Sun. July 28, 2019 – another nice day

Saturday had beautiful weather and we are hoping for the same today.

Had a nice visit with a bunch of friendly people I barely know. Lots of food and drinks were consumed. Kids had fun chasing their cousins around. Even the mosquitoes gave us a break.

The roads around here sure are winding and narrow. I’m glad i got the offline maps installed. I have no chance of navigating without help.

Had a long dicussion with a young lady about her $200,000 of student loan debt, and her job prospects with a peace and justice degree ( not good, btw, if you had any doubt). She’s very aggrieved that her college degree isn’t getting her hired. I don’t think she’ll enjoy her move from NYFC to San Antonio.

I guess anything is possible, Some things aren’t particularly likely though.

N

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26 Responses to Sun. July 28, 2019 – another nice day

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Had a long dicussion with a young lady about her $200,000 of student loan debt, and her job prospects with a peace and justice degree ( not good, btw, if you had any doubt). She’s very aggrieved that her college degree isn’t getting her hired. I don’t think she’ll enjoy her move from NYFC to San Antonio.

    Helping fund Doh-bamacare with six figures of student loan debt. That’s really nice of her.

    And, like most of the snowflakes, I’ll bet there’s a lot more than direct college expenses buried in that debt. A trip to Europe funded by Navient is another cliche I suggest people avoid living.

    San Antonio is going Prog in a big way. It wouldn’t surprise me if Nirenberg and the council tried a EV-only mandate in the core of the city around the Riverwalk in the next few years.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    Had a long dicussion with a young lady about her $200,000 of student loan debt, and her job prospects with a peace and justice degree ( not good, btw, if you had any doubt).

    Especially since the Progs want to let everybody out of jail, except anyone who disagrees with them. Soon, only Redumblicans will be in jail and the Progs will just let them rot.

    /end progfantasy

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Especially since the Progs want to let everybody out of jail, except anyone who disagrees with them. Soon, only Redumblicans will be in jail and the Progs will just let them rot.

    People will go willingly to the camps. Free WiFi and all important cable channels/streaming services will be provided 24/7.

  4. dkreck says:

    It was nice that yesterday we had a link to Sarah Hoyt. Like so many, it’s one of those blogs I wish I had more time for. Of course she is a writer and writes long entries. I did some catching up last night.
    Here’s a good one…

    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/07/25/this-little-light-of-mine/

    My coming out was of a political nature. My gay libertarian friends (with perhaps one exception) assure me it was much harder to come out as libertarian or anti-Marxist than to come out as gay. It was more likely to materially damage their social life and professional prospects.

    And I came out of the political closet in more than full knowledge of this.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    So far it’s a bit hotter today.

    The young lady is committed and sincere, but has never had the universe bite her ass. She’s a vegan, doesn’t want kids ( I suspect because of some mistaken idea about over population), and thinks you can talk people out of being criminals ( restorative justice.) She’s exactly like that social worker who gets raped by refugees and forgives them because society made them do it.

    She’s basically f’d when reality finally asserts itself.

    N

  6. Greg Norton says:

    She’s basically f’d when reality finally asserts itself.

    You would think that, but, more often than not, Daddy Cash insulates them. I work with a few who have been on the receiving end of reality asserting itself, in one case several times, but the parents always soften the blows by writing the checks.

    The most selfish Millenial I’ve seen? At CGI, I worked with one kid who went to his parents for a $30k down payment on a condo here in town so he could keep his cash ready for when his Tesla Model 3 reservation was honored.

    The irony is that the condo he bought, built in the 80s near downtown, would not upgrade the electrical system so he could eventually charge the car at home. The board told him that he would have to cover all of the complex to get an electrical system upgrade if he wanted the fast charger in his garage.

    Fortunately, the folks drew the line at writing that kind of check. I believe the quote was $400k — the kind of work the Green New Deal will cover for everybody, eventually, of course, but not right now.

    (The hidden costs of electrification of the vehicle fleet that no one talks about are mind boggling. That is for *one* condo complex in Austin.)

    Most of the rest I interact with daily are unintentionally selfish. Totally unaware.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    If I have the chance I’m going to suggest that she volunteer as a child advocate in our local foster care system, and/ or that she read Peter’s Memoirs of a Prison Chaplain.

    Her parents don’t have the kind of money that could cushion her eventual wake up call .

    N

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Her parents don’t have the kind of money that could cushion her eventual wake up call .

    So what was the extravagance buried in that $200k? Trip to Europe or car?

    We had to put a stripped Corolla into my wife’s med school loans in the 90s. My in-laws didn’t do anything for her, despite having the money, but, damn, were they ever first in line for help when the medical license arrived.

