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Metals.com scam

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Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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How America is anthropomorphizing pets and abandoning babies

How America is anthropomorphizing pets and abandoning babies

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  • Provocative thesis, and I take his broad point about our Pet Industrial Complex. But the writer is creating a false comparison here. It's very true that we have an inferior daycare/childcare system that is incredibly challenging for many working-class families, and something should absolutely be done

    Provocative thesis, and I take his broad point about our Pet Industrial Complex. But the writer is creating a false comparison here. It's very true that we have an inferior daycare/childcare system that is incredibly challenging for many working-class families, and something should absolutely be done about that. And it's also true that lots of pet owners lavish all manner of indulgences on their cats and dogs.

    But it's not like if we spoiled our pets less, we'd have a better childcare system. The two things aren’t remotely interchangeable. In fact, pets aren't like kids (no matter how much pet owners try to suggest they are). Just because a company lets you bring your dog to the office doesn't mean that they could also let you bring your baby in and nothing would change.

    One other lesser note: I've met lots of militantly anti-pet people over the years, and I have to say, I don't quite get their animus. (For the record, I'm not a pet owner, so this isn't about me.) Some people wile away hours playing video games or shopping for clothes, other people take lots of over-the-top trips or buy absurdly big houses. Who cares if someone decides to spend an inordinate amount of their income and time on their pets?

    I'm not Freud, but I would hazard a guess that their violent dislike of pets actually has very little to do with pets.

  • My favorite professor at the University of Michigan, Bert Hornback, started his literature class one semester by asking who thought their dogs actually loved them. Probably half the students raised their hands. He said that if they still thought that at the end of the semester that they would probably

    My favorite professor at the University of Michigan, Bert Hornback, started his literature class one semester by asking who thought their dogs actually loved them. Probably half the students raised their hands. He said that if they still thought that at the end of the semester that they would probably be in danger of failing. One brave soul raised his hand to challenge him. I’ll never forget Hornback stomping his foot and saying that to think a dog can love was the most craven, self-centered thing he could imagine.

  • My absolute favorite thing Pope Francis has ever said was related to this trend of choosing animals over children. Something about it just bugs me so much!

    From 2013:

    “This culture of well-being from 10 years ago convinced us: It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world

    My absolute favorite thing Pope Francis has ever said was related to this trend of choosing animals over children. Something about it just bugs me so much!

    From 2013:

    “This culture of well-being from 10 years ago convinced us: It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be care-free ... it might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or is this not? Have you seen it? Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fruitful, it does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes His church fruitful.”

  • Picked as a good example of logical fallacy and the overly convoluted millennial writing style.

  • One of the many “we really need to handle this” now topics... I don’t care how many words were due upon completion of this article. I am just glad someone given a spot light has called it out... maternity leave still out but dog leave being ushered in... just gonna nip this in the bud before someone

    One of the many “we really need to handle this” now topics... I don’t care how many words were due upon completion of this article. I am just glad someone given a spot light has called it out... maternity leave still out but dog leave being ushered in... just gonna nip this in the bud before someone says otherwise —- is not a millennial’s idea!

    The people who make decisions about our society are Gen Xers and a few of the Jonesers and Boomers left alive. So, apparently dogs and cats are a higher priority than infant humans. Every person I’ve heard say “id run over a person before an animal” has been an Xer on up.... and why someone would ask? “Because animals are innocent”. That is... quite a nasty little thought pattern ya’ll are holding on to... might want to learn to love yourself and then you’ll be able to appreciate the rest of the species a bit more... if less time was spent worrying about stray dogs and cats maaaaaybe a little more could be focused on keeping babies out of trash cans or ending child trafficking.. you get the picture...

    Any Xennials could jump in at any time now, please guys, do... jump in... annny time, NOW.... (side note) I’m getting pretty sick of 20 year olds and 33 year olds being blamed for ruining society when we have literally no say or control over mass marketing media input output establishments; let alone how the county’s budget is spent nor well, anything... yet..

    Anyway, I don’t dislike the writing of this article, it’s the content that makes me sick and the writer clearly has a lot of built up animosity for a system abandoning pregnant women and infant babies... so RAP ON!

  • Instead of advancing good sound reasoning, the writer has replaced logical argumentation with attack-language. He appeals to hypocrisy and this distracts from the argument.

    I have a story that drives his point:

    My cat’s veterinarian tried convincing me Minnie needed braces to correct a few crooked

    Instead of advancing good sound reasoning, the writer has replaced logical argumentation with attack-language. He appeals to hypocrisy and this distracts from the argument.

    I have a story that drives his point:

    My cat’s veterinarian tried convincing me Minnie needed braces to correct a few crooked teeth. I made a playful joke about other procedures open to her and she looked at me disapprovingly- the nurses whispered to each other as I left.

    There’s a cult of ludicrous behavior when it comes to animals, like the photographer who was nearly driven into bankruptcy by PETA because they believed the monkey he photographed owned the rights to his photos- they nearly ruined him.

    Companies want to offer perks for animal owners because that and the open coffee bar makes them look more seductive.

    ***in case anyone is wondering, Minnie had a few teeth filed, and although it still cost me the equivalent of at least a Babyzen Yoyo travel stroller, she’s doing great.

