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Exactly what's needed to stop career-destroying H-1B visa abuse. <=>I dislike Issa but he's right on this.

H-1B visa abuse destroyed my multi-decade software engineering career (as it has and continues to do to millions of others.) It did to me, by at least 2nd-order effects, though I would contend essentially directly. 18 people in team. Only 1 permanent Full-Time-Employee with normal benefits. All other than that one FTE eventually H-1B or in India. Do the math.

If interested, read on. But even if TL;DR, consider asking your Senators to support this bill.

The gory details, and some analysis, for those reading on...

Myself and my analyst colleague, who happened to be Latina, the only US citizens or legal permanent residents other than our one FTE colleague. And we were marginalized being into barely-legal "perma-temp" fake "contractors" with crap for benefits, despite being on multi-year ongoing project plans by name and general staff work that by definition was not temporary. Made barely-legal for IRS purposes by making us "Employees" on a W-2 basis of that BigGreenFinancial company' wholly-owned subsidiary captive "temporary employment agency).

(All 3 of us US workers are citizens but my point is that "legal permanent residents" also are "US workers" and also get screwed by H-1B "temporary worker because no qualified Americans" abuse.)

The rest, 15 of 18(!), either offshore in India, or mostly in our office from India on these outrageous H-1B visas. The majority of those H-1Bs imported "because no qualified Americans" were actually employed by "India Inc." giant outsourcing firm Infosys (traded on Wall Street as INFY) rather than by "BigGreenFinancial" directly. And that's because BigGreen had just laid off nearly 10000 software/systems professionals in that 2009-2010 timeframe without any penalty, more enforcement of age discrimination laws. Despite almost all being 45+, which is a "protected class" in software and is considered "old". (Thanks, Obama!) Via crony media, kept all but the first round of 3000 out of the financial press and out of the "hometown" general media.

They couldn't get their own H-1Bs for a couple more years because of layoffs. So they outsourced to India's Infosys for Infosys to hire and import the H-1Bs as INFY employees. Putting them in the same roles and desks as the displaced US citizen / Permanent Legal Immigrant workers Big Green dumped on the street. They used an Indian "Body Shop" to screw us. Because most of us pushed out were in our 40's and 50's, some older, our careers we're effectively destroyed entirely due to the rampant age discrimination in hiring developers and other software/systems people. ("But... that's illegal!" Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Think that's ever enforced? Yes I filed EEOC charges. As have many. With expected results.)

Of course, my colleague "contractor" and me, the only two US citizens left other than the one FTE in that entire 15-person team, were out next. First her, then me.

In both cases, by what employment attorneys call "constructive dismissal" of making the terms, conditions, locations of the job intolerable, then claiming "We didn't get rid of you, you quit!" In my case, all I'd done was insist that we needed to discuss the suddenly imposed unilateral changes or I'd have problems being able to continue. They claimed that request for a meeting was my submission of resignation, which I discovered the hard way early the next morning when out of diligence I wanted to log in to check a system even before driving into the office, finding myself locked out.

Fortunately, state unemployment departments recognized that for what it was, even though the Democratic administration's craven corporatist EEOC did not.

I don't know the details of what happened to my permatemped and pushed-out colleague, but with her 40-something and me then 50-something I'm sure we shared similar difficulty on age discrimination and "been unemployed for a month, no interview for you!" discrimination. I do know that our functions fell over to H-1B imported workers.

Repeat that story by hundreds of thousands, maybe by millions. Just the names and minor details change.

Issa is 100% correct in pushing this bill. He even should go further on the minimum salary for H-1B to essentially create a barrier against it, but that might not fly. Both the Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats (Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Reid etc.) live the H-1B and get tons of corporate donations to keep loving it.

None of this bill would stop bringing in the truly uniquely skilled, the superstars, irrelevant keeping the best and brightest foreign graduates of US STEM fields top universities. It would just stop the destruction of careers of "American workers" by "No better than whom they replace" unjustly imported "Temporary workers because no qualified Americans" when the qualified American was just put in the unemployment line by that H-1B.

Remember, "American Worker" includes Legal Permanent Resident Immigrant. Ending the H-1B, or at minimum ending H-1B abuse, is PRO-Immigrant.

