The one thing though that I have over them is experience, caution, and patience. I have the ability to do something right the first time even though it takes me longer. They are faster but it takes them more tries to get it right and many times my one try is much faster than their 10 tries. You've got to use what you have to your advantage. If my boss needs something done quick-and-dirty style he asks one of the younger people. If it needs to be perfect he asks me. We all have a place here and by combining all of our strengths together as a team we kick some serious ass.
"To those of you in the audience who are business people, pretty simple: If you're paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor, hire young -- let's assume you've been in business for a long time and you've got a mature work force -- pay a dollar an hour for your labor, have no health care -- that's the most expensive single element in making a car -- have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don't care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.
"So we -- if the people send me to Washington the first thing I'll do is study that 2,000-page agreement and make sure it's a two-way street. One last part here -- I decided i was dumb and didn't understand it so I called the Who's Who of the folks who've been around it and I said, "Why won't everybody go South?" They say, "It'd be disruptive." I said, "For how long?" I finally got them up from 12 to 15 years. And I said, "well, how does it stop being disruptive?" And that is when their jobs come up from a dollar an hour to six dollars an hour, and ours go down to six dollars an hour, and then it's leveled again. But in the meantime, you've wrecked the country with these kinds of deals. We've got to cut it out."
So yeah, it's great for people who come from other countries to work, but it came at the expense of the American people who used to be able to afford vacations, health care, and college but now no longer can.
Yes! Very much yes! The reason he mentioned the article ignoring the energy input of sunlight is because that's the whole reason we're using these energy sources to begin with. You're twisting it and trying to make it sound like he's talking about perpetual energy. The reason these things are energy sources to begin with is because they contain the energy of the sun and by extracting them we end up with a net gain of energy.
The energy it takes to extract and refine coal, oil, and natural gas is less than the energy we get from burning them so there is a net gain.
The energy it takes to extract and process corn and other biofuels is more than the energy we get from them so there is a net loss.
That's why it's stupid, because we have to burn fossil fuels to even have biofuels in the first place. Until it takes less energy to produce and process biofuels, biofuels will be dependent on fossil fuels to exist and we'll just be wasting even more energy than if we skipped the whole biofuel thing in the first place.
You're assuming the whole point of the class is to teach you about the subject. The main thing you learn in high school is how to learn. Different subjects require different methods of learning and without many of them you're not going to do well in the rest of your life. You may not need to know any of the physics you were taught, but you most certainly have needed the learning skills you gained in that class. The ones who weren't paying attention anyway will suffer the rest of their lives being unable to learn as fast as you and it will most certainly show if you ever have to work in the same job as any of them. Very few people will ever need to know how long the 100 year war lasted, but you will need the ability to learn seemingly useless facts later on in life.
I went to Merriam Webster to look up the word liberal.
6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism
I then click the link to "liberalism" and it said:
"Political and economic doctrine that emphasizes the rights and freedoms of the individual and the need to limit the powers of government."
"In the economic realm, liberals in the 19th century urged the end of state interference in the economic life of society. Following Adam Smith, they argued that economic systems based on free markets are more efficient and generate more prosperity than those that are partly state-controlled."
"After World War II a further expansion of social welfare programs occurred in Britain, Scandinavia, and the U.S. Economic stagnation beginning in the late 1970s led to a revival of classical liberal positions favouring free markets"
I don't think anyone knows what it means anymore.
The Red Cross has lobbyists. They're not doing it just for the.....oh wait.....
What's next? They just might make smoking marijuana illegal.
They're not nearly as cool as Garbage Pail Kids.
While reading that, the "Who's on first" routine kept going through my head. One of the many reasons I stopped using FF. I might try it again in a month when they get to version 28 though.
We're already focused on alternative fuels. We're making massive leaps in that area too. The problem is that those alternatives are still more expensive and less efficient than oil so they can't replace it. Forcing a switch would drastically increase the cost of energy for millions of poor people who would only become far more poor than they already are now. That would guarantee that any politician forcing such a change would never be re-elected.