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Nov 7, 2014 Spindles commented on Imagine a Columbia Center Packed with Micro-Apartments.
Micro apartments ... ppfsh, that's so 2013. The wave of the future is going to be "Housing Pods". Tenants will be awarded their very bathtub sized pod where they'll be suspended in a luxurious biotic gel solution whilst having their consciousness uploaded to the cloud. It's basically like the Matrix, but with more goo. You could stack over 87,000 hipsters into a building like that.
Mar 18, 2014 Spindles commented on You Know Who Else Was For Boosting the Minimum Wage? Hitler!.
The rich love telling the poor that the poor are helpless so that the poor don't undercut them with lower salary and overhead requirements.


That Costco article randoma linked to is a fine example of a business that voluntarily pays their employees a good, competitive wage, no government force required. I imagine it took those companies a long time to develop the infrastructure required to be able to employ the number of workers they do.

If you think a small start-up business, being coerced through the governments monopoly on force to pay an entry-level worker a wage that's five dollars higher per hour than where the minimum sits currently (thanks government mandated inflation), then you have either: never worked at a small retail business, never worked retail period, never had even the slightest entrepreneurial leanings.

And as for unions, I'm fine with a union that's voluntary. Unfortunately the majority of unions in this country are not. Ironically, the origin of minimum-wage laws in this country were designed by the unions to restrict the ability of businesses to hire low-skill workers who might gladly work for lower wages in order to gain experience. Union members thus face less competition from workers who might threaten union jobs.

A 2004 study in the Journal of Human Resources by economists William Wascher, Mark Schweitzer and David Neumark determined that lower-wage union workers typically see a boost in employment and earned income following a mandated wage hike. Never mind the corresponding drop in jobs and earned income for nonunion minimum-wage workers. They may have been priced out of the jobs they need, but that is not the union's concern its members have landed higher wages and reduced competition for jobs.
Mar 18, 2014 Spindles commented on You Know Who Else Was For Boosting the Minimum Wage? Hitler!.
Well Hitler was a socialist, not unlike your new city council member, right?

But thank goodness we're having this discussion about a higher minimum wage law, following in the example of such progressive European countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Cyprus ... oh wait, none of those countries have minimum wage laws.

This move towards a ridiculously high minimum wage of $15 an hour is largely directed at the resentment that's been earned by conglomerates like Walmart and McDonald's, right? But guess who has the capital to back up a wage like that? Conglomerates like Walmart and McDonald's, and not the majority of small to mid-tier local businesses who aren't chasing stocks profits, and run on slim profit margins to survive. What a great win for the mega corporations who won't have to be burdened by actually having to compete with more small businesses.
Feb 21, 2014 Spindles commented on Tom DeLay Says God "Wrote the Constitution".
And here I thought the dim-wit Paul Constant was going to lament the idiotic notion that the Constitution was inspired by a deity, rather than by some of the great classical philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Paine and the ideals of self ownership and property rights.

I should've known there would be no intelligent criticism here, just another excuse to regurgitate easy platitudes about the right.
Jan 22, 2014 Spindles commented on Edward Snowden on Claims That He's a Russian Spy.
Oh no, not Ron Paul. Lol, what a joke.

Hey, you want to know what's really interesting about this Snowden business? How about the fact that Edward Snowden turned over the entirety of his leaks, with various sources listing anything from 10,000 to 1.7 million documents and we still don't know, to the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald.

It seems that after seven months of reporting on the story, the Guardian has so far only published 1% of the files in its possession. These documents could be released in full at any time but it would seem that Greenwald is hoarding them in order to entice publishers and movie producers to bid up his projects.

But what's really disconcerting are details of the new journalism venture that Greenwald is entering into with billionaire eBay magnate Pierre Omidyar.

As principal shareholder and chairman of eBay, Omidyar controls eBay’s child company, PayPal. PayPal has recently made headlines for prosecuting the so-called “PayPal 14,” the hacktivists who staged a virtual ‘sit in’ in protest of PayPal’s decision to cut off Wikileaks’ funding by organizing a Denial of Service attack on PayPal’s website. PayPal was co-founded by Max Levchin, a dedicated NSA supporter.

Also, one of the principal investment partners with the Omidyar Network, actually sits on the board of advisors of Globant, a software company in which both the Omidyar Network and Booz Allen Hamilton, Snowden’s former employer, are major shareholders. Philip Odeen, one of the Booz Allen Hamilton board members, also sits on the Board of Directors of Globant. The Omidyar Network and Booz Allen Hamilton are also both major investors in Innocentive.

Yet somehow none of these concerns are enough for Greenwald’s most ardent supporters to even raise the question of how he is using his personal collection of leaked NSA files and who he is getting into bed with financially to do so.
Jan 12, 2014 Spindles commented on You Want $15 an Hour Wages? Then You Want This Rally Sunday..
Of course I'm sure the Stranger's staff and its contributors make at least $15 per hour or its equivalent, right?
Jan 3, 2014 Spindles commented on There's More to Life than Workplace Productivity.
Does Goldy live in Switzerland?
Dec 26, 2013 Spindles commented on Another Claim of Peak Oil, This Time from a Former BP Employee.
Thank god for mountain top removal, fracking, and expanded deep water drilling to assuage those peak oil cranks.
Nov 27, 2013 Spindles commented on Oregon Family Council Compares Gay Marriage to Neo-Nazis.
I can only presume that if the Oregon Family Council, or the Westboro Baptist Church approached the Stranger to purchase some advertising, they would be treated with open arms, right?