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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #705 on: November 28, 2017, 05:37:37 PM »
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Garrison Keillor Nailed for Sexual Harrassment
« Reply #706 on: November 29, 2017, 11:59:09 AM »
This has gone beyond ridiculous.  ONE woman comes forward and alleges GK touched her bare back 20 years ago and he gets fired.   ::)
There has to be a lawsuit in here somewhere.

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https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567241644/garrison-keillor-accused-of-inappropriate-behavior-minnesota-public-radio-says

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Garrison Keillor Accused Of 'Inappropriate Behavior,' Minnesota Public Radio Says


Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, talks at his St. Paul, Minn., office in July. Minnesota Public Radio has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company owing to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Jeff Baenen/AP

November 29, 201712:52 PM ET
Camila Domonoske

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he "put [his] hand on a woman's bare back" and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans.

Keillor, 75, no longer hosts A Prairie Home Companion, the show indelibly tied to his name. But he continues to produce The Writer's Almanac. Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country.

MPR says in its statement that the station and its owner, American Public Media, will no longer distribute Writer's Almanac and will stop rebroadcasting The Best Of A Prairie Home Companion. In addition, new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion now hosted by Chris Thile will be given a new name.

The allegations "relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion," MPR says. "Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff."

"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances," Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in that statement. "While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service."

Keillor told The Associated Press that MPR cut ties with him over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

The radio personality later told the Star Tribune that he was not, in general, physically demonstrative, and that the incident that led to his firing involved touching a woman's bare skin. "I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches," he said. "She recoiled. I apologized."

"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order," Keillor later said.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post published an opinion column by Keillor in which he defended Sen. Al Franken, accused of forcibly kissing a radio host and groping another woman during a photo, against calls for his resignation.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss [Leeann] Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness," Keillor wrote. "No kidding."

It's not the first time Keillor has pushed back against criticism of sexual harassment.

Howard Mortman, the communications director of C-SPAN, notes that in 1994 Keillor spoke at the Press Club in D.C. and said, among other things, " A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation." The crowd was quiet.

"A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs," Keillor said next, and at that, the crowd laughed.

Allegations of misconduct specifically, of sexual harassment have caused a number of prominent men to lose their jobs in recent weeks, including two top editors at NPR.

Earlier Wednesday, NBC News announced that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been fired over a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #707 on: November 29, 2017, 01:58:13 PM »
RE, sex is not overrated,  you just think the price is too high.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #708 on: November 29, 2017, 02:26:17 PM »
RE, sex is not overrated,  you just think the price is too high.

OK, over-priced, not over-rated.  Is there a difference in a culture that runs on money?

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Re: Garrison Keillor Nailed for Sexual Harrassment
« Reply #709 on: November 29, 2017, 02:30:41 PM »
This has gone beyond ridiculous.  ONE woman comes forward and alleges GK touched her bare back 20 years ago and he gets fired.   ::)
There has to be a lawsuit in here somewhere.

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https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567241644/garrison-keillor-accused-of-inappropriate-behavior-minnesota-public-radio-says

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Garrison Keillor Accused Of 'Inappropriate Behavior,' Minnesota Public Radio Says


Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, talks at his St. Paul, Minn., office in July. Minnesota Public Radio has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company owing to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Jeff Baenen/AP

November 29, 201712:52 PM ET
Camila Domonoske

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he "put [his] hand on a woman's bare back" and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans.

Keillor, 75, no longer hosts A Prairie Home Companion, the show indelibly tied to his name. But he continues to produce The Writer's Almanac. Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country.

MPR says in its statement that the station and its owner, American Public Media, will no longer distribute Writer's Almanac and will stop rebroadcasting The Best Of A Prairie Home Companion. In addition, new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion now hosted by Chris Thile will be given a new name.

The allegations "relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion," MPR says. "Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff."

"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances," Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in that statement. "While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service."

