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« Reply #10020 on: June 29, 2017, 12:36:55 PM »
I just donated some cash to HRC - Human Rights Campaign. I would have donated more but I didn't have my debit card on me. Still, I hope the money really does effectively go towards GLBT protection legislation in the states they were mentioning. I enjoy donating money every now and then to causes I believe in but I've been duped before.

I got approached by Knights of Columbus (they're from Columbus so they must be great, right? Just kidding, Clevelanders...) last year and when I asked them where the money would be going, they said 'Easter baskets for poor kids.' In my head, I was obviously thinking, "Who in their right mind doesn't support poor kids getting Easter baskets?!" So I handed over money to them. Then, ten minutes later my friend Alex told me what a horrible organization they are, how they actively try block legislation that promotes marriage equality and all this other nonsense. I said, 'great, couldn't have told me that BEFORE I handed over cash. I would have LOVED to call them out on that.'

Is there any way you can donate money to a large organization like that and know that your money is going DIRECTLY to the SPECIFIC cause they're mentioning? 
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« Reply #10021 on: June 29, 2017, 12:41:15 PM »
That's like that one charity that puts teddy bears in highway patrol cars so that troopers can give 'em to kids at crash sites but really only exists to make the owner rich.

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« Reply #10022 on: June 29, 2017, 12:54:21 PM »
I didn't know those teddy bears come from a charity. I was the recipient of one, lol! Under different circumstances. When I was 5, I had to witness (and still remember vividly) my dad beating the crap out of my mom; they were raging alcoholics and drug users. The cops came and arrested him and of course, me being 5 years old, felt really powerless and helpless and sad in that situation. Looking back it was funny when he was resisting arrest and how they ended up hog-tying him and kicking him down the steps of the front porch - it broke his nose. Haha. Police brutality, yeah, but he had it coming.

Anyway, one of the officers was really cool and took me in his cruiser and let me play with all of the bells and whistles - the sirens and sound effects and stuff that I'm sure woke everyone up on Dana Ave. While we were in the cruiser, he handed me one of those teddy bears. It did a good job of cheering me up and let me know there was at least someone out there that cared about my well-being, I guess.

That bear was by my side for years!


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« Reply #10023 on: June 29, 2017, 12:57:15 PM »
I should write a book.

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« Reply #10024 on: June 29, 2017, 02:37:08 PM »
Is there any way you can donate money to a large organization like that and know that your money is going DIRECTLY to the SPECIFIC cause they're mentioning? 

I extremely vet my charities and ignore any and all that approach me, in lieu of me finding them. I try not to give to any that are too big or have too much overhead or are primarily concerned with lobbying. I also donate more money to cats than people, because I've never met a cat I don't like. I can't say the same for people.

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« Reply #10025 on: June 29, 2017, 10:19:46 PM »
If you donate a lot to cats, I think there's a good chance that even I was a beneficiary of your donation since I've fostered quite a few stray cats. lol.

It was great - I took on cats for a while, for a fairly short term until they managed to find them a permanent home. Some cats had Leukemia :( They actually paid for all the vet bills, food, cage, litter and even toys while the cats were staying with me. Good thing, since at the time, I wouldn't have been able to afford all that. My role was essentially just to provide a place for the cats to live and be taken care of, for basic responsibilities. I changed the litter box every day, played with them and gave them a lot of love in my free time. The rest was taken care of by others like you.  :)

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« Reply #10026 on: June 29, 2017, 10:42:12 PM »

Anyway, one of the officers was really cool and took me in his cruiser and let me play with all of the bells and whistles - the sirens and sound effects and stuff that I'm sure woke everyone up on Dana Ave.


If that was my neighborhood growing up you wouldn't have woke anyone up by that point...

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« Reply #10027 on: July 15, 2017, 01:47:30 PM »
well, after all, Whole Foods is a little high priced...

