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  1. When will the Washington Post ask for Unconditional Surrender in The War on Amazon’s Competition?

  2. Oh, my god. An economic article. The sky is falling. The Pope is Not Catholic. The Millenium is come!

    And not a bad one either. Now, if you people could just connect point A to point B. Bezos bad. All rich bad. They have the money. Our money. I don’t know, but, if I knew these obvious, blatant facts, I would consider that we ought to, uh, maybe, uh, take it back.

    But really. You better get back to race ironies before you get fired.

    See the whole point is, your whole job is keeping people from talking about people like Bezos. Much less about money, and where it went, and who gots it and who ain’t, and the real reasons why who gots it gots it, and, most anathematized of all, what we ought to do about it. Sheesh, I have to teach you your own job now. What next. PhysEd?

  3. …the Establishment first shutting small bricks-and-mortar retailers over coronavirus…

    Yeah, the Establishment was responsible but you supported it.

    • Agree: VinnyVette
  4. Has anybody done a critical analysis of how he made out in the divorce versus mean and median performance? I have seen comments but no good analysis. What I have read is that he made out like a bandit vs. Mrs. Bezos and the recent historical divorce events with mega-rich participants. And the explanations for this do not make any sense to me.

    There are a lot of lawyers out there who drool over cases like the Bezos divorce. Somebody must have published some good information somewhere.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Morton's toes

    What it sounds like is the ex-Mrs. Bezos, being a good mother who wants to see her children inherit a lot of money, turned over voting control of her chunk of Amazon stock to the World's Greatest Businessman, who also has the best interests of her children more in mind than anybody else: i.e., her ex-husband.

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Morton's toes

    , @Steve from Detroit
    @Morton's toes

    Saying that lawyers would be drooling over that divorce is an understatement. I heard Mackenzie settled for about $30B +/-. Steve's right, it is much better than Jeff deserved, but after even $10 billion, does it matter either way? It seems to me that Jeff might have people around him that could make life unpleasant for Mackenzie. And, although she could conceivably have some leverage on him, what is it worth? Who knows, maybe she's not devastated.

  5. Lot says:

    I lol’d.

    Amazon Go is part of the growing trend of Big Tech to exclude high cost negative value customers by requiring a payment card to do any business with them.

    About 7% of the population lives in an “unbanked” household according to an FDIC survey. This understates it because lumpenproles are hard to survey and it counts as “banked” a NEET with no account who lives with Mom who does. Probably about 15% of adults is a better estimate. This 15% has maybe 3% of spending power but probably causes 25% of problem customers. Uber, Amazon, cafes, hotels, etc are just better off without their business.

    You can exclude even more by not accepting debit cards or requiring large holds on them.

    • Thanks: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Pat Boyle
    @Lot

    Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? I would have thought it just the opposite. When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card. I scream at and insult the telephone solicitors who call up trolling for people with credit card debt just as I insult or hang up the phone on those who call me and want to help with my school loan debt. I have no credit card debt. I have no school loan debt. I would have thought those facts marked me as a more reliable person, not one to avoid.

    Bonus advice: Good students - i.e. those who belong in college - get academic scholarships, they don't pay tuition.

    Replies: @Lot, @Jim Don Bob, @Anonymous

  6. Amazon hasn’t been entirely unscathed.

    • Agree: Paul Jolliffe
    • LOL: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    @Dave Pinsen

    You got to crack a few delivery vans to make an omelet.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    That stuff belongs to the inmates, not the warden. Wake me up when the warehouses are looted.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

  7. But really, he just wanted to finish off brick and mortar retail for good.

    I don’t know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.

    Does Amazon sell either of these products? The profits could still go to Besos. (That’s how his Kindle spells it, so that’s how I do too.)

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Reg Cæsar

    That was one of your very best, Reg.

    , @kaganovitch
    @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.

    The great thing is that the bricks are being repurposed so the the whole deal is GREEN! Maybe carbon credits for the mortar emissions?

    , @Rob McX
    @Reg Cæsar


    The profits could still go to Besos. (That’s how his Kindle spells it, so that’s how I do too.)
     
    Because we can all kiss his ass if we don't like Amazon.
    , @The Alarmist
    @Reg Cæsar

    Amazon does facilitate trade in bricks, like these:

    Clay Bricks 8" X 4" X 2"- 1 Pallet - 300 Units

    https://www.amazon.com/Clay-Bricks-Pallet-Please-Description/dp/B07JC6Z9DF/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=bricks&qid=1591297586&rnid=468240&s=hi&sr=1-18

    Bonus: They're Dominican

    In terms of mortar, will you settle for this?

    https://www.amazon.com/Goshfun-Worker-Tactics-Caliber-Launcher/dp/B07BFP45TH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1I7WKSUX2B2BT&dchild=1&keywords=mortar&qid=1591297933&s=toys-and-games&sprefix=mortar%2Caps%2C479&sr=1-1

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  8. Kyle says:

    Why let a good crisis go to waste? I’m starting to believe there might be something to these whacky conspiracy theories. The wall to wall coverage of George Floyd death and the riots seem designed to make whites and blacks hate each other. Our governments response to covid-19 was to make everyone stay at home twiddling their thumbs for 3 months. Was that wise, or should we have taken a more targeted approach. Everyone wears a mask and mandatory testing seems like it would have been a better idea. It’s almost like they wanted “youths” to riot, after all idle hands are the devils workshop. I don’t think the antifa people are necessarily ugly, they just tend to be malnourished and dress like slobs. But I do think that a lot of young men who weren’t breast fed and/or didn’t come out quite right and who also happen to live in cities, a lot of these young men are losers who don’t work in essential fields or work menial jobs that aren’t economically viable right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a loser who works low wage non essential job. But at least my job is economically viable. The more rich white people there are sitting at home twiddling their thumbs and looking at ugly old laminate countertops, the more orders for new countertops keep coming in.

  9. • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Lurker

    This is-- or was-- our Wakanda:


    https://www.cardcow.com/images/set385/card00454_fr.jpg

  10. That beats the hell out of every one of Ron Unz’s conspiracy theories, even his pretty good ones. If Bezos DIDN’T plan this, he’s kicking himself for not, though still laughing all the way to the bank at the same time… if that’s possible.

  11. @Reg Cæsar

    But really, he just wanted to finish off brick and mortar retail for good.
     
    I don't know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.


    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/27/22/2812A43D00000578-3057819-image-a-216_1430171163712.jpg

    https://nationalinterest.org/sites/default/files/main_images/B692%20%281%29.jpg


    Does Amazon sell either of these products? The profits could still go to Besos. (That's how his Kindle spells it, so that's how I do too.)

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch, @Rob McX, @The Alarmist

    That was one of your very best, Reg.

  12. https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @JohnnyWalker123

    And every bit of it predicated upon lies. How the MSM must be loving this.

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Wow, those photos of people marching in solidarity with Urban Terrorists. Who is working on the vaccine for the WhiteSelfHatred20 virus?

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Watch Nick Fuentes's Dlive riot stream: https://dlive.tv/p/dlive-93233454+rUJseEzGg

    It's obvious a huge number of young, mildly-sympathetic white people were using this as a reason to get out of the house, at least earlier in the evening.

    , @Lurker
    @JohnnyWalker123

    This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a cuck.

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @JohnnyWalker123

    So, the Left has converted anti-white hate and negro worship into an international religion.

  13. OT: Take a look at the best selling books on Amazon and the NYTimes. Maybe if white people hate themselves enough, blacks will stop rioting? Or maybe the numbers are all fake and this our overlords telling us what to read?

  14. Radley Balko works for Bezos, so the the person who started the riots in Pittsburgh:

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/06/01/pittsburgh-protests-brian-bartels/

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @t

    >>Radley Balko works for Bezos, so did the person who started the riots in Pittsburgh:<<

    Re: the Amazon employee who started the Pittsburgh riots, burned cop car. According to his report (get this!) his parents dragged him out of their basement and hauled him down to the police station.

