Until the building has been carefully examined by structural engineers, it's not going to be possible to know how much the repairs are going to cost, or how quickly they can be realistically completed. The stone didn't burn, but it may have been damaged and weakened by the heat of the fire. And of course those big holes in the vault have compromised the structural integrity of the vault, but i don't think we know just how badly yet.
Of all the incomes that should be exempt from taxes, the massive windfall of a lottery win - which involved no actual production or toil in any way - isn't among them. Why on Earth anyone thinks that exemptions are important so a lottery winner can have $800+ million instead of a 'mere' $600 million is beyond me.
Yes, yes, we all would be happy of states magically ran without revenue. But they don't.
Personally, I love lotteries - they're nothing more than voluntary forms of taxation for people who are bad at math.
Fuchsbau, January 9, 2019 at 4:46 PM
It would help if you named some of the topics where this happens. I don't think I've ever experienced what you're referring to -
A couple of examples...
I recently noticed that the music streaming service on someone's TV was different and asked when it changed. After being asked what the heck I was talking about, I pointed out all kinds of differences from the old service and in reply was told that it was just a different channel. I tried to explain the difference between a "different channel" and a "different service" and was treated like I was insane for even suggesting there was anything different.
Another time, I was in the backseat of a car. The front passenger insisted we needed to be over one lane in order to remain on the highway. Knowing the roads very well, I said it wasn't necessary and was promptly argued with. The driver changed lanes all the same. As we approached the interchange, I pointed outside showing that our original lane continued the same way we were going. However, she couldn't hear me over her continued insistence of how wrong I was.
To stop halfway across a bridge and stare down into the flowing water below and to be overwhelmed by this feeling of, well, you know, something pretty kinda heavy and deep and - well - important in a metaphysical sort of way that probably really matters and that fills you with this brimming sort of sense of your place in the universe and you hope you still feel this way tomorrow at work, or at least until you've explained it to your spouse
Do you ever experience what I like to think of as an "impossible conversation?" By this, I mean a situation where you are trying to explain a very basic, simple concept to someone and they just look at you like you have three heads and suggest that you are making absolutely no sense whatsoever. This may be accompanied by a raised voice.
I've gotten to a point where I know when to give it up, but I still have a hard time keeping the aggravation out of my voice as they fail to understand me. Anybody know people who do this? How do you usually deal with it?
So this chat bot thing at the bottom of the screen needs to go. As much as I enjoy eavesdropping on the mysterious chat people, I just typed out a long post in another thread and accidentally hit the chat bot before I posted it and it brought up the chat room and when I went back to the thread everything I had typed was erased. And now I'm annoyed and dont think I'll retype it