One Company Controls Almost The Entire Eyeglass Market

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When you see all those brands, all those different stores, outlets and eyecare companies, you think, "competition" right? Not exactly. What if I told you there was one company that pretty much had a monopoly on the entire market? If you don't wear glasses or sunglasses, then I guess this won't apply to you...




 

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Is Donald Trump Illiterate?

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[Beating Dead Horses]
At least one investigative journalist shows numerous examples of a compelling argument that suggests Donald Trump might not be able to read. Watch and see for yourself...






Samantha Bee demonstrates how taking video out of context, along with the power of suggestion could otherwise convince people of some rather unusual things... What do you think?


 

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Analysis Of The FBI Hillary E-Mail Investigation

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While this should be old news, the "Hillary e-mail server scandal" keeps popping up. I found an interesting analysis from someone who took the time to read through the whole report and summarize the specifics of the findings.... Here's the critical info you need to know..

Copied from the Snopes forum, thanks to Sam Hing who read through the entire FBI report on the Clinton e-mail scandal and condenses the details for us here:

This is a breakdown that may be a huge help to people here, posted by someone I know:

I personally read the ENTIRE FBI released report about Hillary's Emails. I don't know anyone else who has.

Some points....
1) When asked most people say something to the effect of... "Hillary deleted these emails with an evil cackling laughter to hide all her evil secret doings"... But the reality is... Hillary never deleted or sent any emails to the interview departments according to these reports. She was requested to send emails by the govt in july 2014. Her team emailed the IT guy with the search for all *.gov emails. He did this from Outlook .pst backups from old servers. He sent those back to the team.. Team sent the files to her Lawyers. Lawyers sent them to the govt. IT guy asked.. What do you want me to do with the not .gov emails? and remaining backups? At this time it is July 2014 - Over a year since Hillary left the state office. Hillary and team said well.. we dont need them? IT guy deleted them. Then he bleached the server as IT security guys do. His report says no one asked him to do this. Hillary.. never touched these emails. She is not very technical. How many people could sort through backed up .pst files reading this thread? How many even know what a .pst file even is? You think Hillary did this?

2) There were a total of 2093 classified emails found (although this number changes around a bit depending what you include as classified). Most of these classified emails according to the FBI report were things like Hillary Clintons travel and flight schedule. IE - this would be classified information as to when she was landing but it is not necessarily classified in the sense of national secrets most people are thinking about. Each and every sender and receiver of the 2093 "classified emails" was brought in, interviewed and questioned. They are in the reports. The FBI determined that 110 were classified at the time. About 0.17% of emails on the server. The FBI also found that NONE of the 110 "serious emails" were properly marked with headers and subject lines as classified.... Which is govt classified protocol. Hillary and her team discussed classified information in morning meetings, secure faxes and via secure phone calls - not via email. This is why she said there wasn't any. Because there should not have been. The emails were sent poorly by other people in the USA government. IE - The emails that were found - Hillary was part of the email threads that other people in the Gov't made mistakes on.

3)The hack emails are a whole other ball of wax... Most people mush them all together.. Often confusing the whole thing again showing lack of technical knowledge. Hillary's email has never been hacked. Wiki leaks published the entire Clinton Emails published under the FOIA here - https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/ I read a bunch.. nothing of note.

Guccifer the script kiddie hacked Sydney Blumenthal Aol email by... guessing his security password reset question - He emailed Hillary a lot on the server. Wiki leaks published a bunch of that here - https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/…

John Podestra emails released by Wikileaks has not been publicized how they got this information. But llikely an inital phising scheme and then as shown in this email - https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/6589 he published his password.. and then used the same password everywhere.ugh You can read those here - https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/

So yeah. I have read a bunch of these countless emails. You can too. Most of 'the media' posting about these choose one or two emails that is Hillary's aides and pr team doing their jobs.. or posting their personal water cooler email opinions. IE- How to target younger voters in a certain state or What to do about Bernie Sanders. Most company internal emails would look similar. I looked at lots of them but I didn't see any OMG smoking gun or secret conspiracy in these either.

4) It is important to note how complete the FBI investigation was.. They cross checked server log in times, IT department tickets, every computer, laptop, etc. phone records.. They interviewed basically every person to ever remotely work for or with Clinton in any way. They never found "secret clinton scandals".. there is no insider deals. You can read countless pages of interview answers, transcripts, questions, of how non technical Hillary and her team are.. For people who sure didn't seem all that technical... it would be a miracle to cover up things like this.

5) The media has had a hay day with this because people are not technical. "The Media" is not technical. And I mean seriously.. who reads all these documents besides me? How did you reading this get your information about the "email scandal"... ? All the information most people have.. is some guy who wrote about what he read.. and likely they are not very technical. Do they know what .pst is? Bleach bit? Back up servers? Do they know how IMAP works? Sent messages? Secure FTP? All things mentioned in the FBI files? I just don't think 'the media' understands what they are reading per say or focus on the sensationalized parts more than others. How come most people know there is classified emails.. but NOT that Hillary never touched the emails sent or deleted for example...

In MY opinion, Clinton's email scandal is such a thing.. because for the first time .. the people of the world are looking at and are interested in how the technology in the USA gov't works. And its bad. The USA gov't like most organizations is SERIOUSLY behind on technical knowledge, training and protocol around technology. This is my opinion based off what I personally have read. You may have a different one.

