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Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform
Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LIBERAL LOOK AT WELFARE REFORM THAT TRIES TO BE BALANCED & SOMETIMES SUCCEEDS IN ITS EFFORT., April 18, 2014
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Welfare reform was sorely needed. Generations of able bodied people sitting home collecting checks for doing absolutely nothing was an abomination that needed ending. Of course many people will rate me badly for saying that but, I don't live based on approval rates.

Once you get past the liberal dusting of pro-welfare cry baby bias, Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform speaks effectively to the many conflicting interests that pull and challenge the case workers and welfare clients alike. Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform shows how much of welfare reform is art of fuzzy accounting, plays on words that are the stuff of legend. Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform reveals how welfare reform is more about getting people off welfare by any means possible then showing off the lower welfare rolls as indicative of success. Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform reveals that most of the so called reductions in welfare roles is achieved by skillful use of political blue smoke and mirrors designed to fool the public into thinking Welfare reform worked.

Unfortunately welfare reform takes us square into discussions of poverty and minimum wage and the capitalist power structure never wants to talk minimum wage because thats thr repubicans dirty little secret. Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform shows how many of these welfare folks are ladies who get pushed off welfare only to be forced into slave wage jobs working for giant corporations who make HUGE PROFITS by exploiting their workers. Welfare recipiants are not stupid. If a jobs that paid a living wages that could lift them out of poverty were available the line to get jobs would stretch around a large city block 25 times.

Slave wages like the "federal minimum wage" are designed to be birth control for the poor ignorant unwashed masses. Society suggests if you can't afford to have and care for babies \ family you should not have children. Its no secret that you can't raise a family on the slave wage of minimum wage. So whats a poor person to do not have children just because; lots of rich fat cats and corporations have made it next to impossible for poor people to raise families. Well the answer to the capitalist establishment is HELL NO, we the poor will NOT stop having children just because; the capitalist infrastructure is not designed to let poor people build families. Poor people need the security and love that comes from family to sustain their minds, hearts, bodies and humanity. No corporation's misery wages will prevent people from building families so welfare was and is needed.

However welfare is going away and it should sinec paying people to do nothing is always dead wrong. However good people should be allowed to build families. Getting paid a living wage is part of the equation for building strong families even if the BIG corporations AND THE SUPER RICH hate hearing this FACT. In an ideal world there should be no welfare at all, just living wage jobs and people with the skills to fill them. The profit margins for mega corporations will be smaller if a living wage is paid employees but, their supersized profits could use a little trimming. Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform touches on all the elements I shared here and then some. My only problem with Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform it seems to advocate keeping part of the welfare system and I disagree. For able bodied people we should do away with food stamps (SNAP), Public Housing, Section 8 the entire alphabet soup of entitlement agencies with the exception of Social Security for the disabled, old and retired.

People should be able to work at living wage jobs that let them raise a modest sized family above the poverty line. I'd say a living wage job lets one earner raise two children above the poverty line. Having more than two children on a living wage job income is stupid and reckless to the point I'd call it child abuse. there are means to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Those who choose not to avail themselves of such birth control means should be on their own without any welfare type support.


Dr. Kildare: Season 2 - Back to Back 2 Pack
Dr. Kildare: Season 2 - Back to Back 2 Pack
DVD ~ Dr. Kildare
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5.0 out of 5 stars WATCH THE SHOW OBSERVE THE BODY COUNT - BACK WHEN HOSPITALS WERE THE PLACE YOU DIED!, April 18, 2014
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Doctor Kildare was actually before my time. I was a kid so young, I never experienced Doctor Kildare when the show aired in prime time. I had always heard of Doctor Kildare in movies and I had a few and liked them. So when I saw this Doctor Kildare DVD set I had to give them a chance. I am happy I brought Seasons One and Two of Doctor Kildare. Like season one Dr Kildare is a young idealistic doctor being led by the sometimes kindly, always blunt fatherly advice of an elder doctor.

Doctor Kildare wants to be a world class diagnostitian. Dr Kildares failing he is a young idealist as such he is susceptible to all the flights of fancy that led young men away from the common sense virtues of their respective callings. Doctor Kildare faces the death of his patients and the moral quagmires that come from their struggles. Dr. Kildare is thust into confront various social ills like drug abuse, alcoholism and disfunctional families all cleaned up enough to pass 1950's sensibilities and network censorship.

