Jun 3rd 2017 by sikkerhet • 27 Questions • 3848 Points
In at least six cases since 2001, professed racist "Odinists" have been convicted of plotting – or pulling off – domestic terrorism attacks. Odinism is a perfect fit for a strain of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who think Christianity has been corrupted by outsiders and weakened by passivity. Today’s racist Odinists say it is the only pure religion for white people, one not “mongrelized” by the Jewish prophet Jesus. They see themselves as warriors, ready to reclaim America for the white race and fight against a white genocide, driven by Jews, that has left the greatest country on Earth in tatters.
If I use Grubhub to buy pizza from Papa Johns, and include a tip on my credit-card-charged order, who does that tip $$ amount REALLY go to?
Have you ever feared for your life while on the job because of weather?
What do you feel is the primary link between Odinism and ancient Nordic religious beliefs? On its face value they seem very different to me, and that's it's more of a "wild interpretation" of Viking Paganism from American men who are white supremacists. Almost like they're bored with neo-Nazism, occultism and satanism and this whole Viking thing sounds pretty cool. But it's extremely fascinating to compare an Islamic terrorist with an Odinist terrorist because they both interpret a religion in a way that it clearly wasn't meant to be interpreted. Which ends up being dangerous(not that Islam or Paganism are inherently dangerous because I don't feel they are). Hope this makes sense and thanks for doing this!
the tip goes to the driver but the cut grubhub takes comes out of the labor budget and contributes to understaffing.
When out in the weather, chasing or doing live shots I'm always worried about lightning. There is no warning, it just strikes. And usually I'm wired up to mic and earpiece so I feel like I'm a natural lightning conductor!
This does make perfect sense and I think your analysis is spot-on
You might get super power tho.
what was the strangest contradictory behavior you've seen among this group (e.g. they are big fans of Seinfeld and Drake)?
Papa John's has better ingredients overall and Dominos has better cheese. I don't like pizza anymore.
What would your lighting related superpower be?
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf Of Mexico) runs from June 1 to November 30. Other basins have different seasonal lengths and start dates.
No, and indeed this is a bone of contention within Odinism -- whether there are actual overt references in the poetic eddas and other texts that could be identified as overt racism, or the supremacy of one race over another. Certainly most heathens don't believe there are any such points. But some racist heathens do.
Can you drop a bunch of Papa John gossip on us? He seems like a douche.
Why does NOAA think we're going to have an above average hurricane season? Didn't they first predict a below average one?
Interesting, thanks for clarifying for me. Very interesting investigative work on this and glad you did a AMA session! Good luck with all your future work!
he is a douche
I only met him in person once, he told me I was making the pizza wrong but wouldn't tell me what I was doing wrong. My pizzas consistently got 9.5/10 on random quality checks. Fuck that guy.
he does everything in his power to prevent his company from having to in any way provide insurance for full time employees. When tax season came around they actually passed around contracts saying that you were offered insurance benefits and chose to decline. Anyone who refused to sign was fired for whatever bullshit reason they could come up with. A lot of people had their hours cut on a regular basis because of the threat that we'd have to insure them.
Management makes about $9 an hour, which would be perfectly acceptable in the middle of nowhere but not in a city that gets ridiculous business and understaffs their stores.
he's also had a lot of work done and it's kind of obvious in person but I don't honestly feel that's a bad thing. Do whatever you want to your own face.
Management makes about $9 an hour, which would be perfectly acceptable in the middle of nowhere but not in a city that gets ridiculous business and understaffs their stores.
Live in Austin and ordered Papa Johns on 4/20 (1st mistake) for delivery (2nd mistake). Waited an 1.5 hours for the pizza before I said fuck it and drove to the store. They had maybe a couple people doing deliveries (who were only delivering 1 order at a time), 2 people making pizzas, the manager and a new hire who had no idea what he was doing at the registers. Phones were going off like crazy. Manager there said to just ignore the phones.
I live in Miami, I just moved here last year. What should I have to prepare for a hurricane? I already have a bin in my room with lots of water, more water in my garage, storage of food, extra cash, flashlights, batteries, and a hand cranked radio. Anything else I should add? It is for a family of 4.
