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cgod  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pro-Life” Activist Does Damage Control After Whining About Baby She “Saved”  ·  

I have immense respect for people who strongly oppose abortion and have adopted children who have been born with severe disadvantage.

I am pro-choice all the way.

I've known several people who have put their money where their mouth is and stepped up to care for a kid who is disabled or born with a drug addiiction. While I disagree with their pro-life position, I am overwhelmed by the goodness with which they hew to their beliefs.

Here we have a vapid bitch who would in no way support her beliefs with personal sacrifice.

Who fucking cares.

Are there hypocrites in every social movement?

Yes.

Is this lady one of them?

Yes.

Are there idiots who hold their pro-choice position based in nothing but their upbringing and peer group?

Yes.

This kind of story is nothing but shitty sneering about how right one side is over the other based upon the worst kind of person who hold a certain position. It's the lowest kind of story that reduces the arguments of the other side to a grotesque cartoon. I loath it.

Is abortion murder?

Yes, it is, at least to some extent.

I am an advocate for the murder if the unborn in certain situations. I don't find it a completely comfortable position to assume.

Stories like this make it a lot more comfortable to take a position that should be carefully considered.

I find this post disgusting.

I'd really like to hear a response from lil who bumped this post or steve who I suspect holds some opinion on the subject in response to what I've said. I've thought a lot about it and how I feel about abortion and people who believe it should not be legal.

cgod  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

Man, I just don't know.

I think Warren may be out of contention and she was my first choice.

I think Pete could knock Biden off the moderate slot with whites but he's got nothing with Blacks and unions.

Too many ways it could go for me to call it one way or the other.

I think Pete would have it worst against Trump but his online game is getting pretty sophisticated.

I think Trump is all base and isn't going to get many moderate votes but that he's been expanding his base the last few months.

cgod  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

I'm at Disneyland for my daughter's 9th birthday. It's exhausting.

I like badass roller coasters and can easily spend a day riding them. I find themed ride attractions mildly amusing but get tired of them after a few. Disney is mostly ride attractions and my daughter can only handle a few real coasters a day.

The Harry Potter ride at Universal was pretty amazing, easily the best non coaster ride I've ever been on. I laughed with glee for about ten minutes after I got off.

cgod  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

I think Biden is going to do well in Nevada and on super Tuesday. He isn't even close to being out of contention.

cgod  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

I love Amstel and am saddened that it is no longer everywhere.

cgod  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boys today. Oof. (seriously intense article)

Shouldn't socio-emotional learning be taking place in health class?

I'm not trying to rip into you. It's great that kids are interrupting math class to gain some tools for living more grounded lives.

This whole conversation and your specific observations on your students and what is being done to help them has left me in shock at what I was taught in highschool health class.

Highschool health was very outside of the body. Draw a fire escape plan, don't do drugs and use a condom. Maybe you were unlucky enough to have Mr. Bolton as your health teacher. He was a compulsive lier and a straight up strange fellow. I've learned more about being a good human from my pets. I learned more about being a human in every literature class I've ever taken than I did in highschool health.

Health class seems like an incredible wasted opertunity that lacked any practical focus on the totality of what really includes a healthy life. Maybe it's better now a days.

cgod  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The night I hung out with Jaco Pastorious

Now I'm listening to Jaco Live albums and trying to put together my ten favorite bass players of all time list.

cgod  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The night I hung out with Jaco Pastorious

Fantastic!

cgod  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 22, 2020

Every business owner I know says employees are their biggest source of trouble and anxiety, at least they say that if the city is fucking them in one of the million ways the city likes to do.

cgod  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 22, 2020  ·  x 2

A few years ago another coffee shop moved in three blocks from my shop. It pissed me off because I knew the numbers and we were going to be eating each others dinner to the extent that I was pretty sure that they wouldn't make it but that they would hurt my bottom line pretty bad.