I'll bet Senator Bernie Sanders would vote for this bill. I'm guessing Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's Corporatocracy crony VP pick, opposes it. I know that it's directly in line with the written policy on Donald Trump's website (even though he bobbled his verbal answer about this months ago in a debate). That doesn't make it wrong. Remember, it's pro-legal-immigrant because they suffer from H-1B visa abuse layoffs too. 
Proposal would raise minimum wage for H-1B-dependent firms from $60K to $100K, but it faces criticism
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Sellout! Corrupt @HillaryClinton names worst-choice #TimKaine VP. <=>Liked TPP, wants bank deregulation! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-tim-kaine-vice-president_us_577ec219e4b0c590f7e8a3e9 #HillNo

Clinton again proves she is in the thrall of the Corporatocracy Banksters, is corrupt, and is arrogantly spitting in the face of all the progressive-leaning Democrats, new Democrats, and independents who chose a Dem ballot or re-registered to vote in Dem primaries. (True progressives who want to restructure the screwed up US system, not "Yay free stuff" special interest group psuedo-progressives.)

Clinton is not yet even the official nominee of her party (really, she's not - "majority of the pledged delegates" is NOT what the "Who wins" rule says; it's "majority of ALL the delegates WHEN they vote at the convention".) Bernie Sanders, who was mistaken to endorse her, though he knew the fix was in, should go back on that endorsement. With Kaine as VP, Hillary has shown (once again) that she is a serial liar. Bernie should do a Mirror-Cruz speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.

Clinton naming a pro-bank-deregulation, pro-"free-trade" deals person as VP, when that was exactly what Bernie was fighting against, and after she supposedly came around to agree in order to get his support, and to get his supporters? That is dishonesty and disloyalty of the highest order politically.

Let me put this as gently and in proper, formal, cultured American English as I can about supporting Clinton: "NO FUCKING WAY!"

Sorry. Even Trump is less of a liar than Hillary Clinton.

Ooh, the Rose Law Firm records were in the back of the White House bedroom after all. No classified emails. Server was approved. Yes I made 100,000 on 1000 in cattle futures all by myself. Under sniper fire in Bosnia. It goes on and on, about things that actually happened, as opposed to Trump's confabulations which though often childish and despicable, do not speak to the level of utter disdain for the American Public as does mulitple-officeholder Clinton.

Clinton's also a proven innocent Muslims-killer, a proven woman-killer, children-killer (I mean the horrifically bungled wars and instability in the Mideast, under Clinton-shaped Obama policies) but that's another rant.

I'm not purely or even mostly "Progressive" - I am on health care (socialize ALL the care!), education, infrastructure - and tax appropriately to do so. I feel the General Welfare clause is sufficient Constitutional grounds, and certainly also the already-expanded Commerce Clause takes care of the rest. So some of Bernie's policies were way too left for me, but nonetheless I joined the Democratic party to vote for him in my US State of Florida primary. If he were the Democratic nominee, I absolutely would vote for him. Even though there are many Libertarian and even some Republican policies (not their "social" platform!) I prefer, such as smaller government and market-forces rather than government-imposition in general.

Common sense says that if Jane Lunchbucket, Shana Engineer, Jose Medico, and Chuck Chef don't need to worry about how to arrange and bargain and manage the administrative complexity for their, and their employees' and families' health care, they can innovate-the-hell out of a fair US capitalist system and hopefully make money hand-over-foot, doing whatever is their passion if the market agrees that it's worthwhile. So I'm also libertarian-as-hell on things past some basic infrastructure (education and health CARE not "middleman-sold insurance" being part of that "basic" definition.) But that also requires a FAIR "market system" and a fair stock and bond market, a fair banking and loan system - "fair" not meaning "government controls" but "Government makes sure they don't cheat."

Hillary likes the cheaters. They pay her speeches and donate to her foundation. And she just proved that even more by picking Kaine.

Thus I could go Libertarian, and have before, but I really feel the most important thing for any voter this year, especially in a swing state, is to ensure #NeverHillary . Even if that means #OhCrapTrump .

Trump is erratic and risky as hell. Clinton is a known danger, a known evil.

