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  • Castro, 1; Obama, big zero!

    12/18/2014 2:57:17 AM PST · 17 of 30
    caveat emptor to informavoracious
    Like under Jimmuh Cahtah. From Wiki:

    The Mariel boatlift was a mass emigration of Cubans who departed from Cuba's Mariel Harbor for the United States between April 15 and October 31, 1980.

    The event was precipitated by a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy which led to internal tensions on the island and a bid by up to 10,000 Cubans to gain asylum in the Peruvian embassy.

    The Cuban government subsequently announced that anyone who wanted to leave could do so, and an exodus by boat started shortly afterward. The exodus was organized by Cuban-Americans with the agreement of Cuban president Fidel Castro. The exodus started to have negative political implications for U.S. president Jimmy Carter when it was discovered that a number of the exiles had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities. The Mariel boatlift was ended by mutual agreement between the two governments involved in October 1980. By that point, as many as 125,000 Cubans had made the journey to Florida


    And from the UK Independent in 1994:

    During the so-called Mariel crisis - named after the Cuban port from which the refugees sailed - 14 years ago President Castro sent 125,000 Cubans to the US. Many were later discovered to be violent criminals, identifiable by their prison tattoos between their thumbs and their forefingers.

  • Who will Obama be courting next?

    12/17/2014 10:12:05 PM PST · 28 of 29
    caveat emptor to WesternCulture
    I'm European (Swedish)

    Duh. Have you given up your schtick about Sweden being the height of Western Civilization? Whatever else it may be it's an ostrich with its head in the ... er... permafrost???? when it comes to the epidemic of Muslim rapes while authorities look the other way.

    And it’s not just the rape statistics that reveal a scary increase in Malmö or Sweden. Virtually every kind of violent crime is on the rise. Robberies have increased with 50 % in Malmö only during the fall of 2004. Threats against witnesses in Swedish court cases have quadrupled between 2000 and 2003. During the past few decades, massive immigration has changed the face of Sweden’s major cities, as well as challenged the viability of the welfare state.

    In 1970 Sweden had the fourth highest GDP per capita among developed countries with income about 6% above the OECD average. By 1997 it was at fifteenth place with an average GDP per capita 14% below average. Malmö has a heavy concentration of Muslim immigrants in particular. According to some estimates, it will be a Muslim majority city in no more then 10 years. Crime is rampant in the growing ghettos:


    As well, Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000 is six times higher than the United States. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of every 4 Swedish women will be raped.

    Am I missing something?

  • Woman who had 3 abortions: “I’m the most important person in the world”

    12/17/2014 9:06:50 PM PST · 13 of 19
    caveat emptor to Morgana
    I am the most important person in the world ......

    Ha. You're a homicidal maniac. Get over yourself. Get your tubes tied, a condom, a dildo, a lesbian lover, whatever.
  • Killing but not murder, says pro-choice writer

    12/17/2014 8:49:39 PM PST · 15 of 21
    caveat emptor to caveat emptor
    Oops. Looked OK in preview. Try again.

    If abortion is legal, it's both. If it's illegal it's homicide but not murder.

  • Killing but not murder, says pro-choice writer

    12/17/2014 8:44:27 PM PST · 13 of 21
    caveat emptor to Morgana
    Is this one of those ""It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is."?????

    You betcha. Except, who knows what she's going on about with "Americans would like to think that death is avoidable, ..."

    Homicide: the killing of one human being by another.

    Murder: Murder is a legal term - the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law.

    If abortion is legal, it's both. If it's illegal it's homicide but not murder.
  • Rubio Slams Cuba Deal, Obama "Worst Negotiator" Since Carter

    12/17/2014 11:16:00 AM PST · 51 of 58
    caveat emptor to lee martell
    Janet Reno just heard the news, sighed, and poured herself another double Bacardi Rum & Coke, while she stares into the aquarium, thinking about once being famous, thinking of careers gone by.

    Apparently she's gone into show biz.
  • Medical Conspiracy Theory

    12/17/2014 10:59:18 AM PST · 3 of 3
    caveat emptor to Bloody Sam Roberts
    The biggest medical conspiracy ever, The National Cholesterol Education Program, led to fame for the conspirators, fortunes for the co-conspiring drug companies - billions and billions - and unnecessary health problems for the victims, ie. patients. See eg. here, here, or here. A good summary of the history of cholesterol can be found here.

