Totally affected by the fact that I've walked down some of those streets, and I have much sympathy for the people of Paris, but Francois Holland's speech about having war declared on them made me a little uneasy.
Given that the French have been bombing ISIS in Iraq since September 2014, why are they surprised that ISIS fought back? Since ISIS doesn't have an airforce that could bomb Paris, this is exactly the sort of attack they must have been expecting. I'm uneasy at the implication that "it's OK for us to bomb their cities and hospitals because any civilians we kill are collateral damage, but it's not OK for ISIS to shoot civilians in our country because they're intentionally shooting civilians."
To be clear, I'd really rather nobody killed civilians, but that's not an opinion followed by countries with big airforces...
Often the vendor will have a building inspection done,,,but for about $250 you can get your own done.
Yep, totally agree, but recent articles suggest that there were shortcuts taken that affect the safety/longevity of buildings during that period that weren't detectable without pulling off the outer layer - I'm thinking something about missing fire-collars in an apartment building which cost an extra 20% of the cost of the building to fix (after the 40% to cover the leaky building remediation) - which means even a building inspection won't find all the dodgy things that were going on.
And going into debt that much to play Russian roulette on house integrity is just not attractive.
Looks to me that only the US legislators can save us from this type of multi-national corporate rule now.
And isn't that a scary sentence to contemplate?
Was considering buying a new house, but not knowing anything about building, I'm scared to look at anything build after 1995... I'm guessing there's a lot of other people out there feeling the same way.
The 40s have been good to me.
I actually decided I didn't really care about getting any further up the ladder by the time I was about 38, and actually took a step back from there - much less stress.
Paid off the mortgage when times were good instead of buying a new car (and we finished the day before my wife got made redundant) and now I'm pretty relaxed.
I took my current job because I wanted to work with the people here, doing the things they're doing, rather than because I cared about it looking good on the CV. That too is fairly liberating.
Last month, walking through Copenhagen, I looked up at a brutalist concrete building and said to my companion "That looks like the UCSA" - It turned out to be the Copenhagen university ....
I heard Warren tried to sue the UCSA to stop them painting the concrete because he had some clause in the original architecture contract that said they couldn't, but when they built it, the steel reinforcing was too close to the surface, so the moisture seeped into the concrete, caused the steel to rust, then expand, then spall bits of concrete off the outside of the building. Cue significant costs to rebuild the external concrete balconies sometime in the early nineties.
Ah the memories.
Bart, I read a book about 15 years ago which claimed that about 50% of Pharma research budget went on trying to replicate a current patented drug with just enough difference to not be covered by the patent but still be effective.
The two goals involved seemed to be replicating a different companies profitable drug so they could get in on the action, or replicating one of their current drugs that were about to run out of patent so they could market and sell a "new" drug which was still covered by patent.
If that's still true, it does rather take some of my sympathy away for their expensive research requirements.
I've always kind of hated our anthem. Then one day I was curious about how and when the decision was made to add the Maori verse, and I ran across the documentary David Farrier made about it, and I kind of changed my mind.
I rather like the way that, in contrast with some other countries, it doesn't celebrate kicking the shit out of someone else. "Rule Brittania","rockets' red glare" vs "
Guard Pacific's triple star ... From the shafts of strife and war," and "Listen to us gently, With the infinite love, May the goodness bear fruit;"
(Which one is the triple star again?)
(translation via wikipedia)
Too bold for some narrow-minded people. For them it's a symbol of separatism.
My issue with it was that I'd feel a bit mean stealing it off the Tino Rangatiratanga people unless someone asked nicely first, and I couldn't see them going for that if the issues around shared governance et al weren't resolved first.
It is a really nice flag though.
Not to say that Moon hasn’t done fantastic research – the soldiering is incredibly true-to-life.
Elizabeth Moon was an officer in the US Marines.
She tells a story on one of her blogs about why she joined the Marines. Coming out of University, she decided to join the military, and went to a recruitment day somewhere. The Airforce said "We'd love to have you", the Army said "We'd love to have you" and the Marine recruiting sergeant said "You'd never pass basic training..."