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A game of skill, a game of chess, a game of drinking…
Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen: Getting drunk is post-game routine — As we’ve been reminded by the sports world in the past 48 hours, honesty isn’t always the best policy. And yet, here we again with another infamous interview, this time by Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. Shocking, I know. CBS Sports baseball blogger C. Trent Rosecrans reported that Ozzie Guillen celebrates wins and mourns losses on the road all the same – by getting drunk in his hotel. “I get drunk because I’m happy we win or I get drunk because I’m very sad and disturbed because we lose,” Guillen said. “Same routine, it never changes. It’s been the same routine for 25, 28 years. It doesn’t change. I don’t like to go out.”
Some news from inside Boeing.
Boeing’s Wichita plant closure carries both perils and promises for USAF tanker program — Boeing’s decision to close its Wichita facility by the end of next year may be good for the company’s books, but a senior U.S. Air Force official says it adds risk to its ability to execute the KC-46A aerial refueling contract. The Wichita facility was “well-suited” for militarizing the 767-2C aircraft, including adding the refueling equipment, owing to decades of experience, says Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the USAF’s KC-46A program executive officer. Now, however, that work is being set up between Boeing’s Puget Sound and Everett facilities, both in Washington. This move, announced nearly a year after the company won the contract over an EADS A330-based tanker entry, will introduce risk in three key areas, Bogdan says. They include the transfer of refueling boom assembly work, shifting oversight of the FAA supplemental type certification (STC) and moving the military modification and finishing center.
Bond ditches his signature martini for the beer company that paid for placement.
James Bond Ditches Martinis for Beer – 007 Fans Cry Sell Out — But in Skyfall – thanks to a rumored $45 million deal (reported by the Village Voice) with Heineken, Bond is now a beer guy. And according to the British press, this is not sitting well with Bond fans. Nor should it. Of course none of this is new: even his classic martini was routinely sold off for product placement to the likes of Smirnoff, Absolut, Stoli and Finlandia over the years, but at least it was a martini. Likewise, switching one fine Swiss dive watch for another hardly matters. But switching him to beer is something quite different, a paradigm shift from his love of martinis, fine wines, champagne and even rum and bourbon. It’s like him ditching his Saville Row suits and dinner jackets for baggy jeans and exposed boxers. Furthermore, if Bond did drink beer, it would almost certainly be something more substantial than the ubiquitous Dutch lager, like an ale, porter or stout, likely of the British variety.
A liveable wage?
Raising the Floor on Pay — As the nation’s economy slowly recovers and income inequality emerges as a crucial issue in the presidential campaign, lawmakers are facing growing pressure to raise the minimum wage, which was last increased at the federal level to $7.25 an hour in July 2009.
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