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The Growth Of Tuition And Student Debt Since 2005

The Growth Of Tuition And Student Debt Since 2005

Commented May 8, 2014 at 17:11:25 in College

“Whatever happened to tuition assistance programs from employers? After all, the employers benefit most from having a well-trained, properly-educated workforce. How did corporate America get away with passing the cost of training its workforce onto the employees, thereby helping the banks and the federal government to reap huge profits? And then leaving graduates with no promise of a well-paying job after incurring tens of thousands of dollars in debt for a 4 year college education or a 1-2 year vocational training program? Where's the outrage? College grads can't start a family, buy a car, a home or even rent an apartment in many cases until their student debts are paid down and their salaries rise to meet their living expenses. That sets them back a decade or more. And furthermore, those who are older and have been laid-off in the bad economy can't afford to incur debt for job retraining programs with no promise of employment upon graduation so they can repay the debt. It makes no sense, In fact, it appears to be wholesale robbery from the working class whereby the profits of doing business get catapulted to the top executives who have slashed these tuition assistance programs to nothing rather than invest their profits into the workforce who earns the profits for them in the first place. Go figure.”
Loyal Dog Protects Missing Boy By Refusing To Leave His Side

Loyal Dog Protects Missing Boy By Refusing To Leave His Side

Commented May 8, 2014 at 16:44:24 in Good News

“Years ago, my 3-year-old son was saved by our golden retriever, Rainier, after he managed to unlock 4 locks on our front door one Sunday morning at 7am while I slept. I awoke with an odd feeling then noticed the dog was missing and the front door was wide-open. When I checked on my 5 children, I noticed the 3-year-old was gone. I panicked thinking I'd have to leave the other 4 children home alone while I searched for my lost son. Instead, I found a neighbor to come over while I dashed around the neighborhood shouting for my son. With great trepidation, I made my way to the 3-lane boulevard just a block from our home. It was a busy street with fast moving traffic and my son was a 3-year-old tiny boy not easy for a driver to spot. I got to the Boulevard and saw police lights up ahead and nearly dropped to the ground in panic. But, as I made my way to the scene, the first thing I saw was Rainier sitting in the front passenger seat of the police car panting. "Have you seen my young son?" I cried out to the officer! When I approached the car, there sat my son playing policeman under the dashboard controls. The officer said he spotted the dog in the middle of the road and when he changed lanes, the dog did too. Suddenly, he spotted the small boy trailing the dog. God Bless my dog, Rainier!”

NewsMix on May 9, 2014 at 20:58:12

“Such a wonderful story and I'm glad everything ended well. I can't imagine the panic you felt. Thank goodness for Rainier.

My friend's 3 year old figured out how to unlock the door and ran down the street too in the early morning. She noticed right away almost as an instinct. Scared the heck out of her. She saw him running down the neighborhood street in his little jammies. Things can happen so fast.”
How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 18:14:34 in Healthy Living

“You are so right. I've also read several studies that say nice people finish last and mean, self-absorbed people have higher salaries and higher positions in the corporate world. Most people with high EQ probably aren't that interested in hierarchical achievements, preferring instead to lift all boats together instead of just their own. It seems like a smarter way to live, imho.”

calidesigner on Dec 7, 2013 at 12:58:17

“Excellent example of EQ. When one reads all the sneers about socialism and the like in posts, it reveals the anti-social, narcissistic and even sociopathic make up of the ones who sneer. Sadly a whole political party in the US has been filled with people like these, lacking EQ, but well supplied with hierarchical glory and preserving for the "exceptional" 1%.”
Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 18:00:56 in Divorce

“"If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with!"

What's loneliness got to do with it?”
Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 11:57:13 in Black Voices

“Same to you! Thanks for the heads-up! May calmer heads prevail!”
Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 15:12:58 in Black Voices

“Zero Tolerance! Expel the perpetrators from SJSU with due process procedures!

