Nextdoor is pretty dead around here. I don't check it too often though, it irritatingly wants to send a code to my phone every time I try to use it. 2 factor authentication is good, but not every single time I open a site on the same computer/browser.
The Justice Department argued that Mr. Trump’s statements denying the rape accusation were an official act because he “addressed matters relating to his fitness for office as part of an official White House response to press inquiries.”
Mr. Trump, initially represented by private lawyers, sought to delay the case on the grounds that as a sitting president he was completely immune to civil lawsuits in state court.
Amazing that this could even be considered. I'm glad they didn't get away with it.
Of all the Kafka I’ve read, the only piece that I have a clear memory of is “The Metamorphosis” Perhaps I remember it so clearly due to the environment I was in. I had recently admitted myself to a psych hospital after an attempted suicide. There was not much to do on the ward, so I read several fiction anthologies, including one that contained “The Metamorphosis.” Another work I read while in the hospital which mad an impression was Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” Perhaps ironically, as I put myself back together, Bartleby slowly decompensated until he found himself in an asylum, where he starved to death. I, on the other hand left in a much better state than when I went in.
This reminds me of high school. It was decided that, due to the poor average reading kills of the students in our school district, everyone had to take remedial reading for two semesters. It quickly became obvious what a bad idea that was, as a large percentage of students could read at or above their grade level. So they seperate remedial reading into remedial reading and speed reading. We had to pretend we could read really fast to do well in this class. I don't remember what speed they thought I was reading at, but I've always assumed that it was bogus, I remember comprehension being poor.
It seems he was created during an actor's strike that prevented actors from being in TV commercials. Yet Kelsey Grammer was his original voice. Kelsey the scab? Or was voice only not considered acting, and allowed?
This is good to read. Sadly, too late for many people who will never be able to read as well as they could if they were taught differently.
Back in the mid to late '60s, my sister and I were taught phonetics in an experimental classroom at Ann Fox elementary in Chicago. Even though we moved to a school district that used older methods of teaching reading after two years, our advantage in reading lasted all the way through high school and beyond. I'm so grateful we had that opportunity.
I remember teachers in 4th grade being amazed by the "difficult" adult books we were reading. The other kids at that school had trouble with grade-specific books. We knew exactly why our reading was more advanced, and we told them all about phonetics.
This is what it was like at the store I worked at. It was owned by a large corporation so I couldn't do anything more than yell, "Please socially distance!" at anti-maskers as the walked past. I quit, it just wasn't worth the stress.
If politics is so important as to preclude romantic love where it otherwise might have blossomed, happiness will fall as a result.
Interesting. I would indeed have trouble having a close relationship with someone who is very strongly right-wing, at least today's rabid version of such a person. I don't remember things being quite so violently polarized 20, 30, or 40 years ago. We definitely disagreed about things, but not with the intensity we do today.
I just wish the people around here were consistent with masks. Many don't wear them, and many that do have their nose or even mouth uncovered. Some walk around with their masks hanging around their neck. I'm appalled to see workers in the hospital with their masks worn incorrectly, or in one case when I was waiting in the hospital or my wife's knee replacement Tuesday, the person at the information desk had her mask hanging from one ear. I'm too non-confrontational to tell these people off.
Edit: Today I went to a convenience store that was very crowded. There were signs all asking people to wear masks. Besides myself, only three other people were wearing masks, and one of them had her nose completely uncovered, and her mouth half covered. The cashier had her mask down around her neck. Just last week when I went there there was much better mask compliance.
I remember once bringing in a stereo amplifier that I'd built into work. Of course, it wasn't UL or in any other way certified. My boss liked it, we liked listening to music while we worked. But some idiot complained that, since it wasn't UL certified, it could be a fire hazard. The solution? Have an electrical engineer write a note declaring it safe. The closest electrical engineer? Me. So I wrote the letter, signed it, then we filed it, and as far as I know they're still using it there.
I think this may be a little alarmist, but we do need to teach kids about the motives of the creators behind the content they are consuming. When we were fostering we let the kids use computers and watch streaming TV, but not in their rooms, only out in the common areas. We didn't let them have phones until their 14th birthday, but we did allow use of them in their rooms. I'm not sure that was consistent with no computers in the rooms, but anything else would have been impractical to enforce.
I just came across a link to this article in a Reddit thread, and was pleasantly surprised to find it already on Readup.