Greedy Little Sh*ts

My readers know I do not post much on sports….for one I think most athletes are spoiled little brats with little redeeming quality other than running….but I read a piece the other day that made me just shake my head in disgust…….so I guess I am the archetypical American….football is a sport that is nothing more than a diversion from daily life not some altar to be worshiped at…..

(Newser) – Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna: One of them will headline next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, and it might just come down to whoever is willing to shell out for the privilege. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal reports that the NFL, in notifying each act that they’re the finalists under consideration, is also asking if, ahem, they might be willing to toss some post-halftime show income or “some other type of financial contribution” the league’s way. The NFL isn’t commenting on particulars, and a rep would say only that its commitment is only “to put on the best possible show.”

Though the Journal notes that the idea met a “chilly reception,” it’s an interesting gambit: Last year’s show hauled in 115.3 million viewers, and artists such as Bruno Mars and Beyonce have successfully used their performances as a springboard for concert tours—often putting tickets on sale virtually as the curtain goes down. CD and MP3 sales often see a boost, as well, though it’s tough to gauge exactly what that windfall might be. As for who might be inclined to cough up, the Verge notes that all three acts are well-established cash cows and don’t need the exposure the way an up-and-comer might. That said, Rihanna is currently recording her first album since 2012, and, well, if she happened to time its release fortuitously, might have the most to gain.

We all know how strapped the NFL is for cash…..(don’t bother….it was sarcasm)…..I mean look at what they pull in for ads placed during the Super Bowl….but now they are pushing the limits of their profit making apparatus.

But we will see which ‘star’ is truly a entertainer and which are in it for purely egotistical reasons…..

There Is Ignorant Then There Is Stupid

One of my fave quotes is….”Stupidity Is The Deliberate Cultivation Of Ignorance”……and it is proved every damn day.

In the country right now there is a debate, if you will, on the possibility of raising the minimum wage to a level that would allow people to exist without having to ask for help from the government.  lots of yeas and nays…..some states have taking it on themselves to for go the mindless debate and raise the wages for people within their borders.  Minnesota is one of these states that has done the right thing….and one guy decided to make a political statement in opposition to the raise……

But first let me tell you something about the restaurant business…..the success of an established cafe or bistro is the clientele…..without their patronage you gots NOTHING!  So anytime you change things it needs to be done without much hoopla that way your public will continue to visit eat and spend their hard earned money…..

With that said an operator of a cafe in Minnesota was so pissed about having to pay a higher minimum wage that he took it out on his customers…….

A new “minimum wage fee” tacked on to receipts at a Minnesota restaurant is proving hard for customers to stomach.

Facebook users are bombarding Oasis Café, an eatery in Stillwater, Minnesota, with negative reviews, many vowing to never eat there again, after the owners began adding a 35-cent surcharge below the tax on bills this week.

“If you need to raise prices, so be it,” Ryan Stegeman, a University of Minnesota student, wrote in a one-star review hidden by the administrator of the Oasis Café Facebook page. “But to blame it on a fair minimum wage law is petty.”

Take a look at his attempt…….

minimum wage fee

 

This guy is an idiot!  Because he wanted to be a smart ass he may well have killed his business.  Social media will make the Oasis cafe the place NOT to be seen.  Stupid is destroying your livelihood to make a petty political statement is the height of STUPIDITY!  If you want to cover the extra cost then figure it into the dish and let the patrons know what is being done and why…….but this….A FLAMING MORON!

He has taken his wanker out a slammed it in the front door…..

The Power Of Addiction

We all are addicted to something…..drugs, cigs, sex, whiskey and so on……but we Americans have an addiction to……consumerism.  A couple of years ago I wrote a piece entitle “The Real Opiate Of The Masses”…..when I pointed out that Americans were drowning in debt and even with the crash of ’08 nothing would change……we will buy way beyond our means……and guess what?

(Newser) – More than a third of Americans with credit scores have debt “in collections”—meaning one in three of us has been reported to collection agencies, a study finds. That’s a total of 77 million people whose non-mortgage debt is significantly overdue, the Urban Institute notes. The study includes debts ranging from credit card and medical bills to parking tickets, CNNMoney notes. And the widespread issue “can tip employers’ hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment,” an analyst tells the AP.

The average debt is $5,178, the AP notes. The problem exists all over the country, but Southern and Western states are facing the most trouble. Among the report’s findings:

  • Nevada has the highest percentage of people with debt in collections: 47%. In Las Vegas, the figure is 49%. North Dakota has the lowest at 19%, CNNMoney reports.
  • The average amount owed is also highest in Nevada at $7,198. Washington, DC, has the lowest figure at $3,547.
  • At 51%, McAllen, Texas, has the highest percentage of affected people among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. At least 43% of people in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio have debt in collections. Minneapolis-St. Paul has the lowest percentage among the 100 biggest metropolitan areas, with 20%.

The complete study is here.

The scary part is that NOTHING will change……this addiction is like any other addiction….eventually it will kill the individual….in every sense of the word….KILL!

