Bad Interview experience with a Startup

I applied for the interview after researching the company and seeing the opening on the careers page of their website.

Several days later, their head of HR contacted me for an online interview to book the available interview timeslots. Afterwards, I confirmed the interview time and date upon receiving the calendar invite and prepared for the interview.

However, on the day of the interview, the Head of HR, or anyone from the company that was supposed to interview me did not show up. I emailed the official contact after noticing they did not show up 10 minutes into the interview and even reached out with the number they provided.

After waiting for nearly an hour, I reached out again expressing disappointment that I was not notified if the were running over a previous meeting or if the interview was rescheduled on short notice.

Several hours later, I received messages from the head of HR saying he did not check his calendar for additional meetings after his previous meeting ran over. He also apologized for missing the meeting.

I responded to his message asking the head of HR for any available time to reschedule and sent an email as well. I also asked if they received my emails as I did not receive any replies from them about the interview issue and for a chance to reschedule the interview they missed.

A week later, I received a generic email saying they are not moving forward despite missing their own interview.

It is very disappointing how this was handled and the interview process is a reflection of the company as a whole.

The United States Declaration of Independence – In modern English

Several years ago, I tried to write a more modern (and less formal) version for my kids. Here it is:

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When a group of people splits apart from another group to become their own power in the world, they should give their reasons.

We think that the following things are obvious:

* Everyone is created equal.

* God has given everyone certain rights that no one should be able to take away, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

* People make governments to help them keep those rights safe.

* If a government doesn’t do what it should, then the people have the right to get rid of it and set up a new one.

Of course, if a government has been around a while, it shouldn’t be changed unless there’s a really good reason. (In fact, history has shown that people would often rather keep a bad government than overthrow it.)

But if there have been lots of abuses and the government is just trying to keep the people down, then the people have the right, and the duty, to get rid of it and start a new one that’s better.

That’s what’s been happening here. The King of Great Britain wants to be a tyrant over us, and has repeatedly acted to make himself one.

To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world:

* He has refused to allow good laws to be passed.

* He forbids his governors from passing important and pressing laws until he agrees to them himself. Then, he ignores them and won’t say yes or no.

* He has refused to pass other laws unless the people agree to give up their right to representation in government. Only a tyrant would want that.

* He’s made our local governments meet in uncomfortable, weird, places that are far away, just so that they’ll be exhausted enough to agree to his demands.

* Whenever our local governments stand up to him, he dismisses them.

* After dismissing the local governments, he won’t allow new elections, so that we’re stuck without any local government at all.

* He tried to keep our population down by not naturalizing foreigners, by discouraging potential newcomers, and by making it hard to get new land.

* He has obstructed justice by not letting us establish our own court system.

* He made the current judges completely dependent on him for their salary and their jobs.

* He created a bunch of new government offices, and sent over swarms of officials to harass our people.

* He kept his army here, even though we’re at peace, and we didn’t vote for it.

* He has tried to place the military above the civil power.

* He has put us under a legislation that’s foreign to us and that we don’t acknowledge, and which has passed laws that we don’t accept, like:

– For keeping a lot of soldiers around us

– For protecting those soldiers from punishment when they murder our people

– For cutting off our trade with the rest of the world

– For imposing taxes on us without our say

– For often taking away the right of a trial by jury

– For making us stand trial overseas for bogus charges

– For getting rid of the system of laws that our neighbors follow, so that it’ll be easier to get rid of ours

– For taking away our most valuable laws and changing our constitutions

– For suspending our legislatures, then saying that their foreign legislature can handle all our affairs.

* He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

* He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

* He is right now sending over a large army of foreign mercenaries to finish the job of death, desolation, and tyranny. His cruelty and deceit are practically unprecedented in history, and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation.

* He has captured our sailors and forced them to fight against their own people, or be killed.

* He has tried to get people to rebel against the local government, and has encouraged the Indians to attack us.

All along the way, we’ve humbly asked for help. Each time, he has just made it worse. A leader like that, who is obviously a tyrant, isn’t fit to be the ruler of a free people.

We’ve also told the British people about what’s happening. We’ve reminded them about our ties together, and we’ve appealed to their sense of justice and generosity. But they’ve been just as deaf as the king.

So we have to think of the British people the same way we think of everyone else: Enemies if we’re at war. Friends if we’re at peace.

Therefore, hoping that the world agrees with us, we declare that these colonies are, and should be, free and independent states.

These states no longer have any allegiance to the British crown, and all political connections are dissolved. As free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do anything else that free states do.

And to support this declaration, relying on divine protection, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

FIVE THINGS FOR VOTERS TO REMEMBER WHEN DECIDING BETWEEN JOE BIDEN AND BERNIE SANDERS

FIVE THINGS FOR VOTERS TO REMEMBER WHEN DECIDING BETWEEN JOE BIDEN AND BERNIE SANDERS

1. Joe Biden is exactly the kind of weak establishment Democrat that Donald Trump can beat  — Donald Trump excels at running against members of the Democratic establishment. When he beat Hillary Clinton, it was because he attacked her for being pro-Wall Street, responsible for free trade agreements that shipped American manufacturing overseas, a supporter of the disastrous Iraq War, and embroiled in corruption scandals. Joe Biden is exactly the same: he was in the pocket of credit card companies (and helped them make it more difficult for poor Americans to get out from under crushing debts in bankruptcy), voted for NAFTA, was a key supporter of Bush’s catastrophic war, and has his own corruption scandal. Worse, Biden has lied about things like his Iraq war support. These lies will be the subject of constant, and effective, attack ads in a general election. 

2. Joe Biden does not have the ability to inspire voters or the strength necessary to fight Trump. — Throughout this campaign, Biden’s fundraising has been anemic and his events poorly-attended. Biden’s public speeches are rambling and incoherent. His “gaffes” are near-constant to the point where it is often not clear he knows where he is or what office he is running for. One does not want to make fun of this and it is a delicate subject but we are talking about making someone President of the United States and problems like these will be pounced on by Trump.

 It will be impossible for Biden to produce a reason for young people to turn out and vote for him, because he has long stood in the way of social progress—such as by partnering with racist senators to oppose racially integrating the school system and expand the prison system—and represents every tendency in the Democratic Party that has turned off progressive voters. Biden’s interactions with voters are often painful to watch: while Bernie Sanders is good at engaging voters he disagrees with and can get even a Fox News audience cheering for his socially progressive agenda, Joe Biden swears at voters, insults them, and tells them to go and vote for his opponents. It’s a terrible approach to politics: Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney learned the hard way that when you insult voters themselves, you turn them off. Biden will see his support tank as voters realize he is incompetent and he continues the approach that caused him to tank in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

3. Joe Biden has very serious vulnerabilities that are going to be exposed — Biden has a history of lying about himself. His first presidential run ended in scandal, because Biden was caught fictionalizing details of his autobiography, making up awards that he had never won and lifting autobiographical details from the speeches of other politicians. Biden still does this: he has been pretending to have been a Civil Rights activist, lying about his voting record, lying about his support for the Iraq war, and making up fictitious incidents in his life that never happened. Biden’s pitch to America is that his moral character is superior to Donald Trump’s, but it will be impossible for him to make that case clearly when multiple women have accused him of inappropriately touching them and Biden has a long history of telling lies. 

4. Bernie Sanders does not have any of these weaknesses and is clearly the candidate best positioned to beat Trump. Bernie Sanders has not lied about having been part of the civil rights movement, because he was actually part of the civil rights movement, and has earned the endorsement of the legendary Jesse Jackson. Bernie Sanders has consistently shown better judgment than Joe Biden on the issues that matter: he was a staunch opponent of the Iraq war, which reveals the kind of foreign policy judgment a president needs. When Joe Biden was pushing for cuts to Social Security, Bernie Sanders fought to make sure seniors had the safety net they needed to be comfortable in old age. Joe Biden has been a lifelong friend of the the political and economic elites, while Bernie Sanders has been a lifelong champion of the rights of ordinary people. 

5. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who can deal with the most pressing challenges of our time. — Climate change is one of the most serious challenges of our time, and while Joe Biden’s campaign is stuffed with fossil fuel industry executives and their allies, Bernie’s plans for a Green New Deal represent the best chance we have of taking the necessary action to stop climate change. There is a reason why polls have shown Bernie as a better general election candidate against Trump in key states: Bernie can inspire independents and win back Trump’s own voters. He knows the struggles people face in their day to day lives: Bernie wants a healthcare plan that covers everybody, while Joe Biden would leave millions uninsured. Even people like Joe Rogan, who we might expect to be sympathetic to Donald Trump, trust Bernie Sanders because he conveys authenticity and compassion in a way that politicians like Biden do not. Bernie is the best weapon the Democrats have for taking back the White House. If Democrats don’t choose Bernie, they will be saddled with a nominee who will fumble and go down in flames, turning off the next generation of Democratic voters (who overwhelmingly reject Biden) and handing reelection to Donald Trump. 

JOE BIDEN WILL LOSE TO TRUMP. 

IF DEMOCRATS NOMINATE HIM, THEY WILL QUICKLY REALIZE WHAT A DISASTROUS DECISION THEY HAVE MADE. 

Given the stakes of this election for the planet and the fate of democracy, we cannot take a risk like Joe Biden. 

Bernie Sanders will win back the Midwest and is the Democrats’ ticket to victory in November.

