This week, retailers in 40 states will be allowed to charge fees
for the use of Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Know Your Card
. While large chains may avoid
the new surcharge, it could be up to 4%
. This is part of
a settlement reached
last summer in an anti-trust lawsuit against Visa, Mastercard, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America
, among others. There are 10 states
where surcharging is illegal, but in many of them merchants may offer a discount for using cash.
has owned the only VW (and now Porsche and Honda) dealership in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1972. At 83 he finally decided to retire, selling the dealership.
With 89 employees counting on their jobs, he turned down offers for a higher amount in order to sell to a company that agreed to keep the current employees on, nobody can afford to lose a job in Michigan right now!
And then, he walked into the dealership this week and distributed checks to his employees, in the amount of $1,000 for each year they had been employed. For some of them this amount was almost $30,000.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have.
"Earlier this week we discovered Status Group's new app that allows users to find out how many fake Twitter followers you and your friends have.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have."
, Michele Bachmann
, Robin Vos
, Karl Rove
, Joe Moore
, Ron Paul
, Scott Serota
, Newt Gingrich
, Rahm Emanuel
, Eric Cantor
, and, today, Barack Obama
Found via this
comment by Concordia on this
AskMe, I want to give a wider welcome to Emotional Bag Check
- a site that pairs up those having a tough time, with those who are inclined to lend an ear - with the additional feature that with each piece of advice comes a song chosen by the advice-giver.
They were first known as "Praescriptiones"
and used by The Romans from around 100BC 1
. Employed by Perisans of the Sassanid Dynasty
during the third century, they were then known as "Saqqs"
. They have been found in Egyptian ruins
dating from the 12th century, about the same time as The Knights Templar bolstered their use by issuing written instruments, redeemable for cash
to pilgrims bound for holy land bound. Even so, it took another five centuries for the cheque
to be adopted by England. [more inside]
Would YOU lie to save your life?
The Doctor said that I needed a keyhole operation called a coronary angioplasty to clear the blockages, but the waiting list on the NHS was nine months.
I couldn’t believe my ears. I knew that I would struggle to survive the next nine days, so nine months seemed an impossibility. What the doctor had just handed me was a virtual death sentence.
He must have seen the look of horror. He said that if I paid for the operation, he could fit me in for the angioplasty within the week.
The cost privately, he told me, would be around £8,500.
I looked at him, my head a whirl as I tried to make sense of what he was telling me. As far as I could see, the choice was clear — if I paid I would live, if I didn’t I would probably die.
I’m a pensioner living on £150 a week. And no bank would have given me a loan.
But in that split second my survival instinct kicked in and I realised I had to convince the doctor that I had the money.
‘Well, you can’t take it with you,’ I said cheerily. ‘I’ll go private.’
The following morning, I gave the administrator the cheque before I was discharged from the hospital. Some people would say this was fraud, because I knew it would bounce. But there was nothing else I could do — I wanted to live.
The Great American Health Check
Cancer.org has a great online resource to figure out what your individual health risks are, to help get into better shape or to help quit smoking. Its free and kicks out a personalized list of concerns to print out and bring to your doctor.
NYC Mayor Returns $10 Million Check From Saudi Arabia For Anti-Israel Position
Mayor Giuliani is magnificent. What else is there to say (I'm sure something...)
blacks tend to favor checks.
"African-Americans ... are more likely than other racial groups to favor profiling and stringent airport security checks for Arabs and Arab-Americans in the wake of this month's terrorist attacks, two separate polls indicate."
"The findings by the Gallup Organization and Zogby International were
met with varying degrees of disappointment and disbelief by black activists and intellectuals, who struggled with explanations."
Could it be that income and education are more related to racialist attitudes than race itself?
The next time you receive a pesky junkmail cheque promising you untold riches perhaps you should pause for a moment and consider the prospect that it may not be a zillion miles from the truth afterall. On the other hand - this rather tediously longwinded account
of someone scamming a scam might itself be nothing more than just a.. erm.. nother scam.