Kinda goes without saying...not calling for a lynch mob here, my friend. That's the perpetrators' method, not mine or that of SJSU. I think we (me and they) all realize there is due process behind expulsions.”

ozzie woofletree on Nov 25, 2013 at 17:11:33

“--not calling for a lynch mob here, my friend.I think we (me and they) all realize there is due process behind expulsions--

At least two of us..you and I (and I'm sure more here) understand that even "badder" guys are entitled to due process...

That said, there is good reason why I found it necessary to "educate" others. I've read many HP responses to this article, which include both explicit and implied verbiage (without mentioning a rope), to the effect that the University, in light of other recent situations in which "blind eyes" apparently have been turned, e.g., UConn, USC, Occidental, etc, is simply going to leave its punishment at suspensions and be done with it... "I'm not surprised" one can hear them all saying.....

My friend, I am VERY proud to have provided this "service"!!!

Happy Gobble Gobble Day to you and your family!!!”
Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 06:18:08 in Black Voices

“Zero tolerance! Expel the perpetrators from SJSU!”

ozzie woofletree on Nov 23, 2013 at 20:00:04

“---Zero tolerance! Expel the perpetrators from SJSU! --

They probably will be, but first, before everyone gets their panties in a wad, you and they have to understand that expulsion, by law, is based on a "due process" procedure.

As in all states, based on federal rules and regs, stupid irresponsible students are, rightfully so, afforded "due process" rights in cases of egregious academic or campus conduct (e.g.cheating, plagiarism, harassment, discrimination, etc). In California, these policies and procedures are laid out in the California Education Code of Regulations and, in this case, CSU’s "Executive Order 1073", "Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University."”
Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Roommates Arrested After Black San Jose State Student Alleges Hate Crimes And Brutal Attacks

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 06:17:09 in Black Voices

“These 3 kids do not represent their entire generation. The problem is that racism is institutionalized and that is why it never dies even when the old-time racists do. Yet, with each generation, racism is losing its influence, slowly but surely.”

ViktorN on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:28:23

“I disagree - I hear about just as much, if not more, racial violence going on as I did as a kid.”
Professor Says She Could Go To Jail For Pointing Out Her Alleged Rapist 18 Years Ago

Professor Says She Could Go To Jail For Pointing Out Her Alleged Rapist 18 Years Ago

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 06:07:39 in Los Angeles

“Why not tell that to the boyfriend? Since when is pointing out one's rapist to another person a crime? Wouldn't law enforcement have to prove the victim knew her boyfriend would kill the rapist when she pointed him out in order to make her an accomplice? Just pointing someone out is not a crime. She is not responsible for her boyfriend's vengeful act unless law enforcement can prove she planned it or she directed it in some way. The article here gives us no evidence of that.”

boatbrain on Nov 22, 2013 at 07:58:20

“There are these things called search engines that would allow you to find out other press reports indicated she was part of the kidnapping, not just saying "that's him".”
Professor Says She Could Go To Jail For Pointing Out Her Alleged Rapist 18 Years Ago

Professor Says She Could Go To Jail For Pointing Out Her Alleged Rapist 18 Years Ago

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 06:03:20 in Los Angeles

“Most rapes (65%) go unreported because victims have little confidence that their attacker would be brought to justice.

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/vnrp0610.pdf
Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 18:20:54 in Impact

“Children know stuff. There's the similar story of Tilly Smith, the British girl who saved so many from the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami in Thailand when she recalled a geography lesson she received just 2 weeks prior to the event. Her parents, at first, blew her off before she got so hysterical about evacuating that they finally listened to her. She saved hundreds of people with her insistence that a tsunami would strike shortly.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0118_050118_tsunami_geography_lesson.html

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/fear-survival-knowledge-key/story?id=6691940
Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 15:29:04 in Impact

“Good for Brevin. I should have said that too. But, its more important that the adults who are responsible for protecting the kids know what sirens mean and how to act on them. This kid did great, no doubt about it! Hopefully, his story will bring awareness to others, especially adults.”

yfandes on Nov 21, 2013 at 15:47:37

“I agree. He gave his mom a good lesson he had learned at school that saved their lives.”
Vatican Unveils Frescoes In Catacombs of Priscilla With Images Some Say Show Early Women Priests

Vatican Unveils Frescoes In Catacombs of Priscilla With Images Some Say Show Early Women Priests

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 17:32:17 in Religion

“"Fabrizio Bisconti, the superintendent of the Vatican's sacred archaeology commission, said such a reading of the frescoes was pure "fable, a legend."

