Saturday, August 29, 2015

USAA...prides itself on being a U.S. military member company, but....

...they actually are slowly becoming a foreign contractor hiring, civilian-run, give-ourselves-bonuses for-showing-up company. Originally founded almost a hundred years ago by military officers who couldn't get auto insurance, USAA labels itself as "member owned." The members were Americans who had an affiliation with the U.S. military.

Not so fast.

USAA, in the nineties started revamping its membership to include enlisted members, and then dependents after they left home. There's nothing wrong with that. But their insurance rates started to climb, as they started taking more risks, and added more infrastructure. More and more civilians, who had a loose, or in many cases, no affiliation with the military at all started occupying middle and upper management positions.

Civilians like bonuses

Nowadays, the average USAA employees get an 18-19% bonus every year, just for showing up, regardless of performance. Full time workers that used to be in the military started disappearing, and Indian contractors and civilians started filling up the main campus in San Antonio, and other places. There are now so many many Indians working for USAA that  they've opened up industrial workplaces in India to outsource jobs. Executives are reaping even larger bonuses with these "savings."

Corporate Culture

American contractors are contacting me, telling me that the place is now infested with American corporate douchebags. Thousands of Indian contractors swarm the Starbucks locations at the San Antonio campus every day. Vice presidents and directors are developing a political culture of deceit where they try to pencil whip their reports to increase their bonuses, empires are built on projects that turn out to be million dollar disasters, and while the customer service is still good in their auto insurance business, their banking and mortgage business models are horrible.

The bottom line

USAA is no longer a military-friendly company. Officer after officer has gotten out out of the military with the latest drawdowns, applied for a job there, and gotten denied by civilians that have no affiliation with the military, The hiring individuals are mostly clueless female civilians who are actually afraid of military members.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Strange Locality of Crony Capitalism: Butterfly Labs

I first came across Butterfly Labs as a wandering bitcoin explorer, wanting to put my cash in something besides an American dollar that was probably going to explode into hyperinflation at some point when some banks realize that they are just too many dollars out there.

You can "mine" bitcoins by having your computer make "blocks" or pieces of a bitcoin, which is very challenging to do efficiently except for the most powerful computers.

Enter Butterfly Labs. Butterfly Labs claims to sell powerful machines, specially made so they could quickly and efficiently manufacture bitcoins. Butterfly Labs sold the machines on Ebay, claiming that they were so behind, that customers were automatically put on a waiting list.

Of course it was a scam, there were no machines, or a token amount sold as a front. They got a local judge to overturn the FTC ruling that put them in receivership, and let them start up again...they also might have local collusion because they refuse to sell to anyone around their office location in the Kansas/Missouri area. Guaranteeing local residents won't file claims with local law enforcement, or complain to local politicians.

The owner/runner of the scam, is a self styled Marketing and ECommerce guru named Jeff Ownby:

I thought I might have to kiss the money goodbye, ButterFly Labs doesn't respond to BBB claims. But luckily I bought the computer through PayPal. PayPal didn't want to give the money back either, so I filed a BBB complaint against THEM, and they forced Butterfly to pay me back. Eventually they got banned from PayPal:

And then there's this:

The article alleges that Butterfly Labs used the machines they made, to mine the coins themselves.

The BBB website has a grade of F for Butterfly Labs:


"FTC v. BF Labs, Inc. 
Date of Action: 9/23/2014 
The following describes a pending government action that has been formally brought by a government agency but has not yet been resolved. We are providing a summary of the government's allegations, which have not yet been proven.

On Sept 23, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Butterfly Labs. Charges filed allege the business violated the FTC Act. The lawsuit alleges that Butterfly Labs charged thousands of dollars for its Bitcoin computers, but then failed to provide the computers until they were practically useless, or in many cases, did not provide the computers at all."

So, why am I writing about this now. Because they had the gall to send me an email, telling me that they were back up and running. Ripping people off again!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

To read or not to read the New York Slimes, that is the question....

Here's an article in the New York Slimes about whether or not to delete your Uber app because one of the founders ridiculed the press, and they're misogynistic over there at Uber:

Written by this creature, Laura M. Holson:

Who writes for the New York Slimes as a Fashion and Style writer. Who else would hire this chubby mule as a Fashion and Style writer but the idiots at the New York Slimes? Seriously, would you take advice from this creature on fashion and style? Maybe on how to repel the opposite sex.

I recently took a cab in Chicago with my son-in-law, where the cab driver stunk like a moldy sock, it was a horrible ride. We just had to suck it up.

