Bezos Alarms Amazon Investors With Spending Pace as Loss Widens -
For all the crushing of competition and low prices and ease of buying (and pretty good customer service), Amazon, at the end of the day, is just another discounter with a razz thin profit margin.
Losses from reinvesting in the business is one thing — the old normal! — but losses because maybe prices are too low — that’s a problem.
My thanks to TopBrewer for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Designed in Denmark, TopBrewer is a revolutionary coffee system that dispenses espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, sparkling water, cold and hot filtered water, and other drinks on demand with just a tap on your iPhone or iPad. (Good coffee and fizzy water is just about all I need to work each day, and TopBrewer covers both.) —
Daring Fireball: TopBrewer
Dunno whether operating a machine by app instead of walking over to it is a great thing or absurd.
But I agree with Gruber. And I think a diet of endless coffee and carbonated water would help achieve the weight loss I so want.
We think of ourselves as exceptional, but we are a hair’s breadth from constructing internment camps for migrant children under the declaration that they are too disease-riddled to mingle with the rest of the population. There are increasingly aggressive responses to even the rumor that a few of those children might arrive nearby, and our top politicians are eager to get themselves photographed among military-garbed, heavily armed troops meant to stem the influx of foreigners who put America’s continued existence at risk merely by stepping onto our own soil. We have already established that we consider war crimes justifiable, so long as the reasons are deemed pure. We elect those that will patiently explain to us why the Bill of Rights no longer applies to some Americans. The thought that we would consider global humanitarian norms to constrain our own possible actions already stirs great anger among many of self-proclaimed “true” patriots. —
Wrapped in the flag, and carrying a cross
We’re in self-delusion, refusing to acknowledge or give up the lie.
Anyway, it’s too late to correct this disaster.
As an example, [Fox & Friends] aired two emergency calls from Spanish speakers each identified on-screen as “Immigrant.” In the first, a distressed male requests emergency assistance for his cousin, whom the man described as “turning blue.” Another call featured a man and woman explaining to the 911 operator that they have not had access to water in three days.
[Host Brian Kilmeade] asked the deputy, “So those calls, you have to respond to, even though for the most part, when you get there you realize, they’re not even American citizens?” — Wrapped in the flag, and carrying a cross
"Mr. Jones said he wanted to encourage other wealthy people to think about how their opulent lifestyles could provide jobs just as their charity helps people in need," the Times said. —
Rich Guy Pretty Sure His Yacht Is Philanthropy — NYMag
All employees are beneficiaries of charity.
Except those paid so little that they need public assistance to supplement insufficient wages.
Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All -
Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora.
The elected empowerment of Likud — former terrorists, essentially, and fascists — showed us what could and did happen here. Running for election in a democracy doesn’t mean the candidate believes in democracy at all. And these kind of extremist parties empower the insane extreme right fringe.
The bullshit in Israel — this false flag, now exposed — this would never have happened before Likud and the rightists came into power.
And we’re little better.
The unfit empowered. A warning unheeded.
Florida tea partier Curt Clawson only joined Congress last month, when he was chosen to replace cocaine-addled conservative Trey Radel in a special election, but that’s no excuse for the stupid and offensive thing he did at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday.
The meeting included testimony by Nisha Biswal, who holds a senior position at the State Department, and Arun Kumar, who holds a senior position at the Commerce Department. According to Foreign Policy, Biswal and Kumar were both clearly introduced as United States officials before they began speaking. Their names and jobs also appeared on a list distributed to the lawmakers participating in the hearing. Despite all that, Clawson managed to mistake them for representatives of the Indian government because … well, they seemed pretty Indian to him! — Clawson Mistakes U.S. Officials for Indian Reps — NYMag
Classic cover by Frank R. Paul from Amazing Stories Annual #1, published by Ziff Davis, 1927.
Ohhh…, those eyes!
When they were in Indianapolis shooting To Please a Lady, Barbara’s business manager called her to ask what type of accommodation she would require. She told him she needed a bedroom and bath for herself, and the same for Harriet (her personal maid and friend), with a sitting room between. The business manager explained that Gable had requested that they stay in the best hotel in town, where blacks were not welcome. Barbara remained adamant. She wanted Harriet near her and requested that the business manager make the necessary arrangements. Later that day the director of the film, Clarence Brown, called Barbara to ensure her that Harriet would stay in the best “coloured” hotel in Indianapolis. The ever determined Barbara told him, “I’ll tell you what you can do to solve the whole thing. You make a reservation at the best coloured hotel in Indianapolis for two bedrooms and baths and a sitting room between, and that is where I’ll stay with Harriet. “Oh, Barbara, you can’t do that,” Brown protested. “The hell I can’t,” she said forcefully and hung up. As far as she was concerned the subject was closed. When they reached Indianapolis, she and Harriet both stayed at the best hotel in the city with Gable and the rest of the cast.
Now this, this is class.
Stanwyck was perceived as something of bitch. But she was only a woman who wouldn’t take shit from anybody.
Pretty sad that this can still be a good example even now.
George Bernard Shaw, born on this day in 1856, on marriage, the oppression of women, and the hypocrisy of monogamy
One mistake I learned from.
Letting the Labbie get killed, and now this.
She might be losing my vote….
(Source: ibaaad, via mudwerks)
Poverty is very complicated… —
Paul Ryan, US Congressman (R) - Meet the Press 7/27/14
the genius of Paul Ryan…
So says an ambitious monster to the monsters willing to accept his hateful lies or fail to call him out.
Monsters. All of them.
(Source: muddypolitics, via mudwerks)
Emma, this is for you!
(Source: generic-art, via mudwerks)
2001: A Space Odyssey, US mini window card, 1968.
Spy shot of the new iPad.
What a genius that Kubrick was!
Several sales reps admitted that they get people in asking about the iPhone 6 all the time, even on the Fire phone’s launch day. — Business Insider, after talking to several sales reps at AT&T stores around New York on the launch day of Amazon’s Fire Phone. (via parislemon)