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  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/21/2014 9:28:23 AM PST · 14 of 14
    olivia3boys to 353FMG

    I have 4 kids, all CA residents—one started college last month. One will start in 2 years; the other two are younger. I used Excel to calculate how much it will cost my husband and myself to send our 4 children to the University of California, assuming 4 years only for completion (these days most students seem to take 5 years), no grad school, including housing and food and books and fees, and assuming a 6% increase in everything every year. (My financial planner says we should assume 7%.) Our kids will qualify for no Financial Aid other than one unsubsidized $5500 loan per year, and none are athletes.

    The total cost for 4 kids at UC: $700,000.

  • Divorced N.J. parents ordered to pay for estranged daughter's college tuition ($16K per year)

    11/13/2014 11:39:55 AM PST · 51 of 67
    olivia3boys to 11th_VA

    I believe that in about 8 states in the United States, a man can have a one-night stand, conceive a child, never see the woman or child again but pay 25% of his income for 18 years in child support PLUS 4 years of college tuition for that child.

    Think of this, gentlemen, before you decide to have unprotected sex with someone who is not your wife.

  • Here Are Some Horrific Projections For Anybody Who Expects To Pay For College Some Day

    05/30/2014 12:47:33 PM PDT · 25 of 37
    olivia3boys to SeekAndFind

    I have a high school senior, California resident, going to college next year as a freshman. He doesn’t qualify for any grants or loans beyond the standard $5500/yr loan almost everyone qualifies for(and he wouldn’t want loans anyway).

    Here’s what I learned: only 50% of students graduate from UC in 4 years; CA resident tuition is $15K tuition/yr and $15K room & board/yr. Only 25% of students graduate from the Cal State system in 4 years; $7K tuition/yr and $15K room & board/yr. Math not looking good—kids take 5-7 yrs to get out of college in CA.

    He wanted to go to school in the UK instead (following a girlfriend). What I learned: nearly 100% of UK students graduate in only THREE years. He got a small scholarship for year one, was admitted to several UK universities, total cost even with travel costs is LESS than UC, and he will see the world.

    He will be attending university in the UK. His American education is over. Moreover, I have 3 more kids and I will encourage all of them to apply to the UK or Australia or other English-speaking universities. What an opportunity. And CHEAPER!

  • Deal Reached To Ban Plastic Grocery Bags In Calif.

    01/23/2014 9:29:39 PM PST · 22 of 77
    olivia3boys to BenLurkin

    Also, I hate this “single use” terminology—many people reuse plastic bags as described in the posts above already. Like for picking up dog poop. Or for packing school lunches for teen boys (brown paper bags aren’t big enough for the quantity of food they eat).

  • Deal Reached To Ban Plastic Grocery Bags In Calif.

    01/23/2014 9:25:56 PM PST · 20 of 77
    olivia3boys to BenLurkin

    My solution (I’m in CA and work in a city with a bag ban—SF—and live in a county with a bag ban—Alameda): I now do nearly 100% of my non-grocery shopping via Amazon prime, which delivers nearly anything in 2 days. I end up with a lot of cardboard boxes to break down. I get groceries delivered right to my door with Safeway.com. I have a big family and don’t want to mess around with cloth re-usable bags, pay for paper bags, etc.

    All the bag bans do is turn people even more to online ordering.

  • John Podesta apologizes for Jonestown quote

    12/18/2013 11:26:05 AM PST · 62 of 71
    olivia3boys to Navy Patriot

    I’m fascinated by the entire Peoples’ Temple story—it is truly hideous and spooky. I’m in my early 40s so was too young to remember the news of Jonestown and knew nothing of this until recently when I decided to research the story—I was so amazed to learn that Jim Jones was appointed by Moscone to the San Francisco Housing Authority.

