Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 4:27pm PDT
When I first moved to California some new friends suggested I look into some low cost furniture at Ikea. I was amazed at the affordable prices, and bought four pieces including a dresser, an end table, a couch, and a coffee table.
What a mistake.
I had tossed out every piece within three years, except the couch which was leather and I managed to sell on Craigslist to a guy for about a quarter the price I paid for it. The wood stuff went into the dumpster after I broke it to pieces in rage about its poor quality. Never IKEA, never again, I swore. The prices were cheap but I might as well have invested in cardboard boxes for my clothes. They would have lasted about as long, and cost less money.
Don't buy IKEA stuff unless you're itching to completely waste money. You may as well burn your cash. It's absolute shit!
All the items I buy from Ikea are unfinished furniture grade pine, which I then stain and put several coats of high gloss polyurethane on. They look great and will easily outlast me.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 10:26am PDT
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If you're child-proofing, use a really strong material. If you're earthquake-proofing, the lateral forces are ironically less than climbing kids can exert, so you have more flexibility. You should definitely secure anything really tall somehow though, if you live in an earthquake zone.
All true, but you should secure it even if you don't live in an earthquake zone either.
This is what happens when you don'e secure top heavy stuff:
Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 10:16am PDT
Exploding UK immigration helped drive 'Brexit' vote
Annual legal immigration into the U.K. is now 10 times what it was in 1993, and experts believe this cultural dynamic fed fears of globalization and job losses which, in turn, drove last Thursday's vote to exit the EU.
Opponents of a British exit — "Brexit" — from the 28-nation EU argue that these new residents often take more menial jobs rejected by the British-born (that'a another lie told by the BBC).
The migration influx has been so dramatic in recent years that currently one in 20 people living in the U.K. — 3 million people — were citizens of another EU country just two years ago, according to the British Office of National Statistics.
Before 2004, when the EU expanded to include 10 new member states such as Latvia, Poland and other eastern European nations, net EU immigration to the U.K. averaged around 10,000 per year, according to the national statistics office.
When that expansion occurred, the U.K., Ireland and Sweden allowed EU nationals to immigrate immediately under the bloc's freedom of labor laws. The move unleashed vast numbers relocating to Britain.
Last year, 270,000 citizens from EU countries immigrated to the U.K., the statistics office estimates. About 85,000 Britons left the island for other EU countries. The net migration to the U.K. of 185,000 was a record, according to Full Fact, an independent fact-checking organization..
Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 6:45am PDT
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I live in an urban area where a person is going to be more unlikely and more embarrassed to admit they are a supporter of Trump than they would be embarrassed about being a Hillary supporter.
I live in an urban area where a person is going to be more unlikely to admit they are a supporter of Trump due to violent, intolerant, liberal thugs.