• MelissaWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:08 PM
    My question back to DamianTV is "Why won't so many native speakers do that here?"
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    05-21-2016, 01:39 PM
    Not sure how one would credit that, however their latest widespread testing got them a 90%+ failure rate on planted violations. There are also a number of ways the TSA (or any future private equivalent) won't be able to stop things. If there's a mechanic who got past a background check, a pilot with a death wish, or a lithium ion battery (or ten) that someone missed, results can be pretty awful. If there's a bomb or attack during these three-hour tours around the checkpoints, it will be catastrophic, especially since many airports are multi-story buildings. I can think of several where the security line is above the baggage claim/rental car check-in area. I can think of at least one where the security checkpoint is right next to an oft-occupied area of a hotel that's inside of the airport itself. The arrivals are also normally pouring out of the space right next to the security lines, with waiting friends and family on this side of security along with the hundreds --- or more --- waiting in line. Or people could get even more clever and distribute biological weaponry in that same contained area. Many people are removing shoes, and almost everyone is handling those plastic bins. You could distribute something in the ice on the plane itself. There are a number of things that could be done to those little free bags of snacks. In other words, there is always going to be a risk that someone who's annoyed is going to do something awful. Putting forth an army of flunkies who can't find a fake gun strapped to someone going through their line is not going to stop any of it.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-21-2016, 01:24 PM
    So all the Government bathrooms have that offensive signage removed, right? And no urinals (those just mock the "transitional" people who cannot pee standing up yet; I'm sure it will cause all kinds of triggering). And the gyms and showers, of course, that the staffers use... those have been changed first and foremost, right? Right?
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-21-2016, 01:12 PM
    He wasn't at the White House. This is a repeated issue with these reported "disturbances." He was near the greater Metro area, so to speak, of the White House (which includes a bunch of big ole "Executive" buildings, some lawns, a bunch of little security huts, the area with the Christmas tree in winter, etc.), but not at the gates, and definitely not "on the lawn" as some reports seem to suggest.
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    05-21-2016, 01:07 PM
    Video aside, this general question has a very simple answer. If you were abroad for a few months in Germany (for sake of argument), you might attempt to learn the language ahead of time. You would definitely have an accent, and no one would mistake you for a native speaker. You might bravely attempt to order in German at a restaurant, but depending on your attention to detail, you might end up confusing or insulting someone in the process. You certainly would not be at your most comfortable in German. Now imagine that your waitress smiles and says "Are you American? I could take that order in English if you'd like, or explain some of the menu items." Even if you speak some of the local language, from a customer service perspective it helps to make your clientele be at ease and happy in your establishment. Should it be the law? Hell no. I should be able to decide I don't want kids, or dogs, or women, or whatever, in my establishment. I could cater only to fat, bearded smokers over 50. I will deal with the financial results of those decisions, of course. Back to the particular establishment, I'm not sure there's even a direct translation for custard that would satisfactorily explain what it is. I just tell my parents it's mantecado.
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    05-15-2016, 05:38 PM
    It's a balance. Run off one customer and his family and maybe a few rabid "support animal" people, or run off more that do not want to have parrot shit and feathers and dander/dust all over their groceries, on top of which one of those two choices is a greater sanitation hazard than the other.
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    05-15-2016, 07:02 AM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Millipedes??? in Freedom Living
    They do tend to die on their own fairly fast, especially if it's dry around where you're at.
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    05-15-2016, 06:57 AM
    It FEELS like I've been here that long.
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    05-14-2016, 05:16 PM
    Kind of. It was more about switching to doing something else, which is healthy but it's still work. Elders would move in with family and help with the kids, or they'd "retire" but stick around to help whomever was taking over the business. There wasn't too long for them to do it for, but there was certainly acknowledgement that you might not be able to work in your career after a certain point. And with the elimination of some of the things that made an early death a bit more likely, people are also working until later in life. They're also starting employment much later. There are several new-to-college sorts around here who are at their first job at 18, which is crazy to me. Things change.
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    05-14-2016, 11:49 AM
    It tends to help to not think of these things in quantities, but instead as your body's reaction. There's not some magic, universal level after which you are too stressed and suffer a heart attack. Most of the big baddies brought on by stress are really brought on by your body's fight/flight reaction to it. Stress might not just be the movie version where you have clients to see, or an appliance breaks and you can't fix it, or your kids are being jerks. It might be environmental stress (pollution, diet, temperature, humidity). It might be internal stress relating to levels of one body chemical or another (I know others have talked about inflammation, but there are also hormonal concerns, or blood glucose, or any number of things out of whack that can make your body react badly). Oh and let's not leave off the amount and quality of sleep. Your body might balk at being forced to deal with five hours of sleep, or it might get really upset that your normal six hours is now interrupted by the neighbor's flood light going off at night (you might not even know that's what it is). The long and short of it is that, with this as a wake up call, it's time to be really aware of what's going on around and inside you --- and also your body's reactions to all of it. Don't freak out about it; just observe and record.
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    05-14-2016, 10:49 AM
    Here's to that. Chicken marsala tonight with spaghetti. It's been a long week; I want simple comfort food.
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    05-14-2016, 10:43 AM
    Well thank you. That certainly changes my personal recollection of not having heard of it before, and not caring for it much. I don't add milk or cream, either.
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    05-14-2016, 09:58 AM
    RE: Pasta sauce (and obviously just my opinion) If one of the ingredients in your pasta sauce is marinara sauce, then that's your choice, but I don't think it really counts as "from scratch" once you do that. I agree entirely with carrots > sugar. Roasted veggies go very well in pasta sauce, even if it's not really traditional. I don't think I've ever measured how much olive oil I put in the bottom of a saucepan to start the veggies/enhancements, but I don't think it's 1/8". I tend to put the onions and carrots (and mushrooms if I want some) down there for a little bit, sprinkle the barest bit of flour and whatever dry seasonings, add the garlic, then deglaze the pan. That shallow gravy of veggies and wine is what will run through the entire pot of sauce as it simmers most of the day. Herbs come after the tomatoes, once you are at a very low simmer rather than a sizzle or a boil; herbs are delicate and can taste like total ass if they get burnt.
