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  • I don't know what to tell you, but I work in business in the US and work in invoicing in the construction industry.

    Everything is done via paper, full stop.

    Bank transfers do not generate invoices, full stop. Company to company payments are made using a PO or check. Nothing else, in my experience, are accepted.

    These are for amounts of $1 to tens of millions of $$$.

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  • Also, most all US small to mid sized business transactions are by check.

    I'm not going to take a suitcase with over $10,000 to the city to pay a permit fee, or $50,000 Venmo to pay a business partner.

    Unless you are in the marijuana industry, then you have to...

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  • Man, I would never pay rent or a mortgage payment with a deposit. I did that once, and they claimed I didn't pay several times, and I had no receipt. I had to pay my bank $20 to provide proof of deposit (several times) Fuck that. Also fuck US Bank.

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  • Yes, my wife and my employers both pay using checks as well as printed invoices after direct deposits.

    My entire family uses checks to pay each other. I'm not going to Venmo my dad $15,000. And his back doesn't let me transfer funds to him for since idiotic reason.

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  • He must have been homeless his entire adult life.

    I'm mid 40s and didn't get a credit card until I was 25. And I couldn't even pay for any utilities, rent or car payments with it. And still can't. Online bill pay wasn't a thing until like after the recession.

  • I don't understand Temu.
  • Here's the conclusion from the official 2022 UN report: https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/ohchr-assessment-human-rights-concerns-xinjiang-uyghur-autonomous-region

    "Overall assessment and recommendations

    1. Serious human rights violations have been committed in XUAR in the context of the Government’s application of counter-terrorism and counter-“extremism” strategies. The implementation of these strategies, and associated policies in XUAR has led to interlocking patterns of severe and undue restrictions on a wide range of human rights. These patterns of restrictions are characterized by a discriminatory component, as the underlying acts often directly or indirectly affect Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim communities.

    2. These human rights violations, as documented in this assessment, flow from a domestic “anti-terrorism law system” that is deeply problematic from the perspective of international human rights norms and standards. It contains vague, broad and open-ended concepts that leave wide discretion to officials to interpret and apply broad investigative, preventive and coercive powers, in a context of limited safeguards and scant independent oversight. This framework, which is vulnerable to discriminatory application, has in practice led to the large-scale arbitrary deprivation of liberty of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim communities in XUAR in so-called VETC and other facilities, at least between 2017 and 2019. Even if the VETC system has since been reduced in scope or wound up, as the Government has claimed, the laws and policies that underpin it remain in place. There appears to be a parallel trend of an increased number and length of imprisonments occurring through criminal justice processes, suggesting that the focus of deprivation of liberty has shifted towards imprisonment, on purported grounds of counter-terrorism and counter-“extremism”.

    3. The treatment of persons held in the system of so-called VETC facilities is of equal concern. Allegations of patterns of torture or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, are credible, as are allegations of individual incidents of sexual and gender-based violence. While the available information at this stage does not allow OHCHR to draw firm conclusions regarding the exact extent of such abuses, it is clear that the highly securitised and discriminatory nature of the VETC facilities, coupled with limited access to effective remedies or oversight by the authorities, provide fertile ground for such violations to take place on a broad scale."

    However, it is noteworthy that if one were in China and were to criticize the government or comment on the uyghar issue, you will find yourself being sentenced to prison. Possibly up to a life sentence.

  • Ford cancels EV battery orders as losses widen to $130,000 per vehicle sold
  • Japanese cars were great in the 1990s, and phenomenal in the '80s, but now not so much. American automotive manufacturers have generally cut up with Japanese automakers in technology and reliability. Can be a lot more exciting too.

  • Oldie but goodie, the YouTube algorithm just blessed me with this 17 year old music video.

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    techxplore.com If the first solar entrepreneur hadn't been kidnapped, would fossil fuels have dominated the 20th century?

    One argument put forward in defense of fossil fuels is that they were a historical necessity, because there was no other viable substitute for much of the 20th century. We owe fossil fuels a debt of gratitude, the argument goes, because they supercharged our development. But what if I told you there...

    If the first solar entrepreneur hadn't been kidnapped, would fossil fuels have dominated the 20th century?

    The first commercial PV solar product was nah just in 1909.

    See story above, and original article in Modern Electrics magazine in 1909:

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015051407073

    EDIT

    Since people didn't read past the headline, the article is about a startup company in 1905 that developed a commercial electrical solar panel by 1909 and was worth 160 million in today's money.

    In 1909, the inventor of the solar panel was kidnapped and ordered by his kidnappers to destroy all information about this solar panel. He was eventually released, although he did not destroy the solar panel or his documentation, he did shut down his company.

    So this is a pretty fascinating development considering that at this time period we actually did have early production electric cars that were manufactured in larger quantities than gas vehicles, and now we learn that solar panels were commercially available, at least for a short time.

    ------------- And the solar panels could generate a fair amount of electricity:

    500 volts per 10 square ft, and a smaller demonstration panel that was 3 ft x 4 ft could generate 60 watts of power (10 volts @6 amps).

