“Eucalyptis trees were imported to CA in the 1800s, I guess cuz they require less water than other trees. Now they are all over Northern CA.
Some years ago there was a fire in Oakland, CA. A hideously expensive enclave of homes in Oakland, CA was literally burned to the ground. The neighborhood was surrounded by tall eucalyptis trees. The fire chief said they acted like giant candles. Other neighborhoods were hardly affected.”
IAntipodean on Jan 10, 2013 at 14:49:32
“Giant candles are almost exactly what they're like, except that they put the flammable vapour into the air before burning instead of during burning. Walking through a eucalyptus forest is a pleasant enough experience, the oil smells nice... at least, it does until there's a lightning strike or someone lights a match. Kinda loses its charm after that”
“Texas (a republic in its own right and separate sovereign state) joined the Union in 1845 and supposedly reserved the right to "back out" of the Union in the documentation which Texas signed with the feds. I haven't seen the "verbiage" in this document and am not one of those Texas nutcases like Perry advocating TX secession, but TX could be an exception to the rules governing the other states' right to secede. All other states were either original 13 or territories of the US and not sovereign states.
TX unlike the other "southern" states just barely "pay their way" (US govt receipts vs. US govt payouts), I say let Texas be Texas and let them go. First they have to return all of the US military and NASA infrastructure ..... but they can keep that faux-Texan and war criminal George Walker Bush (a/k/a the "shrub") [note: withdraw secret service protection].. Heck they can keep all of the Bushes.”
Bike Commuter on Nov 19, 2012 at 13:19:31
“Multiple articles have noted that the claim about Texas having a "right to back out" is not accurate. Remember that they were part of the group that actually did try to secede in 1860. There was no contingency allowing them an out.
You are correct however, about the factors that would go along with seceding. All federal assets would have to be either returned or paid for. That includes everything from military equipment, federal buildings, and federal lands. They would also have to pay us for that fence they insisted on.
One ironic thing is that even if they seceded, Texas would end up being a majority Hispanic "country" in a few years, and would likely end up being further left than the US.”
“Jews keep the (our) economy going? Hello? Sounds very racist to me. Just remember that claims like this can be turned against Jews.
Let's change the rules so that only US jews' taxes go to support Israel. I think uou would be surprised that Jewish hedge fund managers (like Mittens and other wealthy non-Jews) pay a very small % of the income to the IRS.”
Ronald Bakman on Nov 18, 2012 at 17:19:57
“I'm in the field of Taxation, they may pay a small % of there income, however 15% of millions is far more then 35% of thousands. Secondly, Im not being racists, I am saying that Jews have a special relationship with the United States of America, they both invest in each other. If America was to say "screw Israel", why would any Jew want to invest money here? Why not go overseas? ”
“Why should Obama keep out of it?The US government paid for the missile shield Israel is now using and gives Israel millions of dollars a year in "foreign aid." I am pretty shocked that he isn't using any nuance by asking the Israeli's whether this massive and disproportionate force is necessary. I know about the "missle shield" argument, but when you consider that Gaza probably has the highest concentration of people in the world, there will be women and children close to any place the Gazans use to fight back against Israel.”
“He sez we built America without body odor, a fact easily disproven as deodorents were not used til the '50's. As a matter of fact, I would say that America could NOT have been built without body odor.”
“But Israel is also targeting and taking out buildings in Gaza which house media outlets (both Palestinian and non-Palestinian). The only threat these people pose to Israel is negative press. No Gaza rocket launchers in this building, just a bunch of TV and newspaper people. An Israeli helicopter dropped a huge bomb on this specific building in the middle of the night. Bombing the media was an Israeli "first."
All this will do is inflame anti-Israeli sentiment everywhere. Especially from the media who were bombed out of the building. Very short term and misguided thinking on Israel's part I believe.
“I hope that the IRS and the State of FL pursue the phony charity. It's apparent that the Kelleys used the charity to support their lavish entertaining. It seems as though the charity got lots of "in kind donations" like champagne, catering, flowers, event promotion and other things to support their lavish parties. The people/companies providing these "in kind" donations, then deducted the value of the donations (prob. inflated) from their federal and state taxes. The Kelleys should be in jail.”
“This whole building is an architectural excrescence. How did the city of NY ever permit this hideous thing to be built? Massive bribery? When built, it will tower over its neighbors and will ruin Central Park South. I guess when the housing market is in the tank, the zoning people will allow anything.”
“The New York Times says women can watch from a distant location via satellite TV. No females will be admitted to the event. Unless they're in drag...who would know. It would be easy to dress up as a Hassad.”
“Thank you, dear lady, for your wonderful, never to be forgotten, talent. I am saddened that you had to leave us so quickly. Just know that you brought joy to millions of people.
I still listen to your disco hits at full blast in my car and sing along. Your "She Works Hard For Her Money" was a feminist rallying cry. I read that only Madonna has had as many singles reach the top of the charts. Well, for my money, people will be listening to, and singing along with, your music when people don't even recognize the name Madonna.
Rest in peace.”
outtopastur on May 18, 2012 at 10:23:27
“VH-1 played her video "She Works Hard for the Money" a little while ago. I still get chills whenever I see it. It was a rallying cry for suppressed and working women everywhere and an inspiration to me during a very difficult time in my life.
Hang on--they are now playing "This Time I Know It's Real"--another favorite of mine.
Wow....just wow. Chillbump alert. What a loss.”
prsea on May 18, 2012 at 09:41:08
“I will miss her but the will keep alive the fond memories from simpler days. Hat's off to you, Donna!”
“He already got a good tax avoidance lawyer which is why he is "repatriating" to SINGAPORE [!]. Singapore (lowest taxes on the planet for people like him). How do you "repatriate" to a country you never even lived in? So, his tax lawyers found him a super low tax haven.
