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Tuesday, May 16. 2017
A Millennial's Guide to Office Etiquette
Bike Lanes and Fruitcake
Prank pineapple left at Scottish gallery included in modern art show
A pineapple is a true work of art
Manhattan strip club claimed dancers are like sex therapists to dodge $3.1M in state taxes
China Is Building a Disney World for Wine
I call that cultural appropriation
New Variant Of 'Ransomware' Begins To Spread: "We've Never Seen Anything Like This"
Here's the new retirement goal: Love your job and keep it
As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops
Harvard Class Of ‘17 Is Separated Black And White ‘In The Name Of Progress’
Commencement is coming; 'tis the season to be outraged
The Crisis at Berkeley - The rot goes deep
Wesleyan University president Michael S. Roth is a liberal who means well.
What the Trans Lobby Doesn't Want You to Know About Single-Sex Classrooms
Of course kids learn better in single-sex classrooms
Go ahead. Move to Norway
Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theorist Maxine Waters’ Retirement Money Tied to Russian Investments
Russia is not an enemy
SWEDEN: 70 YO WOMAN PROSECUTED FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT MIGRANTS DEFECATING IN THE STREETS
'The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy'
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Back when the NYT was a newspaper, John Tierney had an analysis of strip clubs. They raise testerone and make you feel optimistic again after a morning of defeat.
The problem is that anyone; any group is treated differently. If there is a tax then everyone should pay it. No matter if you are a religious or charitable organization; black, white or Indian; male or female; the law should be equal. In my home city, the state capitol, are literally hundreds of state buildings that pay no taxes. So I pay more property taxes than another city that is not the state capitol. I pay for fire and police which these buildings and grounds use but they pay nothing for that service. I pay for the water and sewer treatment facilities but they again pay nothing (nothing in property taxes but I assume they pay the commercial rate for water usage). It is neither fair nor logical for this to exist in this way. It is nothing more than a special interest group acquiring by their political power "rights" unavailable to the Hoi Polloi.
A pineapple? A pineapple! As Warhol said, "Art is whatever you can get away with."
What an excellent prank.
The question is: did the gallery actually get the joke and prank back by building the display?
They wouldn't get away with nearly as much if the taxpayers did not have to subsidize the "art".
Berkeley article: I read most of it and enjoyed the history lesson. The one thing I wanted to point out is that in the 60s, the administration of Berkeley (like most colleges) was made up of grownups who had some life experience and weren't knee-jerk liberals. Yes, there were some liberal professors, but not an overwhelming majority, as there are today on most campuses. So while I detest administration caving as much as you do, you have to take into account that most of the faculty at most schools are on the side of the leftist protesters. That makes it MUCH more dangerous for administrators to do the fair thing and apply free speech to both sides. In fact, it would be the rarest of rare birds to find an administrator who would grant free speech to the local College Republican chapter and not give in to a BLM movement. We can hope, though. Can't we?
Re: Bike lanes. It makes no sense to "allow" and encourage bicycles on roads. It creates the very dangerous situations the author referred to. Bicycles making left hand turns look more like a suicide attempt than a logical "right" deemed into existence by bicycle activists. Allowing bicycles on city streets to pass cars on the right when it is likely (not simply possible) that the cars will make right hand turns and not expect a bike to be passing is downright stupid. Allowing bicycles to even be on the road where there is only enough room for a single motor vehicle is again; stupid. These three very common road conditions and actions cause the most bicycle accidents and injuries. And yet we blissfully continue to allow it.
"and research has shown that workers are disproportionately penalized for wanting flexibility."
Holy Bejesus, employers will pay more for the employee to be available when and where they want. This is a ground breaking discovery. Not only in why women get paid less, but why some professions pay less in general.
We need a law preventing employers from paying people differently if they are willing to surrender more of their schedule to the employer's control. Perhaps we should also prevent plumbers from charging more for giving up their flexibility to not work nights or weekends?
My trip to the airport last night. I thought some Maggie's readers might find it amusing.
So last night I had to make the two hour drive to the Grand Island Nebraska airport to pick up Mrs. feeblemind. When I left home there was a severe thunderstorm to the south of me headed northeast. To get to Grand Island I had to roughly travel the two sides of a triangle while the storm tracked along the hypotenuse.
Anyhow, I arrived at the new $35 million terminal building 5 minutes before the plane was due to land and the the storm right behind me. BTW, The new terminal building was money squandered in my view. The old building was just fine, but now there is a . . . what do you call it? . . . A jetway? that telescopes to the plane door. Before they used stairs at Grand Island like the big airports used in the 1960s.
