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Millennials, Yuppies One In The Same

By Bob L.       Just My Opinion What Is A Millennial?
April 29th 2014

I have been reading all these articles, and what I can get out of them, is that these Millennia’s, they are the new Yuppie, they want the best of every thing, NOW, the best marriage if they do get married, the best job and pay right out of college, and if not they will wine cry and do a temper tantrum if they don’t get their way.

One thing that can be said is, join the rest if the unemployed, take the lumps that have been caused by these people who have got to have the best and will only pay the highest price to make them look like, well say it as it is, trying to out do some one else like their shit don’t stink, and they are better than any one else.

Millennial’s, Yuppies what ever they are calling them selves today, they are the thorns that are causing higher taxes, just put it this way, they are the reason that the cost of every thing is so high, they do not know how to say NO, because then they have to out do every one else.

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Millennial Living: What Cities and Features Attract This Generation

Colleen Casey
April 28, 2014

The East and West Coasts can add another difference to the list: age demographics of residents. Nielsen recently compiled a report, “Millennials–Breaking the Myths” which examined that segment of the population aged 18 to 36 who make up 24 percent of America and are known as “Millennials.” Because Millennials comprise the same percentage of the population as Baby Boomers, Nielsen contrasted what places the two groups are calling home. Read More

The Science of Happily Ever After: How Millennials Beat the Odds to Find Love

Ty Tashiro
April 28, 2014

Like generations before them, millennials were told bedtime stories that ended happily ever after, but they have grown up to find a new technology-driven dating scene that has lost the plot. I’ve spoken with many millennials while touring for my new book, The Science of Happily Ever After, and the question I hear over and over is: “Does happily ever after even exist?” Read More

Millennial MBAs Are Selfish, Hard to Please, and In a Hurry

By Patrick Clark
March 16, 2014

Millennials make for easy targets. They’re more narcissistic, less patriotic, and apparently obsessed with posting photos of themselves on the Internet.  Read More

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Special Insterest Groups Go To Hell

Comment By Bob L.
Nov. 9th 2013

Like they say People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones! 

Here is a good reason this country is going to hell, to many people today are in bed with BEELZEBUB and his Demon groups, they are trying to take over this Country and Others, first they started on SECOND HAND SMOKE which got a law passed about public places, and now years later they want to SMOKE POT, the hell with SECOND HAND SMOKE, it is now safe according to them, just more two-faced hypocrites, what ever they want they get, just like the ones who are running the Governments, they tell you one thing, and when a YUPPY wants some thing they get it, not the average Citizen.

Now you have Special Interest out there telling you where you can say the WORD GOD, I don’t care if I want to say GOD I will say it, where you are allowed to display his works or where you can worship him, you have people telling you not to say Citizen, Brown Bag, Bang, Hi Jack, even if his name is Jack, you can go on and on with all this bull shit and never be safe in what you say, the way I feel any more, IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT WE SAY, WHAT WE EAT, WHERE WE GO, then GOD be willing to help you and your SATAN followers out of this Country, we don’t need you here, it our life not yours to tell we what to do.

A couple of years back, the Obama’s were all over this fat program and taking away your rights to what you wanted to eat, so they went after Sugar, Salt, Trans Fat, Pop, Hamburgers, and about a year later look at what happen to the people who were telling you what to eat, here are the ones who started this eat what I say, this just one of many running you life.

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School to Parents: We Want to Hit Your Kids

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 21st 2013

[“According to Leeds City Schools Public Policy, parents or legal guardians who do not want corporal punishment to be administered to their child/children must inform the principal of the school on an annual basis.” ]   IF PARENTS were doing THEIR JOB raising their kids, and not the Schools or the Street, they would not be getting into trouble.

Now if the parents don’t want to see their Child punished for being out of line and unruly, then they should be suspended from school for one week on the first offence, if the parents don’t do any thing about it and the child continues, then suspend them for a month and make the parents pay a fine for any Damage or Problems that occur why they were being punished. It is the parents responsibly to raise their Children NOT the Schools, so parents should be held Financially responsible for what their Kids do if they don’t want them punished. No punishment mean that they can away with it and continue with it.

If these kids are disruptive and causing problems then they should be picked up by the police and put in child detention and go before a judge, and the parents pay court cost .

