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Comment Re:The USA hasn't recovered from prohibition. (Score 1) 135

The attitudes towards alcohol in the USA are quite bizarre to most of the rest of the planet but we didn't have prohibition.

When I went to the USA with the British Army, I found that although I was old enough to be an ally with a rifle, I was not old enough to have a beer at 20! I was old enough to go in harms way but not old enough for Budweiser! Your troop transport aircraft was supposed to be dry. I have heard that your naval vessels are dry.

Off topic, but one of the best times I ever had was drinking with some Welsh soldiers on leave from the British Army, in an Irish pub on the bank of the river in Salzburg, Austria on New Years Eve. Don't know if it's covered in basic training or what, but you guys sure know how to have a good time drinking. Also, we did you a favor on the Budweiser.

Comment Re:Lifestyles of the Poor but Interesting (Score 1) 102

Or maybe, like some people europe and japan, people are becoming less interested in starting a family.

Which also means they are dooming themselves to a life of nonstop, low paying work. Without families or children, what are all these gig millenials going to do when they get to be 60-70 years old? They won't have anything in savings, no kids to support/take care of them, and the government will be so overburdened it won't be able to do anything either. There's too much focus on the here and now these days, not many in the current generation think about what will happen long term.

Comment Re:Where's my BB gun? (Score 3, Funny) 82

If you can hit an aircraft at an altitude of 65k feet, then it's probably classified as "one of the largest anti-aircraft cannons ever built" rather than a "bb gun".

Just attach your bb gun along with a remote firing mechanism to another balloon and release it. It's like sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, only with balloons and bb guns.

Comment Re:All these words (Score 3, Interesting) 103

Sound like high minded excuse to start use the platform for political purposes. All these words "bullying", "fake news", etc. are code words involved in liberal virtue signalling. "Fake news" is something that those evil right wingers do (especially it does not apply to New York Times, et al. or any garbage coming from BLM or other such outlets).

The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one......from Trump's very own press conference yesterday:"Russia is fake news....You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake." So Trump is liberal now and CNN is right-wing?

Comment Re:Never Fails (Score 4, Informative) 131

The way I see it, Uber isn't a taxi company. Uber provides a platform as a service allowing service providers (ride share drivers) to find customers (passengers). The service providers might count as independent taxi drivers and thus be taxi companies themselves.

Drivers can't set prices, can't turn down (too many) customers, can't drive whatever car they want, etc. Uber drivers aren't contractors.

Comment Re:Never Fails (Score 4, Insightful) 131

Someone comes up with an idea that's pretty good, is designed for people to work part time to pick up some cash, minimal regulations, etc. and it's a pretty good thing for everyone all around.

Except there are regulations around offering yourself for hire for personal transportation. Just because you own a boat doesn't mean you can take up commercial fishing part-time to make some extra cash either without following proper regulations and licensing. If you want a part-time job to make some extra cash wait some tables, tend bar, be a bag boy at a grocery store, or work swing shift in a bakery. Just wanting to make a little extra money doesn't justify ignoring local, state, or federal laws and regulations.

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 2) 892

I did not get the same meaning out of his words that you did... or you have weird logic. ;)

What I heard him say was that he could not in all conscience vote for Clinton. The only choice left at that point is Trump.

Or Johnson. Or Stein. Or that one Mormon guy from Utah. Or any number of write-in candidates. Sure, none of them were going to win-it was always going to be Trump or Clinton. But at least your conscience would be clear. I know mine is.

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 1) 892

the next four years.

You're giving Trump too much credit. He has almost zero chance of making it four years. He will either die in office or resign early.

The only way Trump gets out early is if he dies in office or gets impeached and removed. His ego is too big to allow himself to resign. Everything has to be a success, he has to win every time. Winners don't resign.

Comment Re:Time to start the pool on #PresidentTweety? (Score 2) 892

General Michael Flynn's tenure as NSA adviser is the shortest in US history (24 days).

Does Flynn's brief "defense" quality as "alternative facts" yet, or is there some sort of requirement in #PresidentTweety's White House for Kellyanne Conway to say it first? After all, she merely said Trump had "full confidence" in Flynn about an hour before he resigned. Or maybe she'll tell us it isn't a real resignation now?

