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Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food -
Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food
"Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit. Ran Duan manages The Baldwin Bar, located inside the Woburn location of Sichuan Garden, a Chinese restaurant founded by his parents Last week, Edelman ordered what he thought was $53.35 worth of Chinese food from Sichuan Garden’s Brookline Village location. Edelman soon came to the horrifying realization that he had been overcharged. By a total of $4. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Sheesh. - bentley
Sounds like he skipped the first lesson in economics - opportunity cost. - Jessie
Sounds like Ben is a douche canoe with entitlement issues. - Big Joe Silence from Android
I think we need lots more professors enforcing EVERY LAW ON THE BOOKS no matter how trivial the violation and how much hassle they cause. Because. Unless, of course, Edelman's an asshat. - Walt Crawford
He's apologised following re-reading his emails once they became viral. Claims he will also be apologizing in person - Soup in a TARDIS
Also apparently not the first time he's done this: - rönin
As jerky as he was, I feel like the restaurant owner was kinda trolling him back when he said something like "If you've alerted the authorities, I'd better wait to see what they say I should do." - Andrew C (✔)
Seems like Harvard is becoming school of a**holism!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی from iPhone
#whywecanthavenicethings Don't worry in is spare time he advised Amazon not to let their employees clock in until AFTER security #OKaythatsprobablynottrue but only because they didn't ask him.... - WarLord
Andrew: I see the owner's point--after Edelman's increasing "it's not just my $4, YOU'RE IN BIG TROUBLE HERE!" stream, his only sensible approach was to hold off. Well, and get the old website menu taken down. - Walt Crawford
Welcome to the minimum wage hell that is Walmart please take a number and wait your turn -mBank CEO Rips Walmart For Allowing ID Thieves To Spend $12K Without Anyone Noticing via @themorrancave
"..... The company says it is increasing the training for cashiers, though it might be hard for some of them to care very much about being trained by a company that is taking away their health insurance. ...." - WarLord
Andrew C (✔)
The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog -
The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
"By the way, it's worth noting that W-S founder Chuck Williams grew up dirt-poor and fatherless, and was forced to work on a date farm (literally named Sniffs) all through high school. Wikipedia says he also served in World War II as a plane mechanic. He is a legitimately self-made man and a fantastic American success story. So I like to imagine that he created this catalog just to fuck with rich trust-fund babies. "Tell them it's made in Portugal. They'll shit their dicks for Portuguese cotton."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Loved this and the comments were hilarious and now I want a spoonula - WarLord
While completely and justifiably horrified at the specifics, everyone knew at least some torture was occurring, right? Has the CIA report suddenly pulled back a curtain on something that was thought to never occur or is it confirmation of something that occurs but isn't thought of because "that may be a cost of security".
I think some people genuinely bought the equivocating on what constituted 'torture,' to the limited extent of what was revealed earlier (mostly waterboarding, which became the butt of jokes by people who have no idea what it actually entailed.) Others definitely fit the second bit, or they wholly approved and are probably still defending it now. - Jennifer Dittrich
It's also very different for 'everyone' to know and for the state to officially acknowledge in some capacity. I think you have had a lot of people hiding behind the 'well, we can't know...' who are now suddenly surprised by this turn of events. - Jennifer Dittrich
"7 things we learned:" - Andrew C (✔)
I mean, did you know the CIA paid $81M to the two psychologists who only had SEAR experience and not actual interrogation experience? - Andrew C (✔)
No I didn't know that. But that's not what I posted about. Honestly, there would be very little that shocks me about an independent and classified organisation set up by a superpower just after a global conflict to prosecute and further the agenda of said superpower during the subsequent global geopolitical tensions and beyond. You're basically inviting the worst actions in the name of best intentions. - Johnny
And to be honest, the "7 things we learned" were pretty much known or easily deduced, except for Bush being in the dark for 4 years. It should be "7 things we feared but were just confirmed:" - Johnny
I knew about forced feedings, but I didn't know about rectal hydration. - John (bird whisperer)
I was surprised about many of the specific details, but not that horrific things were happening. As with the attempt to spy on and change information being prepared for the report, I was definitely surprised at the wholehearted dedication to failing upwards that seems to permeate the agency. - Jennifer Dittrich
When you have to maintain a 100% success rate, no matter how unreasonable that actually is, desperation will corrupt any organisation. I keep going back to the You Can Handle The Truth interchange from A Few Good Men. - Johnny
Mostly it was willful ignorance like ignoring drone strikes We knew they were doing something on our behalf in our name but... Of course that's the problem with forever war you never know if you're winning or losing - WarLord
Oddly John McCain (who I little respect otherwise) the only member of congress to suffer horrific torture nails it: Our enemies act without conscience. We must not - WarLord
Alex Gibney who produced. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. also produced Taxi to the Dark Side. - Eric Logan
Mary Carmen
This vanilla ice cream totally counts as a meal because I put some peanut butter in it for protein, right???? It is the only thing staying in my stomach at the moment and I figured if I puke later it won't taste horrific.
