"Millennials have earned a reputation for reshaping industries and institutions — shaking up the workplace, transforming dating culture, and rethinking parenthood. They’ve also had a dramatic impact on American religious life. Four in ten millennials now say they are religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. In fact, millennials (those between the ages of 23 and 38) are now almost as likely to say they have no religion as they are to identify as Christian."
"For a long time, though, it wasn’t clear whether this youthful defection from religion would be temporary or permanent. It seemed possible that as millennials grew older, at least some would return to a more traditional religious life. But there’s mounting evidence that today’s younger generations may be leaving religion for good."
I agree completely. I consider myself an atheist, but I also consider myself to be a spiritual, emotional, empathic human being. I have the same religion as the trees, the mountains, and stars in the sky.
Attorney General William Barr blasted the FBI over its 2016 decision to open the Russia investigation later led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, rejecting an inspector general’s conclusion that the FBI’s probe was justified from the get-go.
This is horrible! I only order clothes on-line after trying on sizes in stores. If I do end up with something that doesn't suit me, I donate it. I'm getting a lot better at being critical prior to purchasing.
Once something has been sold and the packaging opened, it cannot be resold as new. Most stores only sell new stuff, not used stuff that will take away sales of the new stuff. When ever you sign a vendor agreement with a store chain (as a manufacturer) there is always an agreement you sign that designates what to do with returns. It is either Destroy or Donate since no one wants the shit sent back to the manufacturer who has no ability to get rid of it. So since the manufacturer gets back charged the wholesale price for the item by the retailer, it just gets tossed. Massive waste.
#maths #mathematics #mathsmanuelacasasoli Occupy Math uses artificial intelligence to build predictive models of data sets. When you first start learning how to do this, there is a standard example: weather forecasting.
The death of G+ still affects all of us. Communities were torn apart that will never again be formed. So many projects and ideas destroyed or lost by the wayside. Friends lost and potentials destroyed.
To be honest I do not really care. Pixelfed and other Federation tools have replaced it all. Do I miss certain people? Sure.
I started on the internet in the late 90s.
It mostly was Deja News until Google bought it. Usenet is one of the tools I do still miss. It is partly still alive but near dead. I did meet with some people irl at that moment and some of them I still see. It even was the reason companies tried to hire me in those days since I was in certain support groups.
Soon after Usenet I was invited to IRC. I did meet new and old people there.
Then there was geocites (hell, I hardly remember people from there.
It was followed up by msn, hyves, facebook, orkut, Linkedin, g+, etc... I still see some of the people every few years. We all moved to different (parts of) the countries. Some even moved to other parts of the world.
Fact is that I see it as tools, not as something I need to have. The Fediverse in which we now are all using does have advantages. If for some reason you want to move to another pod you can, with all data and all friends you have there.
Sorry, but I don't agree with the results @Hans W each place I have been has been carefully chosen and none replaces what was lost. None.
I lost the Writers interconnection & the local Fandom connections when I left Livejournal in its great exodus after the Russian buyout.
I lost the Tabletop Game Design Communities I had on G+ and saw a significant loss of involvement and engagement. The number of folks doing design here is not a tenth of what we had on G+.
Yes I've met new folks here, and tried to bring as many folks into here as possible, but more than half the people I brought have left over the months... the limitations of the medium and all the folks that didn't come broke the community.
The Fall of G+ is like the loss of a limb for some of us in regards to our social lives and interactions... not something that you laugh off as "I didn't really need that leg... I've got a perfectly good plastic replica".
I am not laughing it off, I am just stating that it is a bit like life it self. When working you will loose co-workers you like since they start working elsewhere, you will not be able to keep up with all the kids in high school, your fellow students, the people you meat in the army, your friendly neighbors who move to a different place, etc...
Part of life if you ask me. It's not a problem if you see it differently, we all have our thoughts about it.
#JohnConstantine #Hellblazer #1 (2020) #JohnPaulLeon Cover & #AaronCampbell Pencils, #SimonSpurrier Story John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness...and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn't have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London's worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord's would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but...and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082MN8817?ref=myi_title_dp
@Violante de Rojas Living near the border, I can confirm that many make the trip across the border for drugs. I know some personally. People that have no other choice as they don't have any insurance, much less pharmaceutical insurance.
...and I happen to know that some folks in PA are buying insulin on one persons med insurance at a certain price for certain friends, because medicaid/medicare costs too much - same type of insulin, same amt...exact same brand.
@[email protected] That turns out not to be the case. A relatively small number of Americans driving across the border to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies is manageable, but wholesale exports of Canadian pharmaceuticals to the U.S. isn’t possible; a country of 37 million can’t fix the supply problems for a country of 330 million. We already manage scarcity for our own population, and we don’t manufacture most drugs here; they’re imported from overseas.