Hi Will, when we published this piece on Public Radio International (PRI) https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-25/white-supremacists-are-killing-name-ancient-nordic-religion some felt that the piece made a blanket statement about this religion. One comment stood out on our FB page: Implying that Odinism IS the ancient Norse religion is much like implying that the Salafist Islam practiced by Isis IS Islam. Reductive, insulting, potentially dangerous, and evidence of research-free clickbait journalism How would you respond?
I looked at the schedule for 4/20 once and just flat out said "schedule more people for weed day or I'm not going in"
Is it true that if you need to find weed in an area that you just have to order a pizza and ask the delivery person? Of course it isn't 100% but mostly true?
Shout-out to /r/boardgames for non-monoply games.
Because when your family is stranded in your home is the wrong time to find out first hand how terrible Monopoly is.
Does La Niña play any role?
Yes, La Niña creates favorable conditions in the Atlantic for hurricanes by reducing wind shear that typically disrupts hurricanes. In fact, Florida sees about 40% more hurricane threats during La Niña years than El Niño years.
What do you mean "still a fascist organization?" Where does that come from?
What was the worst thing you had to do, saw, or been a part of? What was your overall experience? is pizza ruined for you aNDDDD would you make me a pizza and garlic knots y/n
El Niño and La Niña are like two sides to the same coin. Together they are known as ENSO. When one is strong, the other is weak.
I've worked as a driver for both papa and dominos and an assistant manager at dominos.
What was the best tip you or a driver you worked with got?
What is the craziest creation you made in the oven?
I'll answer my own questions for reference. I got a 140$ tip on a 75 pie order that was across the street from the store. So no real driving. I helped prep the order and it was just me and the AM. Pretty much the only order we got. After it was done we order Roy Rogers and got literally one of everything. Ate like kings.
One bored afternoon a driver picked up some apples on a delivery. We cut it up made a cinnamon sugar butter sauce and made an apple pie.
Do you see Sharknado scenario happening any time soon?
Hmmm, Sharknado season is almost over so I think we are done for now.
Absolutely. I'm in daily contact with heathens who are extremely frustrated about this portrayal of their religion. I would just say that I hope mainstream heathenism gets more attention in the future. It's a legitimate religion with millions of dedicated followers.
In your opinion what is the worst pizza topping combination possible that's available?
That's what they thought before Sharknado 3
Difference between pagan and heathen, in your opinion?
Also, did you work with Randy Blazak at all in researching this ?
Johns Favorite is awful. It's just grease on top of grease.
I'm going to go ahead and upvote you a bunch because you've responded to a ton of questions? This isn't actually a question, but the the reddit bots don't know the difference?
How will budget cuts to NOAA hinder your job and public safety when predicting/tracking hurricanes?
Well, this year there are no cuts so that's a good thing and we also have a new, super tech satellite (GOES-16) up there to use this year. My concern with budget cuts would be in the areas of hurricane research more than forecasting. The brilliant men and women that do research help advance the science of hurricane forecasting each year. It isn't sexy work but it is needed and well worth it. So any budget cuts, IMHO have a long term detrimental impact to us.
You've totally lost me, I'm afraid :)
Hi Craig! We miss you in Colorado Springs. Do you find it more challenging forecasting in Florida or Colorado?
Awww, I miss you guys too. That was one of the best places I have ever lived. At least if I was going to move, I was able to trade the mountains for the ocean. Both places have unique forecast challenges but I miss having a forecast for snow and tornadoes all on the same day. Don't get that in Florida.
I did not look into the spread of Odinism on campuses. That could be a good follow-up! I'm well aware of Identity Evropa, and have written about them, but I don't believe they're affiliated with any heathen traditions/religion. I would be very interested to hear about active Odinist groups on campus, if you learn about them!
Hmmmm, depends where I am. In the Bahamas Kalik! In the US I am more of a Hefeweizen snob.
This is true. I have heard about this too.
You are paid so little for so much work. How do you make ends meet?
I'd like to suggest Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company.
