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Yeah labor rights have slowly been eroded away for a while now. The default for all states is at-will employment meaning an employer can dismiss employees at any time for any reason without warning as long as it isn't illegal (firing someone due to race, religion etc). There are some federal protections and about half of the states have their own protections. However for the most part these are protection from somewhat extraordinary circumstances like whistle blowing, refusing to sign off on faulty manufactured goods or generally refusing to put lives at risk with your work. Even in these cases the burden of proof falls on the employee to show they were not fired in good faith.

Beyond those circumstances most states are fine with employers having just cause. So you want to fire the guy who's been there 30 years solely because he makes too much and hiring three college graduates would be cheaper? Some states have protections against this but if the employer can show just cause, declining performance, bad attitude, tardiness and so on they can be terminated. Of course you can argue it makes sense to get rid of bad employees, but the company doesn't necessarily have to show the employee is performing poorly compared to other employees. Being late a couple days a month may be par for the employees but if you show that one guy is doing it you can fire him and keep the others. It would be up to the fired employee to realize how his performance compared to others and file a lawsuit. Most likely it won't happen and employers will have a lot of tricks to subvert it. If he was a supervisor his performance was held to a higher standard, since he earned more he was held to a higher standard.

Basically all corporations and many large companies these days expect you to be grateful you are simply employed at a basic level. They can and will replace you the moment they figure out there's a cheaper option. On top of all that consider we're basically the only developed nation without mandatory vacation time or maternity leave. Employees who have vacation time are conditioned to feel a ton of guilt over using it and so most people let it go to waste. Most women need to subsidize their maternity leave with their vacation days and/or short term disability leave. Few companies offer paternity leave so men will use vacation time to take a few days or a week off then go right back to the 60+ hour work week.

My wife is Polish and has an EU passport. Any job opportunities for an Excel VBA developer in Europe?

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EU treaty rights gets you anywhere in Europe comfortably. Dublin is probably your best bet.

I have a friend like this.

Initially I hated it too, but after spending more time with her I came to realise just how shitty it is to be that pretty when you're looking for something serious.

Every guy wants to go out with her which sounds great, but that "wanting to go out with her" has absolutely nothing to do with any sort of mutual interests, personality click, long term compatibility, shared vision of the future.

All those guys are thinking I'll do anything to go out with her including pretending to be someone they're not. How do you judge a relationship when someone is acting that hard?

They project their idea of the perfect mate onto her because she looks perfect and then it all explodes because they're miserable and she doesn't live up to their imaginary hype. It's messy and horrible.

Yes your friend will find dates more easily but the important longer term stuff will be just as difficult if not more so than for someone on the average end of the spectrum.

Also of you force paying of health insurance in your country then employers are going to hire people in another country which means less jobs for your own people

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That's bullshit.

Theres three options:

1) no healthcare at all for anyone in the country - you'll have a sick workforce who are constantly calling out either on their own behalf or to take care of family with untreated chronic conditions.

2) healthcare paid for however.

Option 1 is a nightmare for everyone so it's gonna be option 2 - healthcare.

Once there's healthcare companies are paying for it either through direct corporate tax, tax paid by their employees, or their employees are buying private health insurance so they need to pay their employees higher wages.

What matters is the total cost of healthcare and last time I checked the US is paying far more per person then any other country, wherever it hits the balance sheet it's costing companies a crap ton of money.

They won’t know it’s you, call the cops. Why not? No more parties

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Because he could end up in even shittier foster care if the cops decide his mom, the house owner, is in some way responsible for the weed. Mom could also end up in shit, especially if a vengeful 17 year old feels like pushing it.

Everyone seems to be keen to jump on the somethings fishy bandwagon, and trust your gut if tgats where its leading you . ..

But honestly what you're describing isn't that unusual. My husband and I were not dissimilar when I met him.

Hubbie didn't, and still doesn't, really like to do much in the evenings after work. We'd often meet for dinner midweek and he'd head home afterwards, usually just a dinner a week. I also never went to his place if his flatmate was there.

The explanation's were clear in his case.

A socially awkward, clean freak flatmate. Worth putting up with the flatmate due to cheap rent, the cleaning side, good location, and the flatmates extensive travel requirements at his job meaning we generally had the place to ourselves 2+ weeks a month.

The lack of midweek hanging out was early morning training + a stressful job + he's a morning person + he's never liked stuff after work in the evenings.

He always prioritised me, we talked everyday, I met and hung out with all his friends regularly, I was in his place regularly, we travlelled to meet family, we took holidays together, he was clearly not hiding anything on any level.

Do you have that stuff?

I didn't particularly like the distance but after a year we moved in together and all of the issues we had tgat were similar to yours disappeared. That's 4 years, a house purchase, wedding and baby ago now.

I saw somewhere she was actually conceived before marriage and then was born "early!"

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Itd be pretty early. A full term baby, born 11th August would be conceived Mid November.

And how does he do it?

Calls his mate Putin and gets the Russian hacked/spied/surveilled information.


