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Comment What about automated drink pouring machines? (Score 1) 720

Those were clearly put in place because it's cheaper to "pay" a machine to do a job like that than to pay (an increasingly expensive) person.

I know that some/many people have a problem regarding people and their labor as a product, but it's a simple fact of life that, in general, when the price of something goes up, people use less of it.

Comment the short term (Score 1) 778

As with an increase in the price of gas, most of the effects of raising the minimum wage (and thus the price of labor) will have their impact felt over the course of years, as employers have time to implement programs that will replace more expensive people with less expensive machines.

Comment Read the Article and it Contradicts the Headline (Score 4, Insightful) 215

They thought decreasing numbers were due to birds dying, but they were actually due to birds changing breeding locations (for unknown reasons).

Basically, and contrary to the headline, the article says they don't know enough about penguin breeding behavior to draw any conclusions.

"Over five years in the late 1970s, the Southern Ocean warmed and at the same time the penguin colony at Pointe Géologie, declined by half (6,000 breeding pairs to 3,000 breeding pairs). The decline was thought to be due to decreased survival rates. In other words, researchers thought that the warming temperatures were negatively impacting the survival of the species...'It’s possible that birds have moved away from Pointe Géologie to these other spots and that means that maybe those banded birds didn’t die,' LaRue said. 'If we want to accurately conserve the species, we really need to know the basics. We’ve just learned something unexpected, and we should rethink how we interpret colony fluctuations.'”

P.S. Want to know why people are skeptical about climate change "science" and advocacy? It's because of blurbs like this one that say one thing in the headline and something else in the linked-to article.

Comment There's more to the world than California (Score 4, Insightful) 545

Just because raising cattle in CA doesn't make sense, it doesn't mean it doesn't make sense to raise cattle anywhere else.

I LOL when I hear my kids get lectured about the need for water conservation in books that act like California and the midwest are equivalent biomes.

Comment Re:Tried to Sign Up, Already Frustrated (Score 1) 644

Because I am a normal human being, not a programmer, and I can only remember so many username and password combinations.

P.S. I am trying to distribute insight into how ordinary people think and work. Based on comments like yours, that is something that seems to be sorely needed.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe