No welfare pot for the moochers?

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“Hey Babe, spare $50,000?”  Maybe the bums aren’t so demanding on the street, but the lifetime welfare recipients sure have a lot of gall.   In most states, they can use the handout to buy pretty much anything.  And some of them breed like roaches and get a handful of cards that are supposed to be used for their kids, but they spend the money on crap.

I just learned that in Washington that it’s legal for EBT holders to use their cards to buy weed, but that they’re working on fixing it.  WHAT THE FUCK?    I don’t have anything against pot, but how the Hell was it not automatically excluded already?

Here’s my fix.  Instead of saying, it takes new laws passed by the senate to outlaw every single fucking thing that CAN’T be bought with these cards, how about just say what CAN be bought.


If you want cheese, sugar, pancakes, ice cream or anything else, then get a job!




Make my Walmart Picture Viral Please!

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Here is my entry to be considered for the world of viral pictures (below)!  If you like it, share it please!  Now it may just look like a lame-ass picture of an empty Walmart cart bay, but let me tell you the story behind it, and why I think it’s a good picture to share.

This is the area where you would usually see hundreds of shopping carts ready to use for Walmart shopping.  I took this picture a few weeks ago at my local Walmart because I thought it was unusual that it was completely empty.  Even on a busy days like a holiday, I’d never been to a Walmart where there wasn’t a single cart available.

Not Viral-worthy, but interesting!  But now let me tell you what it represents!

This was a weekday evening, the store wasn’t busy, and then FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS WHEN I WENT TO THIS STORE, THE BAY LOOKED JUST LIKE THIS!

Now you can imagine what the parking lot looked like, with more carts than cars out there, but let me paint a picture of the rest of the store.

After waiting about 30 minutes to use one of the two open registers in a store equipped with about 40 (the other 38 closed as usual), I overheard the cashier telling a manager that customers were complaining about the bathroom, and she laughed that it was probably because it hadn’t been cleaned in days.

I asked the cashier, “What’s going on, has everyone been fired?  Why are there no carts, the shelves unstocked, most of the registers closed, pallets full of product laying around, and the store filthy?”

She replied, “oh, people are sick” and then she scrunched up her face and it was clear our conversation was over.

So if you’ve ever been to a Walmart and waited an hour because there are only 2 registers open, couldn’t find anything because nobody was stocking, or couldn’t get a cart without going out to the parking lot to get it yourself, then share this picture!


Evidence of Google Stealing Ad Revenue on Youtube

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My heart goes out to the victims of the horrible West, TX fertilizer explosion on Wednesday.  I can’t stop thinking about it.

Meanwhile, Google has already found out how to profit from it by stealing ad revenue money from  people posting videos.

In case you haven’t yet read Google wants to trick you into Advertising Adsense for them for FREE please check it out.

Take a look at the screen capture (below) that shows a video from the disaster that has 20,777 comments, 16,712 likes and 897 dislikes.  I don’t know how many people watch a video without commenting or rating it, but surely many more people watch than comment or rate.  I usually only comment on 1 out of 5 videos I watch.  (Since the Google numbers are manipulated, there really isn’t a way to figure it out.)

With likes, dislikes and comments of this volume, I bet that that the video has been watched at least 100,000 times.  And if you add the likes and dislikes, even Google admits it was watched 17.609 times since you can only like or dislike a video once.

Yet the Google view counter shows only 13,312 views.

Suppose it could have anything to do with Google using the views to pay out revenue?

I do.




Warning: Norton will Delete all of your Emails and India won’t help!

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I’ve had some God awful experiences with antivirus programs being worse than any virus I could imagine, but had almost put that out of my mind, and was pretty settled in to Microsoft Essentials.  I enjoyed the lack of viruses, a low profile and no trouble out of the thing.

Unfortunately ME broke and no number of uninstalls and reinstalls was going to bring it back, so I decided I’d give Norton a chance.

A couple of days after installing, all of my emails disappeared from Thunderbird.  Thousands of emails!  So I Googled the problem and found millions of entries of people complaining that Norton had done this to them too!

Norton’s sloppy programming looks for viruses in emails, and if it finds one, it deletes all of your email – not just the virus attachment.  Unfortunately none of these articles provided any solutions, so I decided to chat with India on Norton’s website.

