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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College : Jury awards more than $33 million punitive damages

Posted on 06 / 13 / 2019 by Wirecutter

ELYRIA — A Lorain County jury has awarded $33.2 million in punitive damages in Gibson’s Bakery in its lawsuit against Oberlin College and Meredith Raimondo , the college’s dean of students. The family business sued the college and its dean of students after protests by students and allegations of racial profiling after a 2016 shoplifting incident in which an Oberlin student tried to use false identification to buy alcohol.

On Friday the same jury awarded Gibson’s business and family members more than $11 million in actual or compensatory damages, bringing the total award to over $44 million. Ohio law limits punitive damages to twice the compensatory amount , which would seem to put the award above the legally permissible amount.
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Like Woody said , now I’m wondering how many other colleges are having an “ Oh shit ! ” moment right about now.

 

Source: Knuckledraggin My Life Away | Where Bad Choices Make Good Stories

A ‘ Manky Martini ‘ ?!!! …

Now only a few of my immediate family members will appreciate this post , so the rest of ya will have to bear with me …

A patron waits to drink the Sourtoe Cocktail, a shot of whisky containing a dehydrated human toe, as the rules are displayed on the table, in Dawson City, Yukon, in a July 1, 2018, file photo.

DAWSON CITY, Yukon — A donation that an expert in Yukon happily describes as disgusting has arrived in Whitehorse , destined to become the centrepiece of a bizarre cocktail.

The frostbitten big toe of former British Marine Nick Griffiths now belongs to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City after Griffiths donated the digit to the Sourtoe Cocktail collection.

It continues , with some more irony that none of you will understand ! …

The Bolton , England , resident originally planned to donate three toes amputated in March 2018 after he suffered frostbite during the Yukon Arctic Ultra , a 483-kilometre race that follows the Yukon Quest trail.

I’m thinkin’ of a certain Englishman from Bolton , Ontario ! …

Griffiths was in a Whitehorse hospital when he learned about the Sourtoe Cocktail from a nurse who had visited Dawson City , and he joined the exclusive sourtoe club by drinking a shot of whisky with a mummified human toe in it.

The story carries on with some eyebrow raisin’ , snicker worthy statements ;

It’s now being mummified in rock salt in preparation for use in the cocktail …

The hotel couldn’t be happier with what Gerle calls the “ toe-nation ”…

Big toes are “ hard to come by ”…

Terry Lee , Toe Master at the Downtown Hotel said …“ We have been waiting for a new big toe for a while so this is exciting news indeed ”… ‘ Toe Master ‘ !!! …

“ The big toes are the most disgusting and popular with the customers ”…

“ It’s also extra special coming from Nick and we look forward to welcoming him to Dawson City where he can claim the rare distinction of shooting his own toe ” he said.

“ The Downtown Hotel plans to bring Griffiths up later this summer after the toe is preserved and ready to go. They will ‘ foot ‘ the bill of course ” the hotel statement said …

Source: Frostbitten big toe donated for Yukon’s Sourtoe Cocktail  | Globalnews.ca

Everyday objects to be hit by federal ban on plastic …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that the government would move forward with a plan to ban single-use plastics in the country as early as 2021.

According to a press release , the initiative will also take steps to reduce pollution in other plastic products and work with provinces and territories to require plastic manufacturers to be responsible for their own waste.

A clear definition of what constitutes a single-use plastic , and a more concise list of what products will be affected by this , is yet to come, so it’s difficult to know which of your common household items will be under fire. Here are some items likely to be impacted by the ban.

For the last few years , a wave of environmental activists around the world have been campaigning for a ban on single-use plastic straws. According to the federal government , Canada uses 57 million plastic straws each day.

In July, Starbucks announced it would remove plastic straws from its stores by 2020 and replace them with strawless lids … Made of plastic.

Polystyrene , found in cups , plates , takeout containers and various packaging as Styrofoam , is one of the most infamous polluters , due to how rarely it is recycled … It’s also estimated it won’t break down for up to 500 years …

Let’s see now … How many thousands of people does the plastics industry employ to manufacture all these items ? …

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  • The Canadian plastics industry employs about 82,000 people. Source : Statistics Canada      
  • It is the 5th largest manufacturing employer in Canada ( at the four-digit NAICS code level ).
  • Source: Statistics Canada , Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging   

Is any thought being put into this ? …

Or is this just a blatant grab at all the tree=hugger votes ? …

Source: The everyday objects likely to be hit by federal ban on single-use plastics | National Post

Drug companies won’t fix wasteful eyedroppers … Cuts into profit !!! …

Dispensed drops are simply too big to be fully absorbed by the eye which , for an adult , can hold only about seven to nine microliters (μl). Commercial and prescription eye drops dispense up to 40 μl …

It’s not news to pharmaceutical companies — including Allergan , Merck, Pfizer and Canada’s Valeant —  that have been the subject of multiple class-action lawsuits in the U.S. by patients who alleged they were ” compelled to purchase an unusable or wasted portion of each eye drop in multi-use containers , in violation of state consumer legislation …

In their defence , the companies argued their eye drop bottles comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards and it’s not as though they’re withholding a smaller , more efficient bottle.

