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Comment Re:What about supremacy (Score 1) 151

Yes. See, excerpted below.

The U.S. Constitution provides that federal laws are the "supreme law of the land." In the context of aviation, the doctrine of field preemption—that state action is preempted because Congress intended to occupy the entire regulatory field—has been held by many courts to generally prohibit state regulation of aircraft safety and operations. Underlying this position is that the U.S. government by statute "has exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States." As the Supreme Court explained more than 40 years ago in an opinion invalidating a locally imposed curfew on aircraft noise, "a uniform and exclusive system of federal regulation" is required "if the congressional objectives underlying the Federal Aviation Act are to be fulfilled." Thus, in the context of aviation, federal preemption long has been understood to sweep with a wide broom.

Comment Re:Moving to Marshall, Arkansas? (Score 2) 276

So you're saying God is destroying island nations, threatening food, water, and energy supplies, and potentially causing the extinction of huge numbers of species so your parents can be comfortable? I have a robust spirituality so I'm not about to challenge a belief in God, but that is bananas.

Comment Window seats first surprisingly not optimal (Score 1) 394

Whatever downsides it has, if such a design is adopted, I hope it leads to a stronger adoption of a convention that those with window seats board first.

Someone did studies on this and found that window seats first isn't significantly better than the current system. The most efficient method they found was to board odd rows first, then evens (or vice versa), the theory being that it gave people enough elbow room to get their luggage into the overheads without interfering with each other.

Comment Re:The death of College Hiring (Score 1) 341

Here's the thing I don't understand whenever the H-1B thing comes up. In 2012 the US issued about 134,000 H-1B visas, which are good for three to six years. Meanwhile the total US labor force is about 150 million. So that's about 0.3% to 0.5% of US jobs filled by people here on H-1B visas. Unemployment is what, 7% right now? Take away the H-1Bs and that drops to... still 7% if we're being honest about sig figs?

It just seems like the rhetoric around H-1B visas is totally out of proportion to its actual impact. Am I missing something?

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