This why there is so much problems in children are occurring today, and why these kids are running free on the streets with no supervision or punishment when they get in trouble, they want the schools to teach these kids between the difference from right and wrong but can not punish them, so they know that they can get away with what ever they want and nothing will happen, because they even know that their parents wont even punish them, and then they wonder why these kids are in trouble, it is time for the parents to do their job and take care of them and not some one else.

But these parents are the first ones to complain about the problems these kids are in to and saying that some one should do some thing about it.

Why do you think Kids are in so much trouble today, because of this type of thinking: Spanking Kids May Cause Mental Disorders in Adulthood, But there is punishment within reason.

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Alabama Elementary School to Parents: We Want to Hit Your Kids

By Andri Antoniades | Takepart.com
09-21-2013

When Alabama mom, Wendy Chandler, opened her daughter’s “Back to School” packet, she was shocked to discover that among the many papers sent to her, was a “Corporal Punishment Parental Consent Form.”

The permission slip, which has been making the Internet rounds since The New York Times reported the story this week, reads in part:

“According to Leeds City Schools Public Policy, parents or legal guardians who do not want corporal punishment to be administered to their child/children must inform the principal of the school on an annual basis.” Continue reading

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Digital pickpockets using technology YOU ALL Just Had To Have!!

Comment By Bob L.
05-23-2013

Now that you got what you wanted, this will cost you your BANK ACCOUNT, and you will get every thing you deserve, you YUPPIES just got a have the best and fanciest of every thing.

Read on Nitwits you got what you asked for, and lets see how you like it now.

Two Years  Ago Mar 9, 2011:  Also, Feb 8, 2011 :


and People Still want these Cards and Phones today, for what, bragging rights to show that you are a Nitwit, (a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person).

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Digital pickpockets using technology to steal credit cards

By Matt Markovich
Published: May 22, 2013

SEATTLE — Convenience and speed are reasons businesses often used to encourage early adoption of a technology intended to improve our lives, especially when it comes to paying for goods and services at a cash registers.

But digital pickpockets have found a way to use the same technology to line their pockets with goods and services bought with stolen credit cards. The newest smartphones are making it easy for thieves to steal and use stolen credit cards.

To understand how it’s done, you need to understand our attraction to speed and convenience.

In an effort to speed up credit card transactions at the cash register, major credit card companies have adopted a “contactless” payment systems like MasterCard’s Paypass. It relies on radio frequency identification or RFID technology. RFID enabled credit cards are embedded with a hidden microchip that stores all the account information necessary to complete a transaction.

It’s the same information on a  card’s magnetic strip. The difference is how it’s communicated during the transaction. The RFID enable card uses a hidden antenna to broadcast the information to an electronic credit card reader.  The user completes the transaction by tapping the card over and electronic reader at the register. With the traditional card swipe, the account information is read off the magnetic strip.

Now smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG and HTC are releasing phones that are “NFC” or Near Field Communications enabled.  NFC is  form of RFID technology that takes advantage of both transmitting and receiving data via the smartphone.

NFC enabled phones have the ability to read the data on microchip credit card but they do not come with the software to actually do it.  Software is also needed to translate the information otherwise the credit card data is meaningless.

Enter the hackers or code writers (depending on your point of view) who have not only written software to make the credit card info meaning meaningful, but software that leverages the smartphone’s ability to use NFC to transmit data to an electronic reader.

For years, digital pickpockets have built RFID readers that can electronically sniff someone’s wallet or purse for account information embedded on an RFID enabled credit card. That step has all but been eliminated by the cell phone manufacturers. The newest versions of Android smartphones have the hardware to do the same thing and more.

With a firmware modification and a free open source application that can easily be found on the internet, the average person can turn their NFC enabled smartphone into a credit card stealing machine and then use the smartphone as that stolen credit card.

The Problem Solvers want to see for ourselves just how easy an NFC enable phone make the job of a digital pickpocket easier.

We modified a Motorola Razr and installed the software to test just how easy it would be scan a RFID enabled credit card and play it back to an electronic reader.

KOMO News has elected not to name the application or the firmware modification because we don’t want to encourage others to do this behavior.

We visited eight Seattle area stores that were equipped to accept a contactless payment system like Paypass with and without the store’s knowledge. The Problem Solvers were able to use a variety of credit card numbers that had been scanned into the phone as if they were stolen by digital pickpocket.