    A real revolutionary hero! Most surprising fact: that he actually had a job...

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/antifa-boy-surrendered-by-mommy-and-daddy-to-pittsbugh-police-for-allegedly-inciting-a-riot/

  15. @Dave Pinsen
    Amazon hasn’t been entirely unscathed.

    https://twitter.com/breakingnalerts/status/1267216696076644354?s=21

    Replies: @JohnnyD, @Chrisnonymous

    You got to crack a few delivery vans to make an omelet.

  16. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    https://twitter.com/CarlNasman/status/1266763136100708353

    https://twitter.com/morethanmySLE/status/1267979330942009344

    https://twitter.com/CorbynistaTeen/status/1268174679656796161

    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1267857256697278465

    https://twitter.com/LlTTLEWOMENS/status/1268213603993354240

    https://twitter.com/Carl__Valentin/status/1267111109502423042

    https://twitter.com/mariaarbos_/status/1267755043496869888

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anon, @Lurker, @The Wild Geese Howard

    And every bit of it predicated upon lies. How the MSM must be loving this.

  17. Ben and Jerrys

    Look it up

    We will fight against white supremacy with all our might

    Those who stand in our way will be crushed

  18. OT: For a chuckle, try #LooterHijinx on Twitter. I liked the video of the guy who tried to get on a bus with a stolen free-standing ATM.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anon7

    I think the ATM-bus video was made by a comedian last year.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  19. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    https://twitter.com/CarlNasman/status/1266763136100708353

    https://twitter.com/morethanmySLE/status/1267979330942009344

    https://twitter.com/CorbynistaTeen/status/1268174679656796161

    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1267857256697278465

    https://twitter.com/LlTTLEWOMENS/status/1268213603993354240

    https://twitter.com/Carl__Valentin/status/1267111109502423042

    https://twitter.com/mariaarbos_/status/1267755043496869888

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anon, @Lurker, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Wow, those photos of people marching in solidarity with Urban Terrorists. Who is working on the vaccine for the WhiteSelfHatred20 virus?

  20. I have thought about this, too.

    And Amazon is likely going to do gangbusters business for the entire summer—from all sides. Every prepper and wannabe prepper is ordering a ton online—all the stuff a prepper “meant to get before” but now is definitely prioritizing. Everyone who is still worried about COVID is going to order everything from them—so the elderly. And everyone trapped in a poor or burned-out neighborhood will be doing the same—too terrified to go out, and now facing a neighborhood without stores.

    Bezos should be investigated pronto. Nothing like a rich white guy on trial.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @R.G. Camara


    Everyone who is still worried about COVID is going to order everything from them—so the elderly. And everyone trapped in a poor or burned-out neighborhood will be doing the same—too terrified to go out, and now facing a neighborhood without stores.
     
    I think there is a distinct possibility that anyone relying on Amazon in the poor, burned-out neighbourhoods you mention is going to be porch-pirated right out of existence.

    Consider: the thieves in those neighbourhoods are used to robbing and pilfering the local shops and businesses. With the local shops and businesses now gone, they will be forced to look for other people to rob and pilfer. Specifically, their neighbours, who will be (at least in theory) getting thumping great big boxes from Amazon.

    (The now-notorious example of the Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill suggests itself. And mind you: that atrocity took place in a good neighbourhood.)

    Before the blacks decided to take up a new hobby, life was hard for the Stephanie Wilfords of America. If the above supposition is correct, it is about to get a great deal harder.

    I expect it will be grimly amusing to see how, once again, it all turns out to be the fault of (ah, you've already guessed) white supremacy.
  21. Amazon was slowly strangling brick and mortar retail anyway; in the long term this doesn’t change much, they just end up in the position that they would have been in ten years from now, right now.

    That may or may not be a good thing for Amazon in the long run, depending on how well they cope with the fast-forward button being pushed. I’ve found that the service from Amazon during the pandemic has gotten so terrible that I’ve switched back to ebay for most of my online purchases.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @SimpleSong


    I’ve found that the service from Amazon during the pandemic has gotten so terrible that I’ve switched back to ebay for most of my online purchases.
     
    Thank you for posting that; I did wonder about how Amazon was coping with the tsunami-like surge in their business. I understand Amazon is known for its great efficiency, but the fact that, after all, Amazon is just one company has always made me uneasy for those who seem to rely upon it unreservedly.

    Does anyone know offhand if those rumours of strikes at Amazon warehouses turned out to be true?
  22. Chicago’s few remaining working class whites and hispanics are out in force.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @t


    Ey #Chicago friends getting word that there are white people with bats on every corner in Bridgeport
     
    Bridgeport?

    The white socks!

    I made the mistake of attending a game there after buying a van from my brother. It still had its Florida plates on, and that season there was a lot of talk of the Sox moving to Tampa. (Or St Pete, whatever.)

    I came back to an egged-up van.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @flyingtiger

  23. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    Someone on another blog was saying that a good chunk of the small businesses looted in Chicago were owned by blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Arabs. Most whites have enough sense not to try to run a small business in the black areas of Chicago.
    Too many whites remember the riots of the 60s, and they knew better than to trust the black community. A lot of the immigrant-owner businesses did not have a clue about what blacks can be like during a CAT5 chimpout. Many of the immigrants were probably brainwashed by all the stupid propaganda they’ve been getting from the liberal media, and they believed blacks are just misunderstood.

    Many of the immigrants set up their businesses during the economic boom and now they’re wiped out for good. I’ve been hearing that insurance won’t covers riots and insurrection. Most of these businesses will never return, and their owners will be extremely hostile towards the black community. Hopefully they’ll go back to their own countries.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anon


    Many of the immigrants set up their businesses during the economic boom and now they’re wiped out for good. I’ve been hearing that insurance won’t covers riots and insurrection
     
    Yes, that is my understanding as well: so-called "civil insurrections" are not covered under most (if not all) insurance policies that shopkeepers were likely to have.

    Which leads me to wonder: after the Ferguson riots happened a few years ago (an event you could not help but hear about) were there any shopkeepers in other cities who were far-sighted enough to take out policies specifically for the eventuality of a civil insurrection?

    If so, they must be damned thankful they kept up their premiums.
  24. So White women around the world have decided to replace their men with Blacks. I told you so. You wouldn’t listen. White women will always always side with Blacks. Lower iq, higher aggression, darker skin, high violence and especially the low is makes the the sexy beast and White dudes the needs to be killed. Women love violent stupid men.

    It’s who they are what they are genetic hard coded. White men need to wake up and create a strategic deterrence. For their enemies. White women. And Blacks. Ask Reginald Denny.

    • Replies: @Rich
    @Whiskey

    You've been hanging out with the wrong White women. The tiny percentage that are played up in the media are just that, a tiny percentage.

  25. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    https://twitter.com/CarlNasman/status/1266763136100708353

    https://twitter.com/morethanmySLE/status/1267979330942009344

    https://twitter.com/CorbynistaTeen/status/1268174679656796161

    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1267857256697278465

    https://twitter.com/LlTTLEWOMENS/status/1268213603993354240

    https://twitter.com/Carl__Valentin/status/1267111109502423042

    https://twitter.com/mariaarbos_/status/1267755043496869888

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anon, @Lurker, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Watch Nick Fuentes’s Dlive riot stream: https://dlive.tv/p/dlive-93233454+rUJseEzGg

    It’s obvious a huge number of young, mildly-sympathetic white people were using this as a reason to get out of the house, at least earlier in the evening.