    I work in SF—I have a coworker (a black guy) who was invited to a Peoples’ Temple service when it was still in SF in the 1970s, and he went up the front steps with his friend and then declined, turned back, and went home after he saw Jim Jones standing there with those sunglasses and two bodyguards. He said no preacher should have bodyguards and he disliked the looks on their faces. . .he told me he’d be dead in Guyana had he joined that “church” and is grateful his instincts told him to stay away. . .

  • Simple education idea turning into a political football (Common Core)

    12/10/2013 7:35:56 AM PST · 14 of 22
    olivia3boys to T-Bird45

    I have 4 kids in K-12 public schools (for 8 years they were in a private Lutheran school until the tuition burden of 4 kids got too great), and I’ve read a lot about common core. I’m trying to have an open mind, and I believe some changes are for the better, particularly because I live in CA where some of the fiction choices for elem school have been insipid—I was pleased with the switch to more non-fiction. My boys in particular always enjoyed learning science and other non-fiction rather than reading silly stories. Time will tell if the high school textbooks truly change to a more advanced level like they were in the 1950s (a goal of common core, although common core is not exactly a curriculum). However I hate the emphasis on “group learning” and “team grades” because really, does UC Berekely admissions care about your *team* grade or your *individual* grade when applying? Despite all this emphasis on teamwork in the workplace, it’s been my observation and experience that when push comes to shove all excellence is really driven from an individual, or from a few very talented individuals working together—not from “teams” of mediocre talent. Also, at the very elem levels common core teaches not “5 + 4 = 9” but rather “explain *why* “5 + 4 = 9”. I think this kind of question is developmentally inappropriate for a Kindergartner, who should be simply memorizing the facts. I can tell you “explain why” questions are very confusing for young children in math, even if they know the answer.

    I actually have a lot more pros and cons to write about common core—got to go now—I say let’s discuss the specifics, instead of just ranting “Federal Gov’t Takeover!” or whatever. I’m a conservative and very cautious about this, but I say let’s all find out what *really* is good and bad about common core, and discuss that. . ..

  • Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans

    10/09/2013 12:45:50 PM PDT · 27 of 48
    olivia3boys to CaptainAmiigaf

    I agree—a good way for kids to learn the names of Indian tribes, or be familiar with the terms, is through the sports teams—I was reading “Little House on the Prairie” last night to my 8 and 11 yr old kids and was stunned to learn that they had never heard the names “Comanche” or “Apache”—a little homeschooling on my part on Indian tribes is in order. . .

  • The Government Shutdown: The Sky is Falling! (Or Maybe Not)

    09/30/2013 2:52:04 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    olivia3boys to Inyo-Mono

    Thanks—I’ll be staying in the valley but hoping to hike up a bit higher—does the valley at least tend to stay clear of snow in mid-Nov, you think?

  • The Government Shutdown: The Sky is Falling! (Or Maybe Not)

    09/30/2013 1:31:14 PM PDT · 9 of 13
    olivia3boys to apillar

    It’s funny: I missed going on a planned hike on Haleakela National Park (volcano) in Hawaii in 1995 because of that shutdown, and I actually have 2 planned vacations to National Parks in the next two months: Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Molokai in Oct and Yosemite National Park in California in Nov (first trip there for me even though I’ve lived 3 hours from it since 1983!). It’s funny because I almost *never* visit national parks but unfortunately I end up planning them at “federal government shutdown” time. I have to remember to *not* attempt to visit these places in the fall. . .but Yosemite, I hear, is so great in the fall!

  • 'Common Core': Corruption and Correction

    06/15/2013 10:02:30 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    olivia3boys to A_perfect_lady

    That’s great. I want to feel optimistic about this—maybe it won’t be *all* bad. . .

  • 'Common Core': Corruption and Correction

    06/14/2013 5:11:27 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    olivia3boys to A_perfect_lady

    I’m keeping an open mind about common core so far—(CA mom here with 4 kids in public school)—I think it would be a shame to replace classics with a lot of non-fiction ( and quarterly reports from businesses) in high school, but I like one thing I’ve seen in elem school: the crappy diversity short stories have been replaced with learning about Thomas Jefferson’s life and house and other more interesting nonfiction. . .I’m all for that for the elem levels. . .