    Different context, but captures the enthusiasm of drug companies for the huge profits from sales of statins.
  • Rubio Slams Cuba Deal, Obama "Worst Negotiator" Since Carter

    12/17/2014 10:00:14 AM PST · 36 of 58
    caveat emptor to lee martell
    Many Cubans or those with Cuban heritage feel very strongly about not legitimizing Castro’s Communist government in any way.

    And long memories. This compliments of Slick's deputy AG at the time, now OB's AG.

  • Berkeley’s Vast Anarchist Conspiracy? (Robin of Berkeley)

    12/15/2014 9:55:52 AM PST · 5 of 13
    caveat emptor to servo1969
    or at least as close to normal as we get around here

    Key phrase. I lived in and around Berkeley for years. Went to school there during FSM. No anarchists when I was around. Thugs and commies and radicals, though. Two friends mugged there, William Mandel giving storefront lectures, lies about communism, Mario Savio doing his thing at Ludwig's Fountain.

  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 8:50:36 PM PST · 30 of 42
    caveat emptor to 2ndDivisionVet


    Eleanor Clift and the Hispanic vote are both over-rated. From WaPo:

    The U.S. Census Bureau released its November voting data and one thing is clear: The so-called Latino Sleeping Giant is still snoozing — fewer than half of all eligible Hispanics turned out to vote in 2012.

    After nearly a year of breathless reports about how Latinos were going to trip over themselves to get to the polls and vote against Mitt Romney’s hard-line immigration stance — remember Time magazine’s Spanish-language cover “Yo Decido”? — the reality is less dramatic.

    Yes, 11.2 million Latinos turned out to vote in 2012. But these headlines tell a different story: “As Hispanic Vote Lags, Millions of Votes Left on the Table,” “‘Record’ Hispanic Voter Turnout In 2012 a Misnomer, Census Numbers Show,” and “Gains in Hispanic vote fall short of projections.” ........

    Paul Taylor and Mark Hugo Lopez summarized it for the Pew Research Center: “Hispanics continue to punch below their weight. Much was made right after the November election about the clout of the Hispanic vote (by, among others, the Pew Research Center). But the new Census Bureau data show that Hispanics’ turnout rate -- just 48 percent — as far below that of whites (64.1 percent) or blacks (66.2 percent).”
  • Gallup: Latino approval of Obama soars 14 points since amnesty, more than 20 points since September

    12/01/2014 9:03:29 PM PST · 31 of 45
    caveat emptor to SeekAndFind
    Gallup: Latino approval of Obama soars 14 points since amnesty, more than 20 points since September

    From WaPo:

    The U.S. Census Bureau released its November voting data and one thing is clear: The so-called Latino Sleeping Giant is still snoozing — fewer than half of all eligible Hispanics turned out to vote in 2012.

    After nearly a year of breathless reports about how Latinos were going to trip over themselves to get to the polls and vote against Mitt Romney’s hard-line immigration stance — remember Time magazine’s Spanish-language cover “Yo Decido”? — the reality is less dramatic.

    Yes, 11.2 million Latinos turned out to vote in 2012. But these headlines tell a different story: “As Hispanic Vote Lags, Millions of Votes Left on the Table,” “‘Record’ Hispanic Voter Turnout In 2012 a Misnomer, Census Numbers Show,” and “Gains in Hispanic vote fall short of projections.” ........

    Paul Taylor and Mark Hugo Lopez summarized it for the Pew Research Center: “Hispanics continue to punch below their weight. Much was made right after the November election about the clout of the Hispanic vote (by, among others, the Pew Research Center). But the new Census Bureau data show that Hispanics’ turnout rate -- just 48 percent — as far below that of whites (64.1 percent) or blacks (66.2 percent).”


    OTOH if enough are amnestied with a path to citizenship the GOP will be in big trouble.

  • Inside Chernobyl (2012)

    11/29/2014 9:59:39 AM PST · 21 of 44
    caveat emptor to WhiskeyX
    Excerpt from PBS article:

    All the Chernobyl reactors were of a design that the Russians call the RBMK--natural uranium-fueled, water-cooled, graphite-moderated--a design that American physicist and Nobel laureate Hans Bethe has called "fundamentally faulty, having a built-in instability." .......

    Without question, the accident at Chernobyl was the result of a fatal combination of ignorance and complacency. "As members of a select scientific panel convened immediately after the...accident," writes Bethe, "my colleagues and I established that the Chernobyl disaster tells us about the deficiencies of the Soviet political and administrative system rather than about problems with nuclear power."

