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.
Early reading proficiency has a dark side.
Car companies are heavily subsidizing electric cars. Federal and State tax credits also subsidize them.
This I'll grant you. Of course, they wouldn't have to subsidize so much if people wanted them more.
I don't drive luxury cars, and I don't lease,
Leasing is forced forfeiture of your car every 3 years. I keep mine at least 5 years beyond paid-off status (and never buy them new).
Are you sure about the insurance? I thought the Prius would be high, but it was no different than other cars.
It's time to get an electric car as the electricity works out at 3 to 4 cents per mile. Imagine your fuel costs at $35.00 per month
Doesn't pencil out for me. The car would be $20,000k (easily more), insurance would double, and I only drive 5000 miles a year @ 21 cents/mile for fuel using current gas prices. I'd essentially pay double my current vehicle expenses to get into an electric car for fuel "savings".
I can still make a top notch gin Martini in the comfort of my own home for less than $1.50 a drink and I don't have to deal with sassy bartenders, obnoxious bar flies, or DUI's. Also, I don't have to be subjected to some hipster's jukebox selections or LA's baffling 1:45 a.m. closing times.
I've always had 20 year old cars. I buy one-owner cream puffs and try to keep them as new looking/driving as possible. Nobody is embarrassed to ride in my cars to dinner, or scared to go on a road trip in them. I run an avg 50% less than new car expenses would be. If you only make $100k in a town like LA, this is one of the few tricks to still having money at the end of each month to save/invest instead of living paycheck to paycheck.
I still want to know how this doesn't eventually put auto insurance and traffic police out of business. Or are we saying self-driving cars would not be infallible, hmmmmm?
Yes, it's no accident that many states - and especially in States with a long history of brutal repression (the South) - take away voting rights forever from one conviction. You could get into a stupid bar brawl at 23, live a perfect life the rest of your years - even be a Combat Veteran, and still be banned from voting.
Worse--if you are not even convicted, the arrest record alone will bar most gainful employment for years to come, if not your entire life (except in NY and CA, and perhaps a couple other non-Southern states I'm not aware of). You forego a large opportunity at upward mobility. Disenfranchising minorities and non-whites is definitely part of the agenda in addition to curbing the vote.
"So if I get a Master's in Social Work or Art History, I'll be a millionaire?"
Most likely you would be part of the the other 1.6, unless you get a PhD and become a boring professor.
Good luck with that. A BA/MA liberal arts degree is not in high demand and the labor pool is saturated with would-be PhD students. Professors are getting paid less, many of their jobs are being cut or attritioned, and teaching tracks are increasingly less tenure and more adjunct-hackery so the admins can make all the money. Not the makings of a millionaire professor--although an unrepresentative few manage it based on outside projects not directly related to their academic roles.
somehow we need to find a workable middle
Better economy with more liveable wages, and more possibilities for jobs outside of NYC/SF/LA where houses are already too expensive for a mortgage buyer. Jeez, why does nobody in gov't get this?? Why is it always just "lower interest rates" and "looser standards".
Whoah!! Astrid, OO (!!!), Different Sean, Randy H--I feel like a kid again!
That is not very likely. People love going to Las Vegas. Not just the gambling, but a whole host of entertainment .
Yeah, Vegas has so much more going on than gambling, which is increasingly a smaller percentage of their economy. Remember in the '80s when hotel rooms were free and the buffet was $12.99??? Yeah, not what it's like to go to Vegas today. Native American gambling establishments have brought gambling to a zipcode near you for the real hardcore types. Nobody *needs* to go to Vegas just for that (or the Strip's lousy odds).
Even an airplane would be better than that. And high-speed rail from LA to Las Vegas
Not sure. I go between LA and LV on a monthly basis for business. It's always been a toss-up if LAX or I-15 is better. By air, it's basically 4 hours with all the LAX and LAS nonsense--yeah, the flight is 50 minutes, but everything else is a drag. Driving can be 4 hours, or 6 hours, depending what day of the week and traffic. Yes. There is such a thing as a 2-hour traffic jam in the middle of nowhere in a desert.
