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  • Quote:" Republican elected officials need to learn to talk about immigration in an honest, fair, and reasonable way that doesn’t further offend and enrage the rapidly growing Latino segment of the electorate; second, the reason this situation needs triaging in the first place is because too many Republicans can’t seem to approach the immigration issue without pandering to a vocal contingent of racists and nativists within their base.

    // Word.

  • Quote:"His pilot qualifications do not appear to be in question — he holds the highest type of license a pilot can have, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said. However, United grounded him in August after his medical and doctoral degrees evaporated like contrails of the jets he flew. He resigned in June as an educator and researcher at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., after a credentials check revealed discrepancies, a hospital spokeswoman said.

    Doctors who worked with the 58-year-old pilot are stunned, not just at the ruse and how long it lasted, but also because many of them valued his work and were sad to see it end.

    // Captain Bogs asked "Why did United ground him"?

  • Quote:"This Christmas, having received not a single invitation to join them from family or friends – I suppose a single, childless, ageing, vegan woman plonked in their midst is not everyone’s cup of eggnog – I am going to attempt to live out the rural ideal and spend the day feeding my animals.

    I have 17 cats, all of whom worship at the altar of St Michael, my sheepdog.

    // Yeah. That sounds healthy

  • Quote:"A telling story is recounted in The Deming Guide to Quality and Competitive Position (Howard S. Gitlow and Shelly J. Gitlow, Prentice-Hall, Inc. – Englewood Cliffs, NJ – 1987, p.32) quoting a story that originally appeared in the Toronto Sun (25 April 1983):
    They’re still laughing about this at IBM.

    Apparently the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project. In the specifications they set out that the limit of defective parts would be acceptable at three units per 10,000.

    When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter. “We Japanese have hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been included and are wrapped separately. Hope this pleases.”

    // Awesome

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