Archive for January 7th, 2014

Bone Apetit

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

(For those of you who forgot how to read Roman numerals: 1963)

Extreme Stream Screen Machine

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Consumers love screens that stream data and video. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung is showing a future car window screen that can replace today’s greenery scenery.  Here are some more new products from CES:

Jews Need Not Apply

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The Naval Amphibious base compound in Coronado, CA was built in the 1960s to house young sailors. It consists of 4 L-shaped buildings centered around a hub and is still standing today.

Quick! Run And Fall

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

With 3 You Get An Eggroll

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

New York’s astronomical taxes on cigarettes and attempts to make Indian reservations pay sales tax is having a strange effect on the market. A pack of legal, name-brand smokes in our state costs about $10.  That’s roughly $4 for the product plus $6 in various taxes.

Supposedly this is to force you to quit smoking but New York State really doesn’t care about your health – they just want added tax revenue.  And now the state is trying to discourage tax-free, cigarette sales on Indian reservations where the average price is a few bucks less per pack.

So what can poor smokers do?  More and more of them are buying cigarettes – like Marlboro and Newport – from street vendors for about $5 a pack.  On a recent 10-minute walk down a main Rochester street, I was approached by TWO furtive vendors whispering “Newports? Marlboro?” I don’t smoke cigarettes but I asked one if he had any weed (pot)?  He gave me a disgusted look and quickly walked away.  Obviously I was lower on the low-life scale than he.

These street cigarettes used to be smuggled by the truck full into New York from legitimate tobacco warehouses in the South.  But today, with increased demand because of the ridiculous taxes, there are now huge shipments of COUNTERFEIT cigarettes coming from China!  They look just like the real thing.  Taste?  Who knows?  And if an extra yak hair or two is in the mix, what’s the FDA going to say anyway?

How can you tell if you get counterfeit smokes?  Well if there’s a small fortune cookie in the bottom of the pack, chances are the R.J. Reynolds company didn’t make it.