  • More White Americans Dying Than Being Born

    06/14/2013 5:05:04 PM PDT · 34 of 49
    olivia3boys to jespasinthru

    I’ve done my part! White woman here with a white husband—we have 4 kids. . .

  • Will Media Report: Suspected Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears To Be Obama Fan

    04/19/2013 3:33:56 PM PDT · 47 of 53
    olivia3boys to Buckeye McFrog

    My 16 year old son is a big fan of Paul Ryan! Conservative teens are out there. . .

  • Analysis: Obama's gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

    01/17/2013 4:23:16 PM PST · 27 of 29
    olivia3boys to Iron Munro

    Technically not a tyrant, but Jim Jones also used children as propaganda props. All very chilling. . .

  • Obama plans to surround himself with children during gun control announcement

    01/15/2013 10:55:12 AM PST · 33 of 207
    olivia3boys to RushIsMyTeddyBear

    So did Jim Jones—lots of children from his “flock” always surrounding him in pictures—this is all very chilling and so fake. . .

  • Operation Christmas Child breaks collection record [Nashville, AR]

    12/01/2012 11:07:29 AM PST · 4 of 10
    olivia3boys to Ouderkirk

    I agree with you when it comes to the American “poor,” because compared with 3rd world poverty the poorest Americans are rich beyond belief. But Operation Christmas child sends poor African etc kids little things like toothbrushes, and pencils, which they accept with gratitude and wide-eyed wonder. This would not occur in the United States inner cities and we all know it. So I much prefer overseas charity to U.S. charity, even though I love my country above all others. Just a thought. . .the world’s truly poor people are not exactly indolent, just born in a desperately poor environment with wicked governments.

  • This Bright-Eyed Young Man Was Utterly Demolished by Student Loans (No sympathy from me)

    05/31/2012 8:41:37 AM PDT · 29 of 89
    olivia3boys to lacrew

    Actually in the past student loans were dischargeable in bk as long as they were 5 years old, and then later the law was changed to a 7 year “waiting period” before dischargeability. Later still (1998 I think) student loans became non-dischargeable in bk. Too many people were just waiting out the seven years and then filing bk and getting rid of all their debt, forcing the taxpayers to eat it.

  • Don't pay your college debt: NYU professor urges boycott of student loans

    12/07/2011 1:42:37 PM PST · 27 of 45
    olivia3boys to presidio9

    Once the loans default, they are ultimately transferred to the US Dept of Education, which can and will garnish wages WITHOUT a court hearing. Moreover, any federal payment (like an IRS refund) will be offset and applied toward the debt. If all else fails, the debt can be litigated as well. Since they aren’t dischargeable in bankruptcy either, refusing to pay back loans will just cause the interest to rack up before wage garnishment begins. . .

  • Student Loan Bubble To Exceed $1 Trillion ("It's Going To Create A Generation Of Wage Slavery")

    10/20/2011 5:46:01 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    olivia3boys to businessprofessor

    There are actually several other ways to have student loan debt discharged (if the school closes down while the borrower was attending it, for example)—but your post is otherwise accurate, and I too am worried about the effort to transform the student loan “total and permanent disability discharge” to the easier SSA discharge as you describe.

    I hope this bubble pops before my kids reach college age. My oldest is 15. Tuition is just rising too high due to the easy access to student loans. When the bubble bursts I hope the tuition comes crashing down to reality.

    If it doesn’t, I want my kids to have 2 yrs of community college and then transfer to a 4 yr public university. After all, their resumes will only show where they graduated from—we will save 10s of thousands of dollars for our 4 kids if they just go to community college and then transfer. If other middle-class followed suit and avoided student loan borrowing, maybe tuition would also fall? Or at least stop doubling/tripling every year? (I’m in CA.)