Bank exec busted shoplifting from Whole Foods using baby stroller
By Rebecca Rosenberg July 12, 2017

http://nypost.com/2017/07/12/bank-exec-busted-shoplifting-from-whole-foods-using-baby-stroller/

"An executive at a billion-dollar investment bank was busted at the Tribeca Whole Foods for shoplifting $210 in goods — which he allegedly tried to sneak out in his children’s stroller, court records revealed.

Jordan Lupu, 42, was spotted by store security and busted by cops Feb. 5 as he was leaving the high-end supermarket on Greenwich Street, just a few blocks from his $3 million home.
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"The father of two, who also has a $1.4 million home in Westchester, accepted a deal Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court — an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal."

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« Reply #10028 on: July 15, 2017, 10:54:08 PM »
You can get a home in Tribeca  for only $3M?

He's either a Klepto or lives an extremely boring life and needed some kind of a thrill.

You wouldn't believe how common shoplifting is. When I worked at Old Navy in Rookwood (Hyde Park/Norwood) as a teen, I saw women walk out in hand cuffs on almost a daily basis. It was always women who were stealing. It's easy for women to steal because it isn't suspicious that they have a giant purse or stroller with them - which they shove items into when no one is looking. IMO, there's at least a subset of women who are just extremely materialistic, obsessed with consumer products and things that look 'cute.' I know, it sounds sexist. I don't care. We hired a really good 'loss prevention specialist.' He pretended to be a customer and followed people around. He knew how to review the cameras. He had incredible acting skills; if a thief was onto him following them, he'd start asking an associate for jeans in a certain size, fashion advice or get on his phone and pretend to have a conversation with someone wherein the content of the conversation explains him being a legit customer at Old Navy. If he confronted people and they refused to relinquish the goods or go to the back office while the police were on their way, he would chase after those people in the parking lot to get their license plate numbers. One time he followed the thief after they ran and sped off in their car, which lead to a high-speed chase on 71 North. He only got paid like 12 bucks an hour for that job. It didn't seem worth it to me.
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« Reply #10029 on: July 16, 2017, 11:18:30 AM »
^this is funny.

One time I was leaving a Walgreen's late at night and the security guard looked down at the bag I was carrying (from another store). Annoyed, I turned to him and said, "Did I steal something?" I then asked if he would like to check my pockets, then mockingly kowtowed to him. He looked as if he could have killed me on the spot. If stores are going to hire security guards, at least get people who are professionally trained!

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« Reply #10030 on: July 16, 2017, 01:09:38 PM »
Current Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, said this, regarding Kid Rock's confirmed run for Senate:

"I know we both share a love of music. I concede he's better at playing guitar and I'll keep doing what I do best: fighting for Michigan."

Kid Rock replied:

"Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind," Rock replied. "I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I'll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bullsh!t!"

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« Reply #10031 on: July 16, 2017, 01:10:03 PM »
My company has a warehouse full of stuff nobody wants, so we don't have a significant employee theft problem, but every once in awhile something comes through with a brand name stamped on it and those items have an amazing way of disappearing.  We had about four times last year when for some reason we brought in skids of Clorox Bleach and Tide and each time a bunch of it went missing.  I have to assume that the guys turned around and sold it at Trader's World or somewhere like that. 

A few years ago we had a guy get fired for stealing toilet paper. They were storing all of the toilet paper for the building in the warehouse and someone caught him stuffing it in the back of his car. 

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« Reply #10032 on: July 16, 2017, 01:17:45 PM »
Kid Rock has a 9th grade education. Isn't there at least a GED requirement to hold public office?

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« Reply #10033 on: July 16, 2017, 01:24:40 PM »
My company has a warehouse full of stuff nobody wants, so we don't have a significant employee theft problem, but every once in awhile something comes through with a brand name stamped on it and those items have an amazing way of disappearing.  We had about four times last year when for some reason we brought in skids of Clorox Bleach and Tide and each time a bunch of it went missing.  I have to assume that the guys turned around and sold it at Trader's World or somewhere like that. 

