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Comment Re:Bullshit! (Score 1) 86

It's definitely a "click bait" headline. Since it clearly then goes on to say brainstorming ALONE doesn't work. And even that isn't quite right. There are many times where brainstorming alone does work whether it's to generate a new idea or solve a problem. Putting a specific time limit on brainstorming/collaborating and solo investigation are definitely worthwhile for complex issues that take more than an hour to resolve. Just alternating for the sake of alternating may give certain personality styles a chance to recover, which is important, but there's more to it than that.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Yes, an actual race to the bottom may eventually drive someone out of business. But that doesn't make competition bad. However, over time, all things race towards the bottom. What was incredibly expensive or even impossible 50 years ago now costs a few pennies to produce. Yes, if you made the expensive version 50 years ago and 25 years later someone figured out how to make it for 10% the cost, you will be hurt by this. Society can't stand still. It is always moving forward. A lot of times that happens at a pace that generally people don't notice when things become obsolete. However, there are also many times especially with technology where it is a dramatic enough change that society takes notice. And sometimes that means people have to adapt quicker than they'd like. Uber and Lyft didn't just shake up the taxi industry, they also created a market for rides where people would NOT have taken a taxi. Now you can find a ride at almost any time of night in places where taxis certainly aren't patroling and many times won't even go. This will eventually make taxi companies rethink their model to compete. Taxi service hasn't had real competition in a long while, and that made some people comfortable that shouldn't have been.

That doesn't mean that Lyft or Uber couldn't do some really stupid things to try to cut costs to compete, but if I sign up as a driver knowing I'm going to make $10 an hour equivalent and I decide to work 100 hours a week, that's on me. Uber and Lyft existing did not force me into a $10/hour job. But that's clearly what the market will bear. Uber and Lyft don't just compete for customers (riders) they also compete in some areas for drivers. And that is a GREAT thing for drivers. It may help keep wages/prices steady, it may make them go up, it may make them go down. But that's all based on real economics. We as consumers who know what we absolutely need to make to survive must adapt constantly to changing conditions. Sometimes that's easy, sometimes that's hard. Maybe it means finding a new job. Maybe it means working harder at your current job. Exceptionalism isn't comfortable. It means always moving forward. Maybe some day society will achieve a level where for most things there isn't a benefit to making it better or more efficient. I don't see how that will be anytime this century or even millenium, but who knows.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

I agree, I was very lucky to have a roof over my head. It was miserable at times, sleeping in the dining room every night, no privacy, but I never had to sleep in an alley. My senile great grandmother calling out in the night to the birds she saw in the patterns on the wall, but I pretty much always had food.

However my real point was that I didn't let that keep me down. My two siblings didn't have the same level of drive that I have. They both basically just stopped going to school and while they've had flashes of trying to make a better life, they've fallen back on the easy road every time. My entire point was I wanted better so I did better. I did better and I got better. This poison spewing asshole Jia would want me and my siblings to both get the same reward because society shouldn't reward hard work.

Lyft is not running an illegal employment scheme. I don't care about what-ifs when we're talking about what is really happening.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

If half the population was dumb enough to need all these warning labels, they would already have weeded themselves out. We're playing to a lowest common denominator here. Correcting for an issue for everybody when it's really just a PERCEIVED issue for a few. Did you know you can die from drinking too much water? This Jia character hates hard work. She thinks everyone should be able to put in minimum effort and get the same as those that go all out. Pursuit of excellence or as she called it an obsession with self-reliance is CORE to the American Dream. Land of opportunity. Not land of guaranteed income and all needs met for you. Opportunity is not taken advantage of for you on your behalf. You have to go get it. Some people have to work harder than others to get it for so many reasons. Equal opportunity just means the opportunties are there for everybody, not that it takes the same level of effort to achieve. If I'm willing to work twice as hard for half as much as another person, then that is my opportunity to take. I grew up in a poor household. My parents lived with my mom's parents because they couldn't afford a house of their own. I could have easily settled into McDonald's job at 15 and cruised along at that and been living in a crowded home making a little over minimum wage at 25 years old. But I told myself I wouldn't settle for easy. I had dreams and I knew what I needed to do to achieve them. And I did what it took to achieve them. Now because someone is too dumb to realize Lyft is exploiting them (even though they aren't) then I have to suffer whether it's paying more in taxes or not having a service like Lyft available. To steal Obama's socialist/communist bullshit: You didn't build that! Hence my original post referring to those who think they know better what is good for me or any other free citizen: GO. FUCK. YOURSELF.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

