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Walmart's 'Worst Nightmare' Competition Has Cashiers And Produce Clerks With $1 Million Pensions

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/09/1229983/-Walmart-s-Worst-Nightmare-Competition-Has-Cashiers-And-Produce-Clerks-With-1-Million-Pensions

WinCo -- a low-cost grocery store chain from Idaho -- is being described as Walmart's 'worst nightmare' in a recent Time Article:

Retail analysts say that the world’s biggest retailer has reason to fear a small grocery chain that’s based in Idaho and boasts a business model that allows it to undercut Walmart on prices.

So about that eye-catching Walmart quote. Those are the words of Burt Flickinger III, a widely respected supermarket retailing industry expert who works for the Strategic Resource Group. Flickinger was quoted in a recent Idaho Statesman story about WinCo, a chain of roughly 100 supermarkets in the western U.S., based in Boise.

“WinCo arguably may be the best retailer in the Western U.S.,” Flickinger says while touring a WinCo store. “WinCo is really unstoppable at this point,” he goes on. “They’re Walmart’s worst nightmare.”

Flickinger isn’t the only industry insider discussing WinCo and Walmart in the same breath. “While many supermarkets strive to keep within a few percentage points of Walmart Stores’ prices, WinCo Foods often undersells the massive discount chain,” the industry publication Supermarket News explained last spring.


more at link

Snapshots of celebrities hanging out together (27 Photos), DIALUP WARNING PIC HEAVY

http://thechive.com/2015/05/13/snapshots-of-celebrities-hanging-out-together-27-photos/

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Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen


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Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Nas and Timbaland


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Chuck Berry and Mick Jagger


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Eddie Murphy (looking like a badass) with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor


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Hugh Laurie, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch


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Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart sneaking a peek



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Warren Buffet showing off his tie to Jay-Z


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Jack Nicholson and the Monkees


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Famous best friends Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen



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James Brown with the Rolling Stones


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Slash, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper



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Tupac and KISS


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Mick Jagger fanning out on Andy Warhol



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Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood


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Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Annie Leibovitz and Amy Poehler




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Steve Martin and Don Rickles


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Old Spice Guy (Isaiah Mustafa) and the Most Interesting Man in the World (Fernando Lamas)



Of course, if you want to see all 27, just go to the link. Enjoy!

Samsung 88" Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV, only a paltry $22,997.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889355006

It better give me a bath and cook me dinner for that price!

Bike path poop bandit strikes again

http://www.ourquadcities.com/story/d/story/bike-path-poop-bandit-strikes-again/69816/XG4qDLcUyEWVFjG8FT7euQ



Neighbors say someone has been going to the bathroom on the path for at least two years.
and now a sign telling people to "stop pooping on the bike path" have been stolen. One of the signs still remain on the trail. The person responsible has not yet been caught.

"First of all I kind of laughed, you know, but I just think that that has got to be gross, Why somebody would do that is beyond me.I would probably just go around it and then report it to the nearest village. I carry quite a few things on my bike, but nothing to handle something like that", said Joe VanHoutte, a regular on the bike trail.

Hampton authorities do not wish to comment at this time.


Old news but... yea

Sometimes I think I should do a regular segment like Andy Rooney did....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Rooney#A_Few_Minutes_with_Andy_Rooney

I loved that part of 60 Minutes. Yes, I know, Andy had his very bad moments too.

I have to fight against that curmudgeon tendency. Keep ant hills ant hills!

How Tornadoes Form and Why They’re so Unpredictable

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150511-tornadoes-storms-midwest-weather-science/



More than 70 tornadoes were reported over the weekend in the Midwest and Great Plains of the United States, killing at least three people, with at least ten more still missing and significant damage in Arkansas and Texas.


More tornadoes are expected in the coming days. The fierce storms can happen at any time of year but are most common in May and June in North America, when atmospheric conditions tend to be most right for their formation. Tornadoes remain deadly and relatively unpredictable, despite recent advancements in weather science.

Here’s what scientists do know:

A tornado, or twister, is a violently rotating column of air that extends between the Earth's surface and a cloud, usually a cumulonimbus cloud. Most tornadoes last for less than ten minutes, says Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma.

more at link

Racist Police Emails Put Florida Cases in Doubt

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/us/miami-prosecutor-reviews-cases-of-police-officers-who-sent-racist-emails.html?_r=0

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office is combing through more than 150 criminal cases of black suspects arrested by Miami Beach police officers who wrote or received racist emails, the latest in a series of high-profile episodes around the nation that have raised troubling questions about the relations between the police and the communities they serve.

Two ranking officers at the Miami Beach Police Department sent about 230 emails that contained racist and sexist jokes and pornography from 2010-12, Chief Dan Oates announced Thursday. A former police captain, who had been demoted to lieutenant, was fired, and a major retired before the investigation was made public.

Fourteen other officers received the emails, the police department said.

The episode, which follows the release of racist or homophobic emails in Ferguson, Mo.; San Francisco; and Fort Lauderdale, adds another level of discord to the often-strained relations between the police and minority groups. Officers in Edison, N.J.; Seattle; Baton Rouge, La.; and Casselberry, Fla., have also been fired or disciplined over racist text and email messages, a wave that some experts believe indicates a culture in which officers are comfortable expressing racist views.

Ok English majors, English grammar people and everyone else for that matter....

Look at this paragraph from Microsoft. Is it clear to you ?

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.


from: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/15/genuine-windows-and-windows-10/

Part of it is clear to me. It's just a bit confusing to me.

I first saw this here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/microsoft-clarifies-non-genuine-windows-licenses/0a081193-8f2a-466b-9a3e-969d0f923835#LastReply

eta: OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer (i.e. a company like Dell)

eta2: I was really just asking a grammar (?) question. Honest.

yep

Skinner almost always says (paraphrasing) "Not slow for me."

I don't complain any more, it's useless. IMHO. I feel your pain!

Humanity weeps as Candy Crush Saga comes preinstalled with Windows 10

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/05/humanity-weeps-as-candy-crush-saga-comes-pre-installed-with-windows-10/



In what is no doubt a sign that humanity as we know it is coming to a swift, unproductive end, Microsoft has announced that King's notoriously moreish Candy Crush Saga will come pre-installed with Windows 10. That's right, pre-installed. In what appears to be an entirely non-ironic post over at Xbox Wire, Microsoft says that "as an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch."

There's no word on whether you'll be able to opt out of the automatic install, although it's likely King will want to get as many people as possible hooked on Candy Crush given its recent financial struggles. Earlier today, the company's shares fell as much as 14 percent in after-hours trading after it issued a profit warning. It noted in its first quarter financials that revenue was lower than expected due to slowing Candy Crush sales, and players moving to "more mature games."

The Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga was first demonstrated at Microsoft's Build conference earlier this month, and served as something of a showcase for Microsoft's Project Islandwood and Project Astoria initiatives. Islandwood allows iOS developers to bring their apps over to Windows via an Objective C toolchain and middleware layer. While some recompiling is still required, it should make the process of porting apps easier for a large number of iOS developers. Things are easier still for Android developers, with Windows Mobile including an Android runtime layer that'll let most existing apps run unmodified. Notably, the new Windows 10 version of Candy Crush Saga will include cross-play options for iOS and Android devices.

Regardless of how you feel about King or its games, Candy Crush Saga certainly isn't the first bundled Windows game to threaten productivity. Microsoft's Solitaire, which has been a staple of the Windows OS since version 3.0, was once claimed to be "the most used Windows application in the world," not to the mention one of the original candidates for video game addiction. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg even fired an employee after catching him playing solitaire on the job.
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