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Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 18 Oct 2018, 12:21
by Painboy

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 18 Nov 2018, 00:32
by lunchstealer
Maybe, bitches?

Wunderground just served up an ad for the Rotimatic. A breadmaker/Easybake oven for making roti right in your own home. Just USD 999 for one or two units.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 18 Nov 2018, 03:47
by Eric the .5b
lunchstealer wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 00:32
Maybe, bitches?

Wunderground just served up an ad for the Rotimatic. A breadmaker/Easybake oven for making roti right in your own home. Just USD 999 for one or two units.
I'm seeing reviews suggesting it's overpriced. I've never made roti, though.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 18 Nov 2018, 14:34
by Warren
Eric the .5b wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 03:47
lunchstealer wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 00:32
Maybe, bitches?

Wunderground just served up an ad for the Rotimatic. A breadmaker/Easybake oven for making roti right in your own home. Just USD 999 for one or two units.
I'm seeing reviews suggesting it's overpriced. I've never made roti, though.
As far as I can recall, I've never even eaten roti. It's definitely overpriced insofar as given a choice between a thousand bucks and going to my grave having never experienced the unique joy of roti, I'd be happier with the g.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 19 Nov 2018, 00:50
by lunchstealer
At most restaurants it's just a slight variation on naan. Have been to one place where it was really quite different and very good but it was in the '90s in South Carolina, so I haven't been there in 20 years and it's gone now and it could've been something other than roti.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 18 Dec 2018, 16:58
by lunchstealer
Seen at a Kroger in Houston:
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Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 13:23
by Dangerman
I called Geico to suspend/cancel my car insurance because car is not on road (again. sigh.).

The CS agent lady asked how long I haven't been driving, I said since November, and she backdated the policy to give me a refund for the last month or two that I haven't been using the car.

I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 14:46
by Warren
I've also had good experience with Geico.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 15:25
by tr0g
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 14:46
I've also had good experience with Geico.
GEICO pissed me off years ago when I was in the Army. I had an utterly clean driving record and called them up. "Sorry, we don't insure E4s." Well okay, then, fuck you too. Maybe you should put that in the ads you run all over post.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 16:28
by Warren
tr0g wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 15:25
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 14:46
I've also had good experience with Geico.
GEICO pissed me off years ago when I was in the Army. I had an utterly clean driving record and called them up. "Sorry, we don't insure E4s." Well okay, then, fuck you too. Maybe you should put that in the ads you run all over post.
That's really surprising. I can't believe that they had a company policy to not insure E4s. When I was in the military, businesses crawled all over themselves to sell insurance, sell on lay-away, finance a car, any kind of commitment to get a check every month, to us. Most of them especially went after E3 and below because they couldn't do the math how shitty a deal $20/month for 18 months is on a $200 stereo. And they could always get their money. They seldom had to go to court, they just complained to the command.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 17:27
by Dangerman
Maybe they thought an E4 was a missile or something.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 18:13
by Pham Nuwen
AT 4, maybe?

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 19:12
by tr0g
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 16:28
tr0g wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 15:25
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 14:46
I've also had good experience with Geico.
GEICO pissed me off years ago when I was in the Army. I had an utterly clean driving record and called them up. "Sorry, we don't insure E4s." Well okay, then, fuck you too. Maybe you should put that in the ads you run all over post.
That's really surprising. I can't believe that they had a company policy to not insure E4s. When I was in the military, businesses crawled all over themselves to sell insurance, sell on lay-away, finance a car, any kind of commitment to get a check every month, to us. Most of them especially went after E3 and below because they couldn't do the math how shitty a deal $20/month for 18 months is on a $200 stereo. And they could always get their money. They seldom had to go to court, they just complained to the command.
One of my least favorite days as an NCO was taking some jackass PFC all around town the day after payday so he could pay cash to all the businesses he bounced checks to. He wasn't even my PFC, but his boss was on leave and I was the junior NCO, so I got tagged with his dumb ass. Of course, I did get the story of the 85 dollar pizza out of it, so it wasn't a complete loss.