Background: We're coming up on one year trying. I'm 37 soon. Hubby is early 40s. Conceived twice before very quickly. (1 Miscarriage, 1 baby). Toddler is now nearly 2.

The miscarriage was pre-baby, and after that I had a cyst removed which also removed 1 fallopian tube. Got pregnant next cycle.

We've gone for tests, everything normal. Am ovulating & regular, healthy sperm etc. Only thing off is v low amh which is apparently associated with the ovarian surgery.

I'm 9dpo today, haven't tested but don't feel like I'm pregnant.

There are two options.

1) Have an ultrasound to make sure my tube is clear 2) Skip straight to IVF.

Option 1 - is cheap, easy but needs 1 month of no trying and it feels like there's no point doing it unless we give it a month or three after to see if even the checking helps, and then that's potentially just wasting more time. On the other hand I feel like a blocked tube is a pretty good potential explanation for the lack of pregnancy.

Option 2 - is IVF and all that entails. Can't even remember what the clinic said about when to call them to start. Probably looking at September now?

Do we need a cycle off trying before/leading up to IVF anyway? When do they usuallt start drugs (i will ask doc later today but need to brain dump) Maybe I could just do the ultrasound thing and go straight to IVF in September. No time wasted but covered if rd 1 IVF doesn't work.

Any thoughts? Comments?


I really hesitate to weigh in on this. Maybe the folks at r/stilltrying might have a little more knowledge to speak to this?

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Original Poster2 points · 14 days ago

I'm hesitant to ask on the other subs because of the history of easy pregnancy. Reading up a bit more on hsg, seems like the doc is being over cautious in saying no trying that month. I may re-clarify on that one.

Honestly, i know people who have gotten an HSG and none were ever told to wait. If anything, I've heard it may boost fertility a little bit

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Original Poster1 point · 14 days ago

It definitely boosts fertility.

I checked the paperwork and it very clearly says to wait until next period. . . But I’m in Ireland and it may be related to legal caution because of the 8th amendment*

*8th amendment banned abortion until we overturned it this year but new legislation covering the area has yet to be passed. Banning abortion affects women who want to be pregnant too.

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When I had my son that was my first symptom.

Warning though, if he's right and you're that tired now your chances of it being pregnancy long are high.

Thought experiment here.

You got a faint positive last Friday and basically a negative on Thursday.

FRER tests suggests they can pick up a HCG as low as 6.5.

Let's say you were at 8 on Friday, a little over 6.5 but reasonable considering the neg/Very barely positive on Thursday.

That would put you at 16 on Sunday and 32 on Tuesday.

Your HCG is pretty much exactly where you should expect it to be.

They've left out the new planned station between Ashtown and Broombridge.

And they found the Republicans deep dark secrets which they're using to blackmail them. It explains lots of the roll overs in support of trump.

Me neither. Last summer I worked on a remote construction project. When the PM was ordering port-a-potties, he insisted we need 2 because one had to be ladies. I was the only woman on the job.

I just had to laugh, didn’t even know what to say to that. I mean, we needed 2 anyway, just for the number of guys on the crew, so there was no point in arguing at that point.

But then he had “Men” and “Women” signs made to stick on them. I think they got shoved in a drawer and forgotten.

The whole thing was such a joke, but the guy was adamant.

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Having also worked as the only woman on site, I thoroughly enjoyed having my own private toilet. Bigger site though and the men’s was gross.

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Ya maybe because one got 99% use and the other 1%. Doesn't every custodian on here always say the women's bathroom are always the worst?

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That and the fact that we were working on site and that was a particularly mucky one and it was a wet year. We were digging through a historic landfill from the 1930s.

As an engineer I could avoid the worst of it and my personal toilet, used as you observe by 1 person vs 10+/toilet in the gents, was comparatively ungross.

Work out the total cost of each of your monthly expenses as they stood. Agree on a % reduction then set it up so you each get that amount of money in an account/cash.

Let her work it out from there.

Why can you not go to Derry?

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You can as of last year.

Think about The Greater Dublin Area.

Whilst not being part of the city, a large area outside Dublin benefits from its amenities. Hospitals. Universities etc etc.

Now look at Derry. It is place right up against the border. It should be the city that serves the entire North West Region. It has an impeccable Cancer Centre in Altnagelvin Hospital. But people living in Donegal, less than an Hour away have to travel to Galway or Dublin to get Cancer treatment.

Derry, Strabane and Letterkenny combined would be a major city Region in the country and the entire area, including the surrounding counties of Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh would all benefit.

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The irish government part funded a huge investment in the Derry cancer centre which opened in the last year or two. The investment was specifically to allow for cross border health services.

Brexit may throw a large spanner it that long and horrifically difficult to negotiate project.

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Never forget: In the early days of the investigation in March 2017, this is how Devin Nunes - yet to be revealed as a Trump stooge - began a line of questioning. Weird, eh?

NUNES: Admiral Rogers, first I wanna go to you. On January 6th, 2017, the intelligence community assessment assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections, stated that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.

So my question as of today, Admiral Rogers, do you have any evidence that Russia cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan?

