The intent of a law is regularly subverted for the letter of it. I read the law and know the intent. Doesn't mean a damned thing.
The AC above hit the nail on the head, although I doubt it's just Bayer. My guess, though, living in the middle of a farming state is that Bayer will be selling a lot less of the pesticides thought to cause this. More study is nice, but we know these chemicals fuck bees up. While they're studying (and they should continue) they should stop using these insecticides.
I wonder if Monsanto is working on a patented, genetically engineered bee that's resistant to this stuff?
He's referring o the Jackson Five, kid. A band of sibling children fifty years ago whose songs were constantly on the radio and TV and who made millions of dollars. One of them died last year, you might have heard of him, his name was Michael.
Now, how far down this offtopic horse shit am I going to have to dig to find an on-topic comment? Preferably someone who can teach me something?
Any simulation of the world will be as complex as the original.
Utter nonsense. Do you think that computer simulations of atomic blasts model every subatomic particle in the blast area? Do you think weather simulations model every molecule in the Earth's atmosphere?
I wouldn't give money to Sony, even if the Vita was free. But your point is taken
I think that what they sent out was a bundle which included the purchased game, so the retailer probably owes them nothing.
How's your math? Have you looked at it or read the papers? Or did you just figure "that's bullshit" based on an article about it written by someone whose major was English?
Oh how horrible for you.
First, this is not "unsolicited merchandise", because you did order something. So it's not a "gift" (as it would be if it were truly "unsolicited").
Is this so clear-cut? The law says it is: "merchandise mailed without the prior expressed request or consent of the recipient." It does not seem to differentiate mistakes. That is, none of these people ordered a Vita bundle--they ordered something different. Therefore the merchandise of a Vita bundle was mailed without prior request or consent. What was requested was a particular game.
Unless there is prior case law, I don't think anyone can really say whether the particular order (or an identical one taking place in the US) would qualify as "mailed without prior expressed request."
I'm referencing http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title39/html/USCODE-2011-title39-partIV-chap30-sec3009.htm which doesn't have any obligation to the recipient--and expressly says so: "Any merchandise mailed in violation of subsection (a) of this section, or within the exceptions contained therein, may be treated as a gift by the recipient, who shall have the right to retain, use, discard, or dispose of it in any manner he sees fit without any obligation whatsoever to the sender"
Nothing in this code indicates that you can charge for storage should you return the item, either.
Is there a different law I'm unfamiliar with that you're referring to?
Dawkins is an embarrassment to science. Reason? Odd, disingenuous name for an anti-religion, antitheist tour considering that most religions give reasons why we're here, even though they often conflict, while atheists believe that there is no reason whatever that we're here, that the universe is an accident that "just happened" for no reason whatever.
You can neither reason your way out of nor into religion. You see, or you don't. Or you don't and believe those who do, Or you don't and pretend to, as many people do. You're not going to reason me out of believing in something I've experienced.
Scientists traveling on a pro-science, pro-logic, pro-math tour? I'm all for that. But folks of any profession, whether scientist or garbage collector, going on an anti-religion tour is a silly waste of time. There's no reason whatever for this tour. They're acting like evangelicals.
Dawkins is delusional. There's no way you can convince someone who has experienced God that God doesn't exist. We would all be better off if Dawkins would end his foolish quest to rid the world of God and do what he actually has training and experience in -- science.
Dawkins, talk science and I'll listen. Trash talk Jesus and Bhudda and Muhammed and I'll simply laugh at you sadly. It's a pitiful, meaningless quest. Scientists everywhere should be ashamed of this ignorant clown.
I genuinely think that the demarcation of responsibility should be after the item is shipped. You shouldn't place an onus, however small, on a customer to correct your mistake. In a more perfect world, people would be willing to take on such a slight burden as shipping an item back. However, the world is an imperfect place. Screws fall out all the time. We don't always treat others as we would like to be treated, whether due to laziness or greed.
It even sounds like the company was willing arrange to collect the item from the recipient--unless that terminology is slang that could mean "we'll collect it after you've sent it."
I really hate having to mail packages, and the idea that some company can put such an item on my to-do list (mistakenly or not) bothers me. I'd probably do it, but I'd be grumpy about it, and I sure as hell wouldn't make it a priority.
It ate a LOT of my quarters, too, and I was in my thirties. I thought the coolest part, aside from the 3D 1st person graphics was the controllers; just like a real tank (or so I'm told).
BTW, since we're into gaming nostalgia, you might want to hit the link in my sig. When does Quake turn 20? It's only a couple more years, isn't it?
um... it doesn't stay winter forever.
It does in Antarctica, dufus.
Damn but it's been cold this week, I feel like I'm stuck on McMurdo. Hey, it's summer there, isn't it? Probably not much colder than here. January seems to be a month early this year, our high temperatures are our normal lows. It's supposed to be zero tomorrow morning -- that's about minus 17 C. Damned cold.
I wrote that it was "before Detroit caved itself in" via unions.
Which was the fucking point. Unions had nothing to do with Detroit's demise no matter what Koch's teabaggers tell you.
I'm not anti-union.
Prove it. Point to a pro-union comment by you made before now.
Go to the link in my sig, look for "Grandpa Got Dismembered By A Shambler"