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Monday, June 10. 2019
Why Some Americans Won't Move, Even For A Higher Salary
Millennial Dads Have Pathetic DIY Skills Compared To Baby Boomers
The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses. One resource seems infinite and free: the professionalism of caregivers.
Philadelphia To Ban Balconies And Bay Windows; “Symbols Of Gentrification”
California Democratic Party: First Amendment ‘Limited To Exclude Hate Speech’
At University of Illinois, 265 bias complaints enforced by literal ‘speech police’
G20 Countries Agree on Approach to Shut Down Big Tech's Tax Loopholes
Ross McKitrick: This scientist proved climate change isn’t causing extreme weather — so politicians attacked. And so, many scientists who have the facts and know the truth remain silent
PROOF that FACEBOOK Is Allowing Vile Leftist Pages To Dominate Platform While Silencing Conservatives
Liberals have become so consumed with hatred that they are hurting themselves. This is not normal.
Yes it is
Mexico freezes bank accounts in widening migration clampdown
Via ‘We Build the Wall’ — Armed Mexican Cartel Member Filmed Crossing US Border in Broad Daylight!
Why Trump’s critics had a royal meltdown over his visit with the Queen
England Forced To Crown Donald Trump As King After Strange Woman Lying In Pond Lobs A Sword At Him
China adds Washington Post, Guardian to 'Great Firewall' blacklist
SpyGate Shake-Up: Prime Minister of Italy Fires Top Officials from Italian Intel Agencies
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Philadelphia To Ban Balconies And Bay Windows
This whole rage against gentrification is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated against cities and their residents since the urban renewal projects of the early-'60s. Of course the real problem is not the lower income residents that might be displaced. That happens whenever any area is developed for housing. The real problem is twofold: 1.) that the local economy benefits from an infusion of disposable income, offering the existing residents the opportunity to improve their socioeconomic status, and 2.) that the consequent improvement in the local economy might result in the replacement of the local political class. The latter of the fear.
Make no mistake, this is racism pure and simple. It is the left's version of the noose hanging in a tree. A warning of their intent. They resent anyone not in their clique and intend to punish them.
The latter of the fear.
The last sentence of my comment should read, "The latter is the fear."
They went to a lot of trouble to implement "The Curley Effect" and trap their supporting population in the urban corpses. Naturally, efforts will be made to stop alterations of the situation.
"England Forced To Crown Donald Trump"
That was a good one. A literary pun that will go down in history.
The New York Post's commentary on President Trump's visit with Queen Elizabeth gave me serious chuckles. When she was Princess and more at leisure to be herself, she was known to be quite jocular. The photos taken over that weekend appear to show her at her best wit. Unlike the CNN presentation, our president has been known over the years to be a most pleasant and respectful guest.
Smiles such as those caught on camera don't lie. It appears they appreciate each other.
Why Some Americans Won't Move, Even For A Higher Salary: This doesn't seem(to me) to jibe with what ZeroHedge says.
Gentrification: THE HORROR!!! The horror...
California Democratic Party: First Amendment ‘Limited To Exclude Hate Speech’ Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. This IS "hate speech".
At University of Illinois, 265 bias complaints enforced by literal ‘speech police’ : Stasi agents are everywhere. BAD THINK.
Ross McKitrick: This scientist proved climate change isn’t causing extreme weather — so politicians attacked: Harshing their mellow is bad enough, but tryiing to prevent them from sucking up and spending taxpayer money, why, that's BAD THOUGHT and a punishable offense!!!!
HERE IT IS: Evidence FACEBOOK Is Allowing Vile Leftist Pages To Dominate Platform While Silencing Conservatives: BAD THINK!! BAD THINK!!
Florida Woman Stabs Herself Because She Was ‘Tired of Living in Trump’s Country’: Lefties need to work on their "mellow". STAT.
Why Trump’s critics had a royal meltdown over his visit with the Queen: Lefties need to work on their "mellow". STAT.
China adds Washington Post, Guardian to 'Great Firewall' blacklist: They're on mine; NYT, too.
Re: the millennial dads... Gen X guy here. It's one thing to defer to the professional when you just don't have the tools and the costs attendant with acquiring them or the requisite knowledge outweighs the cost of hiring the professional. However, some skills are a matter of basic safety or necessity - you need to know how to change a tire, turn off a water stop, put oil in the car, and flip a circuit breaker. These are things my kids have been taught because, as I refreshed their understanding this morning, I'm not in the business of siring idiots and raising morons.
Good....As a boomer I was introduced to many skills by my WWII father whose generation fended for themselves. I built my own houses,wired and plumbed them, work on my cars and made a living as an aircraft mechanic. It is fun to learn skills and at 73 I am still learning. Most seem to think millennials only know how to text and for a few that is true...someone has to be a barista or fill a fast food order, of which only thumbs are needed. Most will be happy to learn skills if we take the time to show them.
I'm a boomer. I had to teach my son-in-law how to wire switches, outlets etc, replace faucets and fix plumbing and sprinkler systems, d o general household maintenance etc. He is now confident enough to tackle most diy projects. His dad did not teach him these things. Best part is it simplified my gift giving for years and he now has the tools to be able to accomplish most tasks...if he doesn't have the tools he borrows mine-he's getting his own compressor next month.
re: Americans won't move
I can't imagine moving farther than an hour away from where I grew up. It'd have to be something a lot more important than money to get me to pack up and leave my state. Family is more important than money.
re: Millenial dads
Gen X here, we seem to be the step children of generations. I can fix anything under the roof, and the roof too, thanks to family, friends, and youtube. It's just a question of "do I want to save a ton of money or do I need it finished immediately." I consider it my responsibility to teach my kids everything they need to know to replace a water heater, remodel a kitchen, maintain a rental property, or build a large shed by themselves.
With the advent of Youtue you can now learn in minutes how to fix anything in a hourse, car, or boat. I don't know who these people on youtube are or why they post their videos, but I'm thankful they do.
I totally get your point about family. However I moved all over the map after I turned 21 and settled 3000 miles away. I would not move back for any reason. I love the West, I love where I live, I love what this location allows me to do and see. I have always wanted to spend time in the forests, mountains and desert, now I literally live in them. No regrets.
Americans have long had the reputation of worshipping the almighty dollar, but we make many other choices besides money. People love a particular type of work, or they want to live in a particular place, or they need the health insurance and benefits, or they want opportunity at a tradeoff with risk, or they want security at a tradeoff of advancement.