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What's going on with you, part II...
#21
(05-18-2016, 10:26 PM)Odin Wrote: A cousin of mine was murdered last weekend.

RIP Cory Cry

Heck! I am so very sorry to hear of this  Cry Cry Cry Cry
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#22
(05-18-2016, 10:26 PM)Odin Wrote: A cousin of mine was murdered last weekend.

RIP Cory Cry

My deepest sympathy.
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#23
(05-18-2016, 01:44 PM)X_4AD_84 Wrote:
(05-12-2016, 06:29 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: I may have saved my father's life.

I got a call from the nursing home about 8 AM EST stating that my father was showing signs of circulatory failure -- discoloration of his knees -- due to dehydration and malnutrition. I was asked whether I wanted to have the nursing home 'make him comfortable' or send him to the hospital. I went to the nursing home with my dog (the dog has a right to know if the end is nigh for a loved one, I suppose, as he got to know for my mother), and  my father responded more to the dog than to me. But he did face me.

I am not writing him off. I decided to send him to the hospital so that he could be treated for the dehydration and malnutrition. Guess what happened? The hospital took him off Fentanyl, and he started moving his legs about.

"Make him comfortable". I am glad that I could read between the lines on that piece of Orwellian deceit.

Nursing homes -- where capitalist greed meets socialist irresponsibility.

It's too bad that Dickens or Hugo isn't around to relate such a nightmare.  You have seen it from me, from someone with practically no literary talent.

With all the aging Boomers and a decent number of them with significant assets I'm confident we are going to see yet another Boomer led revolution - this time in the realm of dealing with aging. This is the one area where I look forward to walking in the footsteps of the Boomers. Xers will have all sorts of options to deal with aging and the costs will just get lower and lower the more we age (well, at least true for us Ataris - longer lived Nintendos will experience increasing costs due to the onset of Millie aging ... ).

But I am a Boomer, and my father is a Depression-era Silent. Nursing-home costs have destroyed my chance of starting over. I am beginning to wish that I had chain-smoked so that I would already be dead from cancer. I have no real way to start over. I am in a community that I loathe and have no reasonable way out. Medical insurance costs more than the payments on a Mercedes-Benz at my age. 

A few Boomers have unimaginable assets because they are members or have been members of the Executive elite, people paid very well for treating workers very badly on behalf of even richer people. These people get rich by creating and enforcing mass poverty. Those Boomers are conspicuously successful. Now what about those who have had blue-collar, pink-collar, or low-paying white-collar jobs all their lives? Boomer elites have never shown solidarity with any other than people richer and more powerful than themselves.

What meaning have those elites left the rest of America?

Boomer economic elites are the worst exploiters in American history since the antebellum planters who had the audacity to claim that they were the best thing that ever happened to their slaves. Gilded elites? They had so little polish that they were easy to lampoon -- but at least they were the pioneers of Big Business that allowed economic modernization. Boomer elites have the polish -- and the power. Boomer elites are experts at treating other people badly while insisting that they be seen as benefactors to those that they exploit and abuse.

It's narcissism, folks. Someone who makes his living as a subordinate to the economic elites gets slave-like humility enforced upon him early. I can't imagine a waitress or checker-cashier of even the Boomer generation holding onto any conceit. What younger people hate in Boomers is what they see in Boomer elites -- men my age with wives less than half their age, two-ex-wives, and a raft of spoiled-brat kids who are never going to amount to anything. They went to college and had a fun official major with a minor in living beyond the means of most working people before they have ever held a job.
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#24
Update on Huntsville Research Park.

Quote:http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/201...river_home
… “ the Chamber unveiled a new blueprint for CRP, the second-largest research park in the U.S. and fourth-largest in the world.”…

… "CRP has more than 300 companies and 29,000 employees. Officials hope an updated master plan will bring CRP into the future, produce jobs, attract and retain businesses and lure young professionals to the area.”…
 … whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8 (ESV)
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#25
Some early history of missile development in Huntsville AL.  From the Army Redstone Arsenal, two major programs were launched: 
1. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center(MSFC) in 1959
2. The pioneering development of the nations ballistic missile defense program. This research formed the basis for the Strategic Defense Initiative(SDI)  in 1983.


