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Comment: Re:Holy hell (Score 1) 229

by taustin (#49786847) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

Average rent in Orange County for a studio - no actual bedroom - is, last time I checked, over $1,000/month. Cars are not cheap, nor is the insurance it is a crime to drive without. Food, other expenses, taxes, it adds up. yeah, it's possible to live on it, but to live alone is, at best, difficult. And is a very shitty way to live.

Plus,

but still put away money every month, thanks to medi-cal covering insurance

translates to "thanks to welfare paid for by other people who make more than $25k/year." You've actually agreed it's damned difficult to get by on that amount.

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 229

by taustin (#49786749) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

Better than arresting them for stealing power.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/12/1370393/-Homeless-woman-charged-with-theft-of-services-for-charging-cell-phone-outside

They probably wasted more tax dollars with that affair than telling the homeless to come to City Hall to get their phones charged for free.

Very likely. However:

"Luckily, in the end, the DA dropped the charges. "

Makes this look like hysterical propaganda:

Welcome to the modern American Police State.

Comment: Re:Holy hell (Score 1) 229

by taustin (#49786479) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

London had wanted a solar array for years, but couldn’t afford it on his income as a merchant seaman — roughly $70,000 per year.

In Canada, the official poverty level is around $25,000 per year for single persons. It shows you how rich the Americans are compared to the rest of the world, even compared to another first-world country.

In California, at least anywhere south of the Bay area, somebody making $25k/year is probably living in their car. $70k is hardly poor, but it's not much more than a comfortable middle class living.

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 2) 229

by taustin (#49786465) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

20 years ago, home prices in California were not much different than they are today, when things are still recovering from the collapse of the housing market. You'd have to go back at least 40 years to find home prices that would be attainable for even the lower middle class.

And even then, most of the cheaper homes were condos, not houses, and condos always have associations, and associations always have fees. And Prop 13 or no, property taxes have to be paid. So even if someone bought their home in better days, odds are, if there is any non-insane way to describe them as "poor" now, they no longer have a place to install solar panels.

Either the headline is idiotic bullshit, or California is now giving solar panels to the homeless (who might, in fact, be able to use them to charge their smart phones, this being California, and all).

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

by taustin (#49747325) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Suspending someone for non-school related behavior is extremely illegal.

Generally speaking, I'd be inclined to agree. I was just correcting teambpsi's error (based on not even reading the summary, which is accurate on that point) in claiming there was a threat of a lawsuit.

It's illegal, but it's illegal under entirely different laws than threatening a bullshit lawsuit. And when you want to start a fight over something like this on the internet, it helps to make that distinction.

If you were fired from your job because became a registered Republican, the Republican party would go to war for the right to represent you in court.

Which is an entirely different issue. People have rather more expansive rights regarding their jobs than students (or minors in general) do, and political activities (on one's own time) get special protection that few other activities do.

Plus, of course, good luck getting the party to actually spend that kind of money, unless you have some real connections to begin with, but it's certainly possible.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

by taustin (#49747295) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

While that is arguable, in theory, in practice, you're not going to find an attorney who would take that case on a contingency. Which means writing a five figure check as a retainer just to get it started. And collecting legal fees is virtually impossible, no matter what some cop show you saw on TV tells you.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

by taustin (#49747277) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

they couldn't possibly hope to recover the $100k+ in legal fees.

$100,000? That's just a tiny bit inflated.

In all likelihood, the second the kid shows up with an attorney in tow, the school board will consult with their own attorney, apologies will be offered, and the idiot principal will be reeducated (preferably in a camp in Siberia). If not, odds are, the whole thing will be settled quickly after the suit is filed, at minimal cost to both sides. But counting on either of those is foolish, at best.

If the school board is as stupid as their principal, and it goes to trial, then, in fact, $100k is about the average to get to a jury decision in most states. Depending on the state, it would also take six months to several years to get to that point.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 5, Interesting) 379

by taustin (#49746495) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

If you bothered to read the article, or the summary above, you might notice that there's no threat of a lawsuit, only of a suspension. The burden (and expense) of filing a lawsuit would be on the kid (and his parents). And while they might win, odds are, they couldn't possibly hope to recover the $100k+ in legal fees.

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