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Google "Shel Silverstein".
He was a very prolific author/catroonist/poet especially well known for children's books. Died in 1999.

His first collection of poems (and one of his most famous books) was "Where the Sidewalk Ends" -- hence, the appropriateness of the post script signage.
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Terrible shopping. Along with what the other commenters noticed, there's no perspective on the cat's face. Notice how the top of the tank appears larger in diameter than the bottom because it is closer to the lens? Well, the cat's face should be exhibiting the same narrowing effect and it's not.
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The attack on Zora Neale Hurston is completely unwarranted. The worst thing the slideshow author comes up with was that HUrston was politically conservative and opposed affirmative action and integration? She's "morally questionable" for that? Really?

The fact is that Hurston truly thought both of these movements were *detrimental* for the long term progress of blacks in the U.S.

She anticipated that forced integration would result in a loss of black culture and an unfair imposition of the Federal government into private lives. Her views at the time (and this was 60 years ago... we have the benefit of hindsight) may be arguable one way or the other, but she felt was acting in the best interest of her fellow blacks.

On the next ubject, she considered affirmative action cheating, akin to making the game easier in a patronizing way, the government's implication being that blacks couldn't succeed with the same rules as everyone else. THAT's why she rejected affirmative action, not because she was some sort of traitor to her race as the article/slideshow implies.
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There's really seems to be no limit on how much they can dumb-down common sense information. The cost to the taxpayers for these frequent nutrition messaging overhauls has got to be staggering. But the nanny-state won't give up it seems. Let's face it... you'd have to be a moron to think that subsisting on Red Bull, chicken nuggets, and pizza pockets is a good thing.

Simply put, people eat poorly because they are lazy and have too much disposable income. No amount of tearful pleading and pretty color coded pictures is going to make them start buying bags of rice / beans / flour, eating more vegetables, or even (gasp) actually cooking (not microwaving) their own food fresh.

Save the $ and just write them off. I don't want to be overly callous, but the people this is targeted at are incorigible.
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Maj. Dick Winters, the company commander and long the visible face of these brave men passed away in January a few weeks short of his 93rd birthday.

I attended our local (small town in NY) Memorial Day parade. There was but one WWII marcher left, walking with a cane but looking dapper and dignified. My wife, remembering her now-passed grandfather (a WWII Pacific vet) marching in similar parades broke out crying.

I can only hope that kids of today are taught by their parents and teachers what these guys and others who served in the War went through and the terrible sacrifices they often made. As the study of history seems to have fallen somewhat out of favor, I hope that their memory can still survive in print, images, and film.
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Hah hah... I didn't know what "Melissa" was so I looked it up and when the picture popped up I right away said "looks like that damned lemonbalm". Sure enough, that's the most common species (Melissa officinalis) of the Melissa genus.

Now I have something to do with the invasive weed :-)
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Wyoming looks pretty safe until someday soon (geologically speaking anyhow) when the Yellowstone Caldera lets loose and buries half the West 10 feet deep. Pompeii and Herculaneum were nothing...
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The Pope and his predecessors over the last few hundred years have dug astronomy and continue to fund research centers.
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Indeed Miss Cellania. In the words of author Robert Heinlein:

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

I'm still working on a few of these, but I keep knocking them off...
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Hmmmm, while I'm sympathetic to a few aspects of his testimony, the fact of the matter is that there is a free market for labor. If there are not enough people developing skills to do "job X" (whatever X may be), you simply are not paying them enough, offering steady employment, &c.. *In aggregate* (not necessarily singly) workers are rational -- they evaluate options against alternatives and train for where their total rewards are best. Big portion of this are pay, benefits, and employment certainty.

So, when I hear about a reputed shortage of skilled engineers for example (GM's onetime CEO once testified to this effect), I say "bollocks". What they really mean is that "there is a shortage of skilled people who are willing to work for what I want to pay". If you, Mr. CEO, want a better supply of engineers, you need to start their pay higher and keep raising it with experience. THAT alone will encourage people to enter the profession (and stay there). When people find that their careers stagnate or steady employment is hard to maintain, word gets out and millions of kids learn (or are told from their parents that X is a bad career choice). If most lawyers were starving, there wouldn't be so many of them.

It's exactly the same thing with these vocational trades. Certainly some plumbers, roofers, &c. can do pretty well (especially if they own their own business), but there are tons of them just getting by working for big firms in crowded markets. If you want to attract good people to these fields, you need to make it MORE attractive than their other options.

Don't worry, the supply will follow the demand. If the net benefits of being a plumber exceed those of being a lawyer, we'll have a lot more plumbers. It's pretty simple, really ... there doesn't need to be government tinkering/meddling to "fix" this.
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I just noticed that Stacy thinks coal is not a major source of energy in the U.S.

Ooops, she'd get a minus-1 on that question. It might not be used much for *residential* heating anymore, but it's still a major energy source. About one-half of U.S. electricity is produced from coal.
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If some other Tesla owner beat you to the punch with "Nikola", "1 Nikola", "2 Nikola",&c. don't try to get clever by spelling it "Nicola". Everyone is just going to think you are a moron. I sure would.
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@Craig -
Because his upper leg and knee were removed. The lower leg and foot were OK, so they were attached ackwards so that his heel (now pointing frontwards) could function as a "knee" for him.

Go get 'em Dugan! The kid has spunk. All my best for him!
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