For the past few days I've been having horrible problems at Corrente whenever I'd open a new page; I'd get a lengthy session with the spinning beachball, followed by Adobe's Flash plug-in crashing, either in the Eagle Cam block in the sidebar, or a YouTube in a post, or Dan's GrooveShark posts. Or all of them! So that was tooth-grindingly irritating, though admittedly a #FirstWorldProblem. So, if you're about the lose a tooth to Flash crash delays, here's a tip: Read below the fold...
"Master class" at UMKC.
Film at 11, but the administration is about to declare the most definitely not relaunched ObamaCare website ("marketplace"), healthcare.gov, a success. Pass the victory gin:
HealthCare.gov will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say
Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health-care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers it can accommodate [about the lowest baseline you can set] until more people try to use it.
And they also appear to be doing some not-Expedia-like, not-Amazon-like things to make the site "work" that shouldn't come under the heading of repairs. For example, the waiting area: Read below the fold...
In the process of cleaning my elder abuse-style kitchen -- kidding! Almost ... -- I've brought a rug to the surface. It's in fine shape, having had the dust beaten out of it, but it's rubber-backed. It's about the size of two bathroom rugs end to end. I've heard that you shouldn't wash a rubber-backed rug in the washing machine, and the daring souls who have done this did it with bathroom rugs. Read below the fold...
A devastating fire ripped through a Bangladesh garment factory supplying major Western retailers in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of a colleague's death due to police gunfire.
At the scene, a Reuters photographer said burnt garments strewn on the floors bore brand names from U.S. retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Other brands on the clothes included Li and Fung Ltd, Marks and Spencer Group PLC, Sears Canada Inc, Fast Retailing Co Ltd's Uniqlo and Inditex S.A. brand Zara.
Nur-e-Alam, a senior manager of Standard Group, said the factory had stored the next six months of its supplies for top global retailers, including Gap and Wal-Mart.
"We were the biggest supplier of Gap in Bangladesh," he said, adding "Our cargoes were ready for shipment and all that was burnt up."
So maybe a union would be cheaper in the end? Read below the fold...
Since the retail industry sees its customers as cattle, one can only imagine how they see their workers
I was struck by the language used by these executives:
Bill Simon, chief executive officer of Wal-Mart’s U.S. division, was asked about the [handcuffing] incident on a conference call today with reporters.
“Any time you get more than 22 million people together you’re going to have some behavior you’re not proud of,” said Simon, who also said “the number of incidents” was down from last year and that it’s “hard to tell what happened in any individual incident.”
Shoppers are “anxious to be first,” [Rich Mellor, the NRF’s vice president of loss prevention] said. “They get really rambunctious coming in the door. You have to be informative so they’re not going crazy looking for whatever.” ....
“They’ve probably consumed a few and they probably shouldn’t be out shopping,” [Garth Gasse, director of retail operations and asset protection at the Retail Industry Leaders Association] said.
“I saw the crowds were getting bigger,” said [Pete Marrero, the general manager of Taubman Centers Inc.’s Dolphin Mall in Miami]. “We opened the doors early to avoid people trampling.”
I'm reminded of nothing so much as Temple Grandin's work* on how to get cattle into a slaughterhouse without panicking them. Read below the fold...