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My generation has been complaining for the last decade or two that we still don't have flying cars. Well, we can stop now, because here they are:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7860966/Terrafugia-Transition-flying-car-gets-go-ahead-from-US-air-authorities.html

(I would imagine consumer-ready models are only a few years and one worldwide fuel-system overhaul away.)
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100624/ap_on_en_tv/us_immigration_take_our_jobs

From www.takeourjobs.org:
"TAKE OUR JOBS

There are two issues facing our nation--high unemployment and undocumented people in the workforce--that many Americans believe are related.

Missing from the debate on both issues is an honest recognition that the food we all eat - at home, in restaurants and workplace cafeterias (including those in the Capitol) - comes to us from the labor of undocumented farm workers.

Agriculture in the United States is dependent on an immigrant workforce. Three-quarters of all crop workers working in American agriculture were born outside the United States. According to government statistics, since the late 1990s, at least 50% of the crop workers have not been authorized to work legally in the United States.

We are a nation in denial about our food supply. As a result the UFW has initiated the "Take Our Jobs" campaign.

Farm workers are ready to train citizens and legal residents who wish to replace them in the field, we will use our knowledge and staff to help connect the unemployed with farm employers. Just fill out the form to the right and continue on to the request for job application.

** Job may include using hand tools such as knives, hoes, shovels, etc. Duties may include tilling the soil, transplanting, weeding, thinning, picking, cutting, sorting & packing of harvested produce. May set up & operate irrigation equip. Work is performed outside in all weather conditions (Summertime 90+ degree weather) & is physically demanding requiring workers to bend, stoop, lift & carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis."



Yeah, right. When my brother can't hire* his own unemployed friends to do a relatively easy job, you think unemployed Americans are going to take a farm laborer's job? But that's not the ideal job using the skills they trained for! And therefore unacceptable!

Illegal immigrants don't steal American jobs. They do jobs Americans won't.

I have a degree I can't cash in on. You know how I got the full time job I have? I temped. I voluntarily left unemployment before the perfect gig came along. Because it's NEVER coming. I hear about people waiting for the right job to come along and it makes me mad. Work through a temp agency. Substitute teach. Take the work that is offered. If it'll cover your bills, it's good enough. You don't have to commit to it--keep looking once you've been hired. But get off your ass and stop complaining about dem immergrints takin' yer jerb when you won't work!


* And yes, my brother ONLY hires documented workers. And pays a fair wage.
holly_evolving: (Hippie Yay)
Interesting:

In the recent recession, 3/4 of the American jobs lost were lost by men. Currently, the U.S. workforce is more than fifty per cent women. And the boom is still swinging our way. For every two men who receive a bachelor's degree this year, three women will. Thirteen of fifteen job sectors expected to grow are dominated by women. And in fertility clinics that offer sex selection, more parents want daughters than sons; sometimes the preference is two to one. In other industrialized nations like South Korea, major shifts have also happened, and they are under way from India to Iceland to Rwanda.

It may not be a man's world much longer.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135/
holly_evolving: (Mariantonia)
I wouldn't be surprised, since Michaelangelo was angry and a jerk in addition to one of the greatest talents the world has ever known. Still, as Fark points out, this will probably lead to another Dan Brown pile of garbage.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/06/17/is-there-a-hidden-message-in-the-sistine-chapel-ceiling/
holly_evolving: (Default)
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
holly_evolving: (Default)
That's how the Russians stopped leaking oil wells in the Soviet era. 5 deployments with an 80% success rate. I wonder how they came up with that rate? Did only 4 work?

Of course, that WOULD be a major treaty violation. Also, I'm pretty sure that's insane. Then again, 4 out of 5 is better than 0 out of 5...

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/05/05/russian-advice-nuke-the-oil-spill-thatll-fix-it/
holly_evolving: (lolgham script)
"This is a move away from the time when a student can be punished for the location of his home or the depth of his father's pockets."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wirestory?id=10806183&page=1

The points that sell me on this are: 1) The option is there to be tougher than the Common Core. This is the MINIMUM standard. 2) Federal government was not actually involved, although they did encourage it. Safe to interpret that federal money was not spent on this, which will make the conservatives happy, or at least negate reasonable complaint.

If it works the way it's supposed to, this will be a very good thing. Except the Alaska and Texas parts. WTF, guys?
holly_evolving: (Default)
I hate the red/blue divide. What happened to agreeing to disagree, and caring about people anyway? I'm a liberal atheist. My family contains some outspoken religious conservatives. And we love each other. Beyond that, we're friends. And nobody, from Fox or Msn, or any other media conglomerate, is going to change that. I want this book.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/01/can-a-book-about-jer.html#more

"The saddest part of the deepening of the political divide in the US (something I blame, at least in part, on the 24/7 media cycle's need to create a narrative) is how it blinds us to common ground." - Quote from the comments section, username mgfarrelly
holly_evolving: (sad girl)
The viral video of the abused cows at Conklin Dairy Farm has resulted in the arrest of one of the abusers.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/27/dairy-farm-worker-ar.html

Sad icon is for the cows. Hopefully the other workers involved will be identified and similarly charged.
holly_evolving: (Platadoom)
Signal Boost: BP doesn't want the media talking about the leak. So let's keep talking about it, shall we?

The cleanup crews are getting sick, and aren't allowed to speak for themselves.

http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/05/26/oil-spill-clean-up-workers-report-feeling-drugged-disoriented/
holly_evolving: (Platadoom)
Any of the bilingual teachers I can remember were native speakers of languages other than English and had accents that reflected their ethnicities.

http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/24/arizona-wants-to-reassign-teachers-with-accents/?hpt=C1
holly_evolving: (sad girl)
This is just so sad. Boycotting rosewood products won't actually accomplish anything, I just wanted to get your attention.

Madagascar is being raped:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/world/africa/25madagascar.html?ref=global-home
holly_evolving: (dark pony)
In his later years, Samuel Clemens was bitter and jaded, and he lost a fortune investing in bad inventions. This might be a downer, y'all.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/after-keeping-us-waiting-for-a-century-mark-twain-will-finally-reveal-all-1980695.html

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