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  • #44770

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    Hi Popie, thanks for posting this. I agree that Michael may have some unorthodox perspectives, but he does not insult or mock anyone and never has, in all the years we’ve known him. I respect him for that.

    Sure, I agree he seems like a nice guy. Big deal. Heck I’d bet the Heaven’s Gate people were nice as well. However, the net effect is to cheapen life on this planet with this nonsense. He comes on here calling the Russian murder-pope blasphemous and fails to see it is just yet one more example of his beloved poison fairy tale in action. It is a cult of death, genocide, and persecution.

    #44747

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    As usual he’s got nothing.

    Yeah Jake, 100 generations (starting with no 1) have been kicking the “christian armageddon can” down the road, each believing theirs was the last one, LOL. Each one has their horns and dragons. If your outlook on life is so pathetic that hoping for “the end” makes you feel better; then I would imagine connecting dots that don’t exit is a great hobby. And as Hitch says, these people do not deserve respect…

    “People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup.” ― Christopher Hitchens.

    #44693

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    I am taking a firm stance against the pathogen hypothesis. Same species. So no species jump. Neanderthal fossils have been found in many locations in Europe and Asia. It is hard to imagine the population was sufficient to enable contamination from one group of Neanderthals to the next in a manner that resulted in extinction. There must have been great distances between groups. Perhaps they were nomadic but that is not the same as having extensive trade routes. Even with deadly pathogens some survive and that creates immunity. Even if a deadly pathogen visited Neanderthal and enclaves were wiped out or so few survivors that the end result was extinction of a group/tribe there just is no way for all of the groups to get the bug or virus.(I would think if it was a virus then we would have evidence of the virus.) Here is what i think happened. I have no idea!

    Well, science would differ with you on that as there are dozens of zoonoses that have have jumped across species. It’s not like the genetic makeup of bats, rats and people are all that different to something as simple as an RNA virus. We know how deadly new diseases can be. The local “AIS” natives from around here were 100% wiped out by European diseases within a few decades of the arrival of Spainards who were looking for gold and a fountain of youth.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoonosis

    We should be glad that some dairy workers got cowpox which gave them immunity to smallpox as Dr Edward Jenner noted. Speed things along.

    #44689

    _Robert_
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    RE: New archaeology dives into the mysterious demise of the Neanderthals.

    One possibility is that a Homo Sapiens born pathogen jumped species and became novel in Neanderthals and wiped them out. After all, many of us have a bit of Neanderthal in the family, so to speak.

    #44683

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    It is very sad that the typical American aged 65 – 69 has a net worth of $57,180 excluding their home equity. That is just about one year’s median salary. These results after the longest bullish economy in history.  Hand the company reigns to them?  A company that is run by a voting bloc of typical Americans has no chance against a company in the hands of people who reside on the right tail of the financial talent curve.

    #44682

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    @ Robert “When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” Since you didn’t offer up any solution to the problem of the ongoing enriching of the capitalists at the expense of you and me, perhaps it’s time to try something other than a hammer. As for your video, stupid people, like the poor, will always be with us. Of course, any company run by stupid people would be doomed, but hopefully there will be enough rational people to marginalize the stupid ones. Wolff, at least, proposes a solution. It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and throw stones.

    Ahh, but I did offer my solution when answering Jake, a page or 2 back. You really should watch more debates instead of monologues. After all Jimmy Dore says Ukraine is a Nazi state that was poised to attack France, Poland, Britan and Russia. Good thing Russia was preemptive, huh?

    #44678

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    I really like what he wants to do. The practicality part seems doubtful and unproven. Case in point, if we take the place that I worked at here in Trump country, sometimes it feels like every one of the factory workers is a MAGAt. It’s not exactly an enlightened workforce, kinda

    Let these people run the factory? Your manuals would be useless. Good luck !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFQhw3VVToQ&t=209s

    #44675

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    Unseen,

    Great businesses don’t start out as the few versus the many. They start out as the few. One or two people with a great idea. Are they are supposed to hire workers and let them vote on how to run their business? Why in the world would they wanna do that? Often what does happen, is that once the visionary is gone or gets overpowered, the business suffers.

    As an engineering manager I would often call on a collective team to find and implement solutions. The teams would often become paralyzed with indecision or suffer from group think. Feelings get hurt. It was unbearable paying $10,000/hour to watch a team of workers home-in on mediocrity. It almost always worked out better when I just assigned the problem to the best person and let them run.

    Many company decisions are made with knowledge of secret corporate plans and competitive strategies that can’t be divulged. And many decisions are based on complicated laws, regulations, legal agreements, and tax strategies that the average employee could never comprehend. That’s why the folks in coffee-break room are shaking their heads over some policy or decision that seems stupid to them.