One month later, my wife and I took a ride in an Uber car in San Francisco, where the driver stunk a bit. The Uber app asked me to rate him. I gave him one star, and Uber refunded part of my money, apologized, and put the driver on notice to take baths or find another job. When was the last time a cab company did that? My wife said that cabs were better because they were government regulated. I beg to differ, the municipal governments are doing a horrible job regulating them. WE are regulating Uber, and we're doing a pretty good job. Last time I went to Vegas, I had to wait 45 minutes for a cab at the government regulated cab line. I wait three minutes for an Uber. Go government!

I'm sure the execs over at Uber are laying awake at night, worried that the hideous fashion and style writer Laura Holson is deleting their app. Maybe they'll muddle through it somehow. I predict they will survive. Since the New York Slimes, Laura Holson, and the cab companies seem at odds with the new economy, them, not so much.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dr. Lona Smith on Prenups, and a boy is raped by a woman and owes her 150k in child support

"You feel like you've been asked to sign your life away."

Really? So, all the money that this man has made for a life of work, that's you signing your life away? How is this man's property considered yours, before you even get married to him? 

"Does he value me? Love me? Trust me?"

Let me quote one of my favorite presidents, "Trust but verify." And what does any of that have to do with this anyway? He already shouldn't trust you, because you've just stated that you believe that all of his possessions already belong to you if you get married, when you said you were signing your life away, and you're not even married to him yet. Why should anybody trust you after you told him in no uncertain terms that you can't be trusted? You're a hot chick, with an obvious agenda. Anybody who trusts you, deserves the ass-raping divorce settlement that they will inevitably be saddled with.

"Help, he wants me to sign a prenup."

Even that title screams gold-digger.

"Help me, he wants to protect himself from the inevitable ass-rape divorce I'm going to hand to him, with the benefit of a feminist-run court system. What can I do? A prenup is his only defense against the gold-digging bitch that I am, and he wants to take the power vested in me by the court system away with it."

48 seconds.

You need a survival guide, because he wants you to sign a prenup, like that's something you need to survive. Not a hurricane blowing down your house, or your spouse being killed, or being chased by a pack of wolves. No, getting the inevitable divorce, and finding out that the little princess has to sully her hands with a real job, just the thought of that is a horrible tragedy that you must survive. My brother Marines are getting killed in horrible conditions in the middle east, and you have to sign a prenup. Poor freakin you.

She mentions twice in ten seconds that she's a doctor, and her degree is in clinical psychology. But I could find no mention of a practicing Dr. Lona Smith anywhere, and no license for a Dr. Lona Smith in the state of Florida, where she claims she lives. There is no record of her writing a dissertation anywhere. So, maybe she is a non-practicing, non-licensed psychologist. On the other hand, maybe she's full of shit. Maybe she's a gold-digging poser who's hot, and a pathological liar.

He's the love of your life, and you almost killed him because he wanted you to sign a prenup? Lady, you don't even know what love is, if it's that big a deal to you. And if you WERE a practicing psychologist, being that good looking, you would have all kinds of media offers to do talk shows, and would be doing quite well financially, so you would be asking him to sign a prenup.

Two cancelled wedding dates, five fired attorneys, multiple "it's overs", I'm leaving threats, knock-down drag-out fights? What kind of idiot is this guy, who put up with this crap? And why would a clinical psychologist have such a problem handling this situation? If you're dumb enough to believe that this idiot is a clinical psychologist. And that shit doesn't get any easier after you're married. That bitch should have been on the launching pad after her first temper tantrum.

"Help you protect yourself."

By protecting yourself, she means making sure she gets a big enough cut of his crap after the inevitable divorce. And notice, this video is targeting one specific type of woman: the gold-digging bitch. Being protected in life, by taking all of his shit? Maybe you can protect yourself by getting an education or profession and earning your own damn money, which you claim you've already done, DOCTOR.

"Lead you down the aisle"

More like lead you down the green mile to the inevitable execution of your bank account. Have you ever heard someone more disingenuous? This woman sounds like Bagdad Bob telling everyone how he's kicking American ass to the music of rumbling M1A1 tanks in the background.

"Rainbows and butterflies."

Well after five fired attorneys and knock-down drag-out fights during the engagement, nobody should be thinking being married to DOCTOR Lona Smith is going to be rainbows and butterflies. More like claymores and air-strikes.

"This is our time."