  • Higher Netflix prices equals fewer subscribers (imposes a 60% price hike!)

    09/16/2011 1:22:15 PM PDT · 24 of 102
    olivia3boys to LibWhacker

    I didn’t cancel, but I switched from 3 movies out at a time plus streaming to 2 movies out at at time plus streaming. So I’m paying about the same for less. :( At least they didn’t get *more* $$ from me; they are getting the same as before the price hike. Guess they still save $ by mailing to me less.

  • When Gold Turns to Dross (The Golden State is now Killing Baby-Sitting Jobs)

    09/10/2011 10:10:23 PM PDT · 21 of 27
    olivia3boys to caper gal 1

    Lots of college students babysit. I did when I was in college, and now that I’m a mom I employ several of them to help me cover child care during the summers, when my kids don’t have after-school care (closed for summer), and when the college kids are home from college for the summer. Glad to hear the bill is being shelved. Meal breaks—pretty funny. Who gives mom a “meal break?”—and moms are unpaid, too! No one needs a meal break while babysitting. You eat with the kids, or while the kids are napping, or playing nearby. sheesh.

  • Jerry Brown vetoes fine hike for using cell phones while driving

    09/07/2011 12:39:08 PM PDT · 6 of 18
    olivia3boys to SmithL

    I can tell you as a mother of 4 kids the kids in the backseat are far more distracting than a cell phone is. If CA wants to outlaw distractions in the car, it should be kids.

    Moreover, now when the cell rings (usually my husband saying “come pick up this kid or that kid at this location; the plans changed”), I’m far more distracted trying to get the hands-free, speakerphone stuff going—or trying to quickly pull over in heavy traffic and answer it—than I was before this law, when I could just quickly and smoothly answer without looking at the phone.

    I’d say. . .unintended consequences strike again, from my perspective.

  • Want a real stimulus? Forgive student loan debt! (Not sure about this...just informing)

    09/03/2011 10:47:57 PM PDT · 110 of 117
    olivia3boys to Melas

    As of July last year all new student loans are issued directly by the gov’t. ..

  • Want a real stimulus? Forgive student loan debt! (Not sure about this...just informing)

    09/03/2011 10:44:49 PM PDT · 109 of 117
    olivia3boys to Winstons Julia

    Actually, student loans are dischargeable if the borrower becomes totally and permanently disabled. . .

  • The Top 10 Recession-Proof Jobs (And the ones to avoid at all cost)

    09/02/2011 8:49:47 AM PDT · 48 of 68
    olivia3boys to GOPJ

    That’s for sure—I’m trying to buy/obtain a family/cat-friendly small dog for the first time in my life and boy is this difficult!

    The only dogs in shelters are pit bulls; the “rescue” people are Nazis who won’t give me a dog because I have a 6 yr old (”no children under 8”) and present me with contracts in which I have to promise to allow them on my property to spy on me and the dog, and if they deem the animal is left outside “too long,” they have the power to remove my pet; the breeders charge $1000+ for puppies in CA; and so my only real option is out of state puppy mills, where even with shipping costs to CA I’ll “only” have to pay $500 instead of $1000.

    I’ve decided supply and demand are out of whack here—the “good” dogs from shelters are only on the floor for about 30 seconds before they are adopted (for $300).

  • Rasmussen : Perry 44% Obama 41%; Pres Leads Other GOP by single digits.

    09/01/2011 10:55:18 AM PDT · 136 of 231
    olivia3boys to lormand

    I disagree somwhat—I’ve read books about George W. Bush and researched him a bit and I’ve concluded that his working with the roughnecks at his failed oil business “Arbusto,” plus his TX baseball team involvement, not to mention being governor of TX, eventually made him quite Texan.

