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Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 215

For non-USians, can we get an explanation of who the libtards are?

Since you asked ... "libtard" is a portmanteau of "liberal" and "retard." It is a pejorative term wielded by unimaginative non-liberals during an argument they are losing.

Except in this case, where the GP was confused as to which side of the argument they were railing against.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 1, Insightful) 316

They are negotiating. Its called a strike.

I get you, but keep in mind that negotiating != striking.

Many unions and their management counterparts succeed at negotiating new contracts without the union going on strike, or the management initiating a lockout.

Mentioning the word "strike" in the headline is just clickbait.

Comment Re:Trump is right (Score 4, Insightful) 136

Net Neutrality was overreach, that instead of helping the people who wanted it, made sure it was harder than ever to compete agains the big ISP's like Comcast.

Are you on crack? Net Neutrality helped to kill the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

Stopping Comcast and Time Warner from merging into a super-company makes it easier, not harder, to compete against them.

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 2) 155

we just elected a president who's doing everything he can to stack the courts with folks friendly to these kind of laws. That's not hyperbole, it was one of his campaign promises.

Where is your evidence? Citations, please.

One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected.
-- Donald Trump, 2016-02-26

This may not be about "stacking the courts" but Trump's intentions regarding libel laws was stated clearly during the campaign.

Comment Re:There's no law... (Score 5, Informative) 171

So every company needs to officially warn their investors about global warming, rising tides, and ocean acidification?

If those things can materially affect the profitability of the company, then yes. And especially if the company knows that it is contributing to them, thus making itself vulnerable to legislative or liability consequences.

Comment Re:Trump says (Score 5, Informative) 171

Moron.... private company != Government

I can create all the email account I want for my company ... the Government has no constitutional power to complain.

The witch hunt to file some sort of criminal complaint because I dare to talk about climate change or deny climate change.. is simply that.

Except that Exxon Mobil is not a private company. Its stock is sold in various currencies on numerous exchanges around the world.

The executives of a publicly-traded company have a legal fiduciary responsibility to inform shareholders of potential risks to the company's profitability. Trying to bury their own evidence that their products contribute to climate change arguably is a violation of that responsibility. Hence the investigation by the AGs.

Comment Re:Not much for those stuck *right now* (Score 1) 632

Canadians and Mexicans have something called the TN visa, which is a lot easier to get than H1Bs. (Which is a wonder then why Mexicans would bother coming illegally, since they can easily get a TN visa and come over to pluck the crops.

As I said in my post, a Canadian (or Mexican) can obtain a Trade NAFTA (aka TN) work permit. And please note, it's a work permit, not a visa. A visa lets you enter a country for a certain purpose (that may or may not include paid work); a work permit lets you work there. Mexicans and Canadians don't need visas to enter the US, but they do need work permits to work there legally.

Under the NAFTA treaty, only people doing jobs that require certain kinds of college degrees (mostly in STEM fields) are eligible for a Trade NAFTA work permit. So no, people who pick crops cannot get one.

As another AC pointed out, you must have a job offer in order to get a TN permit. But that's true of practically any other kind of non-immigrant work permit. The difference with TN is that you can just show up at the border with:

- evidence of the temporary job offer (i.e., a letter from the employer);
- a description of the job that shows it requires someone with the education and skills described in the NAFTA treaty, and
- your documents that prove you fit the requirements of the position and the treaty.

Then you pay a small fee and you're in, for up to a year. You can get a new one over and over again, but not forever. Much easier than an H-1B. But like any interaction with a border agent, sometimes things can go wrong. (I was denied a TN once, even though my papers were valid.) Just show up with good documentation, prerferably after consulting with an immigration attorney.

Comment Re:Not much for those stuck *right now* (Score 1) 632

As a Canadian, he can apply as an H-1B to work in the US for a couple of years to get some experience there. US folks can do the same by applying for the Canadian H-1B thingy.

Canadians in his situation don't need to get an H1-B to work in the USA. They can get a work permit far more easily through Trade NAFTA. For now. Stay tuned to see what The Orange One does about that.

There is a reciprocal arrangement in NAFTA for STEM-degreed Americans to work in Canada temporarily.

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