We made successful transactions at six of the eight stores we visited. Of the two that were not successful, clerks believed it was a problem with the reader detecting the phone.

“That’s frightening” says Robbie Watson of Zelo Bike Shop after we showed him how I used a credit card that wasn’t my own to make a purchase at his store.  Since the electronic transaction doesn’t include the cardholder’s name, there was no way for Watson to verify the account number I was using was actually mine.

“Even if you showed me your ID, I couldn’t verify the account,” said Watson. “There’s something not right about this”

At Seattle Cigar and Tobacco, owner Naeen Ahmad realized the same problem when we showed him how we used the phone in his store. There’s no way to verify the info broadcast by the phone to the reader is my credit card.

“I think it’s very dangerous, extremely dangerous. It’s like anybody’s credit cards are not protected anymore,” said Ahmad.

Security consultant Steve Manzuik believes it’s going to fall on the credit card industry to make contactless transactions more secure.

“It’s a feature that hasn’t been very well thought out,” said Manzuik, who works with Leviathan Security Group, a Seattle firm that works with corporations on fixing their computer security breaches.

“The payment card industry wanted to speed things up a little and make it much faster for people to buy things,” said Manzuik. “They are moving to this standard, which clearly isn’t as secure.”

MasterCard Worldwide says it’s aware of the situation we were testing.

“The circumstances under which it can occur in the real world are extremely rare,” MasterCard spokeswoman Beth Kitchner said in a written statement.

“We don’t consider this to be a serious threat to our cardholders. MasterCard strives to stay far ahead of fraud. However if even one cardholder is impacted, we have a zero liability policy,” Manzuik said.

Nobody is going to buy a phone and be able to start scanning credit cards in an hour says Manzuik. But if you have the technical ability, it’s not that hard to figure out.

Manzuik believes people should be able to tap their phones and pay for something using and RFID enabled credit card.

“It’s the fact that they are doing it insecurely, that’s the problem,” Manzuik said.

There is now a cottage business growing on the internet of devices to protect credit cards, driver’s licenses and passports embedded with microchips from the electronic sniffing of an RFID reader. Most products consist of foil lined wallets and sleeves.

There are also tutorials on YouTube demonstrating how a person with a sharp knife can remove or disable the microchip embedded in a credit card.

If you want to simply get rid of the RFID enabled credit card but not the account, call the credit card company and ask them to issue you a card that does not have the microchip inside.

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A Bunch of Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer

Comment By Bob L.
05-19-2013

Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer, ask a Truck driver what their Alcohol limit is to lose their job.

One guy says I can not afford a DUI, if that is the case, then you should not be Drinking and Driving. Alcohol is to easy to shop lift today.

If a Bar or Restaurant can keep pushing Alcohol, they can afford to help pay for some ones death from it.

Truck drivers can not even use a mouth wash, if they are stopped with one hour of using mouth wash they can be classified as being drunk and some companies will can you for it, I know this for a fact, my son uses Listerine and went to work and the company did a drug test that morning, and eight drivers got fired, and 3 of them used a mouth wash, and mouth wash in most cases have Alcohol in them in turn with in an hour is gone but not from getting a DUI if stopped in that hour.

I have seen what Alcohol can do, get a job driving a tow truck and seeing what it looks like in an accident, especially when kids are involved, what are you teaching you kids, it all right to Drink and Drive and go out and kill others while doing it.

Admit it, any one who can not go a month with out a one Alcoholic drink is nothing but an ALCOHOLIC and lose their Drivers License, and if caught driving, FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE, if they can afford to buy Alcohol they can afford to pay for their Actions.

Insurance companies should do with Alcohol for what they do with people who smoke, make them pay THREE TIMES more their Insurance for their right to drive, and if they get stopped for drinking, THEIR insurance Doubles (if they can afford to drink, then they can afford the Insurance), not every one else should have to support their Drinking habits.

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Federal proposal to lower legal limit hits home for some

By HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News
Posted on May 18, 2013

How much is too much?  It’s a question a lot of folks might be considering over cocktails this weekend, after the federal government proposed lower the legal blood alcohol level for drinking, from .08 to .05.

