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Comment: Re: Communism is the only way forward (Score 2) 870

by Physician (#46583393) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
A lot of Made in America clothing was actually made in the Northern Mariana Islands which is a US Commonwealth like Puerto Rico. The minimum wage from 1997 to 2007 was $3.05 making it cost effective to produce clothing there. The minimum wage was raised in 2007 and is currently $5.05 with plans to make it equal with the US federal minimum wage by 2015. Unfortunately when the minimum wage was raised, the Northern Marianas were no longer able to complete with China and by 2009 the island's garment industry went caput.

Comment: Re:Not Forced (Score 3, Informative) 376

by Physician (#40317343) Attached to: Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With 'Bucket' Data Plans
"Verizon issued a clarification to The New York Times today, noting that the loss of grandfathered unlimited plans will be limited to those customers purchasing new subsidized devices for use on the carrier. Users who do not upgrade their devices or who choose to upgrade at unsubsidized prices will be able to keep their unlimited data plans. Still, the change would appear to be set to affect the majority of Verizon's current unlimited data customers, as most customers are interested in regular handset upgrades at subsidized prices. - Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so. - When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing. - Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan. - The same pricing and policies will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones."

Comment: Re:religious implications? (Score 1) 185

There is no eternal hell. The wicked suffer the "second death" as it clearly states in Revelation. "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:14,15. God isn't keeping anyone around just to torture them forever. "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them." Malachi 4:1. They will be stubble, not living on and on to be tortured.

Comment: Re:religious implications? (Score 1) 185

by Physician (#39463047) Attached to: Researchers May Have Discovered How Memories Are Encoded In the Brain
The truth is that the doctrine of the eternal soul is a heresy that unfortunately worked its way into Christianity. The Bible says that only God hath immortality. The soul that sinneth dies. What Solomon was speaking of is the time period existing from death until the resurrection. It's not until Christ returns that the righteous are raised to eternal life as it states in I Thessalonians 4:16, 17. It's the same belief as held by Martha, the sister of Lazarus as found in John 11:23, 24. Jesus referred to the period Solomon speaks of as "sleep" for He told his disciples He was going to awake Lazarus out of sleep which would be nonsensical if Lazarus was conscious in the afterlife.

+ - How does one reclaim their history?

Submitted by Physician
Physician (861339) writes "Several historical items belonging to my ancestor were sold to a collector last year. These were his personal items with his name scratched into them and include his personal documents. I didn't learn about this until recently. The items were obtained by the seller (a dealer of such items) after the owner (apparently for the last 60 years) died at a very old age so nobody knows how he got them (whether stolen or purchased). I contacted the dealer who states the guy he sold them to (a nonrelative) refuses to sell them and plans on giving them to his young children when he dies despite having no family ties to the items in question. What recourse do I have, if any, given the murky circumstances under which the old dead guy obtained the items, to return them to their rightful heirs?"

Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.