High speed rail could make more sense under ideal conditions, but the bureaucrats, politicians, private contractors, and special interests would (they did already?) find all sorts of ways to fuck it up.
go to a doll brothel? I guess you won't get any diseases
Okay, I have to know. If different people are screwing the same doll, what are the logistics of cleaning and sterilizing all of the splooge receptacles? Or do you just put the rubber tweetie in the dishwasher on hot cycle? Do you really want to put your dip stick in somebody else's cum dumpster?
33% more than the rest. What are we doing wrong? :(
From the below link, here's a block quote that sheds some light:
"Gasoline in California costs $2.465, and the state sports the third-highest gas price in the country. State taxes add 45.39 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas, the nation’s third-highest state tax level. California is essentially its own country when it comes to oil and gasoline. There is limited pipeline transportation from the oilfields in Texas and none from North Dakota. Alaska’s North Slope provides much of the crude for the state’s refineries but as those volumes decline crude gets to the state by rail (from Canada and North Dakota primarily) and tankers from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Iraq."
I avoid retailers that insist on these data-grabs to get their "discounts". Quite frequently they are marking prices up to put them "on sale" in exchange for your info and purchasing habits--or, worse, the ignis fatuus of points and coupons that are impossible to track or implement to any realizable advantage.
At most, I give out fake names, numbers, zip codes, and addresses (or leave as much blank as they will accept). Suzie Part-Timer at the register is not paid enough to care. Soon they will just go straight to our credit cards to track purchasing behavior and personal data--as if they aren't already.
On the other hand, the drought years of 2012-2014 are producing some of the tastiest cabernets and pinots out of Napa valley in years. Us Cal-liberfucks love to complain about everybody else's water usage while we drink our wine and watch the driveway get watered for the third time of the day.
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Hillary may by a Democrat, but she is no liberal. No more than Obama is a liberal. She might qualify better as a Fascist, or at least a big govt plutocrat. I'd call her a femi-Nazi, but she's not all that feminine. Actions speak louder than emails.
California is not alone, Democrat run states tend to have the greatest inequality nationwide.
From your article: "In other words, the most economically equal communities are often the ones struggling the most to recover from the recession"
So what's your point? Urban settings have higher crime than sleepy milquetoast neighborhoods in the outlying areas?
Could be worse. Stanford gave a job to war criminal Condi Rice.
B-b-but I was told academe was the cushy enclave of liberal mooches ????
California or anywhere else unless there are two of them and they have very decent paying jobs.
Yeah, this is interesting to me. The two of us get paid twice the median of LA county (for whatever that statistic is worth), and every year we get close to a 20% DP, the house prices rise another 7-10%. We've been here 8 years now and have built up so much cash that we don't even want to dump it in a house at this point--or just buy outright when we are ready to leave CA. Of course, then there is the issue that you really need 30%, 50%, or all cash to compete on anything within reach in LA, and that's likely true for a lot of job-hub cities given the inventory shortage.
So what's their goal?
To make everyone use less water, even people in places where it rains ever other day.
They won't be happy until the populace is reduced to taking whore baths, scrubbing their flaccid nether regions with a damp wash cloth (preferably in a dark color).
John and Jone Doe shortening the shower to 7 minutes from 10 ain't gonna do jack and shit.
Your points are far more valid than anything residential customers can control; however, I notice an intriguing practice in the neighborhoods all across the Southland of watering the sidewalks, parked cars, driveways, retaining walls, and streets on a twice-a-day basis. Even in the rain. We also need a freshly washed car at all times. Curbing these things would maybe have a 3-5% impact, but it clearly demonstrates the typical Cal-liberal mindset of words speaking louder than actions.
FFS - so dumb. Who were the "Religious Fundamentalists" in 2012? Mitt Romney? Paul Ryan?
What Curious said was that fundamentalists "nominated unacceptable candidates", not that fundamentalist candidates were being nominated (*per se*). This to me is a stricter critique of the party base than the candidates themselves. It's not a secret that Mormons and evangelical protestants are a large majority Republican or Republican-leaning and -voting.