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Live Up North? You Might Have More Obesity-Related Gut Bacteria

Live Up North? You Might Have More Obesity-Related Gut Bacteria

Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 20:57:41 in Healthy Living

“No, tell me this isn't so. I am from Wisconsin.”
McDonald's Nutritionist Cindy Goody: Our Food Is Healthy

McDonald's Nutritionist Cindy Goody: Our Food Is Healthy

Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 21:05:49 in Healthy Living

“This is the same kind of person that is paid by the American Diabetes Association to tell diabetics they can have sugar, sodas, cakes, candy, and bread. Paid killers as far as I am concerned.”
Allen West Recount Request Suggests 'Disturbing Irregularities' At Polls

Allen West Recount Request Suggests 'Disturbing Irregularities' At Polls

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 17:29:21 in Politics

“Whether West concedes or not, he didn't win. Thank you Florida voters.”
Donald Trump: Election Is 'Total Sham And A Travesty,' Suggests 'Revolution' Is Necessary (UPDATE)

Donald Trump: Election Is 'Total Sham And A Travesty,' Suggests 'Revolution' Is Necessary (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 02:07:29 in Politics

“Donald, just go away, you bloviating bag of hot air!”
Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 01:03:13 in Business

“Terrifying, isn't it? And the thought of Romney as POTUS is even more terrifying.”
Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 00:45:58 in Business

“He is not a good man. He is a lying sociopath. The only people he cares about are the rich and "his kind" of Mormons.”
Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Mitt Romney: People Don't 'Die In Their Apartment Because They Don't Have Insurance'

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 00:43:19 in Business

“And they had to sell some stocks. Wah!”

stratego on Oct 12, 2012 at 05:52:53

“Not daddy's stocks...!!! Horror!
I heard she broke some crystal and had to wait for it to be replaced!!!”
New eBay Design: Auction Site's Fresh Look Comes With A News Feed, Borrows From Pinterest

New eBay Design: Auction Site's Fresh Look Comes With A News Feed, Borrows From Pinterest

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 18:18:08 in Technology

“If your bank account is linked to your PayPal account, PayPal can empty that too.”
New eBay Design: Auction Site's Fresh Look Comes With A News Feed, Borrows From Pinterest

New eBay Design: Auction Site's Fresh Look Comes With A News Feed, Borrows From Pinterest

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 18:12:07 in Technology

“Pinterest is a gorgeous site but it is NOT a shopping site. Amazon does NOT use the Pinterest model in that it has so many different ways to drill down and find things.

I was a Power Seller of vintage glass beads. I had 100% feedback. I left in 2006 when things started to get ugly for the smaller sellers. eBay completely forgot that most sellers are honest, treating us all as evil because of the bad apples, who are the same type of people they are courting....electronics and imported junk.

eBay totally kicked the small ticket sellers, the mom's and pop's, to the curb, calling us flea market sellers. They raised the rates so high we couldn't make a profit. Meg Whitman was horrible and John Donohoe was worse. He came in after I left, but I read his opinions because I had thought about coming back. I've been fairly happy on Etsy but they too are doing the Pinterest thing.

It's totally copy cat stooopid.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 01:08:30 in Business

“If they list it under handmade, which is the category Etsy is telling them it's ok to list under, they are lying from the get go.

It is wrong. It is illegal.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 01:06:39 in Business

“In case you haven't read the rest of the comments, calling factory manufactured items handmade is illegal in the US. That's according to the Federal Trade Commission.

No seller in her right mind would want to do this and sell manufactured crap on Etsy under the handmade category. It would be ok to handmake items for Etsy and open a commercial website with manufactured goods, but it seems people doing this don't want to make homemade goods any more.

It's illegal.....bottom line. Think you won't get caught? Think again. Eyes are on anyone who does this.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 19:08:05 in Business

“What incredible doublespeak. In other words, say whatever you want to say. Lie like hell. Etsy wants the words, not the truth.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 19:02:09 in Business

“I just looked at the Etsy front page on the way to my dwindling shop. I shuddered. The only thing I was sure of was a vintage camera. I don't know anymore what is handmade and what is not. I cannot tell. That means I am not buying any more "handmade" items on Etsy except from the sellers I already know and trust.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 18:57:05 in Business

“This is where eBay outshines Etsy. Copyright and trademark are protected there and if someone reports it, the listing disappears.