  26. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    https://twitter.com/CarlNasman/status/1266763136100708353

    https://twitter.com/morethanmySLE/status/1267979330942009344

    https://twitter.com/CorbynistaTeen/status/1268174679656796161

    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1267857256697278465

    https://twitter.com/LlTTLEWOMENS/status/1268213603993354240

    https://twitter.com/Carl__Valentin/status/1267111109502423042

    https://twitter.com/mariaarbos_/status/1267755043496869888

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anon, @Lurker, @The Wild Geese Howard

    This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a cuck.

  27. Anon[364] • Disclaimer says:

    Just for kicks, I’ve been reading George Floyd’s autopsy report. He had Covid and sickle cell anemia. It is very likely those two factors made his oxygen levels very low. He did not have damage to his neck muscles or larynx. He did not have the broken capillaries (petechiae) in his head or neck which are characteristic of strangulation. He had meth and fentanyl in his system. He was 6 foot 4 and 223 lbs, which is huge. He must have been very difficult to subdue.

    He had quite a few scars and plenty of tattoos. One was an eagle holding a rifle, and another a pair of praying hands, which is very ironic. Even more ironic, he had a gravestone tattoo with RIP on it. I am not joking about that, either. It’s all right there in the report.

    Brain weight 1380 grams. (Not enough to help him out). Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck show no contusion or hemorrhage. Thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. No dislocations or hemorrhages were found in the spinal column.

    But he had congestion and edema in his lungs. He had an enlarged heart, and 75% narrowing in his left coronary arteries, and 90% narrowing in a right coronary artery.

    Fentanyl can cause severe respiratory depression.

    This guy had four things that would have cut down on his oxygen level. Covid-19, sickle cell anemia, very blocked arteries, and fentanyl. I can see why the cop wasn’t initially charged.

    Note: Documentary photographs were taken during the process, so the Floyd family coroner had better be a lot better than the coroner who did this report or they’ll lose the case in court.

    • Replies: @danand
    @Anon


    "I’ve been reading George Floyd’s autopsy report."
     
    #364, I too read it. As an autopsy report neophyte it came as a bit of a shock to read that the man was just about completely dissected, organ by organ; nothing left unexamined.

    You left out the important details; George chewed his fingernails down to their quicks, and that he and original Joe Biden had at least one thing in common, plugs.
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    @Anon

    All interesting and probably 100% accurate, but surely you know that it’s all irrelevant: even if Chauvin were acquitted in a state trial, the feds would come in with some federal charges (probably with some variation of the old “violated his civil rights” charge) and nail him out of political expedience.

    Double jeopardy has been dead for quite awhile.

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Anon

    Try saying "I can't breathe" without inhaling first. It's pretty hard, isn't it?

    The respiratory depression caused by opioids like fentanyl is a depression of the body's natural reflex to inhale and exhale. Opioids don't interfere with gas exchange in the lungs. Respiratory depression from taking opioids is a problem in people who pass out or fall asleep, conditions in which you need the body's breathing reflexes to work in order to breath. People who are walking around and talking don't just suddenly stop breathing. Anyway, respiratory depression from opioids is mostly an issue for people who are new users or take huge quantities, neither of which, based on Floyd's history and the videos, seems likely.

    The edema in his lungs may have contributed to his death, but the defense for the police officers is going to have a hard time convincing a jury that Floyd had a heart attack at just the same time someone was kneeling on his neck by coincidence.

  28. Has anyone else heard rumors that Antifa is planning something big for Trump’s birthday (June 14)? There are rumblings on social media about it.

    Project Veritas is releasing an Antifa exposé tomorrow morning.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Stan Adams


    Has anyone else heard rumors that Antifa is planning something big for Trump’s birthday (June 14)? There are rumblings on social media about it.
     
    Nice timing. That's Flag Day.
    , @peterike
    @Stan Adams


    Project Veritas is releasing an Antifa exposé tomorrow morning.

     

    Yes, and like all their exposes, it will reveal a shocking level of corruption, and the net effect of this will be that absolutely nothing happens. If corruption is revealed without a megaphone, does it make a sound? Answer: no.
  29. Anonymous[504] • Disclaimer says:

    So iSteve you are coming around to the Covid As Hoax reality. Why not? Great timing for Xi. It totally cured his Hong Kong problem. All the world’s a stage.

    Now Cuomo/deBlasio are letting NY go to hell as leverage against Trump resisting a massive federal bailout of blue states? Could they be that cynical? Ha.

    Literally their mantra right now seems to be “the worse the better” …

    But we shouldn’t believe their game theory brings them victory in the end though. This whole thing reeks of desperation. Dems have already given up gun control for a generation. WTF.

    Massive long term no confidence vote is in the cards here. If we had currently a democrat potus I would bet on a massive false flag terror event a la Oklahoma City to reshuffle the deck in dem’s favor. But not easy to do if you don’t control the executive branch.

    So the Globalists/Deep State/Radical Left … they’re gonna do something really big between now and the election.

  30. Unfortunately, for the unemployed and poor, it is going to be hard to use cash absent local merchants. Bezos doesn’t take it and the big banks aren’t going to be handing out credit cards so freely now. If we go into another lockdown ( entirely possible with social distancing having been declared null and void) even ordering a pizza to be delivered is going to be a no go if you can’t pre pay.

    After that tanker driver’s arrest in Minneapolis, I’m wondering if truckers are going to start refusing to make deliveries in riot zones?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @unit472

    It's not just bad for the unemployed and poor, Unit472. I'm not unemployed, and I'm not poor. I like to pay cash for everything I can. Going cashless will be quite Orwellian in the long run. This is really gonna piss me off, it it happens the way you predict.

    Oh, and I'm not doing another lockdown, but then I didn't do the 1st one anyway.

  31. He missed the wrinkle that looters would begin to hijack Amazon and FedEx branded delivery trucks.

    Next up: looter convoys to Amazon warehouses? In pickups stolen from dealer lots?

    • Agree: VinnyVette
  32. @Stan Adams
    Has anyone else heard rumors that Antifa is planning something big for Trump's birthday (June 14)? There are rumblings on social media about it.

    Project Veritas is releasing an Antifa exposé tomorrow morning.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @peterike

    Has anyone else heard rumors that Antifa is planning something big for Trump’s birthday (June 14)? There are rumblings on social media about it.

    Nice timing. That’s Flag Day.

  33. @Lurker
    https://i.imgflip.com/43x0rb.jpg

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    This is– or was– our Wakanda:

  34. @Anon7
    OT: For a chuckle, try #LooterHijinx on Twitter. I liked the video of the guy who tried to get on a bus with a stolen free-standing ATM.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I think the ATM-bus video was made by a comedian last year.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Steve Sailer



    I liked the video of the guy who tried to get on a bus with a stolen free-standing ATM.
     
    I think the ATM-bus video was made by a comedian last year.
     
    A friend who grew up in Minneapolis told me how he and his high-school friends would surprise girls at their birthday parties with USA Today boxes taken right off the street.

    This was in the early '80s. Was that a thing then, or were they just weird?


    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oWcAAOSwL-1cLR3d/s-l400.jpg

  35. @Morton's toes
    Has anybody done a critical analysis of how he made out in the divorce versus mean and median performance? I have seen comments but no good analysis. What I have read is that he made out like a bandit vs. Mrs. Bezos and the recent historical divorce events with mega-rich participants. And the explanations for this do not make any sense to me.

    There are a lot of lawyers out there who drool over cases like the Bezos divorce. Somebody must have published some good information somewhere.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve from Detroit

    What it sounds like is the ex-Mrs. Bezos, being a good mother who wants to see her children inherit a lot of money, turned over voting control of her chunk of Amazon stock to the World’s Greatest Businessman, who also has the best interests of her children more in mind than anybody else: i.e., her ex-husband.

    Better than the guy deserved.

    • Disagree: Chrisnonymous
    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Steve Sailer

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Indeed.

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Steve Sailer

    Holy crap.

