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'Legend' sets box office record for December opening

Nigel Farage was pretty good!  (Dec 4, 2010 | post #3)

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'Legend' sets box office record for December opening

Degeneration and depravity to depths not seen since the Mexican Revolution.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #1)

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Board approves first segment of high-speed rail line

Only an avid supporter would find any meaningful benefit to this project so far. Moreover, the entire project needs secure support for the process to move ahead with this kind of action.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #2)

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Claim Jumper restaurant in Torrance closes

All those places closed because they failed to maintain their peak standards. They were already on the way downhill when they went out of business.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #144)

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Area government group holds first economic recovery summit

"Being friendly to business is being friendly to labor," said Lloyd Greif, president and CEO of Greif & Co., and the namesake of an entrepreneurial studies program at USC. "Rome is clearly burning, and clearly the legislators voted into office are fiddling." _______________ Usually, I think the-sky-is-falling statements are merely emotional reactions and nothing more. But, there is real empirical support for the thinking in that quote. The logic is lost on many union leaders and the political leadership they support. Their focus is must too dedicated to the fringe members in society and how to publicly provide for them. Their view of business is far too restrictive, limited to one of exploitation and abuse. The skewed mindset creates a failed structure for a sustainably strong economy. The dynamism an economy needs for growth and job creation doesn't come from government. Quality government provides safety, infrastructure and regulation that enhance the activities of the private sector, not diminish them. Public sector employees should be some of the biggest supporters for private sector growth. All should be in support of a broad based and simple tax structure that provides the essential funding to meet the needs of government everyone expects. Special interest thinking shouldn't get in the way of those goals.  (Dec 3, 2010 | post #1)

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Claim Jumper restaurant in Torrance closes

Actually, you identify two problems I am familiar with in restaurants. The restaurants that fail where I am familiar have had bad food and crummy service. Those two usually go hand in hand (there are exceptions). The other problem is the customers. There are always some people who get picky and whiny and create grief for themselves and others. Those people wear on others no matter where they are. A female co-worker used to wait customers at Denny's. She got to hate it. She went back to school and got a better job where she didn't have to deal with customer service. She is very nice and works real hard to do her job well. I bet she was the same person when she worked at Denny's.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #83)

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Letter of the Day: The key to better schools? Willing stu...

I'm trying to figure out the relevance of BMW to the content of the letter. Pretty pic, though. An article has this quote: “We are committed to developing and maintaining a talented manufacturing workforce in the Southeast U.S. and South Carolina in particular,” Kerscher said. “With more than 70 percent of the vehicles we produce in South Carolina being exported to global markets with very diverse economic circumstances, we find it best to hire in an incremental fashion due to these uncertain economic conditions.” http://reliablepla nt.com/Read/25438/ BMW-South-Carolina -workforce The hiring caution is widespread. To comment in your style of writing - Is anyone listening, let alone hear what was said?  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #3)

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Parents fight LAUSD plan to start school year earlier

I would dispute your statement based upon my recollection that some of the furlough days the LAUSD originally wanted to invoke were during non-productive days and the teachers balked at that. Regardless, the issue of paid holidays and vacation is easily remedied by recalculating the annual salary or daily rate to include whatever non-productive time you want paid. That is effectively done in calculating the total number of days paid by dividing the value of the output by the total number of days paid and that being the daily rate for work days, vacation days and holidays. A person can only get paid for what they produce in value, or eventually the production generated won't result in enough to cover the expenses and the place goes bankrupt.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #67)

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Passenger ejected, killed in Gerald Desmond Bridge accident

Poor driving and probably no seat belt - what a lousy way to go.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #1)

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Letter of the Day: The key to better schools? Willing stu...

There are plenty of teachers and administrators who look for all sorts of exogenous affects on student performance to explain academic failure. Frankly, I know some good teachers, but my recollection from when I was in school is I didn't have any exceptional teachers. One teacher in Sunday School I recall actually was interested in getting his class to think and also seemed sincerely interested in what we had to say, but the church gave him the boot. Another time in junior high school, a VP once talked to me about how to study. The only other discussion about studying was simply pick and time and a place without TV as a distraction. That's it. I sat in my son's classroom a couple of times and heard what I recall as the same dumb types of questions asked that heard when I was in school. The teacher thought if she asked you a trick question, you were learning something if you knew the answer. I am venting because the overt assumption in the letter is that the classroom structure and teacher input is not as important as student motivation and parental support. Part of teaching is motivating students. And parental compliance is not necessarily a deciding factor in academic achievement as changes in school principals and administrative policy have proven.  (Dec 1, 2010 | post #1)

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Parents fight LAUSD plan to start school year earlier

I guess you have never worked for salary in the private sector, or in rare cases, in the public sector. Unionized teachers have work hours agreements.  (Nov 29, 2010 | post #54)

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Parents fight LAUSD plan to start school year earlier

LAUSD? Where?  (Nov 29, 2010 | post #29)

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WikiLeaks reveals diplomats' secrets

From Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in WWII by John Prados (p. 17): "Japan had actually been the leading collection target for the Office of Naval Intelligence since after the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905." My recollection on Deming was he was invited or volunteered. He was getting nowhere here. Law and finance were where to make money, so the brains went there. Jerry Spence and Robert McNamara two examples. JFK incident convenient, but David Halberstam in The Reckoning pinned the beginning of the industrial "decline " before then. I still see these changes now through the paradigm of Schumpeter. Technology has changed products and the ways of doing things. We are in a long pattern of finding a new economic equilibrium. The change creates efficiencies that have done away with some old ways of doing things and will do so even more as we move along.  (Nov 29, 2010 | post #8)

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Parents fight LAUSD plan to start school year earlier

Go to a library on a really hot day. Farmers argued against year round day light savings time because they claim they can't get the milking cows to adjust to a different winter time schedule. Nonsense. The farmers couldn't adjust. The LAUSD is the 800 lb. gorilla when it comes to kids out of school. Rec facilities will adjust their program schedules around that and a good director will still be intellectually capable of accommodating others, too.  (Nov 29, 2010 | post #22)

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Parents fight LAUSD plan to start school year earlier

I don't find in your scheduling conflict where there would be a need for additional child care. Am I missing something?  (Nov 29, 2010 | post #17)

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