New Payments in Your Plans

Unknown, | 1/23/2013 | 27 comments



Which of the following are you likely to begin accepting as payment in the next 12 months? (Choose all that apply.)
  Chip-and-pin credit card
  Mobile wallet
  PayPal
  Square/smartphone payment
  Traditional credit card
  Cash
  I don't know

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Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/6/2013 3:56:10 AM
Re: Russia today is not the same as 20 years ago
batye, 

Politics is not my area of interest. The UN passport example was an illustration, something similar to say that I am not interested in taking sides, no matter what nations are involved. It's a figurative way of saying I don't have any flag on my forehead. There is good and bad in every nation. There are good and bad people everywhere. That's why I don't agree with generalizations. 

-Susan 
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batye   New Payments in Your Plans   2/3/2013 6:52:28 AM
Re: Russia today is not the same as 20 years ago
Susan, thank you for your reply...

I do not want to argue my point... but to answer some of your questions

in the place, where you live Finland... they should have a refugee center... you could find some Russian refugees and they could provide you true information what happens in Russia day to day...

http://www.sras.org/russian_exiles

 

I visit Russia once in 7- 10 years...I'm sorry to say,I see no changes...

"I asked a Russian friend of mine about that. He said people in Russia don't kill each other for $5, and never did. If we are to generalize we should say that some people around the world kill for money. Therefore, it's not fair to point out at only one nation." 

from 1990 period  when human life lost it value in Russia...

2010 my Russian - Jewish friend almost get killed in Moscow - just over couple hundred bucks and Canadian passport... When he was in the hospital... I dealt on his behalf with Israel and Canadian consular services... 

"The KGB doesn't exist anymore. There are only KGB museums where you can see things and technology they used, documents, and even the famous red phone. It's all history. "

yes they change the name to FSB and they in the game... - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2012/10/10/20272236.html

"Have you been in every third world country to accuse people in this general way?  With respect, batye, I don't think this fair. People who have no values, or respect for human life or any other living creature for that matter, can be found in any place of the world. Even in first world countries."

due to my work in security field before...I visit few places... including Pakistan... and parts of Africa... years ago...

"Generalizing and stereotyping is not a good practice. It is unfair." 

Have you ever yourself experience racism and discrimination?

"United Nations passport." is only used by UN employees but still but you may also be required to have your regular national passport on hand depending on where you wish to gain entry...




the other option is to get http://www.worldservice.org/docpass.html - but it only accepted by - A few nations, Togo, Mauritania, Ecuador, Zambia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso have accepted the WSA passport on a de juris or juridical basis.

I consider myself Citizen of North America...

"I asked my friend also about those newspapers. He said that kp.ru is a crappy source of info, it's like Fox news in US. He said that nnm and yaplakal are collections of funny stuff for teenagers. They are not reliable or serious sources of information. " - what sources in Russian newspapers your friend recommend???

 
Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/3/2013 5:19:21 AM
Susan Fourtané
Russia today is not the same as 20 years ago
batye, 

It's not good to live in a chapter of history. It's like if someone would say today that they don't want to go to Germany because Germans kill Jews. 

I don't agree either with blaming present generations for events from the past, like WW2. And no, history doesn't repeat itself without the help of people making the same mistakes. 

"now you not gonna get killed over $5... but you could get killed over $500"

I asked a Russian friend of mine about that. He said people in Russia don't kill each other for $5, and never did. If we are to generalize we should say that some people around the world kill for money. Therefore, it's not fair to point out at only one nation.  

How often do you visit Russia? 

"same place as any third world country... where people have no value/respect for human life or each other..."

Have you been in every third world country to accuse people in this general way?  With respect, batye, I don't think this fair. People who have no values, or respect for human life or any other living creature for that matter, can be found in any place of the world. Even in first world countries.

In the same way, people with strong good values, and respect for any form of life can also be found in any place of the world.

Generalizing and stereotyping is not a good practice. It is unfair.

The KGB doesn't exist anymore. There are only KGB museums where you can see things and technology they used, documents, and even the famous red phone. It's all history. 

