Zoo Jeans: Made by animals – talk about a new business model

Zoo Jeans hit on a novel idea for making their jeans:

First, wrap tires, logs and balls containing goodies in denim. Second, put them in the zoo. Third, release the critters! Fourth, sell the tattered remains and rake in the profit.

(H/T: BoingBoing)

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Fla. stabbing suspect does not want ‘negro’ public defender

Thomas Thorpe speaks at his first court appearance Thursday. His public defender looks at him.

A man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a person at an Orlando bus stop, demanded that the black public defender standing next to him Thursday at his first court appearance, not stand next to him.

“I said not guilty — I pleaded not guilty and I don’t want this negro standing next to me,” (51-year-old Thomas) Thorpe told the judge. “I don’t want a negro standing next to me.”

The attorney turned to Thorpe, but said nothing.

The judge said he would assign a public defender to his case while the court determines if he’s mentally fit to stand trial.

RT reporter quits over coverage

Sara Firth, formerly of RT

London-based RT reporter Sara Firth resigned after the questionable coverage from the network on yesterday’s shooting down of Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 over eastern Ukraine. She told BuzzFeed:

“When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go,” she said.

“It was the total disregard to the facts. We threw up eyewitness accounts from someone on the ground openly accusing the Ukrainian government [of involvement in the disaster], and a correspondent in the studio pulled up a plane crash before that the Ukrainian government had been involved in and said it was ‘worth mentioning’.

“It’s not worth mentioning. It’s Russia Today all over, it’s flirting with that border of overtly lying. You’re not telling a lie, you’re just bringing something up. I didn’t want to watch a story like that, where people have lost loved ones and we’re handling it like that.

“I couldn’t do it anymore. Every single day we’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it.”

Firth worked for RT for the past 5 years.

RT, who has a history of “inventing” the truth when it suits them, said in a press release, “Sara has declared that she chooses the truth; apparently we have different definitions of the truth. We believe that the truth is what our reporters see on the ground, with their own eyes and not what’s printed in the morning London newspaper.”

Firth isn’t the first RT reporter to resign over the network’s perceived manipulation of facts. Anchor Liz Wahl resigned on the air earlier this year in the wake of the network’s apparent twisting of facts in the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea.

Thor? A woman?! Really, Marvel?

The cover of this fall’s ‘Thor‘ #1

I guess DC doesn’t have a monopoly on screwing up characters.

Just a few short weeks after Marvel announced that a new man would wield the red, white and blue shield of Captain America and that the seemingly immortal Wolverine would indeed die, came an announcement that there would also be a new Thor — but that Thor would be a woman.

“This new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!” Marvel editor Wil Moss said in the release.

Series writer Jason Aaron also emphasized that point: “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Now, on the other side of the coin, and in Marvel’s defense, a similar hue and cry went up a year and a half ago, when Peter Parker was mind-swapped with arch foe Otto Octavius, then killed in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man, which led to not only an end of that title, but a complete change of the status quo for the Spider-Man character. A year later, the “Superior Spider-Man” made way for a return by Peter Parker as your “friendly neighborhood Amazing Spider-Man.”

DC earned the ire of many fans in 2011 when it completely jettisoned its entire 75 year history and continuity in favor of “The New 52” — a slate of 52 monthly titles, that by now have, for the most part, been replaced by other “New 52” titles. The unapologetic DC has moved toward a catering to the lowest common denominator and moved away from a unified history driven by intelligent stories and strong continuity over the years.

What does the future hold for Marvel’s new direction? Time will tell.

The KKK is recruiting in Atlanta!? What year is it again!?

The Ku Klux Klan is at it again — trying to recruit new members to its cause. As if that was bad enough, the even crazier thing is that a group tied to them spent this past weekend in the middle of the city of Atlanta, practically in the shadow of Sweet Auburn and the MLK Memorial, posting fliers on telephone poles and walls.

The fliers, which feature the legend “Loyal White Knights Neighborhood Watch” and a graphic showing a hooded klansman pointing in an Uncle Sam-like pose with the caption “The KKK Wants You,” were posted to walls and telephone poles in the Cabbagetown area.

The signs were ripped down shortly after they were posted.

The signs were very similar to ones posted in several Alabama towns last month. They’ve been recruiting across other parts of the nation quite a bit lately.

I know that a lot of conservatives are not happy with President Obama. Neither am I, but this is going completely off the deep end of the gene pool.

Then again, maybe it’s best the Klan-types are doing this — so we know which idiots ought to be deported and sent over to Al Qaeda land. Deport ’em anywhere. Just get ’em out of this country and away from civilized folk.

From the “It seemed like a good idea at the time” department

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox on July 3, 2014

During a rainy game last week, the Chicago White Sox tried to do the right thing by fans at US Cellular Field (I still want to call it Comiskey Park, no matter what!) and gave away white rain ponchos.

Rain, ponchos, sounds good, right?

It didn’t come out that way. Television images of fans at the game with the ponchos on, looked for all the world like a modern-day Ku Klux Klan rally.

I’m sure somebody in the front office was left slapping their heads and giving the Homer Simpson “D’oh!”