Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Amazon wants you to drink up

What began as an under-the-radar entrance into online alcohol sales in select cities through Prime Now has  become a larger expansion into Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, and more. And now that the retailer can tap into 450 Whole Foods stores — more than half of which sell wine and beer — Amazon has the potential to add a pick-up option for drinkers on-the-go. Online alcohol sales are tricky because of regulatory and delivery restrictions, but with Amazon now on the scene, smaller startups delivering alcohol like Blue Apron and Postmates have even more to fear. (CNBC)


Equifax just landed in more hot water

The US Justice Department is investigating whether executives at the credit rating company broke insider trading laws by selling nearly $2 million in shares just before Equifax revealed its massive cyberattack. Equifax said the executives, including CFO John Gamble, were not aware of the breach when they sold their stock. The Equifax breach compromised information for up to 143 million customers, and is considered one of the largest data hacks of all time. (Bloomberg)


Wealthier workers are increasingly likely to commute using public transit

According to a Census Bureau survey, a majority of Americans earning at least $75,000 a year still choose to get behind the wheel, that number is dropping faster than it is for those earning less — and the decline since 2005 has been “significant” as high-paying jobs increasingly cluster in cities with developed transport systems. And, according to the data, some of those high-income earners aren’t commuting at all; they’re choosing to work from home, a trend that (contrary to some reports) is actually accelerating, particularly among the highly-educated. (American Community Survey)


Crafts store  Hobby Lobby  is taking serious heat for a store display that one woman is calling “racist”.

On Thursday, Facebook user Daniell Rider posted a photo to Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page, of a vase of cotton flowers displayed in a Texas store. She captioned it, “This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves. A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘décor.’” The $29.99 stems (marked down to $15 on the  company website ) was shared more than 15K times and earned 169K comments, an overwhelming majority of which ridiculed Rider for being “too sensitive” and a few that defended her stance. (Yahoo)


Man tries to barbecue rattlesnake, gets bit on face

A man in Arizona was attempting to cook a rattlesnake on a barbecue grill when the snake decided to fight back. Victor Pratt was throwing his child a birthday party when a rattlesnake slithered into his yard. Upon seeing the intruder, Pratt decided to take the opportunity to teach his party guests how to catch and cook a rattlesnake. So he grabbed the venomous snake to show off to his friends and family when he lost his grip on the snake’s head, freeing the snake to attack him. Pratt sustained a bite to the chest and the face. His family immediately rushed Pratt to the hospital, which doctors say saved his life. Pratt was sedated for five days, including during the procedures and his transfer to Phoenix hospital. Pratt has learned his lesson though. “Ain’t gonna play with snakes no more,” Pratt said. FYI: Rattlesnake venom can cause swelling, paralysis and numbness as well as internal bleeding. (USA Today)


States expand investigation of opioid makers
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced yesterday (9/19) that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription painkiller demanded information from three distributors. Forty-one attorneys general are involved in various parts of the civil investigation. The probe into marketing and sales practices seeks to find out whether the industry’s own actions worsened the epidemic. If the industry cooperates, the investigation could lead to a national settlement. Connecticut Attorney George Jepsen said in an interview that there are early indications that drug makers and distributors will discuss the matter with the states. A group of 37 attorneys general called on health insurance companies to offer incentives for other forms of pain treatment including non-opioid drugs and massage, saying that as it stands now, insurers cover opioids more than other approaches to pain treatment. (Fox Business)


It’s the middle of the work week and it brings us to:

*National Punch Day
*National Rehabilitation Day  (Wednesday of Third Week)
*National String Cheese Day 

*School Backpack Awareness Day  (Third Wednesday)

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