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Wednesday, February 3. 2021
It's not kind to find amusement in other people's distress. So I won't. I'll just casually mention that it's a tremendous waste of money to send some people to college. So it's not that big of a deal that this money was dumped into a meme stock at a stratospheric high, shortly to make its way to the Pink Sheets. According to modern monetary practice, it's a much better allocation of the same money to send a stockbroker's kids to college. In a Porsche.
On to today's links!
Ah, GameStop remorse will become a thing now. Well, say what you want about the Tulip Mania, but at least you could grow some flowers with what was left of your investment. Experts suggested planting the bulbs point down in the smoking hole of your finances.
They're also thinking of revising the book to be more topical. They're adding a tenth circle to hell. It has a bad internet connection.
There are only two ways to look at this situation. If there is no adequate alternative to Google, then Google is a monopoly, and it can safely be regulated into the ground. If there are adequate alternatives, then Google can safely be regulated into the hereafter. Simple.
I have no idea where the exact inflection point was, but somewhere along the way WalMart became a charming, plucky, mom and pop store compared to Amazon.
He's going to retire to spend more time with his family and his employee's tips.
I don't know what this dialect would sound like, but I know that no matter how far out into space they go, no one is ever going to be able to correctly spell loser, rein, definitely, compliment, it's, or their ever again.
But I tholt it was the Lussians.
No word on modern New Jersey teeth, but after watching Jersey Shore, I have my suspicions.
I can't imagine from what political perspective information will be determined to be "false or biased." It's a deep mystery.
It's going to be really hard to get the working wealthy back into pants.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone.
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'It's going to be really hard to get the working wealthy back into pants.' That image is going to stay with me today, unfortunately.
About the language shift on board space ships. I think the author has it backwards. Isolated colonies tend to preserve linguistic features rather than evolving novel ones, for example Canadian vs. Continental French. On a long and isolated voyage, the travelers will have access to written material only in the version of the language they left behind; there will be no updating the ships' documentation or libraries. These will form a linguistic base, much as Shakespeare, The King James Bible, and The Anglican Book of Common Prayer seem to have established a baseline of English between the 16th and 19th Centuries of British colonialization, this making the English spoken in America, India, and Australia intelligible to those in Britain.
If I have the story straight, Amazon promised to pay its subcontractors a certain wage plus tips but instead counted the tips as part of their wages and paid them less than what they had contracted for. As punishment for this wage theft, Amazon was forced to give back the money they had stolen. Is that about right? I'll bet that taught Amazon a lesson.
Amazon is paying nearly $62 million to settle charges that it took tips from its delivery drivers.
What kind of Slow Pony puts the tip on their credit card? Doing so immediately triggers all sorts of bad behaviors from people uninvolved in the original server-customer interaction, to whit:
- the employer, who is now obligated to fiddle with the tip jar
- the credit card company, who's selling data to multiple shady institutions
- the other employees, who can be roped into some smarmy tip-sharing cartel by management
- the IRS, those bastards
Tips are a private transaction; keep it private with cash.
Years ago I considered Walmart to be the Evil Empire, putting local stores out of business, prioritizing price over quality, etc, and I avoided shopping there. However Walmart now seems to be one of the few possible counterweights to the new and more pernicious Evil Empire (Amazon) and now I shop at Walmart.
The problem with trying to avoid shopping on Amazon is that they are just so darn efficient. What can you do?
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Mike - here in Canada, the CRA (our version of the IRS) will go into a restaurant or pub and demand to see each server's billings to determine if the servers have declared their tips. The CRA will also want to see the payment records for each server, particularly with respect to tips. I've seen a copy of a letter from CRA to a server which ran (and I condense): "Dear ..... your employer shows you made $xxxxx.xx in sales, and our calculation (using 10%) is that you should have received. $xxxx.xx in tips. The credit card records show you received $yyyy.yy in tips but you have delcared only $zzz.zz. Please explain the discrepancy."
I understand it's even more brutal in the US: all tips are supposed to be reported on the W-2 and the IRS will re-calculate if think too low. Many years ago ended up in Hawaii and was out to dinner with aunt. We left the tip on the table instead of on the card and were followed out by the waiter who felt we had stiffed him. At that point, wish we had.
Re: ... They're adding a tenth circle to hell. It has a bad internet connection.
It took me ten minutes to stop laughing and catch my breath. Maybe somebody will run with the idea, much as Shep did with his I, Libertine gag. I'm sure it would be a bestseller.
Thanks kindly, Roger: you made my day, and the day is still young!
The David versus Goliath narrative is really compelling but there was bound to be collateral damage. A lot of the cheerleading was predicated on the assumption that the Davids were putting up modest amounts of money, that they could afford to loose; no doubt naïve individuals were swept up too. What is true, I don't know.