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P.S.: Unthinking idiots will take my analysis above and say: "You didn't need all those words, it is clear, You are for Trump". (Near verbatim quote of a G+ commenter a couple of weeks ago, and a union-crony Clintonbot friend-of-friend on Facebook last night, on similar posts.) See "Unthinking idiots" referback, because in no way am I "for" Trump. But I'm definitely "against" Clinton, and this Corporatocracy/Bankster move of hers just killed off any mild softening I was having on that point as a Bernie primary voter. If your brain can't handle that subtlety, frankly you should not be voting. Or making any decisions on your own.

P.P.S.: A Green vote for Jill Stein is philosophically pure for you progressives who aren't of my "libertarian socialist" mix, but will do zero-to-possibly-negative things in denying Hillary the White House. That's not your only choice for a non-Corporatocracy non-craven-liar non-risky candidate. There's maybe an snowball-in-hell chance of Gary Johnson throwing the election into the House: He could win one or two states, especially if all NeverHillary folks hold back their free-market/small-government disdain and vote for him, and mention him in polls, not Jill Stein and that could deny both Trump and Clinton an electoral majority. In a Republican but Trump-disdaining House, a former-Republican former-Governor Johnson might have a chance. Stein has absolutely no chance to win a state, and no chance of any support from anybody in the House if a Jill-has-a-Miracle happened. So your Stein vote elects Hillz or TheDonald.

Despite diametrically opposed role-of-government size-of-government type-of-marketplace philosophies, Stein and Johnson are totally aligned on reproductive rights, GLBTQ issues, anti-interventionism, anti-nation-building, scaling back the unacknowledged "American Empire", reigning in the Surveillance State, restraining the Military-Industrial Complex, ending the drug wars, and much more. Think about it. Even if you prefer Jill Stein, which I fully understand, a Gary Johnson vote (or even just your mention in polls) has a much greater chance to break the corrupt two-party system this election, and is the only chance not to elect either Clinton or Trump.
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Can Americans afford to retire? <=>One of the many reasons I moved to a different country in the Americas! Legally.
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We live in a computer-controlled world. <=> Most of you have no clue what a computer even is, nor what everyday items include a computer. Nor do your kids. Maybe especially your kids. I just came across this opinion piece from 2013, and it's even more true today:

"Without reference to Wikipedia, can you tell me what the difference is between The Internet, The World Wide Web, a web-browser and a search engine?"

Most people won't have a clue. No, Janey or Johnny isn't "Good with computers", and neither are most of you. In fact, most are dangerously ignorant.

You don't need to know how to fix your plumbing. You do need to know that your crap doesn't miraculously disappear via disruptor beam when you flush the toilet, and thus "backed up crapper" is a think you need to "adult" about, and teach your kids that kind of "adulting". Only a very few of them will want to become plumbers (but they'll be in one of the few careers with ongoing job security), and a larger but still small proportion will want to become knowledgeable enough to be "home handyperson" for minor repairs. But everyone needs to know that a stopped up drain is a Thing That Can Happen, and furthermore, that there are basic Life Lessons about how you can minimize the chance of that happening. (With extra Life Lessons needed if you are rural and have a septic tank or worse, a cesspool.)

You don't need to know how to do an upper-engine-block repair (and you don't want to know what happened the one time I tried ages ago on a 1974 AMC Hornet). You do need to know that it is 100% your responsibility to get your oil changed regularly, check your tire pressure, notice and get professional assistance if your car pulls left or right when driving straight (which may mean an alignment but may mean a significant front-end repair instead.) And a bunch of other things that any responsible driver / car owner-or-user should know or else they are a hazard to the world.

Computers are the Same Damn Thing: You don't need to know how to build a computer, and definitely not how to code software (nor "apps", which are just software.) As a career-long coder, I absolutely HATE the "everyone should learn to code" nonsense - what everyone needs to learn is how to think logically and analytically - whether you code or not.

That's not out of some career protectionism (Hell, Obama, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush already helped destroy that career for millions of my sister and brother aging-geeks, with unfettered H-1B/L-1 abuse) - it's because not everybody needs nor should want to do everything - but all of life, no matter what, has logical and analytical challenges.

(Maybe if people were more analytical and logical, we wouldn't have Bush Clinton Bush Obama Clinton, eh?)

