Mammon category archive
The owners of the “wine cave” who feted Pete Buttigieg are nursing a set of hurt fee-fees over
being called out for their over-the-top self-indulgent extravagance having been noticed.
Thom and Jesse Hirsch discuss why romaine lettuce seems to be the subject of perpetual warnings and recalls.
David describes the pressure being put on his podcast to allow his listeners’ and viewers’ data to be tracked.
On this week’s episode of Le Show, Harry Shearer interviews Hubert Horan, a long-time consultant in the transportation field, about Uber and Uber’s business model.
You can listen to the interview here. It is well worth your while.
Here’s an excerpt:
Shearer: The future that is sometimes sketched out by supporters of Uber is, “Well, but wait until driverless cars.”
Horan: All the people who talk about driverless cars are people who watched the Jetsons too much when they were children.
A woman bought a defective product* from a third-party vendor on Amazon; the vendor has since disappeared completely.
She’s suing Amazon. Amazon is denying liability, claiming (I’m paraphrasing here) that it is but an innocent go-between
, a mere pipeline, a sounding brass, a tinkling cymbal, guaranteeing nothing. Nevertheless, there seem to be cracks in its defense strategy. Here’s a bit from the news story:
During a 2017 deposition, a lawyer for Amazon asked Oberdorf if she bought the collar from Dogaholics, another name for the Furry Gang. “Did I purchase it from them?” Oberdorf responded. “I purchased it on Amazon.”
The Amazon lawyer repeated his question. “I don’t know. The product was in my cart and I paid for it as usual,” said Oberdorf . . . .
I have from time to time–only when there seems no other option–purchased items from the “Amazon Marketplace.” In my own experience, whether you are purchasing from Amazon or through Amazon isn’t necessarily made obvious.
I commend the story to your attention, especially if you buy stuff from (or through?) Amazon with any frequency.
*The product was a dog collar which broke when her dog lunged, snapping back and blinding her in one eye.
At the Bangor Daily News, Gwynne Dyer reveals industry’s latest tactic to avoid action on carbon emissions. A snippet:
There is now no government in the world — except the United States — that still goes along with the denialism (that man’s use of fossil fuels is primary cause of climate change–ed.). Every major international body has accepted the evidence that climate change is actually happening and that we are the cause.
Time for another change of strategy by the fossil fuel industries and their allies. If they can no longer hope to discredit the science or confuse the public about the evidence, maybe they can at least deflect and divert the pressure for effective action on climate change on to targets that do not directly threaten the sales of their products.
Follow the link for the evidence.