HEATING UP THE ANAL PROBE
Is it me just feeling persecuted or is the new normal “Enron business school” for running a corporation? I believe it was Of Two Minds web site that just made a similar statement ( “Enron is the new normal” ). I was under the silly assumption that a corporation treasured its reputation, that a quality product led to increased sales. Evidently this is Old School. I mean, after a certain point it seems that the explanation “profits are only quarterly” wouldn’t apply. How many companies can kill the long term viability of a product with short term thinking before there are no more American companies left? Obviously I am underestimating that vast number because it seems like once a month I’m faced with a once desirable product going to crap. We all heard about Maytag. One hundred years of the best appliance on the market, a hard won reputation thrown away by a new CEO for a few extra quarters of profits. And I’ve been chewing your ear about all the companies I’ve come to hate. The multiple of sins at Wal-Mart ( rolling sectors where the product is never in stock, the ever present mispriced product where they are counting on you not catching the mistake, plummeting quality on many items ). The bastards at Payless Shoes substituting a once great pair of hiking boots that lasted years for a hunk of crap that won’t make it through three months. Taco
going to substandard quality food. The majority of name brand processed meats ALL going to lower quality ( it seems even Hebrew National hot dogs are decreasing in quality. Before, they were priced higher than hamburger. Now, they are high priced and taste like crap ). And it isn’t just me. I’ve talked to others that agree that the taste is “off”. Bell
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Before, it was always “buyer beware”. You paid your money and took your chances. Yet, once you found a good product you could count on them rewarding your patronage. You paid a higher price and got a good item. Even Wal-Mart, selling crap, gave you a desirable bargain. You knew it would break, eventually, but not before you got your moneys worth. Now, it breaks quicker, at twice the old price. Okay, I understand that this is to some degree a price you pay for a combination of inflation and resource depletion. That doesn’t go all the way towards explaining how certain companies are well run and offer a quality product even in today’s scarcity. Companies like Amazon. Some of their success is that they are not in so much debt. When a companies buys out competitor after competitor, eventually instead of having all the customers you just have all the loan payments. But Amazon did a lot of other things right, like plowing back profits, refusing to bribe their stock holders with inflated profits if it was at the risk of long term sound business practices. Etc. The sad part is, it is all common sense yet the company is regarded as an innovator. Such is the “education” of the typical CEO. I don’t know what they are being paid millions for. Certainly not common sense. I guess they are just the modern version of a band of roving pillagers. They don’t want to stick around to see a crop grow, just to take today’s food, salt the field and gallop over to the next one.
Mr. Heater is the brand of an indoor propane stove. It isn’t cheap, costing about $90 for the small unit. But for that I got a heater that lasted on low heat for 110 hours to a five gallon tank, that could be placed anywhere as the unit didn’t heat up, and that was designed for heating a garage, tent or trailer. Almost all designs on the market weren’t made for indoor use. And weren’t as efficient ( from what limited research I’ve done, it seems the catalytic types get far less heat output for the same amount of propane ). But now, Mr. Heater has warmed up the anal probe and shoved it up my ass with nary a word of warning or remorse. I’ve gone through my second unit in as many winters. Remember, I’ll let a company hump me twice before I call them on it. The first can always be a fluke. I’d estimate I got about a thousand hours use out of the last heater. I for one don’t consider that acceptable. I’m spending almost half as much as the propane cost to buy the stove if it breaks in so little a time period. I had even been running it with a fuel filter, assuming the first stove failed because I wasn’t using one with it. No. The second stove keeps shutting off with or without the filter ( it runs about an hour, then shuts off and you need to wait about fifteen minutes before using again ). And it isn’t the propane tank. I tried more than one. And I also don’t care if this is an easy fix. I shouldn’t have to fix a heater after so little use. Humping bastard whore bags. I don’t know what I’ll use next, but it won’t be a product from this company.
I love free books I get for review. And, as if sensing my withdrawal symptoms as I stop buying books until I get The Bison Pit Of Doom constructed, I just got THREE books. Bitchen Bob! I have a post apoc novel, “Joshua”. Creekmore’s newest “31 Days To Survival”. And a newish one from Prepper Press ( with the cool looking acorn hoarding squirrel as the company logo ) “Without Rule Of Law”. The last one I’ve started reading first, and will review as soon as possible. I don’t want to rush through them. I figure if some sucker sends me a free book they wrote I should take my time and concentrate on it so I can give it a solid review. Something for you’all to look forward to.
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