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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: Today at 01:20:37 pm
High rates of turnover do not imply that work - even the worst sort of work - is easy to find.
To the contrary, high turnover does imply that work is easy to find. When lots of people leave their jobs, employers need to find somebody else to cover those shifts. Fast food and retailers have enormous turnover and, so, are just about always hiring lots of people. That constant churn makes these jobs very easy to get.

This is not a true statement, which most readers would realize had you quoted my entire post. People who leave their jobs frequently move to new ones, and the stock of job-seekers isn't static either (i.e. people are constantly moving in and out of it for a wide variety of reasons).
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: Today at 12:41:24 pm
Even a fast food restaurant will take a pass on some applicants. (I even remember this happening to friends of mine in high school before the recession.) Moreover, employers on the bottom tier of the service sector tend to hire on a rolling basis because turnover is so high. A "now hiring" sign frequently means nothing more than that the employer is accepting applications. This is especially likely to be true if the sign is kept posted for months at a time. It does not imply that there is a position open at that location at this moment. High rates of turnover do not imply that work - even the worst sort of work - is easy to find.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: Today at 07:09:08 am
I think it's odd and suggestive of bad faith that Labor is even contesting this seat when it's being vacated by a Senator who agreed to join their presidential ticket. It's unfortunate that this wasn't discussed before our party agreed to back that ticket. The fact that Bacon King disappeared shortly before the election somewhat complicates this, as there would probably be a special election soon anyway, but the point ought to be acknowledged.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Boston Citizens vs. Harvard Faculty on: March 02, 2015, 09:54:45 pm
George Papandreou was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government last fall. That is all.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 02, 2015, 09:41:55 pm
SJW vs. MRA would probably be a better comparison. As far as I can tell, the Red Pill is really just a self-improvement cult with ties to the latter. It has its own vocabulary and method for making sense of the world, but it's more focused on the behavior of its members than it is on effecting any wider change in the style of a social movement.

One thought that occurs to me in response to this thread is that "game" makes more sense as a framework for dealing with voters than it does as applied by Red Pillers. Running a find+replace to this effect on any Red Pill screed about women yields amusing results:

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You are hating voters because you have the wrong expectations for them. Don't hate someone for something they CANNOT be. Voters are, by nature, manipulative, attention-seeking, inconsistent, emotional, and hypergamous. Accept this truth. Once you do, you can game voters for what they are ... not what you want them to be.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Law Banning Cohabitation Still Being Enforced on: March 02, 2015, 11:43:14 am
How would "lewd and lascivious" behavior be proven in these cases?
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Fiorina's Qualifications? on: March 02, 2015, 09:19:01 am
The traditional story goes like this: She's essentially been expelled from whatever circles she ran in prior to her time at HP. Republican politics are something of a refuge for the dregs of the rich and famous, so Fiorina saw an opportunity and, to put it in her own vernacular, "pivoted." It's comparable to a formerly successful band finding Jesus so that they can get another recording contract.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Which Party Should I Join? on: March 02, 2015, 09:10:53 am
Be grateful that you were caught so early. Another member got away with having half a dozen accounts active in Atlasia not long ago, and the charade literally drove him insane.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Running for reelection. on: March 02, 2015, 09:03:07 am
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 01, 2015, 05:47:07 pm
You can't smoke indoors now, Bushie! Even at bars!

That's news to me.  I knew you couldn't smoke indoors at restaurants, but I didn't know that applied to bars, as well.  Still, the aroma of alcoholic beverages in bars is sickening.  I do not like the smell of booze.  It literally makes me sick to my stomach.

You can smell booze? I didn't realize they gave off that much of an odor unless it's on your breath or someone throws up.

Wait, you can't? I love the smell that beer gives off at bars and various alcohol-soaked events, and I don't even need to be drinking to notice it. The scent is usually apparent the moment that I walk into the room or area where drinks are being served.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 11:17:32 am
"Nice guys" aren't keeping score.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-ACA former sheriff now begging for money to pay for medical bills on: February 28, 2015, 06:10:55 pm
I assume the major motive for enacting ACA was to expand coverage, because the number of people lacking any kind of insurance coverage in the U.S. was awful.  Problem is, of course, expanding coverage without controlling costs or having sound rationing mechanisms in place will increase utilization and only make total expenditures higher in the long run.  ACA doesn't address the cost issue.  But, if we're going to insist on spending gobs and gobs of money on health care without reigning in costs to begin with--and we weren't doing that before the legislation and showed no intentions of doing so--, then I'd prefer to have more people covered.

