Folks, when I read this article, words like “GESTAPO” immediately come to mind!
In the black, red and gold excitement of Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Argentina, Adam Guzzo decided the German flag deserved to be flown high above the swarm of street revellers.
“I told my buddy, ‘I’m going to climb up that lamppost, get me a flag,’” said Guzzo. “So I climbed up, I had a flag and I was waving it. And all the faces turned, cellphones came out and everyone was cheering.”
Everyone but police.
Guzzo said officers came over and ordered him back down to earth, giving him a $500 fine to make sure he stayed grounded.
“I thought they were joking or trying to scare me or something,” said Guzzo, who says he wasn’t drunk when he scaled the post.
“I can understand the ticket, I can’t understand a half-a-grand ticket for that.”
Police aren’t commenting on Guzzo’s case specifically, but said officers enforce the area’s bylaws. Climbing on any public structure — including trees, fire hydrants and statues — is a crime.
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Speaking about politics ………………., I saw this headline about the political situation in the States today: Democrats want everyone in Congress to get along! Republicans want to fire everyone!
Yup, sounds about right.
Hillary Clinton was on John Stewart’s show last night.
Stewart introduced Clinton by saying, “She’s here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for president of the United States . . . I think.”
During the interview he said:

“I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares (about the book), they just want to know if you’re running for president.”
I like a man who gets right to the point!
Newfoundland Report!
A pod of stranded dolphins have been rescued — again — after washing ashore in Newfoundland for a second day.
After the pod was saved Sunday, seven beached dolphins again had to be towed back into the water the next day.

Sunday’s rescue came at the hands of beachgoers who carried the stranded animals back out into the water. On Monday, a fishery guardian alerted a search-and-rescue team when he noticed the dolphins beached about eight kilometres from the site of the original stranding.
One of the local fishermen was heard to say: “There ain’t nothin’ wrong with those damned fish, they just like the attention!”
(A worker with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans helps a dolphin on the Newfoundland coast. (DFO))
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Eye doctors are urging consumers to be scrupulous about cleaning and caring for their contact lenses following reports that a Taiwanese student lost her sight after microscopic bugs ate through her eyeballs.
Statistics Canada says the average minimum wage in 2013 was almost identical to the 1975 minimum wage, in constant dollars.
The agency says the average minimum wage was $10.14 in 2013 and the 1975 wage, expressed in 2013 dollars, was $10.13.
Well, at least we came up a penny ………………, EXCEPT THEY DID AWAY WITH THE PENNY!

Mike DuffyA Peruvian woman has filed a civil suit against Senator Mike Duffy to try to prove he is her biological father, a Maclean’s magazine report says.
According to the report, which has not been verified by Torstar News Service, Karen Duffy, 32, claims her mother — a convicted drug smuggler who served time in a Kingston prison and Ottawa halfway house — became pregnant after meeting Duffy.
The suspended senator will provide a DNA sample in court to disprove this allegation, the magazine said.
OK folks, I can understand a person claiming to be the kid someone well known, for their 15 minutes of fame ……………, but why Mike Duffy?
This story stinks!
It’s summer. It’s sweaty. And sometimes that means people are trailing some pungent body odors that their colleagues can’t help but smell. But how do you tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it? As Cath Ludeman-Hall will tell you, it isn’t easy.
She was just out of college and a newbie at a staffing firm when she was asked to gently talk to an older worker in a retail warehouse after his colleagues complained that he stank.
“The company loved him and wanted to hire him permanently,” she remembers. “However, he did have a pretty strong body odor issue.”
The man was a recent immigrant, Ludeman-Hall remembers — hard-working and earnest. Twenty years later, she still remembers the details. She brought a kit of deodorant and soap to offer him. In addition to overcoming her own mortification, she says, she also had to bridge a difference in how his culture regarded sweat.
“As a man, his virility, his masculinity was associated with his smell,” she says. “Are you asking him to redefine who he is to fit into an office environment where he’s making $4.50 an hour?”
She figured out an acceptable way to frame the issue; the man apologized, complied and was eventually hired.
A global workforce just complicates matters, says Steve Fitzgerald, vice president of human resources for Avaya, a telecom software firm with offices worldwide.

imagesL6F1H1I1“There are personal hygiene standards in all societies,” Fitzgerald says, “and there are times when people deviate from those standards. And when those deviations occur, then I think you enter into that moment where, as an H.R. professional, you groan, and you go, ‘Oh, God, I’ve to go have that conversation.’ “
That conversation can be triggered in any number of ways. Some people develop odors from eating spicy foods; some don’t wash their hair often. “We have a lot of older workers in the workforce nowadays, and sometimes incontinence can be an issue,” he says. “Bad breath.”
Margaret Fiester, a director of the Knowledge Center at the Society for Human Resource Management, says her group fields a couple of calls every week from human resources professionals asking how to broach the body odor issue. She advises discussing it in private, being direct and showing compassion for the offender.
But really, Fiester says, the people calling in often need their own moral support. For them, she says, “This is sort of like a rite of passage, almost.”
I asked her where this topic ranks in the pantheon of embarrassing talks, and she says she ranks it “probably No. 1 or No. 2.”
Fiester speaks from experience. Years ago, she had the talk with a welder working in a hot manufacturing plant in Alabama, who was really embarrassed. “I thought he was going to cry,” she says. “I think I was going to cry.”
But imagine what it’s like to be on the receiving end of such a talk……………………..!
Jennifer LaChance struggled with severe body odor brought on by anxiety since her teen years.
“I could take several showers a day and still have some degree of odor,” she remembers.
Deodorants, soaps and medication didn’t solve it. LaChance says she abandoned dreams of becoming a teacher, because she couldn’t bear the thought of sidling up to parents at teacher conferences. Instead, she went to work at an insurance firm. She says she tried being open with co-workers and supervisors about her medical issue. Still, emails from HR started to circulate in the office, imploring colleagues to address their body odor.
“After that email circulates,” LaChance says, “you’ve got a hundred eyeballs zeroed in on you. There’s nothing that feels more hostile or more devastating than that.”
LaChance felt deeply embarrassed, immediately left work and resigned days later.
I just felt like, wow, there’s no place for me,” she says. “I never want to walk into an office again. I don’t want to be an offensive person to anybody.”
Now, she says, she’s back in school studying medical data management — a job she says she can do largely from home, and avoid having body odor be an issue for her at work.

And finally: If you want to see what sort of a drunken, not worth a shit, asshole, Charlie Sheen really is, WATCH THIS!

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