Bangladesh Building Bust… And Other News

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Not such great news coming out of Bangladesh. Nearly 100 people were killed near Dhaka when an eight-story garment factory collapsed.

While more than 600 people were rescued, there are fears that more remain trapped under the rubble. Bangladesh is known for many things (cheap labour, distinctive smells, Bengal tigers, etc) but excellent factory conditions are not one of them. Cracks in the building had been detected earlier in the week but the factory owners told workers not to worry. In unrelated news, Wal-Mart stores across America are experiencing a temporary shortage in cheap clothing. Reuters

CheeeeeseburgerAttention obese people: there’s a new way to help you put down that hamburger! A new study by researchers at Texas Christian University (sounds reputable!) has found that menus displaying the exercise needed to burn calories in meals can help people consumer less. Diners who know that it takes two hours of speed walking to burn off a cheeseburger are more likely to order a less caloric option.  On average, diners who knew the amount of time they would need to spend on the old treadmill consumed 100 fewer calories in a meal. Let’s see if it works: tonight Reagan will be having Pizza Hut pizza – let’s say 3 slices. 900 calories. Time it will take to walk it off: 3 hours and 45 minutes. F*ck…. BBC News

Crazy ChristiansA Pennsylvania couple, currently on probation for the 2009 death of their toddler son from pneumonia, are once again in the spotlight after letting a second child die of a treatable illness. You’d think they would have realized prayers aren’t antibiotics the first time their child died…. But no, Herbert and Catherine Schaibleare are a couple of Christian fundamentalists who believe that praying is a more viable option than taking a child to the doctor. When their 8-month-old son suffered through days of diarrhea and breathing problems, the couple asked God to heal their baby. Instead, the baby died. They still have 7 more children though – who thankfully have been removed from their parents’ custody. Raw Story

ObamasObama has a foolproof plan to make sure his daughters don’t appear on America’s Worst Tattoos. The president revealed to the Today show that he and Michelle told their two daughters, 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha, “If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.” Yep, that would probably be a deterrent. Or a challenge… What if they got tramp stamps of Romney’s face? Atlantic Wire

STOP Ja?Oh Switzerland, such a beautiful landscape, such a racist population. In an ongoing effort to rid the country of Eastern and undesirable Western Europeans, Switzerland announced it intends to restrict immigration from all 27 member of the European Union – instead of just the eight Eastern European countries it currently has quotas on. Amid pressure from the political far right, the government will apply a limit to the number of work permits issued and try to keep the population a little more Swiss, and a little less euro. BBC News

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