This is not a true statement. Bending the cost curve was always one of the Affordable Care Act's main objectives. There's a pretty contentious debate over whether that effort has been successful and about how much of the recent slowdown in cost inflation is attributable to ACA-related reforms. This would not be a debate if the law was not addressing cost inflation at all.

Shua has a reasonable point about the ACA and accessibility, and I wish that people who support the law, as I do, were more focused on this problem. People I know who are on the front lines of health care reform emphasize the same point: Having insurance is no guarantee that you have access to affordable care, and it's an increasingly unreliable proxy given the growing share of expenses for which patients are responsible. Moreover, for people below or near the poverty line having to pay anything is frequently enough to deter them from seeking care.

It doesn't require that much pessimism to conclude from current trends in politics and healthcare that, five to ten years from now, access to care will be no better or worse than it was prior to the ACA despite >90% insurance rates in most states. (This is particularly likely if the Supreme Court continues working in concert with Republican governors to gut the bill, but I digress.)

Anyway, the interesting point at stake in this case is whether someone who relies on altruism and reciprocity can legitimately reject the welfare state. What he's doing is more than a bit ridiculous when you think about it in terms of creating moral hazard or the impossibility of crowd-funding meeting the health care needs of more than a small number of people. For that matter, if he had been insured, preventive care or an earlier screening might have prevented this situation or diminished its severity. All of this should be pointed out.

But does anything about his situation imply hypocrisy? No. Just selfishness and stupidity. I hope that he raises enough money to pay his bills, but if he doesn't and he dies because he can't get the care that he needs, he deserves a Darwin Award.

So it's better to be begging for the full cost of a hospital bill, rather than simply begging for the $10,000 out-of-pocket cost if he had insurance?

What are the odds this guy and the sheep who are giving him their money are going to pay the full sticker price for his bill? I'll bet they do. If he had insurance, all they'd have to pay is his co-pay and however much he needed to reach his out-of-pocket cap, and the insurance company would pay maybe half the bill.

What bearing does any of this have on my post?
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Walmart Giving All Employees a Raise to $10/Hour on: February 28, 2015, 05:54:23 pm
Ugh.  Not enough.  The min. wage should be $15 at the least but all we are going to hear is "praise Money-Jesus the invisible hand has saved us all again!"

Hey man, glass is half full here. For your purposes, the left can use this as proof the economy and businesses are willing to expand it and demand 15.

But be happy to see this happen.

The real hurdle is food service workers. I can't see any fast food company willing to make a move like Wal-Mart to shake up the industry. The only ones that would like Chipotle and Starbucks don't really hire bottom of the barrel food employees to begin with; it would have to come from McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts or the like.

Why not though? If Wal-Mart and McD's are hiring from the same pool, anyone who can will go to Wal-Mart for the extra $1-2/hr.

I don't think they are hiring from the same pool. I know that it's increasingly uncommon to see teenagers working at McDonald's,  but at Wal-Mart it's downright rare, isn't it? If you look at a sector-wide comparison of American workers, the median age for workers in retail is mid to late thirties while the median fast food worker remains about a decade younger.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Truman for Mideast Assembly on: February 28, 2015, 03:15:59 pm
Endorsed. The Mideast Assembly needs someone as diligent as you've proven yourself to be.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Krol for At-Large Senate: The Face of Real Change on: February 28, 2015, 12:05:44 pm
Thank you for the prompt answer. I don't know that I can vote for someone who supports militias, and I wish that Atlasia were more involved in foreign affairs rather than less, but I'll be keeping on eye on your campaign.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION EVERYBODY on: February 28, 2015, 11:57:44 am
Wait, how did you manage to exclude every Labor officeholder from your list?
Griffin feels confident it's nobody in Labor because they had some nice chit-chat about the issue.

