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|15 hours 20 min ago||Another major label brew||
Another major label brew homogenized pasteurized and ruined by Diageo or whoever owns the label. I pine for the Pilsner Urquell of old, fermented in oak lined with resin pitch, a craft beer before craft beer. They're all ruined.
|16 hours 18 min ago||No, Pinot noir. The||
No, Pinot noir. The Willamette is famous for it, as well as the Columbia. I prefer Oregon Pinot noir to California, by a long shot.
|16 hours 43 min ago||Congratulations!!! You must||
Congratulations!!! You must mean a graduate or professional school if you're drinking Moët. Tell us the details!
Edit: forgot to mention I'm drinking Helioterra Pinot from the Willamette Valley.
|17 hours 22 min ago||It's not an uncommon Irish||
It's not an uncommon Irish name, I know a few grown men by that name, usually spelled Aidan. I bet you don't live anywhere near New York or Boston.
|18 hours 23 min ago||I'm sitting on my helmet||
I'm sitting on my helmet now.
|1 day 42 min ago||Nice and fitting tribute. Is||
Nice and fitting tribute. Is that the old billiards room?
|1 day 2 hours ago||My children have Japanese||
My children have Japanese first names as their mom is Japanese, and they have my last name, which is Irish. One's middle name is a continuation of a family name, the other is from a UM faculty member.
My feeling is that names should have meaning, not simply be given because of the way they sound or current popularity. Meaning could come from family usage or the actual root meaning of the name itself. My sons have the traditional titles for the first and second sons in a Japanese family (they are originally titles, as common names were different). Guess what they are and you win the prize (hint: I had no objection as Kurosawa is one of my favorite directors).
I can't understand naming your child based on the popularity of the name - witness all the little girls named "Madison" or "Olivia" lately.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Happy Friday all! And Happy||
Happy Friday all! And Happy Manhattanhenge to those in NYC!
|1 day 19 hours ago||Three things: 1. I don't own||
1. I don't own or buy any Nike stuff, not for myself and not for my kids. I made that clear to their mom a long time ago. Now they're old enough to buy their own stuff and they do wear NIke stuff, but they know why I don't buy it and hopefully one day they'll think about it.
2. I don't invest in Nike stock, at least not directly. It's probable that a fund I'm in has Nike stock.
3. I support in a very modest way an NGO devoted to fair labor monitoring and advocacy. I won't say which one as there are several and I won't push any one, but for a long time it was headed by a fellow UM doctoral student whom I know from long ago in AA.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I get it, so instead of say,||
I get it, so instead of say, using economic power to improve the lives of workers, and perhaps taking a cut in (enormous) profits while doing so, the proper thing to do is say sew soccer balls or live on the streets, kids, you don't know how good you have it. Or perhaps you do.
Don't you get it? It is EXACTLY the business model of using a middleman to do your dirty business and pulling out when the heat is on, that is the problem. You are, whether you want it or not, condoning enslavement and exploitation with this attitude. And it IS an attitude, not a viable analysis of any sort. The more money you have, the more power you have, and the more choices you have, and Nike and Adidas are very clear about their choices. So clear, in fact, that Nike now lists its suppliers - imagine that, they no longer try to hide where the exploitation takes place! They've come a long way, haven't they?
Forget about staying put and using your economic muscle to promote social changes that improve the lives of those on whose backs you build your mansions and distribute your dividends, no, better to say, wow! They told me they had laws! We're outta here!
|2 days 13 hours ago||That person made ridiculous||
That person made ridiculous demands given the type of institution she received the offer from - a small liberal arts college without a lot of money to spend. A tenure-track philosophy position?! Count your lucky stars and take the damn job. She acted as if she was the cream of the recent philosophy PhD crop, which she clearly wasn't given where the offer came from. Where did her sense of entitlement come from? From being a philosophy graduate student???
|2 days 13 hours ago||I think you revealed the||
I think you revealed the answer in a reply to another comment: you are in secondary education. Unionized school district positions don't have a lot of wiggle room for offers, and good districts - and I'm assuming you would only move to a 'good' district - get a lot of applicants these days. The district where my children go to school on Long Island gets over 300 applications per open position, typically, the best teachers from other districts trying to get in to a high-paying district with wealthy parents of over-achieving brats. If someone doesn't take an offfer, they move right on to the next person. And that person is probably just as qualified.
I'm not denying the HR person didn't handle it well but I'm not surprised at all knowing the field you are in.
|2 days 18 hours ago||UM has an ESL institute and||
UM has an ESL institute and there are at least 2 private ones near campus with TOEFL test prep, he doesn't have to pass before he gets on the plane, he can take a crash course if needed. Plenty of international students have done that, having been admitted pending passing the TOEFL.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Please show me the part where||
Please show me the part where I advocate sourcing our clothing and the associated jobs in the U.S., then perhaps your post will make a little sense.
