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Because bad places make good storiesThe Testicle Festival Garbage City Rush Hour on a Samoan Bus Y our Boss’s Bedroom Ibiza on a Family Vacation Stonehenge The Road of Death A North Korean Gulag Fucking, Austria And 92 More! From the Grover Cleveland Service Area to the Beijing Museum of Tap Water to, of course, Euro Disney, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die brings you lively tales of the most ill conceived museums, worst theme parks, and grossest Superfund sites that you’ll ever have the pleasure of not visiting. J. Jacobs and along the way she discovers that the worst experiences are often the ones we’ll never forget.
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amyelizabeth_1 reviewed thisover 2 years ago
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when, wandering down the bookshelf aisles, you see a plethora off books that each declare that they contain the 1,001 things you just have to do, see, read, or visit before you die? If so, then Catherine Price is your girl. After having a similar experience, she decided to write a book that would help you rule out some of the things you shouldn’t see, and placed them all in a neat little book.101 Places Not to See Before You Die is a short, hilarious look at some of the places in this world that you just do not need to waste your time on. I read through all the entries in one night, and definitely marked some places off of my “too see” list. If you’re in the mood for a quick, light read, try this one on for size. 4 out of 5 stars. To be honest, she sometimes she struck me as the sort of person who nit picks every plan with obsessions about bugs and germs and whatnot but I must admit I was glad to find someone who feels the same way about Mount Rushmore that I do: “Take into account the fact that the sculptures were carved into hills considered sacred to the Lakota Sioux, and it starts seeming less like a testament to the American spirit and more like an example of us acting like jerks.”All in all, a fun and quick read. A great book to take along when you know you’re going to have a wait and can’t afford to get deeply involved in its pages. A doctor’s office, or the DMV, for instance. The latter of which is featured in this book.3 Million to Lose Jobless Benefits
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) Kerstin Foster depends on her $430 weekly unemployment check to make her rent, car payment and electricity bill. That why she worried about being cut off at the end of the year.
Foster, 45, is a single mom raising a 12 year old son in Naugatuck, Conn. She was laid off in January from a civil engineering construction job, but believes she close to landing a new job. She also knows it could still be a few more months before she is actually hired.
That when an emergency program to help the long term unemployed like Foster will expire. During the Great Recession of 2007 2009, when the unemployment rate climbed to more than 10%, the government extended federal benefits to jobless Americans, whose state unemployment insurance had run out.
Those benefits have been either extended or expanded 11 times, since being first enacted in June 2008. The last time was in Jan. 2, as part of a measure to avert the cliff. federal unemployment insurance benefits kick in after a person state benefits run out, and range between 14 to 47 weeks, depending on the state.
Only residents in Nevada and Illinois have access to the maximum 47 weeks, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group. Most states have cut back unemployment benefits, as employment has picked up. The national unemployment rate was at 7.3% in October.
Unemployed Americans have already felt the pinch of government cuts. This past summer, thanks to forced spending cuts from the so called sequester, all federal unemployment benefits were trimmed by about $42 each week, to $256. As a director of food services for a nursing home he made $80,000 a year.
He now works a few hours a day helping the disabled, making $10.25 an hour. Working part time has also reduced his unemployment benefits to about $300 a week. Next month, even those hours will be cut, so he has another part time job lined up at Macy to work the holiday sales.
He worried about the Dec. 28 cuts.
really don think Congress understands that ending the benefits in December is going to have a very big impact on a lot of people, said Digricoli, whose wife also works two jobs.
On their tight budget, he worries if he will be able to afford Christmas presents for his 15 year old son.
The cost to extend the federal benefits by another year is about $25 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Democrats support the extension.
But Republicans have been cool to the idea, noting they have yet to see a proposal. Republicans say the program was intended to be temporary and has cost $252 billion through July. That more than other unemployment insurance programs during the recessions of 2001, 1991, and 1982, according to a House Republican website.
Lately, Republicans have been pushing to trim other safety nets for the poor.
As of September, the average time that people get unemployment benefits is 37 weeks. Some 37% of the roughly 11 million people currently unemployed have been jobless for more than six months, according to NELP.
are still clear signs of a labor market in distress, said policy analyst Claire McKenna for NELP, which is supporting extending the benefits. is the only federal policy that addresses long term unemployment. Digricoli and Foster said they didn imagine they be unemployed so long.
worked my whole entire life. I never not worked. I can wait to go back to work, said Foster, as she fretted about how she was going to make ends meet without the unemployment check.
I live in Ohio I was laid off in February. I have applied not only to jobs within my experience, below and beyond I had 5 interviews within this time I not sitting at home being lazy I out there everyday, online and dropping off my resume to companies that not even hiring. Yes I worry about my rent, electric, gas ect ect ect It tough because for every one company hundreds of people are applying for the same position. So it easy for people with jobs to slander the people who are without a job I always worked since I was 14 and supported myself since I was 16 so understand that it not everyone.
