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    Well, after cruising around a bit and climbing a...

    Well, after cruising around a bit and climbing a few trees, the bear took off just as the Wildlife crew arrived. An employee had taken some pictures of the bear and the Wildlife people recognized...
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    There's a bear out there!

    The company I work for has a campus set about half a mile back from the street, nestled in the woods.

    Today there is a bear cub down by the small lake between the two office buildings and we are...
  3. Yes. And someone who has a wheelchair is a...

    Yes. And someone who has a wheelchair is a wheelchair user, or person who uses a wheelchair. Not "wheelchair bound."

    For most people with wheelchairs, the chair is freedom and independence, not...
  4. i work in an education-adjacent field and the...

    i work in an education-adjacent field and the term I hear the most is "cognitively challenged."
  5. It amazes me that anyone is still willing to work...

    It amazes me that anyone is still willing to work with or for Trump. He has wrecked the careers or reputations of almost everyone that he given government jobs to.
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    Back in the day, if you had a coal-fired furnace...

    Back in the day, if you had a coal-fired furnace and hot air heat, you did get some coal dust in the house. Washing the walls was a way of dealing with that.
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    My main rule in life is: Everything in...

    My main rule in life is: Everything in moderation, including moderation.

    Not that I've ever thought of them as rules, more as guidelines or just things that I do:

    I don't buy soda and chips...
  8. We don't have those kinds of signs around here,...

    We don't have those kinds of signs around here, at least not that I've seen. Why even have them? It's not like the signs for pregnant women, who may have a legitimate need for a space close to the...
  9. This is a more long term solution, probably, but...

    This is a more long term solution, probably, but many mattress retailers sell off their floor samples yearly, at reduced prices. Worth a call to mattress/furniture stores and department stores that...
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    I vote because I feel I can't complain about the...

    I vote because I feel I can't complain about the government unless I do. And I also won't listen to complaints about the government unless the complainer has voted. You don't participate, you don't...
  11. Severance pay vs. taking new job--question for you all

    Thankfully, this is not a question I need answers to! But in the past couple of months, I've had conversations with a few people about severance pay that have left me puzzled.

    One was with a...
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    When I lived in a Boston three-decker, it seemed...

    When I lived in a Boston three-decker, it seemed as if everyone in the neighborhood had a leaf blower. For front yards that were tiny and back yards that weren't much bigger. You could probably mow...
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    About two years ago, my company replaced all the...

    About two years ago, my company replaced all the water fountains with new water fountains that have a place to set a reusable water bottle, separate from the spigot that you drink from. Water...
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    I've always thought cats were anarchists.

    I've always thought cats were anarchists.
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    Have to agree with Steve. Once you have proven...

    Have to agree with Steve. Once you have proven yourself with an agency, they do tend to at least try to find you more work. Some of that depends on how well the company you work for likes your work....
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    Your agency can also help in these situations. As...

    Your agency can also help in these situations. As Steve has said, you can contact them near the end of your assignment. If you don't know what that is supposed to be, someone at the agency probably...
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    From Wikipedia: "Since 2000, legal immigrants to...

    From Wikipedia: "Since 2000, legal immigrants to the United States number approximately 1,000,000 per year, of whom about 600,000 are Change of Status who already are in the U.S." So of the...
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    One thing to consider is that the US birthrate is...

    One thing to consider is that the US birthrate is dropping. If we don't allow immigrants, in a few decades, there will not be enough workers to fund Social Security and Medicaid to the extent...
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    I had two thoughts when I read that NYT article. ...

    I had two thoughts when I read that NYT article.

    1. What about intersexed babies? I believe current research suggests letting these children grow up and decide for themselves if they wish to...
  20. Could you just position your bed so you can't see...

    Could you just position your bed so you can't see the TV from there? Easy and free. Best would be to position the TV at the head of the bed, facing away from the bed.

    I like the idea of...
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    And let's not forget that all this temp and...

    And let's not forget that all this temp and contract and part-time work has no benefits attached. No paid sick days, no paid vacation, no paid holidays, no health insurance, no pension or 401(k).
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    ApatheticNoMore--I was laid off in 2010. Spent...

    ApatheticNoMore--I was laid off in 2010. Spent the next two and a half years as my father's primary caregiver, as he broke his hip two weeks after I was laid off. Then tried to get a job. Ha!

    I...
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    Not rebuild in which areas? Hurricanes hit the...

    Not rebuild in which areas? Hurricanes hit the entire east coast of the US. To rebuild in areas not usually hit by hurricanes, we would have to abandon every inch of shoreline, and for miles inland....
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    In the 60s and 70s, when my dad was stationed...

    In the 60s and 70s, when my dad was stationed overseas, the Sears catalog was one of our lifelines back to the States. The PXs on base catered mostly to the military, so getting clothing and shoes...
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    It is the Family and Medical Leave Act. It...

    It is the Family and Medical Leave Act. It applies to any employee who might have a serious illness that prevents them from working, as well as employees who need to take time off to care for a...
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