Maya Mia

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  1. "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that Republican candidate Roy Moore should end his campaign for U.S. Senate in Alabama, following allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. “I think he should step aside,” said McConnell. His comments marked the most definitive position he has taken on Moore’s candidacy since The Washington Post reported the allegations last Thursday. Asked by a reporter if he believed the allegations, McConnell responded: “I believe the women, yes.” " There must be more allegations coming out.
  2. With each shift west, better odds Irma will move over our town or very near our town. For storm surge, my town is currently estimated to get about 10 ft, we checked and we are at 17 ft elevation, and are about 0.8 miles from the intercoastal. Shelters not an option, as we can't meet the requirements. Our big girl is a very big girl (a dogue), and although we do have a crate for her, it is too large to fit in our car. So we will hopefully ride it out ok. House is boarded and shuttered already, plenty of canned and dry food, plenty of water and ice, surge not yet worrying me, my neighbors 50 ft pines coming down on my house is worrying me. We finished up early today, and my FIL's best friend purchased a house a few towns over, but hasn't moved down yet, so he is begging my hubby to go down and put up the shutters. My hubby is going to do so in the morning. My three sons are leaving here and heading to NC in a couple hours. The community is amazing - how everyone helps each other. I've seen posts on our local facebook page, that reinforces belief in humanity.
  3. Latest storm track for most probable has her coming into s.Florida directly, then going back out to sea, and riding up the east coast, but off land, then heading into GA or SC coast. This worries me as my dad lives beach front in SC, and he has medical issues and won't evacuate. I'm on the SW coast of Florida, spent all day yesterday hauling garden crap inside. But it is looking like my area won't get much (unless she moves). We are staying, and keeping fingers crossed she doesn't come west. Drove down 75 from Tampa to home yesterday morning, I 75N was a parking lot already, much of the SW coast is out of gas as well. Saw a guy being interviewed, he was pretty proud of himself that he had managed to find and buy 58 cases of water. Didn't seem to concerned that this would lead to other people not getting enough. I'm pretty sure he plans on selling in in the next few days to make a profit. On the other hand, one of the owners of the company I work for, emailed the employees who live in Florida, telling up don't worry about working this week, take care of your family and property. My supervisor lives in Charlotte, offered us a place to go. So many decent people still.
  4. I believe it is only the city of Corpus Christie that is not under mandatory evacuation, that all other cities and counties along the storm surge threat have issued mandatory.
  5. Also just saw Tom Bossert (sp?) from Homeland - not deny that immigration checkpoints are still active. He did not confirm they were still in place, but did not deny it either. There are also rumors that immigration is going into shelters for people that did evacuate. Homeland did not deny these rumors either, and he was directly asked about the rumors. I have friends in both Corpus and Houston, I hope at least my friend and his family in Corpus evacuated.
  6. I just saw the mayor of Corpus Christie explain why a mandatory evacuation was not issued. Disgusting. Basically because a mandatory evacuation declaration would trigger a variety of "things" such as evacuating hospital patients and etc. He also explained that it could hurt businesses.
  7. There was an article I read recently, think it was Washington post, about an outbreak of measles in the Somali community in MN. Wakefield recently met with the community. here in a link to the article
  8. The whole article is bad. First of all, nitrogen is not synthetically made. Nitrogen is an atom, there is no such thing as synthetic nitrogen. There are synthetically manufactured fertilizers that contain the atom nitrogen, but in the form usually of nitrates or urea. Well, most fertilizers contain these. Over fertilization, and the individual chemicals used in fertilizer is a major problem. But if you want a real discussion, link to an article that at least pretends to understand the issue. Florida, where I live, has attempted to restrict fertilizer in residential usage - but of course commercial growers are not so limited. For example, see the sugar cane growers and the effect last summer on the Treasure Coast area.
  9. Thank you. My meeting was this morning, and I have chosen to install an under the sink RO system, with the other upgrades.. It is only a 3 gallon reservoir, but can "make" up to 25 gallons per day. Biggest benefit was I can now hook up the ice maker in my fridge, instead of buying ice. My new system will involve only one pump, instead of my two, and uses hydrogen peroxide to clean out the sulfur removal system. They are installing next Wednesday. So, no more buying 20 gallons of water to drink minimum per week, plus the individual water bottles. My electric bill will drop, and I'll have much less "things" to go wrong, that I pay for to get fixed. It's a bit pricey, but I think worth to be able to get a shower without smelling like sulfur for hours afterwards. Plus we will actually have drinking water. Its kind of amazing that this day and age, people in a settled part of the state don't have decent drinkable water.