Sorry, I love Christmas and right now I am waiting for SS disability. I not working can collect unemployment or even Medicaid because my husbands ss and pension. (which isn much) is too much to get help. Even growing up my dad worked 2 jobs just to make ends meet. You sit and wonder if you can afford Christmas presents especially at the ages of the kids mentioned. What you should be worried about is where your meal will come from after the benefits stop. Ask yourself I want a roof over my head or a toy for my kid that he can play with at the homeless shelter. It is only to help you while you try to get back in the work force. Once you regular benefits run out then the EU (emergenct unemployment) kicks in It is a 4 tier system. Once you are done done. But once you stop looking or loose your benifits, you are no longer part of the equastion. They are ruining peoples lives not just in Fla, but all over. You can collect it forever!!
My husband has been laid off since last march from a job making 70000 a year. I sorry, his unemployment is way more than going to work at just any fast food place. You people that say go get another job obviously don have one that pays a lot of money. Oh and by the way, my husband didn go to college and that doesn make him a bit lazy or stupid. He makes more money than a good percentage of people that did go to college. Every situation is different. U can just say someone without a degree is lazy. My husband was fighting for our country while you were gettig your degrees!
I agree with Sarah comment above. I have been unemployed since December 2012. I was a Sr. Financial Aid Officer for four years. I have never gone unemployed for longer than six months since I have been 15 yrs old. I do have an Associate Degree in Paralegal Assistance. I have been on dozens of interviews since then. I am either too qualified, or need a Bachelor Degree for what I do. Not to mention I have made some financial mistakes when I was growing up which still haunt me today (ie credit score, repossession of a car, going to college). Anyways, I have applied at fast food, gas stations, delis, colleges, restaurants, the Rocksino, and everywhere just to get a job. Nothing is working. I am not lazy and I spend 8 10 hrs a day posting resumes and searching for work whether it is online or in person via public transportation. Then my daughter gets home and it her time until 9:00 pm. I have worked for 20 yrs and have paid my taxes diligently. Why is it that when I need some help, I have to be considered lazy and on welfare?Samantha Gayle is a pretty young woman in obvious pain, torn between her slain sister, the person she loved most in the world, and her father, now on trial for beating her to death.
Just a few months ago, before their trial was set to begin, Samantha says her dad begged her to change her testimony on the witness stand. After her sister death, she had told Peel Regional Police that her dad had sent her back to Jamaica just five weeks after bringing her here because she had been The Crown alleges the same was going to happen to Tiffany.
Federick had sponsored his three children by three different mothers to come to Canada in January 2009 to join him and his wife in Brampton. Samantha was 15 at the time, Tiffany, 14, and Federick Gayle Jr. was 6.
She and Tiffany shared a bedroom and a close bond. Samantha got along well with her stepmother, but said her father had a bad temper and strict rules including an edict that they were not to use the phone. She told the jury that in Jamaica, her dad used to punish her by beating her with a belt but she warned him that in Canada, he couldn hit her or she would call 911.
Was that defiance what led to her exile?
With one day notice, she said her father sent her packing back to her mom in Jamaica, telling her only she had been Now on trial for murder, her father wanted her to retract that word.
telling me I going to testify and I had to change my statement from three years ago, she recalled him saying. said I the only person who could save him. then she hadn asked him about her sister death. He had told her that he wasn home when it happened and it was too painful to ask anything more. me, it sad, she explained to Crown attorney Carson Coughlin. person I trust the most and love the most is gone. sisters had remained in contact while she was in Jamaica and even closer when Samantha returned to Canada to live with relatives in Whitby. But it wasn easy. Tiffany had warned her not to call home because their father was now threatening to send her back. So they communicated by e mails and text messages the court has heard Tiffany would borrow her girlfriend cellphone and Samantha soon grew worried that something was wrong with her sister.
Tiffany told her sucks but wouldn elaborate. told her to keep strong, Samantha said.
Tiffany eventually confided that she was being sent back to Jamaica at the end of June but she couldn explain what was going on with her at home until they could meet face to face. Samantha said they had arranged to meet at a mall on June 13, 2010.
But there would be no meeting for the two sisters. Instead, that was the day Samantha learned Tiffany had been brutally killed.
Almost three years later, her father was about to go on trial for her murder and had driven to his older daughter church in April to ask her to retract the word so he would look better in front of the jury.
not going to lie for you, she recalled telling him.
The prosecutor asked how she felt about his shocking request.
Samantha replied. my dad the person you look to mostly to teach you the right way, tells you to lie I never expected that. trial continues.
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Samantha Gayle is a pretty young woman in obvious pain, torn between her slain sister, the person she loved most in the world, and her father, now on trial for beating her to death.