  • pets can be a companion & a comfort but they are NOT human. as human beings we are responsible for appropriate & ethical care of all living creatures but they are NOT human & should not be treated or viewed as such.

  • I wonder if we had to choose our guns or our children what the outcome would be, I already have the answer.

  • How strange to waste time writing about this and being so angry. Many people have lovingly cared for their children, those children grew up and now they lavish affection on a pet/s.

    Who cares? Who does it hurt? Moreover, it provides jobs and an economic boost to a sector of the economy and creates

    How strange to waste time writing about this and being so angry. Many people have lovingly cared for their children, those children grew up and now they lavish affection on a pet/s.

    Who cares? Who does it hurt? Moreover, it provides jobs and an economic boost to a sector of the economy and creates entrepreneurs who bake for, walk, pet sit and groom these pets. Just as good; Veterinarians can pay their school loans.

    Much ado about nothing, there will always be people who have children and need to work to support them; not giving pet leave won’t change that, living wages will.

  • The author's annoyingly condescending tone aside, I don't see a problem with offering a relatively small benefit that matches the needs of the company's employee demographic. Most of the companies that offer a benefit like this likely also do provide the much longer and more expensive parental leave

    The author's annoyingly condescending tone aside, I don't see a problem with offering a relatively small benefit that matches the needs of the company's employee demographic. Most of the companies that offer a benefit like this likely also do provide the much longer and more expensive parental leave benefit. Companies that do no are unlikely to start offering pet leave benefits. This isn't a national policy, so I'm really not sure why he's so worked up and overly emotional about a week or two benefit for people who adopt pets and need some time to bond with and house train them. Companies are finding lots of new ways to retain younger talent without having to increase their compensation dramatically, and this seems like a step in that direction.

  • Conflating the narrow culture of people who do treat their pets in ways that are let’s say questionable—dressing a dog in anything other than leash and collar for one-with women who do deserve better childcare, longer leaves etc.. is a funny way of focusing attention on truly important issues. But hey

    Conflating the narrow culture of people who do treat their pets in ways that are let’s say questionable—dressing a dog in anything other than leash and collar for one-with women who do deserve better childcare, longer leaves etc.. is a funny way of focusing attention on truly important issues. But hey I clicked. I read. And here I am commenting so something struck s nerve here.

  • Wow! Hey Matthew, I think you either really need a shrink, or you really need to get laid! Someone with so much disdain for people who care about their pets is a waste of creative and productive time. I raised a daughter in a lovely home with my wife and we all enjoyed sharing our time and attention

    Wow! Hey Matthew, I think you either really need a shrink, or you really need to get laid! Someone with so much disdain for people who care about their pets is a waste of creative and productive time. I raised a daughter in a lovely home with my wife and we all enjoyed sharing our time and attention with several pets over the years. Our favorite is the Border Collie on my profile picture - Carmen. 15 wonderful years spent with an animal who gave you unconditional love and feelings of happiness that we still feel today 2 years since we had to put her down.

    We never lavished tons of $ on her, but gave her plenty of attention. Her gift to us was joy - something I sincerely think is lacking in your life!

    Too bad - I’ll bet you voted for Hillary, didn’t you??!! Figures!

  • We seem to be heading into a post-Trump period where choosing a pet over children seems similar to choosing opinion over facts. There’s a me-me-me feel to all this.

  • It’s just like reprimanding your kids for wasting their leftovers pointing out there are many kids starving in Africa; whether your kids eat or not, it won’t help anything in Africa. Likewise, whether some IT company workers get pawtanity leave or not, it won’t change anything for mothers who can’t get

    It’s just like reprimanding your kids for wasting their leftovers pointing out there are many kids starving in Africa; whether your kids eat or not, it won’t help anything in Africa. Likewise, whether some IT company workers get pawtanity leave or not, it won’t change anything for mothers who can’t get maternity leave at their workplace.

  • It seems quite odd & perhaps wrong for this leave. As seen with Katrina people didn't leave, often because of pets. I'd rather see leave allowed for when the animal is sick. It's heartbreaking & I strongly feel it's more appropriate. People can't afford to have kids, so many aren't. This is up to them

    It seems quite odd & perhaps wrong for this leave. As seen with Katrina people didn't leave, often because of pets. I'd rather see leave allowed for when the animal is sick. It's heartbreaking & I strongly feel it's more appropriate. People can't afford to have kids, so many aren't. This is up to them. I'm fairly sure that as Millennials age more of them will change their minds and have a child. I had my boys late. It's not unheard of.

  • Matthew Walther references pet-leave benefits at a marketing firm but does not tell us about their maternity or paternity policy. While I agree that two weeks leave for a pet purchase is absurd I cannot condemn them so long as they offer decent benefits in other areas. It's not a case of "either-or"

    Matthew Walther references pet-leave benefits at a marketing firm but does not tell us about their maternity or paternity policy. While I agree that two weeks leave for a pet purchase is absurd I cannot condemn them so long as they offer decent benefits in other areas. It's not a case of "either-or". Argue that America lags behind Denmark, Germany and Canada when it comes to child care benefits: the facts are there. Argue that some segments of society have distorted values: make your case. Hey-Americans have no universal health care and pay on an individual basis yet some opt for health insurance for their pets. I don't think Walther presents a balanced case but he sure writes well.