"my opinion is based on the newspapers  - http://www.kp.ru/, blogs http://nnm.ru/,http://www.yaplakal.com/ ..."

As I don't understand Russian, I asked my friend also about those newspapers. He said that kp.ru is a crappy source of info, it's like Fox news in US. He said that nnm and yaplakal are collections of funny stuff for teenagers. They are not reliable or serious sources of information. 

You don't offend me. I have nothing to do with Russia or any other place in particular. I consider myself a citizen of the world with no affiliation to only one place. I prefer to see the world as only one, where both good and bad can be found anywhere. I also prefer to see people as individuals. I believe that is the only way I will better be able to have a just opinion about that particular person without considering all the history behind their passport. A passport doesn't mean anything to me. I don't profess devotion to any piece of land. If I could, I would choose to have a United Nations passport. 

-Susan 

 
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batye   New Payments in Your Plans   2/2/2013 2:17:20 AM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
Susan, maybe but I'm still in the past so to say... I did attend therapy and self help things... but I couldn't get this event out of my memory... for me change in Russia - now you not gonna get killed over $5... but you could get killed over $500...

 when I do visit Russia, I see no big changes... in my humble opinion...

same place as any third world country... where people have no value/respect for human life or each other... 

I'm not saying it good or bad way to live... I'm just saying it not my way... nor Bible way... where is right and where is wrong... and if you cover wrong with right... you could not say it -  it all right or all wrong... it just  - still same wrong covered with right... and everyone is brain-washed or afraid to see...

as example let say in USA you do not like Obama (my wife loves him, I'm greatly respect him) - you have a right under the law to say- you do not like him... and you will not get arrested...

in Russia if you try to say you do not like Ex-KGB Putin... see how long you will be free... (in my books ex-KGB is always a KGB)

my opinion is based on the newspapers  - http://www.kp.ru/, blogs http://nnm.ru/,http://www.yaplakal.com/ ...

I'm proud to say I'm pro-American... and I do treasure America/North American way of life...

one little example from the past  -  my family in Russia got saved from starvation and death by American lend lease program, during WWII... my opinion based on facts from the past and present -  how I see it...

History do repeat itself... we need to know and remember past... fake history could not recreate the past, nor change the future... Present it just space in between...:)

Russia refusing to admit or remember the true past... going on the path similar to Cuba/NK/Iran...

I'm sorry but I prefer USA/Canada any day over Russia...

Susan, I do not intend to offend you or Russian nation in any way... 

if I did I do apologize in advance... Sorry...
Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/2/2013 2:02:42 AM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
batye, 

I have a different philosophy. I don't always expect the worse. Creating a positive mental frame for the situations to come creates better feelings and emotions that contribute to a better wellbeing. Expecting the worse creates negative feelings of anxiety and stress, among other things. Remaining always positive has a better outcome in your health. 

-Susan 
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Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/2/2013 1:37:27 AM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
batye, 

I don't doubt that you still remember as if it were yesterday, but I doubt that today people kill each other in Russia for $5, or the other experience that you had almost 25 years ago. Russia has gone through a lot of changes in these last 25 years.

 

-Susan 
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batye   New Payments in Your Plans   2/1/2013 7:53:03 PM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
like I said before thing do happens, but it reality of our new age technology day to day life...
batye   New Payments in Your Plans   2/1/2013 7:51:49 PM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
long time ago in 1990's, but I still remember as it was yesterday...
Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/1/2013 7:16:45 PM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
batye, 

What was the year of that incident in Russia? 

-Susan
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Susan Fourtané   New Payments in Your Plans   2/1/2013 7:14:31 PM
Re: poor chip-and-pin
batye, 

There is only one type of cards in Finaland (and other EU countries) and that is chip-and-PIN cards. I don't know one single person who keeps their cards in a metal wallet.

Everyone carries all the cards in normal wallets, and believe me, nothing has happened, or otherwise it would have been in the news, and everyone would be talking about it. 

What you said about your wife's family in the UK is the first time I heard something like that. And again, it sounds very strange to me. 

-Susan 
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