My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

A new start-up company called Handybook called me quickly after I hit submit on their online application. I breezed through a phone interview and was invited to interview in person for a Customer Experience Associate position the very next day. Although it wasn’t an ideal job, and I wasn’t sure how much it paid, it did promise full-time, steady employment and a standard benefits package—exactly what I needed to get by.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-10-21 12:54pm to the The Economy forum.

Nikon Small World 2014

Nikon will be announcing the winners of the 2014 Small World Photomicrography Competition on October 30. As a preview of the announcement, they've shared some of the unranked images from this year's competition with us here. Celebrating its 40th year, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 1,200 entries were received this year. Enjoy a trip into a miniature world through the images below, all from the 2014 Nikon ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 12:17pm to the Science forum.

Here's the Agreement that Ended the Occupation of Saint Louis University

The sit-in dubbed Occupy SLU ended quietly this weekend. By Saturday afternoon, not a tent could be found near the clock tower where protesters massed during the early morning hours of October 13, waving upside-down American flags, raising fists in the air and calling to Saint Louis University students -- "Out of the dorms, into the streets!"

The movement to occupy the private, Jesuit institution kicked off last week's "Moral Monday," and by that day's end more than 50 people had been arrested ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 12:11pm to the Education forum.

Lewinsky makes emotional plea to end cyberbullying

Monica Lewinsky told an audience in Philadelphia on Monday that her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying. Her speech -- and her goal -- come as the former White House intern steps into the public eye after years of trying to live privately.

"Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too," she told the audience at Forbes' 30 Under 30 summit. "I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past."

Lewinsky, who as an ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 11:44am to the Off Topic News forum.

Developer Threatens Gabe Newell, Valve Removes Game From Steam

This should go without saying, but while launching your game on Steam, try to avoid death threats to Valve's founder, Gabe Newell. That's what Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck did, however, and the game has been removed from Steam.

The voxel-based shooter has been on early access for a while now, and was finally transitioning to the regular storefront. When that change happened, Steam ran a banner promoting the game's early access status. Perhaps understandably, this set off ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 11:47am to the Video Games forum.

Man Hospitalized for a Seizure is Handcuffed to Gurney and Anally Raped by Cop in the Hospital: LAWSUIT

Ok NYPD this is just starting to get silly.
Submitted by revdrew at 2014-10-21 11:13am to the Crime forum.

The Hoverboard Is Finally Real

The future technology from Robert Zemeckis' legendary film Back to the Future seemed impossible in 1989.
Submitted by JimL2 at 2014-10-21 11:08am to the Horseshit! forum.

Whitney Museum Earnestly Proclaims "KOONS IS GREAT FOR SELFIES"

The Whitney Museum just closed out one of the most influential selfie backdrops of the past three decades. Er, I mean the Whitney just closed out its Jeff Koons retrospective, an exhibit where it encouraged #teens to post #selifes with #balloondogs. Cool.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-10-21 9:58am to the Arts forum.

In survey, Costa Rica police admit to discrimination against LGBT community

October 13th, 2014 ( A survey of police officers conducted by officials of the Ministry of Public Security along with the Directorate of Immigration reveals that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community face discrimination at the hands of officers.

In the survey, in which nearly 500 police, traffic, and immigration officers responded, 17.7% said they felt it was acceptable to demand bribes from gay people while 20.4% found it acceptable to ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:44am to the Crime forum.


William E. Jones writes, “I thought your readers should be aware of the Cordell Hull story that alien artifacts were in our hands in 1939.” In early December of 1999, the Center of UFO Studies received a letter from the daughter of the Reverend Turner Hamilton Holt: “Today I want to share some knowledge that has been, by request, kept secret in our family since sometime in World War II. This concerns something my father was shown by his cousin Cordell Hull, the Secretary of State under ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:52am to the Horseshit! forum.

Texas College Rejects African Applicants Because It Fears Ebola

Navarro College, a community college in The Great State of Texas, sent rejection letters to multiple applicants from African countries because "Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."

