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Comment Re: Union power! (Score 1) 304

If you're a grown adult, and the job in question takes up your working day, then you're damn right that it should remunerated well enough to be enough to live on.

No, because not every activity a grown adult can do is worth $livable_wage. Say some guy likes to repair VCRs... they're a dying breed, but he likes working on them. The market has decided that VCRs aren't valuable any more. Likewise, a person with a broken VCR is unlikely to value repairing one very highly. But if some guy wants to do it for a price the market will pay, so be it.

Or take volunteers. Why is it ok for someone to work for $0 as a volunteer for a full day, but paying them $5/hr isn't ok?

Comment Re:We heared the same over and over again (Score 1) 426

Keynes is always being called out as getting this prediction wrong, because the average work week isn't 15 hours now. But it's largely due to people changing how they live: lifestyle inflation. Keynes had no idea the role consumerism would play in modern America. Houses have gotten larger (with fewer people in them), one car for every driver in a household, more than one phone per person, all manner of processed convenience foods, and a deluge of leisurely entertainment options.

If you live like someone from the 30s today, you can surely do it on a 15 hour work week. But you'll be in a multi-generation household, not driving, cooking at home, and entertaining yourself by reading books (the horror!).

Comment Re:I know some countries consider... (Score 1) 271

I think for your plan to work, it would require vacant apartments.

San Fran has chronically underbuilt housing for decades. For every 12 new jobs added last year, 1 housing unit was built. The market is signaling that SF should become a big city, but the NIMBYs prefer things as they are (or prefer seeing their own property values increase).

Comment Re:Lots of cheap housing in US, just not in San Fr (Score 1) 271

According to the Tech Crunch link, the demand for spaces in homeless shelters is outstripping the supply. I think steve here is pointing out that there are lots of other cities around, some of which are probably better able to absorb homeless people.

Comment Re:Funding the vision (Score 1) 497

We didn't go to the moon for science. We went to the moon to beat the Soviets. The only way I see it happening is if we get into another space race with the Chinese or the Russians and that seems improbable at the moment.

That's true. I think Elon's not so much concerned with this moment.... he's playing the odds that such a situation will arise in the next couple of decades. When the time comes, SpaceX will be have the best vehicle for getting people to Mars.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 1) 474

If you really need the Hostess style of pie, the ones made by Tastykake are good.

I thoroughly concur on Tastykake. Seems like every other little pie brand coats the thing in sugar glaze... yuck. Most Tastykake flavors are available are unglazed and unfrosted; crust outside, sugar inside, as a pie should be. I also like the little metal trays that make it easy to pop 'em in the oven for 10 minutes. They do however have a shorter shelf life, so they're uncommon to find in vending machines.

Aside from Tastykake, most of the other big brands suck. A couple of the no-name/private label ones are good though, but they don't have the flavor range of Tastykake.

Yeah, I've got some experience.

Comment Re:Sounds iffy (Score 3, Interesting) 237

Yes, but if that's truly the case, then where precisely are the chemicals coming from that are making the water flammable?

It's not the chemicals that make water flammable, but methane.

Of course methane exists in the shale where they're fracking, but it can also exist at various layers of the ground above the shale. Pretty much anywhere organic material is decomposing, methane can exist. I would bet that the origin of any methane found in drinking water is likely above the shale. It's possible that the seismic activity caused by fracking disturbs the ground high above, releasing methane into a nearby water source. But in some places methane is just emitted naturally; in the old days, people could take advantage of relatively shallow methane as a fuel source.

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