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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: Today at 03:18:16 PM
2  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: In The News on: Today at 02:57:12 PM

Prep School Grads Busted for Allegedly Running PA Drug Ring

Prep school grads were arrested in a massive drug ring operation in Pennsylvania. The accused drug dealers supplied marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to students at three colleges and five high schools in Philadelphia’s affluent Main Line suburbs.

The two suspected ringleaders, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks, even peddled drugs to their alma mater, Haverford School, an all-boys prep school that costs $35K a year.

Nine "sub-dealers" working for the men at the various schools were also arrested. Each dealer was reportedly told to move at least one pound of marijuana per week. The goal was to create a monopoly on the drugs sold to local schools, police say.

Scott was said to be in charge of getting the drugs from California, while Brooks allegedly oversaw the dealers.

The 18-year-old reportedly told police he got into the drug business because he had trouble finding pot as a student. According to the court affidavit, Scott outlined his business plan for investigators and told them it was successful “because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed.”

In one text message conversation, Brooks says, “I’m trying to start a business and learning how to run this.” To which Scott replied, “Just keep finding customers and we’ll both make more than enough money.”

The arrests came after four months of investigation. Police had confidential informants inside all of the schools. In addition to drugs, authorities also discovered guns, ammunition and bags of cash.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a press conference, “This is a dangerous business. This was not a game. These people were … in business to make money and they were going to do whatever they needed to do to make sure that no one threatened their business.”

Ferman said Scott worked in a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego after he left college. He later moved back to Pennsylvania and began having drugs mailed to his home in 2013. Brooks’ attorney says he was depressed after leaving college.

Both ringleaders and the dealers are said to be facing significant jail time.
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Various Videos on: Today at 02:24:07 PM
Marius Dohne final day of depletion before Arnold Brasil

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4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Various Videos on: Today at 02:03:40 PM
Jon Delarosa with Victor Martinez Training Chest 2 Weeks Out from the Arnold Brazil

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5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: what is the max eggs youve eaten in a day? on: April 22, 2014, 10:44:48 PM

Golden Goose, A Kitchen Gadget for Scrambling an Egg Without Breaking the Shell

Golden Goose is a kitchen gadget by Y Line Product Design that can scramble an egg without breaking the shell. The hand-powered gadget quickly rotates the egg back and forth to mix the white and yolk without breaking the shell and introducing outside air to the mix. Y Line Product Design is currently raising funds for the Golden Goose via a Kickstarter project.

6  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Re: Miscellaneous Entertainment on: April 22, 2014, 10:00:23 PM

Meet ORPHAN BLACK’s New Clone, Jennifer Fitzsimmons… Plus New Season 2 Photos

You know what they say: mo’ clones, mo’ problems. By the looks of the latest clone to join the pack, those problems are serious. Meet Jennifer Fitzsimmons, the latest clone to join the sisterhood like no other on BBC America’s Orphan Black. And if you couldn’t tell by the major hair loss on display below, she is very sick with the same disease that’s causing Cosima such duress.

Yikes. A 28-year old teacher and swim coach, “Jennifer is a bright-eyed Midwestern pure of heart girl,” according to one of the show’s co-creators, Graeme Manson. But, as other co-creator John Fawcett explains, Jennifer was naïve, “she didn’t know she was a clone, and was being monitored by her boyfriend. She gets sick, and with a kind of the version of the illness that Katja had. And of course, a version of the illness that Cosima has. Just that discovery alone is the kind of discovery that shakes Cosima. It really rattles her.”

Lucky for those hoping to learn more, there’s also a series of video diaries you can watch to introduce you to Ms. Fitzsimmons:

Anyone else have a case of the shudders? What has transpired between her, Dr. Leekie, and DYAD group for her to end up this way? Is her sickness really incurable or is something far more nefarious going on here? We have SO many questions. Guess we’ll have to wait until April 19th to have them answered.

We’re just over a month away from the second season of the series, but it’s a far different scenario from when season one debuted a year ago. With the cult-like status its garnered in such a short amount of time — especially among folks who write about TV — the show teamed up with Entertainment Weekly to make the grand unveiling. They also have several photos from the upcoming season that you can check out in a gallery.