It's awesome seeing all the old cars that were in this time brand new. If you know anything at all about medicine its fun to watch them prescribe treatments that have been replaced or debunked as bad medicine. It was at first funny to watch Dr. Kildare deal with a Smallpox patient when in 2014 the only living small pox viruses live in cold storage in assorted labs. I never saw what smallpox looked like. I was asstounded seeing what it looked like on one episode of Dr. Kildare. Also I did not know smallpox was so easily transmitted as it appears on the show. Dr. Kildare gave me a new respect for smallpox that those who suffered with it.

What Dr. Kildare showed was state of the art medicine at the time it aired. Another thing that struck me is how dark, depressing and cavernous and depressing the hospital hallways always looked. Todays hospitals are soaring edifices of glass, steel and concrete, metal and brick. Todays hospitals are bathed in light which is a 180 about face compared to the hospital Dr. Kildare calls home. Also looking at Dr. Kildare and you see how far the profession of nursing has come in 2014. In Dr Kildare's time nurses were not much more than maids with a little medical knowledge. Today's nurse is part administrator, social worker, healer and leiazon between patient and all others. Today there are medical assistants to do the scutt work that nurses performed in Doctor Kildares time.

Doctor Kildare is filled with stereotypes bums are always drunken sots laying in the gutter victim of bad choices rather than the lack of jobs or opportunity. Fallen ladies lacking wifely virtues are clearly indicated in an Doctor Kildare story. I find Dr. Kildare interesting on many different levels. Dr. Kildare is interesting for the social commentary and insights it gives to the culture of the United States in the 1950's. This series is a sort of Norman Rockwells view of hospital life with clean cut All American Dr. Kildare fighting evil disease, rescuing the innocent and curing the sick at least till they died. On Doctor Kildare they died boy did they die. If you base your experiences on Dr. Kildare the body count was high in hospitals of the time but no where near the death rate at the hospital where Ben Casey hailed but thats another review.

Surfice to say that Dr. Kildare is interesting in many fronts even if its medical treatments which were cutting edge medicine in their day have most long ago lost relevence in 2014. I brought this Season Two and Season One of Dr Kildare and am happy I did. If you know what to expect going in Doctor Kildare never disappoints. Dr. Kildare is a look back at idealistic 1950's life as seem from the eyes of a young energetic doctor who wants to change thew world for the better!


Perry Mason: Complete Series Pack
Perry Mason: Complete Series Pack
DVD ~ Raymond Burr
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERRY MASON WAS THE VERY DEFINITION OF WHAT IT WAS TO BE A GREAT LAWYER IF JUST IN FICTION - BUT WHAT GREAT FICTION IT WAS!, April 18, 2014
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Perry Mason was the very definitionof what it meant to be a great lawyer. There are few alive who haven't heard of Perry Mason. Perry Mason is part of the cultural lexicon. If a lawyer does a really good job its considered a compliment to be called a real life, "Perry Mason!" Perry Mason struck a chord in America, he was a real hard nosed lawyer who was not afraid to sweat the details. Perry Mason knew his stuff in the courtroom, the boardroom and on the streets.

Helped by his able bodied executive assistant Della Street Perry Mason was always one step ahead of the criminals and prosecutor Burger. The characters in Perry Mason were stock type characters. Lt Tragg was the perfect hard bitten police detective, mistrustful, sly and cunning. Always Tragg a sharp witty thing at the ready in hopes of catching Perry Mason off guard. The people who could afford to engage Perry Mason were generally from the upper classes behaving badly. It must be noted that one episode featured Perry Mason taking the case of a very poor lady who could never afford Perry Masons real life fees yet she engaged him. Perry Mason was the ladies advocate fighting for her cause with typical Perry Mason zeal. He spared no expense investigating her case via Mr Drake Mason's favorite private detective.

