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Comment Re:What's the "per capita" term based on? (Score 1) 285

Those folks can't really comprehend long distance driving and how necessary it is.

Folks around major metros measure road trips in time, not miles.

As I type, I'm about 80 miles from the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and 2 hours from Chicago's O'hare airport. Congestion makes distance immaterial to the situation. At midnight I'm still 80 miles from the university, but only 50 minutes from the airport.

Comment Re:Simplest explanantion is easiest (Score 1) 213

Same boat. Though mine is quite amusing. A comely young woman used my email address to join a number of dating sites. The resulting mail is often quite hilarious.

Taylor, if you're out there, just know that the NSA, Google, and now me, know all about your wild side.

Comment Re:Why make science and engineering toys girly? (Score 1) 490


I tried to mold my daughter into a 'tomboy'. I taught her to shoot a rifle; now she wants a pink one of her own. I even gave here two older brothers to really ramp up the pressure.

I'm in tech, her oldest brother is going to be a Chem E soon, and the middle guy tears apart anything with an engine.

Despite all that she is unabashedly, unapologetically a girly girl. My daughter wants to be a veterinarian and you can't get much more feminine than kittens and puppys.

It's like she was programmed before birth to be !boy. Freakin weird.

Comment Re:Can someone explain? (Score 1) 224

If you show up at McDonalds asking for a job and the most recent experience on your resume is a 150K job with the government, the Pimply Faced Youth doing the hiring is going to gloss right over.

Let's say the Mr. Whistle does get by the the initial screening and becomes a serious candidate. As the company is doing due diligence like reference checks and background checks, it is very easy to tank someone's chances. I'm not talking about nefarious shadow men showing up making dire innuendo. The 'secret' question to ask when checking references is "Would you hire this person again?". If the answer is no, you are black flagged at the vast majority of places.

It sure as hell does not help to google a candidate's name and the top 600 hits are news stories about looming indictments and comment vitriol both for and against.

Hope this helps.

Comment Re:How is this a Nigerian scam... (Score 1) 312


I was taught that the phrase 'indian giver' referred to whitey breaking agreements with Indians, not the other way around.

Heck, look at the equity of the bargaining positions: Pick one, Genocide, or subsistence living on crap we wouldn't even graze goats on. Who knew that all that ground would be perfect to put casinos on?

As a person of mixed American heritage, I often have issues with determining when to self loathe and when to bask in martyrdom.

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller