Friday, February 6, 2015

mug shot

The Vault is a midwest coffee shop, but it is also an experiment in human nature.

It offers fresh baked goods and espresso shots, coffee and also tea from a renovated bank vault, with a long history in Valley City, North Dakota.

But it has no employees. 

It runs on the honor system. 

The people help themselves.

It has a credit card reader and a money slot for checks and cash. 

Receipts are running about 15% over the actual goods that are taken, indicating the locals are even leaving tips for the service they did not receive.

Why does this work? Here’s what the owner thinks.

“Would this work in your town?” owner David Brekke asks?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Munich, California, circa 1938

“Let There Be Light” is the motto for the University of California at Davis, but there’s been more heat than light on campus this past week.

Student government there has grown so anti-semitic it proposed and passed a resolution that the University divest itself of any ties to companies doing business with Israel.

It was won in a landslide, 
the resolution passed 8 to 2.

Unnerved Jewish students tried to leave the building quietly, but Arab activists weren’t finished yet.

They produced Palestinian flags and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as the Jewish students filed out.

Azka Fayyaz of the student senate boasted on Facebook after the vote that “Hamas and Sharia law have taken over USC Davis.”

The next day, Jewish Fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi was spray painted with swastikas.

Our new American, multicultural education.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

the brady bunch 

Anna Hansen took the fall for hitting two parked cars in Aspen after a night of drinking at the Aspen Art Museum party.

Except she didn’t. She lied to Aspen police.

Her boyfriend Lance Armstrong had actually done the drinking, the driving and the parked-car hitting.

They tried to keep him out of the national media, a strategy which failed spectacularly.

This is called the “Streisand Effect”, 
a term coined by TechDirt founder Mike Masnick. 

It’s a phenomenon whereby a story you are trying to hush goes even more viral because of the cover up. You can read why it’s named after Barbra here:

Something similar has happened to another famous cheater, Bill Cosby, as he tries to weasel out of about 30 public accusations.

But don’t things tend to come in three’s?

Oh wait.