Yes, it is your time. And you're dicking it up, like the colossal psycho gold-digger that you are.  The good news is, your children will probably be tough as nail after living in the post marriage war zone of your house.  They'll probably be able to survive a zombie apocalypse, or uprising of the sentient machines. Maybe even an uprising of zombie sentient machines, They will be tough, vicious little bastards. Trust me, I know.

"Fight fair."

Fight fair? Really? Again, you are going into a marriage fighting? How is it going to turn out I wonder?

I guess the entire video, and the tone of entitlement is breathtaking. She, and those like her automatically assume two things: 1) That there's probably going to be a divorce AND 2) His stuff is hers, and when he wants a prenup stating otherwise, then she throws a temper tantrum.

I was once living with this woman, and I told her that she should have to pay half of the utilities since we were living together. This woman cried for three days, that I would dare ask her to pay anything to live in my house. Mind you, I wasn't asking her to pay part of the mortgage as rent, but by all rights I should have asked her for that too. Finally she acquiesced and paid half of the utilities.

Her repeated protests were along the lines of, "When Prince Charming took his princess back to the castle, he didn't ask her to pay rent."

OK, do I look like Prince Freaking Charming. And not to bring this up, but that's a fairy tale. This is reality. If you are going to live under this roof, and you have a job and the means, and you claim you want equal rights, well then guess what? You get to pay an equal portion of the rent and utilities. You are not entitled to my stuff. We're equal, remember? That means you can get your own stuff, and if the marriage dissolves, you have the equal opportunity to get your own damn place, and not soak me for a lot of cash. The fact that we even need prenuptial agreements is bullshit. Take your crap, and everything that you bought during the marriage, which is probably not much besides a buttload of shoes and purses that cost a thousand bucks a piece, and get out.

here's a story about billionaire Ken Griffin and his prenup:

His entitlement princess to be, is challenging the pre-nup, because she claims she had to sign it under duress:

Reports say Mrs. Griffin filed documents in court in Illinois this week challenging the prenup, saying it was signed under duress. Mr. Griffin, who filed for divorce in July,reportedly didn’t disclose his financial information until days before the ceremony,and she signed the prenup three hours before a rehearsal dinner on the night before their July 19, 2003, wedding.
At stake is Mr. Griffin’s reported $5 billion fortune. If the prenup remains in place, Mrs. Griffin would get roughly 1% of that, or $50 million. If it doesn't she could get substantially more. 
So, fifty million dollars isn't enough for the little princess, She wants the whole enchilada for the duress he caused her for the last eleven years, where she lived in the lap of luxury. Poor little entitlement princess. She had to fly in gulf streams all over the world, and live in a collection of mansions, and now fifty million dollars just isn't going to cover it. What a greedy little bitch!

According to Business Outsider, prenups don't hold much weight in the British Judiciary:

Except when the roles are reversed, and the man wants to nullify the prenup:

London's Supreme Court just ruled against a former JP Morgan i-banker who wanted the court to reverse a decision that slashed his $7.8 million divorce settlement to $1.6 million, Bloomberg reports.
Judges found in favor of his ex-wife, a wealthy German heiress and one of the richest women in Europe, based on the prenup the couple signed in 1998.
So I guess, when you're a woman in Europe, the prenup holds up. When you're a man, then it doesn't even count.

In what seems to be a common occurrence, in high profile U.S. prenup cases, the woman claims she had to sign the prenup under duress, and sues the husband for more money. This happened to Deion Sanders and he was lucky enough to win. But what this really is, is a bunch of gold-digging whores refusing to take responsibility for their own lives. In most cases, they get more than enough in a divorce settlements to live comfortably for the rest of their lives, but even that's not enough.

I used to tell dudes, that if they're insistent on getting married, which they shouldn't be, then get a prenup and don't procreate with the woman. Yes, yes, I know I'm a hypocrite because I did get married. That was before I was introduced to the men's rights movement, and started paying attention to all this stuff.

Now it seems that you can't even get a prenup, they'll still come after you. And for the love of God, do not procreate with these women. That, I didn't do, and it saved me a lot of heartache.

Here's a story, if you can believe it, about a fourteen year old dude who was raped by a twenty year old woman, and now has to pay her child support here in Phoenix:

Statutory rape victim forced to pay child support

PHOENIX — Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years.
While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.
State law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent with an adult under any circumstance, making Olivas a rape victim. Olivas didn't press charges and says he didn't realize at the time that it was even something to consider.
The two went their separate ways. Olivas, now 24 and living in Phoenix, graduated from high school, went to college and became a medical assistant.
Then two years ago, the state served him with papers demanding child support. That's how he found out he had a then-6-year-old daughter.
This has also happened in Kansas, and of course, California. Boys who were statutory rape victims were forced to pay child support. This is unbelievable crap, and one of the most despicable miscarriages of justice and violations of the Equal protection clause of the Constitution that I've ever seen.