Wow I've been there #pickingmealsfortastecomingandgoing Be Well - WarLord
Scoble, Alex Scoble
Why in the name of all that is good and pumpkin pie are you all not on Facebook yet?
Facebook is where I stab myself in the eye. - Meg VMeg
I'd pay to see that! ;) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
facebook is dying. at least that's what i heard - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm already missing how friendfeed does the river after 5 minutes of being back on here - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I follow people, not logos. - Johnny
Facebook is where I'm not paid to stab myself in the eye :( - Meg VMeg
LOL, Johnny, you are on Facebook...very funny though. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Facebook is where grandparents and co-workers are. - lris
What's Facebook? - Steven Perez from Android
Real answer: because there are one million (or fewer) people on FF and one billion (or more) on Facebook. (I'd guess most of us also have FB accounts, but I certainly spend ten times as much time here among a smaller, more select group.) - Walt Crawford
I keep asking myself why I am still on there. - Jim: meatvalve.
I'm there, but I prefer to be here. - The First NoeLB from Android
I'm on there once a year to wish someone a happy birthday. I like it here better. - bentley
Because FF is still better than FB even if FB has the critical mass. - Spidra Webster
Isn't the better question why are you on Facebook? - Todd Hoff
Facebook? Eww! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm there, and I'm in the Friendfeed group. Because that's where we meet to complain that ff is down, and announce when it's back up again. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I like LB's answer. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The day I use Facebook is when pigs fly :) - imabonehead
Also: Iain Baker. - Meg VMeg
I'm not old enough for Facebook. There are predators on Facebook. - Steve C Team Marina
I am, but I mostly just lurk and get really angry on FB. - Jenny H. from Android
Facebook is for head-shaking and lying and pretending to approve of assholes you work with. - Big Joe Silence
Facebook is where I argue politics and my daughter uses my account to play games - WarLord
I'm there about as much as I'm on any socnet these days. And that's not much. Healthier. - J. Marie B
Because Also, what WoH: Professor MOTHRA said. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Here because of the Shannon–Hartley law. Social networks are all about the signal/noise ratio. - David Lounsbury
The real question is, why is Facebook not on you? - Steele Lawman from Android
I'm on FB because most of my iPad games require it. Also because despite the fact I "deleted" my real account, it's still there. - Heather
A stain on our national honor - McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release
McCain said THIS: "... "I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn't about our enemies; it's about us. It's about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It's about how we represent ourselves to the world," he said. McCain added: "When we fight to defend our security we fight also for an idea...that all men are endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights." "Our enemies act without conscience. We must not," he added ..." - WarLord
THIS: Our enemies act without conscience. We must not - WarLord
#UtterepicappallingFAIL. 10 appalling findings in the Senate’s torture report via @Salon
"... The committee examined 20 reported “counterterrorism successes” cited by agency officials who claimed that the use of torture was essential to thwarting terror plots. In some of the cases, the report states, there was “no relationship” between the counterterrorism success and the use of torture. Meanwhile, in the remaining cases, the information CIA interrogators obtained from detainees either simply corroborated information the CIA already had or was extracted from detainees prior to the use of torture. ..." - WarLord
holly #ravingfangirl
why does my oven cook most recipes within stated times but significantly longer when roasting meats? ideas @TheFoodLab? other smart people?
