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Thursday, July 30. 2020
Hedonism Leads to Happiness
Ocean Grove, New Jersey travel notes
Salt Water New England: Nice photos
Charity Navigator is launching a new rating system to help better evaluate nonprofits
Social media mocks NYT report stating that teachers are ‘wary’ of both in-person and online courses
UN Officials Cite Study That Finds Lockdowns, School Closures Killing More Kids Than COVID
A Few Tips In Case You Find Yourself In A Mandatory "Anti-Racism" Struggle Session
Day Care Fine, School Not Fine
BoJo To Britons: You Fat People Are Making The Pandemic Recession Worse
Firing White People Will Improve Diversity
After Ending Police Contract, Minneapolis Schools Quietly Post Job Listings For Security Guards
Democrats Make Mockery of Barr ‘Hearing’
CNN Attacks Barr For Caring About Black On Black Crime…
Portland Police Raise Millions By Letting Citizens Throw Tear Gas At Antifa For $5 A Pop
How to Hold Beijing Accountable for the Coronavirus - Why did China cover up the epidemic?
Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?
Reshaped After the Pandemic: Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean
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Bitsy and Muffy do "saltwater New England" , but of course, they do not get wet….
Trader Joe's to keep popular international food labels, denies packaging is racist
That could be a good sign. I was kind of surprised when I saw those the first time I shopped there but Trader Joe's is definitely not Whole Paycheck. I'm not surprised their actual customers, as opposed to a bunch of online petition signers, objected to the change.
Miss Bedell’s tweet indicates she is a sufficiently indoctrinated young scholar. No doubt destined for a position of importance on the Central Committee of the Proletariat.
Hedonism leads to happiness - Isn't that form of hedonism actually Epicureanism? Seems like they rediscovered a 2300 year old lifestyle.
I'm reminded of a talk I had with a former pastor whose Greek is much better than mine, that the phrase that usually gets translated as "everything in moderation" is better translated as "all things in their measure". You should strive for large amounts of some things, and only allow tiny amounts of others.
Haha, I scanned through the article and had the same reaction. Honestly, does this topic really need to be studied? Who doesn't know this? As if hedonism isn't the rule of the day anyway. Siiiiigh.
People stumble across the benefits of Stoicism periodically as if it's something new, too.
re Reshaped After the Pandemic: Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean
War Looms In The Mediterranean And Threatens To Entangle The Great Powers
Thought I might ask MF people for their thoughts on the subject of a "line of credit" from the bank? I have been told that there are problems with this type of loan--your thoughts would be welcome.
If you "need" a loan, a loan will probably make your problems worse. If you don't need a loan then it does not matter.
A line of credit is a good thing.
That's how I always operated. With a line of credit you always have money when you need it and you don't have to keep asking for another loan. It also means you don't have to borrow a lump sum in advance and then pay interest on idle money.
The downside is that it makes it easy to spend money off target, so to speak. If that happens you can get into trouble.
If you stick to your plan and are disciplined about spending money, it's a great tool.
LOC interest rates usually float with market rates. That’s good when rates are historically low but can squeeze when rates rise.
We just locked our small LOC balance into a fixed rate loan and retained the LOC for future flexibility.
Basically like a credit card, a capped loan amount available for you to draw at will, as needed. Just make sure you understand the repayment schedule as well as the non-payment events that can trigger default. There may be covenants built into the credit agreement that allow the lender to declare a default if your debt-to-asset ratio or various other financial markers cross certain levels, even though you're repaying the debt on schedule. Don't do this without having a lawyer review the documents.
After getting fooled by the teargas throwing headline, which is a fantastic idea, I had to check the Minneapolis security link. Crazy times we live in.
I ain't never been to Joisie, and I ain't agonna. Too dang far away.
I don't got a Traders Joe near where I live. I don't miss it.
"Social media mocks NYT report stating that teachers are ‘wary’ of both in-person and online courses": I despise, detest, and distrust the NYT (and its little dog WaPoo, too!)