I agree with the FBI findings.. She shouldn't have done it. And she was careless. But there is no.. crooked, evil, cackling plots like most people think. The USA Gov't needs to seriously work on their technology protocols. This isn't the first email scandal BTW... Other gov't officials have too - including Bush, he had a private email on the republican server. He had tons of missing emails off THAT server.. conveniently around the Weapons of mass Destruction time period after Sept 11... No one heard a peep about Crooked Bush .. and he was the PRESIDENT.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441333919315986/permalink/1128404823942222/


 

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Donald Trump... Destroyed By Donald Trump

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[Beating Dead Horses]
Never in the history of any political election has their ever been somebody like Donald Trump. His opponents need to only put together videos of his statements... IN CONTEXT and they still are unbelievable... watch and see for yourself...





 

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Weird Al Moderates Another Debate

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[Humor]
In a beautifully-timed and incredibly-edited video, Weird Al Yankovic shows up two weeks before the election with a video about Trump and Hillary. Check it out..





 

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How The Hillary Campaign Destroyed Trump in the Debates

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Washington Post columnist, Ezra Klein dissects Hillary Clinton's performance in the three 2016 presidential debates and outlines exactly what the Clinton campaign did to Trump. Many people think Trump sabotaged himself, but upon Klein's interesting analysis, it becomes obvious that the Clinton campaign did their homework and were masterful in orchestrating the train wreck that was the GOP implosion. See for yourself..





 

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Correcting For Bias In Amazon Reviews

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It's no secret among savvy shoppers that Amazon is a great place to research products and find the best price-quality ratio.

However, it's becoming more and more difficult to do this research due to what's called, "incentivized reviewers." These are people who provide detailed, "honest" reviews in return for free products.

One company has done an analysis of reviews on Amazon differentiating regular from incentivized reviews and produced some interesting results...



 

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Top 8 Advantages Of A Donald Trump Presidency

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It's not looking good for Trump these days with all the controversy at the Republican National Convention. It's really a shame, and in the spirit of solidarity, I'd like to make people aware of some advantages of a Trump presidency.. so buckle up and check out our Top 8 list..

Top 8 Advantages of a Trump Presidency

1. On-staff White House plastic surgeon

2. Free valet parking at Lincoln Memorial if you show your Player's Club card

3. Pork rinds will be classified as a vegetable.

4. Instead of the first lady writing a children's book, children will write books for the first lady.

5. Head of FEMA will be the guy who plays "Mayhem" in the Allstate commercials.

6. Corporate naming rights for each branch of Congress: "Coming up next on CSPAN, live coverage of the latest vote at the Geiko House of Representatives"

7. White House chef replaced with a Hooters franchise

8. Each branch of the armed forces will have its own cheerleading team. No men though. Just super hot women in short skirts with weapons instead of pom poms.

And a bonus one!

* Americorps and Peace Corps will be replaced by Herbalife and AmWay as civil service options.


 

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"All Lives Matter" is this generation's "Support Our Troops"

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[Activists]
Maybe you've said it? Maybe you've had a friend say it? "ALL lives matter!"

It's a great way to prove a point, but are you really proving a point, or are you merely trying to silence someone or something that makes you feel uncomfortable?

This isn't the first time we've run into this...



Up to and during the Iraq invasion, there was a substantive grass-roots effort to oppose additional military action, and once it got underway, the meme, "Support Our Troops" was shouted from the top of every media news report to the bottom of every vehicle bumper. Slapping those goofy yellow ribbons made everyone recognize the nobility of your priorities, right?

But how ultimately useful was the phrase, "Support Our Troops?" Were there Americans going around wanting to undermine them? The same thing goes with "All Lives Matter!" Is there a need to fend off an uprising of people who are campaigning undermine the value of anybody else's life?

What we have here is what's called a "Truism."

A Truism is defined as, a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.

Like, "You get what you pay for." Ok, thank you for that Captain Obvious.

Do these truisms reveal anything important? Why would anybody not want to support troops that are "fighting for our freedom?" Does that even need to be said?

The same goes for "All Lives Matter?" That too would make a great slogan across a magnetic ribbon on your vehicle. Are the BLM protesters really telling everyone their lives are more important? No.

Let's recognize both sayings are promoted for the same purpose: To stop discussion and dialogue. To shut down any deeper examination of whether what's going on is fair or legitimate. It was done during the Iraq war, with people suggesting if you criticized the war, you wanted troops hurt, not unlike how they're suggesting now that "Black Lives Matter" advocates the hurting of cops. It does not.

The Iraq invasion would likely have been a different story if more discussion and debate had not been stifled by the false dichotomy of these underhanded talking points. Likewise, the "All Lives Matter" meme has as its objective, the purpose of shutting down the discussion being raised.

We as a people, should not allow third parties to marginalize and dismiss issues we hold as important by clouding the issue with unrelated arguments. It's time we recognize these Truisms as a destructive force, not designed to prove a counter-point as much as they are deployed as a distraction to change the subject away from an uncomfortable reality some would prefer to not acknowlege.

- Mark Pile


 

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Breaking News: BSAlert Style

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[Humor]
[News Media]
The Onion ran this piece and we found it too hilarious and poignant at the time. They dissect the anatomy of a filler "news" story. This is another great way to inoculate yourself against the formulaic media programming.



 

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