Euro Workers Limited to Eight Minutes Toilet Time
RUSH: I have a Stack of Stuff that's totally lighthearted, off the wall, goofball. For the first time in a long time I've got multiple such stories. (interruption) Yeah, it will see the light of day. I'm gonna insist on it 'cause I'll give you one of them right now. From the UK Daily Mail: "Workers Limited to Eight Minutes of Toilet Time Per Day," and the opponents say... This is a pull quote: "This is the latest example of tyrannical toilet rules in Norwegian companies." So companies have an eight-minute toilet time limit per day in parts of Europe.
Toilet Texting on Rise
RUSH: "Toilet Texting on the Rise," not related to the story that limits you to eight minutes of toilet time in Europe. How many of you are nodding your head? From Washington, DC: "With today's smartphones, more people are taking their work and personal lives wherever they go -- even to the toilet. A new study of mobile phone habits shows 75 percent of people have texted, emailed, used apps or surfed the web while nature calls. More than 90 percent of people between 28 and 35 will return a call or text while sitting on the toilet. One in five men joined a conference call while sitting on the toilet, despite the possibility of people on the other end hearing noises or accidentally hitting the FaceTime video conferencing button. The survey by the marketing agency 11mark shows 16 percent shop while toileting."
However, they are concerned. People are very, very attuned to the possibility of people on the other end of the line hearing noises or accidentally hitting the FaceTime video conferencing button. How many of you people do this? You know who you are. You do. You know exactly who you are. And what's gonna happen next, they'll give up the notion that cell phones cause cancer. But how long is it gonna be before they start warning us of the dangers of hemorrhoids as a result of texting and using your cell phone on the toilet?
Hotels Create Rooms and Floors Just for Women
RUSH: "Hotels Create Rooms and Floors Just for Women." That's in the New York Times. Do you think that's what the feminazis had in mind? Is that what they had in mind? Hotels, not dormitories. Rooms and floors just for women.
"The Dukes London hotel has created several initiatives catering to women, including 19 new Duchess Rooms (right) with fresh flowers, women's magazines and size-appropriate slippers and robes and female staff members who are escorts at check-in. As a result, the hotel says, bookings by women have surged 30 percent in the last two months. The program is part of a trend. The 180-room Georgian Court Hotel Downtown Vancouver has created an Orchid Floor -- a women-only floor of 18 rooms with flat irons, yoga mats and beauty products. In Copenhagen at the 814-room Bella Sky Comwell, the 20-room Bella Donna floor is available to female guests by an elevator key card. 'This is an old concept once dismissed as sexist that's having a resurgence primarily as a result of more women traveling solo on business,' said Ann Mack, director of trend spotting at the marketing communications firm JWT, who said that she had tried a women's floor and liked the extra security and smart décor. 'If it had been all pink and frilly, I would not have enjoyed it."
But it wasn't all pink and frilly. So a new trend, hotels are creating rooms and floors just for women. What do you think of that, Snerdley? That's the thing, I like it. You know exactly where to go. That's what you're saying, right? If they're gonna consign 'em all to the same floor, there's no guesswork left. That's it, half the job done. All you need to know is which floor, and then get a key card. I'll betcha they'd be happy to see you. They might think they wouldn't be, but after a while they'd be happy.
They May Revoke Obama’s Nobel Prize
RUSH: There's a big story from the Nobel committee. They're very upset that the Nobel Peace Prize went to Obama. It's been totally distorted. This is blowback because I got screwed. This is blowback 'cause I didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize. A lot of people are upset about it.
"Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday. The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations."
So they're saying, "How can you give it to Obama?" Remember, they gave it to Obama on the come. They gave him the Peace Prize on the come. He wasn't even in office four months when they gave him the Peace Prize, or maybe it was later. Well, it was less than a year. And since then he's gotten us into two wars, he's killed Osama Bin Laden, he got rid of Moammar Khadafy, and he holds the Peace Prize! So they're a little embarrassed. I think this is just blowback 'cause I got robbed. People at the Nobel Committee understand how they blew it by not awarding the Peace Prize to me. (interruption) Well, I've done more for liberty than anybody else that was nominated -- and I'm a peaceful guy.