    Jeff you idiot-

    Mackenzie is a keeper!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Thea

    , @Morton's toes
    @Steve Sailer

    Is there one other example of this or anything like it in the recent history books?

    I don't think so. Occam's bloody war axe says that isn't what happened here either.

  36. anon[102] • Disclaimer says:

    Amazon could be nationalized very easily. I’d rather pay their employees than Jeff Bezos anyday. They only re-sell other company’s products for the most part. If BLM can loot, so can we……..with a lot less victims (Just a few billionaires and very wealthy stockholders). We could give their employees a pay raise, and pretty much just screw over the Washington Post’s ower. Fine by me.

    Twitter should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Facebook should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @anon

    Except Jeff Bezos actually is pretty good at what he does.

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @anon

    Twitter and Facebook would be even worse were they run by Brittany, Abdul, and Tariq as GS-13s.

    I think Zuck is getting the message that the feds are coming after him if he doesn't lighten up on the one-sided censorship. Jack D at Twitter is doubling down.

    , @George
    @anon

    Pres Trump's accusation is that Amazon is highly subsidized through the US postal service. OVer the years I have read articles that this is the year USPS goes bust, but this may be the year that the postal service either has to charge full price for their service or the congress will have to formally and publicly bail the usps out.

    'Disastrous at a time like this': the US Postal Service is on the brink of crisis

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/03/us-postal-service-is-struggling--bad-for-election

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Thea
    @anon

    A nationalized Facebook would just become the social media equivalent of NPR

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  37. @Reg Cæsar

    But really, he just wanted to finish off brick and mortar retail for good.
     
    I don't know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.


    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/27/22/2812A43D00000578-3057819-image-a-216_1430171163712.jpg

    https://nationalinterest.org/sites/default/files/main_images/B692%20%281%29.jpg


    Does Amazon sell either of these products? The profits could still go to Besos. (That's how his Kindle spells it, so that's how I do too.)

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch, @Rob McX, @The Alarmist

    I don’t know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.

    The great thing is that the bricks are being repurposed so the the whole deal is GREEN! Maybe carbon credits for the mortar emissions?

  38. @Steve Sailer
    @Morton's toes

    What it sounds like is the ex-Mrs. Bezos, being a good mother who wants to see her children inherit a lot of money, turned over voting control of her chunk of Amazon stock to the World's Greatest Businessman, who also has the best interests of her children more in mind than anybody else: i.e., her ex-husband.

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Morton's toes

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Indeed.

  39. @anon
    Amazon could be nationalized very easily. I'd rather pay their employees than Jeff Bezos anyday. They only re-sell other company's products for the most part. If BLM can loot, so can we........with a lot less victims (Just a few billionaires and very wealthy stockholders). We could give their employees a pay raise, and pretty much just screw over the Washington Post's ower. Fine by me.

    Twitter should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Facebook should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @George, @Thea

    Except Jeff Bezos actually is pretty good at what he does.

  40. @Steve Sailer
    @Anon7

    I think the ATM-bus video was made by a comedian last year.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I liked the video of the guy who tried to get on a bus with a stolen free-standing ATM.

    I think the ATM-bus video was made by a comedian last year.

    A friend who grew up in Minneapolis told me how he and his high-school friends would surprise girls at their birthday parties with USA Today boxes taken right off the street.

    This was in the early ’80s. Was that a thing then, or were they just weird?

  41. @t
    Chicago's few remaining working class whites and hispanics are out in force.

    https://twitter.com/chitrans_plant/status/1268358086160453633

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Ey #Chicago friends getting word that there are white people with bats on every corner in Bridgeport

    Bridgeport?

    The white socks!

    I made the mistake of attending a game there after buying a van from my brother. It still had its Florida plates on, and that season there was a lot of talk of the Sox moving to Tampa. (Or St Pete, whatever.)

    I came back to an egged-up van.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Reg Cæsar

    I drove back through Bridgeport from a Chicago White Sox game on the 4th of July in about 1984. There so many illegal fireworks going off it looked like Beirut.

    Replies: @Dissident

    , @flyingtiger
    @Reg Cæsar

    You are lucky. Chicagoans know that you only go to White Sox games in a large group and you walk fast. You never park there, you use mass transit. The white gangs would stand on the corners in large numbers. They would pick off individuals to rob or beat up for fun. You cannot complain to the police, they might have relatives in that gang. I remember the last game I attended in the 70s. The gangs picked off individuals . The victims would scream in pain, but you had to move on. It felt like you were in a North Atlantic convoy, and you could do nothing about the ships torpedoed by the U-Boats.
    I learned to not trust the media because of this. Peaceful, law biding citizens prevented from seeing a game due to gangs should have been a major scandal. The media covered this up. White Sox management always complain about low attendance. This is the reason why, but they will do nothing about it.
    Up North, Wrigleyville was a slum. Parents would use the Cubs as a babysitting service. They knew their children could handle a few drunken bums. These children would return later in life and turn Wrigleyville into the paradise it is now.

  42. @Anon
    Just for kicks, I've been reading George Floyd's autopsy report. He had Covid and sickle cell anemia. It is very likely those two factors made his oxygen levels very low. He did not have damage to his neck muscles or larynx. He did not have the broken capillaries (petechiae) in his head or neck which are characteristic of strangulation. He had meth and fentanyl in his system. He was 6 foot 4 and 223 lbs, which is huge. He must have been very difficult to subdue.

    He had quite a few scars and plenty of tattoos. One was an eagle holding a rifle, and another a pair of praying hands, which is very ironic. Even more ironic, he had a gravestone tattoo with RIP on it. I am not joking about that, either. It's all right there in the report.

    Brain weight 1380 grams. (Not enough to help him out). Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck show no contusion or hemorrhage. Thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. No dislocations or hemorrhages were found in the spinal column.

    But he had congestion and edema in his lungs. He had an enlarged heart, and 75% narrowing in his left coronary arteries, and 90% narrowing in a right coronary artery.

    Fentanyl can cause severe respiratory depression.

    This guy had four things that would have cut down on his oxygen level. Covid-19, sickle cell anemia, very blocked arteries, and fentanyl. I can see why the cop wasn't initially charged.

    Note: Documentary photographs were taken during the process, so the Floyd family coroner had better be a lot better than the coroner who did this report or they'll lose the case in court.

    Replies: @danand, @Paul Jolliffe, @Chrisnonymous

    “I’ve been reading George Floyd’s autopsy report.”

    #364, I too read it. As an autopsy report neophyte it came as a bit of a shock to read that the man was just about completely dissected, organ by organ; nothing left unexamined.

    You left out the important details; George chewed his fingernails down to their quicks, and that he and original Joe Biden had at least one thing in common, plugs.

  43. @Reg Cæsar
    @t


    Ey #Chicago friends getting word that there are white people with bats on every corner in Bridgeport
     
    Bridgeport?

    The white socks!

    I made the mistake of attending a game there after buying a van from my brother. It still had its Florida plates on, and that season there was a lot of talk of the Sox moving to Tampa. (Or St Pete, whatever.)

    I came back to an egged-up van.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @flyingtiger

    I drove back through Bridgeport from a Chicago White Sox game on the 4th of July in about 1984. There so many illegal fireworks going off it looked like Beirut.

    • Replies: @Dissident
    @Steve Sailer


    I drove back through Bridgeport from a Chicago White Sox game on the 4th of July in about 1984. There so many illegal fireworks going off it looked like Beirut.
     
    Could you have imagined back then that one day the same could be said for many parts of the U.S., on any day (and irrespective of fireworks)-- all within less than thirty years?

    Progress!
  44. @Reg Cæsar

    But really, he just wanted to finish off brick and mortar retail for good.
     
    I don't know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.


    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/27/22/2812A43D00000578-3057819-image-a-216_1430171163712.jpg

    https://nationalinterest.org/sites/default/files/main_images/B692%20%281%29.jpg


    Does Amazon sell either of these products? The profits could still go to Besos. (That's how his Kindle spells it, so that's how I do too.)

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch, @Rob McX, @The Alarmist

    The profits could still go to Besos. (That’s how his Kindle spells it, so that’s how I do too.)

    Because we can all kiss his ass if we don’t like Amazon.

  45. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1268210199267094530

    https://twitter.com/CarlNasman/status/1266763136100708353

    https://twitter.com/morethanmySLE/status/1267979330942009344

    https://twitter.com/CorbynistaTeen/status/1268174679656796161

    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1267857256697278465

    https://twitter.com/LlTTLEWOMENS/status/1268213603993354240

    https://twitter.com/Carl__Valentin/status/1267111109502423042

    https://twitter.com/mariaarbos_/status/1267755043496869888

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anon, @Lurker, @The Wild Geese Howard

    So, the Left has converted anti-white hate and negro worship into an international religion.

  46. @Steve Sailer
    @Morton's toes

    What it sounds like is the ex-Mrs. Bezos, being a good mother who wants to see her children inherit a lot of money, turned over voting control of her chunk of Amazon stock to the World's Greatest Businessman, who also has the best interests of her children more in mind than anybody else: i.e., her ex-husband.

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Morton's toes

    Holy crap.

    Jeff you idiot-

    Mackenzie is a keeper!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Indeed.

    , @Thea
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Elon musk made the same mistake

  47. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Steve Sailer

    Holy crap.

    Jeff you idiot-

    Mackenzie is a keeper!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Thea

    Indeed.

  48. @Steve Sailer
    @Morton's toes

    What it sounds like is the ex-Mrs. Bezos, being a good mother who wants to see her children inherit a lot of money, turned over voting control of her chunk of Amazon stock to the World's Greatest Businessman, who also has the best interests of her children more in mind than anybody else: i.e., her ex-husband.

    Better than the guy deserved.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Morton's toes

    Is there one other example of this or anything like it in the recent history books?

    I don’t think so. Occam’s bloody war axe says that isn’t what happened here either.

  49. @anon
    Amazon could be nationalized very easily. I'd rather pay their employees than Jeff Bezos anyday. They only re-sell other company's products for the most part. If BLM can loot, so can we........with a lot less victims (Just a few billionaires and very wealthy stockholders). We could give their employees a pay raise, and pretty much just screw over the Washington Post's ower. Fine by me.

    Twitter should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Facebook should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @George, @Thea

    Twitter and Facebook would be even worse were they run by Brittany, Abdul, and Tariq as GS-13s.

    I think Zuck is getting the message that the feds are coming after him if he doesn’t lighten up on the one-sided censorship. Jack D at Twitter is doubling down.

  50. @anon
    Amazon could be nationalized very easily. I'd rather pay their employees than Jeff Bezos anyday. They only re-sell other company's products for the most part. If BLM can loot, so can we........with a lot less victims (Just a few billionaires and very wealthy stockholders). We could give their employees a pay raise, and pretty much just screw over the Washington Post's ower. Fine by me.

    Twitter should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Facebook should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @George, @Thea

    Pres Trump’s accusation is that Amazon is highly subsidized through the US postal service. OVer the years I have read articles that this is the year USPS goes bust, but this may be the year that the postal service either has to charge full price for their service or the congress will have to formally and publicly bail the usps out.

    ‘Disastrous at a time like this’: the US Postal Service is on the brink of crisis

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/03/us-postal-service-is-struggling–bad-for-election

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @George

    I believe the USPS has been running deficits for years if you count their pension liabilities.

  51. @Anon
    Just for kicks, I've been reading George Floyd's autopsy report. He had Covid and sickle cell anemia. It is very likely those two factors made his oxygen levels very low. He did not have damage to his neck muscles or larynx. He did not have the broken capillaries (petechiae) in his head or neck which are characteristic of strangulation. He had meth and fentanyl in his system. He was 6 foot 4 and 223 lbs, which is huge. He must have been very difficult to subdue.

    He had quite a few scars and plenty of tattoos. One was an eagle holding a rifle, and another a pair of praying hands, which is very ironic. Even more ironic, he had a gravestone tattoo with RIP on it. I am not joking about that, either. It's all right there in the report.

    Brain weight 1380 grams. (Not enough to help him out). Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck show no contusion or hemorrhage. Thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. No dislocations or hemorrhages were found in the spinal column.

    But he had congestion and edema in his lungs. He had an enlarged heart, and 75% narrowing in his left coronary arteries, and 90% narrowing in a right coronary artery.

    Fentanyl can cause severe respiratory depression.

    This guy had four things that would have cut down on his oxygen level. Covid-19, sickle cell anemia, very blocked arteries, and fentanyl. I can see why the cop wasn't initially charged.

    Note: Documentary photographs were taken during the process, so the Floyd family coroner had better be a lot better than the coroner who did this report or they'll lose the case in court.

    Replies: @danand, @Paul Jolliffe, @Chrisnonymous

    All interesting and probably 100% accurate, but surely you know that it’s all irrelevant: even if Chauvin were acquitted in a state trial, the feds would come in with some federal charges (probably with some variation of the old “violated his civil rights” charge) and nail him out of political expedience.

    Double jeopardy has been dead for quite awhile.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Paul Jolliffe

    That’s exactly what happened to the cops who had to restrain and arrest Rodney King. They were acquitted for whatever in county court and convicted on civil rights charges by the feds.

    The federal government has been anti White since 1953 Brown vs Topeka

    Replies: @Anonymous

  52. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Steve Sailer

    Holy crap.

    Jeff you idiot-

    Mackenzie is a keeper!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Thea

    Elon musk made the same mistake

  53. @Stan Adams
    Has anyone else heard rumors that Antifa is planning something big for Trump's birthday (June 14)? There are rumblings on social media about it.

    Project Veritas is releasing an Antifa exposé tomorrow morning.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @peterike

    Project Veritas is releasing an Antifa exposé tomorrow morning.

    Yes, and like all their exposes, it will reveal a shocking level of corruption, and the net effect of this will be that absolutely nothing happens. If corruption is revealed without a megaphone, does it make a sound? Answer: no.

  54. @Morton's toes
    Has anybody done a critical analysis of how he made out in the divorce versus mean and median performance? I have seen comments but no good analysis. What I have read is that he made out like a bandit vs. Mrs. Bezos and the recent historical divorce events with mega-rich participants. And the explanations for this do not make any sense to me.

    There are a lot of lawyers out there who drool over cases like the Bezos divorce. Somebody must have published some good information somewhere.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve from Detroit

    Saying that lawyers would be drooling over that divorce is an understatement. I heard Mackenzie settled for about $30B +/-. Steve’s right, it is much better than Jeff deserved, but after even $10 billion, does it matter either way? It seems to me that Jeff might have people around him that could make life unpleasant for Mackenzie. And, although she could conceivably have some leverage on him, what is it worth? Who knows, maybe she’s not devastated.

  55. Anonymous[374] • Disclaimer says:

    Any website where people come up with humorous conspiracy theories will eventually be overrun with actual crazy crackpots who think they’re in good company.

    • Replies: @Dissident
    @Anonymous


    Any website where people come up with humorous conspiracy theories will eventually be overrun with actual crazy crackpots who think they’re in good company.
     
    Which Unz Review writers do you think are just kidding?
  56. @Whiskey
    So White women around the world have decided to replace their men with Blacks. I told you so. You wouldn't listen. White women will always always side with Blacks. Lower iq, higher aggression, darker skin, high violence and especially the low is makes the the sexy beast and White dudes the needs to be killed. Women love violent stupid men.

    It's who they are what they are genetic hard coded. White men need to wake up and create a strategic deterrence. For their enemies. White women. And Blacks. Ask Reginald Denny.