By the way, textile production using advanced technology is already back on US soil. But those dang third world ingrates are just so cheap.
|3 days 26 min ago||Much of the clothing that you||
Much of the clothing that you and I own and wear is sourced from factories exploiting child labor and even enslaved labor (e.g. Jordanian factories importing workers and taking their passports and withholding wages), in conditions where women are routinely raped, employees are beaten by the police if they protest, wages are withheld, labor laws are merely window dressing and are largely ignored. Some companies try really hard to source responsibly and will react when they are aware of exploitation (e.g. Target, Kohls), some don't give a damn (e.g. Walmart), and some rely on a business model where intermediary companies can shift operations quickly to new manufacturing centers with cheap labor and willing authorities when things heat up in a particular market (e.g. our suitors, Adidas and Nike).
It's a constant battle and fighting it in a socially responsible way requires a different business model that won't work for the biggest players. There is at least one smaller apparel manufacturer that has deals with many college programs, not to supply their official uniforms, but to produce t-shirts and the like. Knights Apparel takes socially responsible sourcing very seriously. The problem is, they are small (they were sold recently for about $200M), they don't have the money to change the game. The only way the game is going to change is if there is a large boycott movement calling for boycotting and divestiture, but good luck with that. People want cool-looking apparel with a brand name on it.
The whole thing sickens me, that's why I have not said anything about this competition to be the next UM suitor to produce official gear made in sweatshops. There will be nothing to celebrate when the decision is announced.
|3 days 46 min ago||Even New Balance cannot||
Even New Balance cannot really make their shoes in the U.S. Any more, they can only partially assemble them. The materials and manufacturing would be really difficult if not impossible to source here, it's all in Asia and it isn't coming over here. To a large extent, the same applies to electronics, there is really no way to make an iPhone here even if you wanted to.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Something tells me that||
Something tells me that today's arrests make it highly unlikely the US hosts the World Cup in the near future.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Here in NY, that can get you||
Here in NY, that can get you arrested as well, if done in anger in the presence of a spouse or children. Doesn't mean you'll face charges, but the police are under instructions to defuse domestic situations involving any violence at all by arresting the perpetrator and sorting it out later.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Yes, like that, only Sichuan||
Yes, like that, only Sichuan would be more likely than Tibet given the security situation. There is the issue of getting my body there, if I don't die over there. It's not happening here in NY because I cannot get anyone who fishes out of Montauk to promise to put me in their chum buckets.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Sky burial for me.||
Sky burial for me.
But not in the middle of the stadium.
|4 days 20 hours ago||President Obama showed up at||
President Obama showed up at Dover AFB, several times.
|4 days 20 hours ago||There are more than 100 names||
There are more than 100 names on the waiting list at Margraten. Some of the families knew the GIs personally, as they lived amongst them when they weren't fighting on the Siegfried Line. They basically took them in, as their own sons were in German labor camps, in hiding, or dead. So they adopted their graves when they came back from the line dead, and the tradition was formalized by the mayor. The tradition spread to Belgium and France, but it started with the Dutch.
|5 days 2 hours ago||A parade, flags on their||
A parade, flags on their graves, flags at half staff and remembrance. Today the graves of American soldiers in Holland, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe will be cleaned and flowers laid by the children and grandchildren of those they saved from tyranny. In some cemeteries, each US grave has an assigned minder, who visits today, on the soldier's birthday, on the date of his death. There are waiting lists of those who want to tend a grave, as many are passed down within families. Think about that. Can we not do the same, at the least? I'll be heading over after the parade, with my sons, they'll complain, as they are teens now, but they will remember.
|5 days 12 hours ago||How's that baseball||
How's that baseball tournament going?
|5 days 13 hours ago||I'm on my ficth beer, was||
I'm on my ficth beer, was drinking Founders All Day during the bbq, now it's 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die. Watching the Rangers lose.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I'm thinking of you and||
I'm thinking of you and hoping you can hold it together during what is going to be a difficult time no matter the outcome. I don't want to tell you what to do regarding your marriage, but I will tell you that it's time to think about yourself and setting yourself up to survive this emotionally and, let's face it, financially. It sounds selfish but it will be better for your children as well as yourself if you can present yourself as a strong, independent man, and father, who is able to stay somewhat above the emotional shitstorm. Don't think your wife is going to hold your hand and get through this with you, you'll be setting yourself up for a major crash. Rely on family, friends, and ultimately yourself. Maybe your marriage will survive, maybe it won't, but you've got to survive this. Time to take care of yourself. Good luck.
|6 days 3 hours ago||9/11/01 on the corner of||
9/11/01 on the corner of Church and Dey in lower Manhattan.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Yeah but you still have a||
Yeah but you still have a great avatar.
|6 days 15 hours ago||If you installed it from the||
If you installed it from the Play store on your old phone, it will be saved in your account and you should see it when you select My Apps, All.
|1 week 13 hours ago||YOU DA MAN! Or woman, I'm||
YOU DA MAN!
Or woman, I'm actually not sure.