what they want.”
Mr. Gurlitt’s comments—the first he has made on the wartime art stash discovered in his apartment and his intentions—came after Bavaria’s justice minister, whose office is overseeing the investigation, said Friday he hoped to reach a settlement with Mr. Gurlitt to avoid a lengthy legal fight and expedite restitution.
Here’s a nice chilling line from the article
He became the subject of a Bavarian tax probe after authorities in autumn 2010 searched him as part of a routine border check on a train from Switzerland to Germany and noted he was carrying €9,000 ($12,140) in cash?just below the €10,000 legal limit, prosecutors have said.
Think about that.
And think about how politicized the IRS has become.
Now BeauBeau wants a damn elephant.
Picking up poo in the backyard was already hard enough.