Monthly Archives: August 2013
I’ve talked before about ‘living wage’ morons before when occupy wall st. was the news item du jour. I didn’t want to talk about it again but I saw this article in the Detroit News 2 days ago about the fast food strikes and just had to share. The economics are obvious and anyone who isn’t a numskull gets it, this one is about the people.
Warren resident Shanise Stitt has worked in the fast food industry for nine years, the last four at a Taco Bell at Eight and Ryan Road.“I have to pay for food, light and rent like anyone else but the pay is horrible,” said Stitt, 27, the mother of three, ages 12, 9 and 3.
“I only make $8.09 an hour. I’ve just started a second job at a factory to try to make ends meet. I want us to have the right to form a union without a fear of retaliation.”From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130829/BIZ02/308290069#ixzz2dYFogZ7Q
If I move this piece, what will be the advantages of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me? …which surveys the whole chessboard, or scene of action, the relations of several pieces and situation, the dangers they are respectively exposed to.
If you have incautiously put yourself into a bad and dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy’s leave to withdraw your troops and place them more securely; but you must abide all the consequence of your actions.
-Benjamin Franklin, from The Morals of Chess.
“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”
Every time I hear that phrase, “Oh, kids today.” I have to make a quick judgment call on whether I want to deal with the backlash of saying, “Oh, parents today”
Hilariously enough, the person in question doesn’t even have to be a parent at all, let alone of whichever kid we’re discussing, to blow up
Well here’s the proof he’s right(as if we really needed it). Parents using melatonin to get their kids to fall asleep.
CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston reports some parents are turning to a supplement called melatonin to get their kids to bed at night.
“He’d just be up all night, all wound up, not able to sleep,” Heather Huddleston, mother of 5-year-old Blake, told KHOU.
But of course that doesn’t address the developmental issues with kids whose hormones are needed to fully promote their growth.
“Using melatonin to improve sleep in children may be relatively safe, but medicalizes a problem of childhood that is better addressed behaviorally,” Dr. Saul Rothenberg, a board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist at North Shore-LIJ Sleep Disorders Center in Great Neck, N.Y., told CBSNews.com in an email.
Exactly. All the pills and supplements available won’t make you a good parent. Searching “kids sleep melatonin” I came up with results from 2008 so the story is not exactly new, but neither is the solution. Sound parenting. I have a hard time beleiving any of the parents who say “we took away the TV and Ipad, blah blah blah”. The fact that the child had it in the first place, for however many years is the problem. The kid probably still can’t sleep because they’re having withdrawls. What do you expect from kids who are constantly plugged in because mom and dad are “too busy” to bother paying attention so put in a DVD instead.
I’ve said before being a parent is simple you simply have to not be a selfish prick.
Many have lamented the state of the youth. “Kids today…”. However during one conversation not too long ago I recall my friend saying something along the lines of, “I don’t think it’s that bad, people have saying that stuff for generations, yeah it changes but it’s not so bad as they make it out to be”.
And to an extent that’s true, it goes as far back as Socrates himself.
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
So obviously it’s a bit overblown, however that doesn’t stop individual societies from eventually collapsing, always due to their liberalization and softening. The decline is predictable.
So at a certain point it has to come true.
If you missed the story, Bronies are a cult of mostly young men who have gotten in touch with their inner girl children. They are all enamored of a television show and line of toys called My Little Pony… to a point that is beyond bizarre. They dress up as Brother Ponies and prance around with their fellow Bronies.
But Bronies represent a novel variation on the theme: Like so many American men, they wish to be forever suspended in childhood. Except this time, they want to be 6-year-old girls. Bronies have, in fact, come to embody what pop sociologists call the New Sincerity Movement. The thinking goes that the smirky ironic detachment of recent decades—pretending to embrace low-culture totems for laughs—has grown stale. Now that the Internet has fragmented the culture into a million pieces, helping every maladjusted shut-in to realize his natural level of eccentricity, the only way for a self-respecting hipster or a Zuckerbergian alpha-nerd (the tribe that now runs the world) to distinguish himself is to enthuse over his enthusiasms without detachment or apology. Even if that means grown men writing Twilight Sparkle fan fiction or cutting bad electronica songs with titles like, “I Might Be a Brony.” You might find it funny, but they’re not joking.
Obviously, it has nothing to do with sincerity. When you pretend to be something you are not—and an adult male who behaves like a 6-year-old girl qualifies—you are not being sincere. You are being a fraud. The fact that you are willing to advertise your aberrant behavior in public makes it worse, not better. It shows, as Labash explains, that Bronies are unapologetic and shameless.
Go visit the link and read the whole article for the full analysis.
We have reached that certain point and I for one am pretty darn pissed off that I have to suffer through it.
Oprah claims a Swiss sales clerk is racist and refused to show her a $38,000 purse. One media outlet is finally calling skepticism about the matter since Oprah has a new movie coming out about…Racism!
Seems entirely plausible, rich celeb has movie about racism, tells racist story. It’s no different than what she would have black celebrity guests on her show do publicity, tell their real life sob story about their fake sob story movie.
Anyway who cares about that, how come nobody has mentioned this. Why does Oprah need to spend money on a $38,000 purse? Sure she can afford it, and it is her money so I won’t tell her how to spend it and yeah sure she’s thrown a lot at charity and her show guests, but does she really need another purse for that much money?
Doesn’t the wise and powerful Op realize she could support a family on the south side of Chicago for that much for a year? But she bought a purse she’s going to use for 3 days.
If I were as rich as that I’d do whatever I wanted with the money, but I’m not on TV telling people to be nice and caring to each other and then blowing money on stuff I already no doubt have and no doubt will forget about and I’m the not the one cheerleading for Mr Spread-the-wealth either.
If liberals are believers in Keynesian economics why do they always want to cut military spending? If it’s good for growth of the the economy to spend money in every other government dept. why wouldn’t it be good to spend it on the military for the same reasons?
If conservatives believe in maintaining a tight fiscal policy why don’t they ever consider cuts to defense? Their defense is that defense is one of the core principles of the government. Still how come the idea of defense cuts always gets them all atwitter?
The truth is they’re both wrong. Liberals will cut defense, as they already have, but that’s not the problem. The truth is that defense spending IS too high. It’s too high firstly because like all government programs probably 20-20% of it is simply wasted through overpriced purchases. Secondly, it is too high because much of it goes to unneeded and unwanted purchases like Abrams tanks that we already have thousands of simply sitting unused. Thirdly, much of it is wasted because we spend so much on broken weapon systems that take decades to make finally work properly. The reasons are many more but I’ll stop here.
The President has dictated to Sec.Def. Hagel to make cuts and those cuts will not be to the wasteful monstrosities but to the really unimportant stuff like enlisted ranks and their pay and benefits. After all when you have the worst-best equipment money can buy, who needs people trained to use it.
Politics is all bullshit. If we were serious about cutting the defense, which in a rational world we would be, we would start by cutting the endless civilian employees. Why we need just as many pencil pushing, form filing beauracrats as we do fighting men is beyond me.
Cut the useless people(civilians AND excess flag officers), and then the useless equipment, and voila you’ve saved more than what’s being asked.