I'm on the nopetopus train with water parks. So much bacteria and general grossness! A second grade class in my school district went to White Water (the water park that is now part of Six Flags Atlanta) when I was a kid and a bunch of them got E. coli. Not a fan of the over-chlorination used to get rid of the gross stuff either.
@garysixpack "Immigration is an issue, but not really something that gets in the way of hiring someone we want." Depending on where you live, immigration can definitely get in the way of hiring someone you want. If you're a STEM person in the DC area, immigration can *absolutely* be a huge factor in getting a job/hiring someone, because most of the STEM-related jobs involve government contracting somehow.
@garysixpack And I know many people who had to go back to their home countries after graduation because companies (mostly investment banks and the big consulting firms) wouldn't pay the $10-20k extra to sponsor a visa while the person was awaiting permanent residency approval. To be fair, this was late 2008/early 2009 in primarily investment banking. However, my experience is that it companies do not want to sponsor a visa on the way to a green card if they can hire someone who is already a US citizen or permanent resident. This ends up being a catch-22 for a lot of people who want to immigrate legally (and are already in the country on an H1-B) because you need a job to get a green card, unless you fake a marriage or other documents as described in the article, but not many professional firms in my experience will hire someone pre-green card.
@garysixpack Oops, re-read your comment and realized that you addressed this. But, I still stand by my point that not all students have a lot of disposable income to throw at attorneys for green cards. I'm glad that your experience has been so black-and-white easy, but it's simply not that way for most.
@garysixpack Funny how you assume everyone dealing with this process is an illegal immigrant. Guess what! There are LOTS of immigrants who come here on student visas and - gasp! - want to stay in the country after graduating. Very few companies sponsor visas anymore and it's almost completely up to the individual to navigate the system. So, yes, things may be easier if you follow the law, but plenty of people still need attorneys and incur the expenses that go with them.
@LB That makes sense that soy would be used primarily for non-human purposes, similar to corn. Thanks for the link!
I don't know that I'd agree with veganism being better for the planet. Taking animals out of the equation reduces greenhouse gases, yes. However, a lot of vegans get most of their protein from soy, which is being planted all over Brazil and other parts of what were formerly Amazon rainforest, so you can't discount the lost environmental benefits that come from tearing down rainforest. Not to mention the animals that are being killed in the destruction of the forest where the soy is then being planted.
Nicole, that last tag is begging for its own post.
@Trilby If you have cancer, I imagine you should be spending your energy fighting the cancer, not the insurance company that you've paid large sums of money to handle things like this.
@katerrific I was coming down to say the same thing! It looks like her new job is really serving her well financially. Yay Logan!