Quote:http://themilitarystandard.com/missile/redstone.php
… "Huntsville's Role in Ballistic/Guided Missile Development 
In 1950, 120 German scientists led by Dr. Wernher von Braun along with American scientists and military personnel arrived from Fort Bliss, Texas, to begin work. Work at Redstone had initially centered on rocket-related research and development including basic and applied research on free rockets, jet-assisted takeoff engines, and solid-propellant fuels. With the arrival of the von Braun team, Redstone also became responsible for research and development of guided missiles. Their first major project was to develop a surface-to-surface missile with a 500-mile range. This missile became known as the Redstone.”..
… "February 1, 1956, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) came into existence at Redstone Arsenal under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Ordnance and assumed control of the facilities of the former Guided Missile Development Division of Redstone's Ordnance Missile Laboratory. Maj. Gen. John B. Medaris became ABMA’s first commander.”…

…The October 4, 1957, Soviet launch of Sputnik proved to be an important factor. Although earlier ABMA offers to launch a satellite were spurred in favor of the Navy’s Vanguard program, on November 8, 1957, Defense Secretary McElroy ordered ABMA to prepare a Jupiter C missile to launch a satellite.”…

… "On March 31,1958 the new Army Ordnance Missile Command (AOMC) stood up at Redstone Arsenal with Maj. Gen. Medaris in command. ABMA became a subordinate command of AOMC on the following day, as did the newly formed U.S. Army Guided Missile Agency (ARGMA),

… "On October 21, 1959, President Eisenhower ordered components of the military's space program to be transferred to NASA. Thus in July 1960, a substantial proportion of ABMA facilities was leased to NASA to become the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.”….

… "In 1963, Nike Zeus became Nike X. The Huntsville Project Office continued to fund research to develop vital components of what eventually would be dubbed the Sentinel and later Safeguard ABM systems. 
… "With Secretary of Defense McNamara announcing in September 1967 his decision to deploy Sentinel, another reorganization placed the Huntsville Project Office under the new U.S. Sentinel Systems Command (SENSCOM). Because the Department of Defense restricted SENSCOM to functions relating to the engineering requirements needed to support Sentinel deployment, the Army set up an additional organization to support research and development (R&D) for an advanced system. This organization eventually became the U.S. Army Advanced Ballistic Missile Defense Agency (ABMDA) and reported directly to the Army's Chief of Research and Development. Although collocated in Washington with the SENSCOM System Office, ABMDA also maintained a presence in Huntsville adjacent to the SENSCOM field quarters.”….
 … whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8 (ESV)
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#26
Although Huntsville in known as the ‘Rocket City’( and NASA still gets most of the Press), you can see from the employment numbers that Huntsville is more of  an Army town.
( The MSFC employment peaked at ~ 7500 Civil Service in the mid 1960’s.)

 http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/inde...Itemid=355

Top Employers:

Company/Agency
Employees
U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal **~20,000 Civil Service****
31,500
NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center*~2600 Civil Service*
6,500
Huntsville Hospital
6,341
Huntsville City Schools
3,000
The Boeing Company
2,600
Madison County Schools
2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
2,277
City of Huntsville
2,206

 http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-...c-Engines/
 … whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8 (ESV)
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#27
(05-24-2016, 03:58 PM)radind Wrote: Although Huntsville in known as the ‘Rocket City’( and NASA still gets most of the Press), you can see from the employment numbers that Huntsville is more of  an Army town.
( The MSFC employment peaked at ~ 7500 Civil Service in the mid 1960’s.)

 http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/inde...Itemid=355

Top Employers:

Company/Agency
Employees
U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal **~20,000 Civil Service****
31,500
NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center*~2600 Civil Service*
6,500
Huntsville Hospital
6,341
Huntsville City Schools
3,000
The Boeing Company
2,600
Madison County Schools
2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
2,277
City of Huntsville
2,206

 http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-...c-Engines/
This probably is not the thread for these kinds of posts as this is more for light hearted, more personal discussion.
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#28
(05-24-2016, 04:03 PM)taramarie Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 03:58 PM)radind Wrote: Although Huntsville in known as the ‘Rocket City’( and NASA still gets most of the Press), you can see from the employment numbers that Huntsville is more of  an Army town.
( The MSFC employment peaked at ~ 7500 Civil Service in the mid 1960’s.)

 http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/inde...Itemid=355

Top Employers:

Company/Agency
Employees
U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal **~20,000 Civil Service****
31,500
NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center*~2600 Civil Service*
6,500
Huntsville Hospital
6,341
Huntsville City Schools
3,000
The Boeing Company
2,600
Madison County Schools
2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
2,277
City of Huntsville
2,206

 http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-...c-Engines/
This probably is not the thread for these kinds of posts as this is more for light hearted, more personal discussion.

