Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds is the first female general set to lead Parris Island Marine base. She'll be training all of the Marines 3,000 female recruits and half of the 17,000 men. Of the women in combat zones ban lift, Reynolds said, “Quite honestly, I don’t think that some of these young Marines care if it’s a male or a female. They just want to be properly led.”
No matter how awesome you think your office is (yes, even if it has a ping pong table in lieu of a conference room) it will never hold a candle to the Google headquarters, which have been described as looking "like some kind of high-tech refugee camp" but with working toilets, free gourmet food, and indoor everything-you-can-imagine.
China is well on its way to implementing a carbon tax which would replace the existing fee structure and encourage conservation of coal and water. The aim is to reduce emissions such as sulfur oxide and to reduce 2010 carbon intensity levels by 17%. China’s carbon emissions are projected to increase another 75% by 2035.
The next time someone mentions how the government is interfering in their rights and we live in a socialist yada yada yada, I plan on lobbing this great little bit back in their gawker: Texas lawmaker Debbie Riddle (perhaps a relation to a certain dark lord who shall not be named?) refuses to support a breastfeeding bill stating that, “it is important for women to be modest while feeding their baby”. Because this apparently isn't government interference. And it's totally unfair to imply she's related to Voldemort, he'd probably be all for protecting personal freedoms such as breast feeding in public.
Eugene homeless have new hope with free housing in church parking lots, thanks to Opportunity Village. Standard rules apply, no drugs, drinking, and "If you are at a church, you can't approach parishioners after the services ... you are on holy ground and there as just some things that you don't do." Apparently asking for charity at a church is against the rules as well. Still, free housing is a long way from under a bridge.
Some a-hole ordered 6000 boxes of girl scout cookies but didn't pay for them at a local troop. Who does that? A woman who impersonated her mother to trick the troop leader into filling the order, "I didn’t think it would be such a big deal." They plan to sell cookies at their Portland headquarters 9620 SW Barbur Blvd Saturday March 16 and 23 from 10am to 2pm.
And in case you were wondering what racism was, here it is. Yes, this man really does equate slavery with entitlement. It is actually a view point a person still has.
But let this erase that tiny man from your memory.
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