There are 3 Free Ways to Watch ORPHAN BLACK’s Season 2 Premiere

What the Dickens? BBC America really must love you Clone Clubbers and all future clone-lovers to be, because they’ve unleashed onto the world not one, not two, but three — count ‘em, 3! — totally free ways to watch the season two premiere of Orphan Black online. That’s right — you have pretty much no excuse at this point, people of the Internet, to get on board with the best new sci-fi show around.

Not only can you download “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” on iTunes (where they also have several other free goodies for you to e-hoard), the series opener is also available to stream or download on Amazon Prime, in addition to the video that’s up on the BBC America website itself. The only way the network could’ve made this easier for you all is if they’d showed up at your house with the episode on a fancy silver platter. And lest you need any more convincing, we’ve included a sneak peek at the episode, below. Now get to stepping and join the sisterhood like no other, already.

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7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 22, 2014, 07:46:40 PM

13 Splendidly Snarky British Put-Downs Through History

8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Biggest Russian Arms on this Bodybuilder - Andrey Skoromnyy on: April 22, 2014, 06:01:47 PM
Andrey Skoromny Nuances of Back Training with Alexey Kireev

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9  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 22, 2014, 05:43:15 PM

French photographer Olivier Grunewald captured these stunning photos of blue flames emanating from the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia. The striking phenomena is caused by molten sulfur, which is emitted from the volcano in vast quantities, and ignites when exposed to air.

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10  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Amateur Olympia 2014 on: April 22, 2014, 05:21:51 PM
You mean this event in Belfast, the Class 2? I assume there are no weight limits?

Slavoj Bednar: Training chest seven weeks before the World Cup 2014 NABBA professionals

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11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Amateur Olympia - June 5-8 in Prague on: April 22, 2014, 10:30:17 AM
Roman Fritz 6 weeks out (from facebook)

12  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / E-Board - Movies, Music, TV, Videogames, Comics / Re: New videogames releases on: April 22, 2014, 01:10:40 AM
ESO Item Dupe, Magic 2015, Skywind

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13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Amateur Olympia - June 5-8 in Prague on: April 22, 2014, 12:45:09 AM
Categories of Olympia Amateur Europe

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14  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Amateur Olympia - June 5-8 in Prague on: April 22, 2014, 12:42:08 AM
Samir Troudi 13 weeks out

15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Amateur Olympia - June 5-8 in Prague on: April 22, 2014, 12:38:59 AM
Petar Klancirčir

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16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 22, 2014, 12:30:51 AM

“Bat.tutty.ry” is a brief but vibrant animated short directed by Francois Heysen, a third-year student French computer graphics university Supinfocom. The minute-and-a-half long film is the result of six months of work and features a soundtrack by Lyon-based composer Remi Aurierers.
17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 22, 2014, 12:23:08 AM

In “Exploring Off-Limits New York,” New York City culture site Animal follows around 2e as he photographs locations like the Greenpoint Terminal Market, Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory and The UnderBelly Project, a makeshift art gallery in an abandoned subway station. The photographer’s identity, face and voice have all been altered due to the questionable legality of the project.

For five years or so, the twenty-something-year old studied this hidden New York. He knows the history and the anatomy of every spot. Stepping into the Greenpoint Terminal warehouse, he talks about the rope, jute and hemp moved through it until the big fire gutted everything. He steps over that one loose step in a dust-covered staircase. He weaves, climbs, burrows in smooth, practiced motions.

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18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 22, 2014, 12:12:26 AM

The officially licensed Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set, as its name suggests, features a set of measuring cups that resemble the helpful astromech droid R2-D2. His entire body is built from four measuring spoons and four measuring cup sizes: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and one cup. It is available to purchase online from ThinkGeek.

This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it’s not as complicated as C-3PO). Each has its measurement written inside so you can’t forget what they are and handles on the back that don’t distract from R2′s aesthetic. The only problem we can foresee with these is that if you show somebody else your R2-D2 Measuring Cups, you may have to install a restraining bolt to keep them from wandering off.

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19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Biggest Russian Arms on this Bodybuilder - Andrey Skoromnyy on: April 22, 2014, 12:00:47 AM
Andrey Skoromny bench press workout with Junior Champion Kirill Sarychev

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20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: April 21, 2014, 11:44:48 PM

Artist Piotr Bockenheim uses a handheld drill to carve astonishingly intricate geometric designs into goose eggs.

