In case you haven’t figured it out: Valentine’s Day the vast majority of restaurants pack in as many extra covers as they possibly can (which frequently means packing in extra tables cheek-by-jowl), sell cheaper food items in smaller portions at highly inflated prices on mandatory prix fixe menus, try to rush you through your meal so they can seat another cover at your table, and are forced by the extra patronage to hire temporary wait and kitchen staff who (1) don’t know jacke dicke about the restaurant and its menu and (2) are generally less-experienced and less-competent (which is why they are available for temporary work on V-Day).
If you really insist on eating out at a restaurant on V-Day, going for lunch is better, as you frequently aren’t forced into a mandatory prix fixe menu, and can just have a nice regular meal. Best to just stay the fucke home, however, and leave V-Day to the rubes. And if you do go out to dinner on V-Day, it is really stupid to complain on Yelp about what is nearly guaranteed to be a disappointing experience.
Talking about helping others makes a person seem warm and leads to social approval. This work examines the real world consequences of this basic, social-cognitive phenomenon by examining whether record-low levels of public approval of the US Congress may, in part, be a product of declining use of prosocial language during Congressional debates. A text analysis of all 124 million words spoken in the House of Representatives between 1996 and 2014 found that declining levels of prosocial language strongly predicted public disapproval of Congress 6 mo later. Warm, prosocial language still predicted public approval when removing the effects of societal and global factors (e.g., the September 11 attacks) and Congressional efficacy (e.g., passing bills), suggesting that prosocial language has an independent, direct effect on social approval.
Yes, of course this happened in FLORIDUH.
In case there is any doubt or confusion among despicable right-wing filth who think they are absolved of responsibility for the dead people killed in the train crash in Philly because the train was speeding, sorry but no, the blood is on your hands:
For the second time in two years, a passenger train traveling well above its speed limit has derailed, leaving a trail of death and injuries. And for the second time, existing technology that might have prevented the accident was missing.
But yeah, let’s give tax cuts to billionaires instead of fixing, maintaining, and upgrading our national infrastructure. Greed kills.