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18
Aug
09

90 Seconds of News 8/18/09

READER’S DIGEST FILES FOR CHAPTER 11
It’s hard to be in the magazine business these days. The Reader’s Digest Association, according to The New York Times, will “file for prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its United States businesses within 30 days.” The company has already struck a deal with the majority of its banks to reduce its debt from $2.2 billion to $550 million, and does not expect to shutter any publications or lay off any employees. Under the restructuring plan the association’s value will plummet, and its owner Ripplewood Holdings will shed its board seats and shares, leaving the existing debtholders to become the new owners.

WHY WASN’T I IN GLENDORA YESTERDAY?
California authorities say a man caused a traffic jam when he threw money onto a Los Angeles-area freeway and people dashed into the lanes to grab the cash.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kurt Stormes says the man tossed money from his car on Interstate 210 in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora shortly before noon Sunday. Stormes says about 10 people ran into traffic lanes to get it. CHP officers recovered about $1,000.

GUESS MONEY TALKS – MORE GLENN BECK DETRACTORS
This is why we should really be supporting grassroots campaigns, letter-writing, emailing, calling…it works!

•    Allergan (maker of Restasis):
•    Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services):
•    Best Buy
•    Broadview Security:
•    CVS:
•    Re-Bath:
•    Travelocity:
•    Wal-Mart:

These companies join a growing list of advertisers to pull their ads from Beck’s show, including ConAgra, GEICO, Lawyers.com, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance.

TALK ABOUT BUSY!
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, broke his own record for identity theft by hacking into retail networks, according to prosecutors, though they say his illicit computer exploits ended when he went to jail on charges stemming from an earlier case.

Gonzalez is a former informant for the U.S. Secret Service who helped the agency hunt hackers, authorities say. The agency later found out that he had also been working with criminals and feeding them information on ongoing investigations, even warning off at least one individual, according to authorities.

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07
Aug
09

90 Seconds of News – 8/7/09

SO GLAD TO SEE OUR LOCAL OFFICIALS SO HARD AT WORK
Daniela Earnest of Tulare, California had her lemonade stand shut down by town officials. (It turns out the stand lacked proper business permits.) Daniela, who’s just seven years old, had the heartwarming goal to save enough money to send her family to Disney Land.
But, Daniela’s lemonade stand ran afoul of local authorities, who said that the fledgling business was located in a dangerous intersection. Daniela eventually pled her case in front of the town council, which vowed to help her family find a safer location.
The story’s happy ending? After seeing her story in the paper, a local radio station stepped in and came up with four day passes to Disney.
WOW, THOSE MALAYSIANS SURE KNOW HOW TO MAKE A POINT
A Malaysian teacher forced a student to smoke 42 cigarettes, four at a time for more than two hours as punishment after a cigarette and lighter were found in his locker, a news report said Thursday. “This is not normal. We don’t do that often,” said a school official! LOL!

CELEBRITY WEDDING NEWWWWWWWS!
News has come out that a Kenyan man offered 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea Clinton’s hand in marriage while Bill was still in the White House. Now, THAT is a special offer if I’ve ever heard of one.

MORE CONGRESSMEN PANDERING TO ISRAELI INTERESTS
“I don’t think we, in America, would want another country telling us how to implement and execute our laws,” Eric Cantor, minority whip said yesterday during his trip to the Middle East.

Hmmm, you’re right Eric. But we, in America, also don’t take $8 billion a year in aid and guaranteed loans from another country, and if we did, if our entire military existence depended on another country’s taxpayers’ generosity, guess what? We might have to heed their advice once in awhile. But because we for some reason pander to Israeli interests, contrary to the UN and the rest of the world, Israel thinks it can take MY money while giving us the finger and continuing its inhuman occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Not cool.

SUCK IT GLENN BECK!
Three companies who run ads during Glenn Beck — NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance — today distanced themselves from Beck. LexisNexis has pulled its advertising from Beck and says it has no plans to advertise on the program in the future. Both Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance called the Beck advertising placements an error that they would correct.

POLICE STATE AT A’S GAME
Belligerent Santa, was clearly not happy about something going on at the A’s game last night. (A YouTube commenter who claims to have been sitting near where the incident took place said it was a loud Texas fan who was yelling inappropriately and got angry when he was asked to quiet down.

The officer pulled out his taser after talking to the man for 41 seconds and hit him at a little after the one minute mark — at which point he fell head first out of his seat on to the cement and rolled down several steps. I didn’t hear anybody laughing on the soundtrack to this movie. Maybe that’s because the sight of a drunk being shot with enough electricity to make him fall out of his chair onto cement stairs just isn’t so funny in real life. But we are all getting the message, aren’t we

EAST L.A. GOES LOCO FOR TACOS
A tagging crew has robbed at least 22 taco truck vendors at gunpoint over the last three months along busy commercial streets in East L.A., sheriff’s detectives said Thursday. The robberies have rattled the taco truck community, and officials said some vendors have been reluctant to report them for fear of retaliation from the tagging crew as well as problems with authorities.




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