The Daily Wrap: October 31st Staff by Staff on Oct. 31, 2013

It’s Halloween, so be on the lookout for no good punks with eggs and toilet paper, or just panhandling for candy like the world was one big street corner in a bad neighborhood.  Anyway, on to the news.

Red Sox Win



The World Series ended last night with a 6-1 victory for the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals giving the Red Sox their first World Series win at home in nearly 100 years.  Now you can get back to watching non-reruns on TV or, if you’re not American, questioning why it’s called the World Series if no one else plays in it except that one Canadian team.

Red Lobster Racism Revisited



About a month ago, word spread around the internet of a server at Red Lobster who, in lieu of a tip, was given a racial slur on a receipt.  There was the expected uproar online and a man in California started a fundraiser on the waitress's behalf, raising over $10,000 for her.  That would be a fine story on its own if that was where it ended but now, the man whose receipt featured the racial slur in question, is suing the waitress and Red Lobster saying he didn’t write that on the receipt.  In fact, he got a forensic handwriting expect to show that the handwriting is neither his nor his wife’s.

According to Devin Barnes, a family emergency required him to switch his Red Lobster order to a “to go” order.  That’s the reason he left no tip, they weren’t served by a waitress so he didn’t tip the waitress.  But at no time did he write anything offensive on the receipt and his expert backs him up.  Since the receipt was posted online Barnes had to change all his financial information and has received death threats from all over the world since his info was made public.

Red Lobster has nothing to say on the matter and the waitress in question said that she believes Barnes if he said he didn’t write it.  Which of course makes one wonder, if he didn’t write it, who did?


Remember, Remember the 5th of November



Time is growing short.  On the 5th of November, Anonymous has planned the Million Mask March, with over 400 locations set to participate already.  The point, you might wonder?  Same as the point during the Wall Street protests, same as being part of the 99%, same as what Russell Brand took viral just last week – there’s something wrong in the world today and a lot of people know it. 

We may be a jaded bunch, cynical and generally apathetic.  We may look at “hackers” in masks and call them names and derisively shrug it off, but try to think back to another time in your life when there was so much upheaval, so much rancor amongst the common man, not just in America but everywhere.  Egypt.  Syria.  The UK.  Libya.

Is a revolution coming to America?  Your instinct may be to say no, but who is happy anymore?  Republicans and Democrats, if they stopped yelling across the aisle, would both realize neither side is getting what they want.  Ever.  Not where it counts, not out in the real world, in homes and communities.  Everyone is being victimized, by their government, by insurance companies, by banks, by corrupt officials.  You’re being spied on.  Your personal information is being held in files.  You’re being lied to and when the lies are exposed, no one is held accountable.  Ask yourself how silly it is to put on a mask and say you don’t want to take this kind of crap anymore. 


Two Times Lucky



A 67 year old man in Orlando just won the state lottery for $3 million.  That’s impressive and all, I’m sure we’d all love $3 million, but it’s news worthy for the fact he won the same lottery last year, only that one was for $10 million.

James Bozeman bought both tickets at the same 7-11 and has chosen to get his new windfall in $100,000 a year installments for the next 30 years, which makes sense when you already have $10 million at home.  Why the hell does he keep playing the lottery if he already won $10 million?  Well, he won, so why not?  He changed his regular numbers after that first win so now he plans on changing again for round three, presumably while the rest of his neighborhood plots ways to rob him blind.


Spice Ain’t Nice



The FDA is like a friend who ruins everything for you just by telling the truth you never want to hear.  In this case, a study of imported spices has shown that 12% of all spices brought into the US are contaminated with bug parts, whole bugs or rodent hair while 17% of spices are contaminated with salmonella.  You have a decent chance of getting salmonella roach blend instead of curry at the store.

Linking spice consumption to illness is hard to do practically since if you eat out and get sick you tend to say you had the shrimp, not that you had shrimp made with curry, cumin and paprika.  In a lot of cases you may not even know what spices you had or forget about them.  But at least now you know they have a lot of bugs in them.