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csziggy's Journal
csziggy's Journal
June 30, 2017

Why Teachers Drink

Sent to me by a friend:

Why Teachers Drink

The following questions were set in last year's GED examination.

These are genuine answers (from 18 year old students)

Q. Name the four seasons?
A.. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. How is dew formed?
A.. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A.. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A.. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. (Shoot yourself now, there is little hope)

Q... What happens to your body as you age?
A.. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes?
A.. Premature death.

Q. What is artificial insemination?
A... When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour?
A.. Keep it in the cow. (Simple, yet brilliant)

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. the abdomen)?
A.. The body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity.

The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal

cavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O,U

Q. What is the fibula?
A.. A small lie.

Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
A.. Nearby.

Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section.'
A.. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.

Q. What is a seizure?
A.. A Roman Emperor.
(Ah yes, Julius Seizure: I came, I saw, I had a fit)

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport. (irrefutable)

Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A.. Benign is what you will be after you be eight. (brilliant)

June 26, 2017

Home Depot, Menards face lawsuits over lumber size description

Home Depot, Menards face lawsuits over lumber size description
USA Today Network Rick Romell , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published 12:17 p.m. ET June 21, 2017 | Updated 7:46 a.m. ET June 22, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Two home improvements stores are accused of deceiving the buyers of four-by-four boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous two-by-four.

The alleged deception: Menards and Home Depot (HD) market and sell the hefty lumber as four-by-fours without specifying that the boards actually measure 3½ inches by 3½ inches.

The lawsuits against the retailers would-be class actions, filed within five days of each other in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys from the same Chicago law firm represent the plaintiffs in both cases. Each suit seeks more than $5 million.

“Defendant has received significant profits from its false marketing and sale of its dimensional lumber products,” the action against Menards contends.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/06/21/home-depot-menards-lumber-size-lawsuit/415874001/

I've known since I was ten years old that dimensional lumber was not the stated size - and I knew WHY! The lumber is rough cut to the stated size then planed to make smooth sides. While rough cut lumber can be purchased for some things - like fence boards - you would not want it for most home projects.

At ten I planed and constructed a shelf-desk for a summer project. I had to educate myself about the actual sizes of the boards to make the project fit in the corner of the room where it was to be placed. That meant learning that 1x6" boards were really 3/4" x 5-1/2" so I could make everything the size I needed.

Besides, Home Depot gives the actual dimensions for 4x4s" on their site as actual dimensions: 3.56 in. x 3.56 in.

I wonder what profits Menards makes from the sawdust and shavings left over from planing the lumber to it's final sizes?

June 25, 2017

BREAKING NEWS -Little Hawk just fledged in Sidney Eagle Nest

Here are some good shots from a couple of days ago:

June 24, 2017

Is anyone here into vintage computer stuff?

I'm helping my sister clean up my Mom's house. Among the clutter are LOTS of books and manuals for older computer operating systems and programs. I don't have a list, but the subjects covered start with Windows 3.1 and go through Windows 2000, maybe even Windows 8. There is at least one book on Red Hat Linux.

Programs covered are Word, WordPerfect, Corel Draw, and more.

We brought home two computers - not sure if they work, not sure what vintage they are. I will have to remove the harddrives before I can pass them along to any one to protect any information left on them.

If I don't find a home for this stuff it will all go into recycling. If any one is interested, let me know. We hauled some stuff home this trip and will be unloading it today. Another carload is still at my Mom's house and I will have to bring it home next trip - or maybe I can get my sister to ship stuff out from down state.

Any takers?

June 16, 2017

Important new research project on the Holocaust - History Unfolded

Help tell America's story

Together, we can uncover what ordinary people around the country could have known about the Holocaust from reading their local newspapers in the years 1933–1945. We need you to join our team of citizen historians uncovering new knowledge that will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.


About History Unfolded

History Unfolded is a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It asks students, teachers, and history buffs throughout the United States what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded. Participants look in local newspapers for news and opinion about 32 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the United States and Europe, and submit articles they find to a national database, as well as information about newspapers that did not cover events. History Unfolded raises questions for scholars and will inform the Museum’s initiative on Americans and the Holocaust.

Your Role

Participants search in newspaper archives online and at libraries for articles about the Nazi threat in the 1930s and 1940s. As of June 16, 2017, 1,677 participants from across the country had submitted more than 10,400 articles from their local newspapers. The articles were published in newspapers located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and represent news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, political cartoons, and advertisements. Through their work, these “citizen historians” have learned about Holocaust history, used primary sources in historical research, and challenged assumptions about American knowledge of and responses to the Holocaust. Their findings prompt us to reflect on America’s role in the world today.

