Sunday, April 16, 2017

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

I don't think I do any more online shopping than I did in 2010.  It could be that others are finally reaching my level of purchasing.  We still do a good bit of shopping in stores.  So, I don't think they will all disappear.

The article goes over several reasons for falling retail sales.  I think most of them people are already aware of.  But their prediction about the future is interesting:

From the Atlantic:
Finally, a brief prediction. One of the mistakes people make when thinking about the future is to think that they are watching the final act of the play. Mobile shopping might be the most transformative force in retail—today. But self-driving cars could change retail as much as smartphones.

Once autonomous vehicles are cheap, safe, and plentiful, retail and logistics companies could buy up millions, seeing that cars can be stores and streets are the ultimate real estate. In fact, self-driving cars could make shopping space nearly obsolete in some areas. CVS could have hundreds of self-driving minivans stocked with merchandise roving the suburbs all day and night, ready to be summoned to somebody’s home by smartphone. A new luxury-watch brand in 2025 might not spring for an Upper East Side storefront, but maybe its autonomous showroom vehicle could circle the neighborhood, waiting to be summoned to the doorstep of a tony apartment building. Autonomous retail will create new conveniences and traffic headaches, require new regulations, and inspire new business strategies that could take even more businesses out of commercial real estate. The future of retail could be even weirder yet.
Well if that's the case, they better be built like vaults, dispensing purchased items.  Because I think thieves will be watching for the self-driven vehicles to make a killing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Clemson ‘Diversity’ Training: Time Is Culturally Relative, Expecting Promptness Is Racist

This is not the Clemson college I remember.  It makes me wonder how far off the deep end my alama mater South Carolina has dived.

In one slide, employees are taught that tardiness is acceptable because the concept of time is culturally relative. Thus, every culture’s perception of the actual time must be respected - since one “cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”

The slide gives the example of “Alejandro,” who called a 9:00 AM meeting, and teaches that he should not rebuke a group of foreign professors and students who show up late:

“Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture.”

Thus, the slide teaches, Alejandro shouldn’t impose his definition of time on others, because “his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other."

The more incredibly stupid thing I've ever read.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How I Made My Own iPhone - in China

This video shows a world of life that is totally foreign to us.  When we think of street markets, we think of food or tourist stuff.  We NEVER think of street markets selling electronic parts like we see in China.

That is because, this was kept from us.  And most markets like these are OUTLAWED and BANNED in large US cities. Which is ANTI-CAPITALIST.  Laser etching on a street corner????  Ever see that in the USA??  NEVER!!  There is really something wrong in our nation.

An amazing video.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California High School Replaces Mirrors in Girls’ Bathroom With Positive Message Signs

What complete BS.  Just more coddling and dumbing down our kids.  We are in such trouble. We will not be able to compete with other countries for business.  We'll be too busy crying because out feelings are hurt!
A high school in California has replaced all the mirrors in its girls' bathroom with positive signs that say messages like "You're strong enough" and "You are beautiful."

Laguna Hills High School student Sabrina Astle, 17, a member of the Kindess Club, came up with the idea to have students read happy thoughts rather than look at their own reflections. She made the posters for the school's "What If …" Week, ABC News reported Tuesday.

"Then we had What if … Week," she said, which is designed to bring the campus together. "Each day has a specific message. The message for Thursday, March 23, 2017, was ‘What if we showed more love?'

"I felt that this would be a good time to hang the signs. I put the signs in the bathroom the night before so students would see them throughout the next day," she said.
Makes me want to hurl...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Burgeoning Market For Anti-Trump Hoaxes

The hysteria on the Left is just off the scale.  There is no sense in what they do and absolutely no discernment.

As BuzzFeed, which reported on the scam, noted: "Opportunists have begun dangling would-be smoking guns — sometimes for a price — in front of journalists, amateur sleuths, and deep-pocketed political activists so eager to damage the Trump presidency that they can be blind to red flags."

Blind is right. Since Trump has been elected, reporters have repeatedly fallen for damaging stories that turned out to be wildly misleading or outright false. BuzzFeed itself published an unsubstantiated dossier that claimed a Russian plot to blackmail Trump. But there have been many others.

There was the University of Michigan student who claimed to have been attacked by a Trump supporter. The University of Louisiana student who said she had her hijab ripped off. The Iraqi mom who died because of Trump's visa ban. Trump's Photoshopping of a picture taken on the day of his inauguration to make his hand look bigger. All hoaxes.

Then there was the story about how a Russian bank supposedly had been in contact with an email server in the Trump Organization. Now it appears the communications might have been part of a hacker hoax that originated inside the U.S.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in

Immoral and disgusting, that's what the state of CA is.  Now, the poor are leaving the state.  I have advocated for years that the poor should get out while they could.  Now....they are.
Kiril Kundurazieff, 56, is among the low-income residents who left California. He spent more than a decade working in a small bookstore, then at Target, then at a Verizon call center, in Southern California. After some medical issues that hampered his eyesight, he found himself unemployed in Santa Ana, with monthly rent of about $1,000 in 2012.

“There was really nothing left for me in California,” said Kundurazieff, who also writes a blog about his cats. “The cost of living was high. The rent was high. The job market was debatable.”

Friends in Texas suggested he relocate. He now works at a Walmart in Houston, making a little north of $10 an hour. He works 40 hours a week, riding his bike about 7 miles to work many days. He does not pay state income tax. His rent is just over $500, with utilities.

About the same time that Kundurazieff was leaving, Tamara and Kit Keane were arriving from Oklahoma. Both had been working on their doctorate degrees at Oklahoma universities, Kit in biology and Tamara in education.

1500' TV Tower

I love videos like this.  America at work.  There are just some jobs that require you to do the Hard Thing.