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    Here a police pursuit involving...a school bus!
    http://jalopnik.com/5892215/man-in-s...ighway-pursuit

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    I spotted this news via the Skyscraperpage forum an article about Cleveland. An interesting article and who know if we might have a better tourism promotionnal movie.



    CLEVELAND, Ohio--Cleveland has a lot to learn from Philadelphia -- at least in how it can revive its downtown.

    That was the central theme of a forum Monday evening. It stirred so much interest that a capacity crowd of 300 people jammed The Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare. They heard four experts speak on how to breathe new life into the city by maximizing the momentum gained through nearly $7 billion in recent public and private investment.

    The speakers included Philadelphia Center City District Director Paul Levy, Cleveland Planning Commission Chairman Tony Coyne, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation Executive Director Vickie Johnson and real estate developer Ari Maron.

    Philadelphia and Cleveland are similar in that both were left with empty industrial buildings after jobs and people left in the 1990s, and that scarred both cities and created a negative attitude among the residents, Levy said.

    "In Philadelphia, people used to pride themselves on how long they had avoided the city's downtown," Levy said. "Boarded up stores and vacant buildings and the dirty look and crime kept them away."

    He said little by little, his Center City District changed its look and vitality by sweeping up the dirt, putting street lights by ugly underpasses, installing route signs to tell people where they are going, converting vacant buildings into residential housing, and creating jobs in the hospitality industry.

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    I am the only one to post the interesting/weird/courageous news here?

    In Europe, gas prices had broken the psychological barrier of 10$ a gallon.
    http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...gallon-109521/

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    It seems more employers are asking for social network usernames and passwords during the application process:

    http://news.yahoo.com/job-seekers-ge...071251682.html

    I had an application ask me for that once, and I decided against submitting it. I needed a job, but I didn't need one that would stalk me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defunctzombie View Post
    It seems more employers are asking for social network usernames and passwords during the application process:

    http://news.yahoo.com/job-seekers-ge...071251682.html

    I had an application ask me for that once, and I decided against submitting it. I needed a job, but I didn't need one that would stalk me.
    I'm not even on Facebook- does that mean I'm passed over entirely (i.e. that it's a "requirement" to be on Facebook to get hired), or would be ideal because I wouldn't be an employee who would be browsing Facebook instead of working?

    In all seriousness, I think this is an invasion of privacy. What matters is if you can do the job at hand, not what you do in your free time. If they're really worried about accidentally hiring someone who is a gang member and/or has committed crimes, why not use background checks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Daedalus View Post
    I'm not even on Facebook- does that mean I'm passed over entirely (i.e. that it's a "requirement" to be on Facebook to get hired), or would be ideal because I wouldn't be an employee who would be browsing Facebook instead of working?

    In all seriousness, I think this is an invasion of privacy. What matters is if you can do the job at hand, not what you do in your free time. If they're really worried about accidentally hiring someone who is a gang member and/or has committed crimes, why not use background checks?
    Well, for one this is cheaper than paying for background checks. But the biggest fear is that they want to ensure you say nothing bad about the workplace, ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wounded_Dragon View Post
    Well, for one this is cheaper than paying for background checks. But the biggest fear is that they want to ensure you say nothing bad about the workplace, ever.
    Touche on the paying vs. free thing. But as for "not say anything bad about the workplace" comment, if somebody really wanted to whine about work online, they would find a way. Facebook isn't the only place that someone can do so. For an employer to ask to see your page just to see if you're talking smack about the company won't accomplish much except invade privacy on the non-work-related things they discuss and do; people will just use another website that they won't tell them about to complain. One where they don't use their real name, probably.
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    Sure, if I'm a robber I'm going to list it under occupation and hobbies.
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    Borat anthem stuns Kazakh gold medallist in Kuwait

    Kazakhstan's shooting team has been left stunned after a comedy national anthem from the film Borat was played at a medal ceremony at championships in Kuwait instead of the real one.

    The team asked for an apology and the medal ceremony was later rerun.

    The team's coach told Kazakh media the organisers had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake.

    The song was produced by UK comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for the film, which shows Kazakhs as backward and bigoted.

    Footage of Thursday's original ceremony posted on YouTube shows gold medallist Maria Dmitrienko listening to the anthem without emotion and finally smiling as it ends.

    Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organisers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

    "Then Maria Dmitrienko's turn came," he said. "She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan."

    The spoof song praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.

    The film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, released in 2006, follows Baron Cohen's character, the journalist Borat Sagdiyev, as he travels to the US and pursues the actress Pamela Anderson.

    The film outraged people in Kazakhstan and was eventually banned in the country. The government also threatened Baron Cohen with legal action.

    Reports say the film is also banned in Kuwait.

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    I post this news here, but if the moderators think it could be posted in a separate thread. Fell free to do it. ^_^

    The NDP (New Democratic Party) in Canada had elected their new leader, it's Thomas Mulcair.

    Article from http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories...ng-day-120324/
    Thomas Mulcair finished the NDP leadership race in first place Saturday night, following a marathon day of balloting characterized by technical glitches rather than high political drama.

    Five months after declaring himself as the candidate who could best build on the work of the late Jack Layton, Mulcair arrived in Toronto this week running a careful, well-organized front-runner's campaign.