To save the country from Trump, we must stop Democrats from the disaster of a Biden nomination. 

For more, see: “Democrats, You Really Do Not Want to Nominate Joe Biden” Article, Audio, and Video

And Intercepted podcastWe Need to Talk About Joe” 

Originally posted at https://docs.google.com/document/d/131FJihDQhWOp3-r5hZ6R2b95Ff1UvbgjLtKsSfijWek/edit

UK based Registrar in Anaesthesia & ICM on Coronavirus

From a well respected friend and intensivist/A&E consultant who is currently in northern Italy:

I feel the pressure to give you a quick personal update about what is happening in Italy, and also give some quick direct advice about what you should do.

First, Lombardy is the most developed region in Italy and it has a extraordinary good healthcare, I have worked in Italy, UK and Australia and don’t make the mistake to think that what is happening is happening in a 3rd world country.

The current situation is difficult to imagine and numbers do not explain things at all. Our hospitals are overwhelmed by Covid-19, they are running 200% capacity.

We’ve stopped all routine, all ORs have been converted to ITUs and they are now diverting or not treating all other emergencies like trauma or strokes. There are hundreds of patients with severe resp failure and many of them do not have access to anything above a reservoir mask.

Patients above 65 or younger with comorbidities are not even assessed by ITU, I am not saying not tubed, I’m saying not assessed and no ITU staff attends when they arrest. Staff are working as much as they can but they are starting to get sick and are emotionally overwhelmed.

My friends call me in tears because they see people dying in front of them and they con only offer some oxygen. Ortho and pathologists are being given a leaflet and sent to see patients on NIV. PLEASE STOP, READ THIS AGAIN AND THINK.

We have seen the same pattern in different areas a week apart, and there is no reason that in a few weeks it won’t be the same everywhere, this is the pattern:

1)A few positive cases, first mild measures, people are told to avoid ED but still hang out in groups, everyone says not to panic

2)Some moderate resp failures and a few severe ones that need tube, but regular access to ED is significantly reduced so everything looks great

3)Tons of patients with moderate resp failure, that overtime deteriorate to saturate ICUs first, then NIVs, then CPAP hoods, then even O2.

4)Staff gets sick so it gets difficult to cover for shifts, mortality spikes also from all other causes that can’t be treated properly.

Everything about how to treat them is online but the only things that will make a difference are: do not be afraid of massively strict measures to keep people safe, if governments won’t do this at least keep your family safe, your loved ones with history of cancer or diabetes or any transplant will not be tubed if they need it even if they are young. By safe I mean YOU do not attend them and YOU decide who does and YOU teach them how to.

Another typical attitude is read and listen to people saying things like this and think “that’s bad dude” and then go out for dinner because you think you’ll be safe.

We have seen it, you won’t be if you don’t take it seriously. I really hope it won’t be as bad as here but prepare.

Originally posted at https://twitter.com/jasonvanschoor/status/1237142891077697538. Edited for clarity.

Bloomberg is a fraud

Bloomberg doesn’t relate to the majority of Americans [1]

There’s a way to slowly decrease the benefits or slowly raise the eligibility age for medicare and social security, there’s ways to have more co-pay on medicaid which will two things. 1) the users will pay a little more but 2) they’ll think twice before they use services – Michael Bloomberg, Mar 29 2012 [2]

It is about as dumb a policy as I can think of [raising taxes on those earning more than $500,000 to fund pre-K programs] – Michael Bloomberg, Oct 8 2012 [3]

I, for example, am not in favor, have never been in favor of raising the minimum wage – Michael Bloomberg, Jul 29 2015 [4]

I could teach anybody — even people in this room, no offense intended — to be a farmer. It’s a… you dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. – Michael Bloomberg, Nov 17 2016 [5]

If you show up, with prostate cancer. You’re… 95 years old, we should say have a nice life, there’s no cure, we can’t do anything. – Michael Bloomberg [6]

[If I had the ability] to design the system… you would say we’re going to cut the number of teachers in half, you would double the compensation of them, and you would weed out all of the bad ones, just have good teachers. Double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students – Michael Bloomberg [7]

Jan 1 2007 – Dec 31 2013. Bloomberg compared teacher and civil liberties unions to NRA extremists [8]

Nov 17 2008. Bloomberg blamed the poor for causing the 2008 economic collapse [9]

Mar 20 2012. Mayor Bloomberg banned food donations to homeless shelters [10]

May 31 2012. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed, then refused to enforce, a living wage bill passed by the New York City Council [11]

Jan 1 2020 – Ongoing. Bloomberg owns more wealth than 125 million Americans, combined [12]

Bloomberg is not running an honorable campaign [13]

[I couldn’t run for President] unless I was willing to change all my views – Michael Bloomberg [14]