  10. We are on well water, and our current system does not produce drinkable water. Therefore we purchase water to drink, in gallons and smaller containers. We do recycle the plastic. But we are in the process of updating our water system. One option is to also install an under the sink RO system, and if we do, we would be able to drink water from that tap. My initial thought would be of course the RO system is more environmentally friendly as we would no longer be purchasing a lot of plastic. But then I was thinking about the large amount of flush water that is a by product of an RO system. Does anyone know if an RO system even with all the flush water is more environmentally friendly than purchasing water in plastic? Oh, and I have two rainwater tanks that I use to water my plants, at least my more sensitive plants. One I purchased, (60 gallons) and it has connects to one of my downspouts, and then I have a plastic drum (55 gallons) that I drilled a few holes in the lid. Overflow from the first tank goes into the drum, and I have a pump to access that water. The drum also has another hole I drilled for overflow. If you install a tank, make sure you don't forget an overflow option.
  11. But Broward is <1% reported, and Palm Beach is only 25%. Lots of votes in those two counties.
  12. Thank you. Well as expected my county is definitely red, but I'm pleased to see not as red as I thought it would be.
  13. Where are you finding by county in Florida? I'd like to see what mine is doing. No there is not, at least in every place I've lived, in 3 different states.
  14. Florida - we are an ID state, but there are about 15 different forms of ID they accept. I want to add, my sister who lives in PA, voted for the first time today, she is in her 40s.
  15. I voted about two weeks ago, had to wait about 20 min in line to get my ID checked and signature confirmed, then about 5 minutes to wait to receive my ballot, then no wait to put my ballot in the scanner. We have three lines here you go through typically to vote.
  16. I'm curious as to how you see how this industry which is quite large, is because of the people I surround myself with. Are you suggesting I give up a 26 year well paying career because they are Trump supporters? Are you saying I choose who my managers and competitors hire? Because I can absolutely guarantee you I wish there were more women and minorities in my industry. I fully believe this industry would be better off if there were. I also absolutely guarantee you that I do not enjoy being one of three women at a conference, or too many times the only woman at a work function. And my original comment referred to people all across the country, many of which work for large international companies, which tend to be headquartered in cities I don't live in.. So I'm not quite sure how that is people I am surrounding myself around.
  17. Yes there are always exceptions, and really my specific industry is dominated by college educated white men. But it is almost everybody I know in this industry. The few women are not talking (neither am I), there is one gentleman that I am pretty sure won't vote for Trump, and one LGBT who I know is a Clinton supporter. To give an idea of the demographics of my industry - a recent conference with about 100 people attending had 5 women (two were girlfriend/spouse), 1 minority (Cuban) and white men. The presentation was quite boring, so I actually counted. My point is the perception of Trump supporters are uneducated does not bear out in my life at all.
  18. I don't usually comment on the politics thread, but this particular perception - that Trump supporters are uneducated - is completely untrue in what I see in my life. The vast majority of people I know, from personal and business have stated they are voting for Trump. In my community (middle class, small coastal retirement town, Florida), there are numerous Trump/Pence yard signs, and I've not seen one Clinton/Kaine sign. In my work community, which involves people from all over this county, educated people, which all have at minimum a BS/BA, many of which are chemists, are Trump supporters. Not just voting for Trump, but actually agree with him. I've been told recently the reasons: - good business man, when I commented that he inherited his money, I was told "no he didn't, he is a self made man" This from a guy who is a high level executive manager at an international company. - he isn't politically correct - when I responded that personally, when I am about to say something, there are many words that I can choose to get my point across. So why would I choose words that are hurtful? The response was humpf. - Hillary is going to raise taxes on me. when I responded so you are making millions, wow I'm in the wrong end of this industry, the response was no she is just like that asshole obama, she is going to raise my taxes. - SCOTUS is too important, have to elect Trump. My response was you really think Trump is going to nominate someone to further your interests? No he will probably sell the nomination to the highest bidder. The response was well that is possible, but I know Hillary will nominate someone who will destroy this country - undocumented immigrants - best part of this is the business owners I know that state this reason - have hired undocumented immigrants themselves. And on and on and on. My own son has said he is voting for Trump. At least my other son isn't.
