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November 18, 2013

Wal-Mart runs food drive to feed its own employees

Here's a better idea, Walton family, if your employees can't afford food . . . pay them more. Seriously, the Walton family is the richest in the world and they don't pay their employees enough to feed themselves. Dangerous Minds | Wal-Mart’s Walton family are parasites and moral pariahs and should be treated that way
I could not help but to think of Sarah Winchester when I read an item this morning on Business Insider that tells of how a Cleveland, Ohio-based Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive — for the very people who work there… A sign in the store reads: “Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.” Breathtaking isn’t it? This is America’s largest employer. THIS is how low things have gotten. The Cleveland Plain Dealer quoted Norma Mills, a Wal-Mart customer complaining “That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage.” Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said the food drive is proof that employees care about each other. “It is for associates who have had some hardships come up,” he said. “Maybe their spouse lost a job. “This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” he said. Extreme hardships like working at fucking Wal-Mart!?!? Wouldn’t it be awesome if when someone told a lie, they’d just spontaneously combust? I would love that… But what does any of this have to do with Sarah Winchester’s guilty conscience, you ask? At least she had one. Sarah Winchester acutely felt the wages of death that made her so rich and it ruined her life. As everyone should know by now, but it still bears repeating, the Walton family is the richest family in the world and they collectively own over 50% of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer and second largest corporation. The family is worth a combined total of $150 billion as of August 2013 and the six most prominent members of the family have approximately the same net worth as the bottom 30% of American families combined. They didn’t do a goddamn thing to earn this money. Nothing. They inherited every cent of their billions.

November 17, 2013

There are hundreds of fake ObamaCare websites trying to rip you off

The Daily Dot - Some of the fraudulent Obamacare sites work better than the real thing
According to the Washington Examiner, more than 700 websites have been launched whose names play off variations of Obamacare-related buzzwords. Some of them appear to be simple website squatting, buying URLs in hopes that someone else will pay a premium for the real estate later, while some have more malicious goals: tricking would-be insurance shoppers into giving up sensitive data like their social security numbers. Before the launch (and debacle) of Healthcare.gov, there were warnings from the tech-security industry that enrollees could be fooled by faux-bamacare sites. Although most criticism of the ACA focuses on the federal site, Healthcare.gov, there are also state-run exchanges and legitimate third-party websites where people can shop for insurance. Multiply sign-up points seems sensible enough, as Healthcare.gov-gate proves the folly of relying on a single website. However, as Christopher Budd at Trend Micro pointed out, “there’s no official marking or labeling that [consumers] can look at on a site to know that it’s an officially sanctioned site." This opens the possibility for people to give away sensitive information to anyone with a half-way convincing site. As John McAfee put it on Fox News, “any hacker can put a website up, and make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system—this is health care, after all—they can ask you the most intimate questions and you're freely going to answer them."