There was a guy, Bernie Sanders, who would have beaten Donald Trump. The polls show he would have walked away with it. – Michael Bloomberg [15]

Nov 21 2019 – Jan 31 2020. Bloomberg has spent at least $450 million on ads since launching his campaign [16]

Jan 31 2020. The DNC removed a debate rule that allowed Bloomberg to participate in the ninth debate, after missing the first eight [17]

Feb 1 2020 – Ongoing. Bloomberg is paying hundreds of influencers to post endorsements and send friends positive messages about him [18] [19]

Feb 19 2020. Bloomberg doctored a segment of the 2020 Democratic debate to make himself look good [20]

Bloomberg is racist [21]

There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males aged, let’s say, 16 to 25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know that the — what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively – Michael Bloomberg, Aug 4 2011 [22]

95% of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description and Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities 15 to 25. – Michael Bloomberg, Feb 5 2015 [23]

[You don’t need a nanny], all you need is some black who doesn’t have to speak English to rescue it [your baby] from a burning building. – Michael Bloomberg [24]

I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little – Michael Bloomberg [25]

I would argue that today we are more segregated in America certainly than we were in terms of race than we were a dozen years ago. And yet, we’re just finishing up eight years with our first black President. Why are we more separated than we were before. That is the question … ask the President [Obama] that’s his job. – Michael Bloomberg [26]

The way you get guns out of minorities’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them – Michael Bloomberg [8]

Jan 1 2002 – Dec 31 2013. Bloomberg implemented stop and frisk as NYC mayor [27]

Bloomberg is sexist [28]

All of you girls line up to give him [oral sex] as a wedding present. – Michael Bloomberg, Jan 1 1989 [24]

What the hell did you do a thing like that [get pregnant] for? – Michael Bloomberg [24]

Kill it [your baby]! Great! Number 16 [women who are pregnant or new mothers at the company]! – Michael Bloomberg [24]

And Mike [Bloomberg] came out and I remember he said, ‘Are you going to kill it [abort the pregnancy]?’ And that stopped everything. And I couldn’t believe it. – David Zielenziger [24]

I’d like to do that piece of meat. – Michael Bloomberg [24]

If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s – Michael Bloomberg [29]

I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site and doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one. – Michael Bloomberg [29]

What a bunch of misfits [the British royal family] — a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a kid who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad. – Michael Bloomberg [29]

What, is the guy dumb and blind? What the hell is he marrying you for? – Michael Bloomberg [29]

If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people – Michael Bloomberg [29]

Bloomberg is out of touch with younger generations [30]

[Y]oung people listened to [Bernie Sanders] and they said, ‘Yeah, Democratic: That’s good. Socialism: Yeah, that’s that social media stuff – Michael Bloomberg, Dec 8 2016 [31]

Originally posted here

THE DEAL DASH SCAM (HOW TO WIN IN 2019)

THE DEAL DASH SCAM (HOW TO WIN IN 2019)

Get 100 Free bids on your first bid pack on DealDash with promo code: best-penny

DealDash is a penny auction site where users have to pay money for each bid they place. This means you’re spending money regardless of winning.

Some people call this system a scam. In some ways it is. There are many shady practices I’ve uncovered in this article that make Deal Dash seem not legit. But still, it is entirely possible to not only win on Deal Dash, but win a ridiculous amount of items while spending close to nothing.

I’ll go through how exactly: DealDash.com works, what the products are, how the most active users make the most of their bids, and how you can game the system to, in essence, get unlimited free bids. These are secrets not commonly known, and aren’t shared anywhere other than right here on LetsGoBidding.com, the only place to get completely free Deal Dash statistics and strategy.

How They Bring You In

You’ve seen the commercials. You can win that high end electronics device for mere dollars! Over 90% off retail prices!

Obviously this sounds too good to be true, and if it were true it would be a terrible business model. Yet they have been going strong since 2009.

A website that has to put “Fair & Honest” in its own title is already a little suspect. Let’s dive in to see if DealDash is as legitimate as their claim.

The Fine Print

Deal Dash Fine Print

We can see that the retail price, used for comparison, is the “Buy It Now” price. This is very important and we’ll come back to it later.

The end price includes two factors: The price of the item it was bid up to, and the cost of each bid spent on the auction. Since bids aren’t free, there really is no upper limit to how much money someone can inadvertently spend on an auction. Even the people who don’t win end up losing money. This makes it different from what you would expect from a typical auction.

Deal Dash Fine Print 2

Here’s another interesting statistic. 54% of auction winners save 90% off Buy It Now Prices or more. Is DealDash really giving away over half of their items at a 90% discount?

No, They’re not.

