Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wooden Iron Giant by Amanda Visell



Available.

"WWE has dealt with racism before, but a scripted rant has fans chanting ‘that’s too far!’"

WP:

“That’s racist,” spectators could be heard shouting as Mahal delivered the lines. Later in Mahal’s five-minute spiel, fans collaborated to chant, “That’s too far!”

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This problem is hardly unique to WWE, but it happens around the world and sometimes even more shockingly. In 2009, for example, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Japan’s version of WWE, used Nazi imagery on some of its promotional material.
Don't miss the correction at the end of the article.

"KB Home CEO . . . sees his bonus cut [25%] after vulgar rant at Kathy Griffin"

"One of the nation's biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral."

Relatedly.

Jumanji poster

"The California Coastal Commission plans to issue a cease-and-desist order to Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla, who has refused to provide public access to Martins Beach south of Half Moon Bay despite a state appeals court’s ruling in August that he had no right to block access through his property"

"'We were surprised and disappointed they didn’t respond to the court decision by opening the gates to Martins Beach'"

Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi figure available for preorder



At the BBTS.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ebon Hawk in Star Wars Adventures?



Rey faces a group of thugs with good taste in spaceships in Star Wars Adventures #2.

"exporting Foxconn’s Chinese strategy is virtually impossible"

NYT:

Before the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn pledged to spend $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, the company made a similar promise in Brazil.

At a news conference in Brazil, Foxconn officials unveiled plans to invest billions of dollars and build one of the world’s biggest manufacturing hubs in the state of São Paulo. The government had high expectations that the project would yield 100,000 jobs.

Six years later . . . “The area where Foxconn said it would build a plant is totally abandoned,”

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What makes Foxconn’s Chinese operations really hum are the extraordinary level of government subsidies and support, and the sheer scale of those operations

"Resist" pin by Jen Bartel



For a Kickstarter.

"'We're looking at four to six months without electricity' in Puerto Rico"

"Hurricane Maria is likely to have 'destroyed' Puerto Rico, the island's emergency director said Wednesday after the monster storm smashed ripped roofs off buildings and flooded homes across the economically strained U.S. territory."

New York Chick-fil-A will have "elements built into the façade that give a subtle impression of the Twin Towers"

"our guests will always have the same views of Freedom Tower."

"L.A. city attorney targets hard-partying homes in Hollywood Hills"

LAT:

It’s a common occurrence in the affluent Hollywood Hills: Homeowners and property managers rent out their homes to short-term guests who throw raucous events flowing with booze, loud music and hundreds of attendees.

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In a pair of criminal complaints filed Tuesday, City Atty. Mike Feuer has charged the owner of a single-family home in the 7800 block of Electra Drive and the property manager of a home in the 2600 block of La Cuesta Drive with multiple misdemeanors related to maintaining a public nuisance.

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the property manager of the La Cuesta Drive estate . . . said neighbors were too sensitive.

“It’s like if anyone talks in the pool area or sneezes, complaints are filed that have no validity,”