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Archive for the ‘soapbox’ Category

Inauguration Day

Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.

Ayn Rand

Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

Barry Goldwater

RHOA – Divorce Updates

Here is the link to the AJC article about Sheree from the Real Housewives of Atlanta and her divorce.

So tacky and ridiculous.

My first thought was “No education? Go down to Georgia Perimeter like half the state did. Get your two year and MAYBE you can transfer to Georgia State.”

And I remember going to that store Bella Azul. One time. So over priced, worst customer service ever and bad merchandise selection. Period.

Why in the hell does everyone want something for nothing?

I am just so sick of crap like this. Male or female. Go better yourself. Stop trying to be something you are not.

$113K a year via divorce settlement does not make you the elite of Atlanta.

Sorry to disappoint.

High Fructose Corn Syrup – I Call Shenanigans

Here is the link to corn people’s new website that wants you to believe that HFCS is good for you.

They won’t let you embed their adds in your blog. So if you want to go watch them, they are over there.

Anyway, HFCS is gross and the corn people just want to keep their subsidies and you fat.

It’s Just Rude – Don’t Ask Me Again When I Am Having A Baby

Seriously, just stop. It’s rude. When I can have a baby I will.

Go consult Ms. Manners. You are out of line.

It’s like politics, we don’t talk about it.

From Bloomberg – EBay Is Ordered to Pay EU40 Million in LVMH Lawsuit

June 30 (Bloomberg) — EBay Inc., the world’s largest Internet auctioneer, was ordered to pay LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA 40 million euros ($63 million) over claims it didn’t do enough to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.

LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods maker, claimed in the Paris lawsuit that EBay has a heightened responsibility to prevent fraud. The ruling also places limits on the online sales of LVMH perfumes.

“It’s a groundbreaking decision that will help protect creativity,” said Pierre Gode, a member of LVMH’s supervisory board and adviser to chairman Bernard Arnault. “It’s an important precedent.”

LVMH said it found in 2006 that 90 percent of the Louis Vuitton and Dior-labeled perfumes, watches and handbags on EBay were fakes. Online sales of counterfeit clothes, bags and jewelry cost makers of original products about $30 billion a year, Tiffany & Co. and other retailers claim in a U.S. lawsuit.

EBay said in a statement that it would appeal.

“Today’s ruling is not about our fight against counterfeits; today’s ruling is about an attempt by LVMH to protect uncompetitive commercial practices at the expense of consumer choice and the livelihood of law-abiding sellers that EBay empowers everyday,” EBay said in an e-mailed statement. “We will fight this ruling on their behalf.”

`Trust and Security’

EBay already spends about $20 million annually on “trust and security” matters and has 2,000 employees around the world to fight counterfeits.

Another court ruled this month in a case filed by Hermes International SA that the San Jose, California-based company is a partner to its vendors and must take more steps to fight fakes.

The cases in France, EBay’s fourth-largest market, are seeking to raise the legal requirements on the company. The judge in the Hermes case said EBay should require certificates of authenticity and serial numbers for sales.

Shades of Enron

Is anyone following this “Enron loophole” thing like I am? And how it affects the price of oil.

Which affects EVERYTHING!!!!

Very interesting.

Read here and here. And if you google it, all kinds of links pop up.

(And in no way does this give any indication of my actual political leanings.)

Vote – Children’s Healthcare needs a new Playroom

Please take a few minutes to visit the following link and cast a vote for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to receive a new hospital playroom donated by Colgate. I know that many of us have had to use the wonderful services offered by this fantastic local hospital. Click the link to be taken to the site to vote.

Colgate

Atlanta is currently in 4th place so please VOTE!!!

Restaurant Manners – Families obviously stealing food

I was at dinner last night with mother and sister and I saw what has become a common occurrance in restaurants.

A family of four was sitting two tables over from us. They proceed to each order items from the menu that if one item had been ordered it would have fed the four of them. Instead, they had 4 plates in on the table that would now feed 16 people. Plus, they had side items.

The family begins to eat. And they eat. Half way through this meal, the waitress gets called over. Supposedly, there is now a problem with the food. Poor quality? Not what they ordered? Does it really matter?

Fresh plates of food get brought out. Immediately the family asks for To Go boxes.

WTF!!!! Are you kidding? The waitress just had to make the family happy. She probably did not get a decent tip. And the restaurant gets to eat the cost of this families actions. The cost of this gets passed along to you and me.

I see this occur quite often here in Atlanta. And at many different price points of restaurants. People consider it their right to f**k over restaurants and waitstaff. These are businesses and people’s livelihood. I just don’t understand the lack of morals or integrity that people have anymore. Everyone just wants theirs and they want it all for free.

Excuse me, but the severity of the crisis has not been overstated

ajc.com > Metro
Feds weigh drinking water vs. mussels

By MATT KEMPNER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/23/07
In what might be hopeful words for a drought-parched metro Atlanta, a regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said there is “much flexibility” to provide drinking water for people and still comply with the Endangered Species Act.