"A Few Tips In Case You Find Yourself In A Mandatory "Anti-Racism" Struggle Session": Do yellow people matter? (Asking for a friend.)
"Firing White People Will Improve Diversity": Abso-Damn-Lutely and Sho Nuff!!!!!
Teachers wary of in person and online courses...Virginia now requires students have their vaccinations before they can take online schooling. It's all about acquiring political power to use as needed for control of others. Even Fauci now thinks masks are a good solution for flu control. They are unapologetic theological marxists. And they swear they have no religious preferrences.
I only have one tip for if you find yourself in one of these corporate struggle sessions - find a new job. Life is too short to spend your time at the sort of place that would run a program like that, you're working for idiots.
And here's a tip for you younger folks - assuming Maggie's has any of the younger folk - never work at the sort of place that brags about putting the customer #1, they'll treat their employees like #2. Customers deserve to be treated as they treat the help, no better, and if your manager won't back you up when you get into a dispute with a thoroughly nasty customer, well, again, life's too short.
For many years, worked in season for a major tax preparation firm. And every year, the manager would give the sales pitch about everyone walking into the office is a potential good client and we all needed to step up to serve them. After several years, and some interesting experiences, I grew more and more skeptical about the premise behind this idea. In the latter years of my time there, I was known to stand up after a particularly exuberant manager gave the spiel and point out that, contrary to his assertion, there were undesirables seeking to use an inexperienced preparer for their own ends. Some would just be deliberately vague so, when an "error" was found, they would push for a free return. Others were outright lying and hoped to find a newby who could be pushed into doing what the client wanted, knowing that - should the lie be uncovered - the blame could be transferred to the preparer ("he/she told me to do this"). My warning to all was "if they'll lie to you, they'll lie about you". The manager may not have liked my comments, but he had to admit that I was right and that the warning needed to be made.
Thank you for that insight. It is important to understand.
Wait until Minneapolis Schools find out that hired security guards don't have to abide by the same protocols that govern police.
The mandatory 'I'm not a racist' training sessions are the exact, same crap they pulled with sexual harrassment after the Clarence Thomas hearings.
Don't answer a single question. And then rip the crap out of the entire process when they inevitably give you a survey to complete at the end.
To add to.that, after ten decades' worth of comtending with it and surviving, study the Furinkazan and conduct yourself accordingly. Seek out assignments that are unpopular but essential to the organization's business, and make it clear that there easier, cheaper and less risky scalps than yours. These people are cowards, and primaily interested in minimising the risk to themselves.
Attended an EEO/“Diversity™️“ class years ago. (I’m retired, thank God.) Briefer gave a quiz before the class, and one afterwards, to see how your “score” would supposedly improve. I asked if we passed on the quiz before the class if we would be excused. Whaddya think? He was a GS-14 black guy. I thought it was kinda ballsey to ask, though. Cannot tell ya how many hours were wasted in those “mandatory” classes during my career. Now in flyover country and faaaaaar away from those coastal idiots.
Re: Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove used to be, (and could still be for all I know), a dry town, meaning no alcohol allowed. It didn't stop us as teenagers back in the late 1970's from renting a beach shack there and indulging in hedonism (which led to happiness) or maybe not, since I hardly remember any of it.
Tommy Robinson has been driven out of his British home and into forced exile by an arson attack which endangered his wife and children.
The tweets from various people support this crime and the criminals who did it. Why? Because Mr. Robinson wanted justice for English teen girls who had been raped.
Trump trolls the MSM again. He tweeted about how the Democrats are trying to use vote by mail to steal the election. But knowing the MSM would ignore his message he added the question, should the election be postpones until it can be done safely and accurately? Of course the press had a field day with that and now everyone knows that the Democrats are using vote by mail to steal the election. So far the MSM still hasn't figured it out and are still showing the world his tweet. I wonder if they even know that the president can't change the time of the election? Probably not.