New Monopoly Token
The classic board game Monopoly has added a new gamepiece in place of an older one. After a worldwide vote a cat token is now replacing the iron token used in the game. Back in early February players were asked to choose between a cat, a helicopter, a diamond ring, a robot and a guitar as the replacement token. The cat won with 31-percent of votes, but many will certainly be sad to see the iron token go as it has been a part of the game for 78-years. (Yahoo)
Skype In 3D??? Cool!
Skype is developing 3D video calls. Skype VP Mark Gillett tells the BBC, ”We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”
George Zimmerman’s Wife: ‘Going to Have to Think About’ Staying Married
One day after she pleaded guilty to perjury, ABC News aired an interview yesterday (August 29th) with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who spoke about the pressure and fear of the last year-and-a-half leading up to her husband’s recent trial in the death of Trayvon Martin, and said she’s, quote, “going to have to think about” whether she’ll stay married to him. Zimmerman revealed that on the night Martin was killed, she was staying with her father because she and her husband had gotten into an argument the night before. She wouldn’t go into details about what the fight was about, and when asked, “Does George have a temper? How volatile did it get the evening before?” she said, “Not going to answer that.” However, she did say, “George has never laid a hand nor has he used any sort of force.” Although she stood by her husband throughout the trial in which he was acquitted, and said she believes his story that he killed Martin in self-defense, she said what they’ve gone through has put a strain on their relationship and wouldn’t say whether they are actually still together. Zimmerman also spoke about feeling, quote, “very much alone” when she entered her plea Wednesday because her husband wasn’t in the courtroom with her. Zimmerman received a sentence of community service and a year’s probation for lying to the judge about how much money they had during her husband’s bond hearing, not revealing the large amount they’d received in donations. In the interview, Zimmerman expressed sorrow about what Martin’s parents have gone through, saying, “If I could speak to them I would say that I’m so deeply sorry for their loss . . . I can’t even begin to understand the grief that a parent experiences when they lose a child.”
Fast Food Workers Demonstrate Nationwide for $15-Per-Hour Pay
Fast food workers demonstrated in dozens of cities across the country yesterday (August 29th) in their biggest day of protests since the effort began several months ago to win the right to unionize without interference from employers and a $15-an-hour salary, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Advocates for a higher minimum wage say that low-wage jobs such as in the fast food industry have led the economic recovery, and that makes it important that those jobs pay enough for workers who support families. Fast food jobs have traditionally been known for having relatively young workers and high turnover rates. The restaurant industry says that it already operates on thin margins and that wages that much higher would lead to raised prices for customers and fewer jobs.
Israeli Soldiers Disciplined for Dancing with Palestinians
A group of Israeli soldiers has been disciplined after cell phone video surfaced that showed then dancing with Palestinians while they were on patrol in the West Bank Monday (August 26th). The soldiers had entered a dance hall in the city of Hebron and wound up joining Palestinian men who were dancing at a wedding to the song, “Gangnam Style.” The footage, which was aired on Israeli TV, showed the soldiers dancing in full uniform and flak jackets, carrying guns, with one of them lifted onto the shoulders of a dancer. Other soldiers joined hands and danced with some of the other men. The Israeli military said yesterday (August 29th) that they consider the incident serious, stating that the soldiers, quote, “exposed themselves to unnecessary danger.” Some have defended the soldiers, however, including an editorial in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper by Seth Freedman, himself a former member of the Israeli Army, who said the soldiers should be praised, since what they did does, quote, “a great deal for proving to both sides that there is an alternative to constant trepidation and hatred.”