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Comment: Re:Hooray for experiments! (Score 1) 1090

by PeeAitchPee (#49735299) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Nope, my 10 person small business is based in deep blue MD, which is currently contemplating the same dramatic minimum wage increases that LA and others have implemented. We're not in fast food or janitorial work -- we pay about $3-6 above the state's current minimum wage -- and we directly compete with companies in states whose minimum wages are less than ours. So yeah, when state and local politicians do this stuff, it absolutely fucks with small business' ability to compete with other states and jurisdictions that don't do this arbitrary crap. It also increases our payroll taxes, work comp insurance payments, and a lot of other costs. If you want to increase the minimum wage, then do it at the national (Federal) level, or just give people a Scandinavian-style cost-of-living stipend and be done with it -- and / or quit putting in regressive tax increases like sales tax, payroll tax, gas tax, etc. that make the cost of living so unlivable for the working poor. But equating burger flippers with people with 4 year degrees making $13-16 / hour is fucking insulting, to me and to my employees.

Comment: Re:So, when has this not been true? (Score 1, Insightful) 609

by PeeAitchPee (#49725889) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

presently the younger generation is less vanilla than the older generation and the older generation isn't being very welcoming to people who aren't like them and never will be.

Ahhh, you youngsters. Do you seriously think that you're the first generation who thinks this? Aren't they teaching history anymore? EVERY generation grows up thinking THEY'RE the cool non-vanilla kids while resenting their elders and mocking everything about them. And then one day (if you're lucky), you wake up and look in the mirror, and you look like your Dad (or grandfather). And you won't even realize it, but you'll make a lot of the same decisions that Dad did too -- decisions that many would consider "safe" or even (gasp!) "conservative" (in a non-political way).

I know -- not you, 'cuz you're different, right?

Comment: You realize that Democrats gerrymander too, right? (Score 2, Insightful) 609

by PeeAitchPee (#49725255) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
Look no further than California, Maryland, and Illinois. The 3rd District of MD is an absolute abomination. Hell, the term "gerrymandering" itself is named after Governor Gerry of Massachusetts who was lampooned for signing odd-shaped state senate districts into law. But yeah, fuck all of the Republicans in those deep blue states -- as long as your team wins, right?

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686

by PeeAitchPee (#49539281) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
The trend is to attempt to censor "damaging" or "distressing" (read: conservative / libertarian / right-leaning) speakers and provide "safe spaces" free of any opposing view points, literally in a room supplied with with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets, a video of frolicking puppies, etc. And unfortunately, I'm not exaggerating in the least bit. The NY Times had a great profile on this last month (and from the comment section, its readership, to their credit, was generally appalled by this phenomenon). It's truly frightening when you think that the people advocating this type of crap are supposed to become America's next leaders. How on earth will they deal with difficult situations in the real world, where they can't run away or simply ban those who disagree with them?

Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 4, Informative) 686

by PeeAitchPee (#49538907) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Do you really think that people who think Kim Kardashian is interesting and like the NFL are really going to give this any serious thought?

Whoa . . . don't conflate the enjoyment of professional sports with contrived, superficial, reality TV bullshit. There are plenty of us geeks out there who follow both the NFL closely (the draft is a week from tonight and I'm hoping my team lands Bud Dupree!) *and* are interested and aware enough to carefully analyze what Snowden did and form our own opinions. :-)

Comment: Re:This is nothing. Think lik multi trillion dolla (Score 1) 238

So your argument is that because some Republicans fucked up, it's OK for Democrats from NY to get a free pass when they fuck up and waste tens of millions in taxpayer money? Your attitude is the absolute embodiment of everything that's wrong with this country, and literally how we got into the mess we're in now.

Comment: Easy fix (Score 0) 114

by PeeAitchPee (#49398489) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again
Pass a law that all politicians' and lobbyists' vehicle whereabouts are automatically posted to a publicly accessible website 24x7x365. In fact, that type of thing would pretty much immediately fix all fucked up laws in the country. E.g., I wonder if the CA governor's mansion is subject to the meaningless, bullshit water restrictions he's inflicted on the serfs?

Comment: STEM + Critical Thinking is what's needed (Score 1) 397

by PeeAitchPee (#49379537) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
Yes, this country needs more kids studying the sciences, and going into science and engineering-related fields. However, just as important (if not moreso) is the ability to critically think -- something that has been typically emphasized in a traditional liberal arts / humanities-centric education. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater by "de-emphasizing the humanities" here, or else you'll end up with a nation of code jockeys who make shitty decisions and can't think for themselves.

Comment: Wow, you can Google (Score 2) 82

by PeeAitchPee (#49296317) Attached to: Taxi Companies Sue Uber For False Advertising On Safety

Do a similar search about taxis and I guarantee you that there are an equal, if not more, number of cases where taxi drivers do the same or worse. You're just picking and choosing what to post.

I've had a cab driver state to my wife that in his country, they cut off women's tits for "talking back." I've had another cabbie pull a gun on a coworker who, though intoxicated, was no violent in any way at all and certainly didn't deserve that treatment. Hate on Uber all you want, but it exists because taxis have sucked, tremendously, for years, and couldn't be bothered to fix any of their own shitty, overpriced service, and the people want something better. The genie is out of the bottle and he's not going back, no matter how much fear-mongering you and your cause try to do.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy