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.
RE: No, Politico: Hearst did not cause the Spanish-American War
In the end, the humanitarian crisis on Cuba, and Spain’s inability to resolve the crisis, weighed decisively in the U.S. decision to go to war in 1898 — not the content of the yellow press, and not “economic imperialism,” as Politico put it.
right, the humanitarian crisis in Cuber explains why we took and kept the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico. see also the Platt Amendment (GITMO! thanks!)
“The poop samples come from rock layers dated to roughly 50,000 years ago,” reported USA Today. This sample is much older than any previously found human excrement, including possible 14,000-year-old poop from Oregon and 6,000- to 7,000-year-old poop from Turkey.
now we know where Obama's policy wonks are getting their material.
what makes a job meaningful? Seeing a finished product leave your hands and be used by people.
For years I worked jobs producing things that were never seen by anyone real. Software running in the background on private corporate servers, stuff like that.
And then being pushed around from project to project, never seeing anything actually end up in use.
It wasn't meaningful, you go through the motions, wake up, drive to work, work, drive home, eat dinner, go to bed, every single day for years on end, never seeing anything you do actually work in a real situation.
There's no job satisfaction in that, it eventually drives you into a burnout at 40 (if not sooner), especially as the stress is high, the hours are long, and there's no time to unwind before the next work day starts.
Now I make things that people use, end users use, guide them to production and see them save lives.
THAT is meaningful.
It pays less, the hours are no shorter, but I come home and feel good about what I did that day.