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Frau is right about the discussion at the forum (Link) I should've let people know about it earlier, to avoid re-hashing the same complaints.

For what it's worth, I'd like to point out that your feedback, good or bad, are published on Neatorama without being censored. We will continue to improve the Mystery Sale as we do the blog and the online shop. In the meanwhile, your support is needed and is very much appreciated.
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@hwang buk-les: I don't know, I don't keep track of deleted spam comments but as a general rule of thumb, for ever 1 valid comment, there are 9 spam comments deleted.

@neatoman: Yes, unfortunately this counts all published posts ... ;)

@PaulVI: first Neatorama post ever.

Thank you everyone!
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@crob02 - I don't think I can convince you that Strawz is worth $10, but that is the price it is being sold retail at some places (others sell them even higher). You referenced the ThinkGeek website for the picture of the Strawz. They sell 'em for $9.99.
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@Raul - we no longer ship to Mexico b/c half of our shipments never arrive. It's quite a sad decision to stop shipping to Mexico as we have very good customers there, but ultimately it makes no business sense to continue to suffer the loses.

@Everyone who participated in the Mystery Sale: Thank you! Your participation really goes a long way in supporting the blog.

@Everyone else who didn't - As outlined in previous updates, I understand that many of you weren't satisfied with the products you received. I'd like you to know that we take feedbacks very seriously and have invested quite a bit of time and energy in improving the subsequent Mystery Sales.

It is quite impossible to satisfy everyone. I've received complaints about the book that O was happy about, and kudos from those who liked the belt. Some of you liked the strawz, whereas others reviled it). But we continue to strive to improve the selections.
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Sorry and thanks for the heads up, Shannon! I've replaced the link with your website.

As someone who gets his posts linkjacked regularly, I can understand how annoying this gets.
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Also the subject of Dan Brown's latest novel, right? I've read somewhere that there were mistakes in the codes (when the sculpture was cast) that threw a lot of cryptoanalysts.
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@alexx - job protection is the direct result of union battles in the early 20th century. Before then, teachers could easily be fired for both valid and frivolous reasons. So, union protection was a reasonable reaction to the then egregious employment conditions (not just for teachers, but for factory workers and the like).

But now, the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. Surely unions realize that it's in their best interest to get rid of bad apples , but if you read the article, protecting its members against dismissals - regardless of the severity of the infractions - is the way of many modern teacher unions.

Sure school administration deserves some of the blame, but the process of firing a bad teacher (which surely exists as anyone who has ever gone to school can attest) is so stacked against them that it's bordering on being ridiculous.

From the article:

The district wanted to fire a high school teacher who kept a stash of pornography, marijuana and vials with cocaine residue at school, but a commission balked, suggesting that firing was too harsh. L.A. Unified officials were also unsuccessful in firing a male middle school teacher spotted lying on top of a female colleague in the metal shop, saying the district did not prove that the two were having sex.

The district fared no better in its case against elementary school special education teacher Gloria Hsi, despite allegations that included poor judgment, failing to report child abuse, yelling at and insulting children, planning lessons inadequately and failing to supervise her class.

Not a single charge was upheld. The commission found the school's evaluators were unqualified because they did not have special education training. Moreover, it said they went to the class at especially difficult periods and didn't stay long enough.

Oh, and by the way, the "many years" you spoke of before a teacher gets tenure is 2 years in California, 3 years in other states. That's hardly "many years" on the job.
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