    Replies: @Rich

    You’ve been hanging out with the wrong White women. The tiny percentage that are played up in the media are just that, a tiny percentage.

  57. @Reg Cæsar
    @t


    Ey #Chicago friends getting word that there are white people with bats on every corner in Bridgeport
     
    Bridgeport?

    The white socks!

    I made the mistake of attending a game there after buying a van from my brother. It still had its Florida plates on, and that season there was a lot of talk of the Sox moving to Tampa. (Or St Pete, whatever.)

    I came back to an egged-up van.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @flyingtiger

    You are lucky. Chicagoans know that you only go to White Sox games in a large group and you walk fast. You never park there, you use mass transit. The white gangs would stand on the corners in large numbers. They would pick off individuals to rob or beat up for fun. You cannot complain to the police, they might have relatives in that gang. I remember the last game I attended in the 70s. The gangs picked off individuals . The victims would scream in pain, but you had to move on. It felt like you were in a North Atlantic convoy, and you could do nothing about the ships torpedoed by the U-Boats.
    I learned to not trust the media because of this. Peaceful, law biding citizens prevented from seeing a game due to gangs should have been a major scandal. The media covered this up. White Sox management always complain about low attendance. This is the reason why, but they will do nothing about it.
    Up North, Wrigleyville was a slum. Parents would use the Cubs as a babysitting service. They knew their children could handle a few drunken bums. These children would return later in life and turn Wrigleyville into the paradise it is now.

  58. @Dave Pinsen
    Amazon hasn’t been entirely unscathed.

    https://twitter.com/breakingnalerts/status/1267216696076644354?s=21

    Replies: @JohnnyD, @Chrisnonymous

    That stuff belongs to the inmates, not the warden. Wake me up when the warehouses are looted.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Chrisnonymous

    https://twitter.com/debiruss/status/1269000111604019200?s=21

    Replies: @Anonymous

  59. @Anon
    Just for kicks, I've been reading George Floyd's autopsy report. He had Covid and sickle cell anemia. It is very likely those two factors made his oxygen levels very low. He did not have damage to his neck muscles or larynx. He did not have the broken capillaries (petechiae) in his head or neck which are characteristic of strangulation. He had meth and fentanyl in his system. He was 6 foot 4 and 223 lbs, which is huge. He must have been very difficult to subdue.

    He had quite a few scars and plenty of tattoos. One was an eagle holding a rifle, and another a pair of praying hands, which is very ironic. Even more ironic, he had a gravestone tattoo with RIP on it. I am not joking about that, either. It's all right there in the report.

    Brain weight 1380 grams. (Not enough to help him out). Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck show no contusion or hemorrhage. Thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. No dislocations or hemorrhages were found in the spinal column.

    But he had congestion and edema in his lungs. He had an enlarged heart, and 75% narrowing in his left coronary arteries, and 90% narrowing in a right coronary artery.

    Fentanyl can cause severe respiratory depression.

    This guy had four things that would have cut down on his oxygen level. Covid-19, sickle cell anemia, very blocked arteries, and fentanyl. I can see why the cop wasn't initially charged.

    Note: Documentary photographs were taken during the process, so the Floyd family coroner had better be a lot better than the coroner who did this report or they'll lose the case in court.

    Replies: @danand, @Paul Jolliffe, @Chrisnonymous

    Try saying “I can’t breathe” without inhaling first. It’s pretty hard, isn’t it?

    The respiratory depression caused by opioids like fentanyl is a depression of the body’s natural reflex to inhale and exhale. Opioids don’t interfere with gas exchange in the lungs. Respiratory depression from taking opioids is a problem in people who pass out or fall asleep, conditions in which you need the body’s breathing reflexes to work in order to breath. People who are walking around and talking don’t just suddenly stop breathing. Anyway, respiratory depression from opioids is mostly an issue for people who are new users or take huge quantities, neither of which, based on Floyd’s history and the videos, seems likely.

    The edema in his lungs may have contributed to his death, but the defense for the police officers is going to have a hard time convincing a jury that Floyd had a heart attack at just the same time someone was kneeling on his neck by coincidence.

  60. When I was fifty-six,
    It was a very good year,
    It was a very good year for money, more,
    And burned out stores,
    They blazed in the night,
    By the fire light,
    When I was fifty-six.

  61. @Lot
    I lol’d.

    Amazon Go is part of the growing trend of Big Tech to exclude high cost negative value customers by requiring a payment card to do any business with them.

    About 7% of the population lives in an “unbanked” household according to an FDIC survey. This understates it because lumpenproles are hard to survey and it counts as “banked” a NEET with no account who lives with Mom who does. Probably about 15% of adults is a better estimate. This 15% has maybe 3% of spending power but probably causes 25% of problem customers. Uber, Amazon, cafes, hotels, etc are just better off without their business.

    You can exclude even more by not accepting debit cards or requiring large holds on them.

    Replies: @Pat Boyle

    Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? I would have thought it just the opposite. When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card. I scream at and insult the telephone solicitors who call up trolling for people with credit card debt just as I insult or hang up the phone on those who call me and want to help with my school loan debt. I have no credit card debt. I have no school loan debt. I would have thought those facts marked me as a more reliable person, not one to avoid.

    Bonus advice: Good students – i.e. those who belong in college – get academic scholarships, they don’t pay tuition.

    • Replies: @Lot
    @Pat Boyle

    “ Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? ”

    Yes. I’ve known people who just never get a cc on principle like you but most middle class people and above are lured to cc’s by the 2% cash back, flyer miles, and that merchant disputes are easier. Thus there’s a big group of people who have jobs and a bank account with a debit card, but can’t get a credit card because of awful credit scores.

    Amex is the most upscale credit card, capital one the most downscale of the major companies.

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Pat Boyle

    I've never understood the advantage of a debit card, when almost all credit cards give you some kind of cash back or points.

    I paid my daughter's tuition ($5k) with my Amazon Visa and got $50 in Amazon points, My Lowe's Advantage card saves me 5% each time.

    , @Anonymous
    @Pat Boyle


    When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card.
     
    If you use a debit card, you might want to take a very close look at where your liability lies when fraud occurs.

    My understanding (admittedly, by no means complete) is that debit card issuing banks have much less incentive to protect debit card users because, in the event of fraud, it's the consumer who is out the money, not the bank. Of course, this may depend on whether you use the card as a debit card (PIN required) or a credit card (you have to sign the sales slip).

    If you're in a position to pay off the card every month (i.e. you are what is known as a "convenience user" in credit card parlance), a credit card would likely be a better bet. Why wouldn't you want to take advantage of a no interest, 30-day loan? Or as a friend of mine put it, "Whose money would you prefer to spend: your own, or the card company's?"

    (I know which I would prefer.)

    I have formed the impression over the years that Americans equate having a CC with revolving a balance; it doesn't have to work that way if you're the sort that pays his bills on time. If you are not, then, yes: credit cards are a mistake.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  62. @anon
    Amazon could be nationalized very easily. I'd rather pay their employees than Jeff Bezos anyday. They only re-sell other company's products for the most part. If BLM can loot, so can we........with a lot less victims (Just a few billionaires and very wealthy stockholders). We could give their employees a pay raise, and pretty much just screw over the Washington Post's ower. Fine by me.

    Twitter should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Facebook should be nationalized and ran as a public utility. No censorship

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @George, @Thea

    A nationalized Facebook would just become the social media equivalent of NPR

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Thea

    Agreed. You said it better than I did.

  63. @Reg Cæsar

    But really, he just wanted to finish off brick and mortar retail for good.
     
    I don't know about that. Sales of bricks and mortars should both [ahem] skyrocket.