A few years ago we had a guy get fired for stealing toilet paper. They were storing all of the toilet paper for the building in the warehouse and someone caught him stuffing it in the back of his car. 

What is it with guys refusing to buy toilet paper? Every male room mate I've ever had, absolutely refuses to buy it. My brothers were the same way when I lived with them. It's like a dollar per roll! Whenever the TP I buy runs out in the bathroom and it's my room mate's turn to buy toilet paper, those giant commercial rolls of toilet paper appear in the bathroom. They just steal it from wherever they work.  It's not an equal contribution when I buy expensive Charmin TP for everyone to use. I call the industrial/commercial stuff "John Wayne toilet paper." It takes sh!t from nobody. It's also like wiping your @ss with sandpaper.

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« Reply #10034 on: July 16, 2017, 02:56:14 PM »
My company has a warehouse full of stuff nobody wants, so we don't have a significant employee theft problem, but every once in awhile something comes through with a brand name stamped on it and those items have an amazing way of disappearing.  We had about four times last year when for some reason we brought in skids of Clorox Bleach and Tide and each time a bunch of it went missing.  I have to assume that the guys turned around and sold it at Trader's World or somewhere like that. 

A few years ago we had a guy get fired for stealing toilet paper. They were storing all of the toilet paper for the building in the warehouse and someone caught him stuffing it in the back of his car. 

When I was at Thomas & Betts, Reznor Heaters was a sister plant of sorts because of geography.   This was the height of NIN's popularity and they had a lot of nameplates vanish.

Where I am now we had a machine operator get busted for stealing brass scrap parts and bar ends.

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« Reply #10035 on: July 16, 2017, 05:10:20 PM »
Wasn't Reznor Heaters owned by Trent's grandfather?

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« Reply #10036 on: July 16, 2017, 09:55:57 PM »
Wasn't Reznor Heaters owned by Trent's grandfather?

Yep.   ITT bought them in 1963.

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« Reply #10037 on: July 17, 2017, 07:15:49 AM »
Gatorade flavors don't make any d@mn sense. They all have names like "Arctic Glacier Frost" or something like that. You go and try them and they literally taste like nothing that can be found in the natural world. My favorite Gatorade flavor is Blue Cherry and there's no such thing as a Blue Cherry!

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« Reply #10038 on: July 17, 2017, 11:31:48 AM »
The full panorama of Gatorade flavors in a gas station cooler really is a sight to behold. 

That Indian guy who run's Joey's Mart on McMillan St. color-codes everything.  So the orange Gatorade is stocked beside the orange juice.  The yellow is next to the grapefruit juice. 

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« Reply #10039 on: July 17, 2017, 11:40:45 AM »
I refuse to consume blue things.

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« Reply #10040 on: July 18, 2017, 02:08:37 PM »
It was fun skimming through this. Also interesting to see Gary IN and Dubai UAE gunning for title of worst place ever.

Travelers of Reddit, where do you NEVER want to go again?
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/6nvcv0/travelers_of_reddit_where_do_you_never_want_to_go/

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« Reply #10041 on: July 18, 2017, 02:14:30 PM »
^As you should. It is unnatural - that is, it is the rarest color in nature: animals, plants (except for those genetically modified), etc

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« Reply #10042 on: July 21, 2017, 07:41:59 PM »
I'm curious as to whether anyone on UO has an opinion on the much publicized and hyped, upcoming (very soon) Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight. There probably isn't a whole lot of MMA or Boxing fans on this site but maybe there's a few people on here who follow it to some degree, so I figured I'd bring it up.