So you're going to penalize Mary because she is willing to work the job for less. The grand scheme of things doesn't care about anybody doing the job. The grand scheme of things is the universe of which we are an inconsequential part. In Mary's grand scheme of things, Lyft was a good option. In Paul's or Peter's maybe it isn't. So Paul and Peter choose not to work for Lyft while Mary does. I don't see any problem with that.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Lyft isn't a bad business. Jia is a slacker who wants something for nothing. Lyft provides a service and pays a certain rate. People choose to use it or work there. So take lyft out of the equation. What would Mary have done for money? Some magical job that paid more that appeared because Lyft wasn't there?

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Yes, and healthcare isn't free to create. What right do you have to the doctor's time? Se paid for her education, she took the time to get it. She put in all the hours of residency etc... to make it happen. Working back to back to back to back 18 hour shifts. And the medical device company who spent billions building that latest tech? Are you also entitled to their time and money? Drug company spends billions on a drug over a decade or more and suddenly you get to have it for free? Guess how long that doctor, medical device company, and drug company exist even if they are free to use? They would be gone faster than you can say "but think of the children." You are free to go start your own drug company and give away the fruits of your labor all you want. But you won't last. Go to 12 years of college and give away your services if you want, but you won't be able to buy your family dinner on gratitude. You know what happened a lot in early United States? Pioneers died of starvation and dehydration if they didn't get food and water on their own. Now we expect those things to be given to us? All it will take is one major event keeping the nanny state from shoving its teat in your poor incapable mouth and all the Jia's of the country will be dead in a week.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Without Lyft, who is Mary going to get this money from that she apparently needs to much that she puts her health in danger to get it? Reduce the number of options you have and you put supply even further below demand and that puts the suppliers (employers) in a position to offer lower wages. Jia hates the idea of praising people for doing what it takes to make ends meet and be successful. Jia is a moron. Jia wants a participation trophy for only giving 25% effort.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Yes it is still a choice. Not every choice has a pretty, happily ever after option. If Lyft gigs didn't exist, she wouldn't even HAVE that option. In Jia Tolentino's opinion, that's better for Mary...to not have the choice of working a Lyft. Because it's better not to have the option to work for money you think is worth it because someone else thinks it's too little money for you to make?

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

And further how will your government reliance treat you when suddenly that government can't support you any more? Sequestration? Country in bankruptcy? What about when the world all goes to shit and it's anarchy? Where is your communist/facist god now? I tell you where, he's standing over your corpse taking your supplies.

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

Except that isn't at all what this disgusting article is about. It's about how gig economy jobs supposedly trick you into trading your welfare for pittance. "Normalizing" the idea that earning $11 is more important than seeking urgent medical care? What the actual fuck? Writer takes what Mary said was the reason and says no wait but what if it's because her logical decision making has been compromised by evil Lyft and other gig company marketing. Because Mary is a stupid moron who can barely tie her own shoes? No, Mary made a choice. Perhaps out of her circumstances she felt it was worth the risk. Are we really so worried that people can't think for themselves that we're ready to excoriate an entire business model? If people's minds are that weak, then this is the last area we need to be worried about. Think about all those horrible TV shows and movies that just come right out and say so many horrible things are okay! Now we're past "but think of the children!" we're now at "but think of the morons"!

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 474

You can work too hard at any job. I could have 3 jobs working 40 hours a week each, none of them "gig" jobs and be carted off the the loony bin after a few months. I take major exception with bullshitters like the article writer saying the gig economy forces or tricks people into working too hard for their own good. Hence my "go fuck yourself" laden original post. And just to make the article even more of a idiot-fest, the writer bashes the idea of self-reliance. Because relying on the government/corporation to take care of you is exactly what you want, right? Fuck that.

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