It is not just Heinz.  Any consumer product that has 15% left in the bottle when the consumer gets fed up and tosses it loses when it uses this nonstick coating on the bottle.  Presumably this will add to their manufacturing cost, so they will pay more to produce the product and sell less since we can use all they put in the bottle.  It doesn’t make economic sense to me.


With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over –

While there is widespread dissatisfaction with the Common Core / standardized tests like PARCC or HSPA in the US, what has gone seriously awry is what is going on in India regarding the Bihar School Examination Test.

I remember, it was burned into my retina, during a high school Geometry test the girl next to me had a cheat sheet under the top of her stockings (no panty hose in those days).  When I told her how distracting that is for someone else, she claimed that a male teacher would never search there for crib sheets.  Now people climb sides of buildings to get the answers to test takers.


India arrests hundreds of people over widespread cheating in Bihar School Examination Board exams – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Ars Technica has succinctly encapsulated the issues that will drive the whole net neutrality issue to the next chapter.  The new info in the article is the fission that has arisen between Verizon and the other carriers.

Apparently no one in the carrier world was entirely happy about the 2010 net neutrality compromise the FCC enacted, but  AT&T called it a “bipartisan win” and a reasonable compromise.  Verizon took the FCC to court and the FCC lost.  In that ruling the court said that the FCC didn’t have the authority to enact those net neutrality rules, and unless the FCC declared the internet service providers common carriers, and bring it under Title II of the act they would not be able to regulate the internet.

The FCC took the bull by the horns and, last week, declared ISPs common carriers, and could potentially enact tougher net neutrality rules.

Everyone knew the ISP were going to sue to overturn the FCC’s decisions.  Everyone also knew the Republicans were going to try to enact laws that would stymie the FCC.  It is good to know the amount of campaign contributions the ISP donated to this one Representative.  Consumers do not have the financial clout of the carriers, but the outpouring of comments helped push the FCC to their decision.  Hopefully the consumers who came together to urge the FCC to act will now come together and help defeat this law.


Republicans’ “Internet Freedom Act” would wipe out net neutrality | Ars Technica.

When will Chris Christie realize that his time as a public servant is over?

His administration has been an embarrassment, even for New Jersey. His administration has reached a new low, with the revelation that, even after having been found liable in a case of environmental destruction that has been grinding on for 10 years Christie’s chief counsel agreed to settle the case for 3 cents on the dollar.

It’s not like the state is flush with cash.  NJ’s credit rating has had 8 downgrades since Christie was first elected.  Although the settlement of $250 million is a lot of money, the original suit was for over $8 billion.  Exxon was found guilty, and we were awaiting a judge’s ruling on damages.

  • Does anyone think that Christie wasn’t involved in the settlement?
  • His grand plan to fix the state pension plan, negotiated with Democrats is falling apart and Democrats are not willing to negotiate with him since he reneged on the last deal.
  • He still thinks that he as a chance of being the Republican nominee for President in 2016.  That borders on delusion.

He will huff and puff and threaten to blow our house down for the next 2.5 years, and we will ignore his bluster.

I’m sure he will land on his feet after his term ends, He has given enough to major businesses in the state that they will repay him generously with a lobbying job somewhere.

If we started a pool on when he realized that he isn’t the great leader he thinks he is, I would pick never. He is so far divorced from reality he would never realize what a failure he has been for this state.