Occupy Pittsburgh: Finally Jumped the Shark

It's official. The Occupy Pittsburgh movement has jumped the shark. According to today's Post-Gazette, Occupy Pittsburgh vows to seize and rename Mellon Green.
Organizers of the Occupy Pittsburgh tent encampment said today they are "seizing" the BNY Mellon's privately owned park in Downtown, will rename it "People's Park," and will serve BNY Mellon with an eviction notice Monday.
Ken Miller, 38, of the North Side, said he expects occupiers will win their fight in court

So, BNY Mellon gives the Occupy Pittsburgh permission to use the privately owned park, Mellon Green, as long as the protesters weren't disruptive and didn't damage the park. After several months of "occupation," the permission has been rescinded and the protesters were told to leave by noon today. And, like the spoiled brats they appear to be, they're refusing to leave and plan on filing an eviction notice against BNY Mellon? The inmates truly are running the asylum.

I've watched the Occupy "movement" grow from its infancy and chuckled as it's continued to make a mockery of itself. I even agree (to some extent) with one of the messages they speak about: I would love to see corporations lose the massive influence they have in Washington. We differ in that the Occupy movement doesn't mind lobbying in general, they just want a different group of people doing it. I, on the other hand, want all the parasites out of Washington - corporate and union, private and public.

But seriously, evicting a company from their own property? I'll start making the popcorn.

Quote of the Day - Clue Bat Edition

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Et tu, douchebag?

You would think that, in 2010, people would understand the stupidity of, in a professional capacity, being a complete and utter dick online. The internet has a long and easy to search memory. Apparently not everyone got that memo.

Seems that Monica Gaudio wrote a piece, A Tale of Two Tarts, on apple pie in the 14th and 16th centuries. This was written, and copyrighted, in 2005 and until recently, all was good.

Enter Judith Griggs, an/the editor for Cooks Source magazine. Desperate for content and/or under a tight deadline, Judith Griggs decided to take Monica's article and publish it. Without asking for permission or compensating her in any way.

After a friend mentions the published article, Monica contacts Cooks Source. The always witty and delightful Judith Griggs replies:
"Yes Monica, I have been doing this for 3 decades, having been an editor at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine. I do know about copyright laws. It was "my bad" indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things. But honestly Monica, the web is considered "public domain" and you should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else's name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me... ALWAYS for free!"
Unfortunately for you Ms. Griggs, your stints at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine didn't prevent you from becoming a complete and utter douche. Well, actions are not without consequences. Cooks Source has a FaceBook page which also has the stolen article (page 10 of the Cooks Source Pumpkin Fest photo album) and, if you'd prefer more traditional means of contact:
Call us at (413) 397-3338
Drop us a note at
P.O. Box 273,
Sunderland, MA 01375 or email us at
info@cookssource.com or
Give 'em a shout. Heck, send them your first-drafts - maybe they'll proof them for free!

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Shocking news ...

This would be morbidly funny if it weren't for the two little kids affected by it. Seems a man and woman decided to make a few extra bucks by boosting some copper wire from an abandoned building. Unfortunately, and with the expected results, they failed at verifying that the power was off. The man was DOA and the woman was severely burned.

The tragic part of the story is
Two children, a 3-year-old and 6-year-old, were found in a truck parked near the lot. Police said they believe they are the couple's children. They were unharmed and taken into protective custody.
and two small children will have their lives turned upside down, if not ruined.