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  • He fell while buying a watermelon; now Walmart must pay millions

    11/09/2017 11:00:13 AM PST · by simpson96 · 77 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/8/2017 | Stan Finger
    He was buying a watermelon at Walmart when he fell. Now a jury in Alabama has awarded him more than $7 million. Henry Walker, a retired Army sergeant, got his foot caught in a wooden pallet as he was getting the watermelon at the Walmart store in Phenix City in July 2015, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Walker fell and broke his foot and hip. The jury awarded him $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. “It was a fair verdict because Walmart just didn’t care,” said Charlie Gower, the lead attorney for Walker. “They should have...
  • Detroit’s Black Firefighters Back White Recruit Fired over ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon

    10/12/2017 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Oct 2017 | Ben Kew
    A group of black firefighters from Detroit are backing their white colleague after he was fired on his first day for bringing a “racially insensitive” watermelon to work. Robert Pattinson, 41, was fired after introducing himself to his fellow firefighters by bringing in a watermelon with a pink bow on top as part of workplace tradition of new recruits bringing in a gift for fellow employees on their first day on the job. *snip* However, a number of black firefighters from the same department reacted to the incident with a big show of support for Pattinson, describing him as an...
  • Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

    10/08/2017 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Lera · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Oct 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A Detroit firefighter was fired before he officially began his first day on the job for bringing a watermelon to work. Robert Pattison, 41, introduced himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at the corner of Joy and Southfield in Detroit by bringing a welcome gift, WJBK reported. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls this welcome gift “a tradition” for Engine 55’s firefighters. “It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.” Pattison, who was a probationary firefighter, decided...
  • In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Lots of Soda

    01/15/2017 7:12:22 AM PST · by Drew68 · 183 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 13, 2017 | Anahad O'Connor
    What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps. The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of ‘sweetened beverages,’ which includes fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10...
  • This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

    08/09/2015 8:31:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-8-15 | Helen Thompson
    Paintings can be a window to more than the outmoded dress and strange customs of the past — sometimes, they have modern-day science lessons to impart, too. That's the case with Giovanni Stanchi’s 17th century still life of fruit, as Phil Edwards points out for Vox — just look for the watermelons. Stanchi’s work, painted between 1645 and 1672 (and now up for auction at Christie’s), includes strange watermelons that look so foreign they could be from outer space in the bottom right corner. If watermelons looked like that in the Renaissance, then why do they look so different today?...
  • Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

    05/19/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 May 2015 | Jill Neimark
    The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn't ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back. The story of the Bradford begins on a prison ship during the American Revolutionary War. It was 1783, and the British had captured an American soldier named John Franklin Lawson and...
  • Obama to spotlight global warming during Earth Day visit to Everglades [Lenin's birthday]

    04/22/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 22, 2015 | Andrew Freedman
    For the 45th annual Earth Day on Wednesday, President Obama will elevate global warming to the top of the list of environmental threats currently facing Americans, in a speech at the Everglades National Park. The trip, his first to the fragile but vital "river of grass" that, following decades of human interference now occupies a fraction of its former sprawling range in southern Florida, also comes with a heavy dose of politics. Winning the state will be key for any presidential candidate in the 2016 race, and two leading contenders for the Republican nomination, former governor Jeb Bush Senator Marco...
  • Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist

    10/23/2014 1:10:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 115 replies
    National Review ^ | October 23, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    OCTOBER 22, 2014 Football Coach Fired Because Eating Watermelon Is Racist Parents from other schools felt smashing a watermelon and eating it after games was inappropriate. By Katherine Timpf A winning high-school football coach was fired after the team’s tradition of eating watermelon after games was deemed “inappropriate” and “racist.” Bud Walpole had been coaching Academic Magnet Raptors football team, and was in the middle of a very successful season, according to CBS Charlotte. A current Raptors player said the tradition began when players bought watermelons from a man who had been selling them on their route to the game....
  • Connecticut man arrested after stabbing watermelon

    07/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    BANTAM, Conn. — A 49-year-old Connecticut man faces threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner. The Register Citizen of Torrington reports (http://bit.ly/1p1L3rS) Carmine Cervellino of Thomaston was arraigned Monday on charges of threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $500 bond.
  • Thomaston man charged with threatening after stabbing watermelon

    07/15/2014 7:33:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    The Register Citizen (CT) ^ | July 14, 2014 | Isaac Avilucea
    BANTAM >> A Thomaston man is accused of stabbing a watermelon with a butcher knife and leaving it in the kitchen for a woman to see, in what police describe as a “passive aggressive” swipe that landed him in custody. She was unnerved by what she perceived to be a menacing gesture directed at her and reported it to police.
  • Poll: Republicans divided on climate change (Dems in virtual lock-step)

