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20 Jul 20:37

Arizona would "collapse" without cheap prison labor

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

Slavery is still legal.


Sen. David Gowan asked Shinn about the nature of the work the prisoners do at the Florence West prison. In Arizona, all people in state prisons are forced to work 40 hours a week with exceptions for prisoners with health care conditions and other conflicting programming schedules. Some prisoners earn just 10 cents an hour for their work.

“These are low-level worker inmates that work in the communities around the county itself, I would imagine?" Gowan asked.

“Yes. The department does more than just incarcerate folks,” Shinn replied. “There are services that this department provides to city, county, local jurisdictions, that simply can't be quantified at a rate that most jurisdictions could ever afford. If you were to remove these folks from that equation, things would collapse in many of your counties, for your constituents.”..

The state currently contracts with The GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies, to run Florence West, a minimum security prison that can hold up to 750 people...

Rep. John Kavanagh said to get companies interested in bidding for the contract, it was necessary to provide a profit motive.

You have to guarantee that they're going to have people there, and they're going to have a profit that they make, they're going to have income,” Kavanagh said. “No one's going to enter into a contract when you can't guarantee the income that they expect. That's kind of based on basic business.”..

After more questioning from Butler, Shinn confirmed there were currently more than 5,000 empty beds in the Arizona prison system state-wide...

When Butler asked “Why aren’t we closing more prisons?” her line of questioning was halted by committee leadership for being outside the scope of discussion...

An Arizona Republic investigation found that Arizona lawmakers invested more in private prisons after record-high campaign contributions from the industry in recent years.
The embedded image is from the movie "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang," via Film Forum.

Related:
Growth industry [prison populations]
11 Jul 02:37

Moral police in action

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)

A colorized photo shows "Women being arrested in Chicago, because their swimsuits were too short, in 1922."

Or is it perhaps a photo of America's future?  And if the Supreme Court can get rid of those pesky science advisory agencies, perhaps we can get back to the skies some of us remember in our youth.
05 Jul 18:17

Modern tinikling

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

I was never this coordinated

"Filipino students of Georgia tech in Atlanta, USA performed a traditional tinikling folk dance but with a modern hiphop twist"
Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. The dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It is traditionally danced to rondalla music, a sort of serenade played by an ensemble of stringed instruments which originated in Spain during the Middle Ages. The locomotor movements used in tinikling are hopping, jumping, and turning.

The name tinikling is a reference to birds locally known as tikling, which can be any of a number of rail species, but more specifically refers to the slaty-breasted rail (Gallirallus striatus), the buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis), and the barred rail (Gallirallus torquatus).

It imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers." 

Today tinikling is taught throughout the United States. In grades K-12 the dance is used as an aerobic exercise for physical education classes, to help expand physical movements such as hand coordination, foot speed, and also rhythm. Tinikling is commonly performed at schools and on special occasions, such as the Filipino Independence Day, as a celebration of Filipino culture and Filipino pride.
Details about the technique at the Wikipedia link.  You learn something every day.
13 Jun 00:34

This story has a happy ending

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

This picture breaks my heart, but the full story at the link was amazing.

Cassandra Ridder was crushed when her 12-year-old son Brody came home from school last week with only a few signatures in his yearbook — including his own.

“Hope you make some more friends. — Brody Ridder,” the rising seventh-grader wrote in his own yearbook, which was signed by only two classmates, two teachers and himself...
The story at the link will make your day a little brighter.
12 Jun 20:21

Home of the Brave?

by Gabe Kapler
SpinnyNuNu

Reigning MLB Manager of the Year. I love Kap.

But I am not okay with the state of this country. When you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.
22 May 19:18

13 Popsicle Freezie Holders To Crochet

by Shellie Wilson
SpinnyNuNu

Aren’t cold, sticky fingers part of the fun of Otter Pops?

This roundup is for Popsicle cozies, also known as Freezie holders, Freezepop Cozy, Zopper Dopper holders, Cosies, and covers. But no matter what you call them they all do the same thing, protect little fingers from getting too cold as they hold their frozen treat.