For people like Lauren Hale and Alicia Bowers of Seattle, it’s an easy decision.

“I’m totally in support of that,” said Hale.

The two friends didn’t always feel that way, but a recent tragedy changed their minds.

‘It’s just not worth it.  You’re affecting other people, not just yourself,” said Bowers.

One of their close friends lost her mother last month, in a fatal accident on State Route 520.  Authorities have said Morgan Williams was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

“Morgan was on her way to work, Eastbound 520, at 5:30 a.m. or so, and the driver, a 25-year-old guy, did a U-turn, came back the wrong way, and hit her head on,” said Hale.

Now, Hale and Bowers say a lower legal limit might force people to think twice about getting behind the wheel.

“Maybe if it’s a little bit stricter, people will be way more on guard and be like, ‘Oh I shouldn’t drive,'” said Hale.

KING 5 spoke to other social drinkers who feel the exact opposite.

“It’s a terrible idea, a horrible idea,” said John Hotchkiss.  “Like who will be able to have anything to drink?  A .05 would be like walking by and sniffing alcohol.”

Hotchkiss and others say it will simply overload the system.

“I think overall it won’t pass, there’s be too much against it,” said Jordan Tursi.  “But it still makes me a little nervous.

The federal government wants every state to approve .05 blood alcohol level for driving.

It is too late to bring up the issue during this year’s special session in Washington, but KING 5 has learned many members of the legislature support the idea.

State troopers, meanwhile, say it’s not all about a specific number.  In Washington, you can be arrested for impaired driving even if your blood alcohol level is below .08.

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Put Them in Their Place, They Want It Give it To Them!

Comment By Bob L.
04-08-2013

Environmentalist, Special Interest, and Government Agencies who want Clean Air, Clean Water, and Streets Clean of Automobiles, lets give it to them, plain and simple.

Lets give them No Electricity, No Water, No Oil, No Gas, this includes Propane, Natural Gas, kerosene.

Now let’s go a little farther, can these people survive without any of these things mentioned, some will say yes, but can they, good, but one thing that will shut them down is food, do they have a place to grow their Food? do they have a Job,? not if they get what they want, they will be sitting on their thumb and NO Place to go.

If they think that the Government will help, they have another thing coming, if no one is working where is the money going to come from to help? Not even the Government Agencies will know what to do with an Empty bank, people will be in the same place that they were in 1929 to 1940.

And by giving them what they want means it will ground all Planes, cars, and Trains, so does any one have an idea on what to do if these people get what they want, one thing that will happen is that all people will have to work hand in hand no matter who you are.

People had better have a second thought before they go any farther on wanting, these people  have already wanted to much to where this Country is about to go BANKRUPT, and they will have no one to blame but themselves.

If you LIKE and agree , PASS this on.

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Comment By Bob L.
04-04-2013

Washington State: For a STATE that is complaining about no money, is sure spending a lot of it, and if you have not noticed, Washington state seem to be in the process of privatizing every thing that they are in control of, is this so they can give them selves more money in their Wallets, it sure looks like it.

When they Privatize, it only affects the workers, not the people at the top who used to run these Departments, it seem that they got pay raises, not let go like every one else, they are just like the federal Government, anywhere from Two to Ten different departments run and finance the same programs, they could save money if one department ran the State, the ones Elected by the people, Government does not need all though people to do what the Elected people can do, the Governor, the house, and the senate is all you need, that is what they were Elected to do, not delegate some one else to do it for them.

The same thing goes for the schools, you have to many people doing the same thing, a good Teacher can Teach and Run a school with out the help of the Government, and Unions, this is the problem, to many people in the pot, and with that many people in the pot, there is no room to do a good job of teaching, you get Teachers WHO want to Teach, and get RID of Teachers that are only looking for money, not the job. This is HOW you SAVE and HAVE money for Education, Reading Writing, Arithmetic and a Trade or Profession. There is too much Testing, Home Work and not enough In School Teaching.

What is the next thing are they going to put up for auction to the highest bidder, Highway Department, State Patrol, we can not say State Parks, or Alcohol that has already ben done, but seem to be that the people don’t like it, just YUPPIES, that way they have the parks to them selves because no one else can afford to go to them unless they don’t pay a bill or not buy some food.

