New York regulators will announce on Monday the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties.
The yearlong investigation encompassed companies that create fake reviews as well as the clients that buy them. Among those signing the agreements are a charter bus operator, a teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain and an adult entertainment club. Also signing are several reputation-enhancement firms that place fraudulent reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, Citysearch and Yahoo.
There were also fake reviews of dentists, lawyers, and medical imaging services.
I know that some persons pay attention to online reviews. I rarely do, because I get comment spam almost every day from “SEO” outfits promising to boost ratings. Granting that there are things that you or your web person can do to make your site friendlier to search engines, third party SEO consultancy is by and large a fraud and a scam.
If you must read online reviews, read the ones here.
Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
I can’t say I’m fond of what passes for high school kids’ fashion (or lack thereof) these days, or of the commercials in which retailers try to turn the first day of school into America’s Next Top Model, but, really, now.
In addition to polos and button-downs, Lakewood High (Pinellas County, Florida, where bikinis litter the beaches–ed.) is requiring all pants, skirts and dresses to fall below the knee. But like most schools with new dress codes, Lakewood makes an exception for “spirit wear,” or school-related clothing.
So they still get to ogle the cheerleaders in their mini skirts.
Next, they’ll outlaw Beatles haircuts.
For you whippersnappers, here’s a link about Carnaby Street. It was a Quant place.
The ability of Americans to get upset over stupid stuff is infinite.
If you compare the persons you see at a gym with those you see at a bowling alley, this is no surprise (emphasis added):
Machines to restart a heart in cardiac arrest are often required by law in fitness clubs, but a new study found that people’s hearts more commonly stop in places that are home to alternative forms of exercise.
Researchers found the employees of indoor tennis facilities, ice arenas and bowling alleys in and around Seattle were more likely to have to respond to someone in cardiac arrest, compared to those at health clubs and fitness centers.
For a couple of years, I bowled in a league. We weren’t very good, but we had fun. I still have my own ball and shoes.
Nothing I have ever seen at a bowling alley has ever led me to think of bowling as a form of exercise (or bowlers as athletes), alternative or otherwise.
Since when did a women’s 10 or 12 become a “larger size”?
Probably since models could get Photoshopped into looking like emaciated aliens.
Will Bunch, discussing CNN’s stupid coverage of the Zimmerman trial,* drafts the obituary for cable TV. A nugget:
TThat’s the real tragedy of cable TV. Almost every good idea for a channel that anyone has come up with — a channel that shows trials, or a channel that shows music videos, or a “learning” channel, or ( heaven forbid) a history channel — has been ruined by that free-market thing of everyone chasing the Powerball jackpot of ratings, which apparently involves a program about ice road truckers. (Who knew?) Or maybe a poop cruise. But that’s the thing — we used to think that news was above all this. Why were we so naive?
I can remember when I watched CourtTV fairly regularly; I particularly enjoyed “Forensic Files,” which was a relief from the fantasy science fiction world of CSI.
That was before it changed its name to TruTV and became yet another cesspool of “reality shows.”
*It’s stupid because there’s no story until the verdict is delivered, and that’s not the story that matters.
The story that matters is that George Zimmerman thought it was okay to stalk and kill a kid because he didn’t like the kid’s skin color and that he’s not alone in thinking like that.
A local police dispatcher is in trouble with the public after a Facebook post related to a recent police action (emphasis added).
Mike McKenna, a former Norfolk police officer and a national representative of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said Camarillo called him about the post.
“She didn’t think anybody would see it,” he said. She said she believed “it was a private communication between her and Busby, or so she thought.”
I remember walking past one of his businesses–a second-floor massage parlor above an X-rated theatre* on Market between 21st and 22nd–on my daily commute and seeing a fellow in a wheelchair leaving the place with a big smile on his face (I’ve always wondered how he got down the stairs, which were on the outside of building).
More power to the guy in the wheelchair, but really, developer?
The antics of “developers” too often cause me to develop hives.
*As I recall, the movie that was playing was The Immoral Majority. For some reason, that name stuck with me.
Everyone seems to be going gaga over this story–everyone, at least, who hasn’t been paying attention for the past decade.
This is old news.
How many persons know that the movie, Animal House, was based on Dartmouth College, an institution laden with tradition?
The twits on twitter celebrate the tradition.
So now it’s an industry already?
North Carolina Republican state Rep. Tim Moore says that women can protect themselves from a new law that makes baring female breasts illegal by simply applying duct tape to their nipples.
On Wednesday, the (North Carolina–ed.) state House Judiciary Committee C approved House Bill 34, which makes it a Class H felony to purposefully expose “private parts” for the “purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.”
The bill expands the state’s definition of “private parts” to include a woman’s “nipple, or any portion of the areola.”
Republican state Rep. Rayne Brown told lawmakers that she was co-sponsoring the bill because activists had held a topless women’s rights rally in Asheville last summer, where as many as a dozen women bared their breasts.
It would be a Republican.
They are notoriously afeared of lady parts.
I rather doubt that women at a women’s rights rally are particularly interested in “arousing or gratifiying sexual desire,” but the skeevy Republican preoccupation with sex–oh, never mind, it’s just skeevy.
When I go to a restaurant, I often eschew the entrees to make a meal from appetizers.
This indicates why:
Offered without comment; I stand silent before the chutzpah.
THE “Bachelor’s Package” at the Penthouse Club, in Port Richmond, includes an invitation onstage and doting attention from the dancers.
But for one Montgomery County man, it also came with internal bleeding, according to a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court last week.
Patrick Gallagher, of Lansdale, claims that a dancer slid down a stripper pole and landed on him with such force that she ruptured his bladder.
Or “Why I have given up on movies.”
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What is it about whack jobs and God?
“I feel like it was all God’s plan,” he told conservative talk show host Sean Hannity in Zimmerman’s first interview since the shooting.
Toward the end of the hourlong interview, however, Zimmerman backtracked on that statement.
“I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in a position where I would have had to take a life,” he said. “I do want to tell everyone I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it has polarized, divided America. I’m truly sorry.”
Perhaps he could have started by not stalking the innocent black kid.
I think I shall be ill.
Note the linguistic passive voice framing which implies that somehow Zimmerman had nothing whatsoever to do with actually pulling the damn trigger.
Sounds like a corporate press release.
Zimmerman’s tale of what happened doesn’t pass the WTF! test.
Chauncey Devega finds the lesson of the interview:
Unfortunately, for many people who live in a society where political ideology and racial attitudes form a type of Gordian knot, they see justice for Trayvon Martin through a lens which views all people of color, and young blacks in particular, as perpetual suspects whose lives, citizenship, and safety are contingent and not absolute.
This is the source of their love for Zimmerman, and sincere rage at his arrest and prosecution. If anything, the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman should have just been a minor inconvenience for all involved–except of course the victim, his family, and community. He is just a black anyway, so what’s the big deal? They die everyday in America and no one cares either way.