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So, what's the minimum wait time once the legal immigration process has started? About 6 years. How about we work on making the process faster and easier? That would ACTUALLY cut down on illegal immigration.

http://reason.com/assets/db/07cf533ddb1d06350cf1ddb5942ef5ad.jpg
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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627606.100-living-in-denial-why-sensible-people-reject-the-truth.html?full=true

It makes sense. We're not rational creatures. We are knee-jerk reactors, intensely emotional, instinctive, illogical creatures. A small band of hunter-gatherers on the savannah, when confronted with a hungry group of juvenile male lions, does not stop to think and reason through the problem. It's fight or flight time. This is what we are. We may choose to use rational thought, and I would posit that the greatest thinkers are those who recognize when they are being irrational and switch gears before they speak, but we are not rational. Jumping to irrational conclusions is normal humanity with the filters off.
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http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

Check out 8d and 8i, and think of how many times a day you see violations.

The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.
It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

So if you've got a flag shirt, or flag socks, or a flag pin, the best thing to do is to take it to your local VFW for proper disposal.

Grrr.

Oct. 12th, 2009 10:39 am
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Got too mad reading this article to finish it. I very strongly oppose fertility treatment, for a few reasons. Not gonna start unless a discussion happens in comments, though.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/health/11fertility.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
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1) boyfriend. Still with Jay. It's awesome.
2) family. Sometimes their political views confuse me, but they are an awesome family and we have lots of fun and I love them, so it evens out.
3) friends. I've been hermit-ish lately. I need to work on that.
4) kitty. Registering him with the town. His health seems good, although he's down a pound to 11 since we moved. Will be asking the vet for advice when I pick up his special food this Saturday.
5) apartment. The landlord has been having trouble getting the contractors to do the work on the new apartment up to standard, so we haven't moved into it yet. It's supposed to happen at the end of this month now. Frustrating, since I can't unpack my stuff. Also, what is wrong with contractors? This has been since June.
6) job. Working for the SSAT Board - www.ssat.org - as someone who is not a fan at all of the way the current private school system functions, it's a weird job for me. But I get to treat private school parents like they're not special, so that's nice.* A couple of my coworkers have some religious and philosophical views that I find...well, frankly insane, but they're all really nice and we still have plenty of good conversations when we're not busy on the phones.
7) health. I'm doing research on private health insurance. I'm pretty sure that I can afford it while I'm on this temp assignment, but it's what happens after this job ends in February that has me worried. It takes 3-6 weeks on average to find me a new job, and unemployment pays less than half of what I earned. I'll have to see what kind of savings I can build up.
8) money. I have no bad debt, and $1200 left on my student loan. So this insurance thing is possible.
9) politics. On www.politicalcompass.org, I graph as -7.8, -3.5. I'm pro public funding (within reason), pro choice, AND pro death penalty. Hi, I'm weird.
10) WoW (that's World of Warcraft, relatives!). My night elf druid hit level 60, and I made a death knight. I love this game.

*My issue is multi-faceted. Why do private schools that receive tuition from parents also receive any government funding? This takes funding away from public and special-needs schools. Also, and this is one problem that I can't fathom a way out of, private schools existing contributes to the deterioration of public schools. Think about it: if parents counldn't remove their kids from the public system, they'd be more willing to approve tax increases that go to the funding of public schools. There are flaws there, but the argument is basically sound. Problem is, some public schools have gotten so bad from lack of funding that parents would riot if they had to send their kids there now. What do you do?

***Kevin makes a really good point about this in the comments. Read before you reply!***

Of course

Sep. 15th, 2009 08:40 am
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Today is my day to claim unemployment and let the state know that I went back to work. So of course, the online system is broken and I can't log in at all. Of course.

Brain Dump

Aug. 14th, 2009 09:51 am
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So what would YOU put on a T shirt?

http://www.cafepress.com/squiggly

I've been borrowing Jay's car for the past couple of days while he carpools with a coworker who lives in our complex. I had to get my brakes done: front & rear brakes & rotors, and rear calipers. And yet, it's the cheapest brake job I've ever had done. I question the honesty of north Jersey mechanics.

So, I've been reading www.crazyauntpurl.com lately, and beyond making me want to learn to knit, it's made me want to figure out how I became such an angry person. I carry it around with me and it gets in the way sometimes. And of course it's not just one event, it's lots of them, and bad timing, and people hurting my feelings and breaking my trust. But one thing among them is standing out at the moment, so I thought I might get it out.

Marc H. )

BUT! I'm taking Heather to the Faire tomorrow! So you know that means pictures. AND I caught up on paying down my student loan this morning.



This song always makes me nostalgic for the nomad days:

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
And somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything's better, everything's safe
Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone
And half and hour later we packed up our things
We said we'd send letters and all those little things
And they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
It seemed they'd already forgotten we'd came

Now we're back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
And people don't know you
And trust is a joke
We don't even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old

"Walk On the Ocean"--Toad the Wet Sprocket
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Former Czar: a surge in use will lead to a surge in violence.
Former Czar: California has seen a surge in use.
Economics Prof: but where's the surge in violence? Oh wait, there isn't one. Because you're wrong.

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Been having trouble posting video to youtube. Drat.

Saw Watchmen. Also drat.

Rrrrrrrrrr

Mar. 6th, 2009 10:01 pm
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It is taking forEVARS for the latest video to upload to youtube. It's only two frickin' minutes long!

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