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.
Nobody works 9-5 anymore in America, unless government jobs or union jobs. Furthermore, seems to me that most Americans work far more than 8 hour days. Americans are not afraid of work. Heck, my daughter is working all day today.
Typical reliance upon the right-wing echosphere for information. From the same interview: "But when I'm mad at myself, it's because I'm saying to myself, you know what, you could be doing better; push harder. And when I -- nothing frustrates me more than when people aren't doing their jobs."
Bird Dog: "Sustainability" Nothing is sustainable
Facile argument, comparing the pollution of air and water in third world countries, and the threat of climate change, to the eventual depletion of iron reserves. There is a serious issue with development and sustainability.
Bird Dog: Forbes: "The degree requirements for teachers are part and parcel of the whole government human resources process that puts certifications and credentials above achievement and performance."
A college education is not incidental to teaching qualifications.
Bird Dog: [i]Social Security is a tax-based welfare program
No, it has always been an income transfer program, from the young to the old.
Now that you have decided to support F.I.R.E with your keen mind and courtroom skills in support of Free Speech. Why don't you file your first case against Harvard? Of course, your kids and grand kids won't be able to attend--but think of the wonderful gift you would be giving to the rest of us!
With regard to the EPA power grab: what the h do you think is going on in the northwestern and north mid west states? It is no longer about land: In preparation for today, the boys in NYC closed down most of the small family farms in the 1990's. NOW, now they can go after control of the water. Check each state along the high line (WA,ID, MT, ND, and even OR and No. California) to see how much effort is being made to take away any individual claims on water rights! Yup ! It's WATER baby ! WATER!
There is a serious issue with development and sustainability.
The question is who gets to define what constitutes development and sustainability. Your definition differs from mine I'm sure and both our definitions are probably 180º out from the official definition. Eschenbach's one statement I do agree with 100% is “Sustainable Development” is just an airy-fairy moonbeam fantasy, a New Age oxymoron".
I was impressed by the pure chutzpah of some small island government in the Pacific (can't remember which one at the moment) in which the Prime Minister was demanding an increase in his people's standard of living at the expense of "developed" nations while maintaining their 600 year old "culture". The fact that his 600 year old "culture" was basically fishing from wood outriggers everyday and living in grass huts escaped him.
I had to laugh at this one. Last week I was sitting on the dock at the bay fishing for crappie and listening to my portable Sirius which was tuned to CNBC. There was a discussion about Obamacare and one of the Democratic leaning business men being interviewed expressed his view that this was nonsense - and produced some study/statistics/survey which "proved" his point.
As it happened, I was listening in the afternoon in which a different business man was interviewed who, as it happened, produced a different study/statistics/survey which "proved" his point that is was hurting hiring.
Personally, I think it is obvious - it can't help but hurt small business - you can put all the waivers, exclusions, restrictions you want, there is still a great amount of uncertainty (meaning that it is either a good or bad law) and that always leads to reluctance to hire. As it is, they understand that their backsides are hanging in the wind and they don't like the breeze.
“Painless” Plasma Brush
It is very interesting that the uses of plasma tools is the new thing. It is amazing how many uses for different levels of plasma production and what they can do - everything from metal cutting to bone surgery and I've heard that there is a low temp plasma Lasik surgery coming soon - with none of the side effects of Laser Lasik.
End of the 9-to-5 Workday?
I don't think I ever worked a 9-5 job in my entire life. Usually 45/50 hours a week until I became a upper level executive when the work week expanded to 60/70 hours a week. Heck even the Mrs who was a school teacher for 40 years never worked a straight 8 hour day - more like 10.
Obama: There's a laziness in me.
No - really? What the hell kind of admission is that? We're all "lazy" to a certain extent - some more than others. My definition of lazy is forcing myself to do 18 holes instead of 9, walk the course instead of a cart, keep throwing lures at non-existent fish, sit on my front porch and play music rather than sit down and watch television.
PS: Playing "Ace Combat: Assault Horizon" on my Xbox does not count as lazy - that game is seriously kicking my butt. :>)