OK with me to move it.
 … whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8 (ESV)
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#29
(05-24-2016, 04:20 PM)radind Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 04:03 PM)taramarie Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 03:58 PM)radind Wrote: Although Huntsville in known as the ‘Rocket City’( and NASA still gets most of the Press), you can see from the employment numbers that Huntsville is more of  an Army town.
( The MSFC employment peaked at ~ 7500 Civil Service in the mid 1960’s.)

 http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/inde...Itemid=355

Top Employers:

Company/Agency
Employees
U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal **~20,000 Civil Service****
31,500
NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center*~2600 Civil Service*
6,500
Huntsville Hospital
6,341
Huntsville City Schools
3,000
The Boeing Company
2,600
Madison County Schools
2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
2,277
City of Huntsville
2,206

 http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-...c-Engines/
This probably is not the thread for these kinds of posts as this is more for light hearted, more personal discussion.

OK with me to move it.

As it stands I don't have a problem with it, radind is simply posting about his/her hometown, if it drifts into something more contentious I can split it.
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#30
(05-24-2016, 06:03 PM)Webmaster Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 04:20 PM)radind Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 04:03 PM)taramarie Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 03:58 PM)radind Wrote: Although Huntsville in known as the ‘Rocket City’( and NASA still gets most of the Press), you can see from the employment numbers that Huntsville is more of  an Army town.
( The MSFC employment peaked at ~ 7500 Civil Service in the mid 1960’s.)

 http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com/inde...Itemid=355

Top Employers:

Company/Agency
Employees
U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal **~20,000 Civil Service****
31,500
NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center*~2600 Civil Service*
6,500
Huntsville Hospital
6,341
Huntsville City Schools
3,000
The Boeing Company
2,600
Madison County Schools
2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
2,277
City of Huntsville
2,206

 http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-...c-Engines/
This probably is not the thread for these kinds of posts as this is more for light hearted, more personal discussion.

OK with me to move it.

As it stands I don't have a problem with it, radind is simply posting about his/her hometown, if it drifts into something more contentious I can split it.
Ok your call
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#31
Sorry I haven't posted on here in a while...

I just came back from San Francisco, and I will be busy...I have too many final projects to work on!
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
—Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."
—Mark Twain

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#32
(05-24-2016, 08:57 PM)MillsT_98 Wrote: Sorry I haven't posted on here in a while...

I just came back from San Francisco, and I will be busy...I have too many final projects to work on!

San Francisco -- where one is either busy at work, busy getting fun or enlightenment, or exhausted.

Oh, do I miss it!
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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#33
(05-24-2016, 08:25 PM)X_4AD_84 Wrote:
(05-19-2016, 10:13 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: Boomer economic elites are the worst exploiters in American history since the antebellum planters who had the audacity to claim that they were the best thing that ever happened to their slaves. Gilded elites? They had so little polish that they were easy to lampoon -- but at least they were the pioneers of Big Business that allowed economic modernization. Boomer elites have the polish -- and the power. Boomer elites are experts at treating other people badly while insisting that they be seen as benefactors to those that they exploit and abuse.

It's narcissism, folks. Someone who makes his living as a subordinate to the economic elites gets slave-like humility enforced upon him early. I can't imagine a waitress or checker-cashier of even the Boomer generation holding onto any conceit. What younger people hate in Boomers is what they see in Boomer elites -- men my age with wives less than half their age, two-ex-wives, and a raft of spoiled-brat kids who are never going to amount to anything. They went to college and had a fun official major with a minor in living beyond the means of most working people before they have ever held a job.

Well you and other Boomers will be the force that results in modernization of how we deal with aging. The current paradigm is a 19th Century hand-me-down. You may not benefit from this coming Revolution in the early stages of your serious aging however I predict you will benefit from it at some point.

The one thing that America cannot support is a ruling elite that believes that the rest of the world exists solely for its enrichment and pampering. "We take what we want and leave you with what we think you meed just to survive and procreate" is the ethos of the slave-master. The extreme narcissist could even take  Marx' dictum "From each according to his ability and to each according to his need" as a rationale for slavery. After all, slaves were worked as hard as possible and given what the masters saw fit for them -- an animal level of survival. Just think of how absolute plutocracy would serve them.

If Boomers seem short of the classic virtues of education, culture, and religion that Howe and Strauss ascribe to them in Generations, they are strong on the classic vices of arrogance, selfishness, and ruthlessness. What can people achieve with that? Calamity. If such succeeds in America it will make America an Evil Empire arguably rivaling the Third Reich and Stalin's Soviet Union in the perception of vileness outside America.

It could be late-wave Boomers who have the last, and benign act. We need a vision of a just world worthy of preserving. I think of a world in which people have more leisure and know how to put it to good use. It will be without scarcity designed to control and exploit, the contrived scarcity of sustenance that compels people to suffer for economic and administrative elites. It will take X pragmatism and creativity (X can be just as creative as Boomers, as I can attest), and the rational planning of Millennial adults.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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#34
(05-24-2016, 10:32 PM)pbrower2a Wrote:
(05-24-2016, 08:57 PM)MillsT_98 Wrote: Sorry I haven't posted on here in a while...

