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hedgehog

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 32,758

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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So - I mispelled my search for "currant bushes" as "current bushes"

and up popped George W Bush.
Not sure at all what that means!

Are Gotham City and Metropolis both versions of New York City, or is

Metropolis Chicago?

American made clothes and fabrics: I've seen them going away for 20 some years.

When my kids were little, I was able to buy American made clothes easily. Then I had to start searching. Then I had to give up. Gradually, all the fabrics at the fabric store were made overseas. For a long time, I could find sheets made in America. Finally, the last time I looked, I couldn't find any towels made in America.

As near as I can tell, here's what happened: Say a mill can turn out the product at 5% profit. Say a foreign mill offers a 10% profit. The large stockholders, who tend themselves to be institutions, pension funds and investment funds, will push management to push manufacturing overseas to pick up that extra 5%. So will banks offering operating and capital loans. In other words, American operations don't just have to make a profit, they have to make as much or more as the outfit overseas. I've seen it with retailers, too. They started buying from plants overseas, but didn't drop prices accordingly.

One way around this that I can see is some sort of labor tariff - even a gross one based on relative minimum wages. Tossing in a pollution tariff wouldn't hurt, either. All rivers end up in the same ocean; we all breathe the same air.

We might also want to consider penalizing retail establishments over a certain size that fail to ensure proper working conditions at their contractor's plants. When Walmart has to shovel out money top police working conditions overseas, it may reconsider buying its products here, where the government is at least expected to enforce safe working rules.

Who says that social mobility is a thing of the past in America?

Between stagnant wages, loss of pensions and high costs for education, many middle class people are rapidly moving into the lower class!

Unbelievable! NPR just reported that the Bush Library has a special

display case for the bullhorn he used at Ground Zero. Someone had to set it aside, someone else had to hunt it up and put it into the museum.

I wonder where the copy of My Pet Goat is?

"Boston ER Doctor Finds Marathon Memories Hard To Shake "

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/24/178850615/boston-er-doctor-finds-marathon-memories-hard-to-shake?ft=1&f=1001


Really? A story about someone who finds the memories hard to shake a week and a half later!?!?

What does Al-Quaida have against Canada?

Black powder - I know that guns are regulated, but what about purchases of ammunition

and/or black powder?

Syria: not our war

I am angry about the seeming assumptions among some Syrians that the US needs to step in and resolve their civil war. As near as I can tell, this is one case where our hands are clean; that the Assad regime was held up by the Soviets and then the Russians.

So - point 1: we didn't cause it.

As near as I can tell, there are numerous factions fighting Assad and possibly each other. Some of those factions follow an ideology that is counter to most American ideals: freedom of religion, women's rights, freedom of speech, etc.

So - point 2 - who are we supposed to support, and how do we keep weapons out of the hands of potential future enemies?

The Syrian civil war is causing terrible human suffering. But for real human carnage, look at the war in Congo:

"Congo has become a never-ending nightmare, one of the bloodiest conflicts since World War II, with more than five million dead. It seems incomprehensible that the biggest country in sub-Saharan Africa and on paper one of the richest, teeming with copper, diamonds and gold, vast farmlands of spectacular fertility and enough hydropower to light up the continent, is now one of the poorest, most hopeless nations on earth. Unfortunately, there are no promising solutions within grasp, or even within sight. "

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/sunday-review/congos-never-ending-war.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

I suspect that many American, European and Asian corporations are doing just fine, thank-you, taking minerals out of Congo, so there is little pressure to stop the war.

http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/initiatives/conflict-minerals

So - point 3 - if the trip point for sending in American troops and/or arms is the level of suffering, why aren't we in Congo?

Media people find it much, much easier to cover the war in Syria than in Congo. But that's not a reason to commit America to another war.


BTW - it wasn't just Boston -

In Oswego, NY, the US Border Patrol was all over the harbor last Friday, lest the fugitives make a run for Canada over Lake Ontario.

In Niagara Falls, NY, police officers stopped and searched at least one car and the local Buffalo TV station carried it live.

There was an entire apparatus on red alert lest the Boston bombing be the first of a wave of bombings.
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