The Buy It Now Price is Extremely Overinflated

The best way to check for good deals is to find how much the item sold for on Ebay.com. Whatever products are selling for (not being listed as) on Ebay is the fair market value of that item. Since many items on DealDash can also be bought on Ebay it’s easy to see how much real people are actually paying for them.

Aava 24 piece is overpriced on Dealdash

A dinnerware set significantly overpriced on Dealdash.

Another example where DealDash is claiming a jacket is worth 25-times more than what it sold for on Ebay.

These aren’t cherry-picked. You’ll see a steep overvaluation of nearly every item. There’s a reason DealDash gets away with this. They can point to each of these product’s exorbitantly high retail price because:

80% of all Products listed on DealDash were made by companies associated with DealDash

You’ve probably never heard of Galton Voysey, but you’ve definitely seen their products while browsing through DealDash.com. You can find a complete takedown of the company and its relationship to Dealdash. In summary, The founder of DealDash is also the chairman of Galton Voysey. Almost all of the products they make are manufactured in China and sold exclusively for Dealdash.com.

It’s difficult to determine what all the DealDash products are, because they are designed not to be publicly associated with each other. I believe the following is at least a partial list of brands made in house and specifically marketed to be used by DealDash.

  • Bolvaint
  • Kamikoto
  • Aava
  • Schultz
  • Wilson & Miller
  • Verdict
  • New Haven
  • The Barrel Shack
  • Ashlynn Avenue
  • Cate & Chloe
  • Bardenshire
  • Isselle
  • Émilie & Théo
  • Somtex
  • Far East Collection
  • Dulccio
  • Volsen
  • Wilcott Weaves
  • Adamant
  • Crossford Furniture Co.
  • Waleigh
  • Robert Matthew
  • J. W. Krogman
  • Monolith
  • Joshua Steinberg
  • Millstrand Co.
  • Burkfield Stonewall
  • Miranella

Try to learn more about these brands and you see the same patterns. They have generic shopify hosted websites. And their facebook pages are mainly empty, with an impossiblely high number of likes.

This doesn’t mean they are bad products, only that you know nothing about them; Which makes it difficult to tell what they are worth.

DealDash has complete control over the Buy It Now price

Deal Dash’s main claim to being “Fair and Honest” is that you can get your bids returned for free, if you buy the item at full Buy It Now price.

Is this really fair when DealDash can arbitrarily make the Buy It Now price whatever they like? If anyone tries to sue them, they can point to these real products with real prices (that they control) to claim that the system is fair. If you don’t win, you can buy the product at retail value and get your bids back. Except the retail value is so much more than the item is worth.

I don’t have statistics to back up how many people actually do use the Buy It Now feature, but it can’t be many. In most cases you would be spending multiple times more money than the product is worth. This is unfair to those who place bids but lose an auction, but is it even possible to win?

Easy Beginner Auctions

After you make a new account on Deal Dash, you will get additional auctions on the main page that other regular users will not see. Mostly they’re Beanies or gift cards. There’s nothing specifically labeling them as beginner auctions. The only way to tell is if:

A. The auction ends with zero bids placed. (This almost never happens)
B. Copy the url of the auction to an incognito browser. If it’s a beginner auction it will redirect you to the home page listing of all auctions.

There’s no time limit here, you’ll keep getting the same items over and over again every couple minutes so wait until you see something you like. A better strategy would be to get whatever has the highest Buy It Now price, but I’ll explain that later.

Just remember, this will be the only easy win you will ever find on Deal Dash. It’s designed to sucker you in, make you think you’re good at Deal Dash. The truth is, the game was rigged from the start.

The Same People on DealDash Keep Winning

If you’re already active on Deal Dash, you’ve probably noticed a trend where the same people are winning every auction. You’ve certainly seen the name UncleTan before. This is because the same handful of people are winning most of the auctions.

The top 1% of winners win 60% of all auctions. If you’re bidding against one of these professional auction bidders, you’re going to lose. Their reputation is what makes them so successful. Few people even try to bid against them. They will throw down thousands of bids exceeding an item’s value just so you will never try to challenge them again.

This is a recent example where UncleTan won an auction by bidding over 8000 times on an inexpensive laptop. If we assume each bid costs $0.12 (which is a reasonable price for bids), UncleTan used over $1000 worth of bids to win a single $479 item. He may do this on any auction. You would be foolish to bid against him.

You might be wondering about the people who are winning thousands of auctions, what are they doing with their winnings? The answer is critical to how Deal Dash works, and it isn’t what you expect.

Selling Cheap Deal Dash Winnings on Ebay

I have heard the theory that there is a cabal of elite Deal Dash users winning all the auctions so that they can resell the items on Ebay for profit. There are a few problems with this theory.

First, if this was a feasible strategy, wouldn’t it make more sense for DealDash to skip the middle man and sell all their in-house products directly on ebay? One problem, as we’ve already shown, is that items consistently sell on Ebay for a small fraction of what DealDash says they are worth.