    11/02/2013 1:29:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 1, 2013 | Zack Colman
    The GOP is divided on global warming, as seven in 10 Tea Party Republicans believe there's no solid evidence of a warming planet compared with three in 10 non-Tea Partiers, according to a Pew Research poll released Friday. Overall, 46 percent of Republicans said there is no solid evidence of global warming, compared with 11 percent of Democrats. Of those who see solid evidence of global warming, Republicans were nearly three times less likely (23 percent) to attribute it to human activity than Democrats (64 percent). That difference was more pronounced among Tea Partiers, 9 percent of whom said humans...
  • The Tide is Turning: Truth About Climate on TV in San Diego

    10/20/2013 1:18:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Ricochet ^ | October 19, 2013 | Jim Lakey
    Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, you don’t have to actually live in San Diego to watch a 30-minute special that aired in that city last Sunday that gives a thorough debunking of the climate scare. At this link you will see what the lucky residents of San Diego enjoyed via the great KUSI-TV and the Founding Father of The Weather Channel, John Coleman … without the other benefits of living in one of the most pleasant cities on the planet. You’ll just have to count all your other blessings. Coleman interviewed two of the lead authors of...
  • Russia dismisses Dutch legal action as Greenpeace protests continue

    10/06/2013 7:04:00 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    NZTV New Zealand ^ | October 6, 2013 | Staff Rooters
    Russia has shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Also onboard were Kiwis David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp.
  • Watermelon Juice Prevents Aching Muscles

    07/28/2013 9:59:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Chemical & Engineering News ^ | July 25, 2013 | Erika Gebel
    Food Chemistry: The amino acid L-citrulline found in the fruit could help athletes avoid muscle soreness after a hard workoutBefore taking a long bike ride on a hot summer day, have some watermelon: The juicy fruit may ward off muscle pains. Researchers report that people who drank watermelon juice before exercising felt less sore the next day than those who drank a pink placebo beverage (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jf400964r). They also found that cells absorb the presumed active ingredient, L-citrulline, more readily from unpasteurized watermelon juice than from plain water spiked with the compound, suggesting the natural...
  • Watermelon Oreos dip into controversy (new flavor apparently racist)

    06/20/2013 2:43:58 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 104 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 20, 2013 | Aimee Picchi
    Mix a favorite summer fruit with an iconic American cookie, and what do you get? Apparently a mouthful of controversy. Mondelez International's (MDLZ -4.03%) Nabisco has rolled out a limited-edition Oreo flavor for the summer, picking watermelon as its fruit of choice. It's not even the cookie maker's first fruit-flavored version, with previous spin-offs including banana split and chocolate with strawberry creme. Some are saying the new flavor opens up jokes or insults that could veer into racism, given that the fruit is sometimes stereotyped as a favorite of blacks. The portrayal has its roots in American slavery, with defenders...
  • Watermelon Oreos: The Latest Twist on an Iconic Cookie

    06/18/2013 6:21:11 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | june 18, 2013 | Lisa Scherzer
    Watermelon in cookie form. The perfect summer food? Nabisco hopes Oreo purists and non-fans alike will be taking a bag of the new, limited edition fruit-flavored cookies to their next picnic. The Watermelon Oreos, available only at Target (TGT) for $3 a package, feature a bright pink and green creme filling between two vanilla-flavored cookies; the creme bears a strong resemblance to Play-Doh. Two cookies contain 150 calories, 7 grams of fat and 21 grams of carbohydrates. Food bloggers had plenty to say about the new summer flavor. JunkFoodGuy wrote that he was expecting an “awful fake watermelon smell to...
  • A Great Animated Demonstration Of What America Did To Itself When It Reelected Obama

    03/19/2013 4:37:35 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-19-13 | The Looking Spoon
    There's something about people being stupid enough to vote for leftist presidents and then becoming extremely dissatisfied with them very quickly. Frances Socialist president is at an all time low and he's only been in office 10 months!It happened to Obama in his first term...and it's happening again now.By the way, I'm sure some liberal will accuse me a racism because of the watermelons...
  • Google being racists?

    08/07/2012 7:32:25 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies
    Google Start page ^ | 07/07/2012 | freeatlanta
    Maybe it's an accident, or maybe some insensitive punk slipped one by the honchos, but the Google start page today looks like a black man standing on a watermelon. Blacks and watermelons is a very old stereotype.Even worse, it is animated. Google Those wacky lefties at Google (90%plus donation to Democrats).
  • $26 a gallon?! Navy's 'Green Fleet' meets stiff headwinds

    07/03/2012 8:47:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2012 | David Alexander
    A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon's controversial green fuels initiative. In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the "Great Green Fleet," the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels. Conventionally powered ships and aircraft in the strike group will burn the blend in an...
  • Lying climate scientists lie again – about death threats, this time

    05/04/2012 1:57:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | May 3, 2012 | James Delingpole
    There's a great scoop in The Australian today about more lying climate scientists making stuff up. "CLAIMS that some of Australia's leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner. Timothy Pilgrim was called in to adjudicate on a Freedom of Information application in relation to Fairfax and ABC reports last June alleging that Australian National University climate change researchers were facing the ongoing campaign and had been moved to "more secure buildings" following explicit threats." Needless to say the University did everything it...