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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by cahuenga (#49142181) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Labor is supposed to behave as a market, just as goods do. Labor decides whether a particular job is properly priced, considering labor and skill. If not, the job goes unfilled until wages raise to a level someone feels is appropriate.

Today we have jobs with wages that will never reach a level acceptable to legal citizens because a permanent underclass of illegals and ag workers has been created, suppressing wages in agriculture and now in the construction industry. We tell ourselves that Americans won't take those jobs because wages are too low - This is by design.

Comment: Re:now I never looked into it (Score 2) 420

I never looked into it but I always hear how expensive it is to run these things?

In short, absurdly expensive. So expensive it became economically impractical after running for 3 month as the '92 El Nino made relatively cheap reservoir water available again. With the odds of a strong El Nino climbing this year it looks like we are set for a repeat of that expensive debacle.

Feast and famine of rainfall is a fact of life that politicians seem incapable of grasping. It has always been this way. Average and water-poor years followed by strong El Ninos, which reset the reservoirs and snowpack roughly every 10 years. Budgeting water better between El Ninos should be trivial, yet....

Comment: Utterly delusional self confirming horsesh*t (Score 5, Insightful) 367

by cahuenga (#46826959) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
More Wall Street pimping of the "skills mismatch" myth, disproven repeatedly. Wages are not increasing for so-called mismatched skills and it might be interesting to see some actual studies rather than anecdotes being shovels out of manufacturer's lobby groups. Good grief, this is being reported as factual news?

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