    Sure, the professor has impressive academic credentials…has he ever started up and run a successful communist business? He seems oblivious to the real world where people are really not that interested in “nurturing” each other at work.

    #44673

    _Robert_
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    Boiled okra? Painful man! But try air frying it with some spices and even a few coconut flakes if you want. I call it bhindi as I only ever have it as an Indian dish. We cook so much of it and my job is to spend 45 minutes slicing it up!

    Okra grows like a weed in dog days of summer down here. Bhindi sounds delicious. We should try that. We got out fall veg garden started and here comes a storm.

    #44654

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    You don’t do it well because it won’t work well. If you end up in a paradigm where the capitalist’s primary motivation is monetization of labour or ROI, and where most people need employment to be able to afford the basics of life, you end up with a situation where governments perpetually have to appease an investor/ job creator class to make sure enough capital is circulating to fund the overall system.

    That is true…the motivation part is key. Market driven capitalism and international corporations with their armies of employees have been so successful at food, health, finance, energy, construction and transportation production (allowing for the population to explode) that they may have led us to the brink of extinction via global warming. I remember back in the 70s you would see pictures of an African villagers wearing tribal garb and a pair of Adidas.

    #44648

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    Robert, you wrote…if you do allow for true demand-driven capitalist competition and really tax and disperse according to need you could flatten the wealth inequality. I understand the concept of demand-driven capitalist competition. But i am not certain what you mean by disperse according to need. Would you elaborate?

    I am in favor of simple (no loophole) progressive taxation to implement programs that focus on alleviating root-causes of the most prevalent social ills. For example, it is idiotic to try to reduce crime with more police. I would determine the most pressing Federal issues via a national ballet poll and similarly determine local issues via local election polls. Right now, the issues that get addressed are determined by paybacks, PACS and personal interest/beliefs/assessments of each politician. Why?

    Every competing potential elected official would get the same set amount of funding to use for campaigning and any other contributions/lobbying would not be allowed. I would also introduce ranked choice non-binary voting

    #44646

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    News that Putler is “mobilizing” another 300K for the meat grinder and banning potentials from leaving is finally gonna wake-up the Russian population from their little dream-like state that all is normal. I guess they used up all their pro soldiers and prisoners. He’s even buying back arms and ammo from his buddy, cheeky Kim.

    #44645

    _Robert_
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    If you are just gonna flatten the pay scale according to need, disregarding skill and gravity of a position, I would just become very needy and have fun all day. It is a nonsensical idea that will never materialize. And of course, all attempts to implement such nonsense end up as an oligarchical economy overseen by a dictator.

    If you do allow for true demand-driven capitalist competition and really tax and disperse according to need you could flatten the wealth inequality. We don’t do that very well…so the response on campus is let’s go with Marxism according to some cushy prof’s who make 6-figures as they watch their admin departments bleed-out their students, LOL. There are so many of them that the whack jobs like Jordan Peterson start becoming celebrities.

    #44639

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    Right. It takes years of sacrifice and hard work to empty a trash bucket. 99 percent of people just can’t do it. All those years of unpaid struggle, loans, and 12-hour internships and giving up a big chunk of the prime-time of their life. If they screw up with that broom handle someone is gonna die. I like to play pretend too.

    There is just no better of a demotivator than Marxism. After decades of mass starvation, the Chinese figured it out and now they have mutated into some sort of quasi ultra-capitalist dictatorship.

    #44637

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    I had a career as a professional design engineer, and I would certainly leave any country that paid me of a janitorial wage or less.

    There is no such thing as a janitorial wage. While I do understand what you mean, the fact that ‘janitorial’ factors into it is bizarre. There is nothing that suggests you, individually, should be paid more or less than a janitor.

    I understand the value I bring to the company with my inventions and trade secrets vs a janitor.

    There is no versus. There is no need for it to actually be relativistic. It’s not a competition. If you managed to quantify the actual ROI of every employee in a company versus compensation, it would not even come close to lining up. Not even that, but you’d see with the existing compensation frameworks, the rationale on why some jobs are paid more than others would not be consistent and frequently wouldn’t be measured (or in some cases measurable).

    It is a fantasy to believe every exertion of work or work per hour has equal value to any society. To believe that a function that takes 5 minutes to master is as worthy as something that takes years of dedicated graduate study and professional internship is dim. And sorry, in a world of limited resources there will always be competition. And when you seated eating a terrible meal from a seatback tray 40,000 feet in the air or unconscious on an operating table you will be happy to know the people you are depending on for your life are happy with their rewards for taking that grueling path to get there.

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