@@fo I think Laquita is pretty mainstream, if you mean generally understandable as a name and generally able to be pronounced on the first try. If it were possible for that style of name to be embraced by rich white people, it would be a different story. Except racism.
@laluchita It seems like the more "primitive" Ferengi and Bajoran civilians still cared about money, but the actual Starfleet officers on the show were for the most part pretty disdainful of latinum, though they must have been given access to some for, e.g., when they needed to get Quark to do something. I assume Starfleet also had their own replicators while the civilians presumably had to pay to use privately owned replicators (and holodecks). On the Enterprise there were never that many civilians and the warp engines were pumping out a shitload of energy anyway, so no harm in letting them use them. We actually do get an early taste of the interaction between Federation post-scarcity socialism and Bajoran frontier capitalism when Picard orders the replicators fired up to make blankets and supplies for the refugees on that one TNG episode. /*dies of nerdiness*,*throws self away*/
@bowtiesarecool I suspect you are right. Kind of off topic and don't mean to freak you out but this is the issue Black conservatives have with public assistance in the Black communities. It has lead to the destruction of the Black family. If anything, social services should maybe encourage parents(gay,str8,bi or pan) to get married, civil unions or partnerships. It is very difficult to raise a child alone unless a person is very wealthy. *climbs off soapbox*
By Runawaytwin on Friday Estimate
I noticed a lot of Friday (morning/afternoon) spending is included in weekend spending? Friday pre end of work hours is clearly still weekday!
@siege91 no wait, I'm also going to refrain from applying to jobs with places that care more about arbitrary grammar "rules" than about the actual effects language choices have on people's lives.
Kalpona Akter said, "Their blood is on your hands" about the clothing companies, not consumers. In context, she says, "American companies, they know this is happening. We've told them: remember their faces. You killed these girls." I think (rightly) she believes it is the companies with the influence to change the industry practices. In another interview with PRI's the World, she says very specifically that a boycott or not buying the clothes would be very damaging to Bangladeshis, who rely on this industry for 80% of their exports. That interview is at this link: http://www.theworld.org/2013/04/bangladesh-labor-activist-kalpona-akter/ A lot of commenters (Jake Reinhardt, seaermine, dudeascending, vanderlyn) seems to have taken away exactly the opposite, that her message is directed at consumers to stop supporting companies that do this. Reform is her message.
@Harper Alexander@facebook But as someone who feels similarly - I'm not sure how I'd know, beforehand, that I wouldn't resent my kid. I know anything or anyone else who caused me to not be able to do what I wanted would make me resentful. It's very hard, as a person who does not have a child at this time, to imagine *not* feeling resentful of someone who can't take care of themself, who needs me nearly all the time, who may not even like me some or all of the time, and who sucks up a lot of my time/money/energy. I can see where she's coming from.
@dudeascending It does if you grew up poor. More importantly, it does if you want it to, full stop.
I do not think this is an unusual number of batshit crazy landlords to have encountered in Minneapolis in the last several years. I also think you would have won if you had taken any of them to court. I say that as someone who filed to take her last landlord to court. The woman I had rented my last apartment from (which was technically in St. Louis Park, but walking distance from Calhoun and uptown) sold the building to a rental company after I had given my two months notice one month earlier. The new company tried to tell me I wasn't allowed to move out at the end of my lease, withheld the entirety of my deposit, and yelled at me a lot. So I filed in conciliation court. They agreed to settle for twice my deposit the night before we went to court (but claimed they wouldn't and I had no case literally up until that evening). Which was awesome, but also a real pain in the ass and extremely daunting for the conflict-averse. I think often landlords of the sketchy variety deliberately rip people off because they know that 9/10 renters don't want to spend 3 months writing official letters, calling renters' hotlines and the attorney general, documenting emails and phone calls, and paying filing fees (not to mention the time it takes to go to court on a weekday). I totally understand why a person chooses NOT to do those things. But I also would encourage someone to do it, and felt morally required to myself, because part of the reason those living below the poverty line have to deal with being ripped off is because everyone lets these guys get away with ripping them off. It is really a lot of work to navigate the justice system, even as someone with a lot of privilege. I guess I disagree that there is no way to win against bullies or that fighting to hold landlords accountable is not (in general) a worthwhile fight.
Starbucks prices are ridiculous. Five bucks for some sugary milk that you're going to leak out two hours later. I say this as someone who like Starbucks' vanilla soy lattes.