In the end the ladies cause was vindicated she won her case. Still oblivious to the true cost of the legal procedings she gave Perry Mason a few dollars down payment on her legal bill. The kindly lady promised to make good on her entire bill having no idea of the real cost. Perry graciously took the small amount of money. Della processed it at which time we saw the real breakdown of the expenses associated with her case. It was in the thousands. Perry told the sweet lady her tiny sum covered the entire expense of her case her bill was satisfied. That showed me Perry Mason had a heart, that was the best episode in the series for me and it won Perry Mason my undying respect.

Perry Mason while not strictly a Film Noir vehicle is still chock full of awesome film noir qualities. The black and white media gives the world of Perry Mason a film noir quality as light and shadow are often used effectively to create mood and convey clandestine activities. Mr. Drake was a playboy and a good private investigator of a quality firm. Drake was dapper and self assured if just a bit stiff. I had a few of the Perry Mason episodes but I enjoy Perry Mason so much when the complete series pack was released I had to have it. many people today hate anything in black and white. What most people don't realize that telling a story in black & white is a much richer experience because; it must draw you in, Good black and white story telling invites the viewer to fill in the voids with their own color. Black and white stories challenge the viewer to participate in the narrative by supplying their own color via imagination.

Color TV and todays show everything culture including every gruesome or sexual detail leaves nothing to the imagination. Black & White story telling does not encourage you to use your imagination it demands that you contribute to the viewing experience as you infuse the story with your own color. Perry Mason shows our adversarial legal system functioning at its best. I'm too young to remember Perry Mason when it played prime time. I do remember Perry Mason was the last show to air Friday nights when I was young and TV went off the air at 12 midnight not to return till 6 AM the next morning. I remember that on Fridays I was allowed to stay up and watch Perry Mason, then I had to go to sleep. Awaken your best Perry Mason memories or check Perry Mason out for the first time. See Perry Mason and experience our legal system the way it was meant to be.


Let There Be Light (1946)
Let There Be Light (1946)
DVD ~ Walter Huston
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5.0 out of 5 stars AT ONCE BOTH VERY CREEPY AND VERY GOOD! A GREAT LESSON ON THE TRUE PRICE OF FREEDOM IF YOU DARE LOOK!, April 16, 2014
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The patients come in shell shocked or what today is called Post Truamatic Stress Disordered PTSD and they leave better functioning battle scarred human beings. In this movie no veteran goes on to live sad, deluded and half crazy on the streets of the inner city. Nope the veterans here all readjust and are sent home to loving supportive families and or wives. the film puts one in mind of The Naked City in its attempt to honestly protray the journey of damaged fighting man back to civilized caring human being. You walk with the men on their journey seeing medical and mental health doctors (psychiatrists) go through the slow painstaking process of helping battle weary GI's rediscover and reassert their true honorable humanity.

Let There Be Light tries as hard as it can to give you a real world sense of what its like to come back from the hell of war broken as an army of doctors work tirelessly to make you well. Unfortunately Let There Be Light does not exactly have the ring of truth to it in some cases because; returning good fighting men to sanity is often a long slow painful process frought with setbacks and tears. It is not that Let There Be Light did not try to portray the recovery of men from battle fatique as best it could. Its just the film format means healing times shown had to be compressed so the progress men made overcoming their demons whizzed by like a Henry Ford inspired Moving Assembly line.

Let There Be Light could not take its time and reveal a fighting mans true journey back to sanity and humanity so in places the recoveries were nothing short of spectacular if unreal. What Let There Be Light did well is it helps people have understanding and compassion for the fighting man returning from war. Hopefully Let There Be Light will help people understand why veterans of our current wars in Iraq and other places need all of our love, compassion and understanding. Let There Be Light shows us that war is always hell. War was hell back when this film was made and War is hell today. Our fighting men deserve every ounce of humane compassion we as individuals and a nation can offer. This Let There Be Light DVD reminds us in stark terms the price of our freedoms is not FREE!

many good men and ladies have sacrificed their sanity, humanity and innocence to buy the freedoms so many of us take for granted. Let There Be Light was madein 1946 but its message is as true and vital today in 2014 as it was in 1946. God Bless those who serve in the US Marines, The Army, The Navy and the Air Force for they sacrifice so much that we might never know the horrors that might haunt them to the end of days. It might be ok to disgree with any war if thats your thing but, no one anywhere has the right to hate our honored and honorable warriors who have answered the call. These men and ladies who serve in our military are our sisters and brothers and I pray Let There Be Light reminds of us this fact. I sure learned more than a few good lessons from Let There Be Light buy this and see it all for yourself.