I’ve previously written about how frustrating it is that shortsighted-cheap-ass-stupid companies would rather pay a worthless, clueless person in India 30 cents a day, instead of hiring someone in the US who can be helpful.   These companies don’t care if their products are supported, they just want to pretend that they are.

I could write a few pages about the horrible, clueless chats I had with 2 customer service agents who could barely speak English.  They assured me that Norton didn’t do anything to me and that I should check with my internet provider to restore the last 10 years of emails that Norton deleted.  “May will they have your email there sir to be put back.”

Then I could go on and on about the 2 phone calls I had to India, and how during one of them the agent told me he’d never heard of this issue and while he was remotely connected to my computer I FUCKING DID A GOOGLE SEARCH AND SHOWED HIM 4 MILLION COMPLAINTS and he still said it was just a coincidence that all of my emails disappeared right after I installed Norton’s Antivirus.

But really, my summary and warning should suffice without all the gory details.

If you don’t want your virus program to delete your sensitive data and you don’t like fake support, then Norton’s Antivirus isn’t the program for you.

And a postscript: After restoring from my backup (thank God for that), and deleting Crap Norton’s from my system, my email is fine.  Guess it wasn’t a coincidence after all, Norton.

Arise Virtual Solutions is a Scam and a Ripoff Work at Home Company

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Let me begin by saying that I have not personally worked for Arise, but I am hearing so many reports these days, including a few from trusted friends, that I finally had to write this Blog.  I must also state that this is 100% my opinion (in case it wasn’t clear that my personal Blog is my opinion), because their SOP is to threaten to sue people when they speak out against the company.

Arise Virtual Solutions in Mirmar Florida bills themselves a “work at home opportunity” and has workers take calls for large companies like Disney, AT&T,  Carnival and Intuit while pretending that they are in a call center.   Recently large clients have bailed because Arise was doing a poor job and it was hurting their reputation.

Arise has been around for awhile and was originally called Willow, and at that time it was a legitimate work at home opportunity.  Willow paid a fair wage and treated agents well.  A few years ago they became Arise, and the bad changes have been non-ending, with each one worse for the poor desperate suckers who need a job.

Arise says that they are a “work at home opportunity” and by doing this they get away with a lot of shit.  First, they are able to scam victims out of hundreds of dollars for “training, background checks, monthly fees, etc.” without giving them any work.  A large amount of the company’s revenue is made scamming people who think that if they pay Arise all this money they’ll have a job.  Arise encourages these out-of-work people to buy equipment, incorporate, get phone lines installed, etc.  But after all of the money paid out and a few weeks (or months) of unpaid training, Arise tells many of them to go away.

The person looking for work is out over a thousand dollars in expenses, plus approximately 6 weeks of unpaid time that they donated to Arise for training, and they’re nowhere.  Some might say that these are the lucky ones because at least they’re done with Arise!

The others are allowed to contract “business to business” with Arise.  This allows Arise to get away with paying below minimum wage, giving no benefits and paying no taxes on these employees.  These people weren’t a “business” before, but they are now!  They’re a “business” with only one client:  Arise!  And then Arise dictates every aspect of their working time as if they were a paid employee.

Now Arise says, “but you have a flexible schedule, so you’re not an employee.”  But this is a lie.  For most clients there are never enough hours, because Arise is constantly bringing in more people so they can charge them training and application fees, even when there aren’t enough hours for the people already working.  Even if the “client” is about to be gone from  Arise they’ll still take people’s money and “train” them and then tell them there’s no work 6 weeks later.

For those people who do have some work, there are never enough hours and they’re broken up all day and night.  The people stuck in this hopeless trap take whatever they can get; 15 minutes at 6am, 30 minutes at 11am, 15 minutes at 2pm, 45 minutes at 5pm, 15 minutes at 6:15pm, an hour at 2am.  Flexible schedule, my ASS.  Arise makes all the agents scramble for time, trying to pick up work 24 hours a day.

On many “opportunities” they’ll advertise one pay rate and then after a chump has spent $1k and 6 weeks training announce that it’s really 25% less money than they said it would be.  Then another hit is when they tell you that you don’t get paid unless you’re talking on the phone, which means if you work for 8 hours but there’s time in-between calls Arise will only pay for 5 hours.  But of course you’re required to sit there.