Perfect gift for summertime and great for using up your scraps of yarn. These crochet patterns are all available directly via the links below.  Looking for a fun gift for a BBQ hostess? How about a collection of these holders for the bbq or picnic.

Ravelry: Popsicle Sock pattern 

Mermaid and Shark Popsicle Cozy

Freezie cozy

Popsicle Cozy – Stitch11

Cat icepop Holder

Ice Pop Holder Shark

Ice Pop holder mermaid 

Bee Freezie Holder

Lion Freezie Holder

Sock Monkey Freezie Holder

Frog Freezie holder 

Unicorn Freezie Holder

Light Saber Popsicle Holder 

18 May 21:36

This is stochastic terrorism. It is deliberate. It is by design.

by wil@wilwheaton.net (Wil Wheaton)

It is easier to get a gun and body armor in America than it is to get medical care, and that is by design.

Tucker Carlson can get on TV every night, spout racist lies about a paranoid conspiracy, and inspire his viewers to commit acts of violence against innocent people. There will never be a meaningful consequence for his actions. This is by design.

Republicans have done everything possible to put weapons of mass murder into the hands of paranoid people they have agitated with racist lies and conspiracy theories.

It is not a coincidence that the latest white supremacist mass murderer is 18 and a heavy consumer of Fox News and far right online forums.

Republicans have not just made this possible. They have encouraged it. Oh, they’ll scold any of us who say it out loud, but we all know it’s true. They love it when Black people suffer and die. They love it when the people who killed them get away without any consequence.

This is all by design. Don’t let them wring their hands and offer their thoughts and prayers. This is what they want. This is the plan. This is all working EXACTLY the way they want it to.

Republicans want the rest of us — the majority — to live in constant fear of their violent, heavily-armed, racist followers. From encouraging them to brandish their assault weapons in public to allowing anyone to carry an instrument whose only purpose is to kill people. See that angry dude in the MAGA hat? See him ranting and raving at some innocent BIPOC who just wants to live their life? I’m going to think twice before I jump up to support my fellow human, because that MAGA guy is likely armed and will get away with murdering me, because reasons. Maybe I’m considering volunteering to work an election. But then I remember my neighbor who was doxxed by MAGA terriorists and had to flee for her safety because they were showing up to stand around outside her house with their guns.

This is all deliberate. This is what they want. It’s stochastic terrorism. So when they pretend to be horrified by this, don’t believe them. They’re celebrating in private. They love this.

Tucker Carlson shares responsibility for the mass murder in Buffalo yesterday, as do his producers and the advertisers who have continued to support his show while it has dropped all pretense of not being openly white supremacist. He’ll be back on the air tomorrow night, and somehow this will be Hunter Biden’s fault.

The entire Republican caucus in both houses of congress have even more blood on their hands today. They will experience zero consequences for their role in the racially-motivated murders they inspired and enabled. If they haven’t already, the MAGA fascists will be fundraising off of this by the end of the weekend.

I’d say don’t let them get away with this, but they already have, and they will again. And again. And again. And again. Until somehow the Democrats get their shit together and make ending gun violence a priority the way the Republicans have made controlling women a priority. It’s going to take a long time, and we need to get to work.

13 May 16:35

Lace bug with beautiful wings

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

This would make a fabulous broach.



I think I’m an old lady.


I presume most of those colors are structural rather than pigments.  The colors are neither pigments nor structural, but are caused by "thin film interference", the same process as in soap bubbles and oil puddles (with a tip of the blogging hat to reader Drabkikker for the info).  There are no useful comments at the via.
03 May 18:08

Michigan lawmaker eloquently and vehemently defends herself

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

I’d vote for her.

"McMorrow, a Democratic state senator in Michigan, delivered an epic takedown of a GOP colleague on Tuesday that continues to go viral. It included forceful pushback against Republicans over laws stigmatizing gay and trans children and families, and a searing moral defense of treating them respectfully... It might prod Democrats to rethink their responses to GOP attacks along these lines.

The 35-year-old McMorrow’s ire was triggered by a Republican colleague’s fundraising pitch describing McMorrow as a “groomer.”..

