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Comment Re:14 times smaller? (Score 1) 318

Wow, you botched the grammar with your gotcha.

The full sentence, with implied object explicitly stated:
"Greenland looks roughly the size of Africa when it is actually about 14 times smaller than Africa"

Your version:
"Greenland looks roughly the size of Africa when it is actually about 14 times smaller than Greenland"

That addition is necessary to make your "it's gone" claim work.

Except you then said "1/14 the size". How could Greenland be 1/14 the size of Greenland? So you knew "than Africa" was implied at the end of your sentence.

Comment Re:What exactly? (Score 4, Interesting) 379

Poor people are living longer, earning more, eating more, all over the world

Not in the United States.

Life expectancy in the US is declining. https://www.washingtonpost.com...

Also, real income went down in the 2008 recession, and have not recovered for anyone not in the top 2% of incomes.

Also, food insecurity is up by quite a bit among the poor.

Comment Re:The question should be, why are costs rising? (Score 1) 373

The amount of salary paid to these 'administrators' only accounts for a tiny percentage of tuition increase we've seen the last couple decades

University Chancellor went from about $150k to about $700k. And that's only one position.

This wage explanation simply doesn't add up. Plus, something like that would get exposed and corrected in the market quickly.

There's this thing called "reality". You may want to investigate it sometime. It turns out, reality does not always match Econ 101 theorycrafting.

Comment Re:The question should be, why are costs rising? (Score 2) 373

Another source is the massive increase in the number of people employed as "Administrators" by colleges and universities. They used to hire students to help push the paper around. Not so much anymore.

Also deans and other high-level administrators are being paid salaries comparable to private-sector C_Os, when they used to be paid far less.

Comment Re:The social effects are much worse. (Score 4, Insightful) 373

Tip: Do not let your political beliefs filter reality.

But we've seen the opposite happen since this flood of subsidy money into education.

There is no flood. There is actually an anti-flood.

Tuition at University of California schools used to be free for in-state students. Then UCs started charging "fees" that could easily be paid for by working over the summer. Then UCs started charging tuition....in the 1970s.

That is the timeframe you claim a lack of subsidies caused people to get "good" degrees.

Currently, UCs charge a pretty hefty tuition. So there are actually far lower subsidies today.

Also, your claim about "useless" degrees is utterly false.

First, all college/university graduates earn more during their lifetime. Including people with "Gender Studies" and "Art History" degrees.

Second, we produce 70,000 more STEM graduates every year than STEM jobs are created, even after accounting for retiring of older workers. So that "good" degree you cite is frequently just as useful as a "Gender Studies" degree when it comes to economic and productivity increases. Because those people with a CS degree that can't find work will be working at Starbucks just like the Gender Studies students.

For example, now society needs to deal with "protesters" who riot and loot any time that the police need to reasonably defend themselves with force when faced with violent attacks by criminal elements

The 1960s existed. You might wanna take off the rose-colored glasses long enough to notice the riots.

Yet there's silence from these same "protesters" when black-on-black violence kills more people in a single weekend in Chicago alone than have been killed by the police over the past decade.

The people committing that violence are not hired by the government to perform that violence. In addition, they are overwhelmingly likely to be convicted, unlike police officers who kill unarmed people who are not threatening the officer.

Comment Re:Capitalism is killing everyone and everything (Score 1) 110

there are those who will not be satisfied with what they have no matter how much they have, or what they desire is a reflection of what their peers have and want to have more than they do.

You solve that by getting those individuals the mental health care they need.

Currently, we revere them instead.

Comment Re:Oh please! (Score 1) 274

Most people who claim that they have a mental illness, or have been diagnosed with and possibly given drugs for a mental illness, are in fact perfectly healthy individuals with these things we can't always control called emotions.

You would not believe the number of people that say bullshit like this to those of us who have depression.

May you never have to learn just how wrong you are.

Comment Re:Lessons to learn (Score 1) 87

Uh, yea, unless you've been paying attention, most ISPs are not offering contract-based plans.

You confuse a ___-year commitment contract with contract in general.

I guarantee you signed a contract with your ISP, even if it does not include a length of service commitment on your part. In that contract, you agreed to pay them $X for internet service. If there was no contract, they could not send you a bill.

In that contract is a clause saying they get to block whatever they feel like blocking.

Comment Re:Doesn't smell right (Score 1) 513

We don't know what the role was,

Your argument requires his supervisor to also not know what the role was. Otherwise, the supervisor would not have been fine with the from home if nights/weekends arrangement.

Sympathy for an employee is one thing and we don't know how the company would have responded to an existing employee suddenly having that need

Typically, they find an excuse to fire the employee. Cancer is expensive. The company would not want to pay for treatment via health insurance.

Technically it's not legal to fire someone for that. But it's trivial to come up with another reason for firing someone.

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