So, do you have a light or dark roasting pan? (If light, they can just take a lot longer.) - Jennifer Dittrich
it happens with both light and dark pans. it's baffling. - holly #ravingfangirl
i think i'll test the temperature. maybe meats like roasts/chickens/turkeys are just more sensitive to temp than everything else? - holly #ravingfangirl
Yeah, that's weird, unless your oven is having trouble keeping temperature over long periods of time? - Jennifer Dittrich
that's a thought too. time for experiments! - holly #ravingfangirl
I'd add an oven thermometer, make sure temp you set on dial is the one you achieve in oven - WarLord
yeah, that's what i meant by testing the temperature. - holly #ravingfangirl
The oven could have cold and hot spots which don't effect smaller things or shorter cooked things but are compounded over the time it takes to cook a roast. - Johnny from iPhone
#richprivilege #whitepivilege Enough with the f***ing rich kids: Our entitled, spoiled 1 percent is destroying everything via @Salon #scathing
THIS: ",... And the predators lose their ability to tell the difference: “Few tricks of the unsophisticated intellect are more curious than the naïve psychology of the business man, who ascribes his achievements to his own unaided efforts, in bland unconsciousness of a social order without whose continuous support and vigilant protection he would be as a lamb bleating in the desert.” That was written by the British economic historian R.H. Tawney in May 1926, in the New Republic — whose present owner is bewildered and bleating. ..." - WarLord
Buccaneers Will Stop Using Unpaid Homeless People To Sell Beer #humantrafficing
From comments When your labor practices make Nike look good, something's wrong! - WarLord
Steven Perez
You cannot call a society which has 3.5 million homeless and 18.5 million vacant homes civil. That's violent and morally bankrupt. -
THIS - WarLord
Made me smile #true Big data from social media not necessarily reliable, researcher says via @DispatchAlerts
"... Social-media accounts run by robots, fake accounts and real people lying through their own accounts were among the more obvious issues identified as obstacles to research in the paper, “ Social Media for Large Studies of Behavior.” ..." - WarLord
Filling Factory Jobs Through Temp Agencies the New Normal - via @theledger
But labor advocates like Tim Bell, senior organizer of the Chicago Workers' Collaborative, said staffing agencies also act as gatekeepers for companies, essentially hiring people who keep their heads down and don't complain about work conditions, pay or safety issues. - WarLord
THIS with every job a temp low wages no benefits and always in fear of layoff - this zero sum economy is why it is easy to drive a "racial wage" between workers who would otherwise be allies. The democratic party abandoned workers in favor of Wall Street. We are left with liberals lamenting that workers vote against our interests... #whoshallwevoteforthen - WarLord
Killer cops, drone wars and the crisis of democracy via @Salon
"... Given all that, it is crucial to conceal the real source of middle-class and working-class America’s worsening anomie: the vast gulf of inequality between the super-rich and the rest of us, along with the stagnant wages, declining benefits and longer work weeks confronted by ordinary people. ..." - WarLord
Anyone watch Amish Renogades?
Yeah I think Albert is hilarious - WarLord
Tonight they're in Boston and I loved Albert learning the accent. "What's a hoss?" - Heather
holly #ravingfangirl
i am pondering something different for our Christmas dinner. no ham/turkey. I did a rib roast last year. don't want anything too fussy because i have to transport. is holiday meatloaf a thing?
*googles "paula deen meatloaf"* - holly #ravingfangirl
*laughing* i've done this search before. - holly #ravingfangirl
ooh, Pioneer Woman must have some good meatloaf recipes... - holly #ravingfangirl
aaaand i already have it bookmarked. perhaps i should be looking at what i've already saved. >.> - holly #ravingfangirl
What about duck? - Andy
hmm i've never cooked duck. - holly #ravingfangirl
In my teens, our fancy holiday dinner, since none of us particularly liked turkey, was stuffed pork chops. All I remember of the recipe is that you start with 1" pork chops. - bentley
ooooh, pork chops are good too. - holly #ravingfangirl
Whatever meal you decide to cook becomes a thing. It's your holiday, enjoy it how you want to. And yeah, meatloaf is awesome. - Mary Carmen
Smothered pork chops! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
We sometimes do lasagna, but my dad has said that they used to have meatloaf for Christmas when he was a kid. - Katy S
shape it like a reindeer head, stick broken pretzels on top for antlers, a cherry tomato for a very shiny nose? - Starmama
My vegetarian relatives often serve lasagna, and there was a vegetarian meatloaf-esque dish I've made in the past (even the meat lovers enjoyed it). One year I was at a Christmas dinner where the main course was beef Wellington. Sooooo good. - Corinne L
We usually have a lasagna. Since my cousin is vegetarian, the lasagna is veggy too. - Heather
Since it's just the three of us, Prime Rib is our Holiday Meal - WarLord
How many mini cupcakes do you normally eat in one sitting?