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    05-13-2016, 07:29 PM
    I was thinking it would make a nice ringtone.
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    05-10-2016, 07:37 AM
    Honestly, I don't know if this video was made to glorify Trump, or to make a gaff at him, but either way, it's hilarious.
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    05-08-2016, 03:14 PM
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    05-08-2016, 12:43 PM
    Oh and this guy. You probably shouldn't mess with him, or his beard.
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    05-08-2016, 12:40 PM
    Gotta say... GoT is definitely Game of Beards.
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    05-08-2016, 12:35 PM
    Or you could make enough of a strategic retreat to regroup and plan, all the while sending forth spies and subversives into the enemy's camps, brothels, and pubs.
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    05-08-2016, 12:18 PM
    What makes me show up every time is the local issues. Ballot initiatives don't get the publicity that the national races do, but they are important and often have more lasting ramifications. There's a Medical Marijuana initiative, one about property tax exemptions for disabled first responders, another that locks home values in place for senior citizens eligible for property tax breaks, and another that "grants Florida residents the right to own or lease equipment that produces solar energy for personal use." There are other issues and races I'm interested in. I'll probably write someone in (as I've stated I would) or take a look at the third party people if someone is close to some benchmark that will help diversify the ballot and debate stages in the future.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-08-2016, 12:00 PM
    You are done with politics, but is politics done with you? Also, if those of us who hate the main two choices do not participate, the ones left to participate are those who love them. That's a scary thought. Apply those demographics to issues on your local ballot. You're free to not vote, but it's not going to wreck a damned thing. Half the people do not vote. Well over half the people do not vote for the "winner." The system continues to roll on without batting an eye.
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    05-08-2016, 11:29 AM
    There was quite a lot of noise for SI posting a "non-athletic" body type and "promoting an unhealthy lifestyle" (read: accusing her of being fat). I could agree with the non-athletic part, if there hadn't already been decades of precedent for putting oodles of models who are definitely not athletes on the cover. Now we have an athlete! ESPN has a "Body Issue" where they feature top athletes nude or semi-nude, but it doesn't seem to sell quite as much as the SI "swimsuit" issue.
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    05-08-2016, 09:52 AM
    Or you could make school lunches an even dollar amount, and have the kids carry cash. I realize kids aren't very good about keeping track of their ID cards, cash, or any number of other things. That's why the "lunch experience" used to be a subtle teaching tool. Did you forget your lunch money? Maybe the first time or two, a parent rushed you your lunch, or a teacher of friend loaned you money (remember when a teacher could quietly do that and it didn't become a huge thing?). After it became more of a habit, though, you were going to go hungry a couple of times. The same went for your brown bag/lunchbox lunch. Guess what happens when you're an adult, go to work, and lunch break comes around? You have to have remembered to have money in some form or another, or remembered your lunch from home. Of course, we're headed that way with the biometrics anyhow. Thumb, phone, Apple pay, wtfe, MAGIC! As to fraud not being rampant, all a bully has to do is stand next to someone and have them push their thumb onto the pad. It doesn't stop it from happening. You could also just wait for the kid to get their lunch, then steal the food.
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    05-08-2016, 09:44 AM
    That would require speaking to him. We recently hosted a friend of my father's, along with the friend's wife, two sons, and the older son's girlfriend. To hear the sons speak English, you'd think they were born here (they were). To hear them speak Spanish, you'd think they spent a great deal of time somewhere they were immersed in the language (they did). To look at them without giving them the benefit of the doubt, they are two tall lanky guys in their late teens, with thick dark hair, deep tans, eyes of a deep brown that looks nearly black, big noses, and the dark scruff of an early beard.
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    05-08-2016, 07:39 AM
    Happy Mothers' Day to you and yours. I didn't know where to send the flowers, so I got you the kind you can't be allergic to:
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    05-07-2016, 07:13 PM
    Counts dropped, but a future employer who Googles him might find a reason not to hire.
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    05-07-2016, 04:12 PM
    I have no problem with licenses for things. I have a problem with them being mandatory. If someone in a free society wants to put forth a seal of approval (a license, in these cases, is essentially just proof someone took some courses), then go for it. You can seek out the most experienced person to do your hair, and you can tell because they have hundreds of hours of practical experience and dozens of hours in the classroom learning theory. Incidentally, though, none of this would tell you whether that person has any experience with your type of hair or your particular set of circumstances. Have they got experience with people who're going through excessive hair loss? What about nerve damage? Kinky hair? Hair that takes forever to dry? Hair that dries and frizzes before they even get to the chair? People with stitches in their scalp? The elderly? Those with high sensitivity to hot or cold water? Women with recently removed extensions? Natural curl (as opposed to kink)? Ear issues (so they can't get water in their ears)? None of that is going to be proven by some license or diploma.
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    05-06-2016, 08:04 PM
    I don't generally report my groceries to the IRS.
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    05-06-2016, 08:03 PM
    And what I was pointing out is that the twin will register all sales. If you are missing 25 bottles of a given beer, and only 10 show up, there's a problem. Items missing = items on your receipt, which usually is on a point of sale system where you have to log in or swipe. Hell, there are taps that measure out the amount dispensed per drink linked to the point of sale system now. That's not to say you can't get in buddybuddy with the manager and have them swipe in repeated overrides for you (Oops I spilled a drink; I need to redo that order).
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