    The immediate cause of the Chernobyl accident was a mismanaged electrical-engineering experiment. Engineers with no knowledge of reactor physics were interested to see if they could draw electricity from the turbine generator of the Number 4 reactor unit to run water pumps during an emergency when the turbine was no longer being driven by the reactor but was still spinning inertially.......
  • Is America Too Caucasian?

    11/29/2014 9:03:35 AM PST · 40 of 66
    caveat emptor to Kaslin
    Are northern European countries and various Mexican elites?

  • Ferguson and Kitty Genovese

    11/28/2014 9:29:20 AM PST · 8 of 10
    caveat emptor to Loud Mime
    Shannon Christian and Christopher Newsome

    Knoxville Horror. This guy, Nicholas Stix, has followed the story from the beginning, including an initial cover-up of some details, and will likely update any incarceration changes. Vanessa Coleman's scheduled October parole hearing was postponed.
  • Sugar substance 'kills' good HDL cholesterol, new study finds

    11/21/2014 10:34:48 PM PST · 15 of 16
    caveat emptor to catnipman
    Actually, the cholesterol theory of heart disease is nearly dead.

    I wish (long story, why I wish). It's "always" been "nearly dead", and yet (written in 2011)....

    Pfizer’s Lipitor was the world’s top-selling medicine last year, according to IMS, raking in sales of $13.3billion. AstraZeneca’s Crestor, which garnered $5.38billion in sales during 2009, is one of the company’s best selling medicines.

    Total sales last year of cholesterol-treating medicines - including statins - were $35billion, according to IMS.


    ...and it would have been except for the fluke that an essential amino acid, methionine, hadn't been isolated when a young MD, PhD, researcher at Mass. General Hospital, Kilmer McCully, started investigating causes of arteriosclerosis: career, "The Fall and Rise of Kilmer McCully".
  • Loretta Lynch confirmation will have to wait for GOP-controlled Senate?

    11/11/2014 10:59:07 AM PST · 16 of 18
    caveat emptor to SeekAndFind
    She'll be OK according to Andrew Napolitano and Mike Lee on Kelly file last night. But Lee wants to wait until new senate is in place so that he will be able to ask as many questions as he likes, and get her on the record without Leahy being able to shut him down.

    Lee: [Kelly says confidential - should be controversial] 4 minutes

    Napolitano: 3 min after 30 sec ad.
  • Wave, Continued: GOP Will Control 70 Percent of All State Legislative Chambers

    11/06/2014 2:05:04 PM PST · 26 of 36
    caveat emptor to forbushalltheway
  • Call Obama’s Bluff on Executive Amnesty

    11/06/2014 10:13:13 AM PST · 10 of 25
    caveat emptor to Oldeconomybuyer
    Here's an idea. Defund the White House, including Air Force One.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,November 5,2014

    11/05/2014 1:52:38 PM PST · 166 of 174
    caveat emptor to ColdOne
    Here are his comments about the election:

    The Mandate: Republicans Were Elected to Stop Barack Obama, Not to Work with Him November 05, 2014
  • What Schuner Wrought

    11/05/2014 9:57:32 AM PST · 16 of 17
    caveat emptor to Fightin Whitey
    There's always journalism.

    Just what I was thinking.
  • DNC Head Predicts Democrats Will Hold Senate Because of Strong Ground Game

    11/02/2014 3:02:28 PM PST · 58 of 67
    caveat emptor to Steelfish
    saying the party’s ground game would make the difference. Yeah, some of them right out of the ground, plus other dirty tricks.

  • Why Are the Senate Races Close?

    11/02/2014 10:39:42 AM PST · 10 of 30
    caveat emptor to upbeat5
    Not a very good analysis. He omitted two pillars of Dem success. Their communications wing and get out the vote strategy.

  • DRUDGE HEADLINE ONLY: "EARLY VOTING: REPUBLICANS HAVE 10% LEAD"

    10/31/2014 10:33:52 AM PDT · 64 of 143
    caveat emptor to GOPinCa
    Many Dems won't be coming out to vote till after dark.

  • can't find my blue book-what's a 1894 WInchester 30/30 worth?

    10/31/2014 10:28:08 AM PDT · 25 of 39
    caveat emptor to TurboZamboni

    A neighbor has an 1894 30-30 which he bought many years ago, but is in good shape. He hasn’t used much, hasn’t been open to selling it, but doesn’t need it - has two dogs and a shotgun to keep eagles away from his chickens and 30-30 wouldn’t be first choice of firearm. I’m pondering offering him $250 for it.

  • Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 10:52:20 PM PDT · 49 of 64
    caveat emptor to lowbridge
    Let them eat carrots and arugula.

  • Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership - YouTube

    10/28/2014 11:37:37 AM PDT · 91 of 116
    caveat emptor to Chgogal
    Coming to an end earlier than ole LBJ anticipated??

    “I’ll have those ni..ers voting Democratic for the next 300 years”

  • Revealed: Muslim convert who shot Canadian soldier is son of country's immigration chief

    10/25/2014 12:15:18 PM PDT · 15 of 33
    caveat emptor to mojito
    Chickens coming home to roost.

    Doubtful in this case.

    Every killer has a mother. Except something like one of these.

  • Revealed: Muslim convert who shot Canadian soldier is son of country's immigration chief

    10/25/2014 12:04:05 PM PDT · 8 of 33
    caveat emptor to FlingWingFlyer
    She must be so proud.

    From the article:

    In a statement on Thursday Ms Bibeau revealed she was reunited with her terrorist son last week when they met for lunch. She said they had been estranged for five years prior to that meeting.

    Releasing the statement on behalf of herself and her ex-husband, she said the couple were 'mad at their son' and were crying for the victims.

    I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's mother Susan Bibeau

    'No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless.

    'We are both crying for them. We also wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time.

    'You write that our son was vulnerable, we don’t know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer. Once again we are so sorry.'
  • Canada’s Jihad Denial

    10/24/2014 5:52:43 AM PDT · 16 of 30
    caveat emptor to Cincinatus' Wife
    Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not mince words when he addressed his country last night. He said that “for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.” He was not afraid to call that attacker what he is, a “terrorist,” and reminded his nation that another soldier had been “killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.”

    Thanks, I missed the bolded part in what I've heard and read.
  • What Obama has wrought: Some Americans 'Never Want' Another Black President

    10/23/2014 10:47:35 PM PDT · 88 of 108
    caveat emptor to bestintxas

    Would need so serious vetting during primaries and election. No more free passes. Barry who? Sukarno?

  • Statement by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

    10/23/2014 4:00:33 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    caveat emptor to Squawk 8888
    Canadian Armed Forces contribution to coalition operations against ISIL Islamic State....

    Someone on Sun News suggested always spelling it out.

  • Kansas City lingerie shopowners in a twist after Homeland Security's panty raid

    10/23/2014 3:47:35 PM PDT · 8 of 40
    caveat emptor to dware
    Homeland Security's panty raid

    Meanwhile:
  • Rush: PM Harper vs. President Obama - 'Canadians Not Pretending This Isn't Terrorism'

    10/23/2014 1:08:20 PM PDT · 17 of 19
    caveat emptor to dirtymac
    FWIW
    Back in Ottawa at the House of Commons, politicians gave a loud, standing applause for Sergeant-at-Arms Sergeant-at-Arms, the man who fatally shot the alleged Parliament shooter.

    Sitting of the House began with a moment of silence for the fallen soldier before singing the national anthem.

    In a statement, Sergeant-at-Arms extended his condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He also extended his wishes to Constable Samearn Son, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.


    He was carrying a pistol as well as a scepter.

  • Bill O'Reilly Makes Fun Of Karl Rove's Prediction Skills

    10/21/2014 4:47:25 PM PDT · 10 of 22
    caveat emptor to Bettyprob

    P and P and P (Pompous)

  • Fates Worse Than Ebola (Dr. Frieden and Political Correctness)

    10/17/2014 10:05:31 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    caveat emptor to publius911
    Started a long reply to you about having lived in Ca off and on since late 50s, but lost it it having too many tabs open detailing pix and locations. One will have to do, when I lived in Carmel Highlands while attending Army Language School in '58.



    I live in BC now, but would move back to Monterey area in a NY Minute if I could afford it.
  • Fates Worse Than Ebola (Dr. Frieden and Political Correctness)

    10/17/2014 5:56:57 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    caveat emptor to OddLane
    Fates Worse Than Ebola (Dr. Frieden and Political Correctness)

    I've already posted my observations on his supposedly contradictory comments re the Ebola virus.
  • The Strange Logic of Dr. Thomas Frieden: You Can Give Ebola on a Bus, But You Can't Get It on a Bus

    10/17/2014 9:55:25 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    caveat emptor to caveat emptor
    Didn't get these ideas sorted and written up until late earlier this morning. BTTT.

