Home alone?

These homeowners thought their neighbors’ kids were swimming when they weren’t home, so they set up a camera and found the real culprit:

I’m so vain

I discovered this dime-size patch on my face, right by the bottom of my nose. It’s… bumpy. Sandpaper-y. Well-defined. It’s just like the patch on my lip I had removed years ago that turned out to be early-stage squamous cell, so it needs to get fixed.

But the way my dermatologist treats these things is to scrub the affected area with acid, leaving a big honkin’ scab in its place. And that’s not how I want to go through all the holiday parties, so I’ve scheduled an appointment for January.

Yes, that’s how vain I am.

Lloyd Blankfein

Goldman Sachs’ chief vampire squid shows just how stupid (and bad at math) he really is:

He recently stated that Social Security needs to be gutted – because it wasn’t designed to take care of people for 30 years. Here’s the actual quote:

“You can look at history of these things, and Social Security wasn’t devised to be a system that supported you for a 30-year retirement after a 25-year career.”

Whaaa? Someone who takes their first job at 18 or 21 and works until they’re 65 has only worked 25 years? Someone get this guy a calculator. His poor math skills aside, he’s apparently not happy that people have the nerve to live into their 90s, after retiring at 65. People are just living too long. How dare they?

The high cost of low wages

This time, 124 lives so far:

In an stunning cultural juxtaposition, Black Friday merchants counted their profits and victory-pumped shoppers celebrated their “scores” in malls throughout the U.S., while factory workers on the other side of the world who made many of the clothing items shoppers bought this weekend jumped from windows of a seven-story factory in the effort to save their lives in a late Saturday inferno. Many of them were not successful; as of the most recent count, 124 of those workers have died, with many more injured.

In the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, a large garment run by Tazreen Fashions, one of the many factories in the area that provide product for American companies including Wal-mart, JC Penney’s, the Gap, Levi Strauss, Kohl’s, Zara, H & M, and others, burst into flames Saturday night in a fire (of currently unknown origin) that started on the bottom floor of the building and quickly rushed up the other floors, trapping workers with no way to descend from the building. As India Today reports:

By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 115 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub said. He said another 9 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

Mahbub said firefighters recovered 69 bodies from the second floor of the factory alone. He said most of the victims had been trapped inside the factory, located just outside of Dhaka, with no emergency exits leading outside the building.

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