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  1. sukiec commented on Stuart Carlson 11 days ago

    Reduction of the Middle Class is economically the most destabilizing factor that can occur.

    I like that this plays also on the period in the Ancient Roman Empire (which had a series of different political forms in practice over time) when the number of votes a male citizen had was based upon that citizen’s worth. (At some other points Political Party had a different meaning then since there would be large neighborhood parties thrown by some candidates to get votes.)

  2. sukiec commented on Luann 13 days ago

    Sometimes the best wedding stories come from what went wrong. We were wed by a state Supreme Court judge who turned up at our early afternoon wedding drunk as a skunk and rushed through our ceremony so fast that one invited couple arrived just as we were kissing. Decades later it still makes us laugh.

  3. sukiec commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 15 days ago

    We all get to have both with Kory’s work! Doubly treated! Sometimes our guesses are right and other times we get to enjoy the surprises that come from seeing the wrong possible path. In science being wrong can often be the route to further learning and new ideas. In literature it also gives zest, just in different ways.
    CorBlymie wrote:
    Cor Blymie said, 25 minutes ago
    “There are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.” ― Henry James

  4. sukiec commented on For Better or For Worse 19 days ago

    If the waitress’ behavior is based on her assumptions of sexual orientation, then that is itself a sad but all too real shame upon her. I love a man and am glad that I do, so I am not going to object to ANYONE else loving a man. After all these decades he still loves me and I am very honored and glad that he does, so I sure am not going to object to ANYONE loving a woman.

  5. sukiec commented on For Better or For Worse 19 days ago

    For those here who will appreciate it:
    “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
    ― Rebecca West

    Squirrel, exactly about knowing both sides! Knowing the other side of the situation makes a big difference. We are not as flush as we once were but it takes a lot done wrong for us to tip less than 20%. In some situations w exceptional service we have tipped 30% or more. Another thing that gets to me is how many people assume that anyone doing things like waitressing, maid types of work, gardening, child care, homemaking, etc. must be [fit in HERE any of the choices of insults too many people use] despite the day to day importance of those jobs being done well and the challenges of those jobs which people who have not done them do not realize. In my group of friends the wives ARE more likely to have personal experience with the “other side of the coin” so are more inclined to tip well. In some other groups that will vary. Tipping well is not a gender trait. The point that there are women who tip well arose when some made the blanket statement that women tip badly.

    The best tipper I know is a woman and the best one she knew was a man. He left her a three figure tip on a slice of pizza when she was living hand to mouth trying to break into modeling. She still will ask the restaurant owners she knows if any of the waitstaff are having very hard times and if so will leave them tips well, well, well beyond the cost of her meal no matter what she ordered.

    Lifespan does not work into annual salaries. The 23% difference in income per gender holds, and if perks are worked in then the difference is a bit worse.

    Women living longer is partially hormonal, but there are studies showing that among retiree couples women usually do much more of the physical work like dusting, vacuuming, bed making, meal preparation, dish washing, straightening, etc. and that difference in time spent being physically active every single day perhaps adds up to as much as a few years of better survival, not only longer, but in better shape. I have heard young male gerontology experts (given that we are now seniors ourselves and still have some relatives in their 90s of the older generation so know too many such physicians) assert that the best health advance their male patients could have would be a more equal division of the daily physical household chores, and if they will not do that then men at least should sit much less and exercise more to make up the difference. In my high school class it is amazing how much more healthy most of the very physical class members apparently are compared to the rest, no matter their gender. Some just exercise, some already have very physical jobs, some DO share the day to day work more evenly. Either way, they help improve their quality and quantity of life.

  6. sukiec commented on For Better or For Worse 19 days ago

    As I said to the person you said that women are bad tippers, in the group of people I know the wives are typically better tippers than their hubbies, but the tipping is not gender dependent. I suspect it varies depending on multiple factors including how many of the individuals themselves did “menial” or lower paying jobs (higher rate in the female grouping w my crowd). Hey, what do I know, one of the jobs that i could wrap around class schedules that I did in the ‘70s while putting myself through undergrad and grad education focused in math and two fields of science, was being a maid… (Usually I had two part time jobs and a full class load.)

    Your math is off on salaries earned, waaaaaaay off. Women still earn considerably less than men and also are more likely to have jobs in which non-salary compensation (perks) are lower.

    Ginny, my point was that different waitstaff was perhaps SUPPOSED to be working but was not so one waitress was maybe working two stations; in such a case it is best to sit less spread out. Just good manners toward a waitress when that situation happens, so both may be at fault on that score, with the waitress overtly rude but the two women maybe being unkind in a way they had not realized. Waitstaff get tired feet and arms, especially late in a shift. Extra steps matter.

    Ah, someone w a good memory!
    An observant lady notes:
    “I remember that the reason we were told that we did not need the ERA was because the 14th Amendment covered it. And then in 2011. Anton Scalia said “No, it doesn’t.” "
    We were also told that women did not die serving in war, which was news to me, having known women who did. Otis Pike and I used to have a spirited and friendly exchange of letters on this, sometimes agreeing and sometimes not. Granted, the female troops death rate is lower given types of assignments but with hundreds of women having died in the latest wars and recent assignment changes that will narrow that rate even more people need to better honor women’s war sacrifices, too.
    The text of the ERA is very simple and gives no special coverage under the law to anyone. In FULL it reads:
    Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
    Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
    Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

  7. sukiec commented on For Better or For Worse 20 days ago

    BTW, the women I have known have often been better tippers percentage-wise than our hubbies, not always of course, but tipping generosity is not based on gender.

    The meal will result in a better tip than coffee, though, unless the diner is a jerk.

    The two occupied tables are also a distance apart so the women might be in the station of different but missing waitstaff.

  8. sukiec commented on For Better or For Worse 20 days ago

    Oh, gosh, so much HAS changed. There have been types of progress for women that I never expected in my lifetime due to hard work by so many women then, but other needed improvements like the ratification by enough states of the Equal Rights Amendment still have not happened, and while women earn more now than then compared to each dollar a man earns it still is only about 3/4 of the pay for the same work. Many issues that killed women and violently victimized women are safer situations now. But for our day to day lives we still lack the legal equality that we deserve.

  9. sukiec commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 22 days ago

    Oh, LoveLSoS, I have been wrong soooooooo many times in this story and a lot of those times brought in the best fun for me. Heck, the absolutely best way I was wrong was that Goat Sucker lived! Some of us were raised to be very afraid of being wrong; I sure was. It took me a LONG time to realize that as a mere human I OF COURSE will often be wrong, or as I like to say, “I am not a ferret.” Going into any hard science (bio, geo, chem, physics) also helps teach the value of mistakes, and some schools these days are teaching “grit” to help children see the value of mistakes and of perseverance instead of becoming trapped by the concept of perfectionism. So, there is no reason to be embarrassed by being wrong at times as the story went on. That added zest and surprise to the story, and I really enjoy Waycyber’s marvelous comments just a few panels up on surprise!

  10. sukiec commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 24 days ago

    Becky, congratulations on your health improvement!