News Catsup


It's time for Roger Numbers' News Catsup, a look at what's been going on in the world this week. For more on any of the stories Roger mentions, see the links below.

Adolescents with Unpopular Names More Prone to Committing Crime (Social Science Quarterly)

House Passes Obama's Stimulus Package (New York Times)

McDonald's Earnings, Revenue Decline (The Street)

Many Say Goodbye to McMansions (Wall Street Journal)

Police recover stolen Super Bowl rings (International Herald Tribune)

Crying Giants Fan in Shambles (YouTube)

After less than a week in office, Barack Obama's approval rating plunges 15 points (UK Daily Mail)

Facebook ban has mothers fed up (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Give love to the loo! Poems to promote toilet paper urge efficiency (Mainichi Daily News)


A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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via Bossip / Twitter

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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via United for Respect / Twitter

Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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