21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / IFBB Pro Michael Johnson shoulder workout with Dana Baker on: April 21, 2014, 11:35:41 PM
IFBB Pro Michael Johnson and 21 Year Old SHW Dana Baker Train Shoulders
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22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Bitches, 5 min unedited WonderCon Godzilla footage! on: April 21, 2014, 10:49:06 PM
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Various Videos on: April 21, 2014, 09:34:35 PM
Steve Kuclo Chest Workout - 2 Weeks Out from the Arnold Classic Brazil 2014

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24  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Pet Board / Re: Puppy Love on: April 21, 2014, 07:20:14 PM

‘Not A Bully’, Photographer’s Campaign Seeking To Change Opinions About Pit Bulls and Other ‘Bully Breeds’

Photographer Douglas Sonders has put together a beautiful campaign seeking to educate the public in hopes of changing opionions preconceived notions about pit bulls and other “bully breeds” with his photo series aptly named “Not A Bully“.

The term ‘bully breed’ covers 14 popular dog breeds including French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. Two of the most popular domestic dog breeds in the country, Boxers and Rottweilers, are both designated bully breeds. Despite their popularity, many people still believe these dogs are inherently mean, aggressive, or even violent. Dispelling these rumors is the focus of Not a Bully….Many communities treat all bully breed dogs with extreme prejudice regardless of their temperament or personality. Shelters are crowded with loving bully breed dogs, cruelly limited in their chances of finding forever homes. Through beautiful portraits and inspiring rescue stories, Not a Bully hopes to eradicate the negativity towards these deserving pets and give them a fighting chance at a forever home!

The campaign was recently featured on the National Geographic‘ Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull, featuring dog trainer Cesar Millan who loaned his pit bulls Emma and Junior to the cause. Other donations can be made through various bully breed charities.

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25  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: OBAMA'S ASS-KICKING OF SOUL CRUSHER CONTINUES...unemployment down to 7.3% on: April 20, 2014, 09:59:33 PM

For Many Americans, 'Temp' Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life

or Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.

With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans.



“It seems to be the new norm in the working world,” said Kelly Sibla, 54. The computer systems engineer has been looking for a full-time job for four years now, but the Amherst, Ohio, resident said she has to take whatever she can find.

“I know a lot of people who are doing this temping. It seems to be the way this is going,” she said.

Sibla’s husband, 67, got a buyout offer from his former employer and is now retired, but she has minimal retirement savings in her own name. “When you’re working as a temp you don’t get any of that. Nothing,” she said. The couple is downsizing to a smaller home and trying to sell the one they live in now to reduce expenses.

“You don’t get any benefits to speak of, you only get paid for what you work … no sick time, no paid vacation,” said Brian Dupuy, a computer technician in Des Moines who lost his last full-time job five years ago and has been temping since 2011.

Dupuy, 56, said he’s paid hourly, and the rate comes to about 40 percent less than he was earning at his last full-time job. “After a year, they’ll sign you up for a 401(k) but the salary is so low you have trouble making ends meet to begin with,” he said.

Economists say it’s typical for temporary hiring to rise initially as the economy recovers, before businesses are ready to commit to hiring full-time employees. But Susan Houseman, senior economist at Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, said the current pattern doesn’t fit historic norms.



“Right now we’re seeing something interesting,” she said. “We’ve seen it surpass its previous highs, so it looks like there could be a structural shift going on, too. There’s a reason to believe we might see some increase in the use of temporary help in general.”

In March, the temp industry added 28,500 jobs, and about 2.8 million workers are employed currently in temporary or contract positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a little more than 2 percent of the workforce, a peak last reached in April 2000, said Steve Berchem, chief operating officer of the American Staffing Association, an industry trade group.

Berchem cautioned that drawing conclusions from one month or even a few months’ worth of data could be misleading because the BLS frequently revises its data, but he said the shift to companies using more temporary workers is already under way.

“We argued when the recovery began that there would be a structural shift,” he said. “We were hearing that from members who were hearing that from their clients, (that) they were more likely to use temp and contract workers.”

“There are a lot of perverse incentives for employers to use temps,” said Erin Hatton, an assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and author of "The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America." For one thing, it’s cheaper. Using temporary labor lets companies avoid the cost of providing benefits like health insurance, workers’ comp, paid sick leave and the like.

“It allows them to increase or reduce their workforce more easily, and in an uncertain environment, that can be very valuable to the firm,” Houseman said.