It was a nice couple who opened it, they had a background in dance performance and were pretty thin on service industry experience. They had a nut roasting company in back of the shop and decided they would open a retail location for their nuts and open a cafe to help make the whole thing balance out. They had a nice big nut display. Their coffee was decent and they had FOOD! They had stuff like quiche and egg sandwiches and shit like that. Another thing they had that didn't were walls painted in mocha and espresso shades with a natural edged counter all cut from the same tree. I know many people thought I was doomed, it was a very nice counter. Friends said that I should start doing food to stay competitive (I just have bagels and pastry).

I think it wasn't long before they nice couple realized that nuts weren't a destination shopping attraction, the nut display dwindled to a few shelves but they reportedly sell a lot of nuts online and to fancy shops. They double downed on the food and became more ambitious. You could get a motherfucking breakfast there with potatoes eggs and toast on the weekend. Food margins are way shittier than coffee margins and it entails a whole bunch of work and forethought to keep the machine running. The two of them couldn't man the shop and keep the nuts flowing alone so they got employees.

I know my numbers and and could pretty well judge their costs in relation to how busy they were and what their prices were. They were right about FOOD bringing em in. They were a bit busier than I was but all that labor and the worsening margins meant that the return on the work wan't panning out. I knew baristas who worked for them and they said it was a shitty unhappy place to work. I'd go in for a cup of coffee and not see the owners working or see the owners and note their strained smiles and weary eyes.

On a sidebar, why don't I have FOOD! Food has shitty margins when you have to add an employee to give any kind of decent service. If I had food I'd have to work significantly harder to eek out a relatively small amount of extra profit. I also know that the thousandth time I scrapped cheese off a plate I'd go down to the basement and hang myself from the rafters. I suppose it mostly comes down to the fact that there is a value to happiness that a small increase in marginal profit and brow sweat can't make up for.

So, I kept my head down, donated to local causes and kept getting to know the people in my neighborhood better. Most importantly I made better coffee than the other guys, all I cared about was coffee and relationships. The other shop changed their hours about ten times in a year and a half trying to find the magic hours to bring in the most money and keep labor and work to a minimum. In the end they opened later than I did and closed earlier. I loved it.

One day the other shops roaster came in to pitch me on his wares.

He walked in, saw who I carried and said "Oh, you are carrying Courier!."

He had half a dozen bags of coffee in his arms.

"You aren't going to be interested in switching roasters, Joel is the guy that inspired me to go into coffee, he's a great guy and his coffee is amazing." He gave me a few single orgins and told me to look him up if Courier ever went out of business.

I kept my head down for a year and a half and waited for them to go out of business which they finally did. They said they had to quit for personal reasons, which may to some extent be true but when you aren't making any money or having any fun personal reasons are nagging.

They immediately sold the business to another nice couple. This couple also had a background in performance and little food experience. They really went all in at the FOOD! They tried it all and were good at very little of it. I had one of their bland $7 quiches and wondered that anyone would buy such a thing twice. One of my friends got and egg sandwich and tossed it out declaring that it tasted oddly of fish and tossed it in the garbage. This couple slowly worked their own shop less and less relying on expensive employees to cover more and more shifts.

Their employees were mostly unhappy and gave shitty service. I work my shop 6 days a week for about fifty six open hours. I have two ladies who cover the seventh day alternating every other week and pick up an odd shift when I need it. They are both gems who trust to always act in my best interest and to treat people as well as I would. Neither are the all that great as baristas but they are both decent. I never worry about the shop for a second while they are there. I also have a friend who can pick up shifts who is an ace barista and great with people.