Then, his tax lawyers timed his RENUNCIATION OF CITIZENSHIP (which is the correct characterization of what he did) so that it occurred months ago, well before the IPO, so that his "exit tax" would be minimized (the exit tax is essentially a tax on his capital gains at the time). If he had waited til after the IPO to renounce his citizenship, he would have owed the US millions.
Since he renounced his citizenship months ago, he must be living here (if he is) on a visa. Revoke the US visa ASAP. He is pond scum and the US is well rid of him. The IRS should do whatever it can to scr*w this guy and he should be barred from re-entry to the US forever. We gave him a haven from kidnapping and this is the thanks we get. These people are just amoral tourists.”
“I had a cat who waited for me right behind the front door when I came home at night from work-every night for 18 years. But, I have to say he's the only cat I've known in my lifetime (and I grew up with cats galore) who did that. Cats are strange animals. Much more variation in behavior than dogs. My current (a 16 year old Himalayan) loves to snuggle but is not a lap guy. One cat I had (for 19 years) never saw a lap he didn't like.”
“Before any student enrolls in a for profit college, they should receive written disclosure of : 1) the total cost of a full degree, interest rate on loan and what total monthly payment will be on graduation; 2) the actual number of graduates obtaining meaningful jobs in the field with the degree from that particular school; 3) the number of people who actually graduate; and 4) how much money the graduate can expect to make with that degree in hand on graduation.
I read of a Culinary Institute of America graduate who paid $40,000 in tuition and then found that her degree was deemed worthless by restaurateurs and could only get a job chopping vegetables at minimum wage.
Not sure whether this woman got federal assistance for her tuition, but the same issue applies to GI's: make sure the cost is disclosed up front and that the degree provides a marketable skill which can generate enough money on graduation to pay off the loan.
There is a lot of marketing of these schools in my area. Their ads are targeted to minorities and promise "corner office" white collar jobs-laughable. How about some truth in advertising. A high percentage of people who buy into scam this never graduate and are saddled with lots of debt and nothing to show for it. This whole issue goes way beyond GI's. It's a national disgrace.”
mizzaboom on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:34:26
“Any upstanding for-profit provides the total cost of the program before the student enrolls. You can tell people the number of graduates attaining meaningful jobs after graduation but how could you ever correlate that to any particular student? And as far as the money they can make...again how can you possibly correlate that to particular students? Traditional schools can't guarantee those kinds of things either. Plus, as of right now, the graduation rate for college freshman within 6 years of starting school is 18% (Latest "Measuring Up" report). I'd say we have a graduation issue across higher education in this entire country.”
intellifran on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:33:07
“I attend UOP. The cost averages about 10k per year, which is on par with any state school. The commercials you see on television with the “I am a Phoenix” stories are real student accounts. They are not falsified for commercials. I was asked if I wanted to participate in an advertisement when I graduated. I can only speak for UOP, but it has many post graduate programs to help students find employment. They even have free certification classes/tests for their IT students. I was a criminal justice major and every single teacher I had worked in the field. My first teacher was an FBI agent. I have had some of the coolest teachers in the criminal justice profession. I have also attended traditional college and those professors were career teachers and never worked in their field of study. They were not evaluated on their effectiveness and some didn’t even deserve to be professors. As with every education, your education is what you make of it. I don’t appreciate the condescending attitude of those who graduated from “traditional” colleges especially since most of them have proven to be clueless in their respective fields.”
Sleepers Awake on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:12:43
“Your suggestions are excellent!
The percentage of enrollees who graduate is an important statistic that can be provided immediately.
The percentage of graduates who gain meaningful employment in their careers would be harder to measure because it would require a longitudinal qualitative study, which means a number of the school's graduates would have to be interviewed to arrive at a definition of "meaningful employment."”
jlsst on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:47:49
“when recruiting they neglect to tell prospective students that they will be qualified for a minimum wage job - or that their credits would never transfer to a real college - or that tuition will cost more there than at a state college ....
all they want is the LOAN MONEY .....
all the feds have to do is start investigating these places more rigorously - and they will be shut down...
every time a local news station does an investigation and exposes these places - for the above practices (and more) ... the schools are soon closed....
and I know one young lady who is in charge of tracking down those who have defaulted on their loans and dropped out of site at a for-profit school - who will be on the phone to the feds with a handful of documents in one hand and a margherita in the other some day ....”
“How about being in a "puddle jumper" and having your seat mate weigh 300 pounds?
They should charge these people extra (by the pound???) and/or give the poor seat mate a discount.”
Killermolls44 on Apr 27, 2012 at 16:23:42
“I've heard of them making larger people buy two seats on occasion. If there's a row with two empty seats they should let them sit there instead of charging extra money.”
grayshrimp on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:55:02
“Have you ever been on a flight when the flight attendants 'redistribute the weight' before take off? It's been awhile since I've been on a flight that actually had a bunch of open seats, but it was a small plane and they looked down the aisles and had some people move to the other side lol It kind of makes you anxious”
KIVPossum on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:38:46
“I had a bulbous man in the seat next to me on a jump across the pond. After 5 minutes of him leaning into my space I told him to stay in the area he paid for or he would have sore ribs for a month.”
“Bathroom breaks.... especially on the 5 hour flights between DC and LA. Of course when you're flying to SF, you have to have a window seat to see Yosemite and the Painted Desert. Truly incredible and almost worth the price of the flight.”
grayshrimp on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:51:00
“That's good to know about Yosemite and the Painted Desert. I totally agree with you on aisle seats. I drink a lot, (of water!!), when travelling so it's either my husband or myself on the aisle lol”