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Thursday Evening News Roundup

Israeli man takes cover as air raid sirens go off (Reuters)

Can somebody please tell me what’s going on in Israel and the Gaza Strip? I don’t understand why Hamas is lobbing missiles into Israel. The only reason that I can possibly think of would be that they’re trying to provoke a military response from Israel. They think they have something. I don’t know what it is. Maybe a new weapon – chemical, biological or nuclear? Maybe they have thousands of troops that have now been trained? I don’t know. The whole thing doesn’t make sense. (Look for the neoconservatives to start blaming Obama for the violence in Gaza. The reason that there is violence in Gaza is because Barack Obama has refused to lead on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. I guarantee you that’s gonna be there line of reasoning.)

Dell Computers’ third-quarter profit has dropped by 47%. Surprised? Just the other day I was talking to a friend of mine and I told him that for years I was buying two or three new computers every year. If I wasn’t buying one for myself I was buying one for my wife. One year I bought a desktop and the following year I bought a laptop. If I wasn’t buying a computer for myself, my wife or my daughter I was buying one as a present for my mother, my father, one of my siblings. I simply don’t do that anymore. My desktop computer is approximately 18 months old. I bought all the components to the computer online and got a local computer guru to put everything together for me. My computer’s fast as lightning. It cost me $700-$800 less than a comparable computer from Dell or Hewlett-Packard or any of the major brand names. Things changed. Dell needs to change or they’re in serious trouble. Tablets have been out for a while. Does Dell have a tablet that rivals the iPad? I didn’t think so.

The US Post Office is in financial trouble, again. Look for conservatives to smile and pounce.

I didn’t know that black people didn’t vote. Was there a meeting that I’d missed?

From the financial sector: Inflation does not seem to be a problem at least it wasn’t in October. Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, basically believes that lending standards have become too tight. The housing market is still problematic. Real income has fallen.

Walmart is in trouble. There’s a federal investigation into suspicions of bribery; not only in Mexico, but also China, India and Brazil. (more…)

By |2012-11-16T20:21:28-04:00November 16th, 2012|Business, Environment, Israel, Obama administration|2 Comments

Cable down – big business failure, again

Internet connection has been down for about 16 hours. Now, we’re back.

Last night, a relatively violent storm rolled through Western North Carolina. It’s not unusual for there to be power outages. Why is that? Why aren’t we protected from power surges and power outages caused by major thunderstorms? Is it that we don’t have the technology? Or could it be that big business (the power companies) will not pay to have redundant power supplies and adequate surge protectors?

So, my Internet goes out last night. I call my Internet provider first thing this morning after troubleshooting on my own. For those of us who have had Internet service for while, we’ve all gone through the drill – unplug your cable modem. Leave your cable modem unplugged for 30-60 seconds. While your cable modem is unplugged please unplug your router. Now, plug in your router and then plug in your cable modem. Which lights are blinking and which lights are off? Please turn off and then turn back on your computer. None of these maneuvers work. I knew that the problem was in the cable feed coming into my house. So I call my cable provider and waste over 30 min. on the phone before they decide to send somebody out. The good news is that they send somebody out within the prescribed two-hour window. It took this computer guru less than 5 min. to see that the problem wasn’t inside my house, like I said. The problem was outside of my house. He went and checked the box outside the house and there was no power coming to the box. The problem was somewhere in the vast network of my cable provider.

Here’s my issue – my time is completely worthless to my cable provider. They should’ve known that the problem was outside of my house when I called. If they didn’t know, why didn’t they? This isn’t nuclear physics. System diagnostics should be relatively simple and required for all cable companies. It is my opinion that they knew but didn’t care to pass on that piece of information to me. In my opinion, this is another failure of government regulation and oversight. If we are supposed to be efficient workers, we can’t waste time dealing with simple basic utilities.

By |2011-06-16T12:37:03-04:00June 16th, 2011|Corporate Wrongs|Comments Off on Cable down – big business failure, again
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