If the State can not Do the job that they are Elected to do than they might as well close the doors and go back in time to where the state had no one to run it but the Indians, they did a better job than any Government has.

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Good to Go pass might become ticket for ferry

JORDAN SCHRADER | Staff writer 
Published April 04, 2013

A Good to Go windshield sticker might someday get a car across the water by boat as well as by bridge.

 An $8.7 billion transportation spending plan proposed Wednesday by a bipartisan group of state senators calls for Washington to come up with a plan for using prepaid toll passes for state ferry payments, reservations and customer service.

“We want to have one pass for everything,” Des Moines Sen. Tracey Eide told reporters while standing with fellow Democrat Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens and Republicans Curtis King of Yakima and Joe Fain of Auburn.

Frequent toll payers set up electronic Good to Go accounts and put transponders on their vehicles for cashless payments on the eastbound Tacoma Narrows bridge, the state Route 167 HOT lanes and the SR 520 bridge.

The Department of Transportation would study what it would take to add ferries to that list while maintaining a toll contract with Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. The study would cost $250,000 from a ferry fund with results due to the Legislature Nov. 29.

Another study – funded by a $200,000 appropriation from legislators in 2011 – has already looked at ways of paying ferry fares and concluded Good to Go should expand to ferries.

Key lawmakers appear sold on the idea.

“We believe this will provide a less costly and more effective system for the payment of everybody that uses the system,” said King, who co-chairs the Senate Transportation Committee with Eide.

A series of problems plagued the Good to Go program in 2011 after ETCC took over tolling operations statewide. A backlog of potential toll violations was caused by hundreds of thousands of Narrows bridge crossings that were wrongfully processed as unpaid.

King said many of those problems have been corrected. He noted the proposed budget would spend $150,000 on a study of whether to outsource auditing of the Department of Transportation’s toll division to independent auditors.

The last study reported a state survey had found some support among Good to Go and ferry customers for combining the systems. Ferry riders already can use an ORCA card that also works on bus and train fares.

Though the proposed study is limited to ferries, state toll division director Craig Stone said he foresees Good to Go one day being used for all kinds of modes of transportation, with airport parking one likely option.

The budget proposal released Wednesday also calls for WSDOT to reduce toll administration and overhead, an action pushed by Sen. Nathan Schlicher, a Gig Harbor Democrat.

For example, it calls for a 20 percent reduction in Narrows Bridge administrative staff costs. Stone said those costs represent 1 percent of the bridge’s budget.

The spending plan also clears the way for increases in ferry fares and Narrows bridge tolls by restoring the state Transportation Commission’s power to set both rates. Last fall’s passage of Initiative 1185 reverted that authority to the Legislature.

The commission is poised to approve two 25-cent toll increases, one taking effect this summer and the other a year later.

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Bring Environmentalists Down

Comment By Bob L.
03-29-2013

It is time to put Environmentalists in their place, if they want to destroy the United States and the World, then shut down all Refineries, (NO Gas, kerosene, Propane, Jet Fuel every one of these have a soot and sulphur content), Sulphur [A pale-yellow, brittle nonmetallic element that occurs widely in nature, especially in volcanic deposits, minerals, natural gas, and petroleum.] Power Plants, stop Wind Power, and Solar Power, and No weapons of any kind, because any thing that is made causes Pollution of some kind, if this is what they want then let’s go back to before there was any thing but candles, oooops that even causes pollution and soot. And they want you to use Natural gas in your vehicle, but not with Sulphur read the article.

To do this that means that you would have no houses unless you had only hand tools to cut down trees,oops you can not do that because that would cause pollution from fires so you could not even cook your food because that would cause pollution, so now you would have to live from roots, berries, and just think you would be the food of the wild animals, so if this is what they want then give it to them and lets see how long it would last.

No More Free Ride For Any One, every one will pay the price of what the Environmentalists, Special Interest, and Governments wants.

You can put any thing on paper, it might look good, but that does not mean it is true or fact.

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EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

By DINA CAPPIELLO | Associated Press
03-29-2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards. The cost at the pump for cleaner air across the country could be less than a penny or as high as 9 cents a gallon, depending on who is providing the estimate.

An oil industry study says the proposed rule being unveiled Friday by the administration could increase gasoline prices by 6 cents to 9 cents a gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates an increase of less than a penny and an additional $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025.

