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Water Cooler / Re: RIP Indredibill William Atchison
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:25:44 PM »
Does anyone know what happened?

I want a robot that can clean the damn cat box.

Water Cooler / Re: Who gets Yosemite? in Three Californias plan
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:50:22 PM »
>most of what would be called Southern California is extremely poor and generally a miserable place to live.

The entire cesspool of California is a miserable place to live IMHO.

>In the affiliate space we are seeing influencers with their own AGENCIES

No kidding?  Really?  Show me.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - States have broad authority to force online retailers to collect potentially billions of dollars worth of sales taxes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, siding against e-commerce companies in their high-profile fight with South Dakota.

Economics & Investing / Re: trade war
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:13:08 PM »
Now my cousin works in a factory full time and the farm is a 'hobby farm' (his words) which produces income to be sure but not enough to support his family.

It is *very* difficult to start in farming.  And, it shows:  the average age of a farmer has been going up for 20 years.  Now, it's 59.5. 

Economics & Investing / Re: trade war
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:11:57 PM »
Regarding Levis:

For the large majority of their jeans, Levi’s are not made in the USA. More than 99% of their jeans are made in countries like China, Japan, Italy, and others. Levi’s does have a single collection of “Made in the USA” 501 jeans, sourced from a small denim mill called White Oak in Greensboro, NC.

If you want to get those Made in the USA Levi’s, it will definitely cost you. The price tag on the standard 501 jeans is typically seen at $178. However, their online shop right now shows no products available in this style.

Economics & Investing / Re: trade war
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:09:28 PM »
>Grnidone, I think this is a bit of blaming the victim.  I know plenty of people who would have jumped at the chance of a stable factory job if they still existed.  Many of the people I went to school with had dads that lost their jobs in nearby factories.

Not blaming the victim at all, actually.  I find it shameful that people don't see these jobs as highly skilled trades.  I find it shameful that "trade school" is seen as "less than" college.  It's ridiculous.

My Dad went to college to learn Agriculture and farming (and still bitches about having to take "O-Chem" (Organic Chemistry).  These so called "trade-skills" are highly technical. 

But somewhere along the line, people started saying stuff like "Work smart, not hard" implying that trade jobs were "only for dummies."

Maybe this is where the US's attitude towards STEM started to wane?

Water Cooler / Re: Moving back to Spokane
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:54:27 PM »
> parents (alzheimers,

Cherish the time where your folks remember who you are.  It's heart-wrenching when it goes away. 

Although, you can still spend time with them and enjoy their company in other ways.  We would sing "Jingle Bells" and hymns with my Grandmother because that was the last thing to go.  Sometimes, we would feed her stuffed bear with a spoon or read her picture books, or, at the end, bring her grain and sit with her and feed the birds. 

Economics & Investing / Re: Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:49:52 PM »
As old-school as IBM is, would some of those tech workers have been unionized?

Economics & Investing / Re: UK: Single-use plastics ban
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:46:10 PM »

Economics & Investing / Re: trade war
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:43:21 PM »
>I live in the Rust Belt, I've been watching this for 40 years.

Where do you live, Brad?

>Why doesn't that say Made in USA? 

One word:  shame.  It has become shameful to "work hard." 

"Go to college, get your degree," has been preached ad nauseum to a point where a degree is meaningless because it doesn't actually teach you how to work. 

I think we have shamed so many people that working in a factory is where "stupid" people go to work, instead of respecting them like the skilled tradespeople they are.

Marketing / Re: Monsanto's PR problem...
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:25:27 PM »
John Deere is putting a lot of money into robotics/ AI.  It's genius, and I'm glad to see it.

Water Cooler / Re: The Snake Oil Supplements Chart
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:14:52 PM »
Vitamin D (prescribed by my doctor) makes a world of difference for depression for me in the winter time.  If I'm really down, I'll even do two minutes in a tanning bed.  Twenty minutes later, I feel like a new's the weirdest thing.

I've also found that Magnesium supplements have taken away my panic attacks. 

I seriously don't care if any of this is a placebo effect.  My life is better.

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