HuffPOL gets slapped with a class action suit

Via Forbes:

Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion. Now they’re taking it to a real one.

Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini will file a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founder Arianna Huffington, and AOL, which acquired the news-and-blogs site in February.

Tasini, the lead plaintiff, has been a blogger for Huffpo since December 2005, when the site was just seven months old. According to his blogger page, however, he stopped posting on February 10, three days after the purchase of the site by AOL was announced. I emailed him for more information about the suit; he responded by inviting me to participate in a conference call later this morning.

Tasini was also the lead plaintiff in New York Times Co. vs. Tasini, a lawsuit over the rights of papers to license the work of freelancers for distribution via electronic databases.That case was decided in favor of the plaintiffs.

Jersey Shore Italia edition on hold.


Well it looks as if the guidos and guidettes of the classy Jersey Shore won’t be headed over to Italy on April 18th as planned.  Only castmates Sammi, Ronnie, and Vinny have signed on, as the rest are using collective bargaining tactics holding out for more cash. The fact that they get paid a ridiculous amount to basically re-inact my weekend is absurd.

Additionally, bar owners in Florence (where the crew is to be stationed) are reluctant to open their doors to the crew. Shocking. As if people didn’t hate America enough, we have to send over the worst possible eight specimens of American culture. Somehow I don’t see fist-pumping catching on in Italy, but who knows.

Included in this post is a Mike face shot, which is a rather frightening “situation.” 

Care to smell like Bacon?

Bacon Gold


Well, I’d certainly rather wear this shizz and smell like bacon than wear Lady Gaga’s semen/blood perfume concoction. The scent was apparently inspired by 1920’s French butcher, John Fargginay, who was able to “dramatically elevate his customers’ mood with a secret recipe blending 11 popular pure essential oils with the essence of…bacon”. Quite a random inspiration. However, it is being marketed with the tagline, “scent by the Gods.” Hmmm…