You’ll note that McMorrow didn’t sound defensive or offer mealy-mouthed, hairsplitting fact-checks. She didn’t capitulate to the Republican framing of these matters for a second.

Instead, McMorrow laid bare her deepest convictions and explained how they lead her to her positions on gay and trans rights, and why basic human decency demands them. Importantly, she made this about what Republicans are doing.

Many Democrats do profess outrage about the GOP’s use of the “groomer” slander. But you rarely hear Democrats go beyond casting themselves as mere victims of a vile smear, and instead hammering those pushing it for their rhetorical degeneracy, phony piety about protecting children, profound lack of rectitude, and all around sleazy and debased public conduct.

McMorrow’s description of herself as a White, Christian, suburban mom — one who wants her children to respect and empathize with non-Christian, non-White, gay and trans kids and families — gets at this. It turns the “identity politics” debate on its head.
Lots more commentary and analysis at The Washington Post.
03 Apr 00:01

my poor friend me

by wil@wilwheaton.net (Wil Wheaton)
SpinnyNuNu

I could have written this post (if you replace Wil’s music with 80s hair bands). My internal monologue thinks she’s not more than 20.

I’m getting ready to head out of the house and do my adulting for the day.

I have this mix of Pennywise, Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Social Distortion, and their contemporaries playing way louder than usual, all over the house, as I am the only one home.

I get dressed like I always do. I put on a pair of Volcom pants, a Bauhaus T-shirt, and my Converse.

Then, when it’s time to transform my bedhead into not that, I look up and see this old man looking back at me in the mirror.

And let me tell you, it’s kind of a lot to see and feel that. In my head, all morning, I’ve been a wiser, calmer, more confident and happier version of the person I was in my 20s; just a guy eating cereal, drinking coffee, surrounded by second wave punk.

I got so lost in that place, it was like a bucket of cold water when I saw … myself … almost 50 … just looking back at me. Like, “What’s up dude. I’m you.” Grey all through my beard, lines in my face, bags under my eyes even though I slept perfectly last night.

And I saw this look on my face, real quick, before I knew what was happening. It was this knowing look from me, who is almost 50, reminding me, who forgot he was almost 50, that, yes, you are almost 50, Wil. It’s so weird, this disconnect between my physical, chronological aging, and the way I feel inside of a body that’s probably about halfway through its existence on this planet.

Bad Religion still fucking slams, though.

16 Mar 18:33

Marie Antoinette's diamonds

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

The bracelets are pretty and all, but I have a question about the portrait.

Why is the skirt of her dress so creased? It looks like it was just unpacked and not properly steamed.


I saw the Christie's press release many months ago -
Geneva - on 9 November 2021 Christie’s will proudly offer THE MARIE ANTOINETTE DIAMONDS as lot 1 of its live Magnificent Jewels Auction to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Presented in their current form [a pair of matching bracelets], the 112 diamonds, originally belonged to Queen Marie-Antoinette of France (1755-1793)... 
Architectural Digest offered a followup that "the bracelets sold on November 9 for $9,353,855, far more than their initial $2,000,000-4,000,000 estimate."

This is a portrait of her daughter Marie-Therese wearing the bracelets -


RelatedMarie Antoinette was a blonde.
08 Mar 06:09

Barbie clothes hangers

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

Oh my god


Presumably crafted in the aftermarket from discarded dolls rather than being a primary product.  Via Awful Taste but Great Execution.
08 Mar 06:06

Russian TV staff walk out after saying "No to war"

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

This bit:

>>> The station then cut to some old footage from the ballet Swan Lake, an ironic gesture to the films that Soviet state television had once routinely broadcast when news was censored...

is interesting because I had heard that they had broadcast Swan Lake, but not why.


