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Pictures Of Best Buy “Geek Squad” Delivering Large Refrigerator/Freezers Using Just Shoulder Harnesses.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.




I had never seen this been done, or even heard about it, until we had our accursed Samsung 25.4 cu. ft. fridge/freezer delivered in April 2017. Click here for those pictures.

I was in awe. That Samsung was 289 pounds (131 kilos). Two people — with no real training. I am surprised it meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act standards. But, it is Best Buy and you would assume that know what they are doing.

Pretty damn impressive.

Well, got to see it again today, when we had the damn Samsung replaced with a (much more expensive) Whirlpool.

Not easy to get good pictures BECAUSE you do NOT want to get in their way or impede them in any way.


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After 4 Long Months, Finally, FINALLY Was Able To Return Samsung 25.4 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator To Best Buy.

by Anura Guruge


Good Riddance Of Very Bad Korean Rubbish!


Best Buy ‘Geek Squad’ FINALLY
taking the bloody piece of junk away — in the pouring rain.


Click to access September 21, 2017, post.



It stopped making ice towards the end of July 2017 — 4-months after we bought it, new, from Best Buy.

It took us till September 8, 2017 to get a technician! We spent all of August trying to get that to happen.

The technician ordered a new ice maker. Appears that Samsung ice makers are FAMOUS for failing after a few months! Best Buy knows that though they promote Samsung refrigerators in a BIG way (because they get promotional bonuses from Samsung).

The following week we discovered that Samsung closed the Trouble Ticket so the order got cancelled!

More calls. Lots of calls. Hours on the phone.

Then finally on September 19, 2017 they sent us, via e-mail, a supposed Return Authorization (RMA) — for Best Buy.

Called Best Buy with it. They wanted us to come in. So we made the 40-minute trek, one-way. The RMA was NOT on their system.

Best Buy said it could take up to 2-weeks for it to get loaded by Samsung into their system.

More calls. More online chats. I filed BBB complaint.

Then FINALLY last Friday Best Buy was able to honor the RMA.

We did not get a Samsung. We bought a Whirlpool.

It appears that Samsung ONLY loaded the RMA into the Best Buy system on October 11, 2017. 22-days after they sent us the RMA. 3 weeks.

Luckily this was only the ice-maker not working.

What would have happened IF it was the entire refrigerator?

Best Buy, by the way, were EXCELLENT! Outstanding. Did everything they could to help. Kudos & Thank YOU.

DO NOT BUY, Samsung.


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Will Amazon Stock Take A Hit From The Weinstein Stories — Especially Now That It Is Above $1,000 Again.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘MarketWatch’ story from October 12, 2017.


Click to ENLARGE and marvel.


Click to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


From what I can deduce, AMZN crossed the $1,000 mark, for the first time in weeks, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, before these stories gained much currency.

Now the question and concern is whether these and others like it will take a toll on the stock price.

To be fair, Amazon, and Jeff Bezos, tend to be Teflon-coated. Plus we are coming up to Amazon’s third quarter earnings report — believed to be on October 26, 2017. Basically 2 weeks from now. Customarily the stock will climb, as much as $40 to $100, leading up to earnings. Then the fun begins.

So, the desire to get into AMZN prior to earnings may override any negatives from these stories.

Just giving you a heads up.


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U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO A Travesty — And, Yes, Personal To I.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here — along with my comments & highlights. From: state.gov.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO



I was an UNESCO brat. That is why it is personal. My adoptive father worked for UNESCO from September 1968 to c. 2013 — Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to UNESCO from 1985 to 1992. From 1992 till c. 2013 (or even later) he had honorary (I think) advisory roles with them. During the 18 years he worked for UNESCO itself he was based in Paris (2 terms), New Delhi & Bangkok. When he was Ambassador to UNESCO be was based in Paris and was also the Sri Lankan Ambassador to France.

So, I am no stranger to UNESCO. UNESCO put me through school. Whether that was right or wrong is another matter — BUT such ‘financial support for kids’ is pretty standard with most ‘international’ jobs because there is this belief that the kids have been uprooted from their home country (which is, of course, true).

Yes, I have seen BOTH the good and bad of UNESCO — and in my youth there have been times when I have railed against and ridiculed the extravagance and waste. Yes, ‘senior staff’, especially the diplomats (such as my adoptive father) led a good life, but that again is par for the course for all diplomats.

Yes, UNESCO has done good and the ‘Silk Road Program‘ (and I was actually there for the Sri Lanka chapter of that in 1980) and the World Heritage Sites are but SOME of the examples. No question that, by and large, developing countries get more benefits from UNESCO than the developed ones. But, that was the point of setting up UNESCO. To spread and share the largess.

All that said …

The U.S. has NOT been PAYING its member contribution to UNESCO since 2011 and now owes upwards of $600 MILLION!

That UNESCO did NOT kick-out the U.S. during that time is a disgrace to UNESCO.

I do NOT think that the U.S. or any other country should be able to PICK-AND-CHOSE their membership affiliations with UN Agencies.

It should be ONE-FOR-ALL, & ALL-FOR-ONE.

If the U.S. wants to be a part of the UN it also has to belong to UNESCO and pay its dues!

Anywho …

This is not going to happen till December 31, 2018 and that is a LONG WAY away. Much water will flow under all the bridges in the World prior to that.


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Amazon’s “Prime Photos” Continues To Struggle & Have Problems.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. What I got last night and TODAY when I try to order some prints.


November 27, 2016 post. Click image to access.


 

As I mentioned yesterday, this gentleman asked me to take this picture of him, with the walking with his face beautifully carved into it, and to get him some prints. I was happy to oblige.

So last night I went to order some prints. Of course, I went to Amazon Prime Prints. I was thwarted!

I used SnapFish, where I had an account, and it took me under 3 minutes. Not impressed. Now I know that the Amazon service is based-on SnapFish. So …

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Samsung USA Is A Despicable Company That Lies & Cheats — A Disgrace To South Korea.

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Click to access September 21, 2017, post.



Transpires, that 2-weeks ago, they fobbed us off by giving us a BOGUS ‘return authorization’ (RMA) number. For 2-weeks now we have been calling and visiting Best Buy to see whether we can arrange for a replacement. Best Buy could NOT do anything because they had given us a BOGUS number!

They LIED to us. Plain and simple.

Just spent 45-minutes on the phone talking to 2 call centers. They think it is FUNNY. They have no intention of making this good.

I filed a BBB complaint. I checked with them yesterday. Samsung USA has NOT responded.

A truly despicable company.

DO NOT BUY, Samsung.


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John Kelly, White House Chief Of Staff, Appears To Have Been Using A HACKED Cell Phone!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘Politico’ original.

Google for MORE …


This is NOT, I repeat, NOT, an April Fool’s Joke. If it was, nobody would believe it — anyway.

This is BEYOND the pale. This is unreal.

John Kelly, before becoming White House Chief of Staff, was U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from January 20, 2017 to July 31, 2017.

It appears his phone was compromised for some period during THIS TIME!

He was Secretary of Homeland Security and he was using a HACKED PHONE?

Come On?

What hope do we have?


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