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Comment Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

HobbyLobby get the financial benefit for following ACA without actually providing the benefits of ACA. An employee gets sub-standard insurance, HobbyLobby gets the tax credits and (this is the kicker for me) the employee is not eligible for subsidized insurance that is not-substandard from the exchanges because HobbyLobby got it's cake and ate it too.

Comment Re:Growing Potential (Score 1) 68

I feel like we've barely grazed the surface of the potential of crowd funding. I mean, in a real sense here we, as society, are funding self-education - we are funding the education of our own society. That's cool.

Government and taxes have been a way of society crowd funding its own education for far longer than kickstarter has been around. It says something about how youngsters perceive our extant system if kickstarter campaigns funding education seem like a new thing.

Comment Re:They hate our freedom (Score 1) 404

We both had a moderate amount of snark I think, mostly due to training by "the internet" but we both saw through it. Thank you for that.

I agree we're not going to reach a parking utopia here, but if public transit can be good enough that city dwellers need not own a car and most commuters don't need to drive to work then most of the parking will be for tourists and people with occasional business downtown. I live downtown but I own a car which I park on the street that I use to drive to work in the suburbs because our public transportation is woefully inadequate and a reverse-commute is ten minutes but taking a bus is an hour. I would sell the car in a minute if I had an alternative. That would be one less car on the road or in a parking spot. Every little bit counts.

Comment Re:They hate our freedom (Score 1) 404

I think we're coming from two different angles. You seem to think the majority of people live in the suburbs and commute downtown, I seem to think the majority of people live in the city and commute within the city. You are probably right.

But, if those people in the city still need the car from time to time, they will take up space parking in the city. It's best if they never need a car and don't own one. That was my point: it was really only targeted at city residents (which I admit is really only part of the problem).

Comment Re:Cut that cable, cut it now! (Score 1) 484

I get terrible reception with rabbit ears, and live in an apartment where i cannot use a massive outdoor antenna. i would have loved the opportunity to pay someone to "host" MY antenna for me in a place with good reception.

How about asking the landlord to allow you to place an antenna on the roof? Or how about mounting an antenna outside a window?

Comment Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

The same way as when cable TV required a physical cable run to your home

Cable TV today does not require a physical cable run to your home? I was under the impression that Cable TV today still used cables. (I haven't had cable for over a decade so I might be behind the times but Google around didn't net me any over-the-air cable TV.)

Comment Re:Maybe if the economy wasn't so fucked (Score 1) 710

And it's before taxes. So figure $1200 a month.

Rent in this area is between $700-1200 unless your drive is REALLY long, or you're living in an absolute shithole.

Where I live many people that cannot afford to rent a flat on their own will share a flat with another family or a roommate. It can cut your housing costs a lot. Especially if you choose a two-bedroom place in the city and split it and not have to drive to work. Plus being able to walk to the market means no gym membership!

Comment Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710

How do they force you? If anyone is fired for refusing to work more than 40 hours then they can sue since this is breaking the laws of most states in the US.

I assume you mean forty hours a week and not forty hours in toto. Can you point to a law that prevents an employer from firing an employee for refusing to work more than forty hours a week?

Most knowledge workers are exempt employees which means employers need not track their hours or pay them overtime for any time worked beyond forty per week. Nonexempt employees may work more than forty hours per week but must be paid overtime.

Comment Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710

Calling it "Workaholism" implies we have a choice.

We do have a choice. Convincing yourself that you can't do anything about it is just fatalism and depressing. With that kind of mindset you are unlikely to choose something for yourself that's not corporate serfdom. The powers that benefit from corporate serfs spend a lot of time and money convincing the populace that their way is the best way. They don't want you to think about creative ways to live your life; they rather you feel like you're getting a great deal from them.

Comment Re:Sleep Collects Neural Garbage (Score 1) 710

I wish someone would invent a device to turn my conscious brain off and let me get some quality sleep every night. Preferably one that isn't just a big ice-cream scoop lobotomizer.

It's possible that if you teach yourself to meditate for a few minutes a day, after a couple of weeks you'll find your mind able to rest more peacefully when it is time to rest.

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