I look around the new terminal building and of course there is no one at the AAL counter so there is no one to ask should the plane have to circle or be diverted. There is one of those TV screens that show the 5 o'clock flight left on time and that the 8:47 flight was 'on time'. Yep. Two lines taken up on the screen for arrivals and departures.
Not only was there no one at the AAL counter, the terminal was virtually empty. Aside from the employee at the Hertz counter, there was only one other man in a cowboy hat sitting there watching his phone besides me.
If you are counting, yep, you got it right. There were three of us in the terminal building.
The plane beat the storm (it tracked a little slower than I estimated). When Mrs. feeblemind arrived she was walking with a young 'Chinese' girl from NYC whom she had befriended on the plane.
The young lady was very pretty, beautiful smile, very pleasant. Turns out she was a first generation American. Her parents emigrated from China and have a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn and they only speak Mandarin.
She has a job, I assume on Wall St., in finance, as Mrs feeblemind told me later she had the certification that Mrs feeblemind's son is no trying to obtain.
But here is the kicker, she wanted to change careers and start growing flowers for the cut flower market. She had told her siblings of her plan but she said there were no words in Mandarin to tell her parents so she didn't know how to break the news to them. Weird huh?
Oh. And she wanted to see hail. I told her she might get her wish as the storm had hail in it.
Well, we picked up our luggage and went our separate ways.
The plane that brought everyone remains parked at the gate until it returns to DFW early the next morning.
After the passengers leave someone comes along and closes the terminal building for the night.
Not exactly LaGuardia Airport eh?
Not exactly related but kinda:
In 1972 I was driving from the West coast to the East coast with my family. I like to take different routes when I travel so I took a route that took me through North Dakota. I drove into ND on Sunday morning and began to look for a place to eat with two hungry kids and my wife and I. The gas station had a little store but you could only buy cigarettes, soft drinks and newspapers and in fact there were ribbons across the aisles to prevent you from even going down the aisles. ND had blue laws it seems. As I drove away from the gas station I spied a McDonalds and pulled in. It seems that everyone in town was there (perhaps 40-50 people) and sitting in every available seat. We bought our meals and since the children were quite young I opted to eat in rather than try to feed them on the road. But every seat was taken so we stood up at the little bar where the napkins and ketchup was sitting while everyone sitting down watched us. As I remember no one had any food or drink in front of them they were just sitting there hanging out because everything else in town was closed. I think we four travelers was their Sunday entertainment.
Tell that Chinese girl my Dad barely eked out a living growing greenhouse cut flowers mid-'20s to early '50s, when cheap air freight priced him out of the midwest cut flower market with outdoor stuff from FL and CA. He switched to potted plants and continued to eke out a living until even cheaper air freight, along with plastic pots and light weight grow mixes had him almost priced out of the market when he died, in his greenhouses, in the early '70s. Moral: Stick with Wall Street.
I hear ya Bill.
As a matter of fact I did advise her to, ". . . stay in finance where the money is."
She smiled politely, nodded her head in agreement, and then reiterated she wanted to grow flowers. I do not think she knows what she is getting into and how competitive the market is.
People need to be allowed to make their own mistakes.
Go ahead. Move to Norway ... Combine that with the fact that the amount of freedom allotted to the residents depends entirely on their retaining relatively benevolent monarchs and we are reminded that they are precisely one sustained crash of the oil market or one generation of “less benevolent” ruling party folks away from being Venezuela.
Norway has been a constitutional monarchy since 1814 with competitive multi-party elections. While Labour has been among the largest political parties for generations, power has alternated, with the current Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, from the centre-right Conservative Party.
Norway has a tradition of rule of law, low corruption, strong property rights protections, robust international trade undergirded by its maritime industry, high-tech ventures including robotic and smart technology, a highly educated and motivated workforce, a larger GDP per capita than the U.S., and nearly a trillion dollars in cash reserves.
Other than that, it's just like Venezuela.
... said someone who got stuck on the It's A Small World ride.
Do you prefer the confiscatory tax rate or the immigrant rape stats more?
Fetterman: ... said someone who got stuck on the It's A Small World ride.
Heritage Foundation: "Norway’s competitive economy benefits from openness to global commerce and a regulatory environment that encourages entrepreneurial activity. Monetary stability is well maintained, and the independent judicial system provides strong protection of property rights."