But you DO need to know how to use a computer, which includes knowing that there are basic security and maintenance things, knowing that "The Internet" icon on your desktop is not really "the internet" but is one out of many browsers (and if your browser icon says "The Internet" you are using a dangerously old, outdated, hazard-to-others, antivaxxer-negligent level of browsing, a browser its own maker says you should have stopped using!) You need to know that a "browser" is not the internet, and you are really showing ignorance if you think "The Web" is the same as "The Internet". Do you think "Your car" is the same as "Your street"? Yep. Like that.

And you need to know "computers" enough to stop doing stupid stuff on the internet, like clicking on everything you see. You know what computers are used for many of the big internet break-ins, credit card breaches, attacks on major websites? Quite possibly, YOUR computer, if you practice unsafe computing on your PC/Mac/Linux/Whatever. And your own blog or small business WordPress website, likewise, if you just ignore security. Individual home computers and small website servers for WordPress blogs get attacked, all the time, by "state actors" and criminals, to recruit them into Zombie Botnets.

(Go look that up. Click on "The Internet" and then go to Google to find Google to google it, mmkay?)

We won't even get into the people who think Facebook is the Internet. Or who type Google into Google to get to Google. But both the willful ignorance of the "I don't need to know anything about computers" and the willful ignorance of "My little Mary knows a lot about computers" simply because she's on it all day, are both Very Bad Things for our world.

So stop signing up for "Coding Bootcamps" unless that is indeed your passion as a vocation or avocation. For your kids it would be better career security to sign them up for "Sewer Service Bbootcamps."  But make sure little Kimberly and Shaun take some logic lessons. If a "programming" course helps with that, ok. But so do lots of other things.

And don't do dumb stuff on the internet, or on "The web", or on "The Internet" any more. Please. The world thanks you.

http://coding2learn.org/blog/2013/07/29/kids-cant-use-computers/

(Note: I'm originating this post on my preferred social network, Google+, which is still Not Dead. There, a higher-than-normal percentage of people might have a clue. But maybe not as many as you think. You're possibly reading this on my Facebook or Twitter, for which I have a "magic thingy" that auto-shares certain of by G+ posts to folks on those networks. So sister/brother "Plussers", no, probably not you. Though I'm not so sure about all the arts, photobloggers, and other non-techie specialty-interest folks at G+ being up to snuff on safe smart computing either.)
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Shared this one before, myself. I fall into that demographic that does know computers because when I started around age 11 or 12, you had to know what you were doing, or you were not doing anything.
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Not a surprise; not to me. <=>Trump now once again leads Clinton in swing-state Florida. Overall, he is now up by 3% (of all voters) over Clinton instead of down by 8%.

And no, they didn't poll me as a Florida voter (though I do have a Florida phone# that rings me overseas.)

Crucially, independents now prefer Trump by 13% more than Clinton, while last month it was Clinton ahead by 9. A 22% swing in this classic Swing State - a state which often can decide the overall winner. (Florida voters - that's you if you have NPA - No Party Affiliation - on your registration. Or, whatever your registration, if you are a smart, analytical, non-party-line voter who makes up her own mind for each general election on each candidate.)

What changed? The WaPo author, retaining some journalistic objectivity in this news (not opinion) article, does not say definitively. But to me it's obvious:

a) Hillary's bad reputation for dishonesty made even worse by the outright condemnation of her recklessness by FBI Director Comey. Even without recommending indictment, his criticism was unprecedented and was severe. He's correct on that.

b) Bernie Sanders {giving up | giving in | selling out} which was obviously in progress even if he only officially did it yesterday.

Trump is even improving, tremendously, with groups that he will not win - but now will not lose by as much. Trump is now doing much better with non-whites in Florida than he was; though still a low number, he is behind Clinton with nonwhites by only 35 points, not the 57 he was in the cellar with. That means 22% of nonwhite voters changed to Trump.

In groups he was already winning, such as white men, he is now winning by amazing large amounts. Up from a 17% preference above Clinton, to 37% more than Clinton.

There's more in this article, about the latest Quinnipiac poll including in two other swing-states, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where the overall shift to Trump did not happen, but in some demographic groups and questions on honesty, it did. The high points as I see them are what I wrote above, but I recommend you dig into the entire thing.

