03.30.21 | Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs a divisive measure that would require cell phones and tablets sold in the state to block all pornography, deemed a public health crisis. Five other states must enact similar laws for the measure to take effect. Then, congratulations to Rachel Levine on becoming the first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation. Finally, a Georgia man receives his final paycheck for $915 in the form of 90,000 greasy pennies dumped in his driveway.
03.24.21 | Shop Talk comes from The Ladders this week and helps us avoid overused phrases and jargon that recruiters despise. But first, Joseph Roland Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera fame, is our Business Birthday. A Lutheran Church member bilks 150K out of his church because he was lonely and thought he was helping the amateur porn stars out. Rep. Boebert of Colorado continues to be unfit for office and social media reminds her that her husband, Jayson, was arrested for exposing himself to two women.
03.23.21 | A Florida man dies while cycling over an open draw bridge despite the gates being down and obvious danger. A new study looks at various aspects of how the pandemic of 2020 has taken a toll on our bodies from our brain to our feet. Finally, a lack of shipping containers globally has created a shortage of cheese at Costco and many other international goods such as furniture, olive oil, seafood, and garden supplies at other retailers.
03.17.21 | Shop Talk looks at six things you should remove from your resume ASAP. But first, German Industrialist Gottlieb Daimler is our Business Birthday. The rubber band was given a patent today in 1845 and the inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, died this week. Caught My Eye informs us that the Texas Rangers are going to stop using hypnosis in interrogation and singles are pleasuring themselves more than ever since the event. Deep Discount releases the much-recommended “Promising Young Woman.”
03.16.21 | A Georgetown Law Professor is fired for saying her black students don’t do as well as others in class while on a Zoom call with another colleague. Stay tuned for an HBO Special about Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee Herman fame and can you believe he is 68 years old? Finally, Amazon is being sued for rescinding job offers for some applicants that test positive for cannabis without letting them know that they would be tested for it.
03.10.21 | Shop Talk looks at 5 questions some career experts wish job candidates had the guts to ask during interviews. But first, we have two Business Birthdays. Joe Gold, the Founder of Gold’s Gym, and Alfred Peet, the founder of Peet’s Coffee and the person credited with starting the specialty coffee revolution in the USA, both born on March 10th. Caught My Eye looks at new proposed legislation in California where large retailers will no longer be allowed separate boys and girls toys or childcare items on the sales floor. Then, another country in Europe is banning the burka and face coverings for Muslim women as the discussion of cultural assimilation and religion continue to collide.
03.09.21 | An Advocate writer believes “openly gay” is an offensive term and “out” would be a better description. Tim was suspect and John thought it linguistic gymnastics, but they both understood the nuance as the article further explained. What do you think? Then, a Texas school’s Chivalry lesson goes astray, and just when you think you knew everything about Camelot a new old Kennedy revelation re-emerges.
03.03.21 | Shop Talk looks at why Jeff Bezos despises PowerPoint and has banned it at meetings. But first, Garrett Morgan Sr., a prolific inventor, is our Business Birthday and beware of business service scams coming to the house. An ancient Chinese bowl from a yard sale and Jeep is asked to drop the Cherokee name Caught Our Eye this week. (P.S. don’t buy cheap batteries.)
03.02.21 | Hasbro does the right thing by dropping Mister from its Potato Head toy brand but stubs their toe in explaining why. But first, Mayor Pete—Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration—is sampling the bike share program in DC and some are critical. Then, hook-up app Grindr smartly uses PR to let us know that once the event is over it is full steam ahead.
02.24.21 | Shop Talk reveals the most unfriendly state in America. Do you agree? Also, check these websites to see if your email address or password has been compromised—Avast’s “Hack Check” site and “Have I Been Pawned.” Jan Koum, Co-Founder of WhatsApp, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the expected revenge shopping at the reimagined mall and out-of-date emojis. Tim and John also share a lot of anecdotes and stories in between—as usual.