I just came back from San Francisco, and I will be busy...I have too many final projects to work on!

San Francisco -- where one is either busy at work, busy getting fun or enlightenment, or exhausted.

Oh, do I miss it!

Yeah it was fun. I had a huge culture shock from what I had back home. I walked a lot, and on the way back I caught a red-eye flight so I didn't get much sleep, so I was very tired from the vacation.
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
—Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."
—Mark Twain

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#35
The basic beehive cesspool that has served my family summer home well since the 1960s failed on me with one person living here year round.  Massachusetts mandates the replacement system be up to date overkill.  They are just today filling in a very big hole in my front yard.

My rental property is right next to a huge sand pit which the town is trying to turn into some sort of oversized commercial development, the bigger, the better the return on taxes, the better from the perspective of most of the town.  They called for a bunch of volunteers, gave them the power of eminent domain, and set them loose on the poor unsuspecting neighborhood.  I'd like to see development.  The area has been used as a dump and for sewage treatment for years before the pot growers, pushers and prostitutes moved in.  Still, you would think they could come up with a plan that uses all the barren exhausted sand pit before they start taking away people's homes?  A little bit of effort to keep the heavy trucks and the school buses away from each other would be nice?  The town has a bunch of nice smiling glad handed local politicians who will tell you one thing one week and something else entirely two weeks later.  The local residents have gone into full scale not-in-my-backyard mode, and are calling in the lawyers.  My land is smack dab in the middle of things, but I can't get overly enthused about clinging to either faction.

A couple miles away from my home, just visible from the top of my hill, four 2 megawatt 492 foot tall wind turbines have been put up.  For comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet.  Yesterday I got another invitation to join a not-in-my-backyard movement.  I'm getting a reprise of the NFL's concussion problems.  Wind turbines cause vertigo, motion sickness, panic, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, dizziness, tinnitus etc, but the Wind Industry is clinging to plausible deniability.  I'm not sure whether to dive into this one.

Hopefully, I'm past peak in my allergy season.  I'm allergic to May.

Other than that, I'm doing wonderfully fine.

It seems politics at the local level can be more intense and less rational than on an internet forum.  For a while I'll be trying it out as a spectator sport.

Humans are strange.

Bob
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#36
Bob, it isn't just MA going overkill on the old sewage treatment places. That is coming from the EPA. I know it seems expensive and it is. But here's the thing, all the sewage treatment places all over the country with a few small notable exceptions in Florida, Oklahoma are woefully neglected and in dire, desperate need for municipalities to invest money into upgrades instead of Band-Aid patching the system.

Waste water treatment is so neglected in every city for upgrades, and if this isn't kept up, it does impact the drinking water systems too. I know most would like to believe they are not connected as closely as they are, but it just isn't so.

as for the rest, I wish you well.
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#37
Well my ex led me on. Came on strong again and made me believe he cared. That he was desperate to get to me. Now I learn he is going into law school and will stay in his country. I feel like throwing up. Never again will i waste time on a man. They do nothing but cause unimaginable pain.
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#38
(06-01-2016, 03:42 PM)taramarie Wrote: I feel like throwing up. Never again will i waste time on a man. They do nothing but cause unimaginable pain.

You're giving up on relationships because of one asshole?
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#39
(06-01-2016, 07:07 PM)Odin Wrote:
(06-01-2016, 03:42 PM)taramarie Wrote: I feel like throwing up. Never again will i waste time on a man. They do nothing but cause unimaginable pain.

You're giving up on relationships because of one asshole?

What is the point? They are a waste of time.
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#40
(06-01-2016, 07:21 PM)taramarie Wrote:
(06-01-2016, 07:07 PM)Odin Wrote:
(06-01-2016, 03:42 PM)taramarie Wrote: I feel like throwing up. Never again will i waste time on a man. They do nothing but cause unimaginable pain.

You're giving up on relationships because of one asshole?

What is the point? They are a waste of time.

Take it from a man -- Men, yuck! I could never be gay!

Lots of men are losers, professional students, playboys, dreamers devoid of substance, and writers of the Great American novel that might sell for a couple thousand dollars after you pay for his research (I had no idea that Vegas was important to the American Civil War... it wasn't!) that might have a little high-priced fun attached.

Maybe you can find some fellow with a real job, something nothing but money-grubbing... maybe a garage mechanic or a furniture salesman. He's got nothing to say about his work, but maybe he needs something more than making money on an awful job. So don't grill him. There are good men with no stories to their lives.

Men can be just as egregious gold-diggers as women.
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