Smart discussion welcome. Party-line hyperpartisans unwelcome. Sloganeers and "one label fits all" types also unwelcome. There is no one thing that fits this, and if you think "racist", "sexist", "xenophobe" does, you are not being a critical thinker doing a deep enough analysis in my opinion. And this is my post, so I get to decide, because Freedom. As to the last part of the typical HuffPo "Editor's note" on Trump articles calling him a "serial liar" - at least in Florida, and in much of the USA, people think that about Hillary Clinton. In some ways, that more applies to Hillary Clinton than to Trump. So if that's your contribution, please DO NOT contribute to my posts.

If you do think things through, you are of course welcome to chime in. Even if you disagree. Just be intelligent.

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An 11-point shift in three-plus weeks is something for Trump to celebrate.
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When the NYTimes and WaPo editorial boards, and many Dems agree with Trump, "Notorious RBG" has gone too far. <=>Sad.
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Great explanation of Elon Musk's "Secret Plan". <=> Many thought it was "Develop tech to return to his home planet."
The true point of Elon Musk's "Secret Master Plan, Part Deux" is actually well beyond the vehicles we covered in our previous analyses. If we look at part one of his Secret Master Plan, released almost ten years ago today, we can see what he's been up to all along,
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Great longread on how Clinton prevailed. <=> TL;DR? Fix was in by Obama and Warren all along.

Biden was pushed out too, by Obama, very methodically. It wasn't just Biden deciding not to run; Obama and his operatives made it very clear that he'd better not try. Warren was never going to support Sanders. Our votes? Didn't matter, Obama-Clinton controlled the narrative, and thus the media and the polls, and thus most voters' minds.

Up to you to decide whether or not they also controlled the voter registration and polling places/machines irregularity for "insurance". With the amount of multi-year narrative manipulation and direct Obama assistance to Clinton all along, they probably didn't need to. But given the dirty ethics of the mainstream Democrats, both the ClintonWorld group and Obama coming up from "Chicago Politics", I believe they did.

Which is how we, my fellow Americans, ended up with a horrible neoliberal Corporatocracy puppet candidate who is also a neocon on warmongering, and a now-proven serial liar, Hillary Clinton, as the only Democrat who would lose to Donald Trump. And who deserves to lose to him, despite all his flaws.

Thanks, Obama! 
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New law is indeed an amazing, and unexpected, win for travelers on the miserable USA-based airlines. <=>Thanks, Congress!

The reporting of course, is as crappy as any of the miserable US "serious journalism" ever gets these days, even at "important'" outlets like the "Jeff Bezos Amazon Post." (Yes, I know that Amazon does not own The Washington Post, Amazon founder/CEO/majority shareholder Jeff Bezos owns it personally. Where do you think he got the money? Enjoy Prime!)

The columnist's wording, or more likely that of the crummy underpaid undertrained and likely offshored WaPo intern that captioned the photo thusly:  'A rule directs the transportation secretary to establish a policy to allow children under age 13 “to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13” at no additional cost.'

(emphasis mine on that "at no additional cost" part)

That is NOT TRUE, not in the sense that Mr. And Ms. Average American will think, which is, "Yay, my kid gets to fly in her own seat without me having to pay for her ticket!"

Nope. It means, "Without extra cost for the Seat ASSIGNMENT" - so none of this "there are no more free-of-charge seat assignments left, so little Blake has to sit back in 32B middle between whomever, while you parents are in 22A and 17E." They cannot do that anymore (well, mostly not), but your kid still needs a paid ticket!

Unless he or she is under 2 years old, and you have them flying as a "lap child", in which case you are a negligent child abuser. Because that kid is going flying to her death if there is a survivable crash or even severe turbulence. No, your arms are not strong enough. You would be arrested in most of the USA (and will be denied a rental car) if you don't have a certified car seat for your kid. Same logic, same physics, and in almost all cases, the same car seat, applies! Yes, that means you have to buy a ticket for your infant. Should have figured that into your "can you afford a kid" planning.

(No hypocrisy. When my kids were under-2, they never flew with me unless they were in their car-and-FAA-approved car seat, in the seat properly buckled into the paid airline seat. That was roughly 30 years ago. It's even easier now. Except the "paying" part.)

