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Comment Re:America! (Score 2) 605

Things did not change. The minimum wage was set to ensure that EVERY job pays a living wage, minimum. During boom times, salaries soared and minimum wage jobs were the ones kids took. Adults worked "real" jobs that paid more. That is where that false perception comes from.

FDR made a public speech after signing the minimum wage in to law. He said:

"In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By "business" I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living."

http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist....

Comment But not really (Score 1) 1

He does not have the power, this is a publicity stunt. Only Congress can withdraw from a treaty in progress. This is a good sign, perhaps he will veto it when it comes to his desk. That is the power he does have.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 3, Interesting) 221

And then filling those positions with low level inexperienced H1b visa workers.

My proposal- in order to get an H1b you must run an ad for 3 months on the Dept of Immigration site with your requirements. All applicants go to their review official there as well as the company. If the company cannot find a qualified applicant- and immigration agrees, then they may fill the role with an H1b applicant.
However, if they cannot find an H1b applicant that meets the posted requirements, they must reeview the US applicants along with immigration BEFORE they select a less qualified H1b applicant. Any US applicants that have the same qualifications as the H1b applicant must be hired instead.

And, the real kicker- the H1b applicant must be paid the same amount they would have paid the US applicant of the same qualification. Enforced via industry standard/average salaries for the region.

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 4, Interesting) 278

Yes. Timing is the key to understanding it. Sanders would have defeated Trump easily. The timing of the releases were carefully placed so as to build suspicion with independants while not hurting her primary bid. Then once she clenched that, proof that it was a rigged primary sent a lot of independants away from the DNC to either Green, Libertarian, and even a number to Trump.

If they had released it all in the beginning, we would be swearing in Sanders tomorrow.

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 1, Interesting) 278

"Successful" is not the proper term. If he had left his inheritance alone, he would be twice as wealthy as he claims to be now. (The properties and investments, as well as market based funds would total more today) And it is likely what he claims is inflated.
Literally, if he had just lived the life of a rich playboy, he would be twice as wealthy. His attempts at business have cost him half his wealth.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 313

"I decided to see if they stream it. The station does. Commercials before it started. Commercials again when it froze and crashed. A few repeats of that was getting pretty annoying. Miss something? Rewind a little. Commercials again. (I'm okay with some, but this was getting ridiculous.) Pause for a few minutes to deal with the 5 year old. More commercials. Then, shortly before the end, it said she had to sign up for an account to see the end. She said "f-that", and got me to tell her how it ended."

Probably the number one reason people are introduced to piracy. Fuck this, see if we can find a copy of that episode somewhere!

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 5, Insightful) 382

I don't entirely agree with Manning. While it was a good thing to expose what was exposed, the wholesale release with no thought to damage and danger to others is very irresponsible. Snowden arranged for filtering of released data, to protect the under cover agents and any field activities that may be happening. Manning dumped it all. Troop movements, names, home addresses, the whole shebang.

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