What is "pure fable" and "a legend" is that women cannot be priests. There is no good reason why women cannot perform priestly duties. What's gender got to do with it anyway? Nothing, unless you subscribe to the legend of the patriarchs. It doesn't matter what women were in the past. We live in the here and now. There's no reason why women should not be priests except to maintain them as second-class citizens of the Church. God sees women as equal to men and just as capable of preaching the Word of God, unless the Word of God is that women are inferior to men--that's the religion of patriarchy, not our Creator.”
Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Paying Attention In School Helped This 6-Year-Old Save His Family From A Deadly Tornado

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 17:01:07 in Impact

“It's not a "feel-good story" when you realize that the kids know more than the parents in charge of protecting them. This story is scary, mainly because the Mom almost didn't listen to her educated 6-yr old son. Parents don't always know better, it seems. Perhaps the parent should also have been informed via the media or her local government that a siren means DANGER--take cover! What in the world did she think it meant? Party-time?”

Mommaship3 on Nov 20, 2013 at 17:57:51

“You are right... not a "feel good story" but a parent being far more stoooopit than their little kid.”

yfandes on Nov 20, 2013 at 17:16:07

“Gotta always find something wrong, don't you? The fact that the kid KNEW what to do and SAVED his family is more important than anything in your comment”
Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 16:47:32 in Black Voices

“You discount the possibility that McBride had a head injury and was not only drunk but incoherent due to some head injury.

Sometimes people get shot for no good reason at all or just because sometimes other people are too scared to act like reasonable human beings.

Ask yourself if it was you or your son or daughter who had the car crash, drunk or sober, and who may have approached a neighbor for assistance and had your face shot off instead.

Sorry, but anyway you look at this it's a world where none of us are safe from the other's misguided "beliefs."

Someone knocking on the door at early morning dark hours is no reason to shoot them before you ask what they want. Yes, some robberies go down with a knock on the door but even robbery is no just cause to shoot and kill the perpetrator. Sorry, but self-defense from a robbery is not a legitimate reason to shoot and kill the perpetrator. Your life must be at risk. NO evidence exists in this case that anyone's life was at risk but unfortunate 19-yr old McBride.

Funny how people can twist the facts to justify shooting yet another black youth who never seem to get the benefit of the doubt, no matter how senseless the tragedy.

George Zimmerman is looking for a new girlfriend. Why not give him a call, DragonMama?”
The 15 Biggest Obamacare Losers

The 15 Biggest Obamacare Losers

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 05:31:18 in Business

“"This report sought to cut through the rhetoric and uncertainty to provide an unbiased, non-partisan assessment of how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act will affect each state from a purely economic standpoint, considering both the state government and individual perspectives."

http://wallethub.com/edu/obamacare-report-states-benefiting-most-least/1276/#methodology-and-acknowledgements

This study is about money, not quality of medical care. Buyer Beware!”

murphy20 on Nov 19, 2013 at 06:30:46

“Not to mention that their data is incomplete in at least 2 states, which means the report is flawed.”
Police Shoot At Oriana Ferrell And Van Full Of Her Kids During Wild Stop (VIDEO)

Police Shoot At Oriana Ferrell And Van Full Of Her Kids During Wild Stop (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 05:09:24 in Crime

“But not with driving fast or running from police or assaulting them. The woman wasn't paranoid, she was scared. Given the police overreaction, she had good reason to be fearful. All they needed to do was give her a citation for speeding and go their separate ways. No need to escalate.”
Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 17:27:02 in Black Voices

