Hi friends. Time once again for another random open thread round up of weird news from around the ‘Net:
- First off, oh fer gawd’s sake… what is it with you and your elected officials, San Diego? I suppose we should be glad to learn that former Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio’s alleged bathroom monkey-spanking included only himself. (Doesn’t he know that’s what the stalls are for?) The reason he even matters: DeMaio’s is one of the names currently being floated to replace disgraced and soon-to-be-former Mayor Bob “You gonna believe me, or those dozens of women?” Filner.Even worse: “DeMaio is currently running for Scott Peters’ seat representing the 52nd Congressional District in north San Diego County.” Yeah, because if there’s one thing Congress needs, it’s more chronic masturbators.
- The Donald runs a school that allegedly bilks students out of millions. From the linked story, “New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.” In 2011, Trump was forced to rename his seminar-mill because it isn’t licensed and doesn’t meet any of the standard requirements for an institution of higher learning. (Duh.) It’s now known as the Trump (obviously) Entrepreneur (sic) Institute (not the mental kind, but probably should be). TEI continues to siphon money from rubes and failed Gordon Gekko-wannabes. The truly sad part? There are thousands of “students” who apparently treasure their photo with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of His Royal Orangeness.
- Now here’s something I’m mostly happy to read: Real-time strategy video games are good for the brain. “Take an aspirin a day, and go play a few hours of Starcraft, grandma. P0wn those Zerg-humping newbs.” The sad-panda part? “All the participants happened to be female as the study was unable to recruit a sufficient number of male volunteers who played video games for less than two hours a week.” I feel so… alone.
- Sometimes you can’t make this up: Another of those ‘bath salts / incense’-type drugs — this one called “Crazy Clown” — is wreaking havoc in Georgia. Eight Darwin Awards candidates have been admitted to hospitals for life-threatening symptoms, including foaming at the mouth, uncontrolled vomiting, and paralysis. C’mon kids: If the name itself sounds like it’s going to seriously frack you up, it probably will.