Naked City: The Complete Series
Naked City: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Paul Burke
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU TIME SHIFTED TODAY'S BEST LAW & ORDER EPISODES BACK TO THE 1950'S YOU'D HAVE "NAKED CITY!, April 16, 2014
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For a 1950's era police drama the Naked City was about as real as it gets. It all starts with a movie of the same name, THE NAKED CITY! The movie was splendid and sets the tone for this Naked City DVD set. I'd strongly suggest you buy the Naked City Movie because; yes its that good. The people are real and the twists and turns are enough to blow your mind. I can't give you any spoilers because; the Naked City is too good to ruin it for you in any way.

These Naked City episodes unfold peoples lives right in front of you. If you love film noir you will adore the Naked City. While some of the classic noir lighting heavy with creepy shadows is at times absent there is a definite noir quality to most Naked City episodes. The big shadow ladden dark streets of New York or the imposing spooky interiors of old buildings barely lit inspire the imagination to run amuck as murders and other crimes happen all around you.

Peoples lives unravel in front of you and likein classic noir you often get to see otherwise good rich people behaving badly. Equal time is given to otherwise good poor and middle class people behaving in manners most beastly. The Naked City does not descriminate each episode is an opportunity to look under a rock to see what manner of criminal or crazy crawls out. The Naked City is more than a precedural Crime Drama. the Naked City is a time capsule taking viewers back to the idealized Leave It To Beaver 1950's and showing that life was not always really the wholesome milk and cookies, apple pie sitting on the window sill peaceful conservative pundents romantize.

The Naked City shows the bare truth exposing the best and worst of our humanity in 50 minute snippets. I have the 2 or three sets of the Naked City heretofore available. Now with this I have all the episodes of the Naked City and I feel tremendously blessed to own them. There are few DVD sets I can recommend more than the Naked City. If you love film noir, Law & Order or just a good mystery your collection will not be complete without this Complete Series of the Naked City.


Killzone: Shadow Fall (PlayStation 4)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PlayStation 4)
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1.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GRAPHICS, LINEAR GAME PLAY, STUPID STORY, BORING, WAVE GENERATED ENEMIES, GOOD AI, HORRIBLE CONTROLS., April 10, 2014
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This is also one of the hardest games I've ever experienced on its so called easy mode. The best thing going for Killzone Shadow Fall is its stunning graphics. The game play mechanics are not unlike those of my old Atari 5200, slow, sloppy and darn near useless. The previous Killzone was so very much better than this tripe. The game play is painfully linear no open world aspects at all.I don't mind Killzone being difficult I love a challenge. There is fun difficult then there is boring enemy wave generator diffult that just ends up being a button mashing free for all. Killzone Shadow Fall is just a glorified enemy wave generator with awesomely beautiful graphics.

The AI is the best I've seen so I was impressed there. Unfortunately great AI can't carry a lame story and an endless stream of enemy. This video game is more like space invaders just endless legions of enemy and you just shoot & shoot & shoot which after the first half hour bores me to tears. Killzone Shadow Fall is too hard given its primitive save system throws you so far back if you die or need to turn the game off. If you are rich, have unlimited time on your hands with no responsibilitie this might be a great game. However for people with jobs, children and or a life outside of PS4 Killzone asks you to invest too much time in a game with shamefully long intervals between progress saves.

Killzone is a great game with the best graphics I've ever seen. Unforunately Killzone Shadow Fall's truly inferior games long save intervals, its extreme difficulty even on easy mode, boring story, wave generated endless enemies and its linear lack of an open world environment make the game unplayable. There are finally better games for the PS4 that this. The owl controls are crude and difficult to use in battle. Infamous Second Son despite its weak story plays far better than this Killzone on PS4. Killzone is needlessly difficult, boring and its save system is the final nail in its coffin in my humble estimation so yes it gets one star only because, I can't give it less.


Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014
Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME DRIVE FOR UPGRADING YOUR SPACE TO 1 TB IN THE PS4., April 6, 2014
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Yes there is a 1.5 Terrabyte drive out there and from all the reviews it is quite good. I brought the Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch Drive because; its somewhat fast. I wanted 1 TB. I am not a serious gamer. Iam a casual I just want to come home, turn on a video game, shoot & kill some things and watch them bleed out after a hard day at the office kind of guy. I won't be packing dowm 20 games stored mostly on my hard drive. Heck I've have three PS3'sfor years and now a PS4. I'ver never once played online multiplayer. So one terabyte is plenty enough room for my gaming life.

I played Infamous Second Son Good Karma on the 500 GB drive that came original with the PS4 and I played Second Son evil Karma on this new Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA Drive. There was certainly no slowness, lagging or frame rate issues. The 1TB Solid State Hybrid SATA Drive. is blessedly quiet when operating. I hear the 1TB Solid State SATA Hybrid Drive spin up when I first turn on the PS4 unit soon after the drive becomes invisable to my ears. A good hard drive should be unseen and unheard and this one fits the bill.

The most difficult thing about putting this 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA Drive into a PS4 was getting the PS4 to recognize it. To save you chaps lots of frustration let me tell you the standard 372 MB or so PS4*****.PUP file Update file won't reformat a 1 TB hard drive. You will need a lesser known PS4*****. PUP file that has approximately 892 MB of information on it. You have to place the file on a Thumb Drive that has been formatted using the Fat32 file system. Best to use a Thumb Drive with about 4 to 7 gigs on it. Create the following directory structure on the Thumb Drive... Create a folder called PS4. Next under that PS4 directory create a subdirectory called UPDATE. In both directory names YOU MUST USE ALL CAPS because, PS4 will not read the directories if they are in lowercase. You will get one error after another most saying the required updates were not found.

Also I found that Umbuntu \ linux often cuts off the final bits of the PS4******.PUP when transfering to some USB storage devices. file rendering the file useless. Use Windows to download the PS4******.PUP to the USB Fat 32 formated device it works every time. I got around downloading my PS4*******PUP file to USB by burning it onto a DVD then downloading it to a Windows PC. Then I placed the file structure and PS4******.PUP file on a FAT32 USB drive. Hold the power button on the PS4 for a few minutes to let it come up in "Safe Mode." With the USB Drive containing the proper folder structure, syntax and 892 MB PS4*****.PUP file in place eventually my PS4 found the Update file and my 1 TB drive was recognized without issue. The larger 892 MB PS4*****.PUP file does more than just load the current update it formats and initializes the hard drive in unique ways the PS4 needs to function. I'm sharing this here because; many of us gamers want more space on our PS4 systems than the tiny 500MB hard drive can support. Much of the improvement in speed without the long loading cuts in PS3 is achieved by keeping more game code on the hard drive increasing the size of games stored while reducing the number of games on the drive. The solution simple get a bigger drive.

Hard core gamers need 1.5 TB but for me this 1 TB drive is perfect at least for now. If I win the lottery and become filthy rich I'll update this review. Don't hold your breath. LOL!


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Red)
Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Red)
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON.COM LIKELY THINKS I'VE GONE STARK RAVING BONKERS - I GOT THIS & THREE OTHER CAMERAS IN A WEEKS TIME!, April 6, 2014
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I have been buying up the best cameras that still use AA batteries because; I have cerebral palsy and do not drive. People who drive think nothing of motoring over to the nearest photo store to get their camera's specialty brand specific sometimes even model specific battery. Being disabled I can not drive, trust me I tried driving and lets say everyone in Maryland breathed a sigh of relief when I renewed my MTA Maryland Disability Transportation Card. You see I never want to be caught without batteriesif ever I am in the right place at the right time with my camera at the ready. Being disabled I do not have the luxury of being able to pop round the the Ye Olde Photo Shoppe for a bracing battery refill.

