William Katz: Urgent Agenda
MAY 11, 2009
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian authorities sent a debt collector to a man's house after he underpaid his trash collection bill by 36 euro cents, about 50 U.S. cents, a newspaper said on Thursday. The man, from a village in Lower Austria province, told Kronen Zeitung that he had accidentally overlooked the 36 cents after the decimal place on his bill for 236.36 euros ($315).
In America these days he'd get a bailout for the fifty cents, and free tuition.
One of the great issues of our time: MERTHYR TYDFIL, Wales, May 10 (UPI) -- A call by a Welsh man to a supermarket saying that pizza boxes need a label saying which side to open has received more than 20,000 hits on YouTube. In the call from Merthyr Tydfil, the man tells an employee at a call center for the Asda chain that the store gave him a pizza base with no cheese or tomato by mistake, The Daily Telegraph reports. Then, he realizes that the pizza is upside down and says, "I look like a fool."
Actually, a good idea. But I'd love to know how those 20,000 You Tubers spend the rest of their time.
MAY 10, 2009
From AP: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A judicial panel says Dominicans are free to name their kids "Dummy Ruiz," "Dear Pineapple" and other unusual monikers if they choose. The Central Electoral Commission has rejected a proposal to ban any names that could be confusing or give no indication of gender, such as Querida Pina (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz).
Now we in the States should be given the right to rename members of Congress.
This is truly the end of civilization. Prepare for the barbarians.
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