    Additionally, the panels were designed to charge a battery backup system.

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    This seems like a relevant climate change related ev discussion / call to arms to fight he FUD:

    #StopBurningStuff #ElectricCars #Tesla Wise to the lies? Bored of BS? Fed-up of FUD? Misinformation about Electric Vehicles and Clean Energy is at an all-time high. Vested interests have almost limitless funds with which to pollute public discourse, and it's easy to feel powerless to prevent that. With your help that can change.

    The Fully Charged SHOW and FairCharge are coming together to #StopBS and to combat this '*fear, uncertainty and doubt' through fast-turnaround infographic rebuttals, proactively placing spokespeople on mainstream media, and engaging with political influencers. Your financial support via Patreon can make a material difference, as we persuade people to #StopBurningStuff.

    We need your support to turn the tide of negativity, and spread the positive energy that is the lived experience of millions of EV drivers all around the world. This movement will be powered by people.

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    A report says “fuel” for EVs cost more than gasoline. Was it prepared by a bunch of orangutans sitting in front of computers? No, it was done by Anderson Economic Group.

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    Ford e-transit electric van sighting

    Spotted in the wild in Portland - I talked to the driver who is using it for regular delivery work. Now I see him every week at the fast charger in downtown. Pretty cool stuff!

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    First sighting of Subaru Solterra

    Saw this car a while back - first Subaru EV I've seen on the roads!

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    www.theguardian.com Houston school district to turn libraries into disciplinary centers

    Critics condemn superintendent Mike Miles’s ‘new education system’ that removes students’ access to books

    Houston school district to turn libraries into disciplinary centers

    Critics condemn superintendent Mike Miles’s ‘new education system’ that removes students’ access to books

    The largest school district in Texas announced its libraries will be eliminated and replaced with discipline centers in the new school year.

    Houston independent school district announced earlier this summer that librarian and media-specialist positions in 28 schools will be eliminated as part of superintendent Mike Miles’s “new education system” initiative.

    Teachers at these schools will soon have the option to send misbehaving students to these discipline centers, or “team centers’” – designated areas where they will continue to learn remotely.

    News of the library removals comes after the state announced it would be taking over the district, effective in the 2023-24 school year, due to poor academic performance. Miles was appointed by the the Texas Education Agency in June.

    In a press release announcing the schools participating in the “new education system” program, Miles said: “I am overwhelmingly proud that this many HISD school leaders are ready to take bold action to improve outcomes for all students and eradicate the persistent achievement and opportunity gaps in our district.”

    Lisa Robinson, a librarian retired from the school district, told local news outlet KPRC2 that her “heart is just broken for these children that are in the [NES] schools that are losing their librarians”.

    Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, condemned the district’s move and said the solution to the problem of behavioral conduct was not to revoke access to books, especially in these underserved communities.

    He said: “Are there students who need additional support? Yes, and I am 100% supportive of that. But it’s not an eithe/or. You don’t close the libraries, remove the librarians, and simply have the books on the shelf. What about all the other students? What are you saying to them?”

    He added: “With all due respect to the superintendent, I grew up in this city. I still live in the same neighborhood that exists. I am the mayor of this city, and I am the mayor of every person who lives in the city of Houston.”

    He urged schools to open up libraries to avoid creating a two-tier system within the district, as well as providing additional support to students who need it.

    The Houston independent school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    I recommend everybody watch the video or read the article, crazy but unsurprising shit out of Russia again. What a bleak country.

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    abc7news.com 'Mystery company' buys $800M worth of land near Travis AFB, raising concerns about national security

    "We're very, very concerned about this." A Solano County congressman is sounding the alarm about a mystery company that has bought $800 million of land near Travis AFB. After eight months of investigation, government officials have been unable to identify who's behind it and rule out any threat to n...

    'Mystery company' buys $800M worth of land near Travis AFB, raising concerns about national security

    Foreign LLC continues to acquire land in California critical to energy and national defense.

    >FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- The United States Air Force is investigating a company that's purchased $800 million of land near Travis Air Force Base, one of the most critical military bases in the U.S. But after eight months of investigation, government officials have been unable to identify who's behind it nor rule out any threat to national security.

    Flannery LLC was founded 4 and 1/2 years ago and was registered to a Washington DC-based law firm.

    There is no information about the actual ownership of this LLC. The previous Reddit thread from 4 years ago has some interesting tidbits of information that you may be interested in reading in addition to the new article.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Sacramento/comments/c96bkb/a_mysterious_corporation_has_quietly_bought/

    What's additionally interesting is that the land that they acquired around Travis Air Force Base will be bayfront property with future sea level increases of between 3 to 5 ft. NOAA has predicted the sea level increase will blow by that with a 7.2 ft average global sea level rise by 2100.

    So either we have a secretive Chinese back shell company acquiring critical infrastructure and land for spying on American military assets, or a very optimistic wealthy investor with way too much money and is getting creative in what kind of investment schemes they park their money in.

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