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  1. Never caught one, never ate one. Spotted, longnose, or alligator. I have seen some videos. Their hide is tough as hell and they are bony. The big ones, like a lot of fish, have dark streaks near the spine that you are supposed to avoid. My grandfather supposedly liked buffalo, which is similar to native carp, and po folks used to eat em all. An even more freaky looking fish, to me anyway, and a close relative, is the bowfin. Apparently, there are consumption bans on alligator gar caught in the Trinity and Lake Livingston. https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/alligator-gar/edible.phtml Of course you can catch them and the smaller species just about anywhere.
  2. The whole shadow diplomacy outside the State Department is bothersome as hell and is the primary current underlying this whole thing. I dont really think there's any statutory crime analogous to that, but I think its definitely bad business and should be impeachable. I am also kind of unsure how you "prove" it other than circumstantially.
  3. Yuupp. One of the more interesting dudes in my law school class, smart guy, good student, DIII football player, musical theater actor/singer and musician. Austin College grad. Solo down in your neck of the woods.
  4. Sidenote: I was looking at the minimum Texas HS curriculum in another context. The American History required is one semester, 1877 to present. Hmmmmmmmmm.
  5. I'm aware, I have too, although it's been a while. Before they got rigorous about disposable income and Chapter 7s, it was startling how easy it was to walk away from your debts. Credit took a hit, but it was already completely trashed. I go back and forth on whether that's appropriate or not. In my observation, Chapter 13 plans often got confirmed with a "less than contractual" payment on student loans that made the whole thing feasible. Maybe that's changed. That's what I meant by "cramdownable": reducing the amount to whatever can be satisfied in a Chapter 13 plan.
  6. The really strange thing to me is that most people who file bankruptcy aren't servicing their debts anyway, except the secured ones, if those. It's not like curtailing bankruptcy filing, or denying discharge really improves collection rates. And, of course, there's a whole shitpile of people who aren't servicing their debts and never will and don't bother to file bankruptcy. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a hard slog. It requires payment of disposable income, monthly, for a minimum of three years. I would have no problem making student debts dischargeable, or "cram-downable" in a Chapter 13. It's already pretty hard to get a discharge in a Chapter 7 for consumers, and that maaaay be appropriate. For the record, federally guaranteed student loans are dischargeable on proof of an "undue hardship." What exactly suffices for that varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and judge to judge, but it's usually more than "I can't afford them." One almost sure fire way to prove an undue hardship is a physical or mental disability arising later in life. The fees lawyers charge for personal bankruptcies are basically regulated, but doing something like attempting to discharge student loans is a significant, if narrow, litigation issue that costs more than most bankruptcy clients can afford.
  7. The question is, given PRs recent history, why wasn't someone peddling the supplies out of the warehouse?
  8. This is a good point. And, I think Harry's getting kind of suckered on this deal. He was an involuntary attention horse by virtue of being the prince. That scrutiny, while relentless, is tempered by British libel law and various "accomodations," as outlined above. I'm not sure he's up to being a voluntary attention horse the way she is. And both of them may be underestimating the scrutiny they'll get.
  9. Overplayed to the extent I've never seen it. I like it though.
  10. That would have been my perception, also, although it may be outdated. Austin College used to be a pre-med factory, churning out UTSW and similar admittance like a slot machine.
  11. Very true, but I think blanket prohibitions like this are very likely unconstitutional because they guarantee unequal treatment of religiously affiliated private schools if the lege should deign to fund any private schools. I mean, why did Blaine think we needed to amend the Constitution in 1870 if that were not the case. Granting that religious liberty constitutional jurisprudence wasn't that developed then.
  12. That's really mind-bottling. It's not like evolution needs a lot of explaining and class time. I wonder how many people read the chapter anyway?
  13. Geezus, calm down. The problem is, everything is more expensive in NYC than in Houston. Even making the necessary "lifestyle adjustments" without criticizing them, every damn thing in NYC is 25-100% or more more expensive in NYC than Houston. By only comparing housing and transportation, the TM article leaves out every other damn thing that's more expensive. Can you make it in NYC for the same money as Houston, yeah, probably. But there will be compromises, some will be trade-offs, and some will be flat compromises.
  14. Most places have Vancouver as the most expensive city in the world.
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