As reported in The Guardian:
Two Sundays ago I wrote in the Observer about the last remaining Russian independent TV station, Dozhd (“TV Rain”), and the irrepressible spirit of Natalya Sindeyeva, the woman who pioneered and ran it. Keeping the station alive had cost Sindeyeva her home and her marriage and her health and her security. A dozen years ago when she launched Dozhd she had been a vivid Russian celebrity, a “dancing queen” of Moscow’s elite party circuit, now her mugshot is posted on street corners as a “foreign agent”. The defiant struggles of Dozhd to stay on air and to continue to report the truth in Russia despite years of intimidation and sanction from the Kremlin were the subject of an inspiring documentary, “F@ck This Job (Tango with Putin)”, made by London-based Vera Krichevskaya, which was released in the UK last week and broadcast on the BBC.

A few days after “F@ck this Job” came out, on Friday, the decade-long defiance of Dozhd was silenced, at least for a while, by a brutal new law, passed unanimously in the Russian parliament, which bans news organisations from reporting anything except state approved press releases (it is now illegal for any broadcaster to call events in Ukraine, for example, “a war”). The new legislation, which has also caused the BBC and most other news organisations to suspend its reporting in Russia, will see journalists and media owners who contravene it jailed for up to 15 years. BBC director general Tim Davie said the law “appears to criminalise the process of independent journalism”. Its most chilling effects have been felt among the few surviving liberal Russian media outlets like Dozhd and Novaya Gazeta, whose editor, Dmitry Muratov, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, announced that the paper’s website had been forced to remove all of its material on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying “there is no doubt that the threat [of prosecution] will be realised”...

For their last broadcast Sindeyeva joined the entire news team in front of the camera to say goodbye to viewers. “No to war,” she said, as a farewell, with a bleak smile. The station then cut to some old footage from the ballet Swan Lake, an ironic gesture to the films that Soviet state television had once routinely broadcast when news was censored...

All the talk between journalists, Elovsky said, was how to effectively erase media histories from phones and computers in light of the new law. “It feels like an iron curtain is returning,” he said.
Much more at The Guardian.  Shame on Donald Trump and all U.S. politicians who support the autocratic rule in Russia.
01 Mar 21:20

MLB pushes labor-deal deadline to Tuesday for March 31 start

SpinnyNuNu

Gawdammit. I need baseball to come back.

Major League Baseball extended its deadline for reaching a labor deal to Tuesday at 5 p.m. for salvaging opening day as scheduled on March 31.

01 Mar 17:51

"Have some sunflower seeds"

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

I am not nearly as brave as the Ukrainian people.


A civilian woman confronted a heavily armed Russian soldier and offered him sunflower seeds... so that flowers will grow where he dies on Ukrainian soil.

The rest of her rant is recorded in this brief video (caution: profanity).


Relevant:  Just learned that sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine.
01 Mar 17:47

Comfy chair

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s kinda creepy


Image cropped for size from the original at the Awful Taste but Great Execution subreddit.
27 Feb 22:47

Delicious Gazpacho

by Season Liberally
SpinnyNuNu

Lol at looking for Nancy Pelosi’s recipe for gazpacho

I heart Cecil

Today we make a wonderful gazpacho. We see that it has been a hashtag this week so we wanted to share our recipe.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b26r9qruqei98p8/Gazpacho%20Recipe.pdf?dl=0
27 Feb 22:42

A semiautomatic long rifle designed for children

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

What the actual fuck

Last month, the JR-15, or Junior 15, debuted at the SHOT Show, billed as the nation’s largest annual trade show for the sport shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry. The event is organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a firearms industry trade association. The rifle is manufactured by WEE1 Tactical, an offshoot of Schmid Tool and Engineering, which has sold AR-15 components for 30 years. A November press release from WEE1 specifically notes the JR-15’s appeal to children: “Our vision is to develop a line of shooting platforms that will safely help adults introduce children to the shooting sports,” it reads. To do that, it’s built a gun whose “ergonomics are geared towards children”: it’s lighter than an adult version, at 2.2 pounds, 20% smaller, and with a patented safety mechanism, not standard on AR-15s, which needs to be pulled out “with some force” and rotated before it can fire. Slight tweaks aside, the company boasts that it “operates just like Mom and Dad’s gun.”...