Yeah right ! … They certain;y weren’t in a big hurry to sort the waste out tho , were they ?!!! …

However a 2017 story by U.S. media outlets ProPublica and NPR revealed how Allergan scientists , for example, experimented with glaucoma microdrops as small as 5 μl that were as effective as regular-sized drops, but the company allegedly shelved those plans for financial reasons ( less waste = Less sales !!! ) …

That story sparked enough outrage that within weeks U.S. senators from both parties jointly introduced legislation to force companies to reduce the waste. The bill was subsequently watered down and has yet to pass.

No doubt Democraps and GOP’ers with palm greasin’ pharma buddies contributing to their political career …

Allisa Song , 26 , a medical student from Seattle, wanted a more immediate solution ” I was thinking, how do we circumvent these drug companies who won’t budge ? “…

So she and three friends , all with biomedical or engineering backgrounds , came up with a plastic adapter that screws onto the tip of any bottle and turns those wasteful blobs of eye medicine into a precise, little 9.4-μl drop.

Song said the adapter , they’ve named the Nanodropper , extends the life of a one-month supply of drops to three or four months. Their invention has won more than a dozen student awards since 2018 , including a recent $15,000 US prize from the University of Washington.

Good for you girls !!! … Well done … Hope you do well with that …

Source: Drug companies won’t fix wasteful eyedroppers — so some students did | CBC News

Sports Stars and Bartenders Are Not Slaves …

For most people , it’s immediately striking that men who earn more money and live more lavish lifestyles than most average Americans could ever dream of would believe themselves to be the oppressed victims of the teams that employ them or the culture that adores them …

The problem with slavery is that people were once owned as slaves. That is the most fundamental requirement for one to be considered a slave. The free men of the NBA and the NFL endure no such immoral arrangement. They all willingly perform their “work” in exchange for their ample salaries. To avoid the risk of papering over just how ” ample ” those salaries are , consider that the league minimum for an NBA player is an annual $490K , and the league minimum for an NFL player is $450K.

Let’s take a moment to put this in perspective. The average household income in the United States is roughly $62K annually. If you work as a securities compliance examiner , the federal government’s highest paid employee , you are likely incredibly educated and skilled and earning , on average , $181K per year. The annual salary of the president of the United States is $400K , lower than either league’s minimum salary.

For example , Lebro James whines that his employers should no longer be referred to as ‘ owners ‘… It implies that he and his brethren are ‘ slaves ‘…

I don’t recall ‘ slaves ‘ freely signing contracts that that PAYS them any money , never mind this …

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LeBron James signed a 4 year / $153,312,846 contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, including $153,312,846 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $38,328,212. In 2018-19, James will earn a base salary of $35,654,150, while carrying a cap hit of $35,654,150 and a dead cap value of $153,312,846 …

Just for fun , when ya work it out , that translates into $ 162.00 … PER SECOND !!! … SHUT UP AND WORK TOBY !!! …

To put it bluntly , NFL and NBA players , freely negotiating their contracts, could be considered in league with the nefarious top 1% of income-earners — a far cry from the trials and tribulations of an oppressed ‘ Slave ‘ …

 

Australia’s Sheilas … Gone COMPLETELY DOWN UNDER !!! …

This is so utterly ridiculous , yet typical , but I’m fortunately in the right sense of mind to find the humour in it … However … Ultimately , it’s really WAAAaay past the point of going too far with this … Absolute … BULLSHIT !!! … Today … Australia … Who’s next ? … This is the Catholic church for crissakes !!! …

The goat gang bangers must be doin’ a dance !!! …

Australian Catholic Schools to Teach that God Is 'Gender-Neutral'

Catholic schools in Brisbane will soon begin teaching their students gender-neutral pronouns for God and will stop using “ Lord ”, “Father ” and “ Son ” in prayers. The Daily Mail reports that schools such as All Hallows , Stuartholme , Loreto College and Stuartholme School “ are leading a push towards a feminist interpretation of the Christian Bible ”…

Not that I’ve ever been taken in by this , or other , ‘ human created fiction ‘, but hasn’t it always been said that this ‘ God ‘ chap ” created MAN in his own image “… End quote ?! …

And didn’t  ‘ he ‘ … Ooops … ‘ He ‘ , at a later date see that Adam was a tad bored sittin’ by HIMself under that tree … So the Big Fella decided to snatch back a spare rib and give him something ta … You know … Fuck around with ?! …