I asked you if you liked the rape culture there, and the high taxes. Evading questions makes you appear like someone's tool.
Why don't you answer for once, instead of running away.
Fetterman: I asked you if you liked the rape culture there, and the high taxes.
The topic was the false claims made about Norway.
Fetterman: Evading questions makes you appear like someone's tool.
Changing topics makes you appear like someone's tool.
Fetterman: Do you prefer the confiscatory tax rate ...
Norway's tax burden is about 43% of GDP, and spends about 44%. National debt is about 31% of GDP, but they also have a sovereign wealth fund with savings of about 230% of GDP.
The U.S. tax burden is about 25% of GDP, but spends about 42%. National debt (held by the public) is about 76% of GDP.
It seems the difference is that the U.S. largely relies upon borrowing, while Norway is more pay as they go, without even including the sovereign wealth fund.
Fetterman: or the immigrant rape stats more?
Rate of rape per 100,000 population
Murder rate per 100,000 population
Adoptive admission by failure to deny. You like rape, you like taxes. Who is surprised by that?
Fetterman: Adoptive admission by failure to deny.
Adoptive admission by failure to deny. You hate the tradition of rule of law, low corruption, strong property rights protections, robust international trade, high-tech ventures including robotic and smart technology, a highly educated and motivated workforce, a larger GDP per capita than the U.S., and nearly a trillion dollars in cash reserves. Who is surprised by that?
In fact, another study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before.
The NYT discovers the laws of supply and demand are sexist. "Male-dominated fields" are - by definition - fields where primarily only males are competing for jobs; as women enter the field the supply of potential employees doubles. (More or less, I suppose, depending on how many sexes other than male and female you believe there are.) Twice as many people competing for jobs might tend to lower the proffered wages for reasons other than sexism. You know, if you believe any of that economics theory hogwash thought up by white males to further the white supremacist patriarchy.
Russia as an enemy was laughed at by left in 2012. Suddenly in 2017, that is all the rage. So ridiculous.
A little disappointed you didn't open up a discussion here about the Seth Rich murder investigation. Even if the murder was random, the facts are coming out (through latest reporting by Fox News) that Rich was the leaker and an investigator has seen the emails.
If that is true (and at this point, it seems very likely esp. with the behavior Julian Assange after Rich's death), the whole 'Russia' narrative falls apart. It all started with 'who released the emails'? And the blame was given to 'the Russians.' Without that, the Democrats really have NOTHING to hang their Russian theory on.
Any wonder this came out right after Comey's firing? I don't think that is coincidence.
Since WaPo is simply the propaganda outlet for the FBI and State Department, it surprises no one that a "leak" must occur immediately following a break in any news that affects the DNC, RINOs or their minions. Call it "fake news" or "no news", the editors must keep a basket of such stories to whip out at moment's notice. They only embarrass themselves and become less relevant with every attempt to cover up for the years of misadventures by the Deep State and the Globalists who continue to give away pieces of our country's wealth with every administration.
Access to the Internet has exposed the mendacity of our media, and citizens are becoming tired and irritable over the lectures by high-priced news readers and pages of endless op-eds in whatever print publications still exist (who buys them anymore, whether at newsstands or over the Internet?). And the PTB wonder why Trump was elected against their "best advice". Fools who strut and fret their hour upon the stage they be.
MissT: Even if the murder was random, the facts are coming out (through latest reporting by Fox News) that Rich was the leaker and an investigator has seen the emails.
It's the echo chamber at work. Rod Wheeler, a private investigator, claimed there was tangible evidence of communication between Rich and WikiLeaks. Now he says he was just repeating what he had heard, and has no direct knowledge of such evidence. The Rich family has repudiated him.
Everyone knows that since women do the same work as men for less money, smart businessmen fire all the men and hire women to reduce their personnel costs.
Right! Hilarious, isn't it?
Maybe the reporter should think a little harder: when you add a lot of women to the workforce who weren't there before, suddenly the supply/demand aspect of labor works in favor of the employers. DUH.
Basic understanding of economics is all you need to debunk the myth in this article.
I understand the sarcasm, Ray. I am with you. If you haven't read this book, it will back up what you already know:
The great thing about it is that Dr. Farrell was elected three times to the NOW board of New York. So this is not some misogynist who hates females ranting about male power. Farrell systematically describes why men make more and what women can do about it. He also lists dozens of occupations where women are paid more for the same work than men.