All of them. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist from iPhone
how many you gonna give me? there's your answer. - holly #ravingfangirl
How many are on plate and do I have to share? - WarLord
Well what if there's like 500 on the table and there's 3-5 different flavors? - Miriella from Android
3. - Meg VMeg
one of each flavor - holly #ravingfangirl
Yeah. I'm thinking at least 3 per person. - Miriella from Android
Steven Perez
addictinginfo: More than 350 homeless Americans lived in their makeshift village, ‘The Jungle’ in San Jose, California – that is, until police and social services raided the camp, evicting tenants and destroying their self-made homes on Thursday. Evicted homeless people lined the sidewalk along Story Road, clutching shopping carts filled with... -
And they went where? The riches greatest most high tech country in all the entire world and the best we got is to tear down their tar paper cardboard shacks and send them down te road... to where? Anywhere just not HERE! #welcometoamericawherebeingpoorithenewblack - WarLord
Nancy Pelosi Puts the Screws to House Republicans via @bpolitics
It's more like the Italian Parliament than House of Representatives - WarLord
Steven Perez
Economist: I’ve crunched the numbers, and the American Dream is dead -
True sad but true - WarLord
Steven Perez
A former LAPD officer turned sociologist (Cooper 1991) observed that the overwhelming majority of those beaten by police turn out not to be guilty of any crime. “Cops don’t beat up burglars”, he observed. The reason, he explained, is simple: the one thing most guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to... -
THIS "monopoly of coercive force" will be where things get very ugly - WarLord
Shannon - GlassMistress
So, I want to buy a toy for the USPS Toys for Tots drive. I'd like it to be for boys or girls and it needs to come from Target. Suggestions?
Soccer ball. - Kristin
That is a good suggestion. - Eric - ill subliminal
Nerf stuff is good. - Eric - ill subliminal
Bucket of Lego. - bentley
Puzzles, coloring books and colored markers, games - WarLord
Binoculars! I loved mine as a kid. - Marie
Playdough. Finger paint/drawing paper/markers. Doctor costume. Board games/puzzles. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Andrew C (✔)
RT @nicholsuprising: This does not bode well: DNC chair @DWStweets taps billionaire Eric Schmidt "to figure out why Ds have struggled to turn out core voters."
Where "core voters" means Silicon Valley executives? - John (bird whisperer)
Well, if you want to get in touch with the populace, of course you consult a billionaire. - Spidra Webster
This made me throw up in my mouth - WarLord
It's like I was saying to the guys at the club during our six-martini lunch: "How else can we know the will of the people, unless they ask the 1%?" - Steven Perez
Victor Ganata
OK, I am grudgingly willing to admit that a crossguard made out of energy beams has potential utility, but an entire hilt made out of energy beams would be absurd. #ErrantPedantry #YouKeepUsingThatWord
How exactly do you hold....... - WarLord
I figured the energy cross guard was a bad plan until MAN pointed out the the only protection against an energy beam was an energy beam...I had no argument against that :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stephen Colbert commented on the cross-guard issue with the new lightsaber and he brought up a good point. He said that, in his opinion, the blades don't start at the end of the built-in pieces on the guard, but run through the whole length of it, only peaking out a little at each end. That would fully protect the user....I think...>.> But a energy! - Chris Topher
I knew there was something about virbroswords being able to go toe-to-toe with lightsabers (due to the video games), so I learned about cortosis. Maybe someone with gauntlets made of cortosis could have an energy hilt! - Arlan K.
Eric - ill subliminal
Hillary Clinton On Michael Brown, Eric Garner: Criminal Justice System "Out Of Balance" -
Hillary Clinton On Michael Brown, Eric Garner: Criminal Justice System "Out Of Balance"
"“Now more broadly, each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America. Because despite all the progress we’ve made together, African Americans, most particularly African-American men, are still more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms,” Clinton said Thursday at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston. “And when one stops and realizes a third of all black men face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes, what devastating consequences that has for their families and their communities and all of us.”" - Eric - ill subliminal from Bookmarklet
Poor Hillary this is some of that populism her and Bill were never comfortable with. Watching her attempting to move left is painful. #theoligarchcandidate - WarLord
OTOH listening to Rand Paul talk about "cigarette taxes" makes her empty pointless platitudes seems Churchillian - WarLord
Yeah, Rand Paul sounds a little crazy with that explanation. - Eric - ill subliminal
Andrew C (✔)
Chris Rock Pens Blistering Essay on Hollywood's Race Problem: "It's a White Industry" -
"[Hollywood]'s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is. And the black people they do hire tend to be the same person. That person tends to be female and that person tends to be Ivy League. […] But forget whether Hollywood is black enough. A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans. It's the most liberal town in the world, and there's a part of it that's kind of racist — not racist like "F— you, nigger" racist, but just an acceptance that there's a slave state in L.A. There's this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn't exist anywhere else." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
" And it's not about being given a shot to greenlight a movie because nobody is going to give you that — you've got to take that. The shot is that a Mexican guy or a black guy is qualified to go and give his opinion about how loud the boings are in Dodgeball or whether it's the right shit sound you hear when Jeff Daniels is on the toilet in Dumb and Dumber. It's like, "We only let white... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Truth to power - WarLord
"This is not a historical drama. It's a movie based on a shitty TV show." :) - Ken Morley
Wow, this is good, on GG/chan culture. Makes a LOT of sense.