The EPA is quick to add that the change aimed at cleaning up gasoline and automobile emissions would yield billions of dollars in health benefits by 2030 by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution. Still, the oil industry, Republicans and some Democrats have pressed the EPA to delay the rule, citing higher costs.

Environmentalists hailed the proposal as potentially the most significant in President Barack Obama’s second term.

The so-called Tier 3 standards would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, by expanding across the country a standard already in place in California. For states, the regulation would make it easier to comply with health-based standards for the main ingredient in smog and soot. For automakers, the regulation allows them to sell the same autos in all 50 states.

The Obama administration already has moved to clean up motor vehicles by adopting rules that will double fuel efficiency and putting in place the first standards to reduce the pollution from cars and trucks blamed for global warming.

“We know of no other air pollution control strategy that can achieve such substantial, cost-effective and immediate emission reductions,” said Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Becker said the rule would reduce pollution equal to taking 33 million cars off the road.

But the head of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Charles Drevna, said in an interview Thursday that the refiners’ group was still unclear on the motives behind the agency’s regulation, since refining companies already have spent $10 billion to reduce sulfur by 90 percent. The additional cuts, while smaller, will cost just as much, Drevna said, and the energy needed for the additional refining actually could increase carbon pollution by 1 percent to 2 percent.

“I haven’t seen an EPA rule on fuels that has come out since 1995 that hasn’t said it would cost only a penny or two more,” Drevna said.

A study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute estimated that lowering the sulfur in gasoline would add 6 cents to 9 cents a gallon to refiners’ manufacturing costs, an increase that likely would be passed on to consumers at the pump. The EPA estimate of less than 1 cent is also an additional manufacturing cost and likely to be passed on.

A senior administration official said Thursday that only 16 of 111 refineries would need to invest in major equipment to meet the new standards, which could be final by the end of this year. Of the remaining refineries, 29 already are meeting the standards because they are selling cleaner fuel in California or other countries, and 66 would have to make modifications.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the rule was still undergoing White House budget office review.

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It Really Shows Where Stupid Is Not Smart

Comment By Bob L.
03-05-2013

This is what happens when you run off half cocked and pass a law without knowing what the outcome will be, JUST LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, they don’t care, just as long as they get their name in the paper that they showed how stupid they are.

They don’t care how many people they put out of work just as long as they get their way and prove just how stupid they can get, instead of getting this Country back on its feet they would rather tare it down and show people that they went to College and what they have learned.

Look around you and see what college has brought to this Country, GREED and Snobs who want every one to bow to them and what they say.

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Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

By CASEY MCNERTHNEY, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Thursday, February 28, 2013

When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around.

“I think we’ve gotten to a place where it’s really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general,” Councilman Mike O’Brien said at the time.

But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don’t often wash.

Mike Duke, who operates the Lake City Grocery Outlet with his wife, said that since the plastic-bag ban started last July, he’s lost at least $5,000 in produce and between $3,000 and $4,000 in frozen food.

“We’ve never lost that much before,” said Duke, who found those numbers through inventories of stolen and damaged goods.

The Dukes opened the Lake City grocery store in June 2011, and Mike Duke said in the year before the plastic-bag ban losses in frozen food and produce were a small fraction of what he’s seeing now. As he explained to seattlepi.com and also the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the shoplifters’ patterns are difficult to detect.

They enter the store with reusable bags and can more easily conceal items they steal. The reusable bags require staff to watch much more closely, and even though the store has a loss-prevention officer and more than a dozen security cameras, it’s tough to tell what a customer has paid for and what they may already have brought with them.

According to data released in January by Seattle Public Utilities, 21.1 percent of business owners surveyed said increased shoplifting because of the plastic bag ban was a problem. Results of another survey released in January – one done by an environmental advocacy group that found the ban “popular and successful” – didn’t mention the problem of shoplifting.

Seattle’s push for reusable bags – and shoplifters who have plagued several Lake City businesses – leave the Dukes in a predicament. Asking customers to check reusable bags at the counter would be burdensome to customers and staff, and prohibiting reusable bags and backpacks likely wouldn’t work well in Seattle, which other business owners said is known for grand environmental ideas that can hinder small business efforts.

The Lake City Grocery Outlet also saw a dramatic increase in the number of hand baskets stolen after Seattle’s plastic bag ban was initiated.