However I did not want just any camera that used AA Battery power. I wanted a camera that took awesome pictures and this new Nikon Coolpix L830 does that with ease. This Nikon Coolpix L830 takes four AA batteries so it is a bit of a battery hog but, I feel the batteries last longer. You would think the batteries weigh the camera down but nope, this camera is small and light. Other reviews suggest thie Nikon Coolpix L830 suffers in build quality well that bug must have been fixed. There was NOTHING at all the least bit loose on my new Nikon Coolpix L830. I got the red camera and I saw finger prints mine of course, but that does not bother me. Opening the battery door is a real beast until you get the hang of it. A better battery door solution is definitely needed for this camera period, I'd take off half a star on my rating if I could.

I am just learning how to master the Fstops and understand ISO and how it can be manipulated to improve picture quality. For the longest time I just set the camera at auto and hoped for the best. This Nikon Coolpix L830 and a new Canon I got were so simple and easy to understand it was almost as if the controls invited me to experiment. This Nikon Coolpix L830 is so small that my small hands and long cerebral palsied fingers can dance around the camera controls with relative ease. Once I saw how changing a few of the settings in manual mode resulted in much better pictures than one dare hope for in auto mode I was hooked, like a kid in a candy store,

I live in a huge somewhat beautiful building that simply begs to have its picture taken and this weekend I did. Towson, Maryland is home to some of the most unique buildings some consider perfectly ugly. This weekend I pictures of my my neighborhood showcasing the best and worse of the Towson, Maryland skyline. I was not sure I was going to stay out and take lots of pictures so I had only the batteries in my Nikon Coolpix L830. I took well over 400 pictures with 4 Duracell copper top batteries very few with flash since the sun was My 6 foot 8 in 300 pound brother goes with me when I take pictures outside, he makes sure no one bothers me. My brother also blocks out the sun when I want a shot of something small in the shade. The camera has some noise in low light but the camera can be adjusted to eliminate much of the noise.

The Nikon Coolpix L830 zoom is awesome BUT I would use it only with a very stable tripod. Let's face it the natural shaking of my cerebral palsy does not bode well for any pictures I take using the zoom feature unassisted by a tripod. The pop up flash is good for objects close by and for general utility pictures but if you want to set a mood or construct a visual experience you will need dedicated lighting. Remember to pop up your flash the camera seems to compensate better for issues in a shot when you remember to pop up the flash. The Nikon Coolpix L830 is no where near as noisey as my Pentax K5 or K30 even if they take batter pictures. The Nikon Coolpix L830 does not exactly slip into a shirt pocket but it can be completely concealed in one of my big brothers massive hands. I wouldnot suggest the Nikon Coolpix L830 for guys with massive or even large hands since everything is tightly packed onto the camera. My brother can use my Nikon Coolpix L830 and even likes it but he struggles like a gaint trying to change the a new borns diaper.

I am NOT a professional protographer. I am not even an avid photo-bug. I am just a disabled dude who is fascinated with the art of taking pictures that appeal to me. I love this Nikon Coolpix L830 because; the more I learn about it the more it becomes an extention of my imagineation. I am just a beginner in the world of photographn but this Nikon Coolpix L830 makes me feel like a photographer with ideas far beyond my novice station.
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Moen 7100CSL Level One-Handle High Arc Kitchen Faucet, Classic Stainless
Moen 7100CSL Level One-Handle High Arc Kitchen Faucet, Classic Stainless

3.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY NICE FAUCET COMES FULLY EQUIPPED WITH "THE AERATOR FROM HELL!", April 5, 2014
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This is an absolutely beautiful kitchen sink faucet make no mistake, its clean lines abosolutely devoid of any unneeded frivolous ornamintation are extremely pleasing. Contemparary lines make this kitchen facuet almost art in both concept and execution. For those who love the spartan modern look this faucet is a bold and awesome statement. Moreover this faucet is HUGE. The "High Arc" neck of this faucet allows larger pots to access its water with ease. This faucet's combination water temp and flow control is simple to understand and easy to use after a bit of a learning curve. Water flow is generous with this faucet.

But for one thing this would be an easy five star faucet and for many it might still be a five star faucet but not for me. I rate this otherwise awesome faucet with three stars because; its aerator is tucked inside the nossle of the faucet. The only hint of the aerators presence are these tiny and I mean TINY drop down finger turn grips that normally are somewhat reccessed inside the faucet nossle housing. Here's my problem in Maryland we have hard water. Hard water has minerals desolved in solution that is water. Over time mineral deposits in the water build up in the aerator requiring it to be cleaned out. The threads of the aerator also get caked with lime and other minerals over time making removal of the aerator a challenge.

