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    Threadophobia

    hello and thanks for the advice
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    Posted 03-03-2011 at 02:08 PM by yogi1945 yogi1945 is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    A Simple Idea

    i am glad to hear of any useful plan to save the American economy (which would no doubt help the world economy as well ).

    I like your idea, and it would appear to make sense. There is some type of tax credit available now according to this article, but I haven't read anything about it previously.

    I was a "soldier in the War on Poverty" for much of my youth, working with clients who were out of work and "economically disadvantaged". Clients tended to be the young, minority race or ethnicity, veteran, and/or history of criminal conviction. One tool that was created to help was the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit, which would give the employer of a target group a tax credit of a certain amount. The administration of the TJTC required certification and approval by a separate office, and I never knew just how it all worked. Staff were hopeful that it would motivate some employers to hire our clients, but it never really became a factor in increasing placements. This was a different idea than yours, however, because it wanted owners to hire people that they didn't want to hire, instead of getting a tax credit for hiring whoever they choose to hire. I would think this would be of interest to any employer who needs to hire.
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    Posted 08-15-2010 at 04:10 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Doug Nelson's Avatar

    A Simple Idea

    I propose a reshifting of the American business mindset so that the purpose of business is no longer to boost share price, but to create jobs. Profit is and will always be the core motive for business, but the result of that has degenerated since we've discoved ways of making profit besides simply providing a good product or service. This would mitigate those degenerate profit sources and force a refocusing on the employee.

    Instead of "the business of America is business" it would become "the business of America is employment".
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    Posted 08-03-2010 at 03:12 PM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
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    A Simple Idea

    Nice way to provide incentives for growth, but do you take back the percentage gained upon reducing? And in the case where a company is downsizing for other than recovery needs (contracts are finished, part of the company is split/sold, etc), how do you recalculate the base? Should there be also a standard unit of production so you normalize how many employees a given company ought to have (a very Marxist view of the free market) ?
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    Posted 08-02-2010 at 12:34 PM by lokki lokki is offline
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    "You won't find an answer here"

    You've a point there. I think this is something every forum should keep in mind. They should learn to be self-sufficient. I'm looking to post a blog, and see if I can teach some geeks on the uses of Dahn Yoga.
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    Posted 05-27-2009 at 07:25 AM by thomasgrantnice thomasgrantnice is offline
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    "Make" vs. "Create"

    Create, Make.

    Interesting.

    Creating would be producing something out of total nothingness. We're all creators in many ways.

    And the definition of make is well explained by you. Over at my workplace in Marcus Evans, all of us are trying to be creators.
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    Posted 05-25-2009 at 04:03 AM by nzhind nzhind is offline
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    Birds and Forums

    I do so love the way you described the birds. I live in a small city with a large yard of roses and other blooming plants. I see the birds that are in your post and you really got them and me right. There was a mockingbird that would hit me on the shoulder or head when I would get out of my car. I removed it's nest from a large rose bush near the walk when the babies were gone. The cats, dogs and children were glad to see it go. Now I have added hummingbird feeders and watch the little creatures when I can.
    I was on this forum before and trying to learn the art of improving my pics when a grackle came along. Instead of learning from what he said, I got my feelings hurt and flew away. I am back and still trying to learn. I think that I want to become a dove. I so love the pair that I have been watching from my porch.
    Congratulations on you new home and thank you for sharing your view.
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    Posted 08-30-2008 at 08:13 AM by SMURPHY405 SMURPHY405 is offline
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    Birds and Forums

    What a nice little thought about our feathered friends Doug but I am afraid it will bring from me some major confessions. First of all they all give me the heebie jeebies, especially the caged, obnoxious, 1 billion bars above acceptable decibel level type that sling their nastienest all over the place and I tend to find the owners of such birds usually quite as odd. I have no doubt that somewhere admist and among the slurry of tequila, lime mix, ice cubes and a super blender, Steiglitz wondered by and dropped in a ton of decisive moment for me with a heavy dose of the aviary mixed in. This in some way has thrown the bird world out of kilter and has caused a "Groundhog Day" type situation where birds make it a point to do the oddest things in front of me, to the point that if I find myself being surrounded by a group I quickly move on, ignoring any actions that may take place on their part. Their odd behavior id my presence has lead to major awards from major magazines around the world mixed in with major ridicule from friends and peers alike. They believe me not despite my intense protest that it is physically impossible for me to ignore the inane behavior of these animals and I want away from them. I have a favorite book, "To Kill a Mockingbird" of course mixed in with a bookfull of bird trivia pertaining to merely me and the birds alone and one day I am quite sure I will wake up out of the longest session of electric shock treatment ever covered in bird feces, surrounded by thousands of hand carved bird calls of all kinds whittled by my now calloused hands. The only near plausable explanation I have to any of this is that I read a book at a very young age called "Johnathan Livingston Seagull" which to a young man, just about in the middle of a huge hormonal change was strangely aroused by some crazy seductive sharing of cocktails and sexy talk by two birds in a bar. I feel much better now after this bit of self therapy and also sorry for all of you normally bird adjusted folks who will find it hard to be in my cage ever again.
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    Posted 08-14-2008 at 04:38 AM by Sweetlight Sweetlight is offline
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    The forums aren't a chat room

    Thank you !
    As a new member with moderate computer knowledge and experience, I have found it very frustrating to be reading a forum to learn, and there is always bits and pieces that don't relate. I feel lost, unwelcome, and I am afraid to post.
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    Posted 08-07-2008 at 11:42 AM by Tamara Lee Tamara Lee is offline
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    Birds and Forums

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your description of your bird visitors. I have a quite wonderful girl parakeet who lives in and on top of her roomy cage next to my computer in what I call my studio. (the larger bedroom in my apartment) Right now she is sitting on one foot with her other one tucked under her wing and her eyes keep closing and opening as she sits and dozes. Perhaps you can understand why as I have been exploring this website I had to read your story of your backyard birds. Thanks , Shirley
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    Posted 06-14-2008 at 06:47 PM by Shirms Shirms is offline
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    Birds and Forums

    I should have a boulder. I bought a nice birdbath, but it was ceramic and fell over and broke (I told you I was new at this).