Even more retarded, are comments like these from the Daily Mail version of the story:

Somebody named Imwilker from Gosport said:
"It's not the child's fault so her father should have to support her."

No, it's not the child's fault, but the father should not have to support her you dribbling
 idiot. The mother, who committed the statuatory rape, needs to bear ALL of the costs for her actions. 

Now, you can search the Superior Court website here in Maricopa County, and Nick Olivas does have family court documents, but they have been conveniently removed by the court, in an attempt to cover their tracks on this, and why shouldn't they? They know this is and the word justice don't belong together, so they are taking a lesson from the IRS. Obviously the judge doesn't want to be in the news for this. 

Here's the case number anyway: FC2014-052648

Another interesting tidbit of information here, Olivas has had his name all over the news, but the woman that commited the rape and had the child has had her name excluded/hidden, as has the Superior Court Judge that made the ruling. So, let me get this straight, if a woman is raped or the rapist, she gets to keep her identity a secret. If the man is the rapist, well he is outed immediately. That sounds like justice to me!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Special Privileges for Women in the Military

The other day, I saw one of these for the first time:

So the women veterans in Arizona get a special license plate?

Can you imagine the outcry, if male veterans, or male anything got their own special license plate in Arizona, or anywhere else? The lawsuits? The shows and articles in the mainstream media decrying the misogynist state of Arizona, where the patriarchy has set it up so men get their own license plate?

This is complete crap. But, it gets better, there is a center for women's veterans:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a National Center for Women Veterans

Their website states: The mission of the Center for Women Veterans is to ensure that:
  • Women veterans have access to VA benefits and services on par with male veterans.
  • VA programs are responsive to gender-specific needs of women veterans.
  • Outreach is performed to improve women veterans' awareness of services, benefits, and eligibility criteria.
  • Women veterans are treated with dignity and respect

Which is even more crap. I wonder if they get the same crappy treatment as the men do at the Phoenix VA. I doubt it, I'm sure they get better treatment than the men. I couldn't find a single case in the media of a woman vet who died waiting for care at the VA.

But wait, it gets better, if you get this woman veteran license plate :

"$17 goes to a special account in the Arizona Veterans’ Donation Fund to assist homeless women veterans."

Can you imagine if we came up with a state-sponsored program, where money goes to homeless men veterans, but not woman? Can you imagine the outcry, Eric Holder suing the State, the Nasty Organization for Bitches, or NOB, picketing the state capital? But they do this kind of crap, and nobody says a damn thing.

In 2010 the National Coalition for homeless veterans estimated that there were 3,328 female homeless veterans in the US. HUD estimates that there are 55.000 homeless male veterans. But hey, we need special treatment for the 3,328 women homeless veterans. If there even are that many.

By the way, listen to these knuckleheads at Journeymen pictures claim that there are 55,000 homeless female veterans across the country:

They're only off by an order of magnitude or so, but who cares about numbers when you're making shit up anyway?

Who the hell are these clowns at Journeymen pictures? According to their website:

For over twenty years Journeyman has distributed and co-produced, provocative, profound and original factual content

Well, maybe they got the twenty years right. But if their dates are off  as far on that as they are on their homeless numbers, then they've only been doing it for a few months. And I find their stories as profound as the farts I get, when I drink too much beer. No offense.

Why do women veterans get special treatment here? Did they earn it by sacrificing themselves more? Let's look at U.S. Troop casualties in Iraq, up to 2012:
4,487, 98% male. That means 90 women. Let's take a look at what that looks like:

Do the male veterans deserve this kind of treatment, given their sacrifice? And no one, no one has said a damn thing about this outrage. What do the Afghanistan casualties look like?

Pretty much the same. The fact that men have to shoulder 98% of the burden, and are insulted in this way is completely unsat.

But wait, there's more. Did you know, that there is a Women in Military Service for America Memorial?

There is, in Arlington National Cemetery:

Now I'm not detracting from women in the service, I'm just telling you it's complete crap that they get special privileges and honors. Is there a Men in Military Service for America memorial? No. This is all we get:

By the way, Arlington is a sacred place for our honored dead, that died heroically for this country, regardless of whether they were men or women. But, 98% of them are men. And for this place to be defiled by this bullshit monument is a complete outrage. In my mind, that monument to special privilege without sacrifice deserves a C4 enema.