It's easy to participate
Sign up today so we can keep in touch and provide help when you need it
Find a newspaper archive near you
Browse the historical events and choose one to research
Upload your findings to the database

I think this is a brilliant project that will help us understand how a horror such as the Holocaust can happen with average people not realizing what is going on or how things got to such a point.

June 8, 2017

A Physics Expert Had Her Own Theories Mansplained OnstageUntil One Person Stood Up

A Physics Expert Had Her Own Theories Mansplained Onstage—Until One Person Stood Up
By John Bonazzo • 06/06/17 6:45am

One woman. Six men. You know, a typical science panel discussion.

Veronika Hubeny, a theoretical physicist and professor at the University of California, Davis, was barely able to speak during the first hour of a panel she was on at the World Science Festival. When the conversation finally turned to string theory, her area of expertise, all eyes in the sold-out audience were on her. But as she prepared to speak, the moderator started mansplaining, describing her theories in detail without letting her talk.

That is, until a woman’s voice cried out from near the front of the dark auditorium: “Let her speak, please!” The room erupted in cheers.

Such was the scene at John Jay College in New York this past weekend, during a panel on “Pondering the Imponderables.” The Saturday afternoon discussion featured a male moderator (Jim Holt of The New Yorker), five male panelists and Hubeny.

More: http://observer.com/2017/06/sexism-science-facebook-mansplaining/

Mansplaining around an hour into the video:

June 4, 2017

I have to agree with you and with HRC - the database had been neglected

I did a lot of work with the VAN database during the 2008 campaign. After the campaign I offered to volunteer to help keep the database up to date - I knew there were still sections of our area where calls had not been made, voters had not been verified, information still needed to be updated, and tools to improve the database needed to be added. The last was beyond my capabilities, but as a power user I could work with programmers to help them decide what was needed and to beta test them.

I was unable to do much during the 2012 campaign so I am not sure how much had been done in those four years. When I hosted phone banking events at my house in 2016 and made calls myself, I was appalled at how out of date the database was. MOST of the time we spent calling was to verify phone numbers and mark disconnected or wrong numbers. A good third to half of the calls I made ended up being disconnected or incorrect numbers. When we did contact registered Democratic voters all we did was try to get them to volunteer. We did absolutely no campaigning, no discussion of issues, just recruitment.

When I tried to volunteer in 2008 I thought it would be good to keep voter databases up to date and while doing that we could push voter registration - but the Democratic Party does not seem to care about either of those between elections. If we had volunteers working on those two items ALL THE TIME we could contact every unregistered eligible voter. We could work with felons to regain their right to vote. We could keep volunteers trained and engaged and not have to rebuild our teams for every single election. And lastly we could have the teams and enthusiasm for interim elections and not lose those every time.

The VAN database only includes registered voters - we need to expand it to include people who are not registered to vote so we can try to engage them. That is a major failing. With such a poor percentage of eligible citizens not registered, and with such an abysmal percentage of registered voters turning out, we are losing our democracy. The Democratic Party should be the leaders in pushing voter registration and voter rights, and fighting voter suppression. We make token efforts every four years but in between presidential campaigns it gets ignored.

June 3, 2017

Gillum Stumps Before Tiger Bay

Gillum Stumps Before Tiger Bay
By Tom Flanigan • May 31, 2017

Tallahassee’s Mayor and Candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum brought his stump speech to the Capital Tiger Bay Club today (Wednesday, 5/31).

Although admitting his bid is a bit of a long shot, Gillum insisted he has a chance to take the Democratic primary – and even the governor’s mansion – next year. While self-identifying as being on the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Gillum revealed he’s not afraid to take his message to an area known as a hotbed of conservative Republicans. Namely The Villages near Ocala, where he was surprised to find a warm reception and even financial support during a recent rally there.

“And they sent this thing around with a volunteer collecting donations and when that thing made it back to me they had raised nearly $5,000 in $5, $10 and $20 contributions,” he recalled.

Because of that and some high-powered endorsements on the state and even national level, Gillum was optimistic about his chances.

More including link to full length audio of the event: http://news.wfsu.org/post/gillum-stumps-tiger-bay

I listened to most of this and was very impressed with Andrew Gillum, his ideas and his fire. For any Floridian not familiar with the Tallahassee mayor, this is well worth listening to.

I'm still trying to decide between Gillum and Gwen Graham.

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