    I did get a hummingbird feeder, but the instructions say to hang it in the shade, and I won't have any reliable shade for a few years (new subdivision). Unless I build something, which is a possibility, but I'll wait at least a year to get used to the yard in all seasons.
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    Posted 05-29-2008 at 09:09 AM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar

    Birds and Forums

    Now all you need is a natural looking bird bath and lots of hummingbird feeders.

    My neighbor has a hollowed out boulder in his yard that he keeps full of fresh water for the birds. On a warm day, they line up like women, who during intermission will run for the bathroom only to stand in line and patiently wait their turn.

    The hummers, on the other hand, are quite cheeky little dive bombers with no fear of man or beast. I've actually seen them gorging themselves with a live hawk sitting on the end of the deck rapidly swiveling his head as they fly by.

    Congrats to you on your new home. I'm glad you are enjoying it.
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    Posted 05-27-2008 at 09:45 PM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    "Make" vs. "Create"

    Short and sweet comment. And coming from wordy ol' me, that's saying something.

    I make a loaf of bread. I make a batch of soap. I create (weave) a rug. I create the thread for that rug.

    The difference?

    I assemble ingredients for soap and bread then put them together in a specific manner so that their components are able to interact in a way so as to produce a finished, nature-defined product.

    With weaving and spinning, the components are waiting for the artist, me, to define the end product.

    Janet
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    Posted 01-16-2008 at 07:43 AM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    "Make" vs. "Create"

    I realized at an early age that I was an "adapter" rather than a creator. Creators amaze me, because I have no way of understanding how they do it. Adapting what someone else has created can take skill, and can be important, but is never as amazing to me as seeing a true creation.
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    Posted 01-15-2008 at 01:26 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    Shouting into the abyss

    Maybe one more pointer:
    • Visit your blog regularly to accept or reject comments.
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    Posted 11-22-2007 at 04:18 PM by chillin chillin is offline
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    The forums aren't a chat room

    guilty as well

    I Thought i would put my hand up as well, I am always being told that i don't know when to shut up will pm more now though

    Palms
    ps Pat how's your weat sorry there i go again
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    Posted 11-19-2007 at 12:43 PM by palms palms is offline
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    "You won't find an answer here"

    Guilty as charged -- multiple times.

    I've referred many people with hairy Elements, Scripting or BW printing questions to venues where people with the expertise needed are known hang out. I generally include a qualifier such as "I'm not trying to get rid of you, but while you're waiting for a reply here at RP, you might want to try fishing at [other resource] too."

    This practice comes from seeds planted a long time ago with my first job at a grocery store. In situations where customers asked for something that was out of stock or we did not carry, the policy was to provide the best service possible including suggesting a competitor.

    Forty years later I know how much I appreciate it when I'm at True Value hardware store looking for [whatever] and unable to find it, and the guy tells me he's sure I'll find it at ACE. That type of service (to me) is better than being ignored or told, "I dunno where you can get it." Because I get service like this from True Value and I'll give them first crack at future business, which they get when they can meet my needs in a timely fashion.

    I frequently suggest Googling to get help those with common questions, too. This isn't a "blow off." It's an attempt to teach people to "fish for themselves." (I normally include search keywords.) Some issues can be addressed better/faster with a Google search vs. someone typing out, again, say what all the blend modes mean or how/when to sharpen.

    FWIW I can't tell you what a great life-long lesson it was for me at age 24 when a senior work colleague suggested that before I ask him a tech question that I "Read the fu*king manual first." Although blunt, it taught me in a hurry the importance and value of doing self research. Got pretty good at it, too.

    Wouldn't ever reply that way at RP of course, but the same principle applies IMO. Teach people to fish if you can.

    Your suggestion to invite experts from other venues to engage at RP has merit. I've done that a few times with Xbytor, who is among the best on the planet with JavaScript. I'll keep that option in mind in the future.
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    Posted 11-18-2007 at 11:40 PM by DannyRaphael DannyRaphael is offline
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    Janet Petty's Avatar

    Threadophobia

    What a wonderful welcome and friendly encouragement.

    You have provided a gathering place for many of us who, although we share the same interests, would never have "met" to discuss or further them in the real would. We have all grown and expanded our horizons because you cared enough to start RTP.


    Thank you for all you do here.
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    Posted 11-18-2007 at 10:01 PM by Janet Petty Janet Petty is offline
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    Doug Nelson's Avatar

    Writing to be found

    Local categories are only for human browsing convenience. Search engines don't care how you categorize your blog. You can add posts to multiple cats, so it's flexible and can change. Categories on directories are another issue. But the blog owner usually can't control that.
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    Posted 11-17-2007 at 08:11 PM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
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    The forums aren't a chat room

    Nope, I won't let you tempt me into changing the topic

    But I do plan on learning Swedish one day, so feel free to start a thread in Salon about Scandanavian life.
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    Posted 11-17-2007 at 08:07 PM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline

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