    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/27/22/2812A43D00000578-3057819-image-a-216_1430171163712.jpg

    https://nationalinterest.org/sites/default/files/main_images/B692%20%281%29.jpg


    Does Amazon sell either of these products? The profits could still go to Besos. (That's how his Kindle spells it, so that's how I do too.)

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch, @Rob McX, @The Alarmist

    Amazon does facilitate trade in bricks, like these:

    Clay Bricks 8″ X 4″ X 2″- 1 Pallet – 300 Units

    Bonus: They’re Dominican

    In terms of mortar, will you settle for this?

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @The Alarmist

    Not Amazon, but something interesting you can buy.

    http://www.blackpowder-cannons.com/index_files/Billiard%201%20%28474%20x%20350%29.jpg

    http://www.blackpowder-cannons.com/

  64. @t
    Radley Balko works for Bezos, so the the person who started the riots in Pittsburgh:

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/06/01/pittsburgh-protests-brian-bartels/

    Replies: @Muggles

    >>Radley Balko works for Bezos, so did the person who started the riots in Pittsburgh:<<

    Re: the Amazon employee who started the Pittsburgh riots, burned cop car. According to his report (get this!) his parents dragged him out of their basement and hauled him down to the police station.

    A real revolutionary hero! Most surprising fact: that he actually had a job…

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/antifa-boy-surrendered-by-mommy-and-daddy-to-pittsbugh-police-for-allegedly-inciting-a-riot/

  65. @Steve Sailer
    @Reg Cæsar

    I drove back through Bridgeport from a Chicago White Sox game on the 4th of July in about 1984. There so many illegal fireworks going off it looked like Beirut.

    Replies: @Dissident

    I drove back through Bridgeport from a Chicago White Sox game on the 4th of July in about 1984. There so many illegal fireworks going off it looked like Beirut.

    Could you have imagined back then that one day the same could be said for many parts of the U.S., on any day (and irrespective of fireworks)– all within less than thirty years?

    Progress!

  66. @unit472
    Unfortunately, for the unemployed and poor, it is going to be hard to use cash absent local merchants. Bezos doesn't take it and the big banks aren't going to be handing out credit cards so freely now. If we go into another lockdown ( entirely possible with social distancing having been declared null and void) even ordering a pizza to be delivered is going to be a no go if you can't pre pay.

    After that tanker driver's arrest in Minneapolis, I'm wondering if truckers are going to start refusing to make deliveries in riot zones?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s not just bad for the unemployed and poor, Unit472. I’m not unemployed, and I’m not poor. I like to pay cash for everything I can. Going cashless will be quite Orwellian in the long run. This is really gonna piss me off, it it happens the way you predict.

    Oh, and I’m not doing another lockdown, but then I didn’t do the 1st one anyway.

  67. @Anonymous
    Any website where people come up with humorous conspiracy theories will eventually be overrun with actual crazy crackpots who think they're in good company.

    Replies: @Dissident

    Any website where people come up with humorous conspiracy theories will eventually be overrun with actual crazy crackpots who think they’re in good company.

    Which Unz Review writers do you think are just kidding?

  68. And the people who protested amazon and walmart having mandates from the state to do business while small businesses were forced at gunpoint to shut down were universally hated as bootlickers and terrorists for daring to oppose the further consolidation of capital.

  69. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @SimpleSong
    Amazon was slowly strangling brick and mortar retail anyway; in the long term this doesn't change much, they just end up in the position that they would have been in ten years from now, right now.

    That may or may not be a good thing for Amazon in the long run, depending on how well they cope with the fast-forward button being pushed. I've found that the service from Amazon during the pandemic has gotten so terrible that I've switched back to ebay for most of my online purchases.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I’ve found that the service from Amazon during the pandemic has gotten so terrible that I’ve switched back to ebay for most of my online purchases.

    Thank you for posting that; I did wonder about how Amazon was coping with the tsunami-like surge in their business. I understand Amazon is known for its great efficiency, but the fact that, after all, Amazon is just one company has always made me uneasy for those who seem to rely upon it unreservedly.

    Does anyone know offhand if those rumours of strikes at Amazon warehouses turned out to be true?

  70. Lot says:
    @Pat Boyle
    @Lot

    Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? I would have thought it just the opposite. When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card. I scream at and insult the telephone solicitors who call up trolling for people with credit card debt just as I insult or hang up the phone on those who call me and want to help with my school loan debt. I have no credit card debt. I have no school loan debt. I would have thought those facts marked me as a more reliable person, not one to avoid.

    Bonus advice: Good students - i.e. those who belong in college - get academic scholarships, they don't pay tuition.

    Replies: @Lot, @Jim Don Bob, @Anonymous

    “ Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? ”

    Yes. I’ve known people who just never get a cc on principle like you but most middle class people and above are lured to cc’s by the 2% cash back, flyer miles, and that merchant disputes are easier. Thus there’s a big group of people who have jobs and a bank account with a debit card, but can’t get a credit card because of awful credit scores.

    Amex is the most upscale credit card, capital one the most downscale of the major companies.

  71. @George
    @anon

    Pres Trump's accusation is that Amazon is highly subsidized through the US postal service. OVer the years I have read articles that this is the year USPS goes bust, but this may be the year that the postal service either has to charge full price for their service or the congress will have to formally and publicly bail the usps out.

    'Disastrous at a time like this': the US Postal Service is on the brink of crisis

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/03/us-postal-service-is-struggling--bad-for-election

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    I believe the USPS has been running deficits for years if you count their pension liabilities.

  72. @The Alarmist
    @Reg Cæsar

    Amazon does facilitate trade in bricks, like these:

    Clay Bricks 8" X 4" X 2"- 1 Pallet - 300 Units

    https://www.amazon.com/Clay-Bricks-Pallet-Please-Description/dp/B07JC6Z9DF/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=bricks&qid=1591297586&rnid=468240&s=hi&sr=1-18

    Bonus: They're Dominican

    In terms of mortar, will you settle for this?

    https://www.amazon.com/Goshfun-Worker-Tactics-Caliber-Launcher/dp/B07BFP45TH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1I7WKSUX2B2BT&dchild=1&keywords=mortar&qid=1591297933&s=toys-and-games&sprefix=mortar%2Caps%2C479&sr=1-1

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    Not Amazon, but something interesting you can buy.

    http://www.blackpowder-cannons.com/

  73. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    Someone on another blog was saying that a good chunk of the small businesses looted in Chicago were owned by blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Arabs. Most whites have enough sense not to try to run a small business in the black areas of Chicago.
    Too many whites remember the riots of the 60s, and they knew better than to trust the black community. A lot of the immigrant-owner businesses did not have a clue about what blacks can be like during a CAT5 chimpout. Many of the immigrants were probably brainwashed by all the stupid propaganda they've been getting from the liberal media, and they believed blacks are just misunderstood.

    Many of the immigrants set up their businesses during the economic boom and now they're wiped out for good. I've been hearing that insurance won't covers riots and insurrection. Most of these businesses will never return, and their owners will be extremely hostile towards the black community. Hopefully they'll go back to their own countries.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Many of the immigrants set up their businesses during the economic boom and now they’re wiped out for good. I’ve been hearing that insurance won’t covers riots and insurrection

    Yes, that is my understanding as well: so-called “civil insurrections” are not covered under most (if not all) insurance policies that shopkeepers were likely to have.

    Which leads me to wonder: after the Ferguson riots happened a few years ago (an event you could not help but hear about) were there any shopkeepers in other cities who were far-sighted enough to take out policies specifically for the eventuality of a civil insurrection?

    If so, they must be damned thankful they kept up their premiums.

  74. @Pat Boyle
    @Lot

    Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? I would have thought it just the opposite. When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card. I scream at and insult the telephone solicitors who call up trolling for people with credit card debt just as I insult or hang up the phone on those who call me and want to help with my school loan debt. I have no credit card debt. I have no school loan debt. I would have thought those facts marked me as a more reliable person, not one to avoid.

