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Sounds like Adams has a lot to answer for. A good song is a good song, though. Can we appreciate the art while dissaproving of the artist and sympathizing for victims? Maybe that isn’t possible. But I believe we will find ourselves encountering more and more public figures who are hard to define as all good or all bad.

nexto  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Takata Recall 2: Explosive Boogaloo

I don’t have an exact date on when customers started being notified, but known-affected vehicles go back as far as early 2000s. My guess is this will be just be more old vehicles not included in the original recall. But we shall see.

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Apologies for the double-tag.

It’s not the main point of the article but..

“You’re roaming like a wolf pack,” Werhahn says, adding that the team ventures to altitudes above 18,500 feet. Like the wolves, they read the landscape from vantage points, walk for days to get to promising locations, and follow the routes that wolves tend to favor in hopes of spotting the animals.

Where do I sign up for this? It’s intriguing to think about how wolves decide where to go.

18, I think I was the only kid in high school with an apartment. Did not move back. Finally spent the night on Christmas eve 10 years later.

I moslty agree with you.

To sum up this article:

"Sales reps in the OR sounds bad, so it probably is. Good article material. OK actually doctors probably need them because they do way more than just sling product "

Calling these people only "sales reps" seemed disingenuous to me. I would rather call them "product reps."

But then the article does go on to mention times where a new, less-proven product is pushed over the old standby. I'm not really sure what to make of that, I think its a separate issue. Either way, I don't see reason to make villains of reps on hand to provide technical assistance.

Haven't read the USA article, but I read the NPR one. Ford did something similar recently by moving its focus (no pun intended) to its truck/ SUV line. I'm trying to figure out the true logic here. Correct me if I'm wrong, but fuel prices have a strong impact on what types of cars (American) consumers purchase. I've always found this batshit insane, because in my lifetime I've only ever seen gas prices go up and up and up. I admit, fuel prices have stayed impressively low for a while now. But that still doesn't give me the confidence to go buy a gas-guzzling Canyonaro (Simpsons reference). After all, I survived $4/gal fuel prices a few years ago and it stuck with me. I feel it could come back at any moment. But maybe the auto manufacturers predict something different- that oil prices will never significantly rebound and that they have a safe bet marketing less efficient vehicles for years to come. Probably I just don't see the big picture, but if it was up to me I'd be cautious putting all my eggs in the back of a pickup truck.

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I can't look at the calendar on my phone because I don't have a Google account. I have to download .PDF calendars to my photo album each month instead. Also most webpages crash on my phone because I can't update chrome without a Google account. Hubski is one of the few webpages I can visit reliably, hence why I lurk here a lot. I tried to download Firefox, but that requires a Google account as well. I can usually see webpages for a few seconds though, so if I really need to read something I can screenshot it real quick before I get the "oh snap" alert. So it's not so bad I guess.

I don't think I can get on the anti-DG train. Sure it cuts into Kroger's profits when I go buy my soap or catfood from Doller General, but it saves me 20 minutes worth of driving and is a faster shopping experience. I live in a semi-well populated area though, so my DG isn't the best example.

Take the stores in <1000 person towns though.. We have a lot of those in the southeast. Name me anything else that can hang on there.. Like tacocat's video said, 90% of all Americans are within 10 miles to the nearest Walmart. It's not DG that put the local grocery out of business in BFE, Mississippi; it was the Walmart 10-20 minutes away. But 10 miles is a long ass way when you don't have much gas, or maybe don't have a car at all. Or maybe you do, but all you need is the soap or cat food that you forgot earlier. Therein lies a challenging but viable business opportunity, and Dollar General has been the only company streamlined and we'll organized enough to capitalize on it. They're like a fucking desert shrub, and one of the few business models able to exist in the wake of giants like Walmart and Kroger. I can't help but admire that a little.

Could we get some clarity on what grades define "middle school" for this discussion?

Just get outdoors and start developing a relationship with nature. It's a great motivator to help protect her.

That's good insight from Graeber and I think it's spot on. I've lived my life around this mentality. There is a sign above the assistance center in my town that says "a request for assistance in (my state) is a request for help finding a job." This all relates well, I think, to the NPR discussion about parents being gardeners vs carpenters. It was a whole thing based off a book by Alison Gopnik, for those interested. But basically it's about molding people vs letting them choose to grow on their own. I think states like KY and my own have a perpencity to be carpenters rather than gardeners. I think it's a well-meaning but ultimately short-sighted approach that leaves people suffering and accomplishes none of its goals.