While we do see exclusive DealDash products being sold on ebay, we can easily check the scale at which this is happening. On this site I have records of every auction won on Dealdash.com. I can take a popular Deal-Dash-Only item such as the Volsen Atom Cordless Vacuum and compare how many times it has been auctioned off on DealDash and how many times it has sold on Ebay in the past 3 months.

My statistics show this vacuum cleaner has been won 440 times on DealDash the past 3 months. During the same period, it has been sold on ebay twice.

The volume of DealDash exclusive items being re-sold on ebay is nowhere near high enough to explain what all these consistent winners are doing with their thousands of wins.

We’ll take a closer look at one of the most eye-brow-raising products being sold on DealDash to get a better picture(or should I say painting?) of what is really going on.

The Far East Collection of Paintings

In DealDash’s own words, this is how the Far East Collection describes itself:

The Deal Dash Far East Collection is a scam

All their paintings are conveniently anonymous, but trust them, these are works of arts worth thousands of dollars! Odder still, they aren’t anonymous. All of them are signed, often by the same artist.

Their facebook page is completely empty, except it has over 1000 likes! Also their website has been Suspended for some time, but even looking at it on the wayback machine, there was never anything on it. Yet still, somehow, an endless stream of anonymous paintings are making their way onto Dealdash.

It gets even weirder.

Look at the statistics for any of the Far East Collection paintings on the letsgobidding.com website. You will see that the same painting has been auctioned and won dozens of times before.

Same painting sold on Deal Dash repeatedly

Too add another dimension to this, I was able to find this exact same painting listed on ebay, which has been sitting unsold for months. At the same time the very same painting was being auctioned on DealDash.

If you look at the details I’ve collected on this site, it seems the same paintings get auctioned off every 4-5 days. Unlike other auctions, there is no list of previous winners or any indication that this item has been won before on DealDash!

I suppose it’s not technically illegal If DealDash has a factory of people making the same painting over and over again. Although, is a retail price in the thousands really right for this type of artwork?

This is an interesting view into the sketchy business practices surrounding Deal Dash, but it still doesn’t explain what all the winners are doing with their spoils. I don’t have much proof, but I have a pretty good theory.

Nobody is Buying Anything

Let’s put aside the theory that DealDash has a bunch of fake accounts that bid up auctions and prevent you from winning. DealDash isn’t scamming you that obviously. They don’t need to do that because their own users will do it for them.

Every time you win an auction, you can either buy the item at the auction price, or return the item and get a number (typically the Buy It Now price) of bids in return.

You can exchange wins for more bids

My theory is that all of the frequent bidders, including UncleTan, are exchanging wins for bids on just about every auction as a means to increase their pool of bids. For free.

To make this theory work, we would have to see that the top bidders are able to consistently win auctions with fewer bids than the Buy It Now price. If they won an auction while using less bids than the Buy It Now Price then they could exchange that win for more bids which would net them even more bids than they started out with!

For example, if someone won one of the Far East Collections paintings with 1000 bids, and the painting had a Buy It Now price of $2000. That win could be exchanged for 2000 bids. It would double the bids and cost nothing.

And it’s true! Look at the statistics, there are many big players who are winning auctions with fewer than the Buy It Now price number of bids. As of this writing, UncleTan has a system where he can get back 132% of all bids he places. He’s not even the best at this trick.

I think this theory makes the most sense, how else can these players put down thousands of bids on items they couldn’t want, have no use for, and aren’t re-selling on Ebay? It’s because they don’t want the item, they want the bids. It’s a never ending cycle of farming bids so they never have to pay for their own. During this time, DealDash is profiting off the 99% of users who can’t see what’s really happening.

The DealDash.com Economy

I’ve gone through multiple facets of how Deal Dash works in this article, and they all fit together into the overall profit model of DealDash. It’s based on 5 core principles.

  1. The majority of the Products auctioned on DealDash are made cheaply by in-house companies who are designed to have their products auctioned on DealDash.
  2. Since DealDash controls the retail pricing of these products they can market them as “luxury” items worth an excessive amount. This leads to elevated Buy It Now prices.
  3. Smart users take advantage of the high Buy It Now prices to win auctions below that threshold so that they can exchange them to increase their bid pool.
  4. Everyone else who may actually be interested in buying the products has to compete with users (with nearly unlimited free bids) who are bidding only to increase their bids.
  5. Buying the item at Retail price to get your bids returned is a sham. The products are worth nowhere near their Buy It Now prices and nobody does or should use that feature. People who lose auctions lose all their bids and that goes directly into DealDash’s profits.

Put it all together and the average DealDash user will find themselves out of a lot of money with nothing but a beginner auction beanie to show for it.

