Fed up with flying, complaints from travelers have soared according to a new study. The annual Airline Quality Rankings by Wichita State University and Purdue University show carriers bumping more passengers from oversold flights and delivering service that often leaves customers frustrated.
“Overall, airline travel is still a hassle for most people,” said Dean Headley of Wichita State University. “If it’s an uneventful experience that’s about the best you can hope [...]
Economist Dean Baker describes one effect of this in Minimum Wage: Who Decided Workers Should Fall Behind?
“If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.”
Actor Dean Cain of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman fame could easily tout the celebrity line when it comes to gun control.
Who would have thought that the future of weight loss might lie in the hands of the inventor of the Segway? Dean Kamen, creator of the two-wheeled wonder, along with a team from Aspire Bariatrics, of Philadelphia, has applied for a patent for a pump that can suck food and drink straight out of the stomach.
by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone:
Karma is a bitch. Just ask Glenn Hubbard.
A few months ago, the Dean of Columbia’s business school was a leading economic advisor to Mitt Romney and a rumored (perhaps even consensus) candidate for the Treasury Secretary job.
Now Romney’s out of the presidential picture and Hubbard – well, he’s just yet another grasping jobholder who’s been exposed as a paid mouthpiece in a court proceeding.
Anyone who’s seen the movie Inside Job will [...]
HOWARD DEAN: The only problem is — and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is — the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it’s a good start. But we’re not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if [...]
A new study suggests that Albert Einstein’s extraordinary genius may have been related to a uniquely shaped brain.
Researchers compared Einstein’s brain to 85 ‘normal’ human brains to determine, what, if any, unusual features it possessed.
‘Although the overall size and asymmetrical shape of Einstein’s brain were normal, the prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices were extraordinary,’ said Dean Falk, the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology at Florida State, [...]
Who do you have more faith in as a prognosticator?
SACRAMENTO — Californians can register to vote with the click of a mouse in a new online system launched Wednesday.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen said she hopes making the process easier will mean more participation in the Nov. 6 election. Some 6.5 million Californians who are eligible to vote are not registered, she said.
“Today, the Internet replaces the mailbox for thousands of Californians wishing to register to vote,” Bowen said at a [...]
Think massive intellectual CTRL-C -> CTRL-V’ing occurs only in the highly rarefied air of smartphonism? Think again (via Bloomberg):
HARVARD PLAGIARISM PROBE UNDER WAY FOR ABOUT 125 CLASSMATES
STUDENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR COPYING ON FINAL EXAM
THOSE FOUND TO HAVE PLAGIARIZED MAY FACE 1-YEAR WITHDRAWAL
MOST WIDESPREAD CHEATING SCANDAL IN LIVING MEMORY
We are confident that as soon as said 125 classmates threaten to take down the “highly intellectual” world with them and expose all [...]
Russian Expert Predicts Obama Will Declare Martial Law in America by End of 2012
August 27, 2012
Igor Panarin, dean the Russian Foreign Ministry School for future diplomats, believes that President Obama will announce martial law by the end of 2012.
He explains: “There’s a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur.”
In 2009, Panarin lectured at the Diplomatic Academy where he said that he believes that the US will begin [...]
John Perreault heckled black outfielder during game
Term ‘Monday’ can be used as racist insult like ‘n*****’
A Massachusetts police officer has been sacked after shouting a racial insult at Boston Red Sox star Carl Crawford.
The black outfielder was signing autographs before a game in New Hampshire when he was branded a ‘Monday’ by a heckler in the stands.
The comment was traced back to off-duty officer John Perreault, who has a history [...]
One of the nation’s oldest conservatives group is offering whistleblowers a $100,000 reward for information from the White House and Justice Department on the “Fast & Furious” administration gun-running bungle.
The Conservative Caucus told Secrets that it believes that the scandal which led to the death of a U.S. Border Control agent is a potential Watergate.
Their reward poster reads: “If you have verifiable evidence that President Obama or one of his [...]
Los Angeles County officials are investigating what appeared to be a pair of lungs found on a sidewalk in unincorporated South Los Angeles.
A citizen called to report what she thought were the organs about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Dean has progeria, which means his body ages eight times faster than normal
He says: ‘I’ve never let the condition hold me back’
Europe’s oldest sufferer of a rare ageing disease has told how in just 20 years his body has become that of a 160-year-old.
Dean Andrews’ body has aged eight times faster than normal due to a rare condition called Hutchinson-Gilford progeria.
He is one of just four progeria sufferers in the [...]
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — A prison inmate in South Dakota is suing a hospital for performing a circumcision on him nearly 30 years ago.
Twenty-eight-year-old Dean Cochrun is imprisoned at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls for kidnapping. He’s suing Sanford Hospital, previously known as Sioux Valley Hospital, for performing the circumcision when he was an infant.
As NewsBusters reported earlier, CNN national correspondent Susan Candiotti said “f–king n–ger” on the air Easter Sunday.
Less than 24 hours earlier, CNN’s Don Lemon advocated “n–ger” be used during news reports rather than the more politically correct “N-word” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
DON LEMON, ANCHOR: But also, to, when someone calls me like, you know, we talked about the racist tweets that I’ve been getting in people, I’m getting them now, [...]
Dean Singleton, chairman of the Associated Press board, introduced President Obama this afternoon at a speech to news editors in Washington. But Singleton didn’t just tell the audience the president was the next speaker—the supposed newsman offered lavish praise for the Democratic president.
“President Obama made history as the first minority to be elected president,” said Singleton. “Even many who opposed his election felt proud of our country as he took [...]
OXFORD, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — A transgender student at Miami University has filed a complaint against the school after not being allowed to serve as a residential assistant in an all-male dorm.
Kaeden Kass, who was born a female but identifies himself as male, filed a complaint with the dean of students and the Miami Universitycouncil over the incident, according to WLWT-TV. Kass was offered the same position for a female suite.
“The problem is, I’m [...]
wo Florida state representatives got into a debate over the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives Wednesday while discussing an amendment to the Florida Evidence Code regarding allowing certain types of hearsay as evidence:
REP. ALAN B. WILLIAMS: I think one of the reasons why were supporting the amendment is because we got such a warm and fuzzy farewell from you to set the mood to support [...]
Dr. Nancy Irlbec, Associate Dean of academic affairs for Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, describing global food production and the demographics of the 21st Century.