Keillor told The Associated Press that MPR cut ties with him over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

The radio personality later told the Star Tribune that he was not, in general, physically demonstrative, and that the incident that led to his firing involved touching a woman's bare skin. "I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches," he said. "She recoiled. I apologized."

"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order," Keillor later said.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post published an opinion column by Keillor in which he defended Sen. Al Franken, accused of forcibly kissing a radio host and groping another woman during a photo, against calls for his resignation.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss [Leeann] Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness," Keillor wrote. "No kidding."

It's not the first time Keillor has pushed back against criticism of sexual harassment.

Howard Mortman, the communications director of C-SPAN, notes that in 1994 Keillor spoke at the Press Club in D.C. and said, among other things, " A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation." The crowd was quiet.

"A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs," Keillor said next, and at that, the crowd laughed.

Allegations of misconduct specifically, of sexual harassment have caused a number of prominent men to lose their jobs in recent weeks, including two top editors at NPR.

Earlier Wednesday, NBC News announced that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been fired over a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

What a crock of shit. When this kind of mass hysteria gets going, it is not a good thing. I don't care how many English majors Garrison Keillor groped.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #710 on: November 29, 2017, 09:12:04 PM »
As long as he does not want to be my Fairy Home Companion he can grope away.

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A Child's Eye View of Collapse
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The Big Gorilla gets a Makeover
« Reply #712 on: November 30, 2017, 12:49:52 PM »
Since I just returned from visiting the 500 Acre "Campus" in Seattle of the Big Gorilla, I found this story interesting.


With cash to burn, Billy Boy has decided to do a makeover of his HQ for a more User-Friendly work space for his Slaves.  He will raze a few $100M buildings that are shockingly old at around 20-30 years and replace with Greenspace.  Carz will be safely tucked away out of sight and out of mind in underground garages, and a fleet of automated EVs will cart imported Indian and Pakistani IT Programmers around the facility, when they aren't playing Cricket.

This keeps our economy moving.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-razing-our-redmond-campus-to-build-a-mini-city/

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more.

By Liam Tung | November 29, 2017 -- 12:20 GMT (04:20 PST) | Topic: Innovation


Microsoft's future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people.
Image: Microsoft

Video: Microsoft Redmond employees working in the trees

Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment.

Tech Pro Research

Are you tired of clicking through categories to find a specific Windows 10 setting? If you know the right commands, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific pages with a single click

A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

It's also building a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the WA-520 and connect both sides of its campus. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who currently work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.
omb-image.jpg

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. It expects the project will create 2,500 construction and development jobs.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact," said Smith.

Microsoft's renovation budget is modest compared with the $5bn Apple spent on its new spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, while Microsoft's Washington neighbor and cloud rival, Amazon, will spend $5bn on a second North American headquarters, which will offer space for 50,000 people.

Microsoft has been experimenting with workspace design of late, recently opening a Wi-Fi connected tree houses to allow Redmond staff to "commune with nature" while working on projects.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.
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Source: Microsoft
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Re: The Big Gorilla gets a Makeover
« Reply #713 on: November 30, 2017, 07:06:17 PM »
Since I just returned from visiting the 500 Acre "Campus" in Seattle of the Big Gorilla, I found this story interesting.


With cash to burn, Billy Boy has decided to do a makeover of his HQ for a more User-Friendly work space for his Slaves.  He will raze a few $100M buildings that are shockingly old at around 20-30 years and replace with Greenspace.  Carz will be safely tucked away out of sight and out of mind in underground garages, and a fleet of automated EVs will cart imported Indian and Pakistani IT Programmers around the facility, when they aren't playing Cricket.

This keeps our economy moving.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-razing-our-redmond-campus-to-build-a-mini-city/

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more.

By Liam Tung | November 29, 2017 -- 12:20 GMT (04:20 PST) | Topic: Innovation


Microsoft's future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people.
Image: Microsoft

Video: Microsoft Redmond employees working in the trees

Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment.