But Alabama’s governor on Monday asked President Bush not to take emergency drought actions requested by Georgia, saying they would be “to the detriment of people who live and work downstream in Alabama.”

Also Monday, federal biologists waded in Florida’s Apalachicola River, assessing what it would take to keep endangered and threatened mussels alive if less water is released upstream at Lake Lanier.

Georgia has demanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keep more water in Lanier to meet the needs of metro Atlanta during the deepening drought.

The corps has turned to the Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether mussels in Florida could live with less water in the Apalachicola, the name the Chattahoochee River takes as it winds through that state.

Sam Hamilton, the Atlanta-based regional director for the Fish and Wildlife Service, wrote an Oct. 18 letter to the corps saying that “while the Service is concerned about the adverse effects” that lower flows might cause, “much flexibility exists in the Endangered Species Act to solve problems in ways that meet human needs while minimizing harm to highly imperiled species.

“A careful change in the rate of water releases could allow some mussels to move to deeper water and therefore minimize expected losses,” Hamilton wrote.

Already, the corps says, the Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized the corps to allow some of the rainwater feeding Lanier to stay there, a key step toward helping the depleted lake recover.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is prepared to work “quickly” on reviewing how much water the mussels can live with, Hamilton wrote.

Tom MacKenzie, a spokesman for the service, said he couldn’t predict the timing. Carol Couch, the director of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, has said federal officials could do it in a week. Maj. Daren Payne, the corps’ deputy district commander, said the Fish and Wildlife Service expects to finish fieldwork by the end of the month and render an opinion by mid-November.

Even if Georgia officials get what they want from the Fish and Wildlife Service and the corps, the water battle may not be over.

Payne predicted that if the corps reduces flows, there’s a good chance that Alabama and Florida would sue to get more water.

In his letter to Bush, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said Georgia’s push to get the president to allow lessened releases from Lanier would hurt Alabama. “Georgia has repeatedly framed its request as a contest between people in the Atlanta area and endangered mussels in Florida. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Riley wrote. “In reality the action that Georgia seeks will have dire consequences on people and their livelihoods downstream in Alabama.

“Georgia has overstated the severity of the crisis in the Atlanta region,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Florida, federal biologists are trying to figure what it would take to keep mussels alive. The creatures die if they are exposed for too long when the river level drops, but they also can die if they’re in water that is flowing too fast, he said.

The scientists are trying to figure out just where the endangered and threatened species live, MacKenzie said.

“It’s not like looking in an aquarium and counting fish,” he said. “Literally it can be feeling around with your hands. It’s a time-consuming, laborious process.”

Staff writer Stacy Shelton contributed to this article

Manners – Is anything off limits anymore

When I was growing up my father taught me to never talk about religion, politics or money. It only makes people upset and cause strife. Over the years I have been asked how much money I make, point blank. Been preached to from every religion in the world. Just because I don’t sit in the same pew as you does not mean I don’t believe in God. And been condescendingly talked down to because of a politic belief or action I let slip.

Here in Atlanta, as with most of the country, there are many types of people and many different beliefs. Nothing wrong with that. Now I am married to someone who works in the scientific community. He has friends who are in the scientific community. They are fond of debating and talking about topics that I find inappropriate. Nothing is off limits. But does it matter what I think? Shouldn’t they talk about whatever they want it is a free country? But the point of this site “SOCIAL” and this is a social question.

Here is an example. My husband’s old boss/advisor liked to come over to our condo because he liked to drink our booze, get away from his family and talk science with Ed. But many times I would be home and he would try and pull me into the conversation knowing these were topics that I had repeatedly told people we don’t talk about in our house. Obviously, he would get away with it because Ed did not want to tell his boss to “Shut the F**K Up”. I don’t take kindly to that so I would cut him off as much as I could with out getting to angry. My favorite time was when he thought he could ask me inappropriate questions about our company and how we run it. These aren’t passing questions. These are in depth, TMI. Ugh! What is your problem?

Here is another example. We have a friend whose political beliefs are the exact opposite of mine. But he never knew that. One night, he had been out with us and then came over afterwards. He went on this long diatribe about something political. I said that it was not a subject I was going to discuss with him. He wanted to know why. I explained the no politics thing. That set him off. In my face, wanting to know how I could think those things. I am a girl who can take care of myself and I am not going to take such obnoxiousness in my house. I said it was none of his business and needed to leave my house because I was not going to put up with such rudeness in my house. He was still in my face (is politics that important?). I told Ed to kick him out and he did. He apologized later and we are still friends with him. But this was not the first time that had happened.

You want another? I had someone come over the day after my Dad died to tell me how great it was he had found Jesus and it all happened for a reason. Seriously? The day after? No I don’t want to go to your church.

I could go on and on. The science people say they should discuss everything because that is how new ideas are generated. But in my experience, they just want to hear their own and not others.

I try to be positive, help people out every chance I get, volunteer, and keep my sailor’s mouth closed most of the time. I try not to push my beliefs on people and don’t want yours pushed on me. I just feel that these kinds of instances are an invasion of space and privacy.

Is my skin to thin? Is everything up for discussion anymore? Am I behind the times?