ROGERS: No I do not, but I would highlight we are a foreign intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization. So it would be fair to say, we are probably not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.

NUNES: How about the state of Pennsylvania?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of Wisconsin?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: State of Florida?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of North Carolina?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of Ohio?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: So — so you have no intelligence that suggests, or evidence that suggests, any votes were changed?

ROGERS: I have nothing generated by the national security industry, sir.

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That last answer isn't a no. He has seen something, it's just not generated by his org.

Matt Green (JHU professor, black hat conference presenter) hacked voting machines back in 2002 but no one paid any fucking attention.

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The Russians clearly did.

Just as a reminder, Nazi Germany first removed Jewish citizenship, and this was in 1935, about 2 years after the Nazis took power, and 6-7 years before the Holocaust was begun in earnest.


At their annual party rally held in Nuremberg in September 1935, the Nazi leaders announced new laws which institutionalized many of the racial theories prevalent in Nazi ideology. These "Nuremberg Laws" excluded German Jews from Reich citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of "German or German-related blood." Ancillary ordinances to these laws deprived them of most political rights. Jews were disenfranchised (that is, they had no formal expectation to the right to vote) and could not hold public office.

They also purged people with differing political positions from civil service roles:

The first major law to curtail the rights of Jewish citizens was the "Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service" of April 7, 1933, according to which Jewish and "politically unreliable" civil servants and employees were to be excluded from state service.

That should sound pretty familiar, since last week we heard about Trump loyalists at VA shuffling, purging employees before new secretary takes over:

Ahead of Robert Wilkie’s likely confirmation to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump loyalists at the agency are taking aggressive steps to purge or reassign staff members perceived to be disloyal to President Trump and his agenda for veterans, according to multiple people familiar with the moves.

All great world-historic facts and personages appear twice... The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

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So we can expect marriage based visas to be significantly curtailed soon, especially if you're a national of the wrong country. May already be happening, but the numbers haven't been put together yet.

Disenfranchisement is widespread, carried out through drug laws (arrest everyone at a party), plea bargaining (you can spend a year awaiting trial in this shithole hoping the judge listens as you're innocent, or you can accept a felony conviction, time served and leave now) and add felon voting laws = hundreds of thousands of poor people who couldn't post bail and now can't vote. . . Simples

And some curtailment of rights for naturalized citizens. Perhaps an extension of the ban that applies to the role of President.

It's about positioning Ireland as the scapegoat in the minds of people who voted leave for the inevitable (and entirely foreseeable) difficulties of actually implementing the contradictions of Brexit.

It's been a narrative that has been constructed steadily for quite some time and not just in red tops.

BBC Political editor in 2017 : Brexit and the Irish border: Is all as it outwardly appears?

there is a sense building that perhaps the Irish government is playing those concerns rather harder than is justified.

The issue has in fact, so the theory goes, become the perfect "anti-UK" issue that can be waved around in the talks every now and then.

There are whispers too that the previous government in Ireland had been discussing some potential solutions to the problem but after the change in political circumstances those conversations came to an end. Wonder why?

Adam Boulton on Sky News asking Simon Coveney if the Irish Government feels 'guilty' for causing a 'kerfuffle' over the backstop back in December.

Marr and Coveney

The point is, this is a narrative positioning Ireland as a convenient scapegoat for if (and seemingly more likely when) Brexit goes absolutely tits up.

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Anti Irish sentiment makes a hard border easier and reduces the chances of soft unionists voting to leave the UK in favour of remaining in the EU (via reunification).

I just feel sorry for anyone trying to contend with breastfeeding a new born in those dresses.

I did a basic WordPress site for my club a few years ago. It worked great as a brochure for getting visitors in.

Biggest problem is maintenance and updating. It needs someone to tweak it and add new stuff on a semi-regular basis and no one else was interested/had the skills.

Second biggest problem was confusion with so many platforms. There was toasthost which we used for somethings, and then people had to go to the main toastmasters page for other stuff and when you a group of tech phobic that's impossible. Even for tech confident people it's still inefficient, annoying and confusing. I had links but with different usernames/passwords etc that didn't help much.

A personality change that big post baby needs to be brought to a doctor, and life changes that big probably an individual therapist to process as well as the couple's stuff.

Can everybody agree right now to give this a chance and go in with an open mind? If you're going to criticize, can it please be specific and constructive.

Coz what's going to happen is they'll publish the changes, then Mary and Betty and James will get themselves in a tizzy of "it'll never work, the whole things stupid, omg the idiots" based on a half understanding of a tiny corner of it and how hoooogely they personally will be negatively impacted.

Then joe Duffy and the local pols will get involved and there'll be tinkering which f's up the whole plan, and only a quarter of it will get rolled out.

And then because such a tiny version has been rolled out in such an f'd up way everything will actually be worse and we'll all get screwed over.

Ok cool then funnel that tax money directly to them. No need for extra charges.

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The plan was used reasonable amount of water, no extra charges. Fail to fix a leaking tap, water your garden day and night etc. Pay for the water.

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