Did you know that every time an unsinkable molly brown turd on Carnival Cruise Lines requires coastguard assistance, your tax dollars pay for it?
Did you know that Carnival Cruise doesn't have to pay a living wage or federal income taxes because it's incorporated in Panama?
It is time we bill them for what they cost or refuse docking or any other US service.
I'm not going to begrudge them the Coast Guard assistance. This is what the Coast Guard is for.
But incorporating in Panama so as to avoid US Wage and Hour laws does piss me off.
I believe that it was also Carnival Cruise that argued that they did not have to pay royalties for the heavily edited musicals that they produce because the shows are performed outside the US boundaries. The judge ruled that they have to pay royalties since the musicals are rehearsed on shore. I wonder if they are now rehearsing them at sea?
[quote]I wonder if they are now rehearsing them at sea?
Don't give them any ideas.
R3 Yes...they now rehearse at sea.
I went on a Carnival Cruise in 2000 that left from New Orleans. It was HORRIBLE. The food was garbage, the boat was overcrowded, full of white trash and high school graduates who's parents paid for them all to go on a cruise. They spent their nights drinking, openly smoking marijuana, and destroying the boat. During the day, there were activity groups for the small children...all you could hear was them chanting "we love Carnival, Carnival, Carnival...". It was just terrible. We got off the boat early in Jamaica, it was so bad. Have not been on a cruise since.
Carnival is the Applebees of cruise lines. Went once, and thought it was pretty trashy compared to other cruise lines.
Anericans gladly surrender their US rights once they sail beyond the 12 mile limit of our borders. We have always made it simple and profitable for foreign registered vessel to sail into US ports and make a fortune taking US passengers on poorly staffed cruises. We have laws that make it unprofitable to sail on US tonnage. If the US were to place a tax on cruises to cover the difference in cost the same cruise would cost on and American vessel with American cruise.
Of course the Cruise industry would stop call on US Ports and fly US passenger to foreign port of embarkation.
[quote]high school graduates who's parents paid for them all to go on a cruise
Are you begrudging them their education just because they learned the difference between "whose" and "who's"?
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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