More kinds of businesses seem to be drawing that conclusion, as industries not thought of as traditional temp work territory are using more contract workers. Hatton pointed out that adjunct college professors face much of the same uncertainty and lower wages than their full-time counterparts. And manufacturing companies make up around 40 percent of the current demand for temp workers, Houseman said.



“In the government data, you see that 17 percent of assembly line workers are hired through the staffing industry,” Houseman said.

With organized labor losing its clout, there’s little to check companies’ ability to shed workers the moment they perceive an economic chill, said Eileen Appelbaum, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “In the private sector there’s no counterbalancing power,” she said. “The decisions are almost costless to them.”

Appelbaum added that domestic outsourcing — when companies contract with third-party firms to handle everything from their janitorial to their payroll services needs — is on the rise.

It’s all part of a broader shift to an everyone-for-themselves workforce, labor economists say. Business services firm MBO Partners says there were 17.7 million independent workers last year, up 10 percent from 2011.

Berchem called this shift in the labor market a “win-win” for companies as well as workers. “We’ve seen an increase in workers preferring flexibility,” he said. “Family is a big priority for temporary and contract employees and they prefer the flexibility such work allows.”

Lynn Monaghan, 33, began temping after a transition away from her former career in event planning and says there are pros and cons.



“The pros are, it’s given me a great amount of flexibility,” she said of her current job, which is also nearby where she lives in suburban Boston. “Being a working mother, that has been really beneficial to me. There’s less pressure,” she said.

But flexibility is relative.

“There is certainly a small segment of the workforce ... that does want real flexibility in their lives. The thing is, though, that temp work is very flexible for employers and not that flexible for workers,” Hatton said. “It gives them a profound sense of insecurity.”

As a temp, even something as innocuous as personalizing a workstation can be a gamble. With her unemployment benefits exhausted and “no calls whatsoever,” Dayton, Ohio-area resident Ronda Roberts said she took a temp job in December 2012 doing clerical work that paid a quarter of what she previously made as a developer of training materials. “I kind of felt like I didn’t have a choice,” said Roberts, 55.

A year later, even that rug was pulled out from under her. Roberts said she took a rare sick day, only to get a phone call from the temp agency that evening, telling her that her contract had been ended, effective immediately.

When she asked if she could retrieve her computer case and other personal items, the agency told her she wasn’t allowed back into the office where she had worked for roughly a year, and that she had to wait for the company’s corporate human resources department to contact her.

In the end, it took Roberts two months of waiting and an hour’s drive to the company’s headquarters to get her things back. “If I ever got a temp job again, I would not leave anything on site,” she said. “It bothers me that I wouldn’t be able to go and get my own things.”

Roberts said she had gotten along well with her full-time co-workers and that she felt like part of the team, but her abrupt dismissal and the hoops she had to jump through to retrieve her belongings reminded her of her outsider status. “Your job is dispensable. That’s why you’re a temp,” she said.

This is just one of many ways Hatton said temp workers are marginalized in corporate culture. “There’s a very deep level of unfairness,” she said. “Those workers feel profoundly bitter.”

“When you’re just a contractor at a company … your ID badge is a different color. People treat you differently. They say they don’t, but they just do,” Sibla said.

More alarming to economists, long-term temps also miss out on the opportunity to develop a nest egg for a comfortable retirement.

“It’s almost entirely the burden of the individual,” said Kevin Cahill, a labor economist with the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.



The potential hit to Social Security benefits is two-fold, he said. Since Social Security benefits are based on your earnings over your work history, both low-paying temp work or a gap in employment — a combination many of today’s “permatemps” face — can drag down a worker’s future payments.

These workers also may not have access to a corporate 401(k) plan. Even if they do, they might not be paid enough to be able to put any away for retirement. There’s certainly no employer match.

“Folks who turn to temporary employment because full-time employment is lacking have been hit extra hard. They’ve lost time to accumulate savings and could very well bleed down their savings during their job search.”

This is what happened to Dupuy, who said he used his 401(k) funds to stay afloat during his unemployment. “I figure I’m going to be working way beyond 65 or 67 or whatever it is these days,” he said. “I just know it’s going to be really hard.”

This has broad effects, Hatton warned, not just on the legions of temp workers today, but on the next generation. Their tenuous employment situation can make it harder for them to send their children to college, she said. “The effects ripple out.”
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