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Freaky Friday News: March 21, 2014

New Happiness Study: Google Got it Right

Last month, the University of Warwick released a study called "Happiness and Productivity".  In the study, they set about gathering evidence to either confirm or deny the belief that happier employees are more productive employees.  Not surprising, it turns out that happy employees are on average 12% more productive than neutral employees, while unhappy employees are less productive.  Or as Google so succinctly put it:
We want to make your life better and easier.
Here’s the secret sauce to our benefits and perks: It’s all about removing barriers so Googlers can focus on the things they love, both inside and outside of work. We’re constantly searching for unique ways to improve the health and happiness of our Googlers

Fred Phelps is Dead, but Bigotry Lives on!

Susanne Atanus
Fred Phelps Sr. from the Westboro Baptist Church died this week at the age of 84.  But fear not, his particular brand of bigotry continues to haunt us.  First, Susanne Atanus won the Republican primary for the Chicago area's 9th Congressional District.  Atanus is on record as stating that natural disasters and mental disorders, such as autism, are God's punishment for our advancements in LGBT equality.  

Next, Dr. James David Manning of the ATLAH Missionary Worldwide Church in Harlem put the following messages up on the church billboard:
Obama has released the homo demons on the black man.  Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man.
Jesus would stone homos 
A local lesbian, Jennifer Louise Lopez, dropped by the church and asked for her stoning.  As of now, they refuse to stone her.

Kathy Afzali, R-Frederick
Third, a group in Maryland who call themselves Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government (website at and Del. Kathy Afzali (R-Frederick) are working hard to convince everyone if the Fairness for All Marylanders Act passes (making discrimination against transgender people illegal), then women everywhere will be attacked by cross-dressing men in bathrooms.  On the positive side, over 70% of Maryland residents support the act.

If only we had a vaccination for bigotry...

Alabama State Congress Approves Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana

That's right, folks.  In a move that shows Alabama is more than just country music, the state congress passed a bill called Carly's law, after a toddler who needs the medical marijuana to help treat her seizure disorder.  The governor has indicated he will sign the bill, making the state the 21st to allow medical marijuana usage.


  1. 84....another data point for my sister's hypothesis that it's mostly *ssholes who live long lives. If only there were a hell for him to burn in and a god who actually stands for justice. I don't even know what to say to the other news items on narrow-mindedness. I second your "if only we had a vaccination for bigotry..."

    1. Here's another data point for your sister. The first person from American to undergo sex reassignment surgery back in 1953 only lived to be 63. She was a wonderful woman, lounge singer, and World War II veteran.


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