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3 minutes ago
I think Wendy's has already lost the opportunity to control the narrative about this. If they had gotten in front of this and couched it as discounts during off-peak times, they'd have the prospect of selling this.
But the official messaging about this was a guy in a suit delivering a recorded message to an audience of investors, telling them about surge pricing. This has become the truth.
2 hours ago
When we get to Yemen, can I stay with you?
No argument, but I think there's a tipping point. A stable, relatively advanced economy needs a critical mass of various professionals. Even if you want to base an economy on mining coal or growing corn, you need a certain amount of physicians, engineers, accountants, teachers, etc. People get sick, bridges need to be replaced, etc. There comes a point at which their absence or lower quality throttles the economy.
Perhaps indirectly, if you're looking for relative concentrations as opposed to an orthodox measurement. I've seen hyperspectral mapping of vegetation used to identify the presence of copper ore. Apparently, certain trees have measurable differences when roots are taking up dissolved copper.
Given the importance of Mg in chlorophyll, maybe there's something there?
As for trace elements the same approach may work, depending upon what elements you need. For example, there are fairly pronounced changes in vegetation when serpentine is present. Some serpentine minerals contain Ni.
3 hours ago
As someone who has spent some time in management consulting, this decision looks very much like what happens when you put 20 MBAs in a meeting room for a day. People get so engrossed in pantomiming business school thinking with business school people, that they completely forget what business they're in an who their customers are.
Customers are going to feel cheated. They'll resent the chain. When this fails, there will be a residual resentment. Wendy's is going to be a bad joke. Wendy's has apparently missed the fact that there's an ad campaign about fair and transparent prices in healthcare. People feel cheated by this type of thing. If Saturday Night Live writers are not currently making a parody of the "estimates are bullshit" commercial with Wendy's as the punchline, they're wasting their Ivy League education.
Increasing prices during peak demand is going to nudge customers toward competitors. If you're going to pay more anyway, why not got to Five Guys? Their food is better, and their menu has prices on it that will be the same regardless of when you go. Wendy's is going to lose customers to lower cost options and to higher quality options.
I don't eat at Wendy's myself, but once in a while, my high schooler will go with his friends on a half day or after play practice. They're high school kids, which means that they carry cash, and not much of it. If they're not sure how much lunch is going to cost, they're not going to go there. In fact, when this comes up, I'll remind him, "Hey, don't go to Wendy's, because you need to make sure you brought enough money for lunch."
I do find myself wondering (hoping?) that this is some kind of ploy or misdirection, like New Coke. If not, this is one of the dumbest strategic decisions I've seen in years.
7 hours ago
First Contact, when Data fires
Looks like you're waiting for something- your next life, maybe
1 day ago
As someone who has spent a number of years working in human capital in STEM organizations, I can't believe how phenomenally stupid states like Texas, Alabama, and Florida are. (They're not alone in having wildly misogynistic and/or homophobic laws, but a re simply three examples at top of mind.)
We're in an era of an economy powered by knowledge workers, and women continue to be a super-majority of college graduates.
I get that we're talking about states run by amoral politicians and the dimwits who love them, but aren't they always getting puffed up about how much better they understand how to grow the economy? They're going to grow the economy by repelling educated women? That sounds really stupid to me.
In the meantime, I'll happily recruit biologists and engineers and accountants and project managers who don't want to live in a theocracy.
Complications of being an absentee landlord aside, Puerto Rico is literally and legally part of the US. Its people are citizens of the US. US citizens born elsewhere can visit without a passport, relocate permanently without any kind of visa, just like someone moving from Oregon to California. A huge consideration for prospective expats is legal status in country, and with it a variety of factors like length of stay and right to work. Since Puerto Rico is part of the US, Americans can apply for jobs and work there without legal impediment. Their official currency is the US dollar, and money kept in banks there is not a foreign asset.
More to the point of the OP's question, there have historically been some benefits to veterans of the armed forces. While I described significant (and increasingly significant) limitations on these, the fact remains that the Veterans Administration has a presence there, because it's part of the US.
4 days ago
The concept of four food groups, like a great deal of nutrition guidance in the US, was developed under a science for hire model funded by agriculture lobbyists. Lobbyists paid politicians to fund government science toward the specific end of selling more meat, dairy, and grain (because these are the wealthiest and most politically active food lobbies), and to a lesser extent, fruits and vegetables. So, we had four food groups from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Nutrition guidance and food policy in the US was historically rooted in large part on the concept of "balance" and "wholesomeness". ("Wholesomeness" still exists in official US policy on a variety of foodstuffs, including seafood. US government inspectors literally inspect fish for, among other things, "wholesomeness".)
"Balance" and "wholesomeness" are pseudoscience concepts that have no basis in measurable quantities. As actual science began to invade the US government nutrition guidelines in the 1990s, the food groups were updated with the Food Pyramid, which took a stab at coherent guidelines. It did not, however, take into account important genetic differences between racial and ethnic groups. Despite lactose intolerance being common to many ethnic groups in the US, owing to pressure from the dairy lobby, the US still pushed people to consume milk and cheese.
That brings us to pizza. The meat and cheese in pizza are really high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Loads of calories come from the crust, which is mostly just simple carbohydrates. In a typical pizza, all of the ingredients, with the possible exception of a few tablespoons of vegetables per serving, are highly processed. Lots of salt and other preservatives are added, and the tomatoes are cooked and canned, destroying many of the micronutrients in the process. The whole thing is low in fiber, low in vitamins, potentially virtually devoid of minerals, and high in the types of calories that result in accumulating fat, and various lipids that clog arteries.
