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Hooters Sues Escort Service For Tarnishing Chain’s Image

Pic: BemLoira BemDevassa (CC)

Pic: BemLoira BemDevassa (CC)

Hooters, the best known of America’s “breastaurant” chains, is suing a Florida escort company for its recent Craigslist ad that read “Now hiring Hooters girls $100 per hour.” (Incidentally, if you’re interested in a great non-fiction title on the lives and untimely deaths of several Craigslist escorts who were likely the victims of a serial killer, then I strongly recommend Robert Kolker’s Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery. I’ve been reading it over the holiday, and must praise the author for portraying the victims as human beings instead of disposable or faceless “hookers.”)

Hooters of America, the restaurant chain known for its skimpily clad waitresses, is suing a Florida escort service it says tarnished Hooters’ trademarks as it sought to hire away its employees.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, says that Nikki’s Escort Service and its proprietor Nikki Swafford posted ads on the Tampa site of Craigslist.com stating: “Now Hiring Hooters Girls $100 Per Hour.”

The ads were accompanied by a photo of women wearing the chain’s official uniform.

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The Sexual World Of Bankers

Untitled-4Strauss-Kahn And The Secret Culture Of Aggressive Sexuality In The High Pressure World Of Bankers And Banksters.

My colleague Mike Whitney asks:

“So, what are the chances that Strauss-Kahn will get a fair trial now that he’s been blasted as a serial sex offender in about 3,000 articles and in all the televised news reports?

Do you remember any Wall Street bankers being dragged off in handcuffs when they blew up the financial system and bilked people out of trillions of dollars?”

The answer to both questions is certainly Non, in French or No in English, but there’s more to the connection between Sex and Wall Street. Without commenting on the evidence in this case—which has been asserted, not proven– there is a deeper context that is being ignored.

I call it the “Testosterone Factor” in The Crime of Our Time, my book about how Wall Street criminally engineered the financial crisis.… Read the rest

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