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Waterboarding: How to Motivate Your Employees

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Salt Lake Tribune. It must be the mormons or John McCain.

A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.

In a lawsuit filed last month, former Prosper, Inc. salesman Chad Hudgens alleges his managers also allowed the supervisor to draw mustaches on employees’ faces, take away their chairs and beat on their desks with a wooden paddle “because it resulted in increased revenues for the company.

The suit claims that Hudgens’ team leader, Joshua Christopherson, asked for volunteers in May for “a new motivational exercise,” which he did not describe. Hudgens, who was 26 at the time, volunteered in order to “prove his loyalty and determination,” the suit claims. Christopherson led the sales team to the top of a hill near the office and told Hudgens to lie down with his head downhill, the suit claims. Christopherson then told the rest of the team to hold Hudgens by the arms and legs. Christopherson poured water from a gallon jug over Hudgens’ mouth and nostrils – like the interrogation strategy known as “waterboarding” – and told the team members to hold Hudgens down as he struggled, the suit alleges. “At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded,” the suit alleges. Hudgens left Prosper because of sleeplessness, anxiety and depression he experienced after the waterboarding, the suit claims. He required psychological counseling for emotional trauma, the suit claims.

The suit accuses Christopherson and Prosper of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination. It also accuses Christopherson of interfering with Hudgens employment relationship with Prosper.

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February 29, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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New Mobile for the Baby

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How would you like this mobile to mesmerize your little one.

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February 29, 2008 at 11:05 pm

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Rain Making Bacteria?

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Researches from LSU, Montana, and France have found evidence that meteorologists are still WAY off.

Christner’s team examined precipitation from global locations and demonstrated that the most active ice nuclei — a substrate that enhances the formation of ice — are biological in origin. This is important because the formation of ice in clouds is required for snow and most rainfall. Dust and soot particles can serve as ice nuclei, but biological ice nuclei are capable of catalyzing freezing at much warmer temperatures. If present in clouds, biological ice nuclei may affect the processes that trigger precipitation.

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February 29, 2008 at 8:01 am

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George Bush Has Done More to Combat Global Warming than Al Gore

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From the nytimes:

When it comes to specific steps to foster conservation or produce more energy, the public is deeply torn, the poll found. Respondents said they would support higher gasoline prices to reduce dependence on foreign oil but would oppose higher prices to combat global warming.

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February 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Movie Music Digest With Radio Lab Guy

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The Morning News provides a movie music digest with Jad Abumrad of Radio Lab.

Here’s one of John Zorn’s more interesting music videos:

Here is some Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead and most recently “There Will Be Blood”

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February 28, 2008 at 7:05 pm

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Perez Hilton: Making the World Safe for Smooth Jazz

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Perez Hilton’s new find: The Puppini Sisters were already the gift of choice for grandmothers around the country this past Christmas.

What’s next for our favorite cash-plush Man-tween?

Cyrus Chestnut plays Elvis?

Beatle Jazz?

We predict Paul Anka!

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February 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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William Buckley was a Marketing Whore too

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From the nytimes:

As a senior, he was given the honor of delivering the speech for Yale’s Alumni Day celebration, but was replaced after the university’s administration objected to his strong attacks on the university. He responded by writing his critique in the book that brought him to national attention, in part because he gave the publisher, Regnery, $10,000 to advertise it.

Here’s Buckley from his showFiring Line, Firing Line, astutely gumming for the camera while he fires off a couple of crowd pleasers:
Read more: here, here, here and here

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February 28, 2008 at 6:10 pm