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I think the hobbits said it best:
Aragorn: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall.Holy crap, that "low fat high carb" diet has this woman eating snacks all day long.
Pippin: But what about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?
[Aragorn stares at him, then walks off.]
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.
...and it's all food that's guaranteed to spike her glycemic index (which is why she's hungry again an hour or so later) and (eventually) give her diabetes.
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Adjustments to climate data are always positive, never negative. In other words, when climate "scientists" adjust the data, they adjust it upward.
"Note well that the total correction is huge," concludes the section Borepatch blockquoted. "The range is almost the entire warming reported in the form of an anomaly from 1850 to the present."
Almost the entire warming.
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In the "customers are drunks with brain damage" department we have today's staggering customer service success story, in which I tried to explain to a woman why the phone she bought costs more than the latest version, and why she can't get the difference back.
I can't speak bluntly, so I had to dance around it, but the gist is simple: the company loaned you the money to buy the phone. You bought the phone at a certain price. You now must pay the company back, in twenty-four equal installments. The fact that the newest phone costs six fewer dollars a month is completely immaterial; you bought your phone already and the company won't lend you the money to buy the new phone until you pay it back for the first phone you bought. You can't buy something and then--a year later--go back and tell the people you bought it from that you've decided that you're going to pay them less for it. No company dealing in consumer electronics has a lifetime price guarantee.
Try that with the company holding your mortgage, lady, or the note on your car, and see how that flies. It's the same thing. (Hint: it won't.)
Other idiot insisted that there was no way her daughter's phone could have used five GB of data. I looked at the system logs from the switch and it proved that the device did access the system and did use all that data. "Is it possible that someone else might be using the phone when your daughter is at school?" No. And of couse her daughter never sneaks out of bed and uses her phone atr night!
Simple fact: her daughter is using the phone, even when she should not be, and either the thing is updating and/or backing up during the day, or else someone else is using it while the daughter is away. (A son, or a husband, perhaps?) I can't say that (it's tantamount to calling her a liar) but them's the facts. Regardless, they did use that data, and it's just too damned bad for them that they did. Their choice is, essentially, like it or lump it.
Finally, then, was the older woman who insisted that she had been "tricked" into signing a payment agreement for a new phone. I pulled up the contract and explained it to her, and she said she wasn't going to pay it, and she'd get a lawyer blah blah blah etcetera. I was polite to her (I was polite to all of them) but there's nothing I can do about her problem. The fact is, she and her husband did buy the phone, and they did sign the contract (because the store would not have let them leave with the phone if they hadn't!) and her choice is binary: pay the bill, or don't. If she refuses to pay her bill eventually the service will be shut off.
Besides, any lawyer worth his license to practice law will tell her, "Look, you signed the contract. Shut up and pay your bill."
So, yeah--had my fair share of stupidity today. Those three calls consumed as much of my time as all the other calls I took combined. WTF.
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I'm plenty tired after all the nonsense today, and plenty annoyed to boot. I'm going to run a dungeon in WoW and then hit the sack.