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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Tiger Woods sucked us in again on Friday at the Hero World Challenge, going on a birdie run that, at one point, put him in the lead. Here's why this comeback has yielded room for well-founded hope. read more

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On Sunday, the Fort Bend, Texas, woman who went from headlines to handcuffs, due to the attention brought about by her "--- Trump" bumper sticker, shared a photo of a new decal she'd placed on her truck that takes aim at her local sheriff. Now to the very right of Karen Fonseca's "--- Trump and --- you for voting for him" sticker on the back window of her husband's white truck is the slightly smaller message, "--- Troy Nehls and --- you for voting for him," KHOU reports.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections. FCC chief Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on his plan to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities. The rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content.


Idk, numbers look pretty good when you ask state officials. www.latimes.com

I especially like the last bit..."But Thompson, the system's independent review panel chairman, said the uncertainty has become less relevant, now that the state is committed to building the system. 'We will not know until late in the game how everything will turn out,' he said."

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If the #metoo movement crosses the line of calling out sexual assault into character assassination, I'm okay with that. Hear me out. Women have been getting the short end of the sex stick for a long time. Feeling powerless to say no, without a voice for too long, women have been used by society as items of objectification. Starting with Hollywood, continuing with commercial advertising, and on into locker room talk betwixt the boys. #MeToo has been blowing full steam ahead, wrecking havoc on every segment of society by calling out sexual misconduct, assault, and flat out rape. So if on the way to finding their voice the #metoo movement doesn't put the brakes on soon enough to keep from crossing the line from distinguishing creeps from criminals, they have earned that leeway. Crush the line between bad bedside manners and criminality. Overstep that line, force some push back from men. Make men feel weak and powerless to stop your onslaught. When you finally feel the push back from men screaming out their safe word, then let's have an open discussion about what is appropriate sexual conduct. Tell women they have the power over their body and they have the right to say no. But also teach responsibility that comes with that power and how to stay safe. Train men to ask for permission and not assume 'she wanted it'. It's empowering for a woman AND a man to know, good sex or bad sex, you both were consenting. So go on with your bad self #metoo, crush some blue balls. When you've gone too far we'll let you know....and now that you have. I forgive you. Let's talk.


I believe a job's pay should start at what is required for 1 individual to live and pay for their living. But by living wage I don't mean the American dream. I believe there is room in our market for jobs that do not pay enough to support 4 people on 1 income. I believe in giving businesses the freedom to determine the value of labor to their company and also in promoting higher wages for low skilled workers through taxation. I believe in big businesses utilizing the economies of scale to providing more and better services to a greater number of people so that simple pleasures are not reserved for merely the elite, thus raising the standard of living for the most individuals possible. I believe in giving startup businesses a chance to bring goods and services to market sparking innovation and entrepreneurship. And to do so requires not straddling new businesses with high labor and benefits requirements for employees. Such a policy would effectively stifle bootstrapped startups.

Also, you can't conflate the record billions being made by giant corporations to the profit of your local coffee shop run by a guy living in the neighborhood. A 50% profit margin for a local coffee shop may be a $40k annual salary for the owner, but a 3% profit margin for WalMart ends up being $1.5 billion per day for shareholders. All businesses are not created equal. There are industries operating on bare minimum margins. Quadrupling the labor rates for those companies would rocket prices, decrease competition, accelerate job losses to automation, and relegate services we've taken for granted to the realm of the elites of society. But if you want to shoot for record breaking year over year inflation, take off thunder. To, as you seemingly suggest, balance the record profits of big businesses with increased wages, the scenario would require a massive transfer of business profits from big businesses to small businesses. In essence you'd need to subsidize startups with tax credits paid for by taxes on big businesses.

If you believe minimum wage jobs should pay enough to support a family and provide for enough to fulfill the American dream I suggest looking at a universal basic income. Why require someone to work? Being alive should justify an income.

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