I've just been reading about the history of political machines and political bosses -- Tammany Hall and that sort of thing -- and reflecting on what the Founders (both Federalists and Anti-Federalists) wrote.
In some cities, 100-120 years ago, there was a struggle between the bosses, who relied on trading favors among usually very local, generally more homogeneous constituencies, on the one side. On the other side, the most prominent business executives, who claimed to be "reformers" and pushed for fewer, larger districts, or at-large commissions and councils and boards that they could more easily dominate.
Perhaps there should be a 15 or 20 or 25 ward model, so that the "little people" would have more say in city matters. They would be more manageable and more responsive to the needs (yes, and whims) of their neighbors.
September 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.
Now, if we could just get execs to cough more R&D investment so profs and other inventors would not be relying on tax-victim funding via NSF, NIH, etc.
I have a dream!
September 19, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.
So, it's OK if a company folds for financial reasons and dumps dozens or thousands of employees, but if they don't cater to corrupt sheis ters whims they must be punished! They must be forced to continue an unprofitable line of products and services long beyond the time it is financially unfeasible. Because, as we all know, government thugs' whims are much more important than reality.
September 11, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
Some of those RN figures seem a little low. Working in a county jail or even child behavioral problem facility ought to include a bit of hazard premium, and require more oversight than such workers elsewhere.
There seems to be a lot missing.
What are the per capita figures for numbers of county employees over the last few decades (i.e. county employees/county population)?
More important, what are the individuals in each category, department, office, agency and occupation actually doing? Some might deserve more, while others probably deserve less, but without more info, who can tell? But then, maybe that's the intent in the figures that are released... to keep the public in the dark while disingenuously pretending to be "open".
September 7, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.
Yes, people should be discouraged from initiating force and fraud.
September 7, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.
There were instant messages in 1975, on plasma-screen terminals. There were several e-mail protocols in the 1970s and 1980s before gateways were developed to interconnect them. lynx preceded the HTML "web" browser (at least in some places; it was clumsy and required creation of massive indexes for every page every time it was modified, but made the info accessible). network news-groups preceded the Balkanized, free-speech-squelching web-based discussions.
Yes, things have changed. Studies have shown that eBooks are bad to read, reduce mental focus and memory, discourage making mental connections, involve struggles with format and lighting, but they're very cheap to produce.
Privacy is nearly non-existant; your phones, your network postings and e-mail messages (but not the governments' in a total inversion of law), your movements, how you drive... are tracked and recorded for later blackmail or persecution. Material is cheap to copy and spread, so respect for intellectual property and invention is down. People don't own, they rent... on credit, and corrupt governments swoop in to take whatever you possess and slowly take out of use the "antique" tools which allowed some privacy and independence.
Reporters aren't taught to question, and are actively discouraged from questioning these days (and what with deadlines in the seconds it's somewhat understandable). But some of it is publishers and idiotorial boreds trying to "guide" the public debate for their own purposes. Gone are the intrepid, hard-questioning Lois Lanes, Jimmy Olsens and Clark Kents who had a broad base of "liberal education" with which to approach different kinds of news.
August 8, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.
Yes, dogs should, ideally, be well-fed, exercised, de-fleaed, de-wormed... people should live in "sanitary" homes (which you leave undefined), and illegal aliens should be stopped at the borders and deported and returned.
Perhaps, the dog-owners could be assisted by wealthier animal fanatics, and illegal alien fans could send aid to the illegal aliens in over-turning their oppressive governments... all peacefully and voluntarily.
July 31, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
Ah, a fun, genteel discussion, for a change.
Let's see, WHTaft... Teddy Bozovelt... Wilson... Hubert Hoover... FDR... Truman... Eisenhower... JFK...(shortened for space limits)
LBJ: Medicare, Medicaid, the evil society undermined families, undermined coinage with coppernickel Johnson Slugs, and set back race relations.
Nixon: appeased Red China, undermined coinage and currency, idiotic price controls.
Ford was no paragon, though I don't recall the specifics just now.
Carter: totally fumbled the economy and foreign relations, continued inflation, and set the first trigger for the destruction of the S&Ls.
Reagan: signed the second triggler for the destruction of the S&Ls, failed to eliminate Dept. of Educationism and Dept. of Energy; wimped out on taming Medicare, Medicaid and the Socialist Insecurity Abomination; 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens, rule 1706, and accompanying measures to reduce US citizens' privacy and liberty.
GHWBush: read my lips extortion increase, "assault" rifle import ban, Ruby Ridge.
Clintoon: Mt. Carmel/Waco massacre, ClintonDoesn'tCare, sexual assaults, vastly increased guest-worker visas 10 months after stock market crash and during tech wash-out and Y2K bust as job markets were worsening, several amnesties for illegal aliens.
Shrub: fumbled detecton of terrorists, unpatriotic act, pushed for even more guest-work visas while job markets were still in the dumps (but only got a couple smaller, more under the table increases).
cousin OhhBummer!: Fast and Furious, ObummerDoesn'tCare with its assaults on everyone's privacy, Benghazi, abuses by IRS and obstruction of justice, NSA egregious snooping on US citizens (they're supposed to spy on foreign governments and operatives), never accessible to the public when he should be and always appearing for photo ops and golfing and fund-raisers when more important issues need immediate attention, the Gates fiasco and other race obsessions including refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers, other attempts at election fraud and obstruction, trade of deserter for 5 terrorist chieftains (might be 1 excuse for that), Keystone XL, war against coal, CO2 hysteria, opposition to free and honest markets within the USA, aid to Hamas and Syrian terrorists, opposition to cutting unconstitutional spending and balancing federal government, shutting down parks in an old old gambit which back-fired amongst everyone but the leftist media, opposition to immigration reform and support of immigration law perversion, belligerent refusal to faithfully carry out the current constitutional immigration laws, continuing efforts to worsen US job markets through taxes and regulations, crippling of US military, appeasement of Putin and Red China and North Korea and Iran, crony socialism run rampant...
Yes, we've had a lot of low-quality presidents (even GWashington made a mistake with the whiskey tax, a mistake which he later repented), but cousin Obummer is the worst.
July 25, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
Reagan's one failing was that he wimped out on a few things. They (congress+Reagan) passed 2 tax cuts and some 13 tax increases. They never made the attempt to eliminate the Departments of Educationism and Energy as mentioned as goals during the election campaign. David Stockman has noted more than once the many needed cuts that the Reagan admin simply caved on. To hear the left whine you'd have thought he was pressing them hard, cutting into the trunk; while in reality they barely snipped the tips off of a few dead twigs. (Great cartoon from that time; Stockman's Tree Surgeons.)
And Reagan's wimping out encouraged the later wimps, GHWBush and Shrub, to wimp out even worse (e.g. "assault rifle" import ban, part D, and, of course, increasing federal extortions), and encouraged the extreme leftists to go even further off the rails.
July 25, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.
That's great. The millions of unemployed and under-employed US citizen STEM professionals can always use more employment prospects.
What software product/app firms are there in the area (not services, consulting, contracting, but firms which specialize in developing and selling actual commercial hardware/software products)?
How many local firms are designing and manufacturing better, faster, less expensive 3-D printers/prototypers/additive manufacturing devices?
Why don't I see their help-wanted ads in the margins of the article (is the mill operator ad from a firm ashamed to post its name, e-mail address and phone number?)? (not sure whether to stick a smiley or frown emoticon to that one; perhaps it deserves one of each)
July 17, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.