    He liked (and likes) Kennebunkport but despised the whole Yale yuppie scene, and I’d say he honestly liked and likes his “windshield ranching” at his ranch. Maybe there are reasons why he’s at his ranch less often lately. Maybe Laura likes Dallas better, for instance. It’s still Texas. (BTW, I grew up in Houston).

  • Rasmussen : Perry 44% Obama 41%; Pres Leads Other GOP by single digits.

    09/01/2011 10:44:29 AM PDT · 134 of 231
    olivia3boys to jersey117

    I’m a woman, very conservative, and I’d say that my middle-class female friends (in CA) tend to vote Dem not so much due to “pro choice” issues but more for other traditional Dem issues like being “pro-education” (they like lots of money for school funding), and Dems who are anti-war, anti-gun (modern moms hate guns and war), and being “pro-green.” In fact many of my friends pretty much abhor abortion.

    The main thing is that moms these days, at least in CA where I live, middle class and otherwise, across the baord, really like high taxes for the schools. Even when the taxes are to be levied on themselves, or—more likely where I live with lots of stay-at-home moms, on their hardworking husbands. They go out lobbying for higher parcel taxes for their school districts. They love taxes for schools because then then “extras” like music and small class sizes are “spared” from budget cuts. It’s quite a racket—the parcel taxes end up going to teacher benefits and union activities, of course.

    I don’t think a lot of people these days really think about abortion all that much, honestly. . .

  • Observations about hunger from a school custodian ["Poor" kids throw free lunches in the trash]

    08/30/2011 1:32:30 PM PDT · 20 of 53
    olivia3boys to keats5

    I totally agree with you—my children are naturally thin, and very active, and I give them whole milk to drink—good for their growing brains.

    At school, however, they are only offered 1% milk—a pity.

  • Insurers must cover birth control with no copays (Welcome to Communism)

    08/01/2011 5:47:22 PM PDT · 33 of 40
    olivia3boys to tobyhill

    This is interesting—my generic bc pill is $10/mo copay; if it is to be now “free,” am I free to now choose “Seasoneque” instead, which is a much more expensive bc pill?

  • Existing home sales drop 3.8% (Obama's booming economy! /sarc)

    06/21/2011 10:47:47 AM PDT · 32 of 62
    olivia3boys to mockingbyrd

    I know—but in my case—I bought last spring—every single day I went out to look at houses it was pouring down rain; it couldn’t be helped; I went out when I was available and when my Realtor was available, and also every single Sat and Sun regardless of weather. I looked at 80+ houses in a 30 mile wide area.

    I had a deadline in mind, though—school starting in the fall, and getting my kids registered ASAP so they wouldn’t be sent to a non-neighborhood “overflow” school in the district. So I looked all that rainy spring and closed escrow at the very beginning of summer. I was a serious buyer though.

    At least I could see how the downspouts were working.

    I guess a lot of buyers are more casual, and weather might make a big difference in when they feel like looking at houses. Funny to me though.

  • EPA Bans Many Household Rat and Mouse Poisons

    06/07/2011 11:07:26 AM PDT · 94 of 184
    olivia3boys to Moose4

    Funny! I have 2 cats too. The skinny tabby female is great at catching (and killing) gophers; waits all day if necessary staring at the holes in my lawn and then gets them. One morning she killed two.

    The fat male cat is really stupid; he thinks he can catch gophers by sticking his arm down the holes. I just know the gophers are laughing at him.

  • The Death of the McMansion-When housing market returns, we'll want smaller homes closer together

    05/31/2011 7:32:03 AM PDT · 93 of 173
    olivia3boys to RC one

    That would literally cost $4 million in the SF Bay Area (where I live)—can’t afford that!—but it sounds beautiful! Sounds like your girlfriend should spend more time at your place!

    I love fruit trees! We have 9 different ones. . .

  • The Death of the McMansion-When housing market returns, we'll want smaller homes closer together

    05/30/2011 9:53:08 PM PDT · 14 of 173
    olivia3boys to RC one

    We have 4 kids and have chosen to live in a smaller-than-average house (even though we have a larger-than-average family!) on a bigger-than-average lot.

