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Recommend a foreign film that you don't think others here have seen.

I'll go first and recommend "Queen Margo" French movie from 1994.

"The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest."






PS: Edited to add. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll check them out sometime.

Gamestop, Hell in a Shopping Mall

My son sent me this. He found it on a web comic site that he reads.


"04/15/2014 - Anonymous


I used to work in Television- eight years in Production, then one year the home office sells our station to a local business that managed to scrape together $60,000,000 to buy the station.

After that I was jobless, I was listed as having “Quit,” so no unemployment benefits.

My friend was the manager at a Gamestop, and he saw that I was having trouble and offered me a job. “It won’t be many hours but any extra that come up are yours.” True to his word, any extra hours that came up were mine…. up to the corporate mandated maximum (at the time) of 28 hours per week.

I knew it wasn’t the best, but I needed the work, so for two years I worked there and saw the steady push for more power-up memberships despite the fact that our numbers didn’t show it was possible.

After the first year I got a 1/2 percent raise. 3 cents.

That AMAZINGLY generous raise put my hourly at $6.78. Did I mention I was making three times that just over a year before?

I bit my tongue and kept plugging along while trying to find another job, it was the later half of 2006, and the job market was non-existent.

Another year passes, and my boss/buddy tells me he’s put me in not only for a raise that would add $2 an hour, but a promotion to a key position and more hours.

My raise was turned down by the DM, I got 3 cents again. My promotion was also turned down as they were eliminating the key position I was being offered not a week before.

Our store took a blow when the DM stomped through and fired two employees whom we had working 4 hours per week. They were our reservists - during the holidays or when one of the regulars were sick, they were called.

So if you got sick, the store gets screwed, and your co-worker/friend had to work a double and caught shit for it for going over hours.

As time goes on, I find out that the DM gave NO ONE in the district a raise beyond 10 cents, and that stores all over the district had lost people. We later learned that the DM was promised anything from the raise budget and 10% of anything she could shave from the pay pool as her yearly bonus. We got screwed so she could get a fat bonus.

When the crew found out about this my buddy put in his two weeks, as did everyone but me. I couldn’t afford to.

“You don’t want to work for her or anyone she puts into this place man, believe me,” my boss/buddy told me. I believed him but I needed the job.

On the 14th day from the crew’s two weeks, he worked the close shift with me. We were SLAMMED. Easily 300 trades that day. The back counter was PACKED. Best day of business the store had seen that quarter.

As we locked up, he had me vacuum and straighten while he handled the bank.

He then organized the guts on the counter, made sure the pricing tags were with them. Then he called me over.

“You’re fired.” he told me and marked me as no longer working for Gamestop in the system.

I was stunned. He then handed me a slip of paper with the phone number to set up my unemployment benefits.

He clocked out and hit the lights.

“Not that I care at this point but what about the guts?” I asked, standing by the door waiting to be let out.

“Store’s clean, everything is in order, we just didn’t put it away,” he said and added, “Besides, we don’t work here anymore.”

It was kind of a dick move, but in all honesty the filing would have put me over hours, and he was to be out on time on his last day by order of the DM.

The next day I slept in a bit then called unemployment, request for benefits denied. In the two years I worked for Gamestop, I had not earned enough money to qualify for unemployment.

My friends kind final act was for naught.

Just a word of advice, NEVER work for Gamestop."




Original here:
http://www.trenchescomic.com/tales/post/gamestop-hell-in-a-shopping-mall

‘Indian Spider-Man’ Political Candidate Climbs A Building For Votes



From Chris Sims, "Like many Americans, I often find myself frustrated with our political system. For me, though, it’s not really the two-party structure or campaign finance reform, it’s that none of our major candidates ever dress up like Spider-Man and climb up buildings to ask for votes directly through a third-floor window. It is, I will admit, a pretty specific problem, but really, aren’t all political beliefs?

What’s interesting is that this is not a problem at all in India, as evidenced by Gaurav Sharma, an independent candidate running for the South Mumbai Constituency, who did exactly that, scaling a local apartment building in a bid to get voters on his side."

Entire article at:
http://comicsalliance.com/indian-spider-man-political-candidate-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Fun with Corporate Conscience Clauses

From Brian McFadden

Rise of the Cat-Internet Industrial Complex

"No matter what the market's doing, a certain breed of entrepreneur tends to come out on top — or should we say, breeds? Domestic short hair, Persian, Siamese — if you have the right breed of cat, or at least one with a certain look, you may be feeding kitty treats to a potential gold mine.

Luckily, there's a road map to feline stardom — published Tuesday, it's called How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom."

Whole story at

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/297147317/scratch-that-one-cats-struggle-with-internet-stardom

Excerpts from the book
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/297162610/how-to-make-your-cat-an-internet-celebrity-a-guide-to-financial-freedom?tab=excerpt#excerpt

Tom Toles on GOP 2016

It was the inevitable result of giving corporations religious rights...

From WAPO's Tom Toles

Sometimes a comic strip sums it up perfectly

From Lalo Alcaraz's "La Cucaracha"



Tinypic seems to be down:
Link here:
http://www.gocomics.com/lacucaracha/2014/03/24?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uclick%2Flacucaracha+%28La+Cucaracha+-+GoComics.com%29#.UzBcKoW2xco

Corporate Cosmos

From Jen Sorensen

Judge: McDonnell lawyers ‘dancing through fantasy land’

From Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post

"RICHMOND — A federal judge on Tuesday signaled that he is growing increasingly frustrated with the voluminous and at times rancorous filings by defense attorneys representing former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife in a corruption case, dismissing one of their recent requests as “dancing through fantasy land” and asking them and prosecutors to limit their written disputes “for the sanctity of the trees.”"

Whole article here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/attorneys-for-former-virginia-governor-prosecutors-take-bitter-haggling-to-court/2014/03/17/264637ca-ae08-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html

Basically, McDonnell's gripe is that since the government has screwed up other prosecutions, his case should be dropped.
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