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.
Hot pepper jelly, properly done, is remarkable. We do both jalapeno and habanero jelly. I fudged the jalapeno recipe and weigh the peppers after removing seeds and pulp, not before, which lends more flavor to the result. The habanero is exquisite, and I didn't fool with that recipe, for reasons best known to those who've eaten a habanero pepper raw.
I did not know this. If you own a motorcycle you are a person of interest to the FBI. From the WaPo:
FBI Admits All Registered Motorcycle Owners Are On Classified Gang List
MSNBC correspondent Jeremy Lancaster sat down with government official Darrin Cornia to discuss recent rumors that have been in circulation in regard to registered motorcycle owners being placed on a classified FBI gang list.
Darrin Cornia who currently holds a position within the National Security Branch of the government agreed to complete transparency prior to the interview with MSNBC’s Jeremy Lancaster and did remain direct and seemingly forthright throughout his conversation with Lancaster.
Lancaster asked how individuals can find out if they are on this classified gang list to which Cornia responded, “Did you register a motorcycle or obtain a Class M license anytime between the year 1994 and 2015? If so, than you are on the list.”
I have favored the same usage, but it is not a correct/incorrect question. The usage rules that get the most attention are often not valid. (You might find the history of Webster's Third, The Story Of Ain't an amusing read.)
In fact, I am trying to switch over a number of usages that have been falsely objected to. I'm not trying hard, because what comes naturally to a native speaker is by definition correct speech, and I was taught some of these at my grandmother's knee. Circumstances, especially in written or formal communication, dictate different usages. Podium speech, bedroom speech, and dinner speeach are not different by accident or laziness. They are different because they are are supposed to be.
Lead and IQ.
The problem in inner cities and for minorities in general is essentially the same problem that poor whites and trailer trash experience. It is a combination of growing up in a single parent family, parents not partnering with schools to make sure children actually learn something, divorce, drugs & alcohol, welfare and the belief that it is a desirable life style and government programs that encourage codependence. For proof look at Asian immigrant families/children and look at each of these factors. What inner city and minority children need is tiger moms and working dads.
In my field, we do occasionally work with Lead. Suffice it to say I am not careless or cavalier about it. Not only do my posters warn of the consequences to pregnant women and young children, they explain how easy it is to become exposed if the employee doesn't take precautions: ie hand washing, proper ventilation, wearing protective garments, washing work clothes separately from the rest of families. It includes bathing before coming in contact with babies, children, and pregnant women. And, just because lead was eliminated from paint and gasoline decades ago, it doesn't mean that it magically disappeared from the environment.
Did you know that one of the theories for the reduction of violent crime is lead abatement? It's just a theory but it is an indication of how seriously some toxicologists take lead exposure.
That said, I wouldn't blame lead for all failures but I wouldn't dismiss it entirely.
"No wonder many parties flock to arbitration when they can."
not really true, at least for commercial arbitration which is often contract mandated. losers might pay for the arbitrator's hourly time, the winning attorney time, all costs. arbitration might be held in a state on the other side of the continent, according to local laws and with virtually no redress in the courts. this is common where there's disproportionate bargaining power between contracting parties, as in franchisor-franchisee contracts.
all in all, its just more incentive to settle.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
RE Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘climate change music’
yes, definitely proof that the science of warmal colding is settled. Years ago, I was convinced by the work of Dr. Professor George Gershwin, Settled Scientist,
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, Don't you cry
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
I always enjoy the occasional mention of McSorley's here. It's my favorite bar and I had my first legal drink there with my Dad.