My service is consistent if a little wild and weird sometimes. When the group home goes out for coffee they come to my shop, I know their names and talk to them. I've got the vast majority of the minority business because I am happy to get to know and grateful to put coffee in the cup of almost each and every person who walks in the door. One of my black customers who has become over time one of my friends remarked that she didn't like to go in the other place. She said they were all smiles but she could tell that she wasn't welcome there. I let every mail man, UPS driver or construction work crew use my bathroom, they've become customers and the word has spread that a person out working can always get a glass of water and use the john at my place. It's really my joy when I look out on the floor and see every slice of my neighborhood life sitting at my tables. It took a couple years of development to get there but it's probably the thing that has made me the most proud of my spot. I'm sure that there are more than a few people who hate my spot. They hate the color scheme, they hate that I don't have food, they hate that I don't have lilac rose marry infused honey lattes, and they hate that I don't have all natural edged counters cut from the same tree. I'm not kid friendly. I'm not kid unfriendly but if the shop starts to look like a fucking day care with children running around and bouncing off things like bumper cars I'm like to put on NWA until things thin out a bit.

Finally the next nice couple has their dreams shattered by my unwillingness to lay down and die and just make room for the new order of natural edged counters all cut from the same tree. I worked like a dog (I like working, its not all that hard but it's long and I almost never have bad days). I kept love in my heart for all the people who chose to support me. I'm grateful for having had this chapter of my life be at least moderately successful. The second couple were out of business. I went to their equipment sale and purchased a Ditting grinder an almost like new Mazzer for $900, what a fucking deal. The Ditting is a godamn dream.

It's been a few months since they went out of business and I knew sales were up but I hadn't run the numbers and compared them to last year. I figured I was up about 30%. I just ran the January numbers and compared them to sales last year and I found that I was up 66% from last year! It's huge. It's money coming in long after fixed costs have been taken care of. I could probably make more money doing any number of things but it wouldn't be my gig and my customers. It makes me feel pretty great.

They are going to tear my shop down in about two years and I'm ok with that. It'll only be two years of the type of money I had hopped would be coming in all this time but it'll be all the sweeter for having buried a pair of starry eyed dancers dreams by being consistent and friendly and enjoying almost every day of my work life.

cgod  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm having all four of my wisdom teeth out in 12 hours, kinda freaked out.

I had a bad situation.

My teeth have long roots, every dentist comments on how exceptional they are.

One wisdom tooth was growing horizontally, it's roots mingled in other teeth and nerves.

Operation went great and I was eating cheeseburgers whithin twenty four hours of the procedure. A bit of pain, but not to the level that I don't experience other pains in a year that are just as severe.

Let us know how it goes.

It's probably going to go just fine.

cgod  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump takes massive gamble with killing of Iranian commander

I was talking Paul about this today and he suggested that accidentally shooting down that Ukrainian passenger jet the other day may have added to their desire to chill shit out a bit.

Makes sense to me. They don't want a US hot war and they just killed a bunch of civilians on accident. Time to chill before the next round of pressure.

They have keep pushing as long as they suffer under crippling sanction, either that or roll over on their backs and give up everything to Trump. Iranians are a hard, strong people, they aren't about to roll over.

One thing people don't put in their emergency kits but should is spare bike tires.

cgod  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

Right you are

cgod  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump takes massive gamble with killing of Iranian commander

I was looking for some good charts but this BBC piece does most the work for me.

As a result of the sanctions, Iran's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted an estimated 4.8% in the 2018 and is forecast to shrink another 9.5% in 2019 , according to the International Monetary Fund. The unemployment rate meanwhile rose from 14.5% in 2018 to 16.8% in 2019.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-middle-east-48119109

There's lots more horrible reading to be done.

If you're an American NGO that stands against the current government you've talked to your bank about why it should give you your money. If your an Iranian hospital trying to buy medicine you've had trouble finding a bank to deal with you.

My wife had venmo stop payment for an $8 Cubano sandwich because her topic line was Cuba, the payment was to the guy who sits at the desk next to her. Good luck venmoing someone in Iran.

Your company must have a waiver from the Treasury. I bet it was a lot of paper shuffling to get it done.

cgod  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

Just Security is a respected outlet amongst national security nerds.

I don't follow them all that close but great journalist Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittis mention them often.