One such rejection letter sent to a Nigerian applicant was, of course, immediately posted to Twitter, and now the school has spent the past day backtracking in a comically inept manner. Inside Higher Ed reports that the school added this statement of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:51am to the Education forum.

Should Toys R Us Be Selling Breaking Bad Toys?

Even if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, this seems like an odd concept: Walter White and Jesse Pinkman toys being sold at Toys R Us. And one Florida mother has decided to fight back with a petition to get the toys removed from the stores.

Susan Myers set up a petition asking Toys R Us to stop stocking the toys of two fictional meth cooks because “their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:44am to the Television forum.

Oscar de la Renta, legendary fashion designer, dies at 82

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82.

The man -- often described as the "sultan of suave" -- dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Ann Hathaway and, most recently, George Clooney's bride Amal Alamuddin.

"We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful," former first lady Laura Bush said ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:43am to the Health & Beauty forum.

October 21 in History

The Devil to prove the Church was a farce
Went out to fish for a Bugger.
He baited his hook with a Frenchman’s arse,*
And pulled up the Bishop of Clogher.

The Bishop of Clogher Defrocked for “Sodomitical Practices”: 1822.

Los Angeles Times Picketed Over Refusal to Cover Gay Issues: 1974.

Kansas Supreme Court Overturns 17-Year Sentence for Gay Sex: 2005.

Claire Waldoff: 1884-1957

Dale Jennings: 1917-2000.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:40am to the Crime forum.

Colorado Dems: We Caught James O'Keefe and His Friends Trying to Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

ames O'Keefe, the conservative provocateur, has been on the prowl in Colorado, the setting of a close Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as a nip-and-tuck governor's contest. Last week, O'Keefe and two of his collaborators tried to bait Democratic field staffers into approving voter fraud involving Colorado's universal vote-by-mail program, according to three Democratic staffers who interacted with O'Keefe or his colleagues.

Democratic ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-10-21 9:37am to the Politics forum.

Malala's Nobel Peace Prize: Images Speak Longer Than Words

Reception to Malala Yousafzai’s selection as a Nobel Peace Prize winner (shared with Kailash Satyarthi) earlier this month was met with mixed sentiments: from contemptuousness to confidence, affirmation to cynicism. Beyond the obvious ways that the prize influences and is informed by the economic, sociopolitical, and humanitarian requirements that grant individuals the award, there is also something intensely aesthetic in how we look at the prize: the image of the winners themselves.
Submitted by owl at 2014-10-21 8:08am to the The World forum.

Malaysia's 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Event Popular With Canine-Curious Muslims

Four-legged friends helped close a cultural gap in Malaysia during a unique event that invited Muslims to pet dogs — some for the very first time.

The "I Want to Touch a Dog" event, held in Central Park in Petaling Jaya, attempted to dispel myths about canine cleanliness. Some Muslims believe dog fur and saliva is unclean, and prefer not to keep them inside their homes.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-10-21 8:09am to the The World forum.

Attention, #NaNoWriMo Fans: No One Cares How Your F***ing Novel Is Going

It’s almost November, which means it’s roundabout the anniversary of when I last checked that I had muted the Twitter hashtag #NaNoWriMo and also its year-round ugly twin #amwriting. I just needed to be sure. I’ve just done this year’s annual check-up and yes – breathe a massive sigh of relief guys, wipe the sweat off that furrowed brow – they are still wholly blocked along with #NaNoPrep and also #NaNoWriMoPrep because I like to cast my dick net wide. To the best of my abilities I ...
Submitted by raith at 2014-10-21 7:57am to the Books forum.

"Basic" Is Just Another Word For Class Anxiety

Breaking down why we’re actually dismissive of all things pumpkin spice.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-10-21 6:57am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Cut His Ear Off in Protest

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, the same man who nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square last year, has now sliced off part of his ear as a protest against the return of Soviet-era policies. The performance piece, which was titled "Separation", was performed naked on top of a wall at the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry with the aid of a large kitchen knife. Writing on his Facebook timeline, Pavlensky said:

"By again using psychiatry for ...
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2014-10-21 5:43am to the Arts forum.