I thought it would be nice to agree to a little pro-bono website for a local chapter of a national organization. I finish it up before I send over a link. I get a panicked call at 5am the next morning:
Client: I don’t know what you did. There’s a big problem with the site. It’s all broken! I can’t even find it.
Me: Oh, no. That’s strange - let me see what’s going on.
After a sleepy pause while I bring it up on my computer…
Me: It’s coming up fine for me. Did you click the link in the email I sent you?
Client: No! The Google or Yahoo should just KNOW.
Me: Oh, it doesn’t work that way. You’ll have to go to the URL to view it for now. We’re submitting to Google, but this is a huge organization - you can’t just type [national organization] in the search bar and have your one of thousands of chapters show up.
Client: It should. It should show up right at the top. I just can’t believe this. We have almost TWENTY FIVE people that are going to visit this site, and we need them to be able to get to it. Hell, I haven’t even seen it. Don’t even know what it looks like.
Me: Do me a quick favor and click the link in the email, so you can check it out.
Client: Look, just call me when you’ve figured it out.
Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level.
This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity.
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs).
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living
"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."
"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."
Which one would YOU take?
Red. Red today. Red tomorrow. Red forever.
No uh blue
definitely red. that way i could get all of the musical training i’d like all over the world from different people on all different kinds of instruments. :]
I honestly can’t decide.
Steal both and swallow quickly. Clearly no one thought about quick reflexes in this situation.
Cos think about it, you could read like every single book ever written, if you’re religious you can read your scripture in the original language rather than in translations, you would know all the ‘dying languages’ and be able to record everything about them and put the info online so other people could learn them too, imagine what an amazing thing that would be? Red definitely, no question.
i’d do red because language certification is scaring me right now
also so i can interact with and potentially help people who don’t speak english, perhaps as some sort of government translator or something? imagine being able to explain to someone how to use their medications no matter where they come from. helping someone fill out forms to take a loan out. helping someone when they’re being held by the cops so they know their rights and don’t get bullied. just imagine all the things you could do if you were omnilingual
meanwhile you play an instrument and it’s pretty, and it makes people happy, but once you stop playing you can’t do anything for them. that seems like it’d be disempowering more than anything
Uh yeah this whole choice is ridiculous. Red is the only reasonable option. Which solves more problems: Talking or music?
For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.
Yup, that study on hurricane names is apparently chock-full of methodological error. Analyzing the post-1979 hurricanes alone (which would give you a comparable set of male-named and female-named hurricanes) doesn’t give any kind of statistical significance. They’re also including indirect deaths that don’t have anything to do with people’s willingness to evacuate (e.g. in cleanup operations) and basing perception data on psych studies of small samples of college students.
So yeah, this study can’t actually say anything either way about our perception of male-named or female-named hurricanes. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of some effect, but this study couldn’t find one. The article links to a whole lot of other criticism, if you’re interested.
Client: I need a quote for my book.
Me: I’ll be happy to offer a quote, ma’am. Can you tell me a little about your book and the services you would like, please?
Client: It’s just a book.
Me: Yes, I understand, but there are many different kinds of books: fiction, non-fiction, technical,…
they sunk into the bermuda triangle which was a displacement portal, the net effect of which was a reverse sink. “unsunk” is a layman’s view of the physics involved
listen, i know the physics of the triangle, okay, i was simplifying for your benefit
sheesh would you believe this joker
thinks i don’t know the physics of the triangle