The 85 dollar pizza was a 5 dollar pepperoni, which he wrote a hot check for. When it bounced, the pizza place and the bank both charged him 20 dollars. Then the pizza place submitted it again, and it bounced again. So the bank and the pizza place both hit him for an additional 20 bucks. At this point, pizza place complained to command and he got to go pay them $45 in cash. But all in, that pizza cost him 85 bucks. I have yet to see or taste the pizza worth $85, and it sure as shit never came from Pizza Pros.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 20:08
by Painboy
tr0g wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 19:12
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 16:28
tr0g wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 15:25
Warren wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 14:46
I've also had good experience with Geico.
GEICO pissed me off years ago when I was in the Army. I had an utterly clean driving record and called them up. "Sorry, we don't insure E4s." Well okay, then, fuck you too. Maybe you should put that in the ads you run all over post.
That's really surprising. I can't believe that they had a company policy to not insure E4s. When I was in the military, businesses crawled all over themselves to sell insurance, sell on lay-away, finance a car, any kind of commitment to get a check every month, to us. Most of them especially went after E3 and below because they couldn't do the math how shitty a deal $20/month for 18 months is on a $200 stereo. And they could always get their money. They seldom had to go to court, they just complained to the command.
One of my least favorite days as an NCO was taking some jackass PFC all around town the day after payday so he could pay cash to all the businesses he bounced checks to. He wasn't even my PFC, but his boss was on leave and I was the junior NCO, so I got tagged with his dumb ass. Of course, I did get the story of the 85 dollar pizza out of it, so it wasn't a complete loss.

The 85 dollar pizza was a 5 dollar pepperoni, which he wrote a hot check for. When it bounced, the pizza place and the bank both charged him 20 dollars. Then the pizza place submitted it again, and it bounced again. So the bank and the pizza place both hit him for an additional 20 bucks. At this point, pizza place complained to command and he got to go pay them $45 in cash. But all in, that pizza cost him 85 bucks. I have yet to see or taste the pizza worth $85, and it sure as shit never came from Pizza Pros.
Ah army bounced check stories. Always fun. We had a guy that wrote something close to a $1000 dollars in bad checks for cash to AAFES (the on post military store). Repercussion was near instant. When asked why he did it he said he didn't want to fall behind on his bills.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 21:15
by thoreau
These military bounced check stories are strangely relevant to an argument I was having yesterday with a colleague. She was convinced that with intensive advising, i.e. constant attention and monitoring from either a professor or the college equivalent of a high school guidance counselor, we could help young people get their shit together, do their work on time, register on time, do their financial aid paperwork on time, study enough, etc.

Leaving aside the timeless irresponsibility of youth living away from home for the first time, it strikes me that even the military, an institution with a bit more authority over its young adults than your typical university has (service academies excepted, of course) has trouble with getting young adults to get their shit together. Unless we get the authority to order somebody to work on their term paper while the equivalent of an NCO stands over them, I don't see this working any time soon.

(It always works with some well-photographed kids who volunteered for a special program, chose to stay in the program, and continued to get a scholarship from the program. And even then it only works as well as they'll admit to the interviewer. You never know what else is going on.)

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 21:48
by Number 6
The attrition rate at the end of first semester, and first year in college was startling. And lord knows that when I was in the Marines, I saw, and participated in, incredible stupidity. This, I think, is a case of young people being young..

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 22:24
by Warren
Actually I'd say getting young adults to get their shit together is the one thing the military does best.

Stupid is going to stupid and all, but when it stupids in the military it's dealt with forthwith and on no uncertain terms.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 23:19
by thoreau
All I know is that the military has way more leverage over its young charges than any college, yet some people are convinced that with constant advising and social pressure and attention and non-stop reminders we can get young people to get their shit together and not fail out.

A lot of the subtext is that kids from certain socioeconomic brackets seem to have their shit even less together than others. Not that suburban kids don't do irresponsible shit, but there's a belief (perhaps somewhat true) that they have a slightly better sense of when you can fuck off and when you can't, because they know how to read the cues of this environment better, and this is why attrition rates depend on social and economic class.

