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Comment: Re:Similar to choosing an OS (Score 1) 144

by ksheff (#49612239) Attached to: Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out
Hunting of these animals brings in money and meat for these communities, so they will protect the animals from poachers. That is why the areas that allow hunting are experiencing population growth for these animals (as opposed to where it is banned and the animals are considered to be pests by the people who live there). http://www.campfirezimbabwe.or...

Comment: Re:Take me now, Lord (Score 1) 285

and clothes, electronics, etc, etc. Fuel is much more expensive (ex: gasoline was about $3.80/gallon in Jan) except at cities on the border which are closer to US prices. On top of that, there is a 16.5% tax included in the price of most consumer goods. Because of that, lots of people used to travel to the US to buy clothes, school supplies, and other items for "back to school" time or Christmas. Given the rise in the USD:MXN exchange rate, that's not as attractive any more especially when factoring the cost of fuel to get there (unless you are also buying a few 55 gallon drums of gasoline to sell when you get back home). Income taxes can be higher too.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 285

Unfortunately, most farmers or anyone else that produces a commodity do not have that much control over what they can sell the product for. Sure if the farmer sells directly to people at markets or any other venue, they can raise the price as they see fit. However, most do not have that option. Given that strawberries are perishable items that can't be stored for long, they don't have as much flexibility as grain farmers who can store the crop and wait for prices to go up. Instead, if growing strawberries is unprofitable, they'll switch to something else like you mentioned. If enough people do that, then the supply goes down and the price will eventually go up if demand doesn't drop too much.

Comment: Re:Local recycling is dependent on a local market (Score 1) 78

by ksheff (#49540873) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War
It depends on how the municipality decided to implement their recycling program. When I got to drop stuff at a recycling point, I have two options: the big dumpster for glass, metal, and plastic, and another big dumpster for paper. I guess they figured if they made people separate it out any further, they wouldn't bother.

Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 256

by ksheff (#49537695) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
It's very sad to read about people who have been duped by these "new age" cancer cures that only reduce the patients' bank account balances, not the tumors. A friend of mine went from the "insulin chemotherapy" method (which sounds credible until one looks into it) provided by a medical clinic to some whacky irradiation device made with PVC pipe and then some shaman in Brazil. But he didn't trust "traditional medicine" and the alternative medicine quacks eagerly took his money (some of which was donated by friends and fans of his music) until he died. :(

Comment: Re:100% pure publicity stunt, read this. (Score 1) 482

by ksheff (#49486433) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
If I remember correctly from another story about it, the $2.2 million figure is their current profit, not revenue. If they devoted all of their profit and the savings from the CEO's pay cut to the raises for the other employees, they could give out an average raise of almost $26K. It isn't doable now, which is why they mentioned it's going to be done over the next 2-3 years. Of course the CEO is probably going to be getting more stock based compensation, so he may end up making more money assuming that the stock doesn't tank. The current investors may not like having zero profit, but who knows...they may get more business because of this stunt. I agree that a profit sharing agreement would make more sense.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.