Is there anything that can be done?

DealDash has tried to remedy this somewhat with their No Exchange auctions. I don’t see those any more, and I wouldn’t expect them to keep it up. Take away the exchange for bids option and the whole profit system falls apart. It might also reveal the secret that their most active users are exchanging instead of buying.

There’s really only one way to win.

How to be a Shark on Deal Dash

If you can’t beat them, join them. Learn from the big players on how they are able to win auction after auction with the least amount of bids. You can go through each of the auctions they participate in and how they won. Learn which auctions have the best return, which other users to avoid, and when to admit defeat. Even the best don’t win every time.

All the statistics and tools you need to win are right here on LetsGoBidding.com. It’s completely, and always will be free.

Go ahead, sign up, buy your first bid pack, use one bid to buy the highest Buy It Now priced item you can get from a beginner auction. Then exchange it for more bids. Keep using your bids to win more auctions you can exchange for more bids. Soon you’ll have enough bids pooled up that you can try to get one of the serious items: A new Iphone, or even a car.

Most people who have only seen the commercial won’t know all this. For them, Deal Dash is one big scam and they’re going to come out of this much poorer. But if you’re smart, and you understand what it takes, you have a very good shot at coming out ahead. Deal Dash isn’t a scam. It’s just shady capitalism that anyone can take advantage of, but only if they know how.

Good Luck, and happy bidding!

Originally posted at https://letsgobidding.com/dealdash-scam/

Wuhan Institute of Virology Coronavirus: Interesting Findings

I have been following the news of the 2019 Coronavirus. One popular fringe theory regarding the coronavirus origin is that it may have originated in a lab in Wuhan. I have found interesting information regarding the Wuhan Virology Institute that I have not seen mentioned on the news. I thought I would share this information, as I have no idea what else to do.

1.) In 2017, researchers at the Wuhan Virology Institute claimed to be the first lab to edit the bat genome using CRISPR-CAS technology (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182866 ). While this is not incredibly striking, it means that scientists in Wuhan have had 2+ years of technology to potentially edit the bat genome and create/explore new virus variations.

2.) Shi Zhengli, senior researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had a sole grant dedicated to the research of bat viruses: “Identification, genetic evolution and pathogenesis of bat viruses in China”. The large bulk of their research was spent researching coronaviruses. A summary of Shi Zhengli’s research profile can be viewed here: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8089-163X?fbclid=IwAR1qf5t83nY8alMwmfydXXnddn-_GXEuhsuVt_VEB3LVeSKYNwvRLStjZ-4

Of particular note are recent articles from the Wuhan Institute:

  • Bat Coronaviruses in China (3-2019) Link
  • Origin and evolution of pathogenic coronaviruses (3-2019) Link
  • Characterization of a New Member of Alphacoronavirus with Unique Genomic Features in Rhinolophus Bats (4-2019) Link
  • Detection and characterization of a novel bat-borne coronavirus in Singapore using multiple molecular approaches (10-2019) Link
  • Discovery of Bat Coronaviruses through Surveillance and Probe Capture-Based Next-Generation Sequencing (1-29-2020; submitted Nov. 6 2019) Link

3.) On the Wuhan Institute of Virology webpage, lab pictures have been posted. At least two pictures from the laboratory of Shi Zhengli shows handling of bats/bat samples with little to no protective equipment, in one case a student has no masks and only gloves while clearly seen holding a bat. I have posted all images here: https://imgur.com/a/GwiHVmk in case they get taken down in the future. The native link is: http://159.226.126.127:8082/web/55577/33

4.) The news has reported that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was 20 miles from the Huanan Market. In fact, from Baidu, it seems there are multiple buildings that constitute the Wuhan Institute of Virology (search 武汉病毒所 under Baidu Maps). The nearest building is actually only 20 km (12 miles) from the marketplace, much closer than the news has reported. However, I have no way of knowing which building bat research was performed at.

Overall, this raises 3 immediate questions:

1.) What genomic editing was done at the Institute? And could this be related to the nCOV?

2.) How were bat samples handled and deposited? Was proper protocols being followed? I think this needs to be investigated.

3.) Is it possible to evaluate the relevant genome elements of the bats/viruses studied at the Wuhan Institute in relation to the current Coronavirus? I am sure scientists have thought about this, but I have not seen any work done so far.

Originally posted at https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/ewbc9h/wuhan_institute_of_virology_coronavirus_personal/

The Coronavirus Is a Disease of Chinese Autocracy

The Coronavirus Is a Disease of Chinese Autocracy

Jan 28, 2020 MINXIN PEI

When China’s leaders finally declare victory against the outbreak of the new and deadly coronavirus, they will undoubtedly credit the Communist Party of China’s leadership. But the truth is just the opposite: the party is again responsible for this calamity.

