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February 21, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (2/21/17) Workin' Edition

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Paid family leave: Paid leave for fathers, too, please.

Fathers are much more likely to report wanting to work full time than mothers, but they are also twice as likely to report that they spend too little time with their children. If men are serious about wanting to play a larger role in childcare while earning a decent income, they need the workplace flexibility necessary to tend to both work and family needs. Paid paternity leave can play an important role here. Fathers who take time off work at and around childbirth are more likely to be involved in childcare later in the child’s life. Children whose fathers are more involved in their early years perform better than those with fathers who are less involved on a variety of measures, including improved language skills, cognitive test scores, and social development.

The ONT would like to know how this will affect productivity and who is going to pay for this leave?

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Quotes of The Day


Quote I

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well. Horace Walpole


Quote II

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. Doug Larson


Quote III

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


President Trump revokes Obama rules on coal mining.


The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December.

The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution undoing a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies.


While you are at work, do you get kicked? Spit on? Meet paramedic Jennie.

The drunken monk was more or less non-violent, but not every patient is. Cubitt has been kicked, punched and bitten on the job. She has suffered black eyes — she refers to them as enduring eye “make-up” — split lips and had her private parts grabbed, more than once, including by a man she was administering oxygen to.

Paramedic Jennie might have a tough gig. But, it's not one of the worst jobs, evah.

In case you are a Never Trumper and want to leave. Can you pass the Australian citizen test?

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The ONT Musical Interlude


Dolly Parton has #1 hit in the USA.

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Tonight's science lesson. Trying to build a vacuum chamber.


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She's back, ShoeOnHead. Everything is a feminist issue.

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So you think astronauts have a cool job? They do except for one small hangup. No Valu-Rite in outtaspace.

Travelling thousands of miles above the Earth, into the great inky unknown, is hard work. It’s stressful and scary. So why shouldn’t astronauts treat themselves to an end-of-Earth-day cocktail to unwind?
Unfortunately for space explorers looking to wet their whistle, consuming alcoholic beverages is widely prohibited by the government agencies that send them to places like the International Space Station.


Winter is coming to an end in the Upper Midwest. Pipelines in North Dakota to commence. Who will blink first, the protesters or The State of ND?

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

They aren’t deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must leave by Wednesday or face possible arrest. They’re determined to remain and fight a pipeline they maintain threatens the very sanctity of the land.


The anti-gunners are angling for your guns in a different way.The new public health issue. Suicide.

Because both criminal violence and gun rights have become contentious political topics, research on the health and safety aspects of gun ownership in the US is barely funded. In fact, many have questioned whether it should be studied at all. But Northeastern University's Matthew Miller used a talk at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to argue that there's an area where the data shows a clear link between gun access and public health and that this topic reveals some hints as to how to better manage safety.

The issue in focus is suicide.


Accountants, enrolled agents and bookkeepers. Your jobs may be in jeopardy. Robots on the march.

More than 2 million people were employed as accountants, bookkeepers, and auditors in 2015. Until now, these types of information-oriented professions have resisted automation because they require managing unstructured data emanating from the real world, making judgments, and dealing with actual people. What’s different now, however, is that artificial intelligence’s perceptive capabilities have improved. Machines can now handle images, sounds, and text in a way that enables them to ingest and analyze data at high volume, without making costly mistakes. Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.

If we are to eliminate those jobs, The ONT would prefer to see the flat tax implemented.


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Not only did his actions leave a mark or three. He also won Genius Award.


A rookie dispatcher is Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.


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