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Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 329

I'm going to call bullshit. Take all the countries with higher minimum wage than the US from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Now compare unemployment rates with the US here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/....

Results: Out of 13 countries with higher minimum wage than the US, only 3 have lower unemployment (Monaco, Germany, and Andorra). 10 of them have higher unemployment.

Now, unlike you, I won't attribute unemployment to a single factor. Minimum wage is a factor, but it's one of many economic factors that can affect unemployment on a national level.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 329

I'll accept that it is possible that a much higher minimum wage might cause unemployment

And I'll accept that the effect on unemployment with small, gradual increases of minimum wage will likely be noise compared with other factors that influence unemployment. Particularly annual inflation adjustments... considering minimum wage is very unlikely to be replaced in the current political climate, this is my preferred solution.

But talking about "today", you should realize that the $15/hour push is asking for more than double the current federal minimum wage level of $7.25. If that isn't "much higher", then what is? Look at Seattle, where they are staggering changes on their way to $15/hour. They aren't even at $15/hour yet, but preliminary data suggests that unemployment for restaurant workers in the city and surrounding area has increased slightly in the face of major decreases in unemployment for that same group (restaurant workers) in the rest of the state.

Comment Re:One down. (Score 1) 329

If the others drop out soon

Unfortunately that may be the key. Ideally by Super Tuesday it should be down to 3 candidates, and by the last week of March it should be down to 2 candidates, but I have extreme doubts this will happen.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 4, Interesting) 329

Perhaps if you, and others who have views like yours, would thoughtfully consider both sides and come to your own conclusions about the merit of specific ideas, you might realize that the political spectrum is very multi-dimensional. The only ones who want it to be a choice between exactly two possibilities are the GOP and Democrats.

For example, I've always leaned conservative and very much tended to vote Republican. From that I know why I don't support minimum wage increases (it causes unemployment increases and reduces incentive to learn the skills required for just-above-minimum-wage positions, while unfairly targeting low-skill labor markets). I would even consider the idea of getting rid of it altogether. But instead of just blowing off the idea completely, I started looking into why people support it. Turns out, I also don't want many people dying of hunger or huge increases in homeless people in the streets and poverty-induced crime. So my current favorite solution is to satisfy both: direct government wealth redistribution from the richest to fund food, shelter, clothing, and other essentials for the poorest, combined with removing the minimum wage in order to increase employment and hence reinstate labor competition.

Not that any of that matters. Too many people like yourself only see black-and-white, unless you are willing to think for yourself.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 519

Yes, clearly the difference between tiles and icons on an OS menu is the exact same as the difference between control interfaces of an object that has the ability to injure or kill you.

Besides, your premise "you have two mechanisms that act differntly yet you are now Making them look and feel the same" is flawed because nothing in Windows 10 looks the same as Windows 7 but acts differently.

Comment Re:And never mind... (Score 2) 184

Not that I like dysfunctional government, or the Republicans in control, but it's not like he listens to them either when he implements major laws via executive order.

On that note, let's not forget that each expansion of government power, no matter how tiny, accumulates and is passed on to future administrations. Donald Trump is already proclaiming those powers to be his if elected. Trump with that much power scares me a hell of a lot more than Obama.

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 2) 216

You don't need to build anything, because it's just the atmosphere.

You are ignoring costs such as:
- pilot labor (hyperloop will probably be fully automated)
- air traffic control (could be mostly or fully automated as well)
- maintenance (not sure the maintenance requirements of hyperloop but surely not as extensive as aircraft maintenance)
- security (the potential for terrorist damage is much smaller considering you can't fly one arbitrarily into a building)

You quickly wonder just how many thousands of miles of this stuff you'd need to build, and just how huge of an undertaking that would be.

Same concern with roads and railways, with the same answer: it only matters if the economic advantage isn't high enough.

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