Too Stupid for Words category archive
Bruce Maiman tries to understand why persons subject themselves to shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving and finds, as Ecclesiastes teaches us, that it’s all illusion.
Another study found that camping out, standing in line the night before, induces a sense of loyalty that researchers call a “collective consumption ritual.” While most of us find waiting in line torturous, these people like it. They even look forward to it. One researcher said, “For the person who’s been doing this for decades, this is as much of their Thanksgiving tradition as having turkey.”
There ya go: The orgy of greed vs. the serenity of family*!
It probably doesn’t pay to tell these people that the best deals don’t even happen on Black Friday. The Wall Street Journal found that nearly one-third of last year’s Black Friday bargains being advertised had been available previously at lower prices.
But as one analyst explained, “People associate Black Friday with good prices, and that eliminates the need to check price.”
*Methinks that dependeth on the family.
The internet is a public pool, and the FBI wants to go fishing in it:
Details at the link. Here’s the thumbnail:
The Feds raided a wrong house, looking for someone who had moved out two years before, frightening and humiliating the current residents. (The FBI, it would seem, is incapable of determining who lives where when. Maybe they need to talk with the NSA. Or possibly public records.)
The residents have now sued.
Now the FBI, as might any bureaucracy, is looking for some way out from under, natch, by smearing the victims.
Heaven forbid I should ever live in a place like this.
I hope I never want a doughnut this bad.
(And, if I did, it sure wouldn’t be a Dunkin’. It would be a Krispie Kreme.)
Out in the hill country, it would seem that some think that more guns mean more safety.
After recently declining Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown’s request to place resource officers in all county schools, the Bedford (Va.–ed.) County Board of Supervisors is entertaining a new idea to make campuses safer: asking the state to consider legislation to allow school staff to carry concealed weapons.
I cannot picture my mother packing heat while teaching Algebra II.
Words fail me.
“Consumers are being scammed $10, $15, maybe $30 for changing their address online,” says Paul Krenn, US Postal Inspector.
The Post Office offers the service for free in person or a dollar online.