“I guess it is reasonable to shoot a person if, in one's head one is in fear of one's life or property, unless it was YOU who was the one shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time in this guy's suspicious head. I bet your family would be demanding accountability too. Who wouldn't?”
Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Ted Wafer, Accused Renisha McBride Killer, Told 911 He Shot Someone On His Porch

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 17:23:21 in Black Voices

“Lack of evidence is not "no evidence." It isn't clear if the shooter was under the influence or not. Why didn't the shooter get a blood alcohol test on the spot? Shouldn't it be mandatory in cases where unarmed people are shot to test the shooter for mind-altering substances? Something interfered with the shooter's judgment, that is self-evident to most people. Evidence should be collected not just to prove a possibility but also to refute one. As it stands, the lack of evidence refutes nothing in this case. Wafer could have been drinking or using drugs. Unless he admits to it or unless the police tested him that night, we will never know. Lack of blood-alcohol evidence on the shooter is evidence of poor crime investigation procedures, at least.”

DragonMama on Nov 19, 2013 at 20:16:51

“I'm very liberal, don't drink, do drugs, or own a gun... and I tell you the number ONE thing that interferes with my judgement? Getting woken up from a sound sleep pre-dawn.

Going up on a stranger's porch at 4:30am in an iffy neighborhood is a DAMN FOOL THING TO DO. SHE has a history of RECENT bad decisions leading to having her license suspended. HIS record of bad decisions are from BEFORE SHE WAS BORN. If he was drinking, it was in his own home NOT like her drinking then driving. She could have shouted for help from the sidewalk instead of going up to random doors in the pre-dawn hours. She coulda accepted the help that was offered immediately after the accident, where she survived speeding while drunk and hitting a parked car and a tree. If she'd offed herself in that, there'd be no story here, and no protests. Sometimes series of stupid acts result in death. Sometimes burglars have one knock on the front door while their partner knocks on the back. What's the history of break-ins in the neighborhood? Perhaps the cops weren't at all surprised that someone on that street would grab a gun to check out noises around the house before dawn.”
Police Shoot At Oriana Ferrell And Van Full Of Her Kids During Wild Stop (VIDEO)

Police Shoot At Oriana Ferrell And Van Full Of Her Kids During Wild Stop (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 16:48:06 in Crime

“Marijuana pipes? Speeding is not consistent with marijuana use. Now, driving too slow and stopping at green lights, if that was the charge, that might be consistent with the drug use she's accused of--having pot pipes in the car doesn't mean anything about this situation with the police.”

personal beliefs on Nov 18, 2013 at 16:52:57

“Marijuana is consistent with paranoia.”
Theodore Wafer Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Renisha McBride

Theodore Wafer Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Renisha McBride

Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 17:36:55 in Black Voices

“So we can now shoot solicitors that show up on our porches to sell us stuff we don't want or need, like cable/satellite tv, magazines, and chocolate candy bars?”
Theodore Wafer Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Renisha McBride

Theodore Wafer Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Renisha McBride

Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 17:33:32 in Black Voices

“Also, marijuana does not make people violent--just the opposite, in fact. It "mellows" a person.”
CAIRO: Questions about ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi go beyond Dylan Davies interview; CBS conducting ‘journalistic review’

CAIRO: Questions about ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi go beyond Dylan Davies interview; CBS conducting ‘journalistic review’

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 04:02:22 in Media

“"Is CBS and Lara Logan supposed to be of some higher standard than any other network/anchor?"

Yes. They have that reputation. Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Harry Reasoner, George Polk, Charles Kuralt, Ed Bradley, Frank Reynolds, Bill Moyers, to name just a few of their excellent journalists from the past. There are lots more--the list is too long. Fox News? That list is too short to even bother with or nonexistent, actually.”
What Exactly Is Cheese Powder, Anyway? (VIDEO)

What Exactly Is Cheese Powder, Anyway? (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 18:21:19 in Healthy Living

“I don't know about whether the future of cheese powder is in jeopardy but it is clear that the future of the video showing how cheese powder is manufactured is in jeopardy since it is "no longer available."

And, they say we have a "freedom of the press" here in the good 'ol US of A. Yeah, right!”
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