    I laughingly call it the $25,000 Corolla.

  9. brad says:

    I do like Sarah Hoyt’s viewpoints, but her blog…ouch. She needs to turn on her internal editor, and stop blathering. Her posts would be much more effective if they were 1/4 the length. In some cases 1/10 the length would be better.

    $200k in student loans? If she graduated in 4 years, that means she lived well and didn’t work. Alternatively, she took a lot more than 4 years to graduate. The main thing, of course, is that she has a degree that will qualify her to do some kinds of social work. Which will pay her next to nothing; certainly not enough to make her loan payments.

    I don’t really fault her, though. At 18 you are young and naive. I fault the people issuing the loans: there is zero due diligence. The US is creating an entire generation of indentured servants.

  10. MrAtoz says:

    At the Vegas airport. We are going to West Liberty, Iowa, for the week for one of MrsAtoz’s program. There is a restaurant downtown that serves a great burger. There is some kind of club upstairs. While we were eating, a chick dressed in all black wearing some kind of cincher/corset came down.

    Me: Honey, what kind of outfit is that?
    MrsAtoz: Looks like bondage, you want to go up there, don’t you?
    Me: Maybe. 🙂

    We joke it’s probably where the all WHITE police force go to get willingly beat by Hispanic women.

  11. Jenny says:

    $200,000 school debt? That’s a house. To heck with that noise.

    University of the People
    Associates $2,000 and done
    Bachelors $4,000 and done
    Computer Science, Business Administration, Health Science.
    Let’s you tick the box on the job application and get to work.
    Not fancy, National accreditation so some government jobs at the high end will snub it (State of Alaska Database jobs require regionally accredited college degrees).

    You can transfer in your last year to UC Berkeley if you want the debt and more prestigious degree.

    You get out what you put in. I’m 4 classes and 2 weeks from my AS. I’ll push on for my BS – I’m having a lot of fun and it’s inexpensive.

    No school debt. I’ve got 25 odd years of IT experience to back it up however that tick box for college is showing up more on job applications.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    At the Vegas airport. We are going to West Liberty, Iowa, for the week for one of MrsAtoz’s program. There is a restaurant downtown that serves a great burger. There is some kind of club upstairs. While we were eating, a chick dressed in all black wearing some kind of cincher/corset came down.

    If you are in or within driving distance of San Antonio on Labor Day weekend, drop by the convention center for San Japan, the big annual Anime show.

    An all-black outfit with a cincer/corset is conservative compared to some of what you will see at San Japan. Furries are an automatic in Texas despite the heat. Great people watching.

    We joke it’s probably where the all WHITE police force go to get willingly beat by Hispanic women.

    In Vegas, that probably isn’t a joke.

  13. SteveF says:

    I fault the people issuing the loans: there is zero due diligence.

    What are you talking about? The loans are guaranteed by the US federal government, so there’s virtually no risk to the lender. There are a few easy hoops to jump through, like verifying that the borrower is over 18 and is or will be attending school and that most of the borrowed money will be used for educational reasons, but that’s about it. On the school’s side, they have no incentive to turn away anyone who can pay, regardless of where the money is coming from.

    Creating a nation of indentured servants? There’s a good case to be made that the system is working exactly as designed.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    I don’t really fault her, though. At 18 you are young and naive. I fault the people issuing the loans: there is zero due diligence. The US is creating an entire generation of indentured servants.

    That was exactly the idea behind nationalizing the student loan program as part of the Obamacare law.

    Of course, they knew the would-be indentured servants would eventually demand amnesty, and that’s how the Obamacare debt will be monetized while the law passed as “revenue neutral” using reconciliation by simple majority in the Senate without invoking cloture.

    We had to pass the law to find out what was in it. And the law will come up before the Supremes again next term, with the decision due before the 2020 conventions.

    Overturning the law, among other things, wipes out the student loan program, and, if that happens, the Congress will have to pass a new program next Summer, in the heart of election season, before classes convene in the fall or else things will get sporty, I imagine.

    Roberts won’t let it happen.

  15. lynn says:

    “Why the Dependent Class Should Fear Socialism” by Dr. Harold Pease
    https://libertyunderfire.org/2019/07/why-the-dependent-class-should-fear-socialism/

    “So why should the dependent class, defined as the approximately 47% who pay no federal income tax and are largely those who benefit from food stamps, subsidized housing, healthcare and other assistance programs, fear socialism? Because socialism has a history of ending assistance programs. Democracy enables a marriage between the assisted class with their vote power and politicians wishing to empower themselves by, in effect, transferring wealth from those who have to the poor. Once established this marriage self perpetuates and amplifies. Try seeking office today on a platform that ends all governmental assistance programs—or, even just one, food stamps.”

