If only we could play a business's ad campaign directly next to recordings of several of its customer service phone calls and show just where the priorities lie. If only.
Experian, a credit bureau, insists that a woman who applied for a mortgage was in fact, dead. It took months to correct the mistake. They bank knew she wasn't dead, but wouldn't loan her the money because Experian didn't acknowledge the fact of her heart beat and overall sentience.
Office Depot gives repaired computer back to customer...glued together with like, uh, glue and has a piece missing. Mental note, don't buy your computer at a place who's name contains "Depot."
AT&T keeps iPhone out of NYC because they can't support it there. Score one for Verizon.
Bank of Americatook the human out of the equation and just has a talking lady on a website explaining all their fees. That's not customer service, that's automation. We have plenty of automation already, thanks. Send the real life people back.
Do you have a story like this? Send it to the Consumerist. They will help set things straight.
I get a lot of visitors to The Bullshit Observer from people who type "global warming bullshit" into their favorite search engine. The way the search engine algorithm works is thusly: since the name of the blog is "Bullshit Observer" and I write about the man made environmental disaster known as "Global Warming" and all the controversy surrounding it, I am on the first page of results. There are not many people competing for that particular search term, obviously.
These visitors are among a small group of people out there (and maybe you're one of them) combing the Web, looking for proof that perhaps this "Climate Change Crap" has all been simply the biggest hoax in the history of man or that perhaps the human race is more conscientious objector than primary cause for the change in climate and the mass extinction.
"It's bad enough when radicals predict our planet is doomed, but when
EPA or United Nation leaders conspire with Al Gore's prediction that we
have a "climate crisis" with just 10 years to save the earth, I can't
help but remember that he's the man who said he invented the Internet,
and is becoming one of the richest individuals in the nation selling
Since 99.76% of all scientists (97.5% of all publishing climatologists) believe that there is a massive climate shift and that humans are to blame for it, we can only assume that these are the "radicals" that this person is referring to. Apparently the exercise of gathering factual evidence to support a hypothesis and then putting your research up for analysis by the entire scientific community to see if it holds up to scrutiny... that's a conspiracy. Putting many bodies of this work together and packing it into a big movie so that we might MIGHT get the human population's attention with this problem, that's just part of the conspiracy. And coming together as nations to discuss what we can all do (and *sigh* never actually agreeing to much) to slow the effects of this corrective mechanism, that's just part of the big conspiracy.
What we really need to do is listen to the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, and see what he has to say. He seems to be the best known climate change denier.
Interesting to note that the majority of the minuscule number of scientists who disagree with the "Humans are fucking everything up" theory come from the "General Sciences" and "Engineering Sciences" categories of this vast field. Biologists, Mathematicians, and Atmospheric/Environmental scientists are far more aligned with the "human factors" theory.
Here's a great graphic that puts the arguments for and against climate change side by side.
I wonder what the people within the climate change consensus are motivated by? They have a collective dislike for the actions of their own species? These scientists, world leaders, and environmentalists all hate capitalism? I mean, why would this conspiracy exist in the first place, I can't figure it out? Furthermore, how could they possibly have gotten this far if the evidence is inconclusive? How could they have spread this belief so widely?
The motivation of the climate change deniers is far more easy to explain. They are either resistant to change and pro-business (meaning pro-consumption) or well-compensated by people who are those things. Example: Exxon is the worlds richest company and has every incentive to debunk the theory. In fact, they have made considerable efforts to do so. There's no telling who's on their payroll and yet the overwhelming majority of people still believe that global climate change is a-coming.
As Americans we are bathing in bullshit every single day. It's unavoidable. So, if we can't avoid it, we might as well come to understand it. This is a group exercise, so if you'd like to point something out to us, by all means, do.