    “I think there are two different parts of that equation,” he continued. “The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no.”

    “Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you,” he said.


    These two parts are being presented as being contradictory, but they aren't. Look at it from the point of view of whether there is an Ebola victim already on the bus you are about to get on. He's talking about random buses in the US in Oct. 2014; the situation is different in, say, Liberia, and perhaps in the US at a later date.

    In case 1, a healthy person just got on the bus. You have no information about the other passengers. Since there are very few Ebola victims in the US, The likelihood of there being one on a random bus is very small, so your chances of getting Ebola are also small.

    In case 2, an Ebola victim just got on the bus. You have no information about the other passengers, but the chances of at least one Ebola victim on the bus are extremely high - 100%. Because of uncertainties about where you will sit on the bus and details about transmission, your chances of getting Ebola aren't 100%, but higher than in case 1.

    So you'd be justified in worrying about getting on the bus in case 2, not so much in case 1 (Unless you live in one of America's top 100 most dangerous cities).
  • The Strange Logic of Dr. Thomas Frieden: You Can Give Ebola on a Bus, But You Can't Get It on a Bus

    10/16/2014 1:59:28 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    caveat emptor to servo1969

    bfl

  • Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

    10/14/2014 11:39:42 PM PDT · 66 of 97
    caveat emptor to mazz44
    Most everyone scoffs at the notion that Ebola’s mode of destruction is using up the bodies Vitamin C supplies, which causes, initially scurvy and then vascular tissue failure and death. In theory, Vitamin C could be there, inconvenient treatment that allows our own bodies the time to cure itself.

    I couldn't understand what you were talking about until I realized that "bodies" = "body's". Searching on "ebola destroys Vitamin C" I find this:

    Moreover, Robert F. Cathcart III, MD, proposes the idea that an Ebola infection is likened to acute induced scurvy, which causes intense internal bleeding and subsequent free radical death. Interestingly, vitamin C is considered the cure for scurvy. In his clinical experience, the high dosage of oral vitamin C (ascorbic acid) required to combat Ebola is unrealistic due to bowel intolerance. However, intravenous sodium ascorbate (at least 180 grams per 24 hours) is an outstanding alternative. A full overview of the protocol can be found here.

    My impression is that intravenous Vitamin C therapy is not widely available and can be very expensive.

    Do you know anything about it?
  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/13/2014 8:10:31 PM PDT · 90 of 90
    caveat emptor to Exit148
    BC.

    no Cardinals there

    Just kidding. I grew up in the SE US and have been a birder since I was 9. Could have said Hummingbird (Rufous).



    You should get some of those as well as Ruby-throated ones if you put out a feeder.
  • Purdue professor says Ebola 'primed' to go airborne

    10/13/2014 4:16:12 AM PDT · 43 of 113
    caveat emptor to 2ndDivisionVet
    While the virus has thus far only been shown to be transferred via bodily fluids, Sanders argues that it could become airborne.

    "It can enter the lung from the airway side," Sanders said. "So this argues that Ebola is primed to have respiratory transmission.

    "We need to be taking this into consideration," he continued. "What if? This is not a crazy, 'What if?' This is not a wild, 'What if?'"

    Sanders said the longer the virus spread and mutates, the more likely airborne transmission will become.

    Sanders said it's impossible to know how many Americans could contract Ebola, or how much longer this outbreak could last. But, he said, the danger is still very low for the average American.


    Well, that's great to know. But what if it becomes airborne? Could happen. Maybe more information will be available at their educational forum this afternoon, noon to 1:30 p.m. If you can't make it in-person, you can watch a live video stream of the forum here.

  • How English beat German as language of science

    10/12/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · 29 of 46
    caveat emptor to PTBAA; JLS
    I am hoping is you could elaborate on the concept of English being “compact” as compared to French.

    Try this:
    English - What's that?
    French - Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?
  • Meeting Doctor Doom [Top scientist advocates eliminating 90% of population for ecology]

    10/12/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · 44 of 78
    caveat emptor to ronnie raygun
    I say those who dare to announce this point of view should be the first to go

    From the article:
    Yet the majority of his student reviews were favorable, with one even saying, “ I worship Dr. Pianka.”

    Offer them a free lifetime supply of cyanide capsules (fast acting, faster even that Ebola, and one each should do it) and see if they keep singing the same tune.