The JR-15 is a .22 caliber rifle, meaning it takes bullets of  a .22-inch diameter; .22 caliber rifles are common as starter rifles because their shots are slightly slower than the cartridges used in an AR-15, with lower recoil—less painful for little shoulders. But, says Busse, to tout a .22 as safe is a myth. (The NRA brushes it off as never “a hard-hitter.”) It’s still a semi-automatic rifle that most would consider an assault weapon. “Believe me, you do not want to get shot with a .22,” he says. “To say that they’re nonlethal—that’s a joke.”

Specifications aside, the appeal to children is clear: WEE1’s colorful logo comprises two skulls, depicted as a little boy and girl, sucking on pacifiers, and with a gun sight over one eye. The branding “keeps the wow factor with the kids”; the logos come on glow-in-the-dark children’s baseball caps, too...

More families used to teach children to hunt; nowadays, “getting up early and sitting in duck blind” is not the norm for kids, Sugarmann says. In 1997, 33% of households had hunters, down to 17% in 2018. That also means a decline in gun ownership, of 32% in that period. So the industry has carved out other routes to drive up sales: focusing more on self-defense, protection of freedoms, and targeting youths—in an effort to secure the next generation of political pro-gun advocates.
Additional information and commentary at Fast Company.
27 Feb 22:41

Remember what Hawkeye said in a "Mash" episode

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
Hawkeye: War isn’t Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.

Father Mulcahy: How do you figure that, Hawkeye?

Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?

Father Mulcahy: Sinners, I believe.

Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell. War is chock full of them — little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.
Quote found in a discussion thread at Reddit that includes commentary on war crimes.
23 Feb 17:20

Brach’s has new taco-flavored jelly beans for Easter candy

SpinnyNuNu

Beef taco jellybeans?

Brach’s just introduced new Late Night Taco Truck Jelly Beans, and it includes six different flavors: Margaritas, Churro, Salsa, Guacamole, Beef Taco and Horchata.

08 Feb 20:10

How to Get Teenagers to Read Important Books? Ban Them.

SpinnyNuNu

This works on kids of all ages. When my son was little, I refused to have Barney in my house. The ridiculous purple dinosaur annoyed the hell out of me.

Apparently, he used to watch it on the down low because he figured it must be great if mama didn’t want him to watch it.

When I was a young teenager near the middle of the last century, I asked the high school librarian...
26 Jan 21:18

We're living in the "information age"

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
25 Jan 17:38

Wordle Crochet Pattern

by Sarah White
SpinnyNuNu

Wordle has even invaded the crochet arena.

If you’ve been on social media at all this year you have probably seen posts about the word game called Wordle. If you haven’t, it’s a game where you try to guess the day’s five-letter word within six guesses. When you make a guess it tells you which letters are correct.

The squares light up in gray, yellow and green as you guess to give you hints for your next guess (gray means the letter is not in the word, yellow it is in the word but you have it in the wrong place, and green is the correct letter in the correct spot).

Ham and Eggs designed a little Wordle character showing a Wordle board at the end of the game. You could make your own to commemorate one of your games, or just use the pattern suggested.

This would be a great of the moment Valentine’s Day gift for the Wordle lover in your life!

Grab the free pattern from Ravelry.

[Photo: Ham and Eggs.]

24 Dec 16:02

District confirms people wearing swastikas in social media posts are Wheatland students

SpinnyNuNu

Oh good. This is 20 minutes north of us.

A Yuba County school district confirmed Thursday that Wheatland Union High School students are those depicted in social media posts featuring swastikas that have circulated online.

20 Dec 01:01

No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecake

by laura
SpinnyNuNu

“No bake”

First step is to bake the crust.

Birthdays are one of the most special days we celebrate each year. So, why not do it with a bang! Celebrate this year with an easy but delicious No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecake.

Ingredients:

1 tube of Sugar Cookie Dough

16 oz. of Cream Cheese (softened)

1 tub of Cool Whip

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

1 tablespoon of Butter

1/2 of a cup of Sugar

1 small container of Multi-Colored Sprinkles

Directions:

Start by pressing your sugar cookie dough into the bottom of a cheesecake pan, and bake according to package instructions.

Let cool and chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Add in sugar and vanilla, and blend on high until smooth.

Add in cool whip and gently mix by hand until well blended.