Shoplifters would fill up their baskets – some with purchased items and others with stolen groceries – and walk out of the store at 3020 N.E. 127th St. Duke would see the hand baskets discarded around Lake City and said the losses from the baskets and merchandise are in the thousands of dollars.

So last fall, the store did away with the remaining hand baskets to try and curb theft. But that frustrated some customers, and hasn’t substantially stopped losses.

San Francisco was the first major U.S. city to ban plastic grocery bags in 2007. Multiple research papers have said there are negative repercussions to public health, though supporters question or discount the findings. One study released late last summer cited emergency room treatment data and said after the bag ban began there was a spike in the number of E. coli cases and an increase of deaths from foodborne illnesses.

Another paper from 2011 found E. coli in 8 percent of all reusable bags from randomly selected individuals at California and Arizona grocery stores. Washing the bags eliminated 99.9 percent of the pathogens, according to that study – though it raised questions of how often shoppers actually do.

King County hasn’t had a public or private study on bacteria in reusable grocery bags.

But “it’s not surprising that bags are going to collect germs over time,” public health spokesman James Apa said. “People need to take common sense steps to protect themselves: wash their hands and wash their bags from time to time.”

Duke started in the grocery business at age 16 and has worked for several stores, including Safeway, Albertson’s and Fred Meyer before operating the Lake City Grocery Outlet. Neighbors and staff have praised the dedicated work from Duke and his wife, Patty, and say they’re concerned for them if the neighborhood theft trend continues.

The latest rash of produce and frozen food theft comes in a neighborhood that many say is overwhelmed by problems brought by homeless and low-income people.

Both police and other business owners say transients are a huge part of the theft problem, though several Lake City business owners won’t say that on the record for fear of being labeled as anti-homeless.

Members of the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce were told that theft at the Lake City Fred Meyer was the worst of any store in the Fred Meyer chain, which has more than 50 stores in Washington and Oregon. In an e-mail Thursday afternoon, Fred Meyer Public Affairs Director Melinda Merrill said in an e-mail the location is a “high-theft rate store, but all inner-city stores are, and Lake City is not our highest.”

Asked which Fred Meyer store has the highest theft and how the Lake City Fred Meyer compares to Washington stores, Merrill did not immediately respond.

“The Chamber is not anti-homeless; Lake City is not anti homeless,” North Seattle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Diane Haugen said. “The question is the extent to which the hosting agencies follow up with the people they’re bringing here.”

Casey McNerthney can be reached at 206-448-8220 or at caseymcnerthney@seattlepi.com. Follow Casey on Twitter at twitter.com/mcnerthney.

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Shutdown Corner Canadian man misses Super Bowl trip after 1981 pot bust

Comment By Bob L.
02-03-2013

All of you that just have to have your pot and other spirits, a 1981 pot bust denies entry to U.S., this also goes for you going out of this Country.

So Smoke them cigarettes and all those other things you do that are Illegal, some where it will come back to haunt you, and you can not blame any one but your self, because you just had to have it.

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Canadian man misses Super Bowl trip after 1981 pot bust denies him entry to U.S.

By Frank Schwab Shutdown Corner
02-03-2013

Myles Wilkinson won a fantasy football contest to attend Super Bowl XLVII, but his dreams of going to the big game went up in smoke because of a 1981 pot bust.

According to a story by the CBC, the 50-year Canadian man was denied entry to the United States this week because of a conviction for possession of two grams of marijuana over 30 years ago.

Wilkinson, a Seattle Seahawks fanfrom Vancouver Island, beat out almost four million other players to win the trip to see the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens. But when he got to the airport on Thursday, U.S. customs agents brought up an arrest the man had when he was 19. They denied him entry to the country and ended any chance of making it down to New Orleans for a memorable weekend.

“I had two grams of cannabis. I paid a $50 fine,” Wilkinson told CBC. “I can’t believe that this is happening, for something that happened 32 years ago.”

CBC said Bud Light Canada, who sponsored the contest, invited Wilkinson to their Super Bowl party in Vancouver after hearing about his unfortunate situation.

That’s a nice gesture and Vancouver is a very beautiful city, but let’s be blunt: It’s also the most depressing consolation gift ever.

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