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Old 07-12-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I just picked up a free Kindle book this morning - look at the topic, LOL

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"The Planner by Alexander Swann

Kris Mitchell is a victim of the economic downturn. Then, just when she has almost given up hope for a better future, an opportunity presents itself for her to become a Level 1 Planner for a newly created federal agency that will implement the Retire America Act of 2013.

After persuading her own aging parents to sign over all of their assets, Kris learns that the government’s plan to confiscate the wealth and property of America’s retirees in exchange for lifelong care in the Smart Seniors community has some serious downsides."
I have no idea if it is any good - haven't read it yet - it may be worth exactly what I paid for it. But I thought someone else in here might be interested
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I just finished it and bought the sequel. The author recounts the adventures of a former real estate broker who takes employment with the federal government as her last hope in an increasingly dystopic society. She begins as a naive dope but begins finally to understand.

Those of us who have dealt with government careerists will definitely appreciate this work. It's free for Kindle users; it's easily worth the price for others
OK, I read it and will not bother with the sequel.
It could have been a good story, but the characters spoke in huge info-dumps. All of the 'bad guys' were cardboard. The main character was 'a naive dope' way past my tolerance.
The author has no story-telling abilities at all.

IMO.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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My summer reading includes a biography: "The Importance Of Being Constance" by Joyce Bentley. I's about the lady who became Mrs. Oscar Wilde, Constance Lloyd. Often overlooked and/or dismissed because of her husband's fame (and "infamy") and brilliance, Constance was a fascinating creature in her own right. She was a great intellect and a proto-feminist .
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Are you still using my fitness pal?
No, I am not. Fell behind with inputting info. Maybe I will start back again.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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No, I am not. Fell behind with inputting info. Maybe I will start back again.
Understandable you have had a lot going on
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Thank you, Tuborg -you are always so kind.

I have lost 8 lbs so that is a little something, lol.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Sometimes no good turn goes unpunished:

This morning in the California Forum I was favorably impressed by a poster who had apologized to someone who felt insulted by one of her posts, so I made the following comment:

"Although this matter is none of my business, I have enormous respect for you because of your decision to apologize. The ability to apologize is a mark of good character, in my opinion."

That was the entirety of my post. Well guess what? Instead of just gracefully acknowledging my comment with a brief thanks (or just letting it go without any commentary at all), the person whom I had tried to compliment had to find a way to be snarky and stick her knife in.

What is it with all the generalized hostility out there?

Edited to add: Within the last few days a poster in the Economics Forum said he was "praying" for a total world-wide economic collapse. What kind of misanthropy would permit someone to wish for abject suffering for hundreds of millions of people? Perhaps, of course, he didn't really mean it and it was a troll post. But with some of those people I get the impression they really do mean it!

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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This morning in the California Forum I was favorably impressed by a poster who had apologized to someone who felt insulted by one of her posts, so I made the following comment:

"Although this matter is none of my business, I have enormous respect for you because of your decision to apologize. The ability to apologize is a mark of good character, in my opinion."

That was the entirety of my post. Well guess what? Instead of just gracefully acknowledging my comment with a brief thanks (or just letting it go without any commentary at all), the person whom I had tried to compliment had to find a way to be snarky and stick her knife in.

What is it with all the generalized hostility out there?

I can top that one, LOL. A poster in that same forum who posted there today took it upon her sweet self to send me a nasty snarky DM about comments I had made to another poster in an attempt to express my feelings about his sad account of a miserable upbringing. To top it off, this poster blocked me from replying to her stupid DM. THAT is the height of cowardice. Hostility comes in many forms.

IOW, try to be nice (as you were) and that's what you sometimes get. Sorry that happened to you.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I can top that one, LOL. A poster in that same forum who posted there today took it upon her sweet self to send me a nasty snarky DM about comments I had made to another poster in an attempt to express my feelings about his sad account of a miserable upbringing. To top it off, this poster blocked me from replying to her stupid DM. THAT is the height of cowardice. Hostility comes in many forms.

IOW, try to be nice (as you were) and that's what you sometimes get. Sorry that happened to you.
NewEnglandGirl, I received your DM but could not reply to it because you receive DM's from friends only. To all others: Newenglandgirl and I discovered that we were talking about the SAME snarky poster! It's a small world!
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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NewEnglandGirl, I received your DM but could not reply to it because you receive DM's from friends only. To all others: Newenglandgirl and I discovered that we were talking about the SAME snarky poster! It's a small world!
Sigh, yes. In order to avoid the snarky DMs from this poster, I've had to go back to accepting DMs only from friends. So, folks, if you wanna be a friend...send me a request. If you pass my little test, you'll be in!

(test: no putting down others)
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Sigh, yes. In order to avoid the snarky DMs from this poster, I've had to go back to accepting DMs only from friends. So, folks, if you wanna be a friend...send me a request. If you pass my little test, you'll be in!

(test: no putting down others)
Oops! I may have failed already but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Come to think of it, we're already friends!
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