Corylax18

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  1. AAAHHHH. People have been talking about removing slimy car dealers from the car buying process for Decades. That's all this is, and I doubt it goes much of anywhere. I would be more than happy if the entire car dealership system world wide was razed, scam artists and leaches. Google Carvana BUT, these articles very specifically talk about set pricing in ONE market. (China) Not world wide, homogenized pricing. Two Very, Very different things. The other article mentions a 10-20% reduction in # of European dealerships, again, no where near world wide, homogenized pricing. What HSA is doing and what is described in these two articles are Massively different plans, with massively different goals and affects on the market place. Direct me to the line if I missed it, but I saw no mention of world wide Mercedes price increases to match their new non dealer pricing in Europe or that All VW EVs world wide will be priced at China $$ now. These two articles really don't have much/any context in this discussion. Besides all that, I'm surprised you would be stumping for a system that would essentially remove you from the equation. If HSA adopted the model indicated in the articles you posted their would be no more distribution network. HSA would open its Own B&M's and its Own Website to become the SOLE provider of cigars, in the world, in each country, whatever. I cant believe that's what you actually want? That actually sounds like a worse plan that what they've got now, but they're both bad.
  2. Its really not all that Difficult. I was there in March and I'm going again in about three weeks. Travel wise, its pretty much the same as it was 6 years ago. They've also dropped most of the COVID requirements for Tourists.
  3. I must have missed the Volkswagen Groups Announcement. I just read their 2021 financial summary and I dont see it mentioned anywhere. (Linked, higher prices, sure, standardized prices, no) How in the world would Volkswagen standardize the price of an A3 manufactured and sold in China to one manufactured and sold in the USA? And more importantly why? So livery spec A3's are now going to start at $35k in Cuba? The same price you can get a similar spec'd car here in the states? Come on Rob. Where is that extra $110k going to disappear to? Or is a base A3 going to cost as much as an R8 here now? You're in a tight spot. I get it, but you seem to be coming down with a nasty case of Stockholm Syndrome. What's going on in the Cuban Cigar industry right now is not normal, its not justified by the current world conditions, its not logical. Don't let them convince you it is! Haha. https://www.volkswagen-newsroom.com/en/press-releases/volkswagen-group-achieves-solid-results-in-2021-and-drives-forward-its-transformation-to-new-auto-7807
  4. That's just not an excuse. What would be the justification? "Sorry, I'm a complete moron who cant read or work a computer?"(but can send emails apparently?) If his grandfather had left him a collection of vintage "barn find" cars, it wouldn't be ok for him to lie/omit the truth about how they where stored either. Or to spend a year with a California duster cleaning them up, then selling them as "Numbers Matching, Frame off Restorations."
  5. What else could be more important right now. 🙄 Congress is involved because they're currently co conspirators. They're trying to figure out the right time to cut bait................
  6. They both did essentially the same thing. We can argue if the number of times they did it, or where they did matters. (it doesn't) But they've both done the same thing and are being treated/punished very differently for it. Maybe, I just misunderstood what you meant. We may mean the same thing. I agree both should be punished for what they did, irrelevant of what the other did, in a court of law. The problem is, Neither has been or will be tried in a court of law for any of these transgressions. They're both being "Tried" by the same people, the rest of the Owners. In that case, it very much matters how others have been previously punished by the same people for the same things. Both should be shown the door, quickly, irrevocably. But the fact that the owners do this stuff, help each other cover it up, then keep doing, it is a HUGE problem. A much bigger problem than any of the initial transgressions. "Suspending" Dan Snyder for the offseason, while he continues to rake in his millions and participate in the operation of the team is not the same as suspending a player for a year.(after he already had a de facto year long suspension last year) Owners own teams for Decades, most players get 5 or 6 years, if they're lucky. I'm saying fire the CEO, fire the board, fire everyone who sat by and enabled criminals to commit crimes for years.(and got rich doing it) Use their illegally gotten wages to help the XFL or the USFL get a start. Hell, the Arena League, I don't care. Leagues that have been crushed under the NFL's thumb time and again through illegal TV and advertising deals, leagues that haven't been allowed to compete because these criminals pay their politician buddies to make sure their "legal" monopoly isn't at risk. Dan may be one of the worst, but he's just the one in the limelight now. These scumbags have been paying roger goodell tens of millions a year to be their punching bag/trigger man, but people are finally starting to realize who the puppet masters are. $64 million each of the last two years: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/roger-goodells-astronomical-pay-revealed-nfl-commissioner-topped-125-million-over-past-two-years-combined/#:~:text=Overall%2C Goodell earned %2463%2C900%2C050 per,earnings coming from bonus money.