Personally, I was surprised that during promos for the event, Mayweather did an extremely horrible job of trash-talking Conor McGregor. McGregor definitely came out ahead and Mayweather suddenly appeared extremely meek, which isn't like him at all but that was the case when confronted with McGregor at these recent promos. It really shouldn't be that hard to trash-talk McGregor - unlike McGregor, Mayweather is completely UNDEFEATED throughout his entire, decades-long career! Conor McGregor has been defeated at least 3 times that I'm aware of, and he is only 29.  McGregor, through his trash-talking, managed to bring Mayweather out of retirement when Mayweather was clearly set for life and had a great legacy, yet Mayweather couldn't manage in any instance to one-up him during the trash-talk/promo phase? Wtf is going on?  Personally, I don't think McGregor stands that great of a chance against Mayweather in the ring, especially since McGregor agreed that it would strictly be boxing and not MMA which would have otherwise allowed him to utilize signature techniques he is accustomed to using.  Some people think that this whole event is rigged and all about money and it seems that almost everyone is just tuning in to see the spectacle and not caring either way, what happens.

I just think it's interesting, Floyd Mayweather pointed out (in regard to Conor McGregor and his very long stint wherein he would call Mayweather out and was determined to set up a match between him and Mayweather) that racism still exists within boxing. Mayweather pointed out that he's always considered 'cocky' and 'arrogant' for his trash-talking while white fighters are actually praised for the same kind of talk. Honeslty, that seems real to me. It's certainly pertainent in the Mayteather/McGregor fight.

I do think it's worthy of mentioning the racial component of this fight.  One of the first things that I thought of, when I found out about this, is, 'Is Conor McGregor supposed to be the Great White Hope?" You know,  perhaps that was the motivation for this fight and nothing has changed, even though Eastern Europeans have been dominating boxing recently and it really doesn't matter.. I looked further into it though, did extensive google searches and even White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis and what-have-you on the Stormfront message board seem to absolutely despise Conor McGregor; they dismiss him as an annoying, show-boat Irish Wigger.That was really fascinating to me.

Regardless, this is an unprecedented event in professional sports and after seeing promos for the event, I have to admit that it's extremely entertaining and that I look forward to watching the match, regardless of who ultimately wins.
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« Reply #10043 on: July 22, 2017, 09:38:07 AM »
Mayweather is going to kill McGregor in under two minutes, and the promos have been laughably forced and fake. If McGregor were focusing on Mayweather's habit of beating the s-hit out of women, then we might have something interesting -- but the racial stuff is half-assed, lame, and you can tell Mayweather, really anyone, is not particularly bothered by it.

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« Reply #10044 on: July 22, 2017, 09:41:59 AM »
^^I agree.  Any time you've had one of these "I'm gonna cross-over to your sport" kind of moves, the new guy gets crushed.  I think Maywhether will tire Connor out pretty quickly, then rail him. Either way it's a good payday for both.

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« Reply #10045 on: July 28, 2017, 01:20:51 PM »
I came across this gem of a line graph in a Cincinnati Enquirer article. I've been a big fan of stupid graphs - be them misleading, pointless, etc. - since I first picked up an Edward Tufte book as a freshmen in college. That said, I think it has to be one of the most useless graphs I've ever happened upon by accident:


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« Reply #10046 on: July 28, 2017, 01:21:48 PM »
Nice Y-Axis.

That is a terrible graph for sure.

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« Reply #10047 on: July 29, 2017, 01:09:57 AM »
It's probably a good extrapolation of the Trump approval rating....

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« Reply #10048 on: July 30, 2017, 12:46:50 PM »
The Enquirer struggles with 3-D space, cardinal directions, the sequence of past events, and differentiating heroes from villains. 

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« Reply #10049 on: July 31, 2017, 08:14:44 AM »
I came across this gem of a line graph in a Cincinnati Enquirer article. I've been a big fan of stupid graphs - be them misleading, pointless, etc. - since I first picked up an Edward Tufte book as a freshmen in college. That said, I think it has to be one of the most useless graphs I've ever happened upon by accident:




i had the opportunity to meet tufte and talk with him on a few occasions, very nice man. he is also a very wealthy fellow, so a few years back he opened a sort of vanity art gallery of his art works in chelsea, which lasted for about 5yrs. he would give talks to the public there about his artwork and graphing work. it was pretty cool.

i see he still gives lectures around the country -- you might try to catch one if you can:

https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/