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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

rockout Re:I know, anecdotes != data, but here's mine ... (108 comments)

To this day I avoid all "Union Shops" because of those two jobs ...

If you've applied this brand of logic to all the decisions in your life, I'm not surprised that you're a bitter person.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

rockout Re:If only we had a union (108 comments)

I belong to a union. I'm a full-time freelancer, in a technical field (not IT), but I belong to a union that I pay union dues to.

From your comments, it sounds to me like you either don't work for a union, or at one time you worked for an extremely shitty corrupt one. I assure you that while I pay union dues, I also make a lot more money on union jobs than on non-union ones (which I am far less likely to take on, because of the pay difference). I also now get my health care through a union plan, which is far cheaper than getting it on my own was.

My union dues pay for themselves each year within the first 4 days of work I do, in form of increased day rates that I get paid - and those rates are higher entirely due to my fellow techs and I organizing in 2008. Literally overnight, I suddenly had an about-30% increase in pay, and all I had to do was sign a card saying I wanted to be represented by the union, and I agreed to pay 2% of each check to the union. Pretty good deal by any measure.

Please don't paint all unions with your "commie unions and corrupt union bosses!!!" brush. It doesn't work that way in the majority of unions. But conservatives have done a great job convincing many Americans that that's actually the case. Which is unfortunate, as wealth continues to get more concentrated at the top. The thing is, my clients pay the higher union rates because they're still making money on each job. They just don't make as much of it, but that doesn't mean they just threw up their hands and said "oh well, we're only making 16 cents on the dollar now instead of 18, time to shut the whole thing down!" They have the money. They just want to keep more and more of it, no matter how much they make. Unions serve as a valuable counterweight to that greed.

about three weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

It's interesting to me that to come up with people that move around large amounts of cash, your one example is organized crime, and that's supposed to make me against a cashless society.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

You missed my point entirely. I was responding to your argument that "if you find yourself on the wrong side of the powers that be for some reason they can simply deny you access to your wealth at their whim. " No one holds millions of dollars in 10's and 20's. Any significant movement of wealth is already electronically tracked; in fact, any significant movement of cash, usually over $10000, is tracked as well if you use a bank. Have you been completing a lot of transactions with $9,999 worth of cash? I haven't.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

How is this different from now? How many people have great amounts of wealth stored entirely in cash? The situation you describe where "the powers that be (can) deny you access to your wealth at their whim" already exists, and we seem to be okay with it.

I'm not saying you should be entirely okay with it, or that it's the best possible system, just pointing out that going cashless isn't going to change the status of what you regard as freedom to do as you please with large amounts of wealth.

about a month and a half ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

rockout Re:Guam is in the Maldives now? (176 comments)

Yeah, that particular article doesn't mention the Maldives. Dozens of others do identify the Maldives as the site of the arrest, most of them quoting the Russian government calling his arrest in the Maldives a kidnapping.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-ac...

about a month and a half ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

rockout Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

yeah, really, when an oil company sees people making ridiculous blanket statements, for free, about how gas will ALWAYS be the main fuel for vehicles, why would they want to hire him?

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

rockout Re:Nice to see. (216 comments)

Judging by his comments on inflation above, I'd say that's a remote possibility.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

rockout Re:Why does the post fail to mention the real pric (216 comments)

Since 2008, inflation has been 3.0% or lower every single year. I'm not sure what point you were trying to make, but if it was "inflation is out of control!!" then you're obviously not reading about the history of inflation over the last 50 years.

about 2 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

rockout Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Well, someone selling a red T-shirt with the word REDSKINS on it in yellow, without the team logo, for $15 in a store in the DC suburbs, for example. It's not Redskins fans that would find the word offensive. They just want to support the team. If the NFL doesn't get a cut of that T-shirt sale, they're going to legally go after the person selling it. Without the registered trademark, it becomes more difficult to make their case that the seller is infringing on their trademark.

You could come up with example after example that's similar to that. And in the end, that's why the NFL will ultimately force the change - once the bottom line is affected enough, and they see they're going to lose more money by the Redskins keeping the name than by dropping it, the pressure will mount.

about 2 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

rockout Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Supplemental rule concerning women: 1. If a woman is offended by anything a man says, the degree of the man's guilt is inversely proportional to how attractive the woman is. If she's a butt-ugly masculine bulldyke looking woman, that makes the man a real asshole.

I have a feeling this one is a self-fulfilling prophecy for a guy like you.

about 2 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

rockout Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Not completely meaningless. While the registration of the trademark being gone doesn't strip the trademark, it does make it more difficult for the Redskins go after people in court for infringement.

I googled right after I typed that last part, because the whole thing gets complicated, but here's the key sentence - "cancellation makes it more difficult to enforce exclusivity under federal law since the Redskins lose legal presumptions, customs and counterfeiting remedies."

from this link - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c...

about 2 months ago
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Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to 15 Years For Organizing Protest

rockout Re:Allau Ackbar (70 comments)

Yeah, you missed my point completely. The GP said the Egyptians are handling their revolution better, and you went off on your tangent of "why does everyone hate America!" by sarcastically belching "oh yeah the US did it worse no matter what it is".

Even as you're walking it back now by claiming "no I didn't say that, I said SOME ASSHAT will proudly say we're doing it worse", it still has nothing to do with the fact that he made an interesting point: many Americans like to claim that the savages in the Middle East can't handle or don't deserve democracy, while forgetting (or maybe they never learned) how messy our own revolution was. If you don't want to debate that point, fine, but your knee-jerk counter-point that abhors any criticism of 'MURRICA! is off-topic, adds nothing, and sounds like Archie Bunker.

about 2 months ago
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Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to 15 Years For Organizing Protest

rockout Re:Allau Ackbar (70 comments)

Your automatic extrapolation from "The Egyptians are handling this better" to "The US did it worse no matter what or where" is a knee-jerk reaction that shows off your ass-hattedness.

about 2 months ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

rockout Re:Government fails again (267 comments)

That wasn't the AC's point. So your sarcastic libertarian-based tangent, while technically accurate, has nothing to do with the counter-point I was making.

about 2 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

rockout Re: Did it come out of their pockets? (216 comments)

You're right, those employees generally make less money than the private industry union members. I should know, I'm one of them (IBEW, thanks very much, we do pretty well), and I'm just a freelancer to boot.

If you really believe, as the original poster stated, that the police union has the power to install mayors and city council members in every municipality across this country, you're either very bitter, very stupid, or both.

about 3 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

rockout Re:right... (216 comments)

judges will trust the cops 99 times out of 100, over you.

Boy, isn't the citizen in this case that we're talking about lucky? Apparently she only had a 1% chance of winning her lawsuit! According to you, that is.

about 3 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

rockout Re:Did it come out of their pockets? (216 comments)

Maybe not directly, but it's coming out of the pockets of the town, which employs the police. So if you're the mayor or councilman or whatever, and you want to make sure chunks of your budget aren't flying into the hands of people being harassed by the police, you're damn sure going to tell the chief to tell his cops he's not arresting people anymore for filming cops. I have a feeling they'll get the message.

about 3 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

rockout Re:right... (216 comments)

There's more responsibility than that placed upon the police, which you would've seen if you'd done a 5-second search instead of just read a shitty slashdot summary:

"However, a police order that is specifically directed at the First Amendment right to film police performing their duties in public may be constitutionally imposed only if the officer can reasonably conclude that the filming itself is interfering, or is about to interfere, with his duties."

You can read even more (imagine that! read to educate yourself!) here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

about 3 months ago

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