Also consider that once he racks up all those miles in such short time, his car is worth diddly as a trade or private sale. I bet when you defray the accelerated depreciation, that $2.64/hour turns into zero. Shockingly, the gov't does not mail you a paycheck for mileage and depreciation if it exceeds your earnings.
The Financial Pain of somebody who makes $300,000 paying a $150 is much, much, much less than somebody who makes $19,000 paying the same fine.
I think it's funny (well, diabolical when I really think about it) that the CEO of my company regularly runs lights, speeds 100 mph+ on the freeways, and all other manner of skofflawing and our legal person spends a few hours every couple weeks "managing" the tickets, fines, court appearances, etc. To our CEO it's just his nominal cost of getting to drive how he wants and screw everybody else on the road. There's even an attorney on retainer that keeps his driver license relatively spotless.
Ehhh, what about all the variable rate business loans? A fed hike would allow banks to increase their interest take on these loans. Also, cash deposits are at a record high, so banks have no incentive to pay higher rates to depositors even if there is a modest rate hike.
Dan, I'm afraid it comes down to taste, and most of us in this room agree vinyl sounds damn good. Especially on a proper tonearm and needle/cartridge setup with today's speakers. It's not a case of the emperor's new clothes. And there was also plenty of shitty vinyl put out from mediocre studio recordings, so not all vinyl is created equal. I've got a digital library full of shit I can't play at "party level" without it sounding pasteurized. I even have a vinyl recording that split the channels four ways and you go to buy that same song off iTunes from the publisher and it's been mixed down to two channels.
You may not be wrong about the technical facts, but human ears are not computer equipment.
it is curious why Ronstadt, apparently 1/4 German or thereabouts, did not become a polka star instead
In the 1830's, or so, a German settlement took root in Texas and soon they influenced a style of music in Mexican-American culture that sounded vaguely like German polka: Mariachi and Tejano music. It's no coincidence that much of traditional Mexican music shares waltz and polka beats and the accordion. And don't get me going on the Mexican beer thing.
It's not that women are more judgemental--it's that men are *less* judgmental. See here: we'll bang pretty much anything within very loose parameters (yes, pun bought and paid for). Oh, of course, we have minimal standards not to plow the ultra obese or smelly/hairy/manly ones, but, as my mama always said, "Bend 'em over and they all look the same."
Lemme guess. When the courts rule in your favor, it's Justice. When they rule against your interests, it's Judicial Activism. I don't know who this specter of "you fuckers" is. Maybe adjust the tint on your BluBlockers.
The United States currently has a 99% literacy rate. Off the cuff, I'd posit we are more literate than ever. Newspapers are dying because they are a horse and buggy, and local newspapers are the casualties of globalization, which have widened the scope of our "back yard". Family-owned print papers can't compete with the internet and large corporate operations like Gannett. This is like saying because we don't use tickertape anymore that nobody is trading the stock market.
PRNDL, don't get me wrong. I think the concept of Christ's sacrifice is a salient difference from most other ancient storytelling. I regard it well on an aesthetic and emotional level. But in the hands of a young one, it is devalued, simplified, and stripped of its richer importance.
The death of Inkidu and Gilgamesh's sorrow of lost friendship is another deeply touching artifact of universal humanity. But reading is so much more than just a story.
I think the Bible is a difficult work for young minds. The stories themselves are okay as epic narrative, but the heavier philosophy, poetry, and metaphoric substance, coupled with the fact that many languages (via translation) and writers are involved instead of a single mind and single tongue, make it challenging even as an adult with great life experience. Also, separating the tangled morals from the literary aspects is problematic. I would not want my child to read the Bible for the simple reason that he would not grasp any of the substance and simply reduce it to "God hates fags and Jesus died for us".
I was reading Dr. Seuss at age three, all of the Lewis Carrol fiction by age six, and 'Bleak House' by 10. I was reading Proust and Tolstoy by 12 or 13. As a result, I am fucked up beyond all repair and have a general distaste for most human society.