American CEOs Should Learn A Lesson

I am not much one for keeping an eye on Asia….my international interests are more of the Middle East and North Africa……but a recent article I read made me stop and think…..

We take a step back…….our most recent economic crisis was caused by corporations and banks…..and as usual the CEOs went before Congress and blamed everyone and everything but themselves for the crash…..just once I would like to hear one of these thieves admit to bad decisions and take responsibility for their actions……of course that is a pipe dream of mine that will NEVER happen for the government is owned by these toads and they will be allowed to get away with wholesale thief….corporate money well spent, right?

But I read an article the other day and made me think…….

(Newser) – A decaying body found in a plum field is that of the fugitive billionaire who owned a ferry that sank in April, South Korean cops have confirmed. Yoo Byung-un, patriarch of the family that owned the ferry operator, went on the run soon after the Sewol sank and had been the subject of the country’s biggest-ever manhunt, reports the Guardian. Police say DNA and fingerprints have confirmed the identity of the body that was found last month, soon after police raided a compound belonging to a Christian splinter group, of which Yoo was a leading member.

The 73-year-old was wanted for questioning on charges including embezzlement and criminal negligence, and many of his family members have already been arrested, including his wife, the BBC reports. His eldest son is still on the run. The number of dead from the Sewol disaster stands at 294—most of them high school students—and 10 people are still listed as missing. After the sinking, investigators found that the ferry was routinely and severely overloaded. Company officials are now on trial—a separate trial than that of the ferry captain and crew members, who were charged with murder.

Not a bad idea…..if you f*ck up take responsibility and commit suicide……at least the Asian, for the most part, take responsibility for the disasters they cause…..maybe the CEOs should take a page out of this play book and do the honorable thing and fall on their sword.

Thoughts?

If Ever There Was An Anti-Christ

I do not use Facebook for anything….I have NEVER become a member….they just want too much info that I am not willing to have on their server………I do use Twitter but it is mostly for news feeds and breaking news….I do very little social crap on there……to me Facebook is as close to an anti-Christ as we can get……but now facebook is experimenting with the people that use it……..

News of a Facebook social experiment examining the effect positive or negative posts have on users has prompted justifiable anger. What it shouldn’t provoke is surprise. After all, online companies are conducting similar “A/B tests” all the time in order to maximize usage and profits, writes David Weinberger at CNN. For instance, Amazon might try putting a banner on one side of the site for some users and the other side for others, with the goal of determining which side generates more clicks. Such testing is done on everything from “font sizes to colors to the depth of the drop shadows.”

The trouble with Facebook’s newly-revealed experiment is that it played with our emotions. But that’s nothing new: Our Facebook feeds are always based on algorithms, and they’re “based on what works for Facebook, Inc., and only secondarily based on what works for us as individuals and as a society,” Weinberger writes. Facebook’s goal is “happy customers,” but that just means people who visit and click a lot. So what should be done about it? Perhaps filters could be more user-controlled or designed with “socially desirable aims.” But we can’t expect such changes when we’re giving social data to “commercial entities that have as their primary interest not the health of our society and culture, but their bottom line.” Click for his full piece.

All I can say is…use Facebook at your own peril…….I do not trust them as far as I can spit them……….

Another Disturbing Story

My last day of mental freedom……but I really want to get back to the world….there is so much happening that events are changing quicker than a teenager in the back seat……..

I recently wrote a post about a company that was making bullet proof blankets to be used in schools to protect teachers and students…..I found that a bit disturbing that we would even have to consider such measures to protect our children in schools……and then I saw another disturbing story along these lines……..

For a while, a Colombian clothes designer named Miguel Caballero seemed to be the only player in what seemed to be a extremely niche segment of the market—bullet-proof clothes that were stylish to boot. No more, reports Fox News. The industry is growing beyond South America, and a slew of companies in the US and elsewhere are hoping to cash in. One industry estimate has the “global body armor and personal protection market” rising from $2.4 billion last year to $3.7 billion in 2023. Think snazzy shirts, jackets, and vests that can stop a bullet.

“Throughout the decade, there has been a global exponential increase in civilian awareness regarding terrorism or ‘of the sort’ violence,” says the president of New York armor wear company Doo Aquino. “Wearing stylish body armor has caught on not only in the US, but around the world.” But expect to shell out. A Virginia company called Aspetto tells the Wire that one of its custom-made bullet-proof suits costs up to $5,000. And if you happen to get shot? “You should get a new suit,” says a company exec. The clothes are designed to take multiple shots, but repeat performances aren’t advised. Fox also takes note of another burgeoning market: Some 8 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed handguns, and they need clothes to make sure the “concealed” part holds true. (The general trend already has reached the school-age set in the form of bullet-proof backpacks and clothes.)

It is the 21st century….you would think that some other problem would be more pressing than the worry about being killed by gun violence…..

Sad that someone can make a profit off of having to protect one’s self or one’s children from gun violence……..just damn sad.

Any thoughts?