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Comment What year do you think this is? (Score 1) 122

We busted up the mob years ago. They've got nothing to do with Unions now. They mostly made it in because some muscle was needed to deal with the strikebreakers (which, btw, is a word Firefox's spellchecker recognizes, which depresses me to no end...).

See, if there's a problem with something with an enormous upside you solve it. You don't just declare the whole thing over and call it a day.

Comment Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 4, Interesting) 122

except for the increased wages by bringing strike pressure to bear. Oh, and they make sure you can strike without fear of reprisal and with enough food/money to survive a strike. Oh, and then there's the better benefits from the bargaining. Then there's enforcing worker safety when OSHA can't or won't. Then There's protecting workers from age discrimination. Then there's ensuring workers get trained instead of paying for their own training out of pocket.

You know, you're right. Unions have done about as much for the working man as the Romans did for those guys from Monty Python.

Comment I think that's the real problem here (Score 1) 219

we've turned students into investments for predatory lenders. If you think those lenders hadn't noticed and haven't started taking steps to maximize the amount their "investments" borrow you're nuts. Education has gone up in price for two reasons: We pulled billions in federal subsidies and the middle class has eroded to the point where their competing with the poor for what few scholarships are left. That leaves our investor class in a prime position to swoop in with big loans and big profits. Rent seeking at it's finest...

Comment Probably has less to do with affording (Score 1) 320

and more to do with sneaking a gaming PC into married life. A friend of a friend used to buy every console that came out and went to great lengths to hide said purchase from the other half. At least for long enough to him to say, "That old thing? I've had it for ages". These new consoles are a god send, they look like just another piece of home entertainment gear. They can pass for a set top box :).

Comment The difference is (Score 2) 201

life leading up to the great depression was pretty much ass for everyone but a lucky few. When things went pear-shaped in the 2000s we had a lot more people who had something to lose.

If you're on Min-Wage or low wage (which, judging by American Median Income at least half are) prices are nuts. When Min wage was $4/hr I could buy a dozen eggs for $0.80 cents, less if they were on sale. These days the same eggs are $3.20 off sale and $2.60 on. Chicken is the same way. Beef was a bit cheap for a while, but only because they were slaughtering dairy cows to bring milk prices back up after a new technique for selecting sex in mammals led to an over abundance of milk.

Comment If you're American (Score 1, Insightful) 201

it seems a lot worse. Not just because of our news cycle either. Our economy crashed in 2008. It recovered, but virtually all of those gains were gobbled up by the investor class. Education has skyrocketed in cost (again, our investment class, who noticed that there was tons of money to be made on loans and lobbied hard to cut federal subsidies) and food prices are way, way up (there's that investment class again, with deregulation in our commodities market allowing them to skim 10-20% off our food supply).

Contrast that with the 70s, 80s and 90s where apart from an oil scare and a dip when manufacturing moved overseas things were mostly on the up and up.

Comment They new it was comming (Score 1) 349

Fukushima was blamed on a once in a 100 year disaster. The amusing thing being that it'd been about 100 years since the last time such a disaster was recorded. There were also tons of safety measures that should have been taken and weren't. It was all 100%, completely preventable. It was also really, really expensive to prevent...

Comment Waste isn't much of a problem (Score 3, Insightful) 349

anymore. I'll leave the details to the rest of the commentators, but it's a problem long since solved. You'll get way worse waste from a coal factory, just as folks back east who've had Ash Slurry in their water.

The trouble is long term safety. As plants age they need very, very expensive maintenance and then eventually need to be shut down and rebuilt. It happens in about 20-30 years. Whoever is running the plant at that time is going to want to bury this fact so they can keep bringing money in from the factory. We saw this in Fukushima, and we saw how little gov't oversight worked to prevent it. We also saw a complete lack of accountability for the disaster. Until we solve this problem nuclear is a nonstarter.

Comment I'm more worried about safety (Score 4, Insightful) 349

in the face of falling profits. The trouble with nuclear is that sooner or later somebody is going to start cutting corners on safety to maximize profit. Look at Fukushima. Completely avoidable, everybody knew about it, still a disaster. And the CEOs responsible have so far got off scott free (can't spill the blood of kings, ya know). Yeah, I know there are more oil & coal deaths per watt, but the damage from nukes lingers in a way that oil/coal doesn't.

Until it's cheaper to run the plants safely than not, and I mean cheaper in the short run not just the long run, I won't trust nuclear. Until then we're one MBA away from 100 years of elevated cancer risk.

Comment I realize I'm not answering the question... (Score 1) 97

but I stopped managing my bookmarks when Firefox & chrome started searching them and the text they contained. That plus google pretty much made bookmark management a waste of my time. Kinda like organizing my email. I just don't do it anymore. Use the search feature in your browser bar and give the bookmark a name with some useful keywords and blam, no more managing. If it's something you use a lot drop it in your bookmark bar. Come to think of it, that's one of the key things that keeps me on Firefox: I can drag and drop a tab directly onto my bookmark bar.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling