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Friday, April 5. 2013
Tell youngsters the truth: the UK needs you to work not go to university
McDonald's cashier job: BA required (nope - that was an error. It had truthiness to it, didn't it?)
College Teaches Course on ‘Queer Gardens,’ Suffers Low Academic Standards
The youth are playing house
69 Years Later, D-Day Veteran Recovers Item Lost on the Beaches
San Francisco's Trash Inspectors
35 Atlanta educators to surrender today in massive cheating conspiracy
Communists in the Thick of the Immigration “Reform” Movement
Walgreen clinics to begin treating chronic illnesses
How the Hockey Stick Crumbled: A Post Mortem
The (almost) unbelievable case of censorship in Colorado
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"McDonald's cashier job: BA required"
McDonald’s Cashier Job Requires BA Degree–Not
There was truthiness in it though. The skepticism came not from the fall of the BA but that McDonald's had fallen so far.
OT...cud U send my request + e-mail @ our buddy...buddy, plse?
Hillary Clinton is going to run for president
“The horror, the horror.”
Does this mean the fix is in or is the country so corrupt she has a chance to be elected honestly?
On another note, does anyone know of a betting pool on how quickly twitter will collapse in event of a new Korean War?
U might ask Billary abt Hillary about...goin'...DOWN...???
Inspection for compliance is a prelude to enforcement actions such as fines.
In one place we lived abroad the local authorities started to dun us for not putting out every type of recycling bin each week, apparently not being aware of the "reduce" and "reuse" portions of the eco mantra.
Fortunately we had a neighbor who was quite profligate in their purchase of items in paper, glass, plastic, and cans. So on trash days I would put out each bin whether we had produced that sort of waste or not, and then borrow some waste from our neighbor so that it would have the correct sort of recycling in it.
The jurisdiction I'm in now wants us to recycle plastic bags, whether with food residue or not, and gives us open top containers to put them out for collection. Now they are wondering about why the litter problem has exploded, having never heard of "wind" or "wildlife" in their sheltered lives....
It's an equalitarian thing that city nannys believe in so that every street and yard can look like the ghetto.
@Douglas2: you’re correct re fines. It already has happened.
In many neighborhoods, there is a transient population which uses the bins as a source of revenue (frowned upon) and perhaps a food source. I don’t agree that conscientious residents should be fined by the city for something out of their control. Admittedly, they can reduce these incidents by putting the bins out immediately prior to collection (depending on the timing) but if you live in a multi-unit building those bins may be managed by others. It’s not ideal.
It’s interesting that the article chose to focus on the Bayview/Hunters Point area. As mentioned it’s in the furthest southeast corner of the city and perhaps the most ignored. While the article notes that it’s a neighborhood of mostly single family homes, it’s also has a high concentration of public housing and a high gang presence. Street shootings are not uncommon. If Candlestick weren’t there, no one would bother with it. It will interesting to see what happens now that the 49ers have relocated to new digs.
In some ways it reminds me of the Charlestown section of Boston. Both had a Navy yard with a huge presence, supplying work to the local community at a time when for the most part everyone came from intact two parent families. When those shipyards closed things got ugly. Various projects have been proposed to ‘lift’ up the area but they have always stalled for one reason or another. The Tenderloin is another district. It’s ground zero for the homeless/addicted population, not to mention the sex trade.
Yes, some of it may seem like overkill, but it really does work. We have three different bins - black for trash (rubbish), blue for anything recyclable (glass, tin, plastic, etc.) and a green bin for compost. We keep that one out in the back yard and use old milk cartons to shlepp the scraps out. Since waxed food containers such as milk cartons are considered part of the compost, they get tipped in when they get gross. I also add yard clippings and then just shuttle it out to the curb. And, as a San Francisco resident, I can go and collect that composted material for free. For the most part I rarely see transients milling around my neighborhood. It’s foggy and windswept most of the time and beach shabby. Not much to lend itself to hanging on the streets.
If you can find it, Mike Rowe did an interesting ride-along through Chinatown with the Recology guys for an episode of Dirty Jobs. Check it out.
"Communists in the Thick of the Immigration “Reform” Movement"
The communist intent to infiltrate and control our government/country has gone on unabated since the 20's. McCarthy was right and for that unforgivable sin he had to be destroyed. That destruction of the messenger continues today to insure that no one dare speak up again. How many of our congressmen/women are communist or are associated with communist organizations? 50 or so are well known but the number may well be over 100. How many high level employees in the federal government are communist? Why are we blind to this? Sure, no one wants to be called a new McCarthy in today's instant personal assassination society. But how do those on the left who are arguably not pro-communist and not anti-American stomach this?
Queer Gardens: Bowdoin teaches me that they are Stupid, Not Serious, and Only Out For The Money.
Trash Inspectors: Another reason taxes are high. I suspect none of them read Maggies Farm.
Well, of course the commies are for illegal immigration. Obvious on the face of it.
BenghaziBarryCare: Got to be lotsa ways to spend money hidden in the law. Dare I say, Billion$ of Way$.
Streamlined: See above.
Noooooooo! The AlGoreBull Wormers lied to us? Again? Zachriel, Tell me It's Not So!
Colorado: Against the 1st AND 2nd Amendments.
I can just see the suit when the first drowner is not saved by an affirmative action hire. And the cries of RAAAAACIST immediately following.
Well......................you just made my day. Have 'nothin' to add.
Megan McArdle is repeating what John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, has been saying and saying and saying for many years. And while Vanguard's uber-reliable Wellington Fund has been averaging an enviable 7% annual return since its founding in the days of the stock market crash in 1929, even it has had its ups and downs throughout our nation's economic cycles. The problem comes when people choose to retire just before a big downturn in the economy, as in 2008, and are no longer in a position to make up for the paper losses in the funds they've set aside for their (hopefully) long retirement. A sudden, deep crash like the one in 2008 creates understandable panic in retirees, no matter how conscientiously they've set aside retirement savings during their working lives.
We don't recycle. We don't have to. Our mixed trash is driven off to the city's garbage-to-energy plant where it's sorted automatically by machinery into burnables and recyclables. What can be incinerated is used to generate electricity instead of using coal or oil as fuel, and what can be recycled is sorted and bundled for resale. No mess, no fuss. One trash bin. All of it hands free. And it significantly reduces what goes to the local landfill. It's great technology, initially a bit expensive, but cheaper in the long run.
When I was in high school, Bowdoin was considered the college where the major major was drinking. You only went there if your goal was to spend the next four years of your life totally blotto. A few of my classmates ended up going there. In the end they turned out OK.
John Hinderaker: How the Hockey Stick Crumbled: A Post Mortem
Heh. Every every, for more than 150 years, cdesign proponentsists have proclaimed the end of Darwinism.