Next, add in 3/4 of the container of sprinkles and mix by hand.

Remove cheesecake pan from fridge and fill with cheesecake filling.

Smooth out the top with the round side of a metal spoon.

Chill in the fridge for 3 hours, until firmly set.

Top with leftover sprinkles, and slice. Serve and enjoy!

Get the balloons, streamers, and your No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecake for the celebration of the year!

No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecake

No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecake
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A birthday only comes once a year so make sure you celebrate it to the fullest. Make this moist and super easy cheesecake for the best celebration ever. Topped with rainbow sprinkles and just set in the fridge to set, what could be easier?

Ingredients

  • 1 tube of Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 16 oz. of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of Butter
  • 1/2 of a cup of Sugar
  • 1 small container of Multi-Colored Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Start by pressing your sugar cookie dough into the bottom of a cheesecake pan, and bake according to package instructions.
  2. Let cool and chill in fridge after cooled while you prepare filling.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  4. Add in sugar and vanilla, and blend on high until smooth.
  5. Add in cool whip and gently mix by hand until well blended.
  6. Next, add in 3/4 of the container of sprinkles and mix by hand.
  7. Remove cheesecake pan from fridge and fill with cheesecake filling.
  8. Smooth out the top with the round side of a metal spoon.
  9. Chill in the fridge for 3 hours, until firmly set.
  10. Top with left over sprinkles, and slice.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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Category: Cakes

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14 Dec 22:39

'Shock to the system': Dermatologist says COVID-19 can lead to excessive hair loss

SpinnyNuNu

Tangentially related, I came across this article that is relevant to me and my thinning hair:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/11/pandemic-hair-loss-treatment-products/620696/

If you're dealing with this, Dr. Jim Shehan said that stress elimination is crucial in reducing the effects.

14 Dec 21:47

Channeling "Squid Game" in South Dakota

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

I hate what this country prioritizes spending money on

Ten teachers were selected for a Dash for Cash giveaway at a junior hockey league game on Saturday night in Sioux Falls, S.D., enticed by the opportunity to make extra money for classroom improvements.

At the signal, the educators got down on their knees and frantically scooped up as much currency as they could. They stuffed the bills into their shirts as the crowd murmured.

The giveaway — organized by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, in conjunction with CU Mortgage Direct, a local lending company — was swiftly and widely criticized as being demeaning to teachers...

In a statement posted on the team’s website on Monday afternoon, the Stampede and CU Mortgage Direct apologized and said that they would give an additional $500 to each of the teachers who competed in the event and to the 21 educators who were not selected. In total, they pledged to contribute an additional $15,500 to area teachers.

“Although our intent was to provide a positive and fun experience for teachers, we can see how it appears to be degrading and insulting towards the participating teachers and the teaching profession as a whole,” the statement said. “We deeply regret and apologize to all teachers for any embarrassment this may have caused.”

Reynold F. Nesiba, a Democratic state senator from Sioux Falls and a professor at Augustana University, said on Monday that while the organizers of the giveaway were “well intended,” the event was ill-conceived.

“It just seems insulting and absurd to have teachers doing an event like this to raise a few hundred dollars for their classrooms,” Mr. Nesiba said. “It also seems disrespectful to the teachers. What other profession would be asked to fund-raise this way?”
The story continues at The New York Times.
14 Dec 21:44

Victorian era leather and velvet boots

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

Ooooooooh, pretty


From the Twitter thread for the Bata Shoe Museum.  Obviously handmade and bespoke, described as "Swedish or German, c1890s."
05 Dec 18:12

One person is dead after an accidental shooting at a 911 dispatch center

SpinnyNuNu

>>> They grew up together and shared the hobby of casual gun trading.

WTF is “casual gun trading”?

Also, who do you call when there’s an incident at the 911 call center? Surely not 911.

The incident occurred when two dispatchers were trading firearms and one of the weapons was accidentally discharged.

18 Nov 01:42

"Irrigation dog"

by noreply@blogger.com (Minnesotastan)
SpinnyNuNu

Dogs with jobs


The dog would make a great companion for this guy.