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already infected over 4,000 people – mostly in China, but also in several other countries, from Thailand to France to the United States – and killed more than 100. Given China’s history of disease outbreaks – including of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and African swine fever – and officials’ apparent awareness of the need to strengthen their capacity to address “major risks,” how could this happen?

It should be no surprise that history is repeating itself in China. To maintain its authority, the Communist Party of China must keep the public convinced that everything is going according to plan. That means carrying out systemic cover-ups of scandals and deficiencies that may reflect poorly upon the CPC’s leadership, instead of doing what is necessary to respond.

This pathological secrecy hobbles the authorities’ capacity to respond quickly to epidemics. The SARS epidemic of 2002-03 could have been contained much sooner had Chinese officials, including the health minister, not deliberately concealed information from the public. Once proper disease-control and prevention measures were implemented, SARS was contained within months.

Yet China seems not to have learned its lesson. Although there are important differences between today’s coronavirus epidemic and the SARS outbreak – including far greater technological capacity to monitor disease – they may have the CPC’s habit of cover-ups in common.

To be sure, at first glance, China’s government has appeared to be more forthcoming about the latest outbreak. But, although the first case was reported on December 8, the Wuhan municipal health commission didn’t issue an official notice until several weeks later. And, since then, Wuhan officials have downplayed the seriousness of the disease and deliberately sought to suppress news coverage.

That notice maintained that there was no evidence that the new illness could be transmitted among humans, and claimed that no health-care workers had been infected. The commission repeated these claims on January 5, though 59 cases had been confirmed by then. Even after the first death was reported on January 11, the commission continued to insist that there was no evidence that it could be transmitted among humans or that health-care workers had been affected.

Throughout this critical period, there was little news coverage of the outbreak. Chinese censors worked diligently to remove references to the outbreak from the public sphere, which is far easier today than it was during the SARS epidemic, thanks to the government’s dramatically tighter control over the Internet, media, and civil society. Police have harassed people for “spreading rumors” about the disease.

According to one study, references to the outbreak on WeChat – a popular Chinese messaging, social media, and mobile-payment app – spiked between December 30 and January 4, around the time when the Wuhan municipal health commission first acknowledged the outbreak. But mentions of the disease subsequently plummeted.

References to the new coronavirus rose slightly on January 11, when the first death was reported, but then quickly disappeared again. It was only after January 20 – following reports of 136 new cases in Wuhan, as well as cases in Beijing and Guangdong – that the government rolled back its censorship efforts. Mentions of coronavirus exploded.

Yet again, the Chinese government’s attempts to protect its image proved costly, because they undermined initial containment efforts. The authorities have since switched gears, and their strategy now appears to be to show how seriously the government is taking the disease by imposing drastic measures: a blanket travel ban on Wuhan and neighboring cities in Hubei province, which together have a population of 35 million.

At this point, it is unclear whether and to what extent these steps are necessary or effective. What is clear is that China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands will be infected, hundreds may die, and the economy, already weakened by debt and the trade war, will take another hit.

But perhaps the most tragic part of this story is that there is little reason to hope that next time will be different. The survival of the one-party state depends on secrecy, media suppression, and constraints on civil liberties. So, even as Chinese President Xi Jinping demands that the government increase its capacity to handle “major risks,” China will continue to undermine its own – and the world’s – safety, in order to bolster the CPC’s authority.

When China’s leaders finally declare victory against the current outbreak, they will undoubtedly credit the CPC’s leadership. But the truth is just the opposite: the party is again responsible for this calamity.

Originally posted here

7 Forbidden Topics in Chinese Universities

7 Forbidden Topics in Universities in China

Editor’s note: Colleges and universities in China have been instructed to steer clear of seven topics in their courses. Reasons provided by Xi Jinping administration showed an inconceivable retrogression in Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ideology, probably an explicit evidence of the leader’s sense of insecurity and his anxiety in losing powers to rivalries.

1. Universal Values

Cause: they challenges or even expels Chinese commmunist party leaders and the party’s leadership

2. Freedom of Press

Cause: The idea upsets the stability of CCP and society

3. Civil Society

Cause: It creates a new force at grassroots level independent of the CCP

4. Civil Rights

Cause: they upset the CCP’s macro-control over citizens

5. CCP’s historical aberrations Cause: this might undermine CCP’s legitimacy to rule or overturn CCP

6. Elite Cronyism / privileged capitalist class

Cause: it ‘distorts’ the fact that political reform necessitates economic liberalization.

7. Judicial Independence

Cause: it challenges CCP’s rule and authority if the courts are no longer under the direct control of CCP

Source : BBC

#Jan16 #StateTerrorism #Authoritarianism #Brainwash