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9:45 AM yesterday cressona commented on The Morning News: Man Shot By Stray Bullet While Sleeping, Trump Tweets Campy Pic of Himself Writing Inaugural Speech.
Love the dissection of the latest Trump distraction. The perfectly relevant Susan Sontag and Socrates references, the parody pic.

I hadn't noticed the eagle until Mr. Mudede pointed it out. And suddenly I was brought back to the eagle in Stephen Colbert's Wonderful Pistachios commercials. Speaking of camp... Or I guess Colbert doesn't count as true camp.
Jan 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians.
d.p. @21, if the important point you want to come on these boards to make is that, regarding me, "He's a dick," well, you've got no argument there. I do find it amusing that you assume I'm a he. I'd feel more comfortable with a gender-agnostic "dick" designation.

Anyway, I'll just have to let you stew over the fact that my tax dollars as a City of Seattle resident are now going toward building a second dedicated subway tunnel through downtown. I realize that must be a profoundly bitter realization.
Jan 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians.
d.p. @17, you're absolutely right. Vindictive, ad-hominem personal attacks are perfectly fine, so long as they're in response to some topic other than the one the post is about.

Which is why I'm fine with your comparing me to Hitler. Oh, sorry. Current events. Hmm, which current public figure would d.p. consider the modern-day Hitler for which our 2017 Godwin's law should apply? ...

Ah! I got it. Do you mean Dow Constantine or Ed Murray?
Jan 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians.
@13, now there's the d.p. we've all come to know and love. I'm reminded now that one of d.p.'s favorite epithets was "ad hominem." Project much, d.p.?

d.p., clearly there's more than one issue on which you have a winning way of winning people over to your side. It's just a shame I have no interest in debating our federal immigration system with you. And there's no point in our going back and re-litigating ST3. It would be like old times, though, wouldn't it?
Jan 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians.
Oh, and one thing I meant to add @6. A reduction in H-1B visas would, to some extent, lead to more offshoring. That's fine by me. There's only so much you can put the globalization genie back in the bottle.

P.S. I see d.p. has finally resurfaced @4 after his coming out on the wrong end of the Sound Transit 3 vote. D.p., I really thought we would no longer be graced by your presence. My condolences to you on us idiot voters of the central Puget Sound region not listening to your wisdom and voting in favor of the largest mass transit expansion in our history. I'm sure our diversity contributed to that too.
Jan 12 cressona commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians.
As someone who works in the tech industry, I could share all kinds of stories, and then some, about the evils and abuses of the H-1B visa program, both glaring and insidious. A Slog comment thread is really not the place for me to get into that, and I certainly don't want to waste my morning getting into a back-and-forth with facile observers like @2.

Suffice it to say for now... From the original story: Microsoft and other companies say the visa program is necessary, because there is not enough tech talent in the U.S. to fill jobs. I don't want to outright say that's a lie, but on the continuum between lie and truth, it's a heck of a lot closer to the lie end, and for reasons that aren't entirely obvious.

While I think it would be dangerous to eliminate the H-1B program, I believe it would be a great improvement over the status quo to significantly restrict and curtail it.

This reminds me. Just because Trump is a monster doesn't mean he isn't right about some issues. Or let me state that more precisely. Just because Trump is a monster doesn't mean he didn't position himself on the right side of some issues. (And these tend to be the issues where I feel Bernie was on the right side and Hillary wasn't. And yes, I voted for Hillary of course.)
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Jan 7 cressona commented on After Buyouts and Layoffs, Nearly Two Dozen People Will Leave the Seattle Times Newsroom.
@1, I loathe Frank Blethen just as much as anyone else, but let's be clear here. The layoffs we've been seeing at the Times have far less to do with the Times' management than they do with the bottom falling out of the news industry's business model.
Dec 30, 2016 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle Corporation Wants to Put Warehouses in the Sky, Seattle Burglars Only Want Tech, Seattle Is About to Get Very Cold.
herpaderpa @11, not only would a universal minimum income be a remarkably bad real-world idea that would create far more problems than it solves, but it's a total political non-starter and, worst of all, it's a distraction from all the pragmatic progressive changes we can make to give labor more leverage and make American workers more competitive with foreign workers, and not to mention to further shore up the social safety net.

Let's try rallying around labor and work before we give up on labor and work. Let's take advantage of the fact that we aren't living in a science-fiction dystopia just yet.
Dec 30, 2016 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle Corporation Wants to Put Warehouses in the Sky, Seattle Burglars Only Want Tech, Seattle Is About to Get Very Cold.
I even have to qualify a bit what I write @9 about when we should have a problem with corporate labor practices. Private businesses have to deal with the realities of their competitive landscapes; they have to play by the rules that exist, however rotten those rules may be, not the rules they'd like to exist. If all your competitors are reducing costs by shipping jobs overseas, how do you not do the same, unless you can figure out an angle to work that to your advantage? I don't know if we can blame Carrier for wanting to ship those jobs in Indiana to Mexico. We can blame NAFTA and Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress back then that passed NAFTA and the companies that lobbied for NAFTA (companies which, for all I know, may have included Carrier/United Technologies).

Obviously, with his whole Carrier publicity stunt, Donald Trump responded in exactly the wrong way to labor's loss of leverage.
Dec 30, 2016 cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle Corporation Wants to Put Warehouses in the Sky, Seattle Burglars Only Want Tech, Seattle Is About to Get Very Cold.
Another provocative and fascinating Mudede take on the morning news, even if I don't agree with it all and even if the undeserved digs at Cliff Mass get a bit tiresome (and it's not like Cliff Mass doesn't get tiresome himself).

There are a number of items I want to comment on, but let me focus on one--Amazon's vision of a blimps and drones future. It doesn't quite make sense to me, but that's Amazon's problem, not mine.

Regarding whether one of the drivers for this vision is to reduce the number of workers required to fulfill deliveries, well, in and of itself I have no problem with that. If a business can use technology to reduce its costs by reducing its number of workers and still deliver an equally good or better product or service to its customers, then great. That's their prerogative, and it's not their job to address the societal impacts; it's society's and government's job. It's when private businesses abuse their workers or engage in union-busting or overwork them or place them in cut-throat competitions with each other or try to offshore work to countries with lower labor standards or just to right-to-work states or hire illegal immigrants or use mechanisms like H-1B visas to drive down wages and create a class of indentured workers or--worst of all--lobby government to allow them to further engage in these practices that tip the playing field against labor--that's when I have a problem with corporate behavior and we as a society should have a problem with corporate behavior.

As a comparison, when I hear how in some quarters American manufacturing is able to produce more with fewer workers thanks to robots and other automation, I consider that progress, not a race to the bottom. And I mean "progress" in a non-judgmental sense, as neither good nor bad but just something inevitable that has to be dealt with. Society needs to value work, not to prop up make-work work. There's a ways we can go to better value work while at the same time not devolving into a country that views a job as an entitlement. Even then, with the pace of technology, I have to allow that that might not be enough.
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