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Comment Who knows? (Score 1) 23

There are too many variables to predict one way or another.

People making minimum wage who get raises usually don't spend the extra money on more stuff. They try to pay their bills on time. Or purchase the same essential items, but at a slightly higher quality.

That is, steak one day a week instead of hamburger. That doesn't necessarily increase any jobs anywhere at all.

It is also possible they buy more stuff, but where are the extra (if any) jobs created? If they're buying cheap crap imported from China, are the extra jobs made in China?

If they buy extra fast food, that probably won't lead to more jobs as very few of those places are working at capacity to begin with so won't need to hire more to accommodate a small increase in volume. It can be absorbed by the current workforce.

More and more fast food places are automating as opposed hiring more workers. They're getting drink robots, fry robots, ordering kiosks, etc.

This is the equivalent of the Republican "if you lower the State taxes, business will increase and more jobs will be created".

Yes, that will happen, if and only if, taxes are the largest impediment to business in a State and all the other basic needs are met. By other needs I mean infrastructure, qualified workforce, etc.

In most cases, as the State of Kansas is finding out the hard way, taxes aren't the big reason business isn't moving there. There are several other factors that need to come into play. And by cutting the taxes too much, they lost the revenue needed to pay for the infrastructure and educational institutions needed to also attract and support businesses.

In short, it MIGHT work but there are so many other variables in play that there is no way to tell.

Comment Re:Government interference with markets (Score 1) 23

Good. We absolutely do not want many of the natural outcomes, such as company towns, 18-hour work days and enslaving wage levels.

The natural, unregulated market leads to a power imbalance that only grows greater as the company increases in size.

By "we", I mean society. Government regulation is almost reactionary. That is they react after the system gets too far outside acceptable bounds. We started this country with minimal government intervention in the markets and have steadily increased as the shit hits the fan from time to time.

Sometimes they go to far, sometimes not far enough -- but to your statement of "...having government tamper with the market always leads to perverse outcomes, always" I say "good".

Comment Re:How do I explain it? (Score 2) 259

You know your definition with "ancestors...for centuries" describes just about every European-descended person in North America short of the few with family lines back to before the American Revolution, right?

The whole point of having a path to becoming a citizen (any country) is flushed down the toilet with your post.

Speaking about the U.S., until you amend the Constitution -- too fucking bad. That is the system we have and your whining about it is counterproductive.

Comment Re:Why (Score 2) 965

You need to read up more. Yes, that is *EXACTLY* what a lot of these idiots think, that one terror attack is going to collapse a country.

They live in such a bubble they can't believe the rest of the world doesn't see things exactly like they do.

Take a look at how many nutcases are arrested for shootings in the U.S. who were "trying to start a race war" -- as if one shooting is going to start civil war.

That asshole in Norway was trying to trigger a war against Muslims in Western Europe.

How many "preppers" are there in the U.S. that believe the West is going to collapse into ruin any day now. All it will take is just the right spark to start the race/culture/religious/civil war.

Comment Logistics (Score 1) 7

I'll start with the easy one: anchor babies. You'll need to amend the Constitution to fix this. Get back to me when that is done.

Second, we handle immigration violation like we handle other law breakers -- as you said. The amount of effort that goes in to pursuing, capturing, transporting and trying a lawbreaker is proportionate to their crime. This is why there are extradition hearings when a person gets arrested in one State for a warrant from another State. Frequently, depending on the cost and severity of the crime, the originating State chooses to not pursue extradition. Yes, the person is then released.

Spending inordinate amounts of effort to locate, detain, TRY, CONVICT and deport people for only the crime of being in the Country without permission goes against out basic system of justice.

Yes, TRY and CONVICT. You know, like with OTHER LAWS. Immigration courts handle these cases, and there are a limited number. And no, it isn't as simple as "no papers? bye bye". There are several aspects of immigration law and exemptions that have to be considered and properly handled.

And, of course, there is housing these people while they are waiting their day in court. And our Constitutional rights to a speedy trial -- so you can't just hold them for years while things work through the system.

Let's not forget that adding more courts would mean the Senate having to APPROVE MORE FEDERAL JUDGES, which they have steadfastly refused to do -- even those they say would pass on a 100-0 vote. Just because, you know, Obama.

So, like EVERY OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THE WORLD, they choose where to focus their efforts based on the limited resources they have. Illegals who commit OTHER CRIMES are given top priority over people who are simply here without permission.

So the bloviating buffoons on the stage who are screaming for Operation Wetback II are wholly ignorant of the rule of law, our Constitution and what the job is they are running for.

You are actually advocating for EXACTLY what Republicans accuse President Obama of doing -- only ten times worse!

Comment Update (Score 1) 1

A quick update. The CUPS driver included with Ubuntu (1.3-8) didn't work. It did everything except print. All I would get is a blank label advance.

Downloading the official LPR driver and CUPS Wrapper .deb packages from Brother did the trick. It doesn't matter that they're 32-bit, they worked fine.

Now my little QL-500 prints address labels like a champ (again)!

P.S. -- The free TrueType OCR-A and OCR-B fonts are good to use if you want to make life just a tad easier on your Post Office.

Comment Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 2

Hmmm...that is possible. While I watched Quantum of Solace, I don't actually remember it. Was that the one where they were trying to corner the market on lithium down in South America?

The one thing I do remember was the new directors mercifully not actually using the mind-bendingly stupid names that Ian Fleming wrote. The agent in Argentina was "Miss Fields" -- instead of "Strawberry Fields". Of course, that is nothing compared to "Pussy Galore" in Goldfinger. [shudder]

Okay, I could be convinced to place Spectre at #3. I do believe it would be better enjoyed by someone who has seen, and knows the details, of all the old Bond films. Lots of little references that are lots on recent viewers.

Comment Re:No excuse for committing a crime (Score 3, Interesting) 201

So take that up one level. The governments set CO2 emissions requirements for vehicles that, it seems, were impossible to meet given the current technology. After expending a large effort and resources on improving the technology, it was still impossible.

Those companies will then be punished by the government for failing to do the impossible. Should not the various governments who set the emission levels be held accountable? They essentially set the bar at an impossible level, given the time and resource constraints, and then threatened the livelihoods of all the participants who were guaranteed to fail.

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Journal Journal: Thoughts on 007 - Spectre 2

No spoilers, just some quick comments.

It isn't bad, but it isn't great, either. Good enough is where I'd put it. Of the Daniel Craig Bond moves, I'd rank this one as #4 (of 4).

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