    “The brakes (limits) of the Constitution are powerful when observed but they cannot perform well once gifting (bribing the dependent class for their vote) has been introduced into the body politic. Once ingrained it cannot prevent itself from offering larger and more gifts until elections are bidding wars without constitutional restraints. This feeds an enlarging national debt that can never be paid. We see this today in the Democratic Party presidential debates: free college, reparations for the descendants of ex-slaves, a guaranteed income, and free healthcare for everyone in the world willing to cross our borders illegally. In exchange for your vote the socialist politician advocates that everything be free. This is his most powerful lure and works well on idealistic youth and the already dependent but it risks collapsing the economy, democracy, the Constitution and liberty.”

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    IDK if the were any extravagances in the 200k, but the school itself was very expensive. There is probably some school sponsored travel in there as that is typical of the high end schools.

    N

  17. Ray Thompson says:

    There is probably some school sponsored travel in there as that is typical of the high end schools.

    The school pays $10K a student, charges the student $15K. Good profit for the school for doing nothing. Chalk it up to “administration fee”.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Sounds about right.

    N

  19. nick flandrey says:

    Hmm, avoid crowds or just don’t be there?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7293921/At-12-people-shot-hail-gunfire-erupts-Brooklyn-playground.html

    Gun free paradise of NYC….

    n

  20. nick flandrey says:

    Nice day today, just hanging out.
    S’mores around the firepit with the kids.

    Nice weather, but def hotter than yesterday.

    Still haven’t heard from the agent if we can check in to our house on the Cape… but we’re headed that way anyway tomorrow. Not how I’d play it but I’m just along for the ride…

    n

  21. lynn says:

    _Frameshift_ by Robert J. Sawyer
    https://www.amazon.com/Frameshift-Robert-J-Sawyer/dp/0765313162/?tag=ttgnet-20

    A standalone science fiction book, no prequel or sequel that I know of. I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and bought the book used on Big River. I read the well printed and bound trade paperback published by Tor in 1997.

    I really enjoyed the book as I have all Robert Sawyer books. I have no idea if the DNA and genetics information presented within are correct or not, but the positions taken made sense. This is a good old science fiction story, kinda pulpy and a very easy read, despite its length.

    The book has a message in that we should treated equally and not be discriminated on based on the content of our genes. I believe that author is correct in his message and viewpoint. I am not sure of the current laws regarding genetic discrimination.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (30 reviews)

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, I had that one on my shelf, but can’t remember if I read it. I’ve liked his stuff but haven’t loved it and sought it out.

    Finished my laundry, and LO! it will dry if you use HEAT during the drying cycle…. and not some eco weenie crap setting.

    Looked online for a repair part for MIL’s refrigerator. New-ish GE with some really poor design choices. TINY plastic part in the door latch assembly broke. Turns out, the part is integrated into the gasket set, you can only buy the set for BOTH doors at the same time, and the set is half the cost of a new fridge. So no, I won’t be fixing that, or considering GE for my next fridge. (tiny part broke because of its design and execution, big screw thru little hole in plastic part, under torsional load, pretty much guaranteed to break.)

    n

  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    FFS–


    16 Shot, 3 Dead At California Garlic Festival; Shooter Still At Large

    “Who shoots up a garlic festival?” exclaimed one terrified attendee at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California as she fled from an active shooter situation tonight.'”

    “The shooter is reportedly a white man in his 30s using an automatic weapon.”

    –if so it would be the first one in decades, early reports being often wrong

    n

    –other sources say “semi-automatic”

  24. brad says:

    At a garlic festival? Geez. And, yes, I want to know who the guy was, with all the details. Bet: He was a medicated kid, taking Ritalin or some such his whole life. This seems to be a pattern among the “random” shootings…

    It’s a minor point, but obviously they meant “semi-automatic”. Journalists don’t bother to proofread their articles any longer, and the sites can’t be bothered to hire competent editors. Or, worse, maybe they don’t know the difference between the terms.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    At a garlic festival? Geez. And, yes, I want to know who the guy was, with all the details. Bet: He was a medicated kid, taking Ritalin or some such his whole life. This seems to be a pattern among the “random” shootings…

    God help us all if it is a white man over 40.

    The reporting was so restrained last night, I began to have doubts. Gotta check the news this morning.

  26. dkreck says:

    God help us all if it is a white man over 40.

    Not important – this is California. It’s the gun’s fault. More gun restrictions.

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