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From 'seagoing White House' to ghost ship: Truman's yacht rusts far from home
Wed May 15, 2013
Seems evident that the best that could be done would be a cosmetic restoration for display only (like most of the historic non-sail ships). But that being said, there are always a half-dozen cities in line when a battle ship or old ocean liner is available, so maybe a private investment group will d …
Today's teens more materialistic, less likely to work hard, study says
Thu May 2, 2013
Some very good comments here about the changes in the world of work and normal societal cycles as what we learn from our upbringing affects our assumptions and desires. Also some very misinformed ones about "Nanny State" and so on. It is fact that the relationship of labor and production has changed …
More US babies die on their first day than in 68 other countries, report shows
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Because most Americans haven't experienced first hand the difference universal health care makes, and don't see medical treatment as a right (i.e. if you're uninsured, you just are far more likely to die - tough), you get comments like many of those above. Since I began to live part-time in Italy 11 …
Tweaking sequester feeds demand for more adjustments to spending cuts
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Meanwhile, the second page of the news this week has been full of: Not allowing the Navy to get rid of ships they no longer need, instead making them cut other programs to maintain the ships (Virginia congressman from Norfolk); making the Army keep buying new Abrams tanks they don't need - the aver …
Wealthy spenders could drive economy in 2013
Mon Apr 29, 2013
In reply to: ProtectAmericanJobs #10.1 OUTSOURCING: US multinationals have done no net domestic hiring since 1989 and get huge tax breaks for this; ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: because of built-in incompatibilities that can't be fixed under the federal purchasing system, we only keep track of who com …
Fallen Italian nobles turn castles into B&B's
Wed Apr 24, 2013
We live in Italy each summer, and have found the "Agritourismo" search sites to be a great source (my wife is an Italian tourism management graduate who was recruited to the USA). We stayed at a 1275 Castle B&B just outside Assisi in a tower suite for less than we could find a room at any h …
Family of slain bombing suspect's widow: 'Our hearts are sickened'
Fri Apr 19, 2013
Amazing how deeply and genuinely stupid a person can be and still read, even respond to, news they totally fail to comprehend.
Here's what happens when good jobs go away, and don't come back
Fri Apr 26, 2013
The American work ethic has had an odd influence on this. I remember social studies in grammar school, 40+ years ago, teaching that we would someday have little need for many current workers, that hours of work needed per worker would be fewer to produce goods, and that we needed to find different w …
Pintrips lets you pin, track, and share airfares
Mon Apr 15, 2013
The sample offered at the end is certainly informative - for the first time in 11 years we don't go to the grandparents in Italy for July because Delta (which so dominates Atlanta's huge traffic that no other airline offers non-stop flights to Italy!) has fares that are just totally out of sync with …
Where did global warming go? The deep ocean, experts say
Thu Apr 11, 2013
Not that I want to start an argument over geography, but you're right. There has never been antarctic ice in Hudson's Bay.
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