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Saturday, May 31. 2014
Warning label for sugary drinks passes California Senate
Hope they put the label on orange and apple juice, which are just as evil as Pepsi
Michelle Obama's war on potatoes
Listen to Buffett and Schwab: Be an indexer - Keeping it easy, cheap and simple
Your Gym Membership Is a Waste of Money
A Mayor’s Advice on Bullying: ‘Grow a Pair’
Life does require a little toughness
Couple Fined $746 For The Crime Of Feeding Homeless
The Nations Guaranteed to Be Swallowed by the Sea
Oh, no! Another crisis!
University of Wisconsin given $5 million grant to create climate change fairytale
And yet another crisis: UCLA to Hire ‘Discrimination Officers’ To Tackle Campus’s Alleged Systemic Racism
CI students demand punishment for ‘racist’ fundraiser because students wore grass skirts and coconut bras
Epidemic of mass shootings needs government action
Is there an "epidemic"? A Look at Mass Shootings in the United States
The US EPA is determined to regulate carbon dioxide
Great. It will solve this crisis: Global Warming Causes Married Couples To Cheat
And this crisis: Will record streak without major hurricane landfall end?
And even maybe this crisis: Boy Named Prom Queen
Driscoll: They Hate Us, They Really Hate Us
The Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty
Linda Greenhouse Accidentally Proves Conservatives Right
The case that Obama is like Ike
That's the plan
Palestinians: BDS Activists Are Troublemakers, Criminals
Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer? For many Americans, legal services are out of reach. But that's beginning to change
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I like the way the author of the article on the EPA and carbon emissions puts it:
If the E.P.A. adopts the broader approach and the courts approve, states and utilities will be asked to make significant collective investments in energy efficiency and clean energy.
I guess that's the same way I'm asked to pay my income taxes.
asked is just more succinct than compelled. Helps to make federal regulations shorter. That's all. Nothing more to see.
Warning Label-----Also, from http://www.urgentagenda.com/
REVOLUTION IN SACRAMENTO – From CBS: "SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English. The City Council passed new rules requiring drivers have proof of basic English skills, as well as making sure cars are eight years old or newer and that drivers wear professional clothing. The last requirement is a change from the proposed ordinance that required them to be hygienically clean." I am not making this up.
Potatoes: Maybe MO's hips are explained by too many potatoes?
Rising Seas: "Earlier this month Motherboard reported that the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet was underway, guaranteeing a minimum of three metres (10 feet) of sea level rise. Another study said the melting ice is 31 per cent faster now than between 2005 and 2011. Way up in Greenland, the same thing is happening, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. And then there was the recent US National Climate Assessment that found Alaska’s and Canada’s glaciers are pumping huge volumes of water into the ocean."
I'd like them to put money where their mouth is: Name a date and put up a $100 million bond that the seas rise 3 meters. Also, there's that "AGW causes couples to cheat" thing.
UW-Madison is the perfect place for that grant--they BELIEVE in it.
Two discrimination officers are clearly insufficient for the rampant discrimination at UCLA; 2000 is more like it.
UCI--Needs them UCLA d.o.s, fer sher!
Driscoll: Yes, the left looooooooves them some dictators, and wants to be one.
BO's like Ike? If you cherry-pick. I do not trust The Atlantic.
BDS: "For some PA officials, BDS is a movement that acts against the true interests of the Palestinians. They say that the actions of those promoting BDS make the Palestinians appear as if they are not interested in peace and coexistence with Israel. BDS activists in Ramallah have succeeded in preventing several planned meetings between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah and east Jerusalem." Heaven forfend that those who want Israel wiped off the map (as they have on theirs, but in reality) should be seen as not interested in peace and coexistence.
RE: Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer
if you have to ask that question, your case isn't worth my time.
for hourly cases, that is. for contingency claims? if you have a valid, valuable claim, sure. but I'm taking ALL the financial risk: no recovery, I don't get paid. the client's isn't billed for the hundreds of hours might take to get a case to trial/ready to settle, I've got to pay the whores expert witnesses, deposition costs, transcripts, etc., up front, pay office overhead (staff, lease, etc.).
so stop whining and pay up. especially if you've been accused of a serious crime. in that case, take out another mortgage and buy the best talent you can find because the government will bury you otherwise.
and, in a civil case, if you do manage to hire some low-fee schlub, I'll beat the tar out of him in court. no shi'ite.
Skool Daze: gay prom queen (duh)
I wouldn't get too worried over this, the kidz just gut hooked the conservative press.
for the Queen, things will be back to normal, and he'll have his regularly scheduled Monday stomping.
We have $20,000 in legal fees for a case that really shouldn't have gone to court. (If you piss off a bureaucrat, this is what you get ). The courts refused to even read our defense and rubber stamped everything the State said, even if it was contradictory. I see no reason why a lawyer should be allowed to charge $50 per email, when the email contains nothing of legal value. Get rid of lawyers and let individuals speak directly to the judges. It will level the playing field.
get rid of the lawyers and you'd be screwed even more. a lawyer is just someone who has been playing the game for 20 years, holding a license. take away the license (no lawyers) and you'll be up against an expert whose been playing the game for 20 years.
regardless, everyone who has a losing case makes exactly the same complaint as you: judges don't care, don't read the papers, rubber-stamp the opposition and none of it is true, you just have a loser case.
Maybe the disappearance of 80-90% of employer provided health insurance would be a good thing, if it meant that we moved to a system of individually supplied health insurance, rather than government supplied. At least people would have a better idea of what their health care cost.
RE: University of Wisconsin given $5 million grant to create climate change fairytale
Once upon a time, very long ago, there was a family who toiled all day, year long, in a subsistence garden; ate nothing but plants and wore attire that would have embarrassed medieval peasants, yet was off the charts on the Gross National Happiness index. But that was one family, very long ago.
Now pay up.
The war on sugar is both stupid and understandable. After all we have been taught at our mother's and grandmother's knee that sugar is bad for you so it must be true. Taking care of our three grandchildren the Dept of Children Services has told us we cannot give the children juice (any juice even without added sugar) and they don't want us to give them milk either for some inexplicable reason. We do have WIC for one of them and both milk and juice are on thier approved list. The DCS has also advised us not to give them fruit. Well needless to say we ignore their well intended but incredibly stupid advice. I do have to admit it is far more fun to argue this issue with someone who thinks the "natural" sugar present in fruit or fruit juice is "good" while added sugar or, god forbid, HFCS is bad. But what can you say to someone who believes fruit and fruit juice should be banned because of the sugar content? Can you really have a rational arguement with someone like that?