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Francis Smart
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Obama 2008 recieved 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016
Many supporters of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have claimed that there is a media blackout in which Bernie Sanders has been for whatever reason blocked from communicating his campaign message. Combined with a dramatically cut democratic debate schem...
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As First Lady, Popularity of Babies Named "Hillary" Dropped by an Unprecedented 90%
This is kind of a silly post but I noticed an article entitled " Poor, Poor Hillary " on R-Bloggers from a blog that is no longer in commission. This blog came up as a result of its similarity with a recent post of mine, " Hillary Clinton's Biggest 2016 Riv...
This is kind of a silly post but I noticed an article entitled "Poor, Poor Hillary" on R-Bloggers from a blog that is no longer in commission. This blog came up as a result of its similarity with a recent post of mine, "Hilla...
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Hillary Clinton's Biggest 2016 Rival: Herself
In a recent post I noted that despite Bernie Sanders doing better in many important indicators, Obama 2008 received 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016 . Reasonably, a reader of my blog noted that not all coverage was equal, that a presidential hopeful...
In a recent post I noted that despite Bernie Sanders doing better in many important indicators, Obama 2008 received 3x more media coverage than Sanders 2016. Reasonably, a reader of my blog noted that not all coverage was equ...
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In my most recent post " Turkopticon: Defender of Amazon's Anonymous Workforce " I introduced Turkopticon, the social art project designed to provide basic tools for Amazon's massive Mechanical TURK workforce to share information about employers (requesters...
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* Stata code, custom command * vlook is a powerful command for rapidly assessing the capability of current data to explain one variable * This code creates a stata command that does a diagnostic of a single variable in a data set. * Drops the program vlook ...
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The business practices false advertising. I purchased the groupon that read, "$35 for a cleaning of one air duct main line, one return vent, unlimited supply vents, and up to 6 dryer vents ($300 value)". When the guy showed up to clean the vents he claimed that I had "two" main lines and refused to clean the system without an additional $165 fee. I said, "okay" clean just one and he said, "I cannot do that". Upon pointing out to him that one of the "main" lines was the supply and the other was the only main line he said, "okay, but your groupon if for appartments and stuff like that. Not whole houses." The groupon reads, "$35 for a cleaning of one air duct main line, one return vent, unlimited supply vents, and up to 6 dryer vents ($300 value)" This company is a bunch of frauds. They refuse to honor their groupon and wasted my time.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
My wife and I own 5 houses in the Lansing area. We went to Haddad's agency because he was referred to us my our real estate agent. After talking to us for near 4 hours Mr Haddad offered us house insurance prices which were astoundingly expensive (~20% of the total price of the home per year). Upon protesting that we were not prepred to pay what much he offered a "deal" on house insurance for just the liability which was still expensive but not as bad. We went with that for a about half a year but I was suspicious and started shopping around. I found an agent (Don Reed) with Brown and Pixlie who ended up getting an insurance policy with Auto Owners that included liability and normal home insurance on all of the homes for less than Haddad offered for just liability. I was quite pleased. However, when I contacted Mr. Haddad he refused to honor my request to cancel my policy and instead asked for documentation by my new insurance etc etc. I was a full time graduate student with a number of rentals at the time so I found making time to get the pysical paperwork together very difficult to manage. I ended up emailing Haddad's agency numerous times but nobody was willing to cancel my contract. So we paid up till the end of the year and did not renew. I found out later that Mr Haddad had signed us up for a commercial contract which was why it was so expensive. I was told that this practice might be illegal. Pretty crazy stuff really. I readily admit that I got taken in for a sucker. Neither I nor my wife had ever bought home insurance before. Use his services at your own risk.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
So I had a kind of disturbing experience at this hotel. Recently I was there attending an academic conference hosted at the hotel. At the end of the conference I was waiting around for my wife to pick me up. It was raining heavily outside and I was walking back and forth not certain when my wife would pick me up as well as not sure which direction she was coming from (and getting a few extra steps on my fitbit while I was at it) when one of the bellhops (red shirt, ear piece etc.) started following me. This older and short guy kind of just started following me, keeping just a few feet away. He made me extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately my wife pulled up just as I was preparing to confront him. Yet my skin continued to crawl a bit and so I called the manager of the hotel to report the incident and she kind of brushed me off at first implying that the guy did not work for the hotel then dismissing my concerns. But it was obvious with his interactions with the other employees and his shared uniform that he did work for the hotel. I write this complaint as a bit of a flag for weird behavior going on at the Merriot and as a mention of the kind of treatment you are likely to expect from management when issues arise. I would hate for this employee to be penalized since I am sure his actions must have been supervised by some manager. Furthermore, by the general blanket denial of the management, I am pretty sure that this is not such a surprising situation. So, who knows…shrug. On a side note, the layout of the hotel is disappointing when compared to other establishments of its caliber. I would define the decor as say mid-1970s. I guess I am not so familiar with Merriots, so maybe it is typical. But compared to the Hyatts and Sheratons I have been in, it definitely seemed a sad comparison.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
This is a good bank with bankers who are thoughtful and helpful. I started using them because of the 100 cash bonus for openning an account with them and have been consistently happy with our services with them for the last 5 years. Normally when I leave an area I find a new local bank. I have moved away and kept using this bank.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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Generally, I greatly appreciate this store chain. However, this particular store is a little less pleasant in my interaction with it as it has been in the process of remodelling. Additionally, employees seem to clump together talking amongst themselves. When you want to find someone to talk to it is typically pretty hard to find anybody.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I had my groomsmen outfitted by Men's Warehouse. It it hard to imagine the number of things they got wrong or failed to supply altogether despite having fittings and reservations months in advance. My fiance and I spent hours comparing and painstakingly selecting suits, vests, ties, and other combinations. Somehow, when we went to pick up the actual order though there was literally next to nothing which matched our specifications. It was absolutely bizarre, like the company had fulfilled the wrong order. We struggled to find suits, shirts, and pants that fit the physical requirements of my groomsmen let alone fulfill our specific order. Though my wedding was on Monday and we picked up our order and noticed the problem on a Friday, Men's Warehouse was incredibly unhelpful, claiming their warehouse was closed on weekends and little could or would be done to rectify the situation. Ultimately, I ended up waiting the hours leading up to my wedding for my jacket which I was able to to pick up at the Men's Warehouse at the last minute. I don't really understand how such a business can be so unprofessional and still charge such exorbitant rates.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Worse bank in America. This bank is really bad. They will not stop charging fees just for having money in the account. My wife and I were abroad for a year and we had a bill being automatically drafted from the account. At some point the account balance dropped below 750 and ever since then they started charging us the 11.99 each month. The total cost has been over $100. In addition to this, their online system only allows for statements for up to six months (which has also presented problems). The bank manager also vouched for our selecting a property manager Maureen Tipple after which she fraudulantly wrote checks out of our account for work that was never done. When we attempted to place a hold on a check that Maureen wrote the bank charged us the 25 dollar holding fee but still let the check go through. And my wife just tried cancelling her account with them and after she followed their instructions on how to cancel her account without additional fees, the representative still tried to charge her 11.99 for not having sufficient funds in the account. Anyways, I say 'worse bank in America' not because I know it is but because I have had account with many other banks (I like sampling many different options) and I can say with certainty that this bank has the worse policies of any bank I have used. The other banks I have had accounts with without major complaints are: Rocky Mountain Federal Credit Union MSU Federal Credit Union Chase Wells Fargo First Arkansas Bank and Trust First Interstate Lake Trust Credit Union Charles Schwab
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago