Paying at a chip card reader pic.twitter.com/xjssov42ft
— Rebecca Slatkin (@RebeccaSlatkin) July 14, 2016
The EMV chip credit card transition in the US has been a disaster The whole chip card transition was timed to begin as the holiday shopping season of 2015 got underway. CVS simply shut off the chip card part of its terminals during the holiday season, to avoid the inevitable long lines. And CVS probably wasn’t the only retailer to do that. So, to rehash, the solution for longer lines wasn’t to make checkouts faster but to completely bypass the new security feature during the busiest shopping season of the year.
The Tower Amid the Ruins | Belmont Club Marx’s heirs, having freed themselves moral restraints, have ridiculously proceeded to construct an elaborate system of mores governing every aspect of life. There are now PC formulas for bathrooms, transgender forms of address, Halloween costumes, sexual behavior, speech, food choices, energy consumption, transportation and even mathematics just to name a few. Among the innumerable rules of virtue there’s even a sacrament of penance, to which Harvey Weinstein has subscribed, declaring his intention to atone for his reported sexual assaults by fighting the NRA.
We will never have to worry about a human mind going amok in cyberspace; alas, we will also never achieve immortality through downloading. This is not only because of the absence of consciousness software in the brain; there is a deeper problem here – let’s call it the uniqueness problem – which is both inspirational and depressing.
There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. In industry after industry, Bezos is playing a ruthless game. The Amazon CEO charges into unsuspecting markets, slashes prices and waits for others to adjust or perish.
Like most of the mainline Protestants churches, the Episcopal Church has become a circus of degeneracy and general lunacy. As a result their pews are empty…. These churches are big on the “all are welcome” stuff. They hang banners outside their empty churches with this slogan, usually decorated with rainbows. My suggestion is the alt-right toughs should take pics of themselves dressed as Hitler, posing in front of these stupid signs. That would make for a hilarious social media campaign. The fact is, the only people welcome in these hell holes are Progressive nutters and sexual deviants. As is always the case with The Cult, the opposite of what they say is usually the truth. Suicide Cult | The Z Blog
Sultan Knish: The Global Failure of Globalization Globalization is a dead end. Open societies are open internally and mutually to people and ideas that share the premise of that ‘openness’. Not with those who hate them. Free markets are free when they interact with other free markets, not totalitarian slave labor camps that can always win on price.
Astronomers Spot Interstellar Object in Our Solar System: Get back to me if it starts to slow down.
“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little Hand.” Harvey Weinstein can’t wash away Hollywood’s sins: Glenn Reynolds
The Best Western Movies Ever Made “How can you trust a man that wears both a belt and suspenders? Man can’t even trust his own pants.”
UPDATE: This just in from commenter known forevermore as…
…. a comment that I agree with wholeheartedly :
“Best westerns. Now I adjure you, honored cohort: watch the first one, High Noon. It is homework for you. Then, go ahead and see how your isolationist conservatism is short of the mark. I could make a short line between Kim in Nork, and the lessons of this movie. We’ve punted the ball on every opportunity; the train stops here at high noon, and some men are getting off to kill you.”