We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here's a tip. If your high priced university class requires lobbying for something besides a Large Haydron Super Collider (or what ever it was called) and such, it is not a class you need to be wasting your time on. Buy a book, read it, apply critical thinking, move on to the next topic.
And you should only lobby for the super collider because you think it would be really cool to have a job at the subatomic demolition derby.
I'm not Catholic, but I thought that was part of the draw. Unofficially.
I mean, say I'm not particularly religious but I don't mind the religion. And my fiance is Catholic and wants us married in the church. So I go along with it because I love her, not because of particular religious conviction.
All the pomp and circumstance gives you something to do and look at while you've got to sit there!! And, judging by the Masses I've attended, it's predictable, so no surprises.
The link to Sailer's microaggressions is the same as the white privilege one at Taki's. Until BD gets to fix it, the right link is this one: http://isteve.blogspot.com/2013/03/best-of-microaggressionscom.html
And it's painful/funny, so you don't want to miss it.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
out here in the mojave desert, there are scores of dry lake beds -- playas. since the end of the last ice age 15,000 years ago, these playas have gone through a dozen major and many more minor playa-lake-marsh cycles, meaning climate changed drastically, from wet enough to form lakes to dry enough to reduce them to flat waterless features.
very few of these cycles were caused by George W. Bush.
USGS link. This diagram is a compilation of wet-to-dry cycles for the late Quaternary (based on multiple sources).
"The [Affordable Health Care=Obamacare] law exempts companies with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees from providing health care coverage."
What that means is that if you have, for example, 101 half-time
employees, you are subject to the provisions of the law because you have 50.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) employees. Assuming a certain amount of work has to be done to keep your business operating, cutting all your workers' hours below 30-hours per week will not keep you from being subject to the law. The real threshold limit that will be enforced by the IRS is not based on the number of workers you have or the number of hours these individuals work each week but rather 1500 aggregate employee man-hours per week, which is the equivalent of 50 full time workers (where 30 hours is considered full-time employment for the purpose of enforcement). Some---perhaps many---businesses do not seem to get the message that they will be subject to the provisions of the law despite their attempts to avoid it by penalizing their employees.
Regardless of whether or not a large employer offers coverage, it will be potentially liable for a
penalty only if at least one of its full-time employees obtains coverage through an exchange and
receives a premium credit. (For purposes of applying the penalty amounts discussed in the
remainder of this report, a “full-time employee” is only those individuals working 30 hours per
week or more. Part-time workers or full-time equivalents are not included in penalty calculations.
An employer will not pay a penalty for any part-time workers, even if that employee receives a
So no matter how many part-timers you employ, you only have to provide health care to the full-time (=more than 30 hours a week) employees. Plus, even if you don't provide coverage for anyone, the penalty is 2000/yr per full-time employee beginning with the 31st (the first 30 don't count).
So having 51 FTE (31 full time employees and 40 part-time) would net a penalty of $2000, but 51 full time employees would net a penalty of $40,000
penalty assessed to employers who do not
offer coverage will be equal to the number of full-time employees minus 30 multiplied by 1/12 of
$2,000 for any applicable month.
Phone theft from users is small fry, mostly local junks and pushers needing one quick (or needing some quick cash).
The real money is in stealing them in bulk right from the factory or delivery trucks.
A company like Samsung will lose many truckloads (literally) of smartphones a year that way, with each truck containing potentially tens of thousands of phones.
That's a sizable percentage of total output...