Wow, this is good, on GG/chan culture. Makes a LOT of sense.
Only read a little, but "it's all a joke" just jumped out like a huge red flag. Amazing what you can excuse with "it's all a joke." - Walt Crawford
It's worth reading to the end - they're not defending that behavior, but explaining some of how that shapes who they attack, why they don't get that it isn't appropriate, and how difficult it is to change. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
The person writing it is NOT a GGer. Though from one tweet it sounds like he may have been at one point and left? Not sure - I don't follow him, but I see people talking to him once in a while, and he's been against GG the whole time I've seen him on Twitter. - Jandy
fascinating read well worth the time - explains much to me - WarLord
I've got someone talking to me now about how if Sarkeesian and others had framed their criticisms as self-deprecatingly humorous, channers/proto-GamerGate would've been fine with it. He's calling their criticisms "censorship," because GGers categorically misdefine censorship. - Jandy
"Very little online is considered harassment because at the end of the day, we're not physically harmed and we have our health. Slander and name calling is normal on chan boards because we suffer no negative social consequences from it due to the anonymity. So we take very little offense at words." <-- guy on Twitter to me. So then at least partially it's a failure to understand that Twitter and the world at large is NOT that kind of culture, and people DO suffer negative consequences from words. - Jandy
So, on the one hand, the people they're targeting should have used words that didn't make them feel bad, but they can use harassing language because... what? Wizards? So frustratingly typical. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
I read the whole thing, and frankly regret it. [Deleted because you never know when they're watching, and who needs the brouhaha?] - Walt Crawford
Walt, the Twitter essay form isn't for everyone. :) I thought it was helpful. - Jandy
Jandy: I can't (don't) disagree with that. It was Jennifer who told me I should read to the end, not you. - Walt Crawford
Are we supposed to feel sorry for you now? - Rodfather
Rodfather: Why on earth would you? So I wasted 15-20 minutes. Big deal. Regretting a waste of time doesn't make it more than a tiny waste of time. - Walt Crawford
For the record, I'm still going back and forth with the guy I quoted above. It's actually been a decent conversation, but I can only imagine the time suck more prominent anti-GG people face if they even try to interact with any of them, even when the tone stays civil. - Jandy
Then why blame someone for wasting your time? Why even bring it up? I thought that was incredibly rude. - Rodfather
Give me a break. I commented that "it's all a joke" pretty much took care of it for me--the first comment in the stream (on my screen, at least). I was told that I should read it to the end. I did so, and commented. - Walt Crawford
Craigslist - Sword For sale WARNING might be haunted - $150 -
Craigslist - Sword For sale WARNING might be haunted - $150
"This sword is from the 1700s. I got it at an antique store in my memaw's home town back in 1984. The person who sold it to me told me to be careful because there is a 90+% chance that it is cursed. Since it's been in my house my life has descended into pure chaos. My knitting group came over and they all said they could feel a strange energy in my sword room (I have a collection of over 100 swords. This is my only haunted sword). Since i got this sword, about 3 times a week a crucifix will fall off of my wall for no reason. I am 76 years old. I cannot have this cursed item in my house anymore. Please take it off my hands!!" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Should probably nail those crosses to the wall better. - Joe
THIS: ".. (I have a collection of over 100 swords. This is my only haunted sword) ...". #Igotnothing - WarLord
I'm tempted to think it's fake, but it's in Austin. - Jessie
Meg VMeg
Never underestimate the shot-in-the-dark email.
"Million-to-one chances...crop up nine times out of ten." - Terry Pratchett - Andrew C (✔)
The long shot horse wins... is said at the track at least once a day - WarLord
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