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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Moscow operation behind the now-infamous Russian-Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 included a direct attempt to enlist a foreign country's law-enforcement official as a virtual double-agent, according to a court case in Switzerland. One of Switzerland's top investigators has been fired after allegations of bribery, violating secrecy laws, and "unauthorized clandestine behavior" in meeting with the very same Russian actors linked to the Trump Tower encounter. read more

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A teacher asking tough questions of school board members in the Vermilion Parish School District in Louisiana was escorted out of the meeting by security officers and handcuffed on the floor and arrested, videos of the event show. Deyshia Hargrave, an English language-arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, asked board members Monday night why they were planning to vote to give Superintendent Jerome Puyau a raise when teachers had not had a pay increase in years. The meeting and arrest were videotaped by a crew from KATC-TV, as well as by someone else who was present,

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

At the age of 12, Sarah Thomas found out that her father - who she'd never known - was a Roman Catholic priest. She then spent years trying to establish a relationship with him. It took a near-death experience for her to overcome the scars of his rejection. read more

Monday, January 01, 2018

When Dan Schetter saw how the weather was shaping up on Christmas Day -- below zero temperatures and a wind chill hovering around -25 degrees -- he knew it would be a great day for surfing a blustery Lake Superior. Even better, they were fantastic conditions to grow his signature ice beard. ... "It's not like we're trying to out-ice beard each other," he said of other surfers. "I just happen to have the biggest ice beard."

A Muskegon area man's video captured a 40-vehicle pile-up along southbound U.S. 31 as it happened Friday, Dec. 29. Jim Perreault posted cell phone video taken from his pickup to his Facebook page on Friday. The crash, involving dozens of vehicles, closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 31 at Holton Road about 2 p.m. ... Perreault's video shows his vehicle in the ditch. As he's waiting, other vehicles can be seen sliding by and smashing into already crashed vehicles. At one point in the video, Perreault notes that his truck has been struck three times. read more


Having JUST completed a round of hiring trying to find a web applications developer. We interviewed a few women - 2/3rds of the people that applied were women. We made an offer to a candidate today. What is actually interesting is that NONE of the candidates picked up programming until AFTER they graduated college. They all received their programming education at crash course coding schools. The woman we selected is also an engineer by degree but she was the exception in that regard. Most were liberal arts students. It used to not require a higher math degree or CS degree to be a programmer and that changed. That is why I think you see more men in the field. I also think it has come full circle in that regard. Don't get me wrong a degree opens doors.

What I have found of fresh Computer Science grads is they generally don't know anything and went into it hoping for $$$. The education isn't worth what they pay for it and they don't have the mentality to succeed. These accelerated programs give a person real world skills they can apply the first day on the job and you have to want to do them to make it through. Five days a week 9-5 coursework with studying and labs for home. 3 months you have the basics. And they do cover a LOT.

I personally find it refreshing working with women who are intellectuals. And there are a lot of them out there but they don't pursue STEM for whatever reason. My much younger cousin is one that is flourishing as a young professional. There is also a coworker's daughter who has a masters in Math. They are both highly sought after because of the shortage of women. They often simply have a different approach from their male counterparts.

As for coding, today it is so vastly different 10 years ago not to mention from the 90s it isn't even funny. In many ways it is easier (solid frameworks galore) but in some ways it is significantly more difficult (concepts and structure).

I have personally been struggling with going back for a masters degree. I'm not sure it would pay for itself at my age but so many of the positions I am looking at want one.

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

That's why I noted in my next post - what I posted was confusing. It needed more explanation and I didn't have time.

My point is:
- The way of life in that area is very physical for many if not most. Bodies wear out. I suffer from pain every day at most I take a double dose of Aleve. I can see how if you got a prescription you would want more to function in physically laborious jobs.
- Add to that Opiates are highly addictive. A single dose can be all it takes for some.
- The town is 3000. So the surrounding area is probably 6000-12000 more in my experience. So no I don't suppose everyone is on them. Nor do I suppose they are feeding them to kids.
- That said if it becomes culturally acceptable and "'the Doctor' said I should take them", well yes abuse will explode. If you follow the issue with opiate abuse it exploded in areas like this.
- Doctors were prescribing Oxy and other similar drugs because it "wasn't addictive" according to the manufacturers.
- The thing I found disturbing was 40% of the prescriptions were wrote by a doctor 2 and a half hours away. That make me think at least a significant chunk was being used to traffic them on the street and/or purely for abuse.

I don't take this lightly. I know a couple who have nearly died from fentanyl ODs recently. I suspected but wasn't sure they were abusing opiates in particular. Well it was confirmed. Just fortunate she collapsed where she did or they'd both be in the ground.

The drug companies are at fault they are pushing these pills - maybe they are backing off now but I doubt it. State lawsuit after lawsuit is cropping up for cases just like this.

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