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Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1064

by rhazz (#49736417) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Could be something else, too, of course

Here are some possibilities
1. Living so close to a place where there are $15/hr jobs, nobody wants to apply for a $10/hr job.
2. Being downtown, many people probably drop off resumes even those locations aren't hiring, so they likely don't need to advertise to get a pool of applicants.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1064

by rhazz (#49735445) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Wait times can suck for minor boo-boos, but otherwise I've never had a problem with service. I'm sure that varies from place to place, just like it would in the US. Emergency services are great in my experience. I once had a migraine that left me unable to understand speech - I was immediately admitted, had an MRI done, was transferred via ambulance to another hospital with advanced neurology expertise, all within a couple hours. I am just another citizen. It's not perfect, but it works.

Comment: Re:Crappy Research (Score 1) 185

I'm willing to bet after the first notification, people just move to a VPN service to hide behind...

Not only this (and I know people who did exactly that), but people are also opting for VPNs to get around Netflix geo-blocking. I bet a lot of the Canadian reduction is mirrored in US increases.

Comment: Re:Lingering effects of our puritanical past (Score 2) 949

So true. And there is still resistance to fixing it. In Ontario we currently have parents pulling their kids out of schools because of a sweeping modernization of our sex-ed curriculum. 5 years ago the reaction was so bad that the idea was shelved only 3 days after announcing it, but our current government is finally pushing it again. The reasons for the protests vary, from "How dare you teach my kid that homosexuality is normal" to "School should be about math and science and nothing else". Part of the problem is likely that the publicly funded Catholic school board is also being forced to provide this curriculum, which is really stirring up the deeply conservative. I can only hope the government sticks to their guns.

On a side note, I also see a lot of people in these protests saying sex-ed is for high school. There was a pregnant girl in my class in grade 6, she was 11 and it was from consensual sex with a 13 year old. Most of my friends were sexually active to some degree prior to high school.

Comment: Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 949

Same thing happened to me after 3 years, and it wasn't until after that I realized how little that person invested in the relationship, even though it was quite clear to outside observers. My wife of 15 years is 100% the opposite despite having many things in common as the other relationship. At the outset of both relationships I don't think there were any indicators either way. And I too still think about that first relationship, though the bitterness has mostly faded :)

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 2) 532

by rhazz (#49631123) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
Canadian healthcare isn't perfect, nor will it ever be, but oh my god I cannot fathom what it must be like to need basic medical attention and have to decide if you can afford it. There may be a perfect solution, but if you can't figure out what that is then you start with something that is better than what you have (which is almost anything).

Comment: Re:Supported != Secure (Score 1) 137

Is there any alternative to Microsoft for getting XP support? If another company said, hey, we'll give you equivalent support at 1/10 the cost MS asks, would that be legal or would MS sue them into oblivion? My government agency is also paying these fees for some legacy systems running on 2003.

Comment: Re:Its about child support (Score 1) 374

by rhazz (#49584735) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?
Thanks for that link. I see how it can happen - whatever agency is responsible for collecting child support has no desire to get mired in making moral decisions in the many unique situations that exist, so they stick exactly to their policies. It seems like they really need an appeal process for special cases. I bet some of these people could sue but they are probably in no financial shape to do so.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?