Whatever the causes of these disparities, I don't think that any institution has as much clout as they think when it comes to getting young people to get their shit together.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Jan 2019, 09:18
by Warren
I'll buy that

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Jan 2019, 10:19
by Aresen
A bit of anecdata WRT the military as a route to getting an education: One of my cousins volunteered for the Air Force in 1968. As I understand the rules at the time, he could 'volunteer' for the Air Force for four years instead of being drafted into the army for three and serving as a grunt in Vietnam. (He and his father were all for 'killing gooks', but he preferred not to put his precious hide on the front line.)

Despite the numerous trade opportunities available, he totally goldbricked his way through four years, learned nothing and got only the most perfunctory offer to 're-up' before the USAF waved goodbye.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Jan 2019, 10:39
by Warren
Aresen wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 10:19
A bit of anecdata WRT the military as a route to getting an education: One of my cousins volunteered for the Air Force in 1968. As I understand the rules at the time, he could 'volunteer' for the Air Force for four years instead of being drafted into the army for three and serving as a grunt in Vietnam. (He and his father were all for 'killing gooks', but he preferred not to put his precious hide on the front line.)

Despite the numerous trade opportunities available, he totally goldbricked his way through four years, learned nothing and got only the most perfunctory offer to 're-up' before the USAF waved goodbye.
I'm not sure what opportunities there are to lean a trade in the Air Farce. :lol: :P
Your friend should have had the GI Bill though. If he was inclined to go back to school.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Jan 2019, 10:53
by Aresen
My cousin is a feckless git and has more or less drifted through life doing nothing. He never held a job for more than a few years and is living off whatever pensions he is entitled to plus income from his inheritance. (His father left the family home in Redwood City jointly to him and his brother. His brother refused to sell the property so they split the rental income 50-50.)

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 05:23
by Mo
Warren wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 10:39
Aresen wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 10:19
A bit of anecdata WRT the military as a route to getting an education: One of my cousins volunteered for the Air Force in 1968. As I understand the rules at the time, he could 'volunteer' for the Air Force for four years instead of being drafted into the army for three and serving as a grunt in Vietnam. (He and his father were all for 'killing gooks', but he preferred not to put his precious hide on the front line.)

Despite the numerous trade opportunities available, he totally goldbricked his way through four years, learned nothing and got only the most perfunctory offer to 're-up' before the USAF waved goodbye.
I'm not sure what opportunities there are to lean a trade in the Air Farce. :lol: :P
Your friend should have had the GI Bill though. If he was inclined to go back to school.
My submariner friend, after his first two years underwater, used to say, "I should have joined the Air Force and fly a desk."

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Oct 2019, 13:29
by Aresen
Canada legalized pot a year ago next week:

Pot price drops 6.4% to $7.37 a gram, legal and illegal prices down
Statistics Canada says the average cost of a gram of cannabis fell 6.4 per cent in the third quarter as the legal price fell for the first time, but illicit weed continued to be cheaper.

The government agency says the overall average price of cannabis fell to $7.37 per gram compared with $7.87 per gram in the second quarter.

The move came as the average legal cannabis price dropped to $10.23 per gram, down 3.9 per cent from $10.65 per gram in the second quarter, marking the first legal price cut since legalization in October last year.

The average illegal price of pot continued to fall and slipped to $5.59 per gram in the third quarter, down 5.9 per cent from $5.94 per gram in the second quarter.

Re: Capitalism: It works, bitches

Posted: 09 Oct 2019, 22:48
by Number 6
Warren wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 10:39
Aresen wrote:
09 Jan 2019, 10:19
A bit of anecdata WRT the military as a route to getting an education: One of my cousins volunteered for the Air Force in 1968. As I understand the rules at the time, he could 'volunteer' for the Air Force for four years instead of being drafted into the army for three and serving as a grunt in Vietnam. (He and his father were all for 'killing gooks', but he preferred not to put his precious hide on the front line.)

Despite the numerous trade opportunities available, he totally goldbricked his way through four years, learned nothing and got only the most perfunctory offer to 're-up' before the USAF waved goodbye.
I'm not sure what opportunities there are to lean a trade in the Air Farce. :lol: :P
Lots, actually.