Please do understand what this does and does not mean. It is great news, but do not be that person at the airport who shows up with their 8-year-old thinking she doesn't need a ticket because of this. Especially, do not be that person, in front of me! Thanks!
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Dear Democrat Elites: <=>We warned you she's terrible. Good luck with her fast-sinking polls. Love, Bernie Fans.
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Most Uruguay pharmacies won't sell legal pot. <=>I don't blame them; it's one of ex-President Mujica's worst ideas.

No, not because it is marijuana legalization. I support that. But because it's marijuana legalization done badly. Mujica doesn't like marijuana; he hates it and thinks its users are addicts and weak minds, are sick. (Seriously, go back and read the articles from when he was pushing this - the serious articles, not the Buzzfeed, Mashable, stoner blogger and hipster travel ones.)

I still like Mujica and admire many of his values. Including his self-definition of being both socialist yet in his heart, libertarian. That resonates with my eclectic views. And I'm very grateful that his country and government were so welcoming to us as immigrants. Including making legal immigration even easier from rules his administration issued and bills he advocated for and then signed into law.

But many in Uruguay have come to see that as a manager of the government, and in some of his ideas, maybe he wasn't as great as all the Mujica hype in the global press. Along with some major financial problems including collapse of the government-owned airline and de facto bankruptcy of the government-owned oil company, with follow-on scandals and legislative investigations, the "Have the Farmacias sell marijuana" is often criticized when folks reflect on his presidency.

Mujica pushed this to undercut the criminal dealers - but that has pharmacy owners and workers scared for their safety. They never signed up for any "Put the local drug dealer out of business" risk. Some have ethical concerns, or feel it just doesn't fit their business model.

To buy at pharmacies, this law also requires buyers to register with the government as users of marijuana (remember, that means as a "sick, weak addict" to the original intent of Mujica's law.) To buy at your local dealer, much less bureaucracy. This isn't like Colorado or Washington State in the USA type of legalization, which are no bureaucracy for buyers, and allow "Weed stores" and competing, branded pot. Not even like the slightly restrictive California "medical marijuana card" law.

Perhaps "MujicaPot" wasn't a great concept. It's rare to read that in the global English-language press. I'm impressed this article actually dug into the realities.

The other parts of the law were less stupid, and are already in effect here: the Grow Clubs member registration, and the individual own-use-only grower license, done at your local Correo Uruguayo post office. And possession itself has never been illegal, at least not for decades.

But this "Government grows the pot, farmacias sell it to registered 'marijuana addicts', criminal dealers will just stop dealing" is ludicrously both complex and naive. Which is why the current President, Dr. Tábare Vásquez, opposed the law, and has been stalling for over a year in implementing Mujica's "signature law".* They're both from the "same party" but really not - Uruguay's Broad Front (Frente Amplio) party is a "party-of-parties" with 11 different actually separate parties inside of it. Vasquez is not from the same party inside it.

No, I haven't registered as a buyer, even though I have a Uruguay national ID card as a legal immigrant resident. In case you were wondering. And I've never been good at growing things...

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* _In terms of true importance, I don't think marijuana legalization is Mujica's "Signature law" - Abortion legalization is. Tremendously rare in Latin America yet he got it done. In a way that I feel is very balanced and sensitive despite having a few restrictions, short waiting period, mandatory consultations including on what help their is if the woman decides to have the child (a lot more than there is in USA), and an opt-out for religion-run providers but requiring them to make it available to their members viaa competitor if they do. That might sound horribly restrictive to some US people but it is earthshakingly liberal for Latin America and in fact for much of the world. This should be considered Mujica's big legacy law, not weed in drugstores. 
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By Leonel More Last week, Montevideo, Uruguay had its second startup screening event held by the startup accelerator and investor NXTP Labs.

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Texas sign company stirs controversy by promoting violence against women
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I never considered myself a feminist as a young woman, but the older I get the more I think I just might be one. Consider the story of Horne

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Untraditional choice
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CONFERENCES on start-ups, the old joke goes, are the only events where there is never a queue for the ladies’ room. Only 10% of internet ent

“It’s not the batteries” is not good news for Boeing | The Fuzzy Wanderer
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Remember, they didn't “fix” the battery problem, because to this day they still don't know what caused that either. They only enclosed and v

WASHINGTON: Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, un...
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In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to r