For a faucet with a large external aerator one pair of plyers and an old rag to prevent scratches and the aerator is easily removed, cleaned and replaced. If you buy this Moen faucet removing its hidden aerator for occassional needed cleaning promises to be a total amd utter beast. Once that hidden aerator is caked up with lime and other minteral deposits that are effectively like STONE, it will be difficult to remove. Yes I love the lines and the beauty of this facuet but honestly the Moen designers forgot that beauty must also be easy to maintain or else its just so much more crappy thankless hard work. I brought the faucet because, I'll just replace the hidden original aerator with an external aerator. Oh yeah an aerator external destroys the ultra clean look but my little aerator upgrade insures this Moen faucet very servicable.

I am NOT saying do not buy this faucet because; I think it is a work of art that will make any kitchen look beyond grand. I am saying buy this Moen kitchen faucet with your eyes wide open to its aerator issue. If you have water softening equipment in your home or hard water is NOT an issue in your area then this is the kitchen faucet most awesome. I love this faucet I just hate its hidden aerator. I am not a fan of the current way engineers like hiding things. I loved the world better when things were loud, obvious and vulgar. Hey they don't call me THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF for nothing, I love things loud and obvious. As for vulgar one man's vulgar is another man's SWEET!


Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)
Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)
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4.0 out of 5 stars WELFARE WAS A FLAWED CONCEPT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THE IDEA OF PAYING PEOPLE TO BE BONE IDLE WAS & IS JUST PLAIN STUPID, April 5, 2014
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No I am not a rabid conservative but, I do think myself a reasonable man. Pay able bodied people to sit home and collect a check and you encourage sloth simple as that. Also fashion a captialist economic system that is unable to provide the number of living wage jobs needed to employ those wanting to work and you create the logical needs based foundation that supports the concept of "Welfare!" Both sides contribute to the disgrace that is welfare. On one side we have the super rich who now have so much money thay can never spend it all. On the other hand we have hard working honorable US citizens toiling away at dead end, low paying minimum wage jobs that make life so hard its just a hint above slavery. Walfare is the admission that while capitalism is a far better system than communism it has its serious flaws. Thw gap between the rich and poor continues to grow. The working poor are increasingly being treated like modern day slaves who suffer long hours, abusive labor practices insisted on by greedy ruthless corporations who would see the streets run red with blood just to make another dollar profit on the bottom line.

Welfare is an ugly truth made neccessary by the failings of capitism in the area of wealth distribution. Welfare is so often seen as a program for the poor when in fact it is a program that aid's the rich corporations. Only because of welfare can today's mega corporations afford to pay the minimum slave wages that maximize profits at the expense of hard working class people. Huge corporations and their disgusting ugly fat cat slob investors are getting rich off the blood and suffering of the working poor. Welfare is a sick system but, let's be clear on who reaps its rewards. A person ellegible for food stamps, section 8 housing or TANIF is hardly living the life of a QUEEN Welfare or otherwise. The true Queens of the Welfare Rackets are the corporations who rake in huge profits by paying employees so little in wages that they and their families qualify for entitlements mean to help the poorest of the poor in our nation.

Oh yes Welfare is a disgrace but their are many reasons and many vilians in the welfare mess and they are not always those you most suspect. Welfare has a corportate purpose in addition to functioning as a safety net for the poor. If corporations were forced to pay a living wage there would be no need for the disgrace of welfare as we know it. It is true welfare robs able bodied working people of the dignity that comes only with work, but corporate greed robs a hard working person of the respect that is owed a person who puts in an honest days hard work. Welfare is a two edged sword both edges cut equally deep in liberal and conservative scared cows. The book lays bare the foolish ideas that are the foundation of the USA's welfare state. Why Americans Hate Welfare is also a book about corporate greed run amuck and how walfare is part of the cost of doing business for those who mega corporate giants that grow fat by paying low skilled workers slave wages. Americans Hate Welfare true but we all know Americans hate higher prices that come with paying a living wage even more the book explores these concepts and does a reasonable but far from perfect job of it.


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