A Few Random Thoughts

Saturday and no major story line to cover…so I fall back on a reliable “Random Thoughts” for today.

How about social issues?

France–recently I read about a woman that has Geese and she was fined because they made too much noise…I thought then how silly that was but then I read another court ruling from France…..

A French company has been found liable for the death of an employee who had a cardiac arrest while having sex with a stranger on a business trip.

A Paris court ruled that his death was an industrial accident and that the family was entitled to compensation.

The firm had argued the man was not carrying out professional duties when he joined a guest in her hotel room.

But under French law an employer is responsible for any accident occurring during a business trip, judges said.

The man, named as Xavier X, was working as an engineer for TSO, a railway services company based near Paris.

He died at a hotel during a trip to central France in 2013, as a result of what the employer called “an extramarital relationship with a perfect stranger”.

The company challenged a decision by the state health insurance provider to regard the death as a workplace accident.

The provider defended its position by insisting that sexual activity was normal, “like taking a shower or a meal”.

In its ruling, the Paris appeals court upheld this view.

An employee on a business trip is entitled to social protection “over the whole time of his mission” and regardless of the circumstances, it said.

(bbc.com)

Can doctors in the military be sued for malpractice?

Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow service members to sue the government for military medical malpractice.

The SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019, a companion bill to the House version introduced earlier this year by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), would allow military personnel to sue the government for negligence or wrongdoing that occurred during medical care at a military hospital outside of a combat zone.

https://taskandpurpose.com/feres-doctrine-senate-bill

Soon it could be a reality.

All that Poop!

It’s known as “Pigeon Poop Station,” so perhaps it should come as no surprise that as a lawmaker gave an interview there griping about the pigeon poop problem … he got pooped on by a pigeon. State Rep. Jaime Andrade was talking to CBS Chicago at the city’s Irving Park Blue Line CTA station when, mid-sentence, he stopped to feel his head and, yep, a pigeon had indeed just relieved itself on the politician. “I’ll just have to go clean up,” he told the reporter. “That’s what happens to my constituents. They get s— on all the time.” Andrade has been fighting for years to get the station cleaned up; the sidewalk outside it is covered in bird droppings, and the birds congregate in an underpass, meaning those same droppings frequently end up on bus and train riders, CBS Chicago reported in a previous story on the issue.

It’s not just poop: “You’ll see feathers, you’ll see bones, you’ll see pigeon bodies, you’ll see cracked eggs,” says one commuter. “It stinks to high heaven around here.” Andrade got a $6 million line item added to the budget in 2018 for the station—but it turns out the underpass where the pigeons gather is not considered part of the station; the Illinois Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over it, while the City of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation has jurisdiction over the sidewalk below the underpass. Adding to the confusion: The underpass is half in one ward, half in another. Every office CBS Chicago reached out to blamed, at least partially, people who illegally feed the pigeons, and Andrade says that is indeed a problem. But it’s not clear when, or even if, a long-term solution will be found.

Some politicians will use any excuse to get on TV.

Speaking of poop.

This story gives a new twist on the old term to “Take A Crap”……

A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly $1.25 million, was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed only two days earlier at Blenheim Palace, west of London, after previously being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Police said the toilet was taken early Saturday by thieves who used at least two vehicles. Because it had been connected to the palace’s plumbing system, police said the toilet’s removal caused “significant damage and flooding” to the building, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with valuable art and furniture.

A 66-year-old man was arrested in the case, but he has not been identified or charged. Inspector Richard Nicholls from Thames Valley Police said police believe the thieves left the spacious property about 4:50am and that the toilet was the only item taken. Closed circuit TV footage is being studied in the investigation. Prior to the theft, visitors to the Cattelan exhibition could book a three-minute appointment to use the toilet. This had proved popular when the toilet was on display at the Guggenheim. The artist intended the golden toilet to be a pointed satire about excessive wealth. Cattelan has previously said: “Whatever you eat, a $200 lunch or a $2 hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise.”

Okay there have got to be comments waiting to fly!

Have a good weekend…thanx to all for their visits and comments…..be well, be safe….

“Lego ergo Scribo”

4 thoughts on “A Few Random Thoughts

  1. The gold toilet theft was big news here. That’s what happens when you go on TV and tell everyone you have a toilet on display that is worth millions!
    As for the French stories, well that’s France. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I once worked in a shipyard and we built a boat for the king of Bahrain and it had gold faucets and bath hardware and there was a ghuard on the site 24/7….and France will be France….LOL chuq

  2. In the US you are not covered if you are on business and decide to go on “a frolic of your own.” Meaning engaged in pursuit of personal business or pleasure. Go out of your way to buy an ice cream cone and you are on your own. Or engage with a perfect stranger.

    But the US is not France or Italy.

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