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Comment Re:How about fight back? (Score 1) 177

Contracting isn't for everyone. Matter of fact, I'd say it isn't for most people. The average person will lose out contracting rather than having a full time benefited job. They won't have the proper drive or personality to find and compete for that next contract. They also won't have the know how to properly manage their income and taxes in order to come out ahead in the tax game.

Comment Re:Needs of the Teaching Profession (Score 1) 278

This is so cynical that it hurts and it is obvious that you are someone with almost no knowledge of what teaching entails or what most teachers have to go through in order to do their jobs. You seem to just be following the same conservative talking point that "Unions are bad and thus so are most teachers". And the last time I checked it's EVERYONE's desire to "remain employed with the highest salary and best benefits they can get". Honestly, have you thought through what you are saying?

The best way to get people to excel at their jobs is to treat them with respect, pay them what they deserve, and establish expectations. Unions exist to protect workers in situations where they could be taken advantage of. And when you work a profession that relies on the whims of a political body, you need all the protections you can get.

Comment Re: Did they learn anything?? (Score 1) 278

The needs of the teacher leads to the needs of the student. Not the other way around. This isn't charity work they are doing. If cities paid teachers appropriately and then negotiate the standards (how teachers can be fired or disciplined and what qualifications they require) off of that then there wouldn't be any issues with the unions. But cities and other municipalities always look at teachers salaries as negotiable and expendable which is a shitty way to look at the people educating your children.

Comment Just the media part? (Score 4, Interesting) 286

Can someone verify this? I read somewhere last night (can't find the link) that he only bought the media portion of NatGeo. The non-profit part that runs the museum in DC and gives out research grants is still under the control of the NatGeo non-profit. They basically sold the media segment so that they could still continue operating as a research non-profit. But I could be wrong.

Comment Re:Excuse to keep using oil (Score 1) 249

Oooooh, you're an arrogant dick who thinks he knows what he is speaking of. The fact that you just jump to this conclusion that I'm a denialist shows it. I'm nothing of the sort and you seem to be jumping at shadows. Look son I am loath to even offer up this explanation because you frankly don't deserve one, but I was merely admitting that I looked at the Maunder Minimum as the "Little Ice Age". That is specifically centered around 1600-1750ish. But yes, most scientists point to the the Little Ice age as starting around 1350. My bad. I suggest next time you tone down the hostility. You'll have much more interesting conversations that way.

Were there fewer fools, knaves would starve. - Anonymous