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Plum last won the day on October 13 2013

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  1. The Freedom to Read Statement From the ALA and Association of American Publishers The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed
  2. I don’t know about their motives. Cancel culture has become a dominating force. For all I know it could have been a preemptive move.
  3. Not a member of the lucky 1/3. Daniel Griffin wasn’t sure what to expect when his patients with chronic COVID-19 symptoms started getting vaccinated. There was some concern that the shots might make things worse by triggering the immune system. Luckily, the opposite seemed to be true. “I started getting texts and calls from some of my colleagues saying hey, are your patients with long COVID reporting that they’re feeling better after the vaccine?” says Griffin, an infectious diseases clinician and researcher at Columbia University. When he started talking with patients, he saw that t
  4. Did you read the first part of my post? I was suggesting editing it to update and remove the offending parts.
  5. Is there a problem with the writing or just the pictures? Seems like an easy fix either way. It’s not like Seuss is that complex. Couldn’t they insert a lesson with context at the end of the book? Why stop publishing them completely? What does that accomplish?
  6. Huh I didn’t know that. Isn’t 5 years a long time at retirement age? A lot of people die when they stop working. They like to keep busy and active. I still don’t see why people can’t access money they have put into the system and work.
  7. When I worked at Target I had a lovely retiree working for me. She was a workhorse and I would have scheduled her for 40 hours a week if I could but then she would go over and her SS would get penalized. She wanted to work and get out of the house. She didn’t need the money. She can’t just not take it though. the problem I see with this scenario is restricting retirees hours, not a problem with the wage itself.
  8. Yes. That’s what Target did. Everyone feels good going to Target over Walmart because they treat their employees better and we’re already at a $15 minimum wage. Yay for them. News came out that team leaders (that’s their name for non-salary department managers) suddenly weren’t working full-time anymore. Well that’s not cool. To paraphrase an interview I saw with the CEO he said they raised the wage so they can get more applicants which is code for choose better employees. Back in the day I worked my way up from cashier to electronics team lead. Next stop salaried manager. Together Dh
  9. Oh I’m so sorry! I thank my lucky stars I have a tenant in the medical field that hasn’t been out of work and has been able to pay monthly. I swear I want to give her a discount for paying early every month since I can’t give her a big hug. This has been really hard on landlords too! We’re not all greedy monsters. Some of us are people with families that rely on that income.
  10. I saw an article about a landlord in CA with tenants that hadn't paid rent since just before the pandemic. With the moratorium, he was unable to evict them, but he could sell the house (tenants included!) at a steep discount. He lost $70k in the deal, but as a retiree, his peace of mind and reduction of stress level was worth it. All this to say, there will be some funky situations coming up with houses being sold out from under tenants. Which makes me think of the last housing crisis, squatters, foreclosures, and short sales. Inventory is super low and houses are selling within days her
  11. Sweet. I am currently looking for a drawing tablet.
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