    Since in CA everything is price-per-sq-ft, we thought: why buy a single sq ft more than necessary? It’s just more to clean and walk through, and adds so much $$$. Our kids do each have their own rooms though—but we got rid of the dining room (built a wall) to provide the 5th bedroom. Every single sq ft of our house is used every day.

    It’s nice to not see any neighboring houses. . .(well, I do see a glimpse of one). Big yards (or better yet, land) is the way to go.

  • LAUSD to remove chocolate, strawberry milk from schools, superintendent says

    04/28/2011 11:31:53 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    olivia3boys to NormsRevenge

    Chocolate milk is healthier for kids than juice or water. White milk is best. Children need milk, particularly whole milk, for brain growth.

    If kids pick juice over white milk, once chocolate milk is banned, then that milk protein, Vit D, vitamin nutrients are lost.

    Chocolate milk is not what’s making kids fat.

  • Obama strongly disapproves of public union limits

    04/26/2011 8:38:41 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    olivia3boys to quantim

    I just read that 80% of Californians support public employee pension reform. Eighty-percent of *Californians*! Times are changing quickly as pension abuses such as spiking are revealed. . .

  • Baby Boomer moms keep supporting grown kids?

    04/18/2011 11:19:55 PM PDT · 117 of 118
    olivia3boys to B4Ranch

    Also, who wants to move back in with, say, 3 younger annoying siblings?

    I can see an “only” or last child wanting to move back in, but not a firstborn. . .

  • Lawsuit questioning Taco Bell's beef is dropped

    04/18/2011 11:06:57 PM PDT · 16 of 44
    olivia3boys to AnotherUnixGeek

    I agree—I recently moved to right-near-a-Taco-Bell instead of right-near-McDonald’s, and so Taco Bell is my new weekly cheap and fast meal for my 4 kids for the one night we all get home late. . .

    The 12 taco “party pack” is $10 and amazingly cheap—feeds all 4 of my kids, who eat it all and love it—lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, beef, corn shell. . .good fare. Somewhat healthier than McD’s and much, much cheaper than say Roundtable or Panda Express (both are $30 to feed all 4 kids). I really couldn’t make tacos cheaper myself. . .can’t believe they make much money from me (I don’t buy soda or extras, just the party pack.)

    I also like the Sunday KFC deal of a bucket of chicken for $10 and a little more for some coleslaw/biscuits and a whole cake. . .

  • World’s oldest man dies in Montana at 114

    04/14/2011 9:20:22 PM PDT · 36 of 44
    olivia3boys to massmike

    My grandfather’s (96) father was born in 1869. . .it’s funny when he tells people that. . .

  • New stamps mark start of Civil War

    04/13/2011 12:23:29 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    olivia3boys to SeeSharp

    Thank God for Google! Makes us all instant experts. The Civil War is captivating. . .I’d rather visit a Civil War battlefield (I walked Pickett’s charge last year—no other Gettysburg tourists seem to do that!) than do anything else when I visit DC with my kids. . .Virginia is so chock full of them . ..

  • New stamps mark start of Civil War

    04/13/2011 10:23:55 AM PDT · 16 of 18
    olivia3boys to SeeSharp

    I just visited Bull Run/Manassas last Saturday and learned all about the first and second battles there—so interesting about the NY regiment (the one in kilts, right?) which lost more men than any other regiment in the entire war, that day—hundreds and hundreds of men in just 10 minutes!

    Good book I partly read on the way to and from the battlefield: “Return to Bull Run”

    Are you a Civil War expert in all things or specifically a Civil War uniform expert? Did you write that post without looking up the uniforms? Kudos!

