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Warren Thayer

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Mob scenes can ruin good fun. To make such events practical, how about picking random frequent shoppers or some sort of drawing of those interested?

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It's getting so that you can't say anything without rude people with their own agendas piling on to criticize you. Edmund Burke had two quotes that are fitting: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," and "Rudeness is the weak...

At the end of the day (gawd, how I hate that little phrase), it all becomes clear: the instant poll shows 78% (7:15 pm, EST) saying they are NOT confident that digital circulars will replace newspaper circulars in the next five years. Sic transit gloria... whatever.

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Pardon me, but I've been hearing of the imminent death of print media for at least 15 years. And what this discussion misses is the variation in how people shop for milk, eggs, furniture, baseball gloves and baby highchairs. I always found the "effectiveness of coupons" discussions everywhere lacking...

My guess is that Apple has a product to compete with this in its own pipeline, which is why they aren't involved. It'll become common, undoubtedly, but we'll still have to make sure there are no kinks tied to fire hazards or from scientific wannabes declaring this is going...

I'd be surprised if much is done beyond some window dressing. Budgets aren't there to do a whole lot with increased security. The public will support the idea until it comes time to pay for it with increased taxes. You know where that will go. Of course, if/when we...

Hiring someone from Burberry (for $73 million, no less) to re-do the Apple stores sounds a bit like J.C. Penney hiring Ron Johnson away from Apple to fix its problems a few years back. Perhaps Apple just doesn't know what to do with all its money. So I've heard...

The right and the left will both scream bloody murder for their own reasons, but yes, the White House should intervene on behalf of the non-lunatics (hey, remember us?) who are simply trying to make a living and do business. This has gone on way, way too long, and...

The New York Attorney General's findings will affect the sale for a little while, but barring a class action suit, which is a real possibility, nothing will change long-term and this will totally blow over in six months. Greater authority for the FDA? Well, somehow, there should be teeth...

Aw, c'mon, Fred! This wasn't your first rodeo! Formal complaints to the police in 2012 and 2013? Being told by store management to stop it? Four women coming forward to say it made them uncomfortable? Others avoiding your line for the same reason? Hey, you're outta there! But maybe...

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