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Commerce Clearing House offers a free class via email dealing with the ever-growing problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. Some of the issues covered are:
The Growing Problem of Sexual Harassment
Practical Steps for Day-to-Day Harassment Issues
Essential Steps for Investigations
How to Write Your Harassment and Complaint Policy
Liability Issues That Could Stem From Inter-Office Dating
Commerce Clearing House is one of the premier publishers of legal and tax information to the professions of law and accounting as well as the business community (in the United States and worldwide) since 1913.
“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”—General John A. Logan
Food Fascists, Eco-Nazis, and your kids will delight in the return of Darth Tater (now more chemical than vegetable) in this cleverly animated short called Store Wars.
Pitting the Dark Side (conventional farming methods) against the enlightened Ways of the Farm that have served us well for a thousand generations (or something like that) the story unfolds as an object lesson in organic farming and the evils of chemical and genetic manipulation of food. Narrated by Obi Wan Cannoli and worth a look just for Ham Solo and the Thai Fighters.
Sponsored by the Organic Trade Association with links to organic food sources and lots of information about chemicals, pesticides, and modern farming methods.
DISCLAIMER: Although TWC has nothing against organic foods per se, the opinions expressed at the OTA site are not the opinions of TWC.
SIDEBAR: The OTA video contains a broadly applicable lesson. It takes the very basic boring, lifeless, and terminally dull subject of chemicals, pesticides, and broccoli and creates a persuasive and amusing case for organic foods that appeals to adults and children alike.
See if you can apply that concept to you business life. That's the trick now, isn't it?
More personally, if those of us concerned with the erosion of liberty in the US can do the same thing for the concepts of freedom, we'll have more of it.
Sonny Miller is guest host this morning and offers his interpretation of a long standing tribute to our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Air Force, & Coast Guard.
As a door gunner on a chopper in Viet Nam, his money's where his mouth is, too. From DI to Sergeant Major and later finishing up his career as a civilian at the Pentagon with an early retirement just a few months before 09-11. As you might already suspect, one of those hijacked airplanes took out what used to be his office. Just living right I guess.
The family was plunked watching Bo & Carrie wow the American Idol audience. As the show went to commercial break a familiar Cole Porter standard made famous by Ella Fitzgerald caught our attention. I Love Paris.
The spot was slick & shiny, but like dozens of other contemporary commercials you find your mind flipping through the internal Rolodex (at high speed) in a desperate attempt to figure out what the heck they're selling.
Half way through it (you could see the wheels turning) Jake (8 pushing 9 years old) blurts out:
WHY IS SHE HAVING SEX WITH A CAR?
Yes, I almost spit wine all over myself. The boy doesn't quite understand the implications of that remark nor the mechanics of the whole process, but he pretty much cut through all the crap and nailed it.
And what exactly were they pitching?
(at nearly 5 billion calories a pop the odds are she hasn't eaten many of those).
You can see the full version of it here. (rated 'R' for racy). The site was so busy that it crashed last night (thus proving that sex sells) but is up (pun intended) again this morning. You can see the edited-for-TV version at the Carls Jr site.
Just for the record, Paris Hilton ain't my dream date. She's a decent looking girl whose made a career out of being the chick that cleans up well. That said, I have to admit she looks pretty good (at least until she shoves the spicy hot Six Dollar Burger in her face).
I'm sorry dude, food and sex together just doesn't work for me unless it's a candlelight dinner with wine followed by a little romance. And I've seen some of those candid shots of Paris floating around the internet and I can assure you this is done mostly with smoke and mirrors (with her money even I could look that good).
The spot has also generated five-alarm controversy precisely because of the racy nature of the adult theme that came without warning. Parents Television Council called the spot the ultimate in corporate irresponsibility. But this isn't a new strategy for the company. Since Carl's went public it has used blatant sexual innuendo and a series of edgy commercials like this one (depicting an ultrasound where the baby complains about mom's consumption of spicy food) to sell burgers.
Disclaimer: TWC advocates actual parenting and the liberal use of the off switch on the TV.
tip of the glass to Eddie O for the link to the racy version. I'd expect no less from Ed.
Monster Blog cites a few of the most common phraseologies heard around the office. Typically these emanate from the lips of those who think they're trendy and with it. Here's one:
“The 50,000-foot perspective”: Do you really think you’ve got the 50,000-foot perspective? Who are you kidding? When in search of the 50,000-foot view, I’ll seek the opinion of a B2 bomber pilot. Please enlighten me with your view from earth, thank you very much.
TWC goes out on a limb here and predicts that Bo Bice will be the next American Idol. BUT, Carrie Underwood (the House Blonde's fav) will get a record deal anyway. Probably a country music package because she's much too pretty to be a rock star.
I already bragged on Lisa's cover story, How Schools Cheat, here and mentioned that the story appears in the June issue of Reason Magazine available on news stands everywhere.
THIS IS REALLY COOL:
The issue is also available in digital format online and can be downloaded for a mere $3.50 here. You get the entire magazine exactly as it appears in print and you can download it to your computer to peruse at your leisure (and it's fully searchable). How many other mags can say the same thing? Well, someday, I suppose they all will.
Better yet, subscribe to the digital edition for under $20.00 a year and you'll get cutting edge yet ever-so-radical (bomb throwing?) commentary on contemporary social, political, and economic issues from a perspective that proposes to keep the government out of your wallet, out of your bedroom, and off your property.
Disclaimer: The foregoing use of the term "bomb throwing" was a rhetorical device rather than an actual device. No terrorist threat is implied by the satirical use thereof.