17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-ACA former sheriff now begging for money to pay for medical bills on: February 28, 2015, 11:52:49 am
Shua has a reasonable point about the ACA and accessibility, and I wish that people who support the law, as I do, were more focused on this problem. People I know who are on the front lines of health care reform emphasize the same point: Having insurance is no guarantee that you have access to affordable care, and it's an increasingly unreliable proxy given the growing share of expenses for which patients are responsible. Moreover, for people below or near the poverty line having to pay anything is frequently enough to deter them from seeking care.

It doesn't require that much pessimism to conclude from current trends in politics and healthcare that, five to ten years from now, access to care will be no better or worse than it was prior to the ACA despite >90% insurance rates in most states. (This is particularly likely if the Supreme Court continues working in concert with Republican governors to gut the bill, but I digress.)

Anyway, the interesting point at stake in this case is whether someone who relies on altruism and reciprocity can legitimately reject the welfare state. What he's doing is more than a bit ridiculous when you think about it in terms of creating moral hazard or the impossibility of crowd-funding meeting the health care needs of more than a small number of people. For that matter, if he had been insured, preventive care or an earlier screening might have prevented this situation or diminished its severity. All of this should be pointed out.

But does anything about his situation imply hypocrisy? No. Just selfishness and stupidity. I hope that he raises enough money to pay his bills, but if he doesn't and he dies because he can't get the care that he needs, he deserves a Darwin Award.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Krol for At-Large Senate: The Face of Real Change on: February 28, 2015, 10:57:17 am
What are some of your most important political views?
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION EVERYBODY on: February 28, 2015, 10:55:49 am
Regarding Mr. Motley - you do have to be careful about anyone who goes around calling himself a "mad man."
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: Special At-Large Senate Election (March '15) on: February 27, 2015, 10:27:24 pm
I'm not running - I'm too grouchy and too busy for that at present - but I'll probably vote for whomever proves to be the most viable non-Labor candidate.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION EVERYBODY on: February 27, 2015, 10:21:21 pm
No, no, no, no, no. If Kal tells us who it is, we won't be able to speculate, cast a pall of suspicion over our political enemies, or generally sow distrust among ourselves. It's much better this way.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Phil Robertson Goes off the Deep End on: February 27, 2015, 06:16:45 pm
Not a bad subject to focus on considering the demographics of his probable audience.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Chomsky v. Zizek on: February 27, 2015, 05:49:19 pm
Once you cut through Zizek's stream-of-consciousness style, he more consistently has interesting things to say. He's less one-note than Chomsky and even when he is "my god, pure ideology" goes a lot farther than "American imperialism" in terms of how much you can draw from the resulting analysis.

And even if there's not much to Zizek's act aside from Hegelian parlor tricks, Zizek is a dynamic public speaker (this is not a joke!) and pretty hilarious. Listening to Chomsky is like listening to a parody of a dull, dry college lecture or the adults in Charlie Brown.

So, in summary, I agree with Antonio's characterization in full but think that it's just another reason to prefer Zizek.

Also, in case it needs to be said: I neither know nor care how either ranks within their respective disciplines.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION EVERYBODY on: February 27, 2015, 05:25:23 pm
This is sad to see how some people can try to use a such disgusting way in order to sink their opponent.
Fortunately, we have an impartial Game Moderator. Smiley
It would be great if you could give us some names. But I would understand if you decide not to reveal anything.

The identity of the offender should be

Crystal clear Smiley

Since I've received a PM about this post, I may as well clarify my meaning to everyone: JoMCar is the only non-banned poster whose past behavior is the right combination of conniving and dim-witted that I'd believe that he'd do anything like this. I took his post in this thread as a direct response to Kalwejt and assumed that there wasn't anything left to be revealed. (Unless you're asking which of his half dozen personas is culpable, but I doubt that anyone can answer that question.)
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ATTENTION EVERYBODY on: February 27, 2015, 05:16:22 pm
This is sad to see how some people can try to use a such disgusting way in order to sink their opponent.
Fortunately, we have an impartial Game Moderator. Smiley
It would be great if you could give us some names. But I would understand if you decide not to reveal anything.

The identity of the offender should be

Crystal clear Smiley
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