Housing prices are crazy. Vancouver, where I live, has always had high-priced housing, but lately it’s skyrocketed. The condo next door to mine, for instance (all prices in Canadian dollars, currently worth about USD 0.81): It’s about 1,000 sq ft, on two levels, in a somewhat industrial/downscale but gentrifying neighbourhood. When my wife moved there in 1998 (giving us side-by-side apartments), she bought it for about CAD 175,000. She sold it about five years ago for about CAD 625,000. The buyer did a lot of renovation and flipped it for about CAD 800,000. The people who bought it at that time just sold it for about CAD 1,000,000. Egad!
The paragraphs in the textbook mentioned in this story includes quite a few examples of Well, slavery wasn’t all that bad—they weren’t all maimed or killed or lashed. But there’s also the sentence “Many [slaves] may not have even been terribly unhappy with their lot, for they knew no other,” which seemed to me to be horribly plausible.
The sentence reminded me of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: a prisoner at an early-1950s Soviet labour camp, has a day which we would consider horrible and painful and draining and dehumanizing, but “Shukhov reflects on his day, which was both productive and fortuitous for him. He did not get sick, his group had been assigned well paid work, he had filched a second ration of food at lunch, and he had smuggled into camp a small piece of metal he would fashion into a useful tool.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_in_the_Life_of_Ivan_Denisovich )
So many oppressed peoples, who “know no other” life, don’t even dream of a better life.
Another parallel is I.L. Peretz’s story of Bontche the Silent: https://toobworld.blogspot.com/2012/05/as-seen-on-tv-bontsche-shveig.html
“Don’t really think “we” have any say in how Russia or any other country is ran.”
Well, not for want of trying, especially if the country is small enough to be pushed around or subverted. Iran, Guatemala, Chile, El Salvador, Cuba, post-WWII Italy, the Philippines and other former Spanish colonies, most countries in Latin America, Vietnam, …
The GOP never “chose” the elephant as mascot. The donkey and the elephant were “assigned” by the cartoonist Thomas Nast. e.g., https://www.cnn.com/style/article/why-democrats-are-donkeys-republicans-are-elephants-artsy/index.html
“They play dirty – we play dirty.”
“They” do play dirty, but your suggestion isn’t playing dirty—it’s just politics, community organization, “good trouble.” A super effort, starting now and lasting through state and federal elections in the next few years, might well have the effect of “leveling the field,” and saving democracy.
“If Tiff would have done their dinner as requested, then none of the events that transpired would have happened.”
Well, would have happened then. But sooner or later Gunther might have said something stupid, the fatal words. https://youtu.be/Y_t2gNCXYbY
Back when I was new in town, I interviewed with a few “placement agencies.” Some of them sent my CV to various employers around the city. I was later warned that, if I managed (through my own direct efforts) to get an interview and then a job, there was a possibility, if some of the placement agencies were less than ethical, they would follow up and demand a commission from my new employer, on the grounds that, by sending my CV, they had “introduced” us. That never happened to me, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sid “signed” just about everyone he could whenever he could, so he could “represent” them if they ever got a job he could claim a percentage of.
Ah—my question answered. The first thing we saw of “Mars Maid,” it looked to me as if her head had been split from the top, which led me to think that she didn’t look at all like Mysta. Today, I can see that Mysta’s (presumed) wig, with its super widow’s peak that comes down to the level of her eyebrows, shows that it’s “Mars Maid”‘s hair that makes her look that way. Shades of Jessica Rabbit—"My head isn’t split, I’m just drawn that way."
“I’m pretty sure it [chicken + chicken egg] [is] not kosher.”
I always knew that eggs are considered neither dairy nor meat (and hence they are often carried by ultra-orthodox while traveling, especially since they have a shell that protects them from contamination. Since The Law prohibits mixing dairy and meat, and eggs are neither, apparently chicken + chicken eggs is considered kosher. IMHO religious laws are weird.
Yeah, sorry, but that “intellectual property” is in the public domain now.