  7. I emailed the poster a couple times, but never received a response. I just hope it went to a good Home. @Glass Half Full Thanks for the heads up anyway!
  8. I've really gotta disagree with you on this point. You're pretty much saying its OK for the CEO to get away with Fraud and get help from the Board of Directors to cover it up/get away with it. But if they catch the head accountant skimming they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law and paraded in front of society as an example. I know its how things work, but that doesn't make it OK. The "Leaders" should be held to much higher standards, they should be the ones setting the example.
  9. I think we're splitting hairs at this point. Im sure Robert craft only "busted a nut" on one "masseuse", right? Maybe only 6, or 10? How many is too many? Watson was trying to get rub and tugs from Instagram hoes, Robert craft was getting them from pros. That's the only real difference I see, if I was an NFL owner, I wouldn't want either individual tied to/representing my business. It was just revealed that Dan Snyder paid a woman $1.6 million to keep her mouth shut about an incident on his Jet back in 2009. On top of the allegations we already knew about. So again, I ask. Is Once. On your Private Jet Ok? Once on Your Jet and Once at the team facility is OK? Where do you draw the line between scum bags? The difference between these three guys is their position in life, not who they are as people. All three seem to be deeply flawed. But, two of them help each other(and others) stay rich and maintain the atmosphere that allows them to get away with it. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/06/21/on-eve-of-congressional-hearing-details-of-2009-allegation-against-daniel-snyder-emerge/
  10. Years and Years. Cuba has the weather conditions you described for about 70% of the year. They don't fret about storage at all. Don't panic, as others mentioned, its the huge swings that will get you. Not necessarily, the high heat/humidity.
  11. Meanwhile Deshaun Watson is probably going to be suspended for a year because he loved his "Rub and Tugs" a bit too much. Meanwhile we have guys like Jerry Jones, Jimmy Haslem and Robert Craft helping each other get away with it. Talk about a double standard. I have to agree with @SCgarman, its hard to find anybody innocent in the group. They should all be held to a MUCH higher standard than the players on their respective team's, but its the exact opposite. I'm sure that plenty of the owners have never engaged in any type of sexual misconduct. But ALL of them have helped each other get away with it. MULTIPLE times. Its like the Vatican trying to play innocent at this point. You cant allow and enable decades of abuse then play the Saint. Has everyone here forgotten that Robert Craft literally walked out of an "Asian Massage" parlor, was driven to his private jet and flew straight to the Super Bowl a few years ago? Meanwhile they punish the players for far less to make it APPEAR like they really care. It's all pretty shameful when you really look at it. Especially considering how much money these owners pay through lobbyist to ensure the League keep its federally protected Antitrust rights. It wasn't one statement, it was a week of him saying stupid things, that align perfectly with who he has portrayed himself to be for years. He didn't misspeak, this wasn't a Bushism/Biden Gaff. He believed/believes what he said and was too spineless to stand behind it. He only "apologized" so he wouldn't lose his job. Stupid and a Coward. Not the character traits I would look for in a leader of Men, but it seems to align perfectly with the rest of the organization. Del Rio is still going to make several million dollars this year and Chapelle is doing as well as he ever has, so I'm not sure who/what we're supposed to be feeling bad for? Yes. Exactly. The government needs to yank their anti trust exemptions and allow anybody to compete with them.
  12. Same here, I've never been drawn to this size, I hate feeling rushed when I'm smoking. So the whole concept of "sneaking one in" just isn't my thing. The handful I've tried have been fine, but they've never blown me away. I'll grab several sizes of Upmann before these, they are NOT a replacement for the PC.
  13. Thanks for the heads up. I just emailed him. I'm not far from there at all. I'll let you guys know if anything comes of it.
  14. Its the first night of the STANLEY CUP FINALS and you're watching the 84,000th baseball game of this month instead? Haha. I just don't get it.

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