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  1. There is a thing I call the "HeySal Test": If HeySal is making jokes about your conspiracy theory, then you belong in a rubber room!
  2. Perhaps, but my knee-jerk reaction is to think that it's the attitude of refusing to play their game when their rules are stacked against you in every way. Working hard is certainly a noble and admirable trait, but the idea that people in low-paying jobs don't have "skills" is nonsense. I couldn't do the job of the girl at the register in the gas station, those are skills she had to learn. (And as much as gas stations make in profit, you know they COULD easily pay those cashiers a lot more!) And if I was flipping burgers nobody would eat them because I can't cook! (Also, I WANT the people who prepare my food to be happy and healthy, and I'm willing to pay more for that!) Not to mention being nice to asshole customers all day every day, I KNOW I would be fired within a week if that were my job! Actually when I think about it I'm not sure I could mop the floors properly. The term "un-skilled labor" is a BS lie.
  3. Houston (River Oaks) but I wasn't talking about myself. I'm talking about poor people. How can they dig themselves out of the hole when they don't make enough to pay their bills, much less have proper savings and investments? I'm no math-magician but $15/hour x 2000 hours per year = $30,000, nobody is going to be able to pay their bills and have emergency savings and have money left to get ahead in life? No wonder so many people are on government assistance programs, they have jobs but aren't being paid enough!
  4. It would be "disgusting" only if these kinds of things were not so common. As it stands it has gone far beyond such soft rhetoric. Traffic stops, patients in hospital rooms, an experienced war Vet being fired for NOT shooting a suspect during a situation that was only thrown into chaos after lesser men exploded onto the scene with their stupidity... there is far too much "respect and protect the police" and not nearly enough "Hold them to higher standards".
  5. There is a deeper link here, they didn't give the money to just anyone. One of my grandfathers was Choctaw and my grandmother Irish. There was a long period of intermingling between Irish, Choctaw, Scottish, and Cherokee because these groups were all heavily oppressed by the majorities over a long period of time.. Attraction happens, families happen naturally under such conditions-- Just as people of certain income levels tend to live close to one another through all periods of history. During the famine, it was only natural to send money to their in-laws who were suffering and starving, in the same way that many Irish Catholic missionaries helped the Choctaw during their time of need. Source: verbal traditions from my grandparents.
  6. You don't buy peoples' hearts and minds for low wages... you might get them to show-up on an unreliable basis. I can't imagine anyone living only less than a bare minimum of $40k/yr? (About $20/hr I think) How can they pay their bills? How can they take care of their families and have a savings, move forward in life? Paying less than that is an insult, it says that you don't value the hours of human life that someone trades to you for building and maintaining your business. I've never been in that position, so it's difficult for me to say what I would actually do, but if anyone were ever to pay me so little I would probably spend most of my time on their clock looking for a real job! I certainly wouldn't care if someone had packages waiting for them or if they wanted anything else beyond the absolute minimum of my duties, not when I had real problems!
  7. Looks like it could be well-defended to me?
  8. There have been a lot of losses in the last few years. Alan Rickman was the worst for me up to this point. But this one really hurt.
  9. RIP Roger. Never was much of a Bond fan... I grew-up watching him on Maverick.
  10. This is the Information Age. Disinformation can only succeed for a set period of time. Neither Bullshit Mountain nor Snowflake Valley will survive the long game if they don't tone down the willful ignorance and constant twisting of facts, the deflections from tough questions, and the bloated talking-head nonsense. I just want 1 person to report the damn news, not 99 people trying to convince me to agree with their interpretation of it.
  11. I remember that. It was in France, I believe? Can't remember, but I do know she died last year. Unfortunately in the last decade scientists in Italy have made a slew of unfounded claims about many things without the slightest hint of actually using the scientific method. Many of them are "think" themselves into a solution for some problem in ways that would make Deepak Chopra proud.
  12. This has been a great failure of humans as a whole. Those who are inclined to study our existence and advance the lives of all living things tend toward getting carried away in the "fun" things and the "busy" things, and ignore the distasteful roles of political leadership. A thousand years ago, much of the Middle East was considered the height of human collected knowledge and learning, and now they actively and often violently oppress portions of their population that might bring into question the fragile power they have built on a weak foundation. Nonetheless, I don't believe that will be the eventual fate of the world as a whole. We are still entering this Information Age, and despite this temporary "disinformation" phase, I really do believe that the small humans of today are growing-up with more information than ever before, and they love knowledge and they love this world-- And they will learn to sort truth from lie. And when they hold the power, they will create a future that is better than what we are giving to them.
  13. "We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born The potential people who could have been here in my place But who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA So massively exceeds the set of actual people In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds How dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state From which the vast majority have never stirred?"
  14. Net Neutrality. The most boring and important fight during our lifetime?
  15. The written word is subject to the interpretation of the reader, and all that. The human brain is made to compare things, so when someone says something that is similar, at least on the surface, to arguments made by other people, it's hard not to categorize what they're saying, lumping it in with the patterns experienced in past conversations. In fact, I've noticed that I myself have specifically done that to you many times, so I caught your meaning (I think) only because I caught my bias and slowed down when reading your posts. That being said-- I think that people are starting to hold corporations accountable for the environment they create. As I suspect you were likely a strong salesperson, you were able to demand a certain level of respect that many people in other careers are not. It's far too easy for people who feel replaceable to allow themselves to be oppressed because it is the best job they can get. Fox News pays quite well and you're considered to have "made it" in the business. Or at least, you're in the process of "making it"! So yes, many of them stayed quiet for a very long time-- or worked behind the scenes for years and only brought it to the public when that failed. There are apparently some court cases going back years. Also, this popular incident is actually a part of a larger issue. Companies like GoDaddy and CKE (Carl's Jr. and Hardees) have class action lawsuits starting and pending, with some of their highest level executive women pushing for change. But frankly, it's worse at lower levels of employment. Women who live in an area were good jobs are scarce-- and those who are in bad positions in life-- They often don't have a choice. They need their jobs, can't easily replace them, and can't take a stand against the way they are being treated. And that is why we need women like Gretchen Carlson. They force these conversations. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable woman.”