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Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 613

It's a joke that someone can put 40 hours in per week with one employer and still need to work a 2nd job or require government assistance simply to pay the bills and put food on the table.

That's only the setup. The punchline is that thanks to computerized "optimization" of shifts, those kinds of workers don't get told what their schedule is until a few days before, and you know if they miss a shift they're fired, the result of which is that one cannot hold two such jobs.

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 613

Well, yeah, you can both be right. Taxes went down, but spending didn't. And of course WHAT we spend on matters, and we spend a lot more of our GDP on social programs than we used to.

Repeat after me: 4 trillion dollars wasted in Iraq, 4 trillion dollars wasted in Iraq...

You know those pie charts showing how government spending is distributed? The GOP ones always show military spending as a minor thing; because the GOP assholes count veteran's "benefits", ie medical care for people who are disabled while serving their country, as entitlements instead of as military spending.

Comment Re:Untrue (Score 1) 765

I realise what you are saying is effectively believed to be true by millions, but its little more than a cultural myth.

A bit of history, young man: it was first widely promoted by Jack Welch in the 80s (IIRC), CEO of GE at the time. Before that, it was an obscure theory by an obscure academic from the 70s (IIRC). Before that, the idea had never even existed.

Companies have responsibility to their shareholders, to their employees, to their customers, to their partners--how they balance those will vary, but the notion that their only responsibility is to shareholders is utter bullshit, promoted by self-serving sociopaths.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 751

...cherry picked the exact time frame to allow 40-200m (depending on what source you want to use) to grow into 1 billion...

No cherry picking needed. Let's look at the Russell family of indexes, some of the broadest ones available, covering basically the whole market, from their inception not quite 30 years ago. The Russell 3000 has appreciated 6.8x, the 2000 has appreciated 6.7x.

Comment Re:I love a sunburnt country! (Score 1) 110

While progress on efficiency is nice, the important criteria is watts/$, not watts/m^2. We have plenty of space on rooftops, over parking lots, and in deserts. But we need to continue to bring down the cost.

Installation costs are a significant portion of the installed watts/$, and they are directly related to m^2.

Additionally, we do not actually "have plenty of space on rooftops".

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