There is a lot of glee on the part of populists, left and right. and a belief that the Gamestop short squeeze was planned, intentional, in short, a premeditated revenge of the Day Traders. This naturally resonated with a deep well of justifiable anger starting with the 2008 subprime melt down, through the bogus "Bush lied, people died" wars, the last 4 years of hoaxes and smears, to the Lockdown, to the suspicions over a stolen election. OTOH, it may just be a stunt that was at the right time, in the right place, that spiraled into a real debacle for the hedge funds.
On the plus side, blowing up of the hedge funds is cheering up a lot of people. I don't know if the timing was serendipity but it sure seems to reinforce and amplify populism's Establishment Corruption narrative, especially Trump's. It panned out to be more than a "revenge" scenario since it demonstrates, in real time, the in your face collusion by the Establishment's bad actors, including Yellen. Admittedly, I enjoyed the face plants of AOC, Mad Max, and Elizabeth Warren. Think how demoralizing it must be to them. They deceived themselves into believing that Trump brought about populism instead of the other way around. They deluded themselves into believing that getting rid of or silencing Trump would destroy populism, but, instead, the GameStop story resonated with the Left and the Right. The populist Left and the populist Right actually overlap on many issues; no wonder the media is trying to distract from and down play the story.
It's a bit of an over simplification but still true. For every dollar that someone makes on the stock market someone else has to lose a dollar. It is to some extent gambling with some people having inside information and better positioning to play the game.
OSHA requested to investigate meat packing plants because Trump didn't do enough for "preventable infections & deaths". This in spite of health care workers saying "We're still getting sick WITH PPE.
If you ever worked in a packing plant, you generally have a "cold" most of the time anyway.
Re; Tulip Mania
According to S. Schama; Tulip mania was in large part a drinking/gambling game. Can bad people be good historians?
Regarding language development, I think the author has this fundamentally backwards. The larger remaining population will alway dictate the directions of language.
I once brought a drilling rig from the swamps of South Louisiana over to Tunisia, to drill in the shallow-water Mediterranean. The coonasses spoke their native Cajun French, an archaic version of the language derived from their heritage in the Canadian Arcadian provinces. The Tunisians spoke a vernacular French dialect that went back to provincial Colonial times. The senior staff came with the rig; all of our laborers and catering staff were Tunisians.
It took them about a month to develop a common working vocabulary. After that, the priority was the food - and when they started talking we started getting the best vittles you can imagine. If you've ever worked with coonasses, you'll know what I'm talking about. I'd gain 5 pounds every hitch.
"Language Development During Interstellar Travel"
I suspect that this worry is overblown, and I believe that having accurate recordings of the language in use would tend to freeze the language at launch time.
Last week a commenter here posted a link to a podcast. The subject of the podcast was legal practice, etc. I cannot now find that link and would still love to listen to that podcast. Would someone here please post the link again? Thank you.
I am guessing it was Aggie linking to Robert Barnes on Viva Frei. Viva Frei is a YouTube channel. They post podcasts once or twice a week.
Thanks Exasperated--I went to that website and it does not seem to be the website that has that podcast. Any there possibilities?
What was the topic? Robert Barnes is a civil rights, tax, and election attorney. He analyzes current events with a legal perspective and he has been giving updates on Trump activities.
He has been involved with the Trump legal team. He appears with David Frei on the YouTube channel Viva Frei and with Richard Baris, The peoples Pundit, another YouTube channel.
The best recommendation I can make is to take the time and watch the weekly 2-hour Viva Frei / Barnes Law podcasts on YouTube. Robert Barnes is an experienced political lawyer that has argued cases in the USSC. He contributed to the Trump legal efforts. He knows the distinctions between legal principles and legal practices, and he related these in real time, as it was happening, how the judges in various state, federal, and even the USSC weaseled their way out of hearing the cases and exploring the merits of the evidence (they are after all human and subject to the same pressures from above and below as we are). As I say, the podcasts are weekly and I have found them very enlightening in understanding how the election result was arrived at.
Like many here, I think that it was stolen, but I believe the steal began all throughout the year, with Republicans failing to recognize the danger of Lawfare, the hazard of constantly shifting election law, but also were so desperate to be rid of Trump that they were willing to stand by and offer bad advice to see it happen. They are chump losers, nearly all of them, and they will never ever see another dime from me until they show meaningful and irreversible change. By that I mean, 'down the road, Jack'.
#18.104.22.168 Aggie on 2021-01-19 17:36 (Reply)
Here is Episode 35 for a starter, from 2 weeks after the election.
#22.214.171.124.1 Aggie on 2021-01-19 17:43 (Reply)
Thank you again. I will go back and do a better search. I appreciate your time.