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I'd say its been on the decline since creation.
Don't these young students know they could be making $6450 a month just by working from home?
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Turn Down for What?

Ted in California Wrote: Oct 29, 2014 11:48 AM
http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/186397/teenage-girls-europe-isis Lee Smith on why Westerners turn to ISIS. I think the same problem Mr. Smith presents is the same thing that makes excessive partying, radical activism, and the general apathy that seems to permeate youth culture all points to one problem. People have a lack of purpose in their lives. We gain purpose through work, family, religion, and civic activities are a few. Young people have a problem with finding meaningful employment. The family unit has been destroyed. Young people are consistently turning away from traditional Western religions and turning to modern day shamanistic beliefs and even worse, cults. Young people also get sucked into causes that are en vogue but are not very meaningful, think of all the various silly causes that have popped up and what those people could be focusing on instead. People need to have some purpose in their life. People need some sense of adventure or a way to channel their youthful energy into a productive cause. If they can't find that in America, they will go abroad looking for it.
When our President can question the meaning of "is" and people buy it, we've lost.
The GOP, not elected Republicans, needs to counter the attack against voter ID laws. Be the party that cares about getting people proper ID. Democrats bus people to voting booths, the GOP should be the party that buses people to an ID center (DPS, DMV, etc.). If they did this, then the elected Republicans can effectively say they are for protecting the individual power of the voter while not looking like a party that is trying to disenfranchise minorities.
The shovel ready jobs the President envisioned were all future grave diggers.
Managing risk is all about using the right amount of control to reach an acceptable level of failure. Our risk control is obviously inadequate. We have failed to systematically categorize high risk travelers and prevent them from exposing the public from this awful disease. This doctor is a hero, all of the doctors in West Africa who are their voluntarily are heroes. But he is still a high risk traveler, we know that health care workers are inherrently at risk of infection because they work in close proximity with the most infectous people on the planet. If we had identified this man as a high risk traveler and isolated him upon his return for 3 weeks, we'd be hearing a different story. We'd have some semblance of control. The reason why this administration can't see this logic is because it clashes directly with their open borders ideaology. It would spell doom for any sort of immigration overhaul. The reason why Americans are being exposed to this disease is because of politics. And that is absolutely shameful.
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The Power of Positive Beliefs

Ted in California Wrote: Oct 23, 2014 2:58 PM
I don't fault individuals for denying horrible truths or probabilities about themselves. I think that's a defense mechanism that humanity has evolved with over thousands of years of pain and strife. I believe false hope is still better than the alternative for some people. Without it, a person may only be left with dread.
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The Power of Positive Beliefs

Ted in California Wrote: Oct 23, 2014 2:55 PM
I forget the person who this sentiment was attributed to but I believe it whole heartedly. Don't worry about being happy. You will never be happy all the time. Try to be joyful. Even when you are not happy, joy can fill your life. This is important when you are ill. Nobody is happy about being ill. However, a joyful heart will be able to appreciate the blessings of life.
Excellent post.
Art has a purpose, it is to evoke a response. That response is valuable in its own right. If art does not evoke a response, it is not worth while. With that being said, this artist is either a complete fool or he is playing one. He intended to evoke a response, I hope he's learned his lesson. I know the rest of us have, the French are not completely crass or craven despite some popular misconceptions.
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