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Comment: Oil prices loom is more like it... (Score 5, Interesting) 263

by Bob_Who (#48663111) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Too bad we're not big importers of Borscht.

Its interesting how "economic sanctions" are no match for an OPEC decision to increase production. Even at lower prices with increased U.S. production and fracking, they did not waiver at market price. This will eventually hurt everyone who invested in shale, back when the market was twice the price. The middle east continues to be able to pull oil from the ground for about one half the cost...maybe even less. Of course, nothing lasts forever, but it seems the oil has been the biggest stick there is when it comes to economic pressures. It sure is a lot easier to shoot down air traffic over the Ukraine when oil is pegged at $120 a barrel. Now Putin is gonna be happy just sipping the borscht and saving the warfare for summertime, perhaps.

Comment: Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (Score 1) 295

by Bob_Who (#48598495) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

It is what happens when you live in a country of a billion people, full of the worst poverty you have ever seen.
If you have a job, you are fucking thankful, even if it is the worst job you could possibly imagine. It is better than living in a god damned junk yard looking for scrap metal. It is all in an effort to try to pay off the huge investment the rich white guys made in the plates.

I just don't know whats worse anymore.... carrots or sticks? Maybe I could eat the sticks and whack things with the carrots.

The fact remains that I believe that incentives have everything to do with the way people function. You have illustrated how these incentives play out in the taxi business. Not unlike the comedy TV Series, folks of all types understand that arrangement, and travellers come to expect it.

But this is just more of the same old paradigm of the wealthy getting the serfs to start hopping. Whether slave, indentured servant, day laborer, refugee, disabled, unemployed, prison camp labor, minimum wage employee, intern, apprentice, work study student, migrant laborer, mercenary, etc its all the same: we can rely on desperate people begging for some improvement, no matter how slight. I really believe you're right about certain cultures being more willing to enter these arrangements, albeit, even their religious faith is accepting of the extreme disparity of social classes, and kiss that rich man's ass like a cherub....

Bat make no mistake, that is not going to be a good business plan in the long run. Its worked for centuries, but it leads to a lot of anger and destruction, and frankly, there are just too many people on earth these days to keep up this sort of arrangement.

I do know that everyone deserves a decent living. The people with taxi shields, as well as those without them. The people all need a livelihood, whether or not market economies provide one. We as people need to acknowledge and deal with the people that don't thrive in the economic system that serves many, but not all. And if we don't make that a priority and figure out how to do it then I'm afraid we're doomed to suffer. We're all in this ship of fools, and ultimately we all sink or swim. How we come to terms with Uber, and every other iteration of this very issue, must be done carefully. Ultimately, we need to all share what goes around in this world of scarcity.

Or else the folks with all the cash are gonna get as scarce as the royalty that once ruled...

Comment: Good use of excessive wealth (Score 1) 235

by Bob_Who (#48566889) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Human achievements are not always very well enumerated in a paycheck or in business sales revenue.
Its good when the folks with piles of cash can pay it out to others who have done great things. The money seems to generate so much attention that it illuminates the recipient's good work. I humbly request piles and piles of cash so I could give it away to some peeps, that full time.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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