  • 5 Worst Drive-Thru Foods(suggestions for Dinner)

    04/13/2011 8:48:10 AM PDT · 43 of 61
    olivia3boys to HamiltonJay

    You are completely forgetting those of us with 4 kids who have track meets, karate lessons, ballet, music lessons, Little League practice 3x week + games 2x week, Boy Scouts, cub scouts, weekend trips away. . .

    Moms are constantly in their cars.

    And for the past 13 years my commute was 2 hours one way (live 45 miles East of San Francisco); last year I moved just 14 miles northwest and my commute is now under an hour. Freeway traffic makes a big difference. . .(I take a different freeway now, plus BART).

  • Washington DC Area FReepers: what's your favorite restaurant?

    03/31/2011 8:54:06 AM PDT · 8 of 34
    olivia3boys to Poundstone

    Red Hot and Blue! Lee Atwater connection and the best potato salad on the planet. . .

  • Court: Wal-Mart to Face Massive Class-Action Suit

    03/29/2011 10:53:25 AM PDT · 20 of 29
    olivia3boys to Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

    I’m a woman and when I read stories like this I immediately think of my own career choices and experiences: did these women ask for “family friendly hours” or even a family friendly career track? (I did, went part time for a decade to be with my children more, and paid the price professionally, but it was completely worth it.)

    There is a price to be paid for family friendliness. . .

  • Docs warn about teens and 'Facebook depression'

    03/28/2011 9:38:27 AM PDT · 17 of 19
    olivia3boys to Mr. K

    I have a 12 and 14 yr old—we have 2 desktops and 3 laptops in the house; all are kept in one public room (except for my husband’s 2 laptops) and are all password protected—only my husband and I know it and we change it frequently. Often 4 of the 5 computers are all being used at once.

    My 14 yr old rolls his eyes at this but I’ve told him when he is 18, he can have the password.

    Harder is the ipods. (They don’t, and won’t, have iphones.) I’ve disabled the Internet from them but I know they can be “jailbroken” so that parental controls can be disabled. Like someone said, at some point this is pissing in the wind.

    I do hate how so much is *required* to be done on computers now by the schools (online “posters,” email submissions to teachers, and the like).

    They are given very limited “screentime,” as I call it. We take away the ipods frequently. . .

  • Brown's Countdown, Day 74: Governor wants proposals from GOP

    03/24/2011 9:26:47 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    olivia3boys to SmithL

    I’m in CA—read an encouraging poll today that shows support for renewing the tax increases is slipping—also—incredible for CA!—75% of respondents want CA state workers to switch to a 401(k)-type retirement plan and want real pension reform.

  • Forrest Gump voted the 'greatest film character of all time’

    03/24/2011 9:14:46 AM PDT · 12 of 215
    olivia3boys to SeekAndFind

    Going to show it to my 12 and 14 yr olds on Sat night actually—we ate at a “Bubba Gump Shrimp” restaurant last weekend and they asked to see the movie. . .

  • White House: Libya fight is not war, it's "kinetic military action"

    03/24/2011 9:12:31 AM PDT · 33 of 51
    olivia3boys to illiac

    I was amused by the WH spokesman yesterday (forgot his name): he said, over and over, talking points: “We are using our unique assets” (to prep the area for others to enforce the no-fly-zone). . .

    I guess the United States does indeed have “unique assets. . .”

  • Whites still fleeing cities in Mass.

    03/24/2011 6:38:52 AM PDT · 59 of 163
    olivia3boys to ClearCase_guy

    In CA, I look for suburbs that are 80% white and 20% Asian (approx)—those suburbs have the top schools (well, as good as CA gets) and the best overall quality of life—

  • The real barriers to women in science

    03/10/2011 8:52:09 AM PST · 11 of 37
    olivia3boys to KarlInOhio

    Great post—and I’m a woman, raising 3 boys, and I know exactly what you mean. . .science may be interesting to girls (and it was and is to me) but it is rarely FASCINATING to girls like it is to boys, maybe not to all but to many. . .