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Pet Peeve | Rated: Up
They're using TOTAL voter registration which includes inactive status voters. That tends to understate turnout and hurts Johnson County the most because we have the most most mobile population and the most Inactive voters. Using Active status only is a more accurate picture. To repeat myself: Inactive does NOT mean what a staffer would call "a weak voting D." It means "post office reports they have moved away" and is a preliminary step to cancellation.
When I initially saw the news story about this audit, my first thought was to wonder whether the savings might have come from not providing needed services or not providing them well. Then I thought "surely this audit has addressed that issue in detail." Instead, that issue wasn't addressed at all??? "Half-baked" is a generous assessment. Apparently this raw mess never even saw the inside of the oven.
As a former Disability Representative, the "age education, work experience" are definite considerations for SSA disability. A older (50+) claimant with less than a "high school education" with only "adurous" work experience is considered a winnable SSA claim. Older, uneducated claimants aren't expected to be able to learn, to proficiency, a new skill. As part of the "vocational" expert's testimony during a ALJ hearing, the burden of proof is on the vocational expert's ability to show jobs in the national economy that the claimant could perform given the claimant's medically documented disabilities. I've never been in a ALJ hearing that the vocational expert was able to win the argument of successful "transferable jobs" given the Age + education + arduous labor combination. Many people who have been awarded Workman's Compensation claims automatically apply for disability benefits. The only upside that I read was the lower Workmans Compensation awards would be easier to prove the spend down of the award while applying for SSA benefits. Not much of a upside but I hope this helps some of your readers! Shame on Peter Crowie, Terry Branstad and the Iowa GOP for passing another law that hurts working Iowans
Ouch | Rated: Up
This is very valuable stuff, though not nearly as much fun as it was reading in various places about a blue wave a few weeks ago. Thank you.
I first saw it when I found it growing close to my house soon after moving in. I've been trying to keep the local population going ever since. It does seem to be subject to foliar diseases sometimes, like other members of the cucumber family, and it doesn't grow well close to my house every year. So I try to scatter the seeds in varying places The big seeds look like giant watermelon seeds. They don't fall out of the fruits after the fruits dry out, but slide out while the fruit is still bright green. The bottom of the green fruit splits opens suddenly one morning, and if the seeds aren't collected quickly afterward, they slide out of the pod, coated with thin slick liquid, fall to the ground, and seem to disappear because they are mottled brown against mottled brown soil. The slick coating probably helps them slide through foliage to the ground surface. I completely agree with Beth Lynch about the appeal of this plant. Leaves, flowers, tendrils, pods, it's all beautiful and interesting. The flowers smell good, too. I've read a few complaints about wild cucumber online because it is such an enthused climber when it's doing well. But it would be much easier to tear down wild cucumber vines than woody vines, and it doesn't harm the plants it climbs on like many invasive exotic vines do. (Asian bittersweet, I'm looking at you.) As a final appealing feature, the dried fruits of wild cucumber in autumn look like lacy pantaloons. If I had known about this plant as a child, I would have been fascinated and wanted it to grow all over our backyard. Come to think of it, I feel that way now:-).
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