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  1. Neetu's Avatar
    A sort of reverse discrimination seems to be the case here. Like Affirmative Action. It's a rather unfortunate result of an unfair society which can't seem to balance itself on the right standards.
  2. Kevin's Avatar
    When Jr was in jrrotc the females there earned it. They went by grades and other measurable achievements. Chief and Commander were not namby-pamby sjws ; quite the contrary, so those girls had earned it. It was a culture of its own and the ratios did not reflect the school in general in multiple ways ; for instance lots more Asians than the regular school population. They also had the kids spinning rifles Fer chrissakes. That is not something any west coast public school would otherwise ever do and it was because rotc was not run by the district; it was navy ( at our school).
  3. Kevin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by escorial
    Who owns your country...
    the luminarians ...
    im creating a mercury/ old battery dump in my back yard. 50$ per load dump fee to anyone who is interested.
  4. escorial's Avatar
    Who owns your country...
  5. Plasticweld's Avatar
    When you truly live in a rural area... it means your neighbors have every right to do stupid shit, and things you don't agree with. Most people from the city or even suburbia have a hard time with the concept that what the other guy does, is none of your business. When you get rural areas that are run by those from some place else...smarter than all the locals, it does not take long for it to no longer be rural or what you chose to escape to in the first place. "Freedom means the other guys gets to do what he wants even if you disagree with him" The level of freedom that most are comfortable for most people is unusually small, in my experience.
    Any place with land use laws is not rural and not free.
  6. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by escorial
    Nirvana for sale
    We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children

    On my future acreage, I plan on a modest-sized house, only level and clearing enough for a garden and shed.
    I might do some brush removal for a walking trail. And yes, clear some space for a rifle range. Pew-pew.

    In the Seattle area (& WA State) they have to have laws to prevent D-Bags from clear-cutting their property. Denuded land causes slides, destroying the land and sometimes killing people. But folks today are so damn stupid, we need to have laws for what should be common sense.
    I just wanna live semi-off "the grid". Solar panels, rainwater reclamation and growing some of our own food. I'm not removing 100 trees so I can plant some vanity lawn and garden.

    Contrast this with where I used to live in Northern California. All the Nouveau Riche jerks from Silicon Valley moved into our pastoral community and built McMansions. Bulldozed the apple trees that had been there for 150 years and planted grapes. Out with the cows, in with the llamas.
    Even if I had that kind of money, no way. Not my thing. I don't feel the need to "terraform" my own planet.

    Esc, legally I'll own it, but in reality it's just a long-term lease. And I, for one, respect the landlord.
  7. escorial's Avatar
    Nirvana for sale
  8. Kevin's Avatar
    having had both ... Less neighbor's is much better than more. Wife one time said something about selling and moving into a condo. Uh-uh. I told her she'd be living without me then.
    Don't know what the building codes are up there but if you can build yourself a post and beam roof structure/pavilion, with a slab under it, stack rice hay bales as exterior walls, stucco them, then bob's your uncle.
    Uncle Bob, I occasionally visit and at times come bearing gifts of exotic and delicious foods. I would hope that you or some of your others are not just meat and potato types. Mmm-boy. Winston, you too.
  9. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Winston, reading your piece lets me appreciate where I live even more. I tell people I live in my retirement home, I bought when I was 22 an old run down house in the best part of town. A creek and waterfalls in the back yard, no neighbors within half a mile, a rifle and pistol range right off the back porch. I can yell at my wife, no one can hear. I can go swimming naked, not that anyone would care, but there is no one who can watch. I don't have see what the neighbors are doing, they don't care what I am doing.

    The plus side of having neighbors so far away is that it lets us be close. We do have to count on each other, we all look after each others homes. I take care of my neighbors out door wood stove when their gone, they take care of mine. If something goes wrong here the first call is to a neighbor, not the police. I like where I live, because I like who I live next to. I like them even better because I don't have to put up pretend fences to keep them out, but can always welcome them and be glad to see them when I do, cause it ain't that often.
    Updated June 15th, 2019 at 07:24 PM by Plasticweld
  10. Stygian's Avatar
    I'm an equal opportunity asshole, I will laugh at any and everyone getting hit with things for not paying attention. I expect nothing less if it's me getting nuked with a baseball/frisbee/soccer ball. That said, I don't have any kids, though if I did, I would put some effort into being more present in the moment to avoid getting nuked by a ball.