Why do 75% of the delivery customers living in $1M + houses always tip under $2 or stiff their driver completely?
What is the craziest thing you have seen on the job?
Ha! In TV or in the weather field? In TV some crazy stuff happens behind the scenes. The craziest was when I first started and I was supposed to have maps behind me, instead I was in a farm field. Also once on a live shot the lawn sprinklers came on and I was soaked within seconds.....ON LIVE TV! With weather I used to chase tornadoes and I've seen some crazy weather stuff.
I don't want to scoop myself :) I'm interested in several elements of what we have broadly termed "hate in America." I'm still looking into white supremacists/white separatists, as well as other extremists.
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Way to just tease the awesome part at the end. There aren't ad breaks! No cliffhangers!
Make the DM like you, that's the most important.
Also, get really good at upselling and get really good at stocking so nothing goes bad and nothing runs out. Make sure your numbers look better than everyone else's numbers (delivery times, order production times, etc.). Your numbers don't have to be incredible they just have to be the best in your area.
Their whole job is to maximize the profit going up the ladder, so they're primarily just looking at the numbers and rewarding anyone whose numbers are good for profit.
I work for a frozen pizza company, and frequently order Papa John's and Dominos to my workplace for competitive tastings. Sometimes the drivers will say "Doing some research huh?" but no one has ever given me any pushback on delivering to a competitor. In your opinion, does the management know/care about this?
You...chase storms and tornadoes for a living...and the craziest thing that's happened is getting soaked by a sprinkler?
Have you come across Varg Vikernes in any of your studies? I'm a big Burzum fan but despise Varg because he says things exactly like what you described
management thinks it's hilarious and sometimes we ordered from competitors for something different.
What are the best ongoing secret discounts? My roommate worked at PJ's in college, the employees would punch in some code to get a $4 medium with several toppings, but you had to ask for it by name. Any deals like that?
Did you ever study weather near Bermuda Triangle ?
I have been in the triangle, a lot of weird natural things going on there so it seems like it's not a good place to be lost (or stuck on a boat).
Thanks very much for the information. I had not come across him in my research but his views sound very similar to what I am seeing espoused by racist Odinists across the US and Europe. I will certainly take a look at him. Much appreciated.
Why does papa John pizza have a sweet after taste? It's like the red sauce is candied.
Cool, Thanks for replying. I have one more question for you if you don't mind can i know what was the most difficult thing that you ever face in your job ?
deep anchorman voice you mean like all state commercial dude "Are you in good hand?" deep?
Well once again thanks for answering.
Why are so many people over 40 years old getting hired as delivery drivers?
How do you prepare to chase a tornado?
I actually work at dominoes myself as a 17 year old kid, dude I was pretty surprised my first day of work nobody there was less than 28 years of age it was kinda nuts because it's an entry level job after all... apparently the whole dominoes corporation is trying to cut down on the number of underage workers because of the liability
What is the very best cheese?
Ah. I will let him reply. My bad.
What actually happens at hurricane workshops? Also if you don't live in the area but happen to be stuck in a new place where there's a hurricane, what should you do?
You know this isn't a recent phenomenon, right? The Nazis were ass deep in paganism and esoteric magic, look at Alfred Rosenberg who's hilarious Kafka-esque title was Commissar for Supervision of Intellectual and Ideological Education. He was a rabid de-Christianizer who wanted to replace it with what he called a "Religion of Blood".
Of course they were all hopped up on other weird shit like Blavatskyism too. This isn't a new trend, violent and hateful people find Christianity to be generally restricting and disagreeable.
Utah is a special place.
I have an interview at Domino's in 2 hours. How big of a mistake am I making, if not, how should I treat this interview?
In recent years (it seems), more storm are moving further to the North and hitting the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Is this a trend or is it just an aberration?
wow, so you did a whole couple of months research? Yup, you are a modern expert. Unfortunately it seems people here already know more than you appear to. \ Doesnt that make you look like just some guy who wrote an article?
if you don't absolutely need the money, don't. Though I've heard corporate locations are better than franchise.
