French Workers Kidnap Their Boss… And Other News

Boss Nap

So boss-napping is a thing in France…

French trade unionists at a Goodyear facory in Amiens have been holding two company executives hostage since Monday to demand higher pay-outs for more than a thousand planned layoffs. Goodyear has been trying to shut down the plant for five years and workers have been trying to negotiate redundancy terms with management for nearly a year. When this didn’t seem to be working, workers took the next step and kidapped their boss. The unionists said the two men held captive in the tire plant were being amply supplied with food and water but had refused offers of mattresses and blankets. Maybe this is why people don’t want to hire the French? Reuters

Sochi SecurityThe Sochi fortress is almost complete. Following the high-profile bombings in Volgograd and a vow by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov to attack the Games, Russia launched a massive security operation for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday. The stringent security measures include deploying more than 30,000 police and interior ministry troops to the Sochi region and establishing two security zones to protect the Games, which run February 7-23. But the increased security measures won’t matter for U.S. medal skier Lindsey Vonn, who announced on Tuesday that she wouldn’t be competing in Sochi this year because of a knee injury. CBC News

Taiwan Lost at SeaA wooden coffin lid saved a Taiwanese man from sinking to his watery grave after he was lost at sea for 60 hours. Despite not knowing how to swim, Tseng Lien-fa, 42, survived almost three days in rough seas by hanging on to a wooden coffin lid. Tseng was swept away by a wave after attempting to catch baby eels. 60 hours later, he was found 46 miles away dehydrated and covered in arm sores. With no access to food or fresh water, Tseng hoped to be saved by a passing ship, but instead he was carried ashore by the waves. Tseng says his days of fishing for baby eels are over. Huffington Post

Suicide VestThere’s nothing more suspicious than a 10-year-old girl wearing an explosive suicide vest. After the 10-year-old Afghan girl was caught attempting to stage a suicide attack against Afghan police, border police in southern Helmand province arrested the girl’s father and are searching for the brother. The girl, who identified herself only as Spozhmai, says that her brother told her to “ask the deputy commander for a ride with him to Kunar province. I agreed. Then he attached the vest on my body and told me to spend the night here and leave in the morning.” She says she refused to carry out the attack but her brother, a Taliban commander, tried to convince her that she wouldn’t die in the attack. I guess even 10-year-olds aren’t stupid enough to believe that detonating explosives strapped to your body will leave you unharmed. Toronto Star

NK leader meets Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman doesn’t like people questioning his friendship with North Korean dicatator Kim Jong Un. In an interview with CNN, Rodman became angry when defending his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players. The trip comes only a couple weeks after the brutal execution (although not by starving dogs) of Kim’s once-powerful uncle, but Rodman doesn’t care. “I love my friend. This is my friend.” he said from Pyongyang. As for the basketball crew he brought along, Rodman is proud  they came, despite the country’s human rights abuses. “I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.” This latest trip is Rodman’s fourth to the increasingly isolated nation, part of a project he has described as “basketball diplomacy” and what others have described as “shameless self-promtionacy” CNN

2 Responses to “French Workers Kidnap Their Boss… And Other News”

  1. Randall Gilling
    January 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    If you get five years for potato and seven for cabbage that’s not fair because potatoes are a lot tastier than cabbages. Cabbage should be ten years at least.

    • ReaganPlusCats
      January 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      You’re such an outspoken squirrel!

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