Slummin’ it: Linkdump

As the snow starts to finally melt, the spring fever (and inevitable desire to be outside) is kicking in. So, yeah, a linkdump. But it’s a good one, I swear:

The Onion has a must-read story about this annoying black guy who’s going around the country asking for change. Jeez, get a job already.

wdh3 has been covering the Tibet/China conflicts quite regularly, lately, over at Integral Psychosis.

Ed Brayton has had it with the use of the silly term, Judeo-Christian. Especially when idiot Christianists use it, considering they pretty much ignore the “Judeo” part.

Gotta love guerilla marketing. In Orange County, Florida, some crafty person unintentionally caused a bit of grief for surrounding businesses when they put up this billboard:

All Religions are Fairy Tales

Ah, the ugly truth. Needles to say, the business owners were not amused…

Finally, over at Carpetbagger, a rather infuriating story about more bullshit from ideal corporate citizen Wal-Mart (from the WSJ):

A collision with a semi-trailer truck seven years ago left 52-year-old Deborah Shank permanently brain-damaged and in a wheelchair. Her husband, Jim, and three sons found a small source of solace: a $700,000 accident settlement from the trucking company involved. After legal fees and other expenses, the remaining $417,000 was put in a special trust. It was to be used for Mrs. Shank’s care.

Instead, all of it is now slated to go to Mrs. Shank’s former employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Two years ago, the retail giant’s health plan sued the Shanks for the $470,000 it had spent on her medical care. A federal judge ruled last year in Wal-Mart’s favor, backed by an appeals-court decision in August. Now, her family has to rely on Medicaid and Mrs. Shank’s social-security payments to keep up her round-the-clock care.

“I don’t understand why they need to do this,” says Mr. Shank on a recent visit to the nursing home.

Wal-mart finally relented due to bad P.R., but jeezus… if there was ever a need for a corporate death penalty (which there most certainly is), they’d be the first ones on death row.

Also, I’m upgrading the WordPress software sometime today, so if you pop by later and something’s amiss, it’s only temporary.


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