    P.S. If you want to discard the remnants of your hope for humanity, look no further than the parent fist fights that go down in kid's hockey games.
  11. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    Common sense, not so common anymore. Nicely written, I hope you feel as good after writing it, as I did after reading it.
  12. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Common sense, not so common anymore. Nicely written, I hope you feel as good after writing it, as I did after reading it.
  13. Stygian's Avatar
    Haha "He had chainsmoking down to an art." I'm stealing that line.
  14. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Well told!
  15. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Great story with some remarkable visuals.
  16. Theglasshouse's Avatar
    So that you understand Winston why they made that decision let me explain to you the research.Poor people in general perform worse because of lack of money. This is not a conspiracy of any sort by any President especially with who is inside the white house. That's my opinion and it is not a colored movement. It targets people with lower income because people who are rich usually go to good schools according to sociology of education. Why ? Because they perform better. Maybe the study continued and they have determined that parents of low social economic background can't get their son to enter a good school. Ideally this would benefit any race. It would benefit people whose family were not well to do. There is some logic that is missing by the journalist but there is evidence and I chose not to be a school teacher because of disease and this is a fact. But remember this is not on a whim. The rationale exists because I know this fact is true.

    A sample theory could be maslow's hierarchy of needs. It is a popular theory to learn for teachers. It's application and compensatory strategies are for example to encourage the student. Emotional intelligence has been studied. Good and competing needs are at the bottom of the pyramid. People drop out of school because they need a job. Imagine if you will the homeless who rarely go to school. It's a evil situation that helps their children.

    Motivation is key in school it is not just intelligence that gets you there.
    Updated May 20th, 2019 at 02:41 AM by Theglasshouse
  17. escorial's Avatar
    everything comes down to luck.. the sperm that got through..your parents..the people you meet along the way
    .the choices you make...without look all you have is determination,ability,.etc...
  18. escorial's Avatar
    People are just scared of death and nothing after...
  19. Stygian's Avatar
    I was raised catholic, but I changed to agnostic as I got older. IMO, there is only two possibilities: God exists, but has gone to great lengths to remain invisible, or he does not exist and was created from the imaginations of a select few individuals. In either case, the only thing we know for certain is that we will never know for certain.

    My own philosophy has been to live a good life and don't sweat the small stuff. If there is a God, then he created us to be fully self sufficient and is watching us make the most of the gifts He gave us. Praying to Him to lessen our daily burdens must feel like complaining, since he has given you the ability to overcome everything he challenges you with. Personally, I've always love the community aspect of church, but I just don't see it as anything other than age old social engineering (ie confessionals).

    All that said, if you live a good life, you will live on in the memories of your loved ones. That in itself is a worthwhile goal. I highly doubt that God will ban you from heaven for not praying enough when you have lived a life full of virtue and goodness.
  20. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    I'll bet (like most everything)the reasons for the changes to grog had something to do with money. Somebody got cut out, and someone else got the money.

    I remember hearing that the reason for whiskey in Americas had to do with the perishable nature of grain crops, that the liquid version of starch (- to sugar-to alcohol) conversion not only had a longer shelf-life but was condensed, making it easier to transport and to store- great for the cask makers, maybe not so great for the silo builders(?) ( maybe, I mean they still had to store dry grain; the difficulty was getting product from the rural fields to the population centers). Anyway, the details don't matter; business always goes for the money.
    If you remember your history, Colonial finance was a mess. Each state had it's own currency, and the values fluctuated wildly.
    Something that had a stable value and could be readily traded was a good thing. Rye whiskey.
    Yep, grains go bad and take a lot of effort to get to market. Liquor? Much easier to store and sell / trade.
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