No, this is a good observation. Look at this map! https://cmgpbpeyeonthestorm.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/capture20.jpg Landfalls occur over periods, they come and go and those periods may last for decades. Right now they are mostly missing South Florida.
Did you read the article?
And thank God for that! Charlie was a nightmare for the west coast. I'm so grateful to be having a reprieve but always, always pay attention to what my meteorologist advises! Thanks for keeping us safe!!!
frying pan with a lid, very small amount of olive oil. Makes the crust crispy without drying out the toppings.
Hey, Craig. I was a friend of yours back in Tampa, with the sailing.
So, do you think there is any relation between atmospheric CO2 and hurricanes?
The driver gets $1 and the rest goes to corporate. A tiny bit of it is used to cover mileage (drivers get an amount of money based on how many miles they drive, which is supposed to cover gas but doesn't really)
Hard to say. The research seems to keep changing from more hurricanes to fewer but stronger hurricanes. Doesn't seem settled yet. Hopefully soon
Do you still have those aviator goggles?
because corporate wants the dollars and customers are willing to give them the dollars.
Yes, and a hard hat!
What items are so seldom wondered that you wonder why they are on the menu?
What movie about anchormen/women do you think is most accurate? Also what's the craziest hurricane preparedness situation that you've seen? Like bunkers?
Papa John's has a spinach alfredo sauce that's delicious but only gets ordered maybe once a week, and it hits its sell by date 3 days after you open the bag but no one actually throws it out until it's either gone or nasty looking. Dominos has a gluten free pizza crust and I don't know why they bother because if you actually have a gluten intolerance you shouldn't be ordering pizza.
I'm not sure what is most accurate. There seems to be a little truth in all of them and a lot of embellishment.
I think tape on windows is the craziest because it literally does nothing to protect a home.
What are your thoughts on storm chasers who are more thrill seekers less meteorologist?
if John Schnatter and a cockroach were drowning I would save the cockroach.
I've never met the owner of Dominos.
I worry more people will be hurt because of the crowds on roads from people distracted by bad weather. Since the movie Twister, the genie is out of the bottle and I don't know how you can put it back in. It's certainly exciting to see a tornado but I'm worried more people will be hurt or killed doing so.
How many times did someone try to order "left beef" after that meme hit?
How does storm chasing in Miami differ from storm chas8ng in Oklahoma?
For thise who dont know, Oklahoma has an almost cult like mentality.
Some people go out with little or no training. Some people with lots of training and degrees have died storm chasing. We even have tour business that load people up in vans and take them out to look at tornados up close.
A few times but not nearly as much as I expected. We did have to call every time to make sure it was intentional because I'm the only one who knew it was definitely intentional.
Yes, crazy in Oklahoma. When I was at the U of Ok there were only a dozen chasers, now it is insane. In south Florida the road network is bad so chasing, when it's possible, is almost impossible.... unless you have an airboat??? ;-)
Do both companies ever get hit with charges by the EEOC/Labor Department or state from/by employees?
What are your concerns about the record high temperatures we are having and the prediction of numerous hurricanes this season? Also go Canes!!
Yes. I used to occasionally pick up extra hours doing menial tasks for Papa John's legal department so they could handle all the drivers suing them for wage skimming. Usually they just settle outside of court and the drivers don't care enough to pursue it.
At Dominos they rarely hired anyone who would have the experience or legal knowledge to do anything to them. The health department shut them down once while I was working there, and they just turned off the lights and kept delivering out the back door. If anyone mentioned that something they were doing was illegal the upper management said "Then call your lawyer"
Both companies never checked whether I had ServSafe certification.
Well, the heat was pretty bad recently. Fortunately local heat waves are not strong predictors of hurricane seasons. Go Canes!
How many people did you manage and how late did you all stay open?
Let's talk about the % chance of rain. Let's use 50% chance of rain as the focal point. If it was REALLY a 50% chance of rain every time they say it is a 50% chance of rain, then it should rain close to 1 out of 2 times that forecast is made. HOWEVER, I find that it only rains maybe 1 out of 10+ times with that forecast. Actually, if it is 50% or less chance, it is a pretty solid bet that it isn't going to rain. Really, I can only count on a chance of rain if the forecast says >= 80%. So what is the deal with this situation?
