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Donald Zeigler
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If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit
If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit

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I looked at the people following me for the first time in literally years. I'd say 75% of them are fake people. Out of the real ones, most of the people I first interacted with on here haven't posted for 4 years or more. Google really did blow it with this platform. The emphasis on Communities and Collections was a mistake. Getting rid of conventional photo albums was stupid. They have never gotten a handle on the spam problem.
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This is why I get nothing done at the office. #cats #catlife#CatLovers
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Kids today have it too easy! #tidepodchallenge
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When you're checking a property at dusk and miss the low hanging metal awning. #fieldagent #fieldinspection #fieldservices
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This was recorded shortly before Chester Bennington committed suicide. Chester's lyrics were written to be from his wife's point of view, as she dealt with his substance abuse and depression.
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I've always had a soft spot for Ace Frehley. He had some success after KISS in the 80s with Frehley's Comet - but being Ace, he screwed it up due to substance abuse. He seems to be keeping clean these days, and has released some damned good solo albums since the Comet.
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I'm glad AIC soldiers on. William Duval is a worthwhile replacement for Layne Staley - heck, he's been in the band longer than Layne was at this point.
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For a man who reportedly demands unfettered loyalty from associates and underlings, Donald Trump does nothing to inspire such loyalty. Indeed, his words and actions in public and private life portray a man who believes loyalty is something to be exacted instead of earned honestly.

This is a chief executive who routinely insults and undercuts those in his inner circle; the people he chose to fill key positions -- people who, like the hapless Jeff Sessions, often supported him on the campaign trail at great risk to themselves.

To Trump, the word "loyalty" means "loyal only to me". Should anyone close to him dare to consider ethics, the rule of law, the country's many alliances with other nations, or anything else that Trump determines is at odds with the loyalty he demands, that person becomes an immediate target -- no matter how faithfully they have served him.

Donald Trump and his acolytes complain about a conspiracy among the many thousands of people who selflessly serve the United States throughout the apparatus of government. The goal of this imaginary cabal is supposedly to prevent Trump from being an effective president.

Such a claim is nothing more than a slap in the face to those work so hard on our behalf; mostly in thankless, anonymous positions... the unsung rank and file upon whom we depend; those who really run the country.

But who of these, no matter how professional they are or how many presidents they have served, could truly be loyal to a man who questions their patriotism and character on a nearly daily basis?

This is not to say they work actively to thwart the administration's agenda. But any good business executive -- which Trump claims he is -- understands that people work harder and better when they are happy on the job.

Praise will always provide better results than condemnation. Unfortunately, Trump only understands praise when it is lavished upon him.

The mainstream press is another of Trump's favorite targets. For doing their jobs, which is reporting the news, the press is rewarded with the same type of schoolyard insults and bullying those in the president's immediate sphere are accustomed to enduring. If coverage isn't fawning, it's immediately condemned as fake.

Throughout his political career, Richard Nixon famously hated the press. His hatred seemed to increase as president, when the Watergate scandal gradually enveloped his friends, associates, and cabinet (and eventually Nixon himself) -- thanks in large part to excellent investigative coverage by the news media.

Donald Trump seems ever more Nixonian as Robert Mueller's investigation picks up steam. As with everyone else, Trump seems to believe that the news media should do nothing but sing his praises. Luckily he has a few "news" outlets (quotes intentional) he can count on such as Fox, Breitbart and the Daily Caller.

For someone who demands absolute loyalty, Donald Trump seems completely incapable of giving that which he requires from others. He's not even faithful to members of his own party in Congress; the people whose support he needs in order to craft meaningful legislation.

The tax cut just passed is the only major bill to come to fruition in a year of total Republican control, which is a dismal indication of how dysfunctional the current Congress is. However, one can't completely blame Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan.

It must be tough for Congressional Republicans to work with a president whose constant flip-flopping on policy positions seems mostly based upon making himself look as good as possible.

True loyalty is something one must earn. In this administration, rife with leaks, backstabbing, chaos and turnover (all telltale signs of seething unhappiness and anger), it's painfully apparent that any bare smidgen of loyalty existing towards Donald Trump is the loyalty given throughout history to the tyrant -- false and forced through intimidation and fear, not genuinely offered due to friendship, trust and common goals.
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After seeing years of rising unemployment, West Virginia may be on the cusp of an economic boom that is sorely needed to move the state away from its historical reliance on coal mining operations as a driver of employment

The $1.6 billion road bond project, championed by Governor Jim Justice, that voters recently approved could bring thousands of construction and related jobs to the state, as well as new and improved roads and bridges that will benefit citizens and businesses alike.

There are two major natural gas pipeline projects in the works that may bring jobs, tax revenue and royalty revenue to the state and its residents.

Proctor & Gamble is constructing a new plant in the Eastern Panhandle, and both Toyota and Hino Motors are expanding their existing operations in the state.

China Energy, the world's biggest energy company, has expressed interest in investing billions of dollars into natural gas, power generation and chemical manufacturing operations to be located in West Virginia.

All of this is indeed wonderful news. However, one thing that hasn't been discussed much, at least not under the light of public scrutiny, is exactly who will fill these new jobs.

Concerns have already been voiced by some of the companies involved as to whether they will be able to find enough qualified employees without looking outside West Virginia.

It's common -- and shameful -- knowledge that the opioid epidemic has made it difficult for existing West Virginia businesses to find potential employees who can pass a drug screen.

To be fair, the pill problem is a national one with employers across the country facing the same issues finding "clean" workers. However, in West Virginia opioid abuse has become so rampant that the state now leads the country in drug overdose deaths per capita.

Nearly 20 percent of working-age West Virginia residents are on disability -- well above the national average of 10 percent. The state has seen an exodus of its young people, who depart in search of greener pastures as soon as they have finished their education (the median age in West Virginia is 41.9).

Perhaps the most troubling statistic is the large number of West Virginians who have simply stopped looking for work. The state's labor-force participation rate -- the percentage of civilians 16 and older who either have a job or are actively looking for one -- stands at 53.1 percent, the lowest rate in the country.

While it's easy to blame this number on the slump in the coal industry, West Virginia's labor force participation rate has actually been in decline since the Bureau of Labor began tracking this statistic in 1976. West Virginia is also the only state to see its employment-to-population ratio drop below 50 percent at any time during that period.

West Virginia may be poised for an economic revolution, but the state must have a ready, willing and able-bodied labor force capable of competing against out-of-state workers for good jobs.

http://www.donzeigler.com/2017/12/if-jobs-come-will-we-have-workers.html
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I never truly realized how shitty my vision had been until now. One eye down, one to go... Probably summer 2018. I have to wear readers for close up work but that's an improvement over the Coke bottle I had over my left eye.
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