Thursday, January 11, 2018

A middle school teacher was arrested and put in city jail after questioning the salary of the district superintendent at a recent school board meeting

An English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, asked the superintendent how he justified accepting a salary raise while teachers dealt with increased class sizes with no additional compensation. The question was asked during the public comments section of the meeting, while the board was discussing the superintendent’s new contract. “Stop right now,” one of the board members interrupted. “That’s not germane to what’s on the agenda right now.”  That comment led to an outburst from those in attendance, saying “Yes it is!” multiple people claimed in protest. The teacher tried to ask her question again, insisting that a discussion of the superintendent’s salary was indeed relevant to an agenda item about his contract. This time, she found herself face-to-face with a deputy marshal after the board president ruled her “out of order.” The officer ordered her to leave the meeting. When she refused, continuing to try to speak with the school board members, he gave her an ultimatum, “either you’re going to leave, or I’m going to remove you”. Hargrave had not yelled, cursed, or done anything except speak during a public comments portion of a meeting, and she was being kicked out. Still, she began to gather her things and make her way down the row toward the exit. After she left the meeting room, there was still unrest in the meeting as other attendees wanted the question to be answered. Before the meeting could get back on track, someone came in and told the attendees that Hargrave had been handcuffed outside the meeting. A person recording the meeting went outside, where they found Hargrave handcuffed and on the ground with the officer restraining her. On the video, you could hear the officer say “Stop resisting!” as he pushed Hargrave toward the door. “I am not, you just pushed me to the floor!” Hargrave yelled. “Sir, hold on! I am way smaller than you!” That’s where the recording ends. Hargrave was booked into city jail for “remaining after being forbidden” and resisting an officer. The school district does not intend to press charges. A teacher’s union lawyer is now investigating. (KATC TV)


Did you purposely stop watching or attending NFL games this season for any reason?

According to a poll from SurveyMonkey and Ozy Media, 33 percent of NFL fans boycotted the league for the 2017 regular season. The survey was conducted from December 8-11th, and polled a U.S. sample of 1,726 adults 18 and older. Of those, 1,233 considered themselves football fans.
Poll takers were asked: “Did you purposely stop watching or attending NFL games this season for any reason?” When asked why they were boycotting, those surveyed were offered several reasons:

  • 32 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games in support of President Donald Trump, who has vocally been opposed to national anthem protests;
  • 22 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games as a gesture of solidarity with those players who kneeled during national anthem protests;
  • 13 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games as they had no interest in the teams playing during the 2017 season;
  • 12 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games in support of Colin Kaepernick, who started the national anthem protest movement;
  • 11 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games in response to the news of traumatic brain injuries among league players;
  • 8 percent said that they stopped watching NFL games because the games were boring.
  • 46 percent of those surveyed chose “some other reason.”

When compared, men and women showed striking differences:

  • 35 percent of men surveyed said that they stopped watching NFL games in support of Trump, while 25 percent of women said supporting Trump was a factor in their decision;
  • 30 percent of women surveyed said that they stopped watching NFL games in support of players who kneeled, while 17 percent of men surveyed said that kneeling players were a factor in their decision;
  • 17 percent of women surveyed said that they stopped watching NFL games in support of Kaepernick, while 10 percent of men surveyed said supporting Kaepernick was a factor in their decision.

(Yahoo Finance)


Almost all US jobs created between 2005 to 2015 have been temporary

“Alternative work” accounted for 94% of new jobs during that period — with the biggest increases coming from freelancers, independent contractors, and contract company workers (who work at a business but are paid by an outside firm). Some analysts think it could be positive for workers seeking flexibility, but may spell trouble for the future of full-time, stable positions. (Quartz)


Kodak announces its own cryptocurrency

Eastman Kodak is joining the cryptocurrency craze. KodakCoin, a digital currency based on blockchain, will be used by photographers to license their work and receive payments; it will be traded on an online platform after an initial coin offering January 31st. The Rochester-based photo company went bankrupt in 2012 but emerged two years later after selling most of its patents. It joins a slew of businesses jumping on the crypto trend and seeing stocks soar. (The Verge)


Woman rejects claim she did $300K in damage to date’s art

A Dallas woman is challenging allegations that she caused at least $300,000 in damage to a prominent Houston attorney’s art collection at the end of their first date. Lindy Lou Layman appeared in a Houston courtroom Tuesday (1/9) after being charged with felony criminal mischief for the December 23 incident in the attorney’s home. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Layman became intoxicated and belligerent and that she shattered two $20,000 sculptures and poured wine on paintings, including two Andy Warhol works each valued at $500,000. Her attorney, said she is a “great person” and they “disagree with Mr. Buzbee’s rendition of the facts.” He declined to give an alternate version of what happened, saying he’s saving it for the courtroom. Buzbee has represented high-profile figures, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an abuse-of-power case. Layman is free on $30,000 bond. (OKC Fox)


Secret spy satellite may be lost after SpaceX launch

A highly classified spy satellite appears to have been lost after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX rocket Sunday (1/7). The secret satellite, called Zuma, was built for the U.S. government, although it is unclear which part of it. It was supposed to separate after the firing of the second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. The government and industry officials who were briefed on the mission and said the satellite didn’t separate and plunged back into the atmosphere. SpaceX was originally set to launch the Zuma mission in November, but the company tweeted at the time that it was postponing the mission “to take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer.” Zuma was estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. (LA Times)


Ikea Wants Women to Pee on Its Ad, and Then Bring It Into the Store

Ikea’s latest magazine ad in Sweden has a bizarre twist: it has a built-in pregnancy test. The ad is an advertisement for cribs. If you happen to be in the market for a crib (i.e. you’re pregnant), then you can score a discount on your purchase by peeing on the ad to reveal a coupon. The bottom of the ad uses a similar technology to your standard pregnancy test, except rather than seeing a simple “yes” message when it detects your pregnancy, the page will give you deals. Presumably, you’ll then need to bring the urine-soaked paper to your local Ikea to redeem it. It also means cashiers in Sweden will need to be ready to collect some pee-covered coupons and expecting moms will need to carry them around in their purse, which sounds like an awful time for everyone involved. (Adweek)


Thirsty-Thursday Pours Us Some:

  • Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day
  • Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • National Arkansas Day
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • National Milk Day
  • National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

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