    And by the time the final ballots were counted, the MP from Montreal had delivered on his status as the man to beat.


    Six other candidates arrived in Toronto vying for the party's top job, including former party president Brian Topp and dark-horse candidate Nathan Cullen, who finished second and third, respectively.
    Edit: Here an editorial from the Toronto Star on the subject.
    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/artic...ts-leader?bn=1
    The New Democratic Party has taken the plunge. It has entrusted its leadership to the candidate most likely to push and pull it in new directions, the man who told it frankly to dump the comfy old “1950s boilerplate” language of the labour and social-democratic movements and reach out to a much wider universe of voters.


    In choosing Thomas Mulcair the NDP did the right thing for its future and for all Canadians with a stake in seeing a strong, progressive alternative to the Conservative government. More than anything else, Mulcair held out to New Democrats something they have never before seriously contemplated on the federal level – the prospect of actually winning.


    That’s good as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far. Still very much to be decided is what Mulcair’s promise of “renewal” for the NDP actually means. Does it involve mere presentation? Or does it mean taking a hard look at policies that warm the hearts of the NDP’s “core constituency” and not much else?
    Despite the cries of alarm from Mulcair’s crankiest critics on the left, his leadership platform proposed no significant break with party orthodoxy. He did, however, take direct aim at the party’s “movement” culture, its tendency to be suspicious of success and especially suspicious of outsiders not steeped in the traditions of unionism and grassroots activism. At the very least, he will shake up the party and push it to adopt new language to sell its key ideas.


    Mulcair’s first task, as it is for any new leader, will be to manage the divisions opened by seven months of hard campaigning for the party’s top job. Brian Topp’s strong showing made clear that many New Democrats remain wary of anything they perceive as an effort to move their party to the centre. Especially if it comes from someone (like Mulcair) who switched from the Liberals to the NDP only five years ago.


    Still, Mulcair will benefit from the unmistakeable desire for change among New Democrats who seem, finally, sick of being the loveable losers of Canadian politics. Aside from those who backed Mulcair, those who supported British Columbia’s Nathan Cullen demonstrated a refreshing eagerness to entertain new ideas and fresh approaches.
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    So my homemade batsignal seemed to have worked, cause Batman was in my neighborhood last week! However, he should have known better and given his Lamborghini batmobile some plates that said "NANANANANANANANANANA". LOL i love it when my two favorite things come together like this
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    Something different from the SUV limousines, a Challenger SRT-8 limousine
    http://carscoop.blogspot.ca/2012/03/...hallenger.html

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    in relation to my previous post, here's some more info on Maryland's Batman and why he's not just some crazy rich person. He's a softy
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    Arizona is about to pass a law to make it illegal to post lewd speech on the internet.

    http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/t...nternet-631407

    On the internet.
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    How not to tow a big rig on a snowy mountain road
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    On the internet.
    Welp, there goes all their pornography.
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    The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was showed at the NYC Auto Show and it won't be a 6-passenger sedan, the 2013 model will be last of the 6-seat sedan http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...-sedan-109859/

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    Here a video about the nightmare of the subway escalators in DC.

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    These three kids are more metal than you'll ever be. ESPECIALLY the five-year-old.

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    Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the current CEO of Quicken Loans target make a pitch for ousted Yahoo employees
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...employees.html
    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...dly-in-Detroit

    Here an exterpt from an article from the Detroit News
    It takes a keen understanding of the word "opportunity" to follow state intervention into Detroit's bleak financial affairs with a play for Silicon Valley hotshots.

    But that's what Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans Inc. and his family of companies are doing with their unambiguous effort Monday to woo to Detroit some of the 2,000 soon-to-be-former employees of Yahoo Inc., the flailing Internet company laying off employees in a desperate search to find its way.


    Is Gilbert crazy or smart?
    The latter, without question. Because as much as the city's widely chronicled financial collapse into a consent agreement with Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Treasury Department is a cautionary tale about Detroit's deep dysfunction, it's also evidence that a long-impenetrable wall of denial is beginning to crumble under the weight of financial reality.


    And that's more good than bad — as much as the city's heads-in-the-sand crowd and suburbia's they'll-never-fix-it cynics may refuse to acknowledge it. Detroit is poised to unwind decades of bad management, unnecessary costs, uncompetitive functions and redundant departments, and key leaders are betting they'll get more right than wrong in the months and years ahead.


    Gilbert is not alone. Along the spine of downtown, a growing cadre of for-profit and nonprofit leaders — and outsiders, more importantly — is seeing opportunity in Detroit and showing it by doubling down on a place many of its own people have abandoned and given up for dead.
    Maybe the homers resigned to the alleged inevitability of collapse don't know opportunity, at least one of the business kind, when it's right in front of them. Automakers led by outsiders with no previous connections to the city or the companies they head are adding shifts, consolidating staff in the city where appropriate and targeting charitable giving, and Chrysler Group LLC is poised to open its own downtown office.


    Gilbert's effort to assemble a high-tech hub in his expanding real estate empire along Woodward Avenue is unspooling steadily despite the city's fiscal troubles, the latest coup being a Detroit office for the microblogging site Twitter. GalaxE Solutions Inc., a New Jersey-based information technology services firm, is spearheading an "Outsource to Detroit" initiative.
    The "Valley to Detroit" plan did made the headlines on CNN.

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