Facebook Creates More One Percenters
RUSH: So Facebook, by the way, is going public. You know what I love about this? Here's what I love: Facebook is going public. In doing so, Facebook is going to create hundreds, thousands of new millionaires.
Thousands of new millionaires, and a handful of new billionaires. What I like about it here is while we here at the EIB Network celebrate their achievement, I can't ignore that this is the Occupy movement, the media that so identify with the Occupy movement. Here's a whole new crop of 1%-ers, a whole new crop of people in the 1% bracket. The Facebook crowd, and the Occupy people are using Facebook in order to mobilize their protests. And so the people they think are on their side, Facebook, actually now become one of their enemies. The Occupy bunch is one of the elements pushing the Facebook crowd into the 1%. It's like the chickens arranging for Colonel Sanders to be assassinated. I just love it.
Teens Leave FB for Twitter Privacy
RUSH: There's a companion story to the Facebook story. It's from NBCBayArea.com, so that would be the NBC website out there. And the headline says it all: "Teenagers Leaving Facebook For Twitter." On the day Facebook starts touting going IPO: "Teenagers -- after being friended by parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles on Facebook -- have moved to Twitter to get a little more privacy." Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! So all these people who wanted everybody to know everything about them... I knew this was going to happen! I knew there was gonna be blowback. As somebody who is too famous to practically go anywhere (I'm practically too famous to appear on most TVs shows), I can speak to this. I know a little bit what I'm talking about.
These people wanted fame. Everybody wants fame. Everybody wants what they think fame is. They see fame as the way the media fawns over actors and actresses on these brainless shows at 6:30 and 7:30 at night. They see how people in the entertainment media and the sports media are never criticized, never ripped. They're always elevated, put on pedestals, treated like royalty, and that's what they think fame is. And they all want a little of it. So they put everything there is about themselves on these social websites. They put pictures, stories, all this stuff, and now -- now -- too many people (particularly their parents and their grandparents and their aunts and uncles) have found out stuff that the kids don't want 'em knowing.
So they're now going to Twitter where it's a little bit more private. I find it interesting.
More Volt Trouble
RUSH: "General Motors' extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt..." This is from the Detroit News. Did I read that right? "General Motors' extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt..." So they have an ER version, extended range? Forty-five miles instead of 40? "General Motors extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt had its worst sales month since August, as negative publicity over fire risks hurt vehicles sales in January. GM sold just 603 Volts - above its sales in January 2011, but far below GM's best-ever sales month in December, when GM sold 1,529 Volts. Last week, GM North America President Mark Reuss said sales of the Volt have been hurt by bad publicity. Reuss said bad publicity from the government's investigation into fire risks of post-crash Volts is 'definitely a component' of the decline in sales." I've got another story in the stack: An electric car ran into a school bus somewhere. Nobody was hurt. There wasn't a fire, but it did happen.
Sugar is Now a "Substance"
RUSH: "Consuming too much sugar is just as harmful and addictive to you as smoking a cigarette or drinking alcohol, claimed researchers from the University of California-San Francisco (USCF) in an editorial published in Nature on Wednesday. According to Professor Robert H. Lustig, Laura A. Schmidt and Claire D. Brindis, the increased consumption of sugar throughout the US has been primarily responsible for many chronic diseases reaching epidemic levels in the country; with obesity and liver diseases seen to be among the biggest repercussions caused by the over-consumption of the substance." Sugar is now a "substance," and they say: "The only method for dealing with this is a public health intervention." US scientists, the same kind of people that brought us manmade global warming, say sugar is now a "substance." And since they'll never be able to ban sugar, what do you think is going to happen? Tax increases!