Tech Pro Research

Are you tired of clicking through categories to find a specific Windows 10 setting? If you know the right commands, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific pages with a single click

A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

It's also building a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the WA-520 and connect both sides of its campus. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who currently work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.
omb-image.jpg

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. It expects the project will create 2,500 construction and development jobs.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact," said Smith.

Microsoft's renovation budget is modest compared with the $5bn Apple spent on its new spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, while Microsoft's Washington neighbor and cloud rival, Amazon, will spend $5bn on a second North American headquarters, which will offer space for 50,000 people.

Microsoft has been experimenting with workspace design of late, recently opening a Wi-Fi connected tree houses to allow Redmond staff to "commune with nature" while working on projects.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WCUxNoPX-fY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WCUxNoPX-fY</a>
Source: Microsoft


What a hoot.  This does not look like a full makeover to me.  Much of what the video showed is already there. 

Anyway describing it as a city is totally incorrect.  A city has citizens but the only people who can visit the Microsoft city are those with employee badges and they leave every day.  To get into the mini-mall and order a hamburger you need a badge.  To take a shit you need a badge.  You can't get in any building without a badge.  No badge and you will be asked to leave the campus.  No badge you are gone, period.

Saying their employees work in a mini-city is good for PR but that is all that it is.  What won't be described are the stark work stations employees actually work in and their two tiered blue badge / yellow badge class structure.  Rules for contractors were three to an office when I was there.  New full time employees shared an office and the rules were never more than two to an office.  Not so new blue badgers got there own office entirely.  That takes about six months from what I could see.  New buildings will be configured to enforce a very specific class structure.  Some work areas will be deliberately put into computer cold rooms so certain low ranking plebes won't forget how low ranking they actually are.

I suspect RE was in the 'new' underground parking garage last week when I drove through it.  It is large airport terminal parking in size.  I can't imagine why the Gorilla would need another and the mini mall shown in the video is already there.  Nothing was said about upping head count in the article so no more parking is needed.  I was in the mall bicycle shop quietly laughing to myself at prices fully six years ago.  I think the only thing that is true is that they are going to rip down some of the old buildings which were built for other companies which Microsoft later bought years ago.  These building were built in a country and at a time by a society that valued egalitarianism.  Microsoft is not about egalitarianism at all; they practice a caste system and they want their architecture to reflect this difference.  It makes sense that they would want to rebuild buildings to better work with their two tiered system of inequality.  The pedestrian bridge will be new.  We saw construction activity at the campus transit center when we were out there last week.  That may have something to do with the bridge since that is where the east end of the bridge will come across highway 520.

I get a kick out of closing the city streets to the general public and calling the result 'walkable'  All Microsoft buildings are on city streets paid for by local taxpayers of which I am one.  The Gorilla has the clout to get the streets closed but I do not call that 'walkable'.  I call it 'theft'.   

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Silverdome Fails to Collapse
« Reply #714 on: December 03, 2017, 11:35:35 AM »
"It will collapse, they just don't know when."

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21652006/silverdome-former-home-detroit-lions-undergoes-partial-implosion

Blast fails to bring down upper section of Silverdome


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PONTIAC, Mich. -- A partial implosion of the Silverdome has failed to bring down the upper section of the former Detroit Lions' former home.

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    Sunday fans will say goodbye to the Pontiac Silverdome, the arena that was a staple of Detroit sports and hosted some of the world's biggest events.

Demolition company Adamo says that Sunday morning's blasts in Pontiac, Michigan, did weaken the Silverdome and it could still fall, but it's unclear when that might happen.

Rick Cuppetilli is executive vice president with Adamo. He tells the Detroit Free Press that 10 percent of the explosive charges failed to detonate due to wiring issues that crews are investigating.

Cuppetilli says that unless gravity causes the building to fall on its own, excavators will start taking down the structure this week.

The Lions played in suburban Detroit from 1975 through 2001. The Silverdome also was the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons and hosted the Super Bowl in 1982.
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