    Bonus advice: Good students - i.e. those who belong in college - get academic scholarships, they don't pay tuition.

    Replies: @Lot, @Jim Don Bob, @Anonymous

    I’ve never understood the advantage of a debit card, when almost all credit cards give you some kind of cash back or points.

    I paid my daughter’s tuition ($5k) with my Amazon Visa and got $50 in Amazon points, My Lowe’s Advantage card saves me 5% each time.

  75. @Thea
    @anon

    A nationalized Facebook would just become the social media equivalent of NPR

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Agreed. You said it better than I did.

  76. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara
    I have thought about this, too.

    And Amazon is likely going to do gangbusters business for the entire summer---from all sides. Every prepper and wannabe prepper is ordering a ton online---all the stuff a prepper "meant to get before" but now is definitely prioritizing. Everyone who is still worried about COVID is going to order everything from them---so the elderly. And everyone trapped in a poor or burned-out neighborhood will be doing the same---too terrified to go out, and now facing a neighborhood without stores.

    Bezos should be investigated pronto. Nothing like a rich white guy on trial.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Everyone who is still worried about COVID is going to order everything from them—so the elderly. And everyone trapped in a poor or burned-out neighborhood will be doing the same—too terrified to go out, and now facing a neighborhood without stores.

    I think there is a distinct possibility that anyone relying on Amazon in the poor, burned-out neighbourhoods you mention is going to be porch-pirated right out of existence.

    Consider: the thieves in those neighbourhoods are used to robbing and pilfering the local shops and businesses. With the local shops and businesses now gone, they will be forced to look for other people to rob and pilfer. Specifically, their neighbours, who will be (at least in theory) getting thumping great big boxes from Amazon.

    (The now-notorious example of the Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill suggests itself. And mind you: that atrocity took place in a good neighbourhood.)

    Before the blacks decided to take up a new hobby, life was hard for the Stephanie Wilfords of America. If the above supposition is correct, it is about to get a great deal harder.

    I expect it will be grimly amusing to see how, once again, it all turns out to be the fault of (ah, you’ve already guessed) white supremacy.

  77. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pat Boyle
    @Lot

    Do those who use a Debit Card constitute a lower social/economic niche than those who use a credit card? I would have thought it just the opposite. When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card. I scream at and insult the telephone solicitors who call up trolling for people with credit card debt just as I insult or hang up the phone on those who call me and want to help with my school loan debt. I have no credit card debt. I have no school loan debt. I would have thought those facts marked me as a more reliable person, not one to avoid.

    Bonus advice: Good students - i.e. those who belong in college - get academic scholarships, they don't pay tuition.

    Replies: @Lot, @Jim Don Bob, @Anonymous

    When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card.

    If you use a debit card, you might want to take a very close look at where your liability lies when fraud occurs.

    My understanding (admittedly, by no means complete) is that debit card issuing banks have much less incentive to protect debit card users because, in the event of fraud, it’s the consumer who is out the money, not the bank. Of course, this may depend on whether you use the card as a debit card (PIN required) or a credit card (you have to sign the sales slip).

    If you’re in a position to pay off the card every month (i.e. you are what is known as a “convenience user” in credit card parlance), a credit card would likely be a better bet. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of a no interest, 30-day loan? Or as a friend of mine put it, “Whose money would you prefer to spend: your own, or the card company’s?”

    (I know which I would prefer.)

    I have formed the impression over the years that Americans equate having a CC with revolving a balance; it doesn’t have to work that way if you’re the sort that pays his bills on time. If you are not, then, yes: credit cards are a mistake.

    • Agree: Dissident
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Anonymous

    You are also liable for only the first $50 of fraudulent charges if your CC is stolen.

  78. @Paul Jolliffe
    @Anon

    All interesting and probably 100% accurate, but surely you know that it’s all irrelevant: even if Chauvin were acquitted in a state trial, the feds would come in with some federal charges (probably with some variation of the old “violated his civil rights” charge) and nail him out of political expedience.

    Double jeopardy has been dead for quite awhile.

    Replies: @Alden

    That’s exactly what happened to the cops who had to restrain and arrest Rodney King. They were acquitted for whatever in county court and convicted on civil rights charges by the feds.

    The federal government has been anti White since 1953 Brown vs Topeka

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Alden

    If we ever had a genuinely conservative administration, they would go after an OJ- like black defendant on civil rights charges. Much hilarity would ensue.

  79. Anonymous[968] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden
    @Paul Jolliffe

    That’s exactly what happened to the cops who had to restrain and arrest Rodney King. They were acquitted for whatever in county court and convicted on civil rights charges by the feds.

    The federal government has been anti White since 1953 Brown vs Topeka

    Replies: @Anonymous

    If we ever had a genuinely conservative administration, they would go after an OJ- like black defendant on civil rights charges. Much hilarity would ensue.

  80. @Anonymous
    @Pat Boyle


    When I retired I got rid of my credit cards and just used my bank debit card.
     
    If you use a debit card, you might want to take a very close look at where your liability lies when fraud occurs.

    My understanding (admittedly, by no means complete) is that debit card issuing banks have much less incentive to protect debit card users because, in the event of fraud, it's the consumer who is out the money, not the bank. Of course, this may depend on whether you use the card as a debit card (PIN required) or a credit card (you have to sign the sales slip).

    If you're in a position to pay off the card every month (i.e. you are what is known as a "convenience user" in credit card parlance), a credit card would likely be a better bet. Why wouldn't you want to take advantage of a no interest, 30-day loan? Or as a friend of mine put it, "Whose money would you prefer to spend: your own, or the card company's?"

    (I know which I would prefer.)

    I have formed the impression over the years that Americans equate having a CC with revolving a balance; it doesn't have to work that way if you're the sort that pays his bills on time. If you are not, then, yes: credit cards are a mistake.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    You are also liable for only the first $50 of fraudulent charges if your CC is stolen.

  81. @Chrisnonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    That stuff belongs to the inmates, not the warden. Wake me up when the warehouses are looted.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Can you please tell me if Redlands is the same part of California this:


    BREAKING: Amazon vans looted in California
     
    ...happened earlier?

    I am unclear as to whether the targeting of Amazon is confined to a relatively small geographical area, or if this is a widespread phenomenon.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  82. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    @Chrisnonymous

    https://twitter.com/debiruss/status/1269000111604019200?s=21

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Can you please tell me if Redlands is the same part of California this:

    BREAKING: Amazon vans looted in California

    …happened earlier?

    I am unclear as to whether the targeting of Amazon is confined to a relatively small geographical area, or if this is a widespread phenomenon.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Redlands is an upscale college suburb in the dumpy inland San Bernardino metro area.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  83. @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Can you please tell me if Redlands is the same part of California this:


    BREAKING: Amazon vans looted in California
     
    ...happened earlier?

    I am unclear as to whether the targeting of Amazon is confined to a relatively small geographical area, or if this is a widespread phenomenon.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Redlands is an upscale college suburb in the dumpy inland San Bernardino metro area.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer


    Redlands is an upscale college suburb in the dumpy inland San Bernardino metro area.
     
    I see. And the looted Amazon van (or vans) was in Santa Monica, from what I can gather.

    Thank you for the clarification; it sounds like Southern California has been transformed into the Wild, Wild West.

    (I hope you are safe and sound in the midst of all this cultural vibrancy.)
  84. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Redlands is an upscale college suburb in the dumpy inland San Bernardino metro area.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Redlands is an upscale college suburb in the dumpy inland San Bernardino metro area.

    I see. And the looted Amazon van (or vans) was in Santa Monica, from what I can gather.

    Thank you for the clarification; it sounds like Southern California has been transformed into the Wild, Wild West.

    (I hope you are safe and sound in the midst of all this cultural vibrancy.)

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