There are numerous factors that can lead to drug shortages in this country, including a lack of chemicals in the manufacturing supply chain, pharmaceutical companies discontinuing certain drugs, global demand for drugs, lower prices for generics and even changes in clinical guidelines.
Another reason is that Canada no longer has a viable drug manufacturing industry, meaning we buy almost all of our drugs overseas, making us extremely vulnerable to supply changes in those countries.
“Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturing has tanked over the last decades and we, like the Americans, buy our drugs from other companies offshore,” said Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, a medical historian and drug shortages expert at Queen’s University.
“What the Americans need to do is what we do — and that is negotiate better prices from the European, Indian and Chinese companies that we’re buying from. All of us.”
@Jim Douglas I thought we manufactured the drugs it was the case a few years (decades) ago. In any case if the insulin market in the US crashed that much in the US the American authorities would put a stop to it. It is ignored as long as it is a trickle.
@Charles M It does not cost anywhere near that. The cost of medicine has little bearing on it's pricing. Insulin was developed in 1922. The cost of the actual medication is peanuts and could be produced easily by the vat. It is perceived scarcity.
Put another way, the study estimated the cost of production for a vial of human insulin is between $2.28 and $3.42, while the production cost for a vial of most analog insulins is between $3.69 and $6.16, according to the study in BMJ Global Health.
@[email protected] Every January, I get to pay full price for one month's worth of insulin. That usually is enough to pay down my deductible, but that one time is over (US) $1400 each time. Yes. it DOES IN FACT "cost anywhere near that."
It is significantly cheaper once I pay my deductible and my insurance kicks in. But January? Yeah, that sucks.
It costs "anywhere near that" if you don't have insurance or if your insurance is horrible. Which basically means it costs "anywhere near that" if you can't get a job with benefits.
Benefits. My life literally depends on my ability to keep a job that provides health insurance as a perquisite. You know, like some folks get free coffee at their jobs, or free snacks, or Christmas bonuses. Me? I work because it keeps me from being dead within two to three months.
This isn't just a hypothetical for me and many like me. This is real. This is expensive. And diabetics die every year because they can't afford to pay the drug companies their extortion money.
So please, do not ever suggest that a medicine or medical treatment "does not cost anywhere near that" because yes, it in fact does cost that or near that for a significant number of people.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Our refusal to implement a universal healthcare system in this country is barbaric and evil. Any nation that has the means to provide for the health of its citizens but chooses not to is evil. Period. Full stop. No exceptions.
@Charles M The difference is COST and PRICE. You can split hairs if you like. But the price you pay does not equal the cost of the commodity. If you want the ecenomics of it... The manufacturers know that the elasticity of the commodity is low. Inuslin has a very finite shelf life and people die without it. So therefore they can conceivably set the price so that they can limit production and make the maximum profit.
Now limiting production means introducing scarcity. It also means some die but the chances of those people being genuinely profitable are nil. So they do not care.
Yes toys are in this category. But nobody dies if they do not get the newest Obiwan Doll.
Either way, that price is what we diabetics have to pay. Your comment about not paying anywhere near that doesn't pan out in the real world, regardless of cost vs price. It's the price that determines, in large part, whether we live or die.
I used the words "price" and "cost" interchangeably, because quite frankly it doesn't matter at all what it costs Eli Lilly or produce my insulin. It only matters what they charge me to buy it. MY cost can go as high as $282 per 10 mL vial. Don't know or care what it actually costs them to produce it. Just that it can cost me that much to buy it. Their price is my cost.
@Charles M Which is exactly the reason for this post. Eli Lilly should not decide which Americans should live and which die. That the the crux of Medicare for all. If Eli Lilly charged $50 a vial that would be a huge markup. They have no legs to stand on in this.
Capitalism does in some cases work but in these cases it does not pure and simple.
No, the reason they're not arguing against the charges is that Fox News refuses to talk about the actual facts. They're too busy saying the facts aren't, actually, facts at all... which will play directly into Comrade McConnell's plans to shut the whole impeachment down.
The Senate will not convict, so now the damage control is all about keeping individual Republican senators fromsuffering blowback. Deny everything, muddy the waters, wait for the electorate to forget, retreat and declare victory. A dance as old as crooks themselves.
We institute national health care. But we allow individuals to opt out. Not industries or individual companies, but individual, adult, people. They have to sign a legally binding waiver saying that they will only receive whatever medical care they can afford on their own. No handouts, no help from outsiders, just them and their checking accounts. In exchange, they don't have to pay taxes into the national health system. Their minor children? They still have to fund enough to support healthcare for the kids. Sorry, that's non-negotiable.
But for adults, they can choose to live outside the system, but they don't get to benefit from the system, either. Kind of like the Amish, who don't pay taxes and reap very few benefits from taxes.
