Patterico's Pontifications

8/2/2012

Chick-Fil-A Saga Continues: The Invisible Hand Smites Adam Smith

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:15 pm

This “nice guy” decided to fight Chick-Fil-A’s “hate” by telling them how much he hates their “hate”:

As you can see, the employee responded to his barrage of vitriol very politely.

Now he has lost his job.

An executive at a medical manufacturing firm lost his job after a YouTube video of him verbally ambushing a young employee at a Tucson Chick-fil-A went viral.

Adam Smith, formerly Chief Financial Officer at Vante, stepped down after the video — which Smith shot and uploaded himself —caused embarrassment to the company.

. . . .

In the video, which runs 2 minutes, 21 seconds, Smith enters the drive-thru, explaining that he’s ordered a free cup of water. Once the employee hands him his cup, he lambastes her employer, calling Chick-fil-A “a hateful corporation” and “a horrible corporation with horrible values” that “gives money to hate groups.”

. . . .

“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” Smith says to the employee, before calling himself “totally heterosexual” and saying there’s “not a gay in me” and “I just can’t stand the hate.” He also says he’s “I’m a nice guy, by the way.”

The more famous Adam Smith would have argued for the right of this Adam Smith to boycott Chick-Fil-A — and for Vante’s right to tell Smith to take a hike.

All hail the marketplace.

Well, She *Is* Cuter . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 pm

Robert Stacy McCain: SWAT an L.A. County Deputy D.A.? That’s Not News. SWAT a Teen Starlet …?

Government Seeks to Eliminate Routine EKGs

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:28 am

More government health care = less health care:

On Monday an expert government panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, joined the call by recommending against routine testing with electrocardiograms, or EKGs, in people who have no known risk factors or symptoms of heart disease, like shortness of breath or chest pains. The recommendations, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, made the test the latest addition to an expanding list of once routine screening tools that have fallen out of favor. Earlier this year, the task force advised against regular screening with the prostate specific antigen, or P.S.A., blood test, long considered the gold standard for early detection of prostate cancer. The panel has also come out against measures like annual Pap smears for many women and regular mammograms for women in their 40s.

Saves money! What could be the possible downside?

I’m aware of a case where someone showing no symptoms asked for an EKG because they watched what happened to Andrew Breitbart, and didn’t want it to happen to them. The EKG revealed a potential issue, leading to more testing. Ultimately, atherosclerosis was ruled out, but testing indicated an issue with cardiomyopathy.

Problems like this can be addressed . . . but not if you don’t know you have them.

Policies like failing to deport criminal illegals, or certain lenient criminal justice policies, or elimination of medical tests . . . these all sound great to certain crowds in the abstract. The only trouble is that they actually kill people.

P.S. If you’re over 40 and you are concerned you might have heart disease, get yourself checked out. Do it before ObamaCare makes it impossible.

Amazon Prime Videos Now Viewable on the iPad

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:16 am

Amazon Prime is $79 per year, and entitles you to free 2-day shipping no matter how small your order. And Amazon Prime comes with streaming video at no additional cost, meaning you can get videos at cheaper prices than Netflix. (Netflix starts at $8 per month, or $96 per year. Amazon Prime is $17 cheaper, plus you get the free 2-day shipping.)

Last December I cautioned that Amazon Prime videos could not be viewed on your iPad, which I believed put Amazon at a disadvantage. But that has changed. Amazon has announced that you can finally watch Amazon Prime videos on your iPad. You merely need the free Amazon Instant Video app.

I checked it out and the interface is a little clunky — absurdly, you can’t search or save videos from within the app, but must do it from a web browser — but presumably they’ll improve this.

Selection is still poor compared to Netflix. If you’re a big movie watcher, and you don’t order a lot from Amazon, I wouldn’t get Prime for the videos.

But for the combination of videos and shipping I think it’s a good deal — especially if you order a lot from Amazon.

If you decide, as I did, to give Amazon Prime a shot, make sure to use the search box on the right sidebar. Use it any time you’re getting anything from Amazon. It costs you nothing, helps me out — and, weirdly (if Twitter is any indication), it seems to drive the bad guys and their fellow travelers crazy.

Thanks as always.


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