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  1. In Canada, at least, it's been a question of fine margins.


    Here in BC, population 5 million, half of that in Vancouver, we've had 164 deaths so far. Ontario (15 million) and Quebec (8 million) have had 2,200 and 4,400 deaths respectively.


    The virus first appeared in Ontario and BC around the same time, and later in Quebec.


    But it seems the government here in BC made some very good decisions in keeping the virus from spreading in senior living facilities. 80% of deaths in Canada have been in such facilities.


    A good supply of PPE, providing financial support to employees of such facilities so they worked in only one facility and didn't travel between homes, and better infrastructure (few multi-person rooms, etc) are getting credit.



  2. It's not that, for me.


    It's that the companies that offer me the closest alternatives run on a similar business model.


    So if Bezos can get it to me cheaper, and within an acceptable time frame, I'm going to save my money.


    That said, I shop at my local store every week, usually spending $50-$60; I order from Amazon every few months, spending $100-150.


    So my local store, with it's local employees, my neighbours, get most of my money.



  3. Not only will they deliver a giant tub of (smooth) peanut butter at a $3 savings, they'll deliver you the news, pre-packaged (though without attribution):




    Segments outlining their efforts to promote health and safety within the company.


    Amazon now manufacturing consent, apparently.


    It also speaks to the state of TV journalism, of course, that they'd air a segment that arrived at their station via e-mail, without any identification, etc.

  4. 6 minutes ago, TK421 said:

    What an absurd post.  Nobody eats smooth peanut butter.

    If I wanted to eat peanuts, I'd eat peanuts. 


    When you buy a pound of butter, do you expect to find little chunks of cheese in it?

    5 minutes ago, Bjornebye said:

    Fuck me whats his name? Brad Wesley? 

    Jim Pattison, and he really is like a small-town movie villain: he's got a financial interest in all sorts of companies, and when he talks the government listens.

  5. I buy from Amazon every few months.


    They can ship me out a giant tub of (smooth) peanut butter three bucks cheaper than my local store. The virus has meant my local store has shut down their bulk-buy section, so I use Amazon to buy raisins and flax seed as well. Their green tea makes an affordable every-day alternative to the expensive stuff I buy from e-bay. 


    I console myself with the knowledge that the fellow that owns my local store owns half the province already--everything from billboards to car dealerships to TV stations to sawmills--and he does so in part by paying his employees (in my local store and elsewhere) low wages, and keeps them all part time so he doesn't have to provide benefits.


    I bet the only thing that gives him an erection now is looking at Amazon's business model, the cheap prick.

  6. I thought Stallone was good in "Copland" as well.


    But that only serves to highlight the endless stream of shite he's provided over the last 40 years.


    If he'd made even one "Copland" to every 10 Rocky/Rambo iterations he's made, I'd agree he doesn't belong on the list.


    Maybe if it had been more popular/profitable/well-received, he would have.


    Can't argue with his success--he hasn't made too many bad decisions overall.