Friday, December 16, 2016

Your pee might be public info now

Earlier this week, Quest Diagnostics said it’s investigating a recent hack that exposed the personal info of about 34,000 people. Quest is the NJ-based healthcare company that a lot of employers use to make sure their prospective employees aren’t hot-boxing their cars before the morning meeting. Quest said third party hackers gained access last month to things like names, lab results, and even some customer phone numbers. What wasn’t stolen? Social security numbers and insurance info. Quest said it’s looking into the who, where, and why of the hack, but the company has contacted affected customers. (NBC 4 TV)


Want to learn how to “Adult”?

It’s kinda like home ec, but for 20-somethings. It’s a school that teaches millennials how to be functioning grown-ups by showing up on time and paying their credit-card bills. They’ve hosted regular happy hours to tackle skills like cooking and networking, and built a pay-to-play online community featuring tips from adulting experts. The school’s name references a lexical trend: adulting has come to mean behaving like an adult. The Adulting School’s founders, a local therapist named Rachel Weinstein and former public-school teacher named Katie Brunelle, had been planning for months before opening the school in Portland, Maine. There were expert speakers offering presentations on subjects like time management and budgeting, but there was also a bar with craft beer and local wines. At lunch, they have a Japanese food truck that delivers attendees’ pre-requested orders. In the afternoon, they offer treats such as cupcakes slathered with peanut-butter frosting. Attendees pay $30 for the all-day event inside an 100-seat auditorium.  (NYMag)


Man accused of using front-end loader to pick up, drop son’s mobile home

Authorities say a Maine man used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son’s mobile home during a family dispute and only stopped when he learned his 7-year-old grandson was inside. The York County sheriff’s department says 50-year-old John Bubar was involved in a dispute with his 27-year-old son, Michael, on Sunday over rent payments and debris in the yard. The son and his family live in a mobile home on John Bubar’s property in Parsonsfield. Authorities say the elder Bubar damaged the mobile home with a front-end loader and backhoe. Bubar was arrested on a charge of domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. His grandson wasn’t hurt. (Portland Press Herald)


Tired of abductions, Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug boss’ mom

In one of the stranger chapters of Mexico’s drug war, angry people in a southern town kidnapped the mother of a gang leader to demand the release of their loved ones. The government of Guerrero state said that it was sending about 220 soldiers and police to try to defuse the situation in Totolapan. The town has been controlled for years by a drug gang boss whose proper name is Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, but who is better known as “El Tequilero.” De Alamonte has lived up to his nickname, which translates roughly as “The Tequila Drinker.” In his only known public appearance, he was captured on video drinking with the town’s mayor-elect. (Star Telegram)


Kids As Young As 8 Suspected In Violent, Early Morning Robbery

Police say the suspects in a violent crime that took place in Brooklyn, are children. Surveillance footage shows the four young suspects — accused of robbing and attacking a man — and police say one of them is as young as 8. A report by a 30-year-old man claiming he was jumped outside of a co-op building on the Friday after Thanksgiving around 12:30 a.m. Police said four kids, two boys between the ages of 12 and 14, a girl between 12 and 14 and an 8 or 9-year-old boy, approached the man and demanded his phone. They began punching him and threw him to the ground before taking off with the man’s laptop, headphones and a library book, police said. People from the neighborhood were surprised to hear that kids so young were out so late without an adult. Police were still looking for the young suspects. (CBS 2 TV)


United Nations Drops Wonder Woman as Honorary Ambassador Amid Controversy

The United Nations will no longer move forward with Wonder Woman’s honorary ambassadorship amid public uproar. The U.N.’s decision to drop the Amazonian superheroine comes after a petition, asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the selection, collected nearly 45,000 signatures, including from staff members of the organization. The Patition reads:“It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls. The image that Wonder Woman projects (life-size cut outs of which have already appeared at UNHQ) is not culturally encompassing or sensitive — attributes the United Nations expects all its staff members to embody in the core value of respect for diversity. A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots” is not an appropriate spokeswoman for gender equity at the United Nations” (Yahoo)


‘Bacon Bits’ the pig named newest animal ambassador at Albany airport

Another airport has added a pig to its staff. Albany International Airport now has Bacon Bits the pig as part of it “canine ambassador” program. The 101-pound pot-bellied pig is helping to reduce stress for airport travelers. The nearly 2-year-old pig has previously spent time serving a similar role visiting children’s hospitals and nursing homes in the area. (ABC News 10)



It’s A Good Day To Make A Difference Because It’s:

*Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
*National Chocolate-covered Anything Day  Link
*National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Link (Friday of second full week) 
*Underdog Day (3rd Friday) 
*Zionism Day

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