It would be easy to remove all those listings. Just type MIckey Mouse or any other trademarked name in handmade search and start deleting. Thousands could be removed per day by one data processor.”

Monica Griffin on Oct 18, 2013 at 05:15:31

“Exactly, Stone. It wouldn't even require any special programming except a batch delete, if it doesn't already exist, because, as I understand it, even using the name is a no-no.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 10:19:42 in Business

“I have heard this and I think it's great. I guess it is not as difficult as Etsy makes it out to be. :)”

Monica Griffin on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:50:12

“I've even witnessed it and just this week, so it's definitely a fact. It's only 'difficult' for Etsy because it means less $$ in their pockets.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 02:02:13 in Business

“Come to Zibbet. They get rid of resellers. That kind of thing would never happen.”

ultravox on Oct 18, 2013 at 17:21:19

“I just opened up there, thanks!”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 23:59:27 in Business

“The earliest Michael Kors are from 2002. But there are hundreds of items. You are right, Lori. It's sickening.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 09:17:31 in Business

“Don't leave out the tremendous variety of vintage beads and components on Etsy. You can find everything you need from American sources.”

Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:17:46

“Which by the way, is the truly great advantage to dealing with individual handmakers over manufacturers. While there may be a few posers out there who skirt the truth, on the whole you get to know them directly, can inquire as to their practices and choice of materials (and should), you build a relationship of trust AND in the end get a superior product. This works well for both parties involved in the transaction: the maker gets repeat business, and the repeat shopper gets the comfort of of knowing they are receiving quality workmanship they can rely on every time from someone willing to be accountable for it.”

Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:07

“As a matter of fact, Stone, most all of my pieces are built using NOS (new old stock) vintage components, and very little contemporary, even if it's domestic in origin, because that's my design preference, and a mix of contemporary and vintage beads, both of which happen to come from the same geographic sources because of the history of the makers in those regions.

However, what I was trying to get across in my post is that assemblage design (much more than just charm on a chain) doesn't automatically mean the components and beads are of dubious origin. I've seen more than one person make that leap, assuming if you didn't create the raw materials yourself, they must be cheap Chinese imports, which doesn't NEED to be the case at all.

By the same token even if it's a domestic supplier selling Chinese bead and components, I still pass. So whether they are vintage or contemporary, origin is my first consideration, because of possible content issues that have historically plagued Chinese goods (lead, etc.) and because of poor labor practices, and second because of traditions of excellent quality to be found elsewhere.

Not to be misinterpreted as any form of xenophobia, or ill will towards the Chinese laborer (who needs to be able to survive and is not the decision maker regarding how things are manufactured anyway) just based on the poor track record of Chinese goods with regard to those considerations, content and labor practices.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 09:14:43 in Business

“If we go to Zibbet, it will eventually have the traffic Etsy does. The owners have vowed to keep resellers off the site.”

Monica Griffin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:33:12

“Not only do they vow to do so, they actually follow thru and remove reported items/sellers within a matter of days. None of the frustration of watching a reported seller continue to do business for months, or even for good as happens frequently on Etsy.”
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Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 00:15:41 in Business

“Ms. Fake and the rest of the Etsy board members need to read and comprehend that what they are telling sellers about handmade is incorrect, unethical and also illegal. Etsy, being a venue, would not be slapped with a lawsuit, but an unsuspecting seller would.

According to the FTC, to call something handmade that isn't handmade is illegal. If I am making my own jewelry, my supplies are raw materials...and what I do with those supplies and my handwork is handmade legal according to the FTC. If I sketch a necklace, have a professional designer design it, and send it to China or India or Thailand to be manufactured, Etsy would allow me to call my product handmade. That is ridiculous and the FTC would be correct in halting my illegal commerce.

Most of the handmade sellers on Etsy are not for this move. However, there are many who are. They should check the law before outsourcing their labor.”
Christopher Dorner Manhunt: Police Search For Ex-Los Angeles Officer In Alleged Murder, Cop Killing

Christopher Dorner Manhunt: Police Search For Ex-Los Angeles Officer In Alleged Murder, Cop Killing

Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 14:06:06 in Crime

“And if one is a truly insane shooter, he would not be deterred by everyone having guns. Psychotics are not known for exellent reasoning skills.”
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