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Local Color in the Neighborhood

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius on Saturday. 24 Replies

It's getting on toward peak color season here on the North Coast.  I'm lucky enough to have some truly beautiful examples of it literally right outside my door and a short walk around.  So I thought I'd break out the Olympus and record some…Continue

Tags: trees, local color, autumn, fall

Fall is already here--do you celebrate the holiday season?

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Nick Bottom Oct 15. 25 Replies

I took a brief hiatus from here, and decided to come back. I've missed you guys, and hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe that fall is around the cornerThere's not much of a fall where I live. Having said that, I love Halloween. I don't…Continue

I put my trust in my cancer fighting teams

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 16 Replies

So, something made you ill,then God waited until many people petitioned him,then made you well again.Something makes people around the world illthen no amount of people petitioning Godmakes them well again.Cancer made me ill,I want no one to…Continue

blu (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 3. 10 Replies

After what has seemed like a very long hiatus, TheraminTrees is BACK.  No great surprise, not only hasn't he lost a step, he may actually have gained a few!  That said, may I present:bluContinue

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Don't leave your keys on your desk: company copies keys from photos for $6

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 23. 8 Replies

"Keys Duplicated" will make a copy of your house key from smartphone photos, for anyone with a credit card.…Continue

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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sk8eycat Sep 22. 64 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2013 at 11:36pm

Sk8eycat, I'm with you.  I will not patronize Walmart.  I don't agree with their business model or their treatment of workers.  There are Walmart stores in the Chicago suburbs but very few locations have made inroads into the city proper due to Chicago having such a strong historical and traditional influence of unionized labor.  The folks here have fought tooth and nail from being infiltrated by Walmart, being mostly successful with just a few exceptions.  

I can honestly tell you that I have been inside a Walmart store three times in my entire life.  Two times in other cities while on a layover at work when I needed an item and no other option was available (each time spending less than $10.00) and the third time, not as a customer, but just accompanying an acquaintance with a work-related purchase.

I'm trying to do my part by not encouraging this business.  I'm just one person, but I have been active throughout the years with online petitions that speak out about the myriad of problems associated with Walmart.  I wish I could do more to be more effective.

Napoleon, thanks for posting that video on circumcision.  In recent years I've become quite vocal against this horrible practice.  When I've brought up the subject in conversation while in the presence of my mother, she gets quite disgusted that I would even consider taking such a stance.  I'm thinking I may need to send this video to her, but it might send her into a fit.  She enjoys living in her bubble and doesn't like to talk about such topics. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2013 at 9:07pm

Mindy, higher education is becoming an elite reservation. In my day (that's the 1980s) university education in Britain was free and there were student grants to live on.When I was finished I owed about £350 to the bank. One of my nephews who's just starting expects to have debts of around £50,000 when he's finished after 3 years. Most of the "reforms" to the education system were brought in by the so-called Labour government of Tony Blair.

Here in Denmark most education is still free and there is a form of financial support, albeit means-tested and not enough to live on. My daughter will end up owing very little when she's finished despite having to support herself for her 6-month period studying in Australia. That was paid for by the savings me and my ex had put aside every month for 18 years plus her own weekend job. I can't understand how any country calling itself "civilised" can restrict access to education in this way.

Ever read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"? That laments all the unrecognised genius that's 6 feet under, the undiscovered Shakespeare that was an unlettered ploughman unable to express himself because he couldn't go to school.

Bit of a rant but I'm also outraged by the system, particularly when we're told that education is the key to the future but only the rich get through the eye of that particular needle.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 24, 2013 at 8:28pm

This is from Uncle George's site (as in George Takei). Laughed so hard nearly split my gut, as the saying goes. How can something so wrong be so right? He does look fabulous, I must admit.

 

Comment by booklover on September 24, 2013 at 4:44pm

My son got a full-time job Monday through Friday!  Regular hours, above minimum wage pay, great benefits, small company!  Now he can make some money and still take classes at night while he decides what he wants to do!  He's SO excited, and I'm so happy for him!  He's only 19, and we told him to keep living at home at least for a couple of more years and stash away his money!  At least he'll never have the student loan debt our daughter does.  We paid 80% of everything, and my mom paid for all her books and sorority fees, etc. for 3 years, she didn't go back this year because of depression, and she STILL OWES $20,000.  This was just a regular State University.  Not THE top State University in our state either.  I want to get a job just to help her pay it off!  She doesn't want to finish until she gets some of that debt down.  It makes me sick how much it leaves some students in debt.  I know I just said it, but we paid 80% and she STILL owes that much for 3 years!!!!  Ugh.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on September 24, 2013 at 2:42pm
Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2013 at 1:28pm

Sk8ey, we have Save-On Foods, which is my main store, Safeway, which is too expensive, & the Canadian Wholesale Club, so I have choice for food so far.

We've lost all of the other small department stores here, & Walmart is not getting my business because I don't like them, or their cheesy products. I shop online for clothing, linens, cd/dvd, books, non-prescription pharmacy, kitchen supplies, etc. There are plenty who offer free shipping.

I don't shop the specialty shops, & we have several here, although the turnover is high. People here are the forestry/mining/ranch/farm type, & gourmet/fashion/high-end places don't fit in well. In fact very few of the city people even wear any makeup, even at work. Most stores have a uniform of sorts so the stylish clothing doesn't enter into it.

We still have a couple of long-time hardware stores, so I can pick up whatever my husband needs at those places & bring most things home for him on the scooter. We have a reputation here with the things we do as we don't drive, & one of them was my bringing a 6' step ladder home.....sitting across the scooter on it's floor.......

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on September 24, 2013 at 11:46am
Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 1:54am

I buy groceries online from Schwan's (everything is frozen, but the veg taste VERY fresh, even when you nuke them. Their ice cream is to slide under the table in ecstasy for.), and Vons/Safeway for everything else. Electronic coupons are valid, and they have other specials.

I have a couple of friends who moved to Payson, AZ in 1999, and there's one of those giant Walphart stores right across the street from a Safeway AND a chain supermarket that's popular in Arizona.  My friends think WailMart is just wonderful.  The store plus the parking lot have destroyed several acres of what was once a large market garden... Ugh.

People don't understand that once something that large is built on fertile cropland, it is gone forever.  Or at least for our lifetimes.

This country's wealth has always been the land, but it's all being paved over at breakneck speed....nobody can eat asphalt.

I don't know if Schwan's delivers in Canada, but they WILL send packages via UPS...packed in dry ice.  Go to the Safeway web site and see if they deliver in your area...do they have stores in Canada?

Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2013 at 1:02am

I don't know much about Walmart, but what little I know is NOT impressive! They opened a store here in my little city a few years ago, & we've lost so many other businesses it's pathetic! We have very little in choices on where to shop now, & I for one, refuse to give them my business! I shop online for almost everything except groceries now, because most of what I want is no longer available locally, & it's sickening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, I feel so much pain from your story, and the countless other stories that good, decent, honest, hard working people tell. The real parasites remain untouched, and it seems they remain untouchable. 

Yes, there will be an uprising and the sooner the better. The Walmart family steals time and money from those who work for them and should be held accountable. 

Can you see the masses assembling outside Walmart stores across the country with valiant leaders ready to storm the citadels? 

 

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