The only thing about that is that although it's national health care, it's not universal health care. In Canada it's paid for mostly by income tax. Here in B.C., I think we are the only province left that pays premiums. Costs my wife and me $65.00 each per month. I like it that everybody is covered for basic, non-elective care. We also have a private side as well, where people can choose to pay more to have procedures done earlier, or we can travel to other countries to have them done. Some of my friends complain about the wait for knee or hip surgery, but at least we're not out of pocket when it's done.
We have to wait for surgery or even surgical consultations in the US, too. That for-profit health care does nothing to reduce the wait times. My daughter-in-law had to wait three months to have a cancerous thyroid removed, for instance.
So yeah, that argument the GOP loves to trot out about "well, national healthcare means longer waits" is BS.
It would have been too far from the fire, which is said to have started in Pudding Lane, some two kilometres (1.24 miles) away. If you look down the Wikipedia page for the Great Fire of London, on the right you'll see a map showing the burnt area in pink. The fire reached about halfway along Fleet Street but not very far along High Holborn, where Staple Inn is situated.
I just read a book on the fire about a year or so ago. It was called "By Permission of Heaven". There was a lot of blame being passed along after the fact. An interesting read if you're interested in it.
I'm mainly interested in the short version of the history of each place I photograph as I don't have time to go any deeper, @Don Little. I do know that there's some contention over where it actually started, but I don't know if that has ever been resolved satisfactorily.
The consensus is that it started in Pudding Lane. But there was a war going on at that time with Holland, so people were using the fire to blame the Dutch and whoever else to drum up support for their cause. As the name of the book implies, even God was credited for it because of some past transgressions.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes William Barr is "unfit" to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that recent controversial comments by his successor "have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution."
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These last days the news in Denmark is about being squeezed by the large powers.
Yesterday a tape was revealed where Faroese politicians talk about some secret talks with the Chinese ambassador who has been trying to pressure the Faroese Landstings to implement Huawei 5G network by threatening to stop the salmon export to China.
A couple of days ago a seminar by a private think-tank was cancelled as the amateurish US ambassador who was sponsoring the seminar vetoed a speaker because he has criticized Donald Trump.
The general sentiment here is that the post-war alliances are over and that we again will be pushed around by cynical empires, like we historically have been pushed around by Russia and Germany. I think we will see the European countries rally around a Euro Army soon.
Not easy to turn your back when you are confined to planet Earth. No way to leave the school yard. Both incidents have been extremely clumsy diplomacy, and I can't see what China and the US really gains. If a European army is established it will buy weapons together, and as both England, Belgium, France and Sweden have very developed arms industries my guess is that it will indeed be kept local. When Trump want the NATO countries to use more money on their defence it is because he thinks that the current state of affairs where US weapons are bought will be upheld (Denmark is right now buying the F-35). But if you alienate your customers you loose them. The same can be said for the Chinese 5G network.
@J R - Not sure Russia is in line to take over the arms deal :)
^Yes, trump is a fool. He offends his allies and then tries to force them to buy more US weaponry. Even if the Euopean union spends more on defense, there is little reason to be wedded to the US for the arms.
And today's news is that 20! persons have been arrested for planning terror in Denmark. Seems the intelligence service (with the funny name, PET) has done their job. Probably the largest case ever in Denmark. Islamic motive.
Denmark had the strange Muhammad cartoon crisis, we have taken part in all military action in the Middle East and Afganistan, we also have a 5-6% part of the population who is Muslims most of them recent immigrants. So reasons enough for the Salafi tossers. But in reality all Western European countries are on the hit list.
Well... it was back when it seemed a good idea to stand by the US... I know a couple of veterans who returned and according to them we simply are better at doing such things cheap. Maybe the US should lower its military budget instead of us paying more. I think that there's a lot of good dollars to be gained through efficiency savings.
I recently posted a song by that title, by Steve Katz, a beautiful tune, and hit, for Blood, Sweat, & Tears. A friend asked wrote the song, and I thought again; I'd said "BS&T" but the song was composed by Katz. (Fun fact: He's from Brooklyn, I did not know until researching this now! Katz played with Lou Reed too!)
This song is a longtime favorite of mine from before BS&T, before the rock festivals with Jethro Tull, and there was this, from The Blues Project. Another simple and moving song of his, and truly a wonderful ....
My boyfriend when I was in high school adored The Blues Project and we went to see them at the Cafe Au Go Go in the Village more than once. I loved Flute Thing” and *Steve’s Song. I’m sure I still have the albums although the are likely all warped or scratched and I no longer have a functional turntable. I’ve listened online once or twice over the years. My then boyfriend was sort of embarrassing. We sat at tables facing the band with these expensive vase sized soft drinks and he’d zone out when they played. I would worry that he would knock over his drink. There is a CVS now where Cafe Au Go Go was. I got to see RIchie Havens there once too.