commented on Low-Paid Sea-Tac Airport Contract Workers Form Union, Demand Negotiations
it's also a safety issue. the shitty "compensation" and resulting high turnover, means very low-skilled workers are doing the safety checks, re-fueling planes, making sure the baggage hold is properly loaded and secured. if the jobs paid more, they would attract better, more dedicated workers.
but as with all public companies, the responsibility is solely to the shareholders. cutting costs is mandatory for execs, as doing otherwise would not maximize profits. so the airlines don't need to make any changes until their cost cutting results in a pr disaster large enough to affect revenues, for instance a preventable malfunction during flight.
this isn't about corporate solvency, or the ability to remain profitable. this is about maximizing profits at the expense of everything else, which the ayn rand fanatics view as a moral pursuit.
commented on Primitive People Are More Violent than Civilized People
as a participant in civilization, i'm ok in asking questions akin to "is all this really worth it". asking whether advanced civilized culture reduces overall violence is important. bc if it turned out that i was increasing the likelihood of my kids suffering a violent miserable death by living in a society with advanced tech and complicated laws, i'd strip naked and take them to kamchatka.
commented on Seattle Saves Hiphop, Again
if the scope is confined to chart-topping tracks, then maybe i could agree with this thesis. maybe that's reasonable bc exposure matters for effect. i like the track a lot. but i have yet to listen to a rap album that doesn't have hilarious tracks or crack-up interludes throughout. i guess they just don't make it to the charts typically. so i'd say it's more about audience response than macklemore breaking any real ground.
commented on Stop the Coal Trains
it's amazing that washington could sacrifice its 21st century sensibilities to facilitate 20th century interests, and the 20th century developing world infrastructure they perpetuate and feed from.
Aug 7, 2012
commented on The Only Thing that Can Save Capitalism: Modern Debt Jubilee
your point would be worthwhile if Muede's article was scoped to debtors incapable of paying off their debts, like in the case of those qualifying for bankruptcy.
but the article is talking about lifting the financial burden of debt as a form of quantitative easing to average working people, and thereby injecting more consumer demand in the economy in the process.
your nasty post does not apply.
Dec 14, 2011
commented on Clergyman Claims He Was Brutalized by SPD
i tend to disagree with this particular tactic as well. but my feelings are more out of frustration for a movement i enthusiastically support.
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but at some point you fucking idiots will realize that hippies of faith have been the ones out front on every issue of equality and justice since our country began. if that sounds fruity and stupid to you, promptly kill yourself.
furthermore, this guy is not your average clergy. he's technically an atheist.
"My conception of God, inadequate as it may be, is better described as the Love that generates creativity and community, than as a super-man judging us from a heavenly skybox. "
but by all means, keep the cynical circle jerk alive and long live the status quo!
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