  19. My employer offered plan actually decreased a couple dollars a month this year. Ours went into effect 10/1. We have a 5,000 deductible per person but 10,000 maximum per family, so it's not too bad. Also, regular check ups as well as specialist visits have a pretty low copay. The major change for us this year was dental went up about 5 bucks a pay, and they only cover children to age 18 now. Previously they covered children on our dental to 26. As I have two that are between 18 and 26, they lost their dental coverage. But, back in 09 when I was looking for healthcare, we were offered a plan, 1,500 dollars per month. Per month! With a 7,500 deductible per person. So, i'm definitely not complaining these days.
  20. I don't mean to be insulting, so please don't take this comment this way. But honestly evacuating 3-4 days in advance just doesn't seem reasonable. Yes keep an eye on the storm. Yes 1-2 days ahead of time, secure outside objects that could go airborne. But evacuate - no. Seriously, the storms path is not that predictable this far in advance, so why take extreme action to avoid? ive been through enough storms that were a "dead hit" on my towns 12-48 hours out, where the storm made a last minute turn, and we barely got a tropical rainstorm.
  21. Please forgive me, but I find it interesting that schools in SC are closing tomorrow, while here in S. Florida it is currently business as usual. As Matthew is not even going to get close to Florida until Thursday, why would SC close schools for Wednesday? Also down here, school buses are rated to 40-45 mph winds. 30 mph is just a storm. This reminds me of back when I lived in Charlotte, and schools issued a closing on a Sunday for Monday when there was a 10% chance we would have less than 1 inch of snow overnight. Woke up that Monday morning, no snow, and actually the temp didn't dip below 40.
  22. I love my credit union, there is a minimum balance - $5.00. As for ATM fees, they have some type of agreement with both Publix and Walgreens, so if you use an ATM at either of those places, there is no fee. While Publix is local to the SE, Walgreens are pretty much everywhere. My credit union is full service, everything from loans to IRAs. Left banks for my accounts about 10 years ago, and haven't missed them one bit. But with all that, I do have my mortgage and car loan through traditional banks. One through WF (horrible horrible horrible) and the other through BBT. BBT sucks also. For example, it won't remember any non BBT account when I go to pay my bill each month. So I have to type in my routing number and checking account number each month. Minor inconvenience, but no one else doesn't allow you to build a checking account number for online bill pay.
  23. I was 18, had a job as a switchboard operator in a university. My stepmother worked for a large chemical company, and they were accepting applications for entry level lab techs in a coatings lab. I submitted an application, and according to the HR lady, who was very unhappy with me, I got the job because I was the only "girl" who applied for it. Corporate had noticed the labs were full of men and had made her hire me. At least that is what she told me. Turned out my supervisor was very good, and taught me a lot. Ended up doing that for a while, and went to school at night for chemistry. As I advanced in the labs, I found that I really enjoyed working directly with our customers, so when a sales job opened, I applied for it and was moved into that job. After a few years, in 08, during the downturn I took a VSP, and moved to the beach in Florida. When one of my previous distributors were looking to hire a sales rep in Florida, they called me, and here I am.
  24. When I first started sending my kids alone on air travel (although domestic flights only) a couple things I did. First, at least here in the US, you can still walk your kids through security, and all the way to the gate, and sit at the gate until the plane takes off, by getting an escort pass at the check in counter. Second, the kids had to change planes, as there were no direct flights. So I checked into the options and choose an airline/airport where I knew the kids would not have to change terminals, and the gate they landed in, was no more than a few gates away from the gate they would take off from.This is possible when it is an airline that only has a few gates at a certain airport. So, even though through Atlanta was the most convenient and lowest cost flight, I would not let them fly through there until they were adults. Not sure if any of this is possible, but it eased my mind the first few times. Also I had many conversations with them about what they absolutely could not joke about. As they were young teenage boys, I couldn't count on them to say what they would consider "funny" that would end up with them in jail. Even if you choose an escort service, I would still try to simplify the flight/flights as much as possible. Let chances for mistakes.
  25. And a simple refusal will result in an additional charge of resisting arrest without violence. It has happened. It held up in court. Check out the case from Hialeah, FL. A person was given an unlawful order by the police. After appeals etc, the courts determined that even though the order was unlawful, he was still wrong as police cannot be expected to know the laws. This is a bit of a simplification, but this was the essence of it. While I don't really believe that the police will shoot me, I do completely believe they will make my life a living hell through retaliation.