It gets worse.  If Arise’s systems don’t work (and they frequently don’t, because they’re crap), there is virtually zero support, the agents don’t get paid, and they get threatened because they’re not meeting their required work times.  Anytime anything is wrong with their systems Arise blames the agents and then penalizes them, even when all of the agents are reporting the same problems.

They’ve got the existing agents so scared of being terminated, that they spend their time trying to get their “metrics” fixed instead of realizing that they’re being cheated out of real money that they’re owed by Arise.

And even though Arise is based on exploiting a loophole that claims everyone who works for them is not an employee, they are constantly looking for ways to dictate, monitor and control people as if they were employees.

Most recently Arise announced that they will start dropping by at any time to check if an agent’s house complies with Arise’s standards.”  Seriously, WTF?  Agents better be sure they wash all of their dirty dishes!  Unless they are police with a warrant, they shouldn’t be busting down people’s doors.

And another important warning:  There are some crooked companies that associate with Arise and say they “hire” people.   As if getting $5 an hour isn’t low enough, these companies will skim another 20% off the top and “help” folks.  These little scavenger companies are always fighting with each other and it adds even more complication into the mess of dealing with Arise.  Believe me, that kind of help you don’t need.

For those of you who don’t know this yet, I’ll have to do a separate Blog about the BBB.  If a company is crooked, but bribes the BBB they give them an A rating.  And even though Arise has thousands of complaints, they’ve bribed the BBB.  Don’t be impressed by their boast (or any company’s claim) that they have a great rating with the BBB, because that doesn’t mean shit!  And unfortunately is another one that’s gone corrupt like the BBB and allows companies to pay them to remove bad reports too.

There are some legitimate work at home companies but you must do your research first.  NEVER pay to get a job and stay away from Arise!

Mega Monster Companies Have Stolen Your Rights!

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If you deal with any big company in America, you are most likely stuck with Binding Arbitration.  This means if you want to sue them, you’re going to wind up in a Kangaroo Court that always rules in favor of the crooked company over 99.6% of the time.  But Binding Arbitration in the Terms of Service (TOS) of the companies that you’re forced to deal with is old news.

However, it recently got much Fucking worse.

In a Nutshell, the Supreme Court decided that crooked companies may include a clause like this in their TOS:  “Arbitrator.  The claim or dispute shall be resolved by a single arbitrator selected and agreed upon by the parties.”   This means that you give up your Constitutional right to a real court hearing and agree that any Beef you have will be decided in a fake court hired by the Giant-Monster-Company (GMC) that has cheated you.  All of the Binding Arbitration companies are crooked, and 99.6% of the time they “rule” in favor of the GMC that hired them.  (And those few that might have once been fair were fired and went out of business.)

This clause also means there can be no Class Action lawsuits either.

In theory Binding Arbitration helps keep down costs for everyone, helps the courts stay unclogged and provides speedy justice.  In practice, it just means the Consumer gets crushed.

But this is all old news; the real Bombshell is the new “gotcha” that the crooked companies have weasled into the terms.

New “Costs and Fees” verbiage has been showing up in GMC’s TOS in the last year.  “Each party shall bear its own costs of discovery, deposition, attorney and witness fees but the arbitrator shall be empowered to make a different allocation of such fees and costs in the award/”

Everyone pays their own fees seems innocent enough, right?  But notice that the arbitrator is now empowered to “make a different allocation.”  That means the Kangaroo Court can now say, “You lose  plus you also have to pay all of the legal fees of Giant-Monster-Company too.  Hahahahaha!    You Are Screwed!”

Guess what?  This last year, that’s Exactly what they’ve all been saying.  People are being cheated by banks, cable companies, phone companies, etc. and when they take it to the Kangaroo court, not only do they lose, but they’re stock with massive legal fees as a penalty for their effort.

But it’s worse.  In that .less than half of 1% where the consumer wins, the Kangaroo courts have started declaring that the victim STILL has to pay the Giant-Monster-Company’s legal fees.  So even if you Win, you Lose.

How does this come into play?  Take my recent article on Time Warner Cable’s internet price hike where they claim their crooked price increase is “just an equipment fee.”  There can’t be a class action, if you do submit to Binding Arbitration there is a 99.6% chance you’ll lose, and win or lose, it likely you’ll be hiit with paying Time Warner Cable’s “legal fees” too!

The Supreme Court gave away our rights, and it’s getting worse.