Speaking of bullshit, here's some complete bullshit from NPR, about women veterans, about a female veteran who is bitching about not getting special priveledges:

"Many female veterans share Montoya's anger. They join the military for the same reasons men do—to escape dead-end towns or dysfunctional families, to pay for college or seek adventure, to follow their ideals or find a career—only to find themselves denigrated and sexually hounded by many of the "brothers" on whom they are supposed to rely. And when they go to war, this harassment does not necessarily stop. The double traumas of combat and sexual persecution may be why a 2008 RAND study found that female veterans are suffering double the rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder for their male counterparts."

So, NPR is claiming that women veterans are suffering double the rates of depression and PTSD because they are getting sexually harassed, AND are in combat. Well, since almost none of them ARE in combat, I have a different theory. They are claiming depression and PTSD at twice the rates of male veterans so they can get the cash. And they get a special office to do so, while the males are dying in line at the VA. If you haven't been in the trauma of combat, how do you get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Somebody bullying you on Twitter maybe?

And NPR equating combat with sexual harassment is ludicrous to say the least. This is where you contributions and tax dollars for PBS go to, these kinds of retarded claims. This is complete and utter crap. "Double traumas of combat and sexual persecution." Sexual persecution? Really PBS. And then PBS says, "only to find themselves denigrated and sexually hounded by many of the "brothers" on whom they are supposed to rely." Oh really? This is nothing but an insult to our fighting men by those pieces of crap over at PBS, who in no way, shape, or form deserve the umbrella of protection that the American fighting MAN gives them. These are the people that say "we support the troops" out of one side of their mouths, and in the next sentence, "only to find themselves denigrated and sexually hounded by many of the "brothers" on whom they are supposed to rely."

Who is this idiot writing this piece? Why, that would be Helen Benedict of the Columbia University's School of Journalism. 

Quite a looker, isn't she? Is it just my imagination, or do these unibrow, New York Feminists from Columbia have to get a certificate in hideous to join this club? Just askin.

Maybe it should be Helen Benedict Arnold. What else has Helen Benedict Arnold written?

Ms. Magazine: "The Scandal of Military Rape." Fall, 2008
In These Times: "Why Soldiers Rape." Aug. 13, 2008.
BBC News: "Women at War Face Sexual Violence." April 17, 2009 

Cause it's all about the rape culture, isn't it Helen Benedict Arnold? Unfortunately, Helen hasn't had much to write about in the last four years apparently, so she's stuck just indoctrinating future feminists over there at Columbia. I didn't see a single article on her website about the thousands of men who died for their country, but why would she write about that,we're all rapists, aren't we?

Here in Phoenix we have a special shelter for female homeless veterans:

According to the article titled Homeless female veterans recover at unique Phoenix facility, the shelter is for homeless, AND at-risk female veterans, whatever that means.

And they have 15 women at the shelter. Wow! Fifteen women! No word on how many are homeless and how many are "at risk."

Here's some other National Organization for Bitches spokeswoman, complaining about female veterans not getting special privileges:

"I would like to see female veterans receive the same recognition as the male veterans. Way too often the emphasis has been on the male veterans, along with their concerns and accomplishments. Rarely does HQ or even my employer recognize the contributions to this country that female veterans have provided."

I don't remember there being male veteran homeless shelters, or male veteran license plates, or male veteran anything. You don't want equality, you want it so everything is equal, but more equal for woman veterans right? And even if it were true that woman veterans don't get recognition, the men here are sacrificing life and limb, at a rate of over fifty times the female rate.

Here's something from the Unites States Department of Labor website:

"We must do a better job of informing employers that veterans, especially minority and female veterans, bring many valuable experiences and skills to the workplace."

Oh, ESPECIALLY female veterans. Well, as a white male veteran, I guess I'm just shit-out-of luck.

And, just a few days ago, those soft-headed gerbils in California, that bastion of military service, with claims to fame such as the American Taliban, have come up with a:

2014 California Veterans Conference: Summit on Women Veterans

And, last, but not least, here is the VA's Center for Women Veterans:

"2014 Champions of Change

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 the White House honored ten leaders who are “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.”  The event recognized women Veteran industry leaders, highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation's business, public, and community service sectors."

Champions of Change. What kind of change? Fundamental change? Let me ask you something...if you love something...or you want to fundamentally change it? And what's it going to look like, if you change it? Will it look like something that rewards the 98% of veterans that risk their lives. Or, will it give SPECIAL attention, to those that sacrifice the least?