An IT company in Nordjylland, Denmark has introduced a novel program to keep employees satisfied. After examining well-known trends in Internet and business traffic, LL Media decided it would be sensible and appreciated to offer all of its employees free subscriptions to Internet pornography.
The company's director, Levi Nielsen, believes that access to porn is a natural fringe benefit, like a free phone or a company car.
"We know that 80 percent of all hits on the Internet are on porn sites. And we can see that people also surf porn pages during work," Nielsen told Danish Broadcasting's DR Nordjylland.
In return for this service the company blocks all access to porn pages during office hours.
Nielsen hopes that the expense of about DKK 30 (USD 5) per head per week will make his staff more relaxed and more efficient on the job.
In this month's Atlantic Online, there is an interview with writer Niall Ferguson, the author of 'Colossus'. In this piece he opines on the problems in Iraq, 9/11 and the American problem with nation building. What I find interesting in this article is that he is a self described Americophile. He wants Iraq to succeed. Yet, thought his research, he shows how this endeavor, like many undertaken in America's past, may fail precisely because our own inherent cultural differences.
One excellent points that he makes is:
"One of the problems Americans have is this desire to be loved. Legitimacy isn't necessarily based on affection. It's based on credibility. And I think what we're seeing in Iraq is just the latest in a series of tests of American resolve and credibility."
There has always been something that had bothered me about Star Wars: Episode II.
If Anakin Skywalker was supposed to bring "balance to the force" and the Sith were on the run to the point where people didn't even know if they existed, wouldn't it have occured to these brainiacs that Anakin was there to balance out all the "good" force in the Galaxy?
I mean why didn't they just cap his ass gansta' style with a phaser gun when they had the chance. Rat-a-tat-tat'You know I never hesitate to put a Jedi on his back'
What else did these people think when the prophesy said "bring balance to the force" when they were all in thier little happy-land "everyone is a beautiful snowflake" Empire?
I do have some liberal friends. Actually, the better way to describe them is as drinking buddies. We just try and stay away from politics all together. And here is one reason why:
So, after many rounds at the bar, we got onto the topic of the Oil For Food Scandal (UNSCAM). And my friend said to me "I don't know why you're making such a big deal about it, it was only like what, $10 Billion?"
At this point I just dropped the conversation by getting another beer and not going back to the conversation.
$10 billion is kind of a big deal to poor people. But you know what annoyed me even more? When the International community got together and was able to raise $33 Billion. $20Billion of that was from America.
So 73 nations got together and 72 of them were only able to donate about $10Billion to helping a democracy in the Middle East.
Yeah, $10Billion, it's a big deal.
Let's hope Iraqis have a long memory when it comes to the bill for this little endevour.
Film and TV star Pamela Anderson, a native of Canada who broke into show business as a spokeswoman for Labatt beer, became an American citizen today during a brief ceremony in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
"I felt it was important to become a US citizen in order to vote in the United States," Anderson said in a written statement.
Suck on that Canuckistan!
In all seriousness...hell, I am sorry, nothing serious about this. Hooters!
The best back to back jobs data since 2000 and the market takes a dive. What gives?! Well, you would think that with more and more people going back to work that the stock market would rally. But this rally is somewhat counterintuitive. With stronger and stronger jobs numbers, the specter of higher interest rates is looking more and more likely. The exact same thing happened last month when there was very strong jobs growth.
The Fed rate is not going to stay at 1% forever. And while some people had thought that Greenspan was going to raise rates in August, if we get another great jobs number next month, we might see a raise in rates in June.
The market is a funny thing. Ben Stine calls it "a place to buy future earnings". I like to think of it as a speculation on how people will react to news. Because about half the time, the market does the opposite of what you would think it should. Great jobs growth and an improving economy and the market goes down. Who would have thunk it?
There was a blog on Salon that talked about Internet dating portals for Conservatives. And I thought "hey, it would be cool to meet a chick who wasn't a damned hippy and liked to shoot things with guns!"
But my problem is that while I am conservative, I am not a social conservative. I am more a libertarian on social issues. I like to go out and party, I like the Man Show, and I am not part of the Religious Right. I am what some people call a South Park Republican? What I am, though, is a fiscal conservative.
And then I thought, yeah, they should have an internet dating site for people like me who are only fiscally conservative? And then I thought, how many chicks are going to search a site that features fiscal conservatives?? Probably none that I would want to meet. What would one of their profiles read like?
In my spare time I enjoy reading books at Barnes & Noble, saving money by walking everywhere and reading day old newspapers. Oh, and clipping coupons makes me soo hot!?
So I don't think I will be seeing www.fiscallyconservativesingles.com any time soon.
Those crazy Germans. When they aren't invading France, or taking field trips, they are trying to lead the world in mind numbing stupidity. The German solution to unemployment? Brothels MUST have apprentices in order avoid financial penalties.
This blog is named after something I call the "Spray Paint Method". The SPM is compared to Spray Painting a house when it's windy and you hit only random parts of your target.
It's my way of looking at the random different things in this world and making smart-aleky comments on the run.
Oh, and the whole SPM thing...feel free to use it. It's not trademarked...yet.
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