I mean Hell ! … No wait a minute … That’s not yet ! … Things were goin’ great … Non stop romps in the Garden … Plenty to munch on … Hey , ya know ya gotta keep the old strength up for all the nonstop garden , hot n’ heavy , gymnastics !!! … All the two of ’em had to do to stay in Eden was to  NOT … eat … a … certain fruit !!! … Eternal bliss !!! …

BUT NO !!! … Rib spawn Eve’s got a bone to pick with the Big Guy and tells Adam that there’ll be ” no num-nums tonight unless you go against God’s will for ME !!! … No piece of fruit … No piece o’ass !!! “…

Ah … Sadly , the rest , apparently , is history …

To quote the venerable Archie Bunker … The Big Guy told ’em to ” get their clothes on and get the Hell out !! “…

A spokeswoman for the schools told the Sunday Mail that “ As we believe God is neither male or female ( so I guess that means EVERYONE has to agree with THEM … ) , Stuartholme tries to use gender-neutral terms in prayers … So that our community deepens their understanding of who God is for them , how God reveals Godself through creation , our relationships with others and the person of Jesus ”…

Note the term … ‘ SpokesWOMAN ‘… Oh … And by the way … Is Jesus male ? … Female ? … Or is he … er … sh … aargh ! … ” gender neutral also ?!!! … How bout the Virgin Harry ? … Hey if a ‘ virgin ‘ can gestate a fetus , why not a cross dressin’ nutjob ?! …

This commitment to gender-neutrality has shown itself in a number of different ways at the schools. Loreto College took the word “ Lord ” out of their prayers because they don’t like that it’s a “ male term ”… Families at Stuartholme School will pay almost $40,000 a year for their children to learn to use “ Godself ” instead of the pronoun “ himself ”… St Joseph’s College , a Catholic boys’ school in Brisbane , replaced “ brothers ” with “ sisters and brothers ” and the word “ brotherhood ” with the term “ international community ”…

OH For Crissakes !!! … OH !!! … Pardon the pun !!! … But what the … ?!!! …

Loreto College’s principal , Kim Wickham , said the prayers the college uses don’t assign a gender to God. She said the school has a commitment to inclusive language , but “ admitted there were instances where gendered language is appropriate ”…

JEEZASS WOMAN !!! … Make up that erratic mind of yours !!! …

Leaders in Catholic Education in Australia seem to be happy with the changes. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference ( any diddlers in this gathering of cerebral celibacy perchance ?! ) suggested that schools “ use gender-neutral terms where appropriate ” but the Queensland Catholic Education Commission has not been specific about the instances which meet the criteria for “ appropriate ”…

Well that’s because the priests have to be gender specific at certain times … After all , nine or ten year old little ‘ girls ‘ have nothing to ‘ diddle ‘ with do they !!! …

The Catholic Office for the Participation of Women heralded the decision. Director Andrea Dean told the Sunday Mail that she was “ thrilled ” and found the move away from male language for God “ terrific ”…

OOOoooh !!! … ‘ Thrilled ‘ were ya ? …Ya got all ‘ tingly ‘ did ya Andrea ?! … Musta been just like Eve when she coerced Adam into grabbin’ that chunk o’ fruit !!! …

Source: Australian Catholic Schools to Teach that God Is ‘Gender-Neutral’ – Nwo Report

Washed up psycho Bette reluctantly apologizes for libel …

Bette Midler

On Monday , Midler shared an image of Trump in his younger days with an accompanying quote attributed to Trump in a 1998 People Magazine interview.

Another ‘ hard working ‘, over paid hasbin stiff from Hollyweird …

 

“ If I were to run , I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific ” the quote on the image said.

Later that day , Midler deleted the tweet and apologized for sharing the image.

“ This quote turns out to be a fake from way back in ‘15-16. Don’t know how I missed it , but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true ! ” she wrote.

At approximately 1 a.m. local time Wednesday , Trump published a tweet in which he described the famed singer and actor as a “ washed up psycho ” after she posted a meme with a fake quote attributed to him.

“ Washed up psycho @BetteMidler was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make ‘ your great president ’ look really bad ” he wrote. “ She got caught , just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer ! ”

So where’s the defamation charges ? … Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone’s words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a writtenor published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant …

No … She’s ‘ Hollywood ‘ !!! … She just says ‘ Ooops ! … I didn’t know that was pure bullshit ! … I’m sorry … My bad ‘ … And all’s forgiven ?!!! …

The left and their MSM would be wailing about this on CNN for weeks on end if it was spoken about Obamnuts !!! …

Source: Trump calls Bette Midler a ‘washed up psycho’ after she shares fake quote | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News