Oh, I just hope her embarrassment and humiliation is so extreme that the Donald fires her next.

Conway will be one of the last ones to go, unless she herself chooses to leave. She's one of Trump's loyalists, a yes-(wo)man, and a designated mouthpiece. Personally, I think she is planning to attach herself to a Breitbart (or at least Bannon-led)TV or internet network as a lead talking head. Bannon is obviously a driving force behind a lot of Trump's policies. With all the concerted attacks against the "MSM" they are clearly setting up an opening for an alt-right "honest" media outlet. Trump is just a shell, a useful fool, an ego-driven showman that they latched onto.

Comment Re:Harder Than It Sounds (Score 2) 490

(plus there's a pension I'm invested in),

A someone who will never see a pension and expects not to get any social security when I am eligible to retire in 35 years(assuming it doesn't go up to 70 by then) and must therefore rely solely on savings and a 401k, do not give up that pension. I would kill for a pension. Literally. Just point me at the target and they're gone.

Ok, a little hyperbole there. But seriously, I'm even jealous even of my coworkers who are all 30 years older than me that had their pensions frozen at a couple hundred dollars a month. Even that looks good to someone like me.

Comment Re:Why is Default Not an Option? (Score 2) 490

Though you're not able declare bankruptcy, there's still things you can do if you can't pay back your student loans. Something I use to help is called Income Based Repayment. With that alone you basically have no excuse to let things get that bad, and if you pay it consistently, your debt is forgiven in 20 years - less if you work in education.

I did IBR too, but now I make enough that the only plan I can go on is the default 10 year repayment. As for your friend of a friend, someone should have told her that th military route only really works before you go to college. Pretty sure the GI Bill doesn't work retroactively or else there would be lines a mile long outside every single recruitment station. She would have been better off trying to teach in an inner city school for a few years. Pretty much the only way to quickly get student loan debt forgiven.

Comment Re:Bubble (Score 1) 490

Nope, but me and my girlfriend shared a 1 bedroom apartment on basically my hourly wage alone for about a year. We also had 2 fully paid off cars and yes, I did cook my own food. Then we moved into a rental house with her newly divorced mother who in turn moved into our house when we bought it then moved out about 6 months later when she remarried.

Comment Re:Bubble (Score 2) 490

Bubble? What bubble, my house is still worth 20% less than when I bought it 10 years ago. There is no bubble, and that's why people aren't moving. They owe too much on their house from last time the bubble burst. If selling your house means you have to pay the bank money to close out the mortgage, you're probably not going to move.

That, and the fact that the homes that are for sale or currently being built are all ridiculously overpriced. We bought our house about a year and a half ago. It's about 15 years old, 2k square feet and 3bd/2.5bath and we paid just under 200k for it. There is a ton of new construction here now and it all starts at 300-350K for townhomes and 400k+ for single family homes. And we are on the very outer edges of the metro area. If we hadn't gotten this house when we did we would still be renting, and stuck paying just as much in rent (if not more) than we are currently paying for mortgage. Even if millennials want to move, in many cases there simply isn't a house they can afford.

Comment Re:Bubble (Score 1) 490

I'm a member of the Baby Boomers / Generation X group (depending on your definition), and I see what is happening to millennials and I think you are full of shit. I graduated from college with a BS, $25,000 in debt, and $30,000 starting salary. Millennials would pull teeth to get that deal (just double both numbers to adjust for inflation).

I'm a borderline millennial (turned 30 late last year). When I graduated from grad school, my numbers were reversed from yours. Roughly 35k in debt, starting salary around 27k. And it wasn't even a salary, it was hourly at about $13 per hour with shift differential. This was about a year after I graduated, and I only managed to get the job because I had started working part time there summer of my freshman year of college and had enough seniority (barely) to transition to a full time position. A year and a half after that I moved to a true salaried position at the same company and my salary roughly doubled. Just finished 2 years in my current position with 10 years total at the company. I'm married, own a home, and me and my wife made in the low 90k combined last year.

My sister on the other hand is 26, lives at home, has at least double the student loans I do, and just got offered her first real job out of college last week that will pay about 19k a year. I am fully aware that as a millennial I am in a very good situation compared to many others.

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