At Papa John's it was rarely more than four people at a time, 2-3 drivers and maaaaaybe one person in the store. On weekends it was two managers plus 3-6 drivers and 1-2 insiders. Papa John's is severely understaffed, at least at the three locations I have worked at.
Dominos was properly staffed and typically had double as many people, only exception being on weekdays, which are slow anyway, and had only the manager and two drivers. This isn't a problem 90% of the time because they aren't really getting orders before about 2pm.
True, and honestly I think saying 50% give the impression you either aren't sure or you could flip a coin. Technically the POP (prob of precip) is the forecasters confidence times the area of rain coverage. That's one reason I don't use POPs on TV. I don't think they are useful when you have 20% chance and it's raining only on you.
Can any local Miami meteorologist live down the legend of Bryan Norcross?
There isn't a Little Caesars near me and everyone at Pizza Hut is high all the time, which is fine by me but not something I want to be around full time.
Bryan hired me in 2000 because I believe he saw some of the same qualities that he has. Hopefully I won't have to live down his legend but maybe I could live up to it. At least it's a worthy goal.
Most ridiculous Customer complaints while working each place?
Hi craig I meet you at boat show few year back I like know that you think going busy as forecaster are saying for hurr season? You think elnino not coming time for hurr season ?
Both places got a lot of people who tried to double their order for free by calling to complain about something insignificant or by saying this isn't what they ordered when it absolutely was. So I'd tell them that's no problem, I'll replace it free of charge, just put their current food back in the box and send it back with the driver. If they wouldn't do that, no replacement.
I had a woman once say that she tasted pork on her pizza, and that she can't eat that because she's muslim, and she went so far as to say that she thinks someoneused a dirty pizza cutter or "rubbed a pepperoni on it" before cooking, as there was no actual meat on the thing. Given that this was the first order I'd had that day and that I'd personally made it I knew she was full of shit so I told her she can send it back if she wants a replacement and she threw a fit and demanded to speak to the manager.
I always loved when people asked to speak to a manager because I'm short and young looking with (at the time) bright colored hair and piercings in my face, so if they wanted to bitch about things that weren't true to make us give them something for free they always had to deal with a 21 year old who clearly makes poor life choices.
Hi, nice to hear from you. I'm not sure about this year. I always focus on August to October and always feel like there's going to be one out there that may head this way so I'm not caught off guard. Some people think I secretly hope for a hurricane but I live here too and you just have to take a look at a community that has been hit and you realize, you never hope for a hurricane.
Do you have a favorite spot to showcase a hurricane's weather conditions? It seems like whenever there's a storm I see Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard.
Dominos delivery radius is a 20 minute drive in any direction. They try to maintain a 30 minute or less delivery time, even if they no longer market it.
Papa Johns delivery zones depend on the region and who the upper management is.
Bayshore is so close to Old Tampa Bay and floods so easily. And yet you still see some people drive through that salty water. That's a good spot to see impacts.
I don't have a favorite spot but like a strong building on the coast with the waves breaking about 20 feet below me.
Do you think Louisiana is fully prepared for another category three hurricane to make landfall?
I've heard that Florida has a far stricter building code, requiring that new houses in low lying areas be built up on stilts. That's why all the new beach houses are so tall. Should other gulf states have a similar requirement?
I don't know about Louisiana but many cities are doing the smart thing and forcing new construction in storm surge areas to build on stilts. I've seen this in the Keys, Pinellas (Tampa Bay) and other areas. That is to protect from surge. The South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) building codes is to minimize failure of structures from wind. There are codes from securing roofs to having shutters that can withstand missiles and vibration/flexing. While it is more expensive, the goal is to only leave your home in a hurricane if you are in a storm surge evacuation zone.
What is the most bizarre thing you've seen during hurricane season?
I've got to say, it was pretty bizarre to see Matthew's forecast track last year looping back on itself looking like it would hit us twice. But what I thought was more bizarre is that everyone was freaking out about that loop back before they had even been hit once. Sometimes people pay more attention to the odd things far off in time than those right at your door.