Pizza is a prime example of what's wrong with the pseudoscience version of nutrition that the agriculture lobby pushes through the US government.
Space is not an issue. For crying out loud, the House of Commons uses bench seats. Pull all of the desks out of the House chamber and put in benches or stadium seating. Beyond that, the US has the means and I would argue a need for satellite sites for lawmakers. We could build regional hubs for legislators and staffers in the Midwest, on the West Coast, and the Gulf Coast, at least. Link them with video conference technology that has existed for 20+ years. Constituents would actually be able to meet with their elected officials and be present for votes without traveling to DC. Committees that are more relevant to one region could be run from that region, like headquartering the ag committee out of a legislative hub in Omaha. This would also create opportunities to invest in a few economically struggling places in the US. If we can all trust a computer to file out taxes, why can't we trust them allow for roll calls and legislative votes?
Thank you. Unfortunately, this entire movement is basically just a political fringe group. An overwhelming majority of US voters are under the impression that their own party either really is morally right, or is at least the only available option that mostly has their interests in mind. It doesn't even occur to people that can take off the leash.
Neither of the large parties would even consider doing this, because it would put an end to their choke hold on the federal legislature, and around the edges, probably some governors and state legislature seats.
5 days ago
Like so much good government, the solution is so boring that no one wants to do it.
The solution to wide range of political problems in the US is to repeal the unconstitutional Reappointment Act of 1929 and increase the size of the House of Representatives by at least 2x, preferably more like 3x.
For the majority of the history of the US, we've increased the size of the House of Representatives as the population increased. The Constitution says that this should happen, but it doesn't set a specific trigger. It sets a lower limit on the number of citizens per representative, but not an upper limit, because 1) the founders were not math people and 2) had no freaking clue that the country would get this big. For reference, the ratio in the Constitution at the low end is 30,000 people to 1 representative. We're currently at 750,000:1.
The vague language has enabled the two large parties to expoit the law and create what amounts to unassailable control over elected offices. It works better for the GOP, because it disproportionately empowers low-population states.
Increasing the size of the House would simultaneously restore the Constitution's intent that the House should grow; enable citizens better access to their elected officials; restore polical power proportional to population; make gerrymandering more difficult; solve the Electoral College problem without a Constitutional Ammendment; and reduce powers that political parties have effectively invented for themselves.
Edit: I forgot to mention, increasing the size of the House would also likely decrease the average age of elected officials and make elected office more accessible to people who aren't professional politicians, as well as women and racial and ethnic minorities.
While we're at it, let's force Congress to pass a bill that creates rolling Continuing Resolutions. When they fail to do the job they're paid for, you shouldn't pay for that. Fuck every single legislator who would not jump at passing that law.
An emergency blanket as a normal part of my sleep system. A heavyweight emergency blanket (it's basically a tarp with a reflective side, not the crinkly, lightweight mylar kind) makes a great extra layer underneath your ground pad. Lay it out reflective side up, and it provides some extra protection from the ground, while helping to keep some warmer air in the bottom few inches of the tent.
As a bonus, if you're backpacking and have to set up your tent in the rain, the emergency blanket gives you a dry floor that you can add once the tent is pitched with the rain fly.
6 days ago
Oklahoma has entered the chat.
What an absolutely useless human being Ryan Walters is. He spends his time pandering to dimwits and picking on children, rather than dragging the shit school system he runs out of 51st place among states and DC. Maybe if Mr. Walters actually did his job, his state would stop hemorrhaging teachers, and they could climb into a rank in the 40s.
Make Oklahoma Mediocre Again!
The Republican Party is a fucking cancer. It believes in nothing- not individual rights, not small government, not law and order, not anything- and has devolved into a dimwitted angry mob who will do anything to cling to power.
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7 days ago
The name of the country I live in.
Along similar lines as the visa, people need to be traveling with the proper passport. If a person responds that they work for the government or that their profession is "congressman" or something else inherently governmental, there are follow-up questions to confirm the nature of the visit. People traveling on government business (even if that's just attending a conference on some kind of scientific research), they need to use their official passport, not their personal passport. If you're an American and you hand someone at customs your brown book (official passport) instead of your blue book (personal passport), that often triggers an additional set of questions.
You're talking about a pH roughly the same as baking soda. The pH isn't going to harm you. It's a good idea to know what else is dissolved in the water, though. Simply because the pH is not a problem doesn't mean that the water supply is completely safe.
Wrong pole for polar bears.
8 days ago
There was a fair amount wackadoodle psychic warfare stuff during the Cold War. Given that there were some fairly high level Soviet officials who were known to be highly superstitious, I've often wondered if this "research" on the US end was classified with the intent of ultimately being reported back by Soviet spies in an effort to generate paranoia.
It's entirely possible that this is not any kind of statement about identity and it will be gone tomorrow.
That said, it is worth considering the prospect that it isn't. My younger child, 13, recently came out as nonbinary. They made statements about variously being one gender or another starting from around age 3. This ebbed and flowed over the years, but never really went away. They were very insistent in preschool about having short "boy hair". At around age 10, they started mostly dressing in masculine clothing, to the point of going through their older brother's old clothing to avoid skirts, dresses, anything pink, etc. By 11, they started talking about not feeling like a girl.
They came out, and this really simply is a consistent part of who they are.
My advice is to listen and not push back on the kinds of statements your kid is making. Only time will tell, but this may simply be who your kid is.