  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/11/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT · 88 of 90
    caveat emptor to Exit148
    I live in a rain forest on an island at the northern end of the Puget Trough 100 miles or so north of Vancouver, as the Cardinal flies.



  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/10/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · 80 of 90
    caveat emptor to Exit148
    You seem to be mixing cardinals with ordinals, different critters which can't be added, subtracted, etc. Google is your friend might help if you want to know more about it.
  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/10/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT · 68 of 90
    caveat emptor to therightliveswithus
    "Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5."

    Silly idea and a waste of time except possibly as an exercise in an abstract algebra course in developing the system of integers, starting with the natural numbers (positive integers + 0) using the Peano axioms, but it can be done. The teacher just screwed it up. Short version.

    8+5 =
    8+ (2+3) =
    (8+2)+3 =
    10+3 = 13
  • Amazon.com offers new delivery option: Get your package the day before you order it [satire]

    10/10/2014 10:03:22 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    caveat emptor to Brother Cracker
    I can assure you of death, taxes, and lousy customer service at Amazon.

    It's unrealistic to compare death, presumably happening to everyone, to "lousy customer service", just a part of the small part of the world who do business with Amazon. I'll grant you that as, say, "artistic or narrative license".

    But you confuse customer service (you had "a billing debacle") with service. The problem I had was with unordered and unwanted merchandise, a problem which seems to be built in to their business model:
    By enabling thousands of small merchants (who are not Amazon employees) Amazon has practically sub-contracted the biggest retail function and with it a large part of the risk associated with unwanted merchandise!

    But if "lousy customer service" is your story, and you're sticking with it, go for it.
  • Amazon.com offers new delivery option: Get your package the day before you order it [satire]

    10/09/2014 4:55:34 PM PDT · 8 of 14
    caveat emptor to Brother Cracker
    I don't expect to bankrupt them. But you can't assure me of anything other than death and taxes, nor can you have any idea how many people have had poor customer service or how far the dissatisfaction will spread. Much of their business is done through Amazon Marketplace (where my problem started).

    By enabling thousands of small merchants (who are not Amazon employees) Amazon has practically sub-contracted the biggest retail function and with it a large part of the risk associated with unwanted merchandise! The word is getting out, and it's not a good situation for the company which touts itself as the world's most "customer-centric" retailer.

  • Amazon.com offers new delivery option: Get your package the day before you order it [satire]

    10/09/2014 3:40:53 PM PDT · 6 of 14
    caveat emptor to grundle
    Amazon needs to slow down its shipping department and speed up its accounting department.

    One day I received a book in the mail which I hadn't ordered - had never even heard of. That one and another were charged to my credit card. Amazon said they didn't know what I was talking about. I initiated a dispute through my credit card company (and cancelled the card) which it still in process. That was three months ago.

    Two weeks before that I had placed an order to be shipped to one of my sons in Virginia. It was shipped and arrived in good order.

    Two weeks ago I started getting emails about that order stating that my bank was pursuing a dispute over that order and was refusing to pay. They said they were refusing to process any orders and were demanding credit card info for payment.

    After many phone calls to their cust service Help center got different stories from each one, a few pretty hostile. We never did come to a version of events on which we could agree.

    As near as I can tell they did not attempt to bill the order for at least 10 days, by which time that credit card had been cancelled. They strenuously deny that they ever ship before billing. I'm offering to pay for those items, but they're being difficult and it still isn't settled. It's more complicated than it sounds, but I've gone on almost long enough.

    I expect to lose some money - somewhere around $200 is in dispute. But in the long run it will be their loss. I live in a remote area of BC, and my children and families live in Virginia. I'll be making different arrangements for buying items not available locally as well as Christmas and birthday presents for my Virginia extended family.
  • Justin Trudeau’s lousy week

    10/09/2014 12:04:14 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    caveat emptor to Squawk 8888
    Support for legalizing marijuana is increasing and the dope vote may increase with JT running. Thomas Mulcair was Member of the National Assembly of Quebec as a Liberal from 1994 to 2007. There's often talk of the two leftish parties doing a deal, and the next election might be when it happens - A LIB-NDP coalition.

    As well, in 2011 the Bloc Quebecois lost 44 of the 47 seats it held when the election was called, losing official party status, while the Conservatives dropped from 11 to 5 seats in PQ. The Conservatives are working hard and spending